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20 of Europe’s best new hotels and hostels for 2018

<b>Torel Avantgarde,</b> <b>Porto</b><p><b>Doubles from</b> €90 room-only<b><br>Opened</b> September 2017<b><br>Bedrooms</b> 47<br>As the name suggests, this new boutique hotel (<i>pictured above</i>) celebrates avant-garde artists and pioneers in the fields of music, literature, design, fashion and architecture. Each room takes its inspiration from a …

European Travel

Why winter is the perfect time to visit Nice

Follow in the footsteps of the Victorians now that Riviera season is here.<p>Go now<p>The sun is low in a big sky. Its light spangles the sea, promising high-resolution times riveting for those from the vague, grey north. Thus were attracted our noble Victorian forebears to Nice. Winter was Riviera …

Woman's warning to pit bull owners after "gentle" dog launched sudden vicious attack which cost her an ARM

A woman mauled by her pit bull wants to send out a warning to other pet owners after her "gentle" dog suddenly turned on her - causing her to lose …

Pets

Thailand bans smoking on its beaches

Thailand has banned smoking and the littering of cigarettes butts and packets across 24 beaches in 15 provinces, including several in major tourist destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi, in an effort to protect its coastal environment.<p>“Starting today [February 1], smoking and …

8 Amazing Places to Visit in Portugal

From the tourist hotspots to the hidden gems, these are the most amazing places to visit in Portugal...

Nasa’s latest Mars pictures look very similar to our own planet

An amazing panoramic view of the surface of Mars has been created by the Curiosity Rover, showing us Earthlings that the red planet may not be that …

The best workout ever, according to science

1. Dumbbell Front Squats<p>Set your feet hip-to-shoulder-width apart. Holding dumbbells above your shoulders, elbows bent and close to your sides, …

34 Cult-Favorite Products On Amazon That Actually Live Up To The Hype

You can buy a lot of weird AF stuff on the Internet. From socks that make your skin peel off to fun shower heads, there's no shortage of wacky things …

Shopping

WeWork welcomes residents into its new co-living space at 110 Wall Street

1/7<p>wework living New York<p>Thousands of freelancers and small companies across New York (and the world) call WeWork their co-working home, but what …

Will easyFoodstore be the next easyJet – or the next easyCruise?

It’s a grey and dismal morning on a grim stretch of London’s congested North Circular road in the borough of Brent, and easyFoodstore, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s first budget grocery shop, has thrown open its doors, with every item priced at 25p.<p>Prices will eventually rise, most probably to about …

eCommerce

How to Thrive on a Long-Haul Flight

If you’re wondering how to survive a long-haul plane flight, here’s your answer: Fly first class!<p>I kid.<p>While the lie-flat bed and special check-in line do wonders to boost morale for the elite flyers among us, I’m a firm believer that thriving on a long flight starts at home, a couple of days …

Long Haul

Spain’s hot restaurants: the top new chefs and where to discover them

<i>All prices are for food only</i><p>In recent years Spain’s culinary scene has created a number of true food heroes: from Ferran Adrià’s molecular magic at the famed elBulli (which closed in 2011) and Juan Mari and Elena Arzak’s incredible reinvention of Basque specialities to Andoni Aduriz’s exquisite …

Fish

12 Chrome extensions to motivate you with each new tab

At this exact moment, I have 16 tabs open in my browser. How about you?<p>With the full power of the internet at our disposal, it can be pretty easy to waste precious moments navigating to the…let’s say, less-than-productive corners of the web.<p>I’m as guilty of this as anyone – I’ve even shared …

Inspiration

How to check your iPhone's true signal strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

How to make basic pancakes

We're into February, which means one thing for us: Pancake Day has arrived. While many often turn to ready-made pancake mix – Aunt Jemimas, invented in Missouri in 1889, has been sold for centuries – cooking the dish from scratch is actually incredibly simple.<p>Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on …

Aloha: why Hawaiian cuisine is surfing into Britain

If you’re bored with bao buns and rolling your eyes at ramen, don’t fret. Get ready to say aloha to Hawaiian food. Hawaiian cuisine, for many years synonymous with pineapple pizzas and luridly coloured cocktails, is having a moment in the sun. Kua ’Aina, the Hawaiian burger chain that counts Barack …

Tourism in 2015: the biggest winners and losers

International tourist arrivals rose by 4.4 per cent to 1.184bn last year, new figures have shown.<p>The United Nations World Travel Organisation released its latest Tourism Barometer on Monday, which revealed that - despite lingering instability in the Middle East and several attacks on holidaymakers …

9 best new attractions opening in 2016 | CNN Travel

Travel

9 of the best trips for under £700

Travel budget looking tight? Sign up to one of these great-value trips – and go further than you ever thought possible for £700<p>1. Discovering</b> …

What Islands Can Learn From Mauritius About Tourism and Entertainment

Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar, <i>Mauritius Institute of Education</i><p>Tourism remains incredibly important for island destinations - and that trend shows no signs of slowing down or reversing. The tourism industry provides business opportunities and contributes to economic development on islands.<p>But research …

London rejected from the 10 best European cities for investing in property

Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg are top of the property market as the capital is overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul<p>London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects in property for the first time since 2012 to 15th place, thanks to high prices and a …

Articles about smart-security-system-tailored-renters on Dwell.com - Dwell

To complement our July/August issue's Smart Home product package, we've programmed a series of panels that cover the latest...<p>Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.<p>It's common for homeowners to come to the realization …

San Francisco

Homemade Marinara Sauce Is Easy to Make—If You Avoid These Common Mistakes

Jarred marinara sauce can't hold a candle to the homemade version. Avoid these common mistakes and whip up a batch tonight.<p>Is there any dinner that's easier to make and more satisfying than pasta and marinara sauce covered in a flurry of shredded Parmesan? We think not. But before you reach for a …

Cooking

Carrabba's Restaurants Are Giving Away Free Food to 1 Million Customers

Checks are 20% off for two months too.<p>The Carrabba’s Italian Grill restaurant chain is introducing a new menu in a big way by giving away 1 million …

Kickoffs can now go backwards, and other rule changes approved this week

Sending players off for pre-match fights. Permitting the ball to go in any direction at kick-off. Allowing more players to be treated on the field. Stopping teams benefiting from players being punished.<p>You are the Ref No355: Guus Hiddink<p>Read more<p>These are a few of the innovations contained in …

Soccer

The best whisky cocktail recipes

When one thinks of a whisky cocktail, odds are one thinks of a drink made with rye or bourbon. But the whiskies of the British Isles work just as brilliantly.<p>While I’d usually use a blended spirit, many barsmiths will mix with single malts, and they are very specific about their choices. Most of …