Christine Villeneuve

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Shopping in Florence: the city’s best souvenirs

After spending time in Florence, you’re likely to want to take home more than your memories. This is one of the world’s great shopping destinations, with an artisanal heritage dating back to the medieval period. By the time of the Renaissance, a ‘Made in Florence’ tag had become the international …

Italy

Durian 101: everything you need to know about Southeast Asia's ‘King of Fruits’

In Southeast Asia, you don’t need to go looking for durian. The powerful odour of this boulder-like fruit will find you. Many travellers lose their appetite when the boisterously ripe whiff of durian stings their nostrils. But hold your nose: sampling the iconic ‘King of Fruits’ is a rite of …

Sultry Southern Thailand: a guide to the Trang Islands

Extending in a splendid arc down Thailand’s far southern Andaman coast, the glittering Trang Islands offer a wonderful step up in tranquility from their well-tramped neighbours Ko Lanta, Ko Phi-Phi and Phuket. Thanks to ever-better transport connections, short island-hopping distances and lush, …

Choose your own Malaysian island adventure

With almost 900 islands – 878 to be exact – Malaysia has plenty of offshore attractions to compete with the best destinations in its peninsular mainland. West coast isles like Penang and Langkawi offer a compelling blend of cuisine, culture and luxury, while east coast ones are more rugged and …

Snorkelling

Which of East Africa's Indian Ocean islands is for you?

Marketing brochures seem to just scream about luxury resorts on palm-fringed beaches, but East Africa’s Indian Ocean islands are as diverse as the islanders, spice merchants and explorers that have shaped them.<p>Whether you’re looking for giant coconuts or giant tortoises; lush rainforests, cool …

Ultimate Ecuador: plan your perfect adventure

When it comes to adventure, you can’t go wrong in Ecuador. There are towering Andean peaks and volcanoes, vast swaths of Amazonian rain forest, chilled-out surf villages, and of course, the iconic and unforgettable Galapagos Islands.<p>Whether you want to bike down the face of a volcano, trek out to …

South America

Exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

World Heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, with its karst mountains, underground rivers, historic sites, extensive caves and unspoilt jungle, is<p>packed<p>with opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or simply relax in one of Vietnam's most spectacular and interesting regions.<p>The national park is …

Vietnam

A tale of two Thai cities: how to visit Ayuthaya and Lopburi in just one day

So, you're taking the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and want to visit Ayuthaya and Lopburi on the way, but your schedule is too tight to spare two days? Conventional wisdom says you need to choose one or the other because there's not enough time for both. But while you certainly <i>should</i> …

Loneliness

Escape to Tioman: where to get wet and wild on Malaysia's adventure island

Sitting like an emerald dragon guarding the translucent waters of the South China Sea, Pulau Tioman offers every possible shade of paradise. While many travel here with a relaxed beach holiday in mind, the island has enough activities to keep adventure-seekers occupied for at least a week. …

Snorkelling

Walks on the wild side: best places to stretch your legs in northeast Thailand

So you've partied on Pha-Ngan, snorkelled off Similan and temple-toured in Chiang Mai. If you're now looking for somewhere to just get out and stretch your legs, Thailand's little-visited northeast may have just what you need. ‘Isan’, as it’s called, has a rugged charm all its own, with plateaus, …

National Parks

Leipzig beyond the Altstadt: where to have fun in 'Hypezig'

Synonymous with cultural giants such as Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn, Leipzig is a city whose illustrious history is, for many, the most obvious draw.<p>At Leipzig’s heart, the Altstadt (Old Town) has excellent museums and some wonderful Saxon architecture, but it's actually fairly unrepresentative of …

European Travel

Bogotá: five sides to Colombia’s capital

Enigmatic and engaging, Bogotá has been slowly stepping out of the shadows cast by its reputation for drugs and crime. Now, with increased safety, the city makes a compelling destination for visitors wanting a taste of Colombia’s historic past and cosmopolitan future.<p>La Candelaria<p>The colonial heart …

South America

Halkidiki beyond the beaches: 10 alternative experiences in northern Greece

The shores of Greece elicit blissful sighs, even from suntan-averse travellers. Halkidiki – the three-pronged region in Greece’s north – is especially rich in sparkling sands. But it would be a crying shame to head straight for the sunlounger in a region that ripples with vineyards, groans with …

Seafloor

Tapati Rapa Nui: Easter Island's iconic festival in images

Colorful, spectacular, grandiose – words do little justice to the annual Tapati Rapa Nui, Easter Island’s greatest festival and a vibrant celebration of the island's Polynesian culture.<p>For about two weeks in the first half of February, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) comes alive with a series of music, …

South America

Raja Ampat: a quick guide to visiting the idyllic Papuan archipelago

Picture a tropical archipelago of steep, jungle-covered islands, glittering white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons and luminous turquoise waters. Now throw in pristine coral reefs inhabited by clouds of tie-dyed fish. Place it in a remote corner of Indonesia largely unknown to foreign tourists, and you …

Scuba Diving

An art deco journey through Shanghai's belle époque

Shanghai is home to one of the richest collections of art deco architecture in the world. A mix of western influences and 'Chinese deco', the city's signature style saw its heyday in the 1930s and gives insight into the cultural movements of the era.<p>From the 1920s to the 1940s, Shanghai embraced …

Art Deco

Free rein: the remarkable street art of Bogotá

Without fear of arrest, Bogotá's street artists are able to take their time creating masterpieces on the walls of Colombia's capital city. The incredible works vary in method, scale and message, with many containing fascinating cultural nuances and historical references.<p>To promote the artists to an …

Streetwear

Exploring the Small Cyclades

The Greek islands have long been one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. But what if you’ve ticked off the heavy-hitters? You’ve partied on Mykonos, watched Santorini sunsets, and now you’re looking for something unique?<p>We’ll let you in on a secret: the Small …

European Travel

Hiking the Alpujarras, southern Spain’s less-travelled path

The Camino de Santiago might be Spain’s most revered long-distance footpath, luring romantics, masochists and lost souls in search of spiritual enlightenment; but, with over a quarter of a million walkers now tackling the trek annually, it’s hardly off the beaten track.<p>For a more tranquil …

Hiking

Sardinia's top 10 beaches: white sands and turquoise waters

Even in a country where gorgeous beaches are two a penny, the Italians admit that those in Sardinia are particularly <i>bellissima</i>. The island regularly tops polls of the world’s best beaches, with <i>spiagge</i> ranging from the rugged, cliff-backed coves of the east to the dune-flanked strands of the …

Italy

Secret Ko Pha-Ngan: the Thai isle beyond the famous full moon parties

In the late 1970s, Ko Pha-Ngan was a pristine paradise that beckoned the intrepid. Its innocent days may be long gone, but don’t let that deter you: this Thai gulf isle offers much more outside the full moon parties that made it famous.<p>Avoid the full moon and the smaller but still-raucous half-moon …

National Parks

Top 5 des plages de Sardaigne

<i>Les Sardes affirment que lorsque Dieu descendit pour la première fois sur terre, il mit le pied sur une île et créa instantanément la Sardaigne ! Il</i> …

Indonésie : au sud de Lombok, l'autre Kuta

Située au sud de Lombok, Kuta n’a rien à voir avec la station balnéaire homonyme de Bali. Ici, pas d’hôtels ou de bars branchés, mais une ambiance …

Voyages

The Salt Fields in Can Gio near Ho Chi Minh City by #lonelyplanet contributor @timgerardbarker In this image a man walks bare foot as he carries two heavy baskets of harvested salt to be stored in a hut adjoining the fields. Ho Chi Minh City is #Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and #culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride. #travel #hcmc