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Bavarian Fantasy (#302)

Music: Sandra Pires - Sandra Pires won Australia's most important singing competition when she was just fifteen. Then she took off for Europe and in 1998 attracted the attention of the Italian superstar Eros Ramazzotti. She recorded an English language version of one of his songs which immediately hit the charts in Austria where she now lives. Currently she's starring in the "Sound of Music" there singing in English and has a new CD out - singing in her native Portuguese.

Travel: Virtual Bavaria - Neuschwanstein is Germany's most popular tourist attraction. It was built by King Ludwig the second of Bavaria who also had plans for many other grand palaces which never came to fruition. But thanks to modern technology his visions can now be seen for the first time in a project called "virtual Bavaria".

Food: Spain's finest - The Spanish chef Ferran Adria is one of the most creative on the planet. His restaurant "El Bulli" was voted the best in the world in 2006 and aspiring young chefs dream of being able to work there. And for a select few this dream comes true. But it isn't just about slaving away over a hot stove - there's lots of science involved when cooking with Ferran Adria.

Nightlife: when the night lasts forever - You wouldn't think that Stavangar on the west coast of Norway is the place for a party at this time of year. It's very cold and rainy there and there are very few hours of daylight. Perhaps that's why the nightlife has to be seen to be believed - it just goes on and on. In fact Stavanger is Norway's number one party town.

Art: Pavel Mitkov - Bulgaria's most successful contemporary artist is Pavel Mitkov. He's had major exhibitions all over the world and the Bulgarian government is so proud of him it's even presented paintings by him to visiting dignitaries like President Putin or Hilary Clinton. We managed to catch the artist at work in his studio in Sofia.

Communication: Second Life - And finally we're going to take you into the virtual world of "Second Life". This is an internet community which has over two million users and it's growing fast. In fact it's easily mixed up with the real world. A US politician has held something like a virtual press conference in "Second Life" and an English comedian is planning a live show before an invited audience for the internet site in February. And a German newspaper has started a virtual edition there too. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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