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This is one of the best gravitational waves explainers we've seen

In the distant reaches of the cosmos, two black holes collide and merge in a violent crash. We can't see it or feel it, but the shock of that …

Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

Books

19 Impossibly Cool Crafts For Kids That Adults Will Want To Try

They might blow your mind, too.

The world's 15 most peaceful countries – which nation has been number one for seven years?

The Huntsman of Brockenhurst, Hampshire: hotel review

Injecting fun and a cool vibe into a picture-book New Forest village, this revamped inn belies its pub-chain roots<p>‘Some people miss the carvery and some of the anti-hunting posse objected to the new name ... but overall, it has been a massive hit with the regulars,” says Ann Maher, landlady of the …

Bread

Best places to visit in Ibiza: readers’ travel tips

If you stray from the superclubs, the Balearic party isle has a wealth of coves, beaches, live music bars, bike rides and cafes to discover<p><b>Winning tip: Benirrás beach</b><p>A beautiful approach, meandering down through hills and valleys, brings you to the beach at Benirrás. In Ibiza’s north, this is a …

Ibiza

America's Most Scenic Roads

The T-shirts all say: <i>I survived the road to Hana</i>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you …

Rhode Island

Style revival: Britain’s booming seaside towns

Traditional resorts like Bournemouth and Torquay, once known for amusement arcades and OAPs, are having a moment, with cocktail bars and cute cafes, new outdoor activities and chic places to stay<p>Newcastle, County Down<p>Since its £14m seafront revamp, Newcastle has become one of Northern Ireland’s …

Northern Ireland

Top 10 beach hotels and campsites on New Zealand’s North Island

Although the geysers at Rotorua and lunar landscape of Tongariro tempt many visitors inland, New Zealand’s North Island is a rewarding destination for beach lovers, too. As with the South Island, the North has many brooding vistas where wild seas meet rocky shores, but it is also home to brilliant …

New Zealand

Things to do in Dublin: readers’ travel tips

If you like history and pubs, Dublin might just be your favourite city, but there’s more: great gardens, fashion, architecture, a superb cemetery and walks<p><b>Winning tip: Walking Dublin’s little known northside</b><p>The famous Fagan’s Pub in Drumcondra is where the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern stopped the …

Ireland

10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016<p>• Alt. city breaks 2015<p>Valletta<p><b>Why go?</b> The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the …

European Travel

10 of the best small hotels in Paris

Hotel de la Paix, 14e<p>This calm retreat in the heart of Montparnasse lets guests step out of the bustle and into a foyer full of natural light. A blend of old and new creates an individual, warm atmosphere: attractive flea market finds, antiques, characterful dark or honey-coloured wood furniture …

France

Exploring Bali and Lombok: readers’ travel tips

Cycling in the rainforest, discovering secret beaches, eating with the locals, bathing in a volcanic spring … Readers get well off the beaten track on the isalnds of Bali and Lombok<p>LOMBOK<p>Winning tip: Tempeh and sunsets in Senggigi<p>Strung out along the western edge of Lombok, the resort-dotted strip …

Asia Travel

Oman: 'You’ve never heard silence until you get to the Empty Quarter'

Researching this romantic corner of the Arabian peninsula for her book, Katherine Webbfell in love with the beautiful calm of the desert<p><b>My novel is set in Oman, so I visited as a researcher not as a tourist</b>. Rather than relaxing, I wanted to see as much as possible: to explore its cities and …

Beaches

10 of the best gardens … that you’ve probably never heard of

Gatton Park, England<p>This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of English landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who created lakes, built hills and planted forests in the process of creating over 170 spectacular parks. Among his finest creations are Harewood in Leeds and Croome …

Sculpture

Top 10 hotels in the Highlands, Scotland

Activities, both adventurous and relaxing, abound in the Highlands and with these hotel suggestions from a new book, Scotland the Best, great food, hospitality and a good rest are also easy to find<p>Glenfinnan House Hotel<p>A Victorian mansion with lawns down to Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument …

