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A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

Poorly trained rookie pilot blamed for Bali crash

The airline should also reiterate safety protocols related to minimum altitudes to its pilots, it said.<p>The report described a sudden change in …

Afternoon tea with a twist

Once a stop-gap between lunch and a late dinner, afternoon tea has become a decadent affair the world over. Often confused with high tea, a heavier …

Woman escapes carpark abduction attempt

A young woman has escaped an attempted abduction after a man tried to force her into a car as she loaded her supermarket shopping.<p>The woman, 20, had …

At Least 6 Dead After Tornadoes Rip Through North Texas

At least six people were killed and dozens more injured after tornadoes ripped through parts of North Texas destroying homes, officials said.<p>More …