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An insider's guide to the hippest neighborhood in Paris

Located in northeastern Paris, the Canal Saint-Martin is a picturesque district with a 19th-century waterway and iron footbridges. In recent years, the area has transformed from a hidden treasure to a trendy hot spot filled with some of the city's best restaurants and shops.<p>From an eatery with the …


A Small Paris Apartment Embraces Bold Colors

When working with small spaces, the conventional wisdom is to use light colors to make the space seem as big as possible. But this Paris apartment is …

Interior Design

National Geographic Travel

The 10 Cheapest Places To Stay In Europe

Right now, the euro's value is low, and airfare is primed to fall -- aka we fully intend to make the most of this excellent time for a European vacation.<p>And once we get there, the <i>other</i> great part is that hotel prices are dropping, too. Average room rates in Europe fell nine percent during the last …

14 Photos That Will Want to Make You Fly to Maui Now

When you think of Maui, gorgeous beaches with enormous waves that are perfect for surfing come straight to mind. This Hawaiian island has even more to offer than its abundance of beaches and crystal blue water. If thinking about that doesn't make you want to head to the airport now, then these …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

America's best Italian restaurant chains

1. Carrabba’s Italian Grill<p>This chain was started by two Sicilians from Texas, Johnny Carrabba and his uncle Damian Mandola with a single Houston location that opened in 1986. Today there are 240 locations in 32 states, with the majority in Florida, where its parent company, Bloomin’ Brands (which …