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Why tourists still have a passion for Paris

Boris is going to choke on his crumpet. Figures published this week show that France has retained its status as the world's top tourist destination, …

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How to take great portrait photos

To take successful photographs of people, you need to be both direct <i>and</i> candid. Always get close to your subjects; standing at a distance with a long …

Top tips for landscape photography

Shooting landscapes demands a very different way of working compared to photographing people. Typically taken with the camera mounted on a tripod, …

Classic Paris: a fresh look at the City of Light

Just because you’ve visited a city’s top sight, does that mean you should never return again? Here, <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> tours the star sights of Paris, from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, and reveals some of the secrets that you may have missed the first time …

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A perfect day in Trastevere, Rome's favourite neighbourhood

You’ve thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain and marvelled at the Colosseum – what next? Take a trip across the Tiber river to Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament. A stroll around Trastevere, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife, will take you …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Greek islands: homing in on Hydra's charms

The older of the two dentists on the Greek island of <b>Hydra</b> did things the old-fashioned way. In the waiting room of his elegant, book-lined surgery in Hydra Town’s backstreets there was a tray of hard liquors. Clutching my aching tooth, I tried not to wonder who they were for – the dentist or his …

Top 10 Berlin experiences

Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, poised to mesmerise anyone keen to connect with its vibrant culture, bold architecture, global food, intense parties and easy-going vibe. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in the German capital. Here are ten things to …

Athens: what to see and do

<b>Cecil Deitch writes</b><br>We hope to be in Athens from October 15-21. We have visited several Greek islands but this is the first time in the capital. My wife and I are active 78 year-olds and our son and his wife are both 50 and avid tourists. We would welcome advice on sites to visit, and, as we will …

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Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

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Egyptian tourism after the coup

When the Foreign Office urged travellers this week to avoid all but essential travel to most of Egypt - following weeks of violent protests that have since prompted a military coup - it was the latest in a series of body blows to the country’s tourism industry.<p>Even before that warning, which leaves …

Egypt reassures holidaymakers

Tourism authorities in Egypt have sought to reassure visitors to the country following the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi.<p>Mass demonstrations across the country culminated in a military coup this week, prompting the Foreign Office to advise Britons against all but essential all travel to the country – …

The best rail passes for a journey through Europe

<b>FAQ: Can you advise me on the best rail pass to buy for a rail journey through Europe? Will it also cover travel in the UK?</b><p><b>Sophie Butler replies</b><br>Rail travel in Europe can be much more than just a return journey; it can be a holiday in itself – a flexible, spontaneous and economical way of exploring …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

The Seedy Part of Tokyo

Correcting the Fisheye Lens<p>I took this photo with the fisheye (see my Nikon 16mm Fisheye Review) and then did the lens correction in post. What do …

Athens: best street foods and stalls

Before we get down to the business of discussing the best Athens street food, a disclaimer: Athens is at a disadvantage when it comes to streetside …

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Free entry to Italian state museums now applies to all

Major news for non-EU families visiting Italy this summer: if you are museum hounds, the Italian government has just saved you a packet.<p>Until now, …

Florence attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p><b>Florence</b>'s balmy temperatures, al fresco eating and drinking and busy open-air arts and concert season make it one of Italy’s most vibrant summer destinations, with the city often roasting by July and August. Florence is a living city with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, and a …

Istanbul attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Istanbul has become a year-round destination. Midsummer is sultry, but this is a great time to enjoy an outdoor meal at a Bosphorus-front fish restaurant, or Turkish coffee at a pavement cafe.<p>Summer attractions and day trips<p><b>Aya Sofya</b><p>One of the most important and imposing religious buildings …