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7 Floating Cities Across the Globe You’ve Gotta Visit

The majesty of Venice’s grand canals is truly astonishing and it makes for a unique travel destination. Did you know there are other equally charming …

European Travel

A Doctor Lays Out the Perfect 12-Week Diet Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing

For pretty much anyone on the planet, the hardest part about losing weight is changing your diet. There are so many different paths to cleaning up what you eat, and there's no one-size-fits-all rule. To help you navigate the weight-loss waters, we spoke to Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight-loss and …

Nutrition

35 beautiful cities you must see in your lifetime

Bill Gates Is Obsessed With These 2 New Books

One is about facts, the other enlightenment.<p>Bill Gates had some awesome answers for curious Redditors on his AMA this week, commenting on topics …

Self-improvement