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Yogis, find your karmic high on a rooftop

Guests of the Lungarno Collection of boutique hotels can enjoy morning yoga classes on the terrace of the Continentale Hotel in Florence.

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Florence: Rooftop yoga

Balance your chakras atop one of the most scenic rooftops in the city. Guests of the Ferragamo-family-owned Lungarno Collection - a group of boutique hotels - can partake in Tuesday and Thursday morning yoga classes on the top-floor terrace of the Continentale Hotel in Florence. With the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio as a backdrop, sessions in the highly meditative, energy releasing Kundalini yoga are led by Amanda May, a graduate of L.A.'s Golden Bridge centre where lithe Hollywood celebs such as Madonna, Ellen Pompeo and Cindy Crawford have practised their poses. Then hold on to your Zen - summertime crowds and queues at the nearby Uffizi Gallery and Accademia are enough to drain even the most devoted yogi.

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New York: Get up close with Muppets

Fans of Kermit the Frog and Big Bird can take an unprecedented behind-the-scenes peek into the fantastical world of Jim Henson at the Museum of the Moving Image, opening July 16. Visitors will find 14 of Henson's iconic puppets, including the original Kermit, Rowlf, Bert and Ernie, plus doodles, props and storyboards that marked the pre- Muppet Show era of Henson's career. Budding animators will be inspired by hand-drawn posters from Henson's college days and snippets from his first TV show - a black-and-white skit called Sam and Friends. The exhibit runs until January.

Glasgow: Interactive art on the River Clyde

Zaha Hadid's latest masterpiece has been unveiled on the banks of the River Clyde. The Pritzker Prize-winning Iraqi-born architect has spent seven years designing and overseeing the construction of the Riverside Museum, home to the city's expansive collection of transport artifacts and a must-see for fans of planes, trains and automobiles. While the exterior is purely modern (a wave-like succession of zinc panelling and glass prisms), the most interesting of the 3,000 objects and 150 interactive exhibits on display pay tribute to Glasgow's industrious past. Get into the engine of a classic VW Beatle at a 1960s-era garage, learn how to drive a steam engine and see models of the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2, the largest ships to have been built on the Clyde. Excursions in the harbour are taken on the 1898 tall ship Glenlee, which is moored right in front of the museum.

Chicago: Be well-versed at the Poetry Foundation

Pause for thought at the newly built Poetry Foundation - home to Poetry Magazine, the century-old publication that helped launch the careers of T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. The $25-million (U.S.) structure features an exhibition gallery, a performance space acoustically designed for poetry readings, a leafy public garden and a library with about 30,000 poetic volumes. Consult the Foundation's Chicago Poetry Tour (downloadable from its website) and you'll be directed to Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks's neighbourhood library and the Union Stock Yards, which featured heavily in Carl Sandburg's work. And if you want to see the city's newest poets in action, pick up a schedule of Chicago's famed poetry slams.

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