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A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. …

European Travel

How to Ride the Tram in Lisbon

Lisbon’s trams are a backdrop to any visit to the Portuguese capital, their distinctive squeaks and rattles alerting to their presence throughout the …

European Travel

Lisbon's Belém Tower: The Complete Guide

Adorning the cover of numerous postcards and guidebooks, a visit to Lisbon’s beautiful, UNESCO-listed Belém Tower features on almost every visitor’s …

Portugal's Chapel of Bones: The Complete Guide

Around an hour and a half from Lisbon, Evora is a popular destination for Portuguese and foreign visitors alike. The biggest draw is undoubtedly the …

14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch

It's mighty easy to feel like you don't have time to read — especially quality literature. Life is hectic, jobs are busy and it's much easier to …

3 Lisbon Insiders Share Tips on What to Do in the Portuguese Capital

From secret walks to artworks, here’s where to find the best that the city has to offer<p>By Nancy A. Ruhling<p>Lisbon, which is a center of commerce, …

Tropical islands suck. Go to these 7 islands instead.

Islands are awesome but, for many, the tropics aren’t worth the bother. Hot, sweaty, buzzing with tourists and mosquitoes…how are you supposed to …

For Japanese Novelist Sayaka Murata, Odd Is the New Normal

TOKYO — Keiko, a defiantly oddball 36-year-old woman, has worked in a dead-end job as a convenience store cashier in Tokyo for half her life. She lives alone and has never been in a romantic relationship, or even had sex. And she is perfectly happy with all of it.<p>Her creator, Japanese novelist …

The most luxurious hostel in every European country under $55 a night

The idea of staying in a messy, loud hostel might seem like a thing of the past — best kept for the backpacking days of your late teens and 20s.<p>However, a "hostel" is simply "budget-friendly accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience." While to be considered a hostel it must have the …

European Travel

10 great Greek islands: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Hiking in Amorgos, Cyclades<p>As well as the azure bays and its role in Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, Amorgos is also renowned for its hiking trails, which not only connect the island’s villages but also provide access to ecclesiastical and natural landmarks. Start at Hora, the capital of …

European Travel

Something Here: Shin Noguchi's photographs that emphasise the quirky character of Japan

"People are living life desperately. Sometimes lonely, sometimes helping each other, sometimes crying, sometimes laughing. I capture people going …

This Secret Beach in Spain Is Hidden in the Middle of a Meadow

Spain’s hidden beach of Gulpiyuri is quite the sight to see, considering it sits in the middle of a meadow.<p>Playa de Gulpiyuri is in Asturias, Spain, …

The Most Underrated Travel Destinations in the World

Looking for somewhere off-the-beaten path that’s not overrun with tourists? Here are our picks for an unforgettable under-the-radar …

20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

<b>Trail running,</b> <b>Dolomites, Italy</b><p><b>Stay</b> Mountain huts<b><br>Suits</b> Hardened runners<br>It sounds easy: “Cruising over rocky passes and through lush meadows.” But runners on this holiday in the Dolomites will have to concentrate hard on their footwork: the scenery of this limestone wonderland is so beautiful it …

European Travel

Best beaches in Portugal from the Algarve to Lisbon that you'll want to bookmark for your next holiday

Portugal has long been a firm favourite with Brits for a family holiday thanks to its hot and sunny weather, the plethora of activities on offer and, …

Great heights and spectacular sights: The 17 coolest buildings on Earth

Since claiming dominion over this drifting space rock, humans have peppered the planet with abodes and edifices both large and small. Over the past …

6 European Islands You've Probably Never Heard Of Before

Europe is brimming with hidden gems. You just need to know where to look…especially if you're looking for under-the-radar European islands for your honeymoon. There’s no doubt that Ibiza and Mykonos are on your radar, but what about the Texel and Vis? These enchanting enclaves are among the …

15 Major Award-Winning Novels You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

O fame, fame, thou glittering bauble. In searching for thee, what fame have I not lost? Yes, even literary fame, the mildest of the family, can be …

Books

The Romanovs

• <b>Author:</b> Simon Sebag Montefiore<p><b>The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?</b> <br>This is the intimate story of …

The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017

Profound and poetic illustrated celebrations of solitude, self-possession, friendship, and our place in the cosmos.<p><i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time,”</i> <i>Charlotte’s Web</i> author E.B. White asserted. <i>“You have to write up, not down.”</i> A generation later, Maurice Sendak scoffed …

Father Turns His Kids’ Imaginative Ideas into Charming Wooden Toys Full of Character

Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin hand-carves adorable wooden characters that are so full of personality, they look like they could spring to life at any second. Each of Jui-Lin’s playful “little characters” is co-designed with his two children. Together they share ideas, and then Jui-Lin brings them to …

Kids

Capturing Grace and Elegance of Ballet Dancers on City Streets Around the World

We often think of dancers as performing just for the stage, but their awe-inspiring moves bring a fresh new perspective when brought to the city streets. Photographer Melika Dez travels the world to capture ballerinas (and ballerinos) among monuments and skyscrapers, as they twist and contort their …

Photography

Illustrator Perfectly Captures How an Introvert Likes to Spend the Weekend

For an introvert, the weekend is best spent alone. It’s precious time to stay home, binge watch Netflix, and snuggle with a furry pal. But what happens when a friend suggests hanging out? The prospect can fill an introvert with dread! Landysh, one half of the drawing duo Lingvistov, perfectly …

These Cleverly Composed Photos Play with Shadows, Lines, and Space

Photographer Denis Cherim has an eye for creative composition. His <i>Coincidence Project</i> is filled with cleverly framed photos containing interesting …

The World's Most Scenic Train Rides

Britain’s most stunning railway links the ports of Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland with Glasgow. The 90-minute journey skirts somber lochs, …

Where to Go in Ireland: A Cheat Sheet to the Top Destinations

Ireland is made up of castles, quiet inlets, warm people, wild and windswept beaches, vibrant cities, quaint towns, hole-in-the-wall pubs, trad …

Haven

• <b>Author:</b> Ruth Gruber<p><b>Award-winning journalist Ruth Gruber’s powerful account of a top-secret mission to rescue one thousand European refugees in the midst of World War II</b><p>In 1943, nearly one thousand European Jewish refugees from eighteen different countries were chosen by President Franklin Delano …

The Unwomanly Face of War

• <b>Author:</b> Svetlana Alexievich and Others<p><b>A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia—from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature</b><p><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b> <b><br>The Washington Post • The Guardian • NPR • The</b> …

The Book of Miracles: 16th-century apocalyptic visions – in pictures

Rediscovered a few years ago, an illustrated manuscript from 1550s Augsburg, Germany, shows awe-inspiring tales of the Old Testament, the Book of Revelation and contemporary events. Taschen’s new edition adds historical context