Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Palace of the windows
The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India, was built in 1799 for the sole purpose of allowing the ladies of the royal household to watch processions unobserved. Hence the 953 intricately screened windows in its facade.
In Caracas at Christmas, city streets are blocked off so that people can safely inline skate to mass. How the tradition began is something of a mystery, but it has to be the most athletic way of getting to church.
The American psychedelic folk singer and supreme eccentric Devendra Banhart drew on his autobiography for his mellow pop album, Ma. Expect some whacky entertainment at his gigs in Germany next month: Berlin (1/24), Leipzig (1/26) and Cologne (1/29).