Scotland

On the trail of Gertrude Bell – and Turkey’s hidden beauty

Following in the 100-year-old footsteps of the famous explorer, writer Pat Yale digs deep into Turkey’s rich history<p><b>Gertrude Bell was one of Britain’s most extraordinary women</b> – an explorer in the late 19th and early 20th century, a great linguist, an archaeologist, a writer, a mountaineer ... …

Newcastle University

10 of the best hostels and lodges … that you have to hike to

These out of the way retreats can only be reached on foot – but the reward for your efforts is a warm welcome and a chance to rest weary legs in spectacular surroundings<p>The Dolomites, Italy<p><b>Rifugio Lagazuoi</b><br>Rifugio Lagazuoi is like a sentinel 2,750m above the spires and green valleys of northern …

Hiking

Wonderful Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now to Learn From Internet

The internet can be a wonderfully, immense place for interesting content. If you've ever wanted to learn a new skill or to accomplish a seemingly monumental task, you need look no further than the internet. There is basically a site for every interest under the sun. It is also a great place to …

Tutorials

10 of the best B&Bs in Lima, Peru

Hotel de Autor<p>Mixing minimalism with eclectic finds, this four-room B&B in lively Miraflores is a showcase for co-owner Humberto’s eye-catching collection of Andean artworks. These, along with vintage prints of Inca ruins, adorn the bright white walls. Two rooms have claw-foot baths, the other two …

South America

Top 10 US mid-Atlantic national and state parks

The eastern states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland offer green spaces with stunning peaks and waterfalls, as well as wonderful wildlife<p>Delaware Water Gap national recreation area, Pennsylvania<p>The Delaware river forms part of the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the …

National Parks

12 Destinations That Inspired Disney’s Greatest Movies

Cinderella’s castle of the 1950s was a highly stylized version of what would later become the iconic silhouette it is today in Walt Disney World’s …

Luxury dive resorts: 10 of the world's best | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Super-swanky dive resorts come in all sizes. But mostly in small.<p>From Chile to Australia to St. Lucia, the world's most exclusive scuba hideaways serve fewer than 100 select guests.<p>Some cater to a maximum of just 20 diving VIPs. Others tempt groups to reserve their whole private island.<p>I …

Swimming Pools

Top 10 industrial-chic hotels and hostels

If you’re a fan of the raw concrete and exposed brick aesthetic, book into one of these converted factories or offices where the design is bare, bold and beautiful<p>10 of the best industrial-chic spaces<p>Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh, Malaysia<p>With beds made from wire fencing (don’t worry, the mattresses on …

Architecture

Vacation like the locals do in Japan

You’ve cruised the neon streets of Tokyo, snapped photos of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto and snarfed down a whole lot of sushi. Great. But have you …

Japan

19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About

Get ready for the beach.<p>It might be just barely spring in many parts of the country, but that doesn't mean we can't look forward to warmer months — and the relaxation that comes with them. But the old definition of a "summer book" as a throwaway novel just won't do: one size definitely doesn't fit …

The American Hiking Trails You Must Do Before You Die

Shutterstock<p>Panorama Trail<p><b>Where it is:</b> Yosemite National Park, CA<b><br>Distance:</b> 8.5 miles<br>Have your GoPro ready—you're definitely going to want to capture …

Hiking

The 50 best UK holiday cottages for summer 2016

We round up the best coastal gems, rural retreats, architectural wonders and romantic hideaways for two – all with availability this summer<p><b>BEST SEASIDE COTTAGES</b><p><b>Spectacular views</b>: <b>CORNWALL</b><p>A renovated 1930s wooden hideaway on the cliffs overlooking Whitsand Bay, <b>Rockwater Cabin</b> takes some beating. Dine …

Ireland

The 13 cheapest destinations for a beach holiday in Europe

The 10th annual survey is based on the total cost of 10 typical holiday expenses in 20 European beach resorts, ranked from the most to the least expensive.<p>Holiday items considered in the survey include a cup of coffee, suncream, insect repellant, and a three-course meal with a bottle of wine for …

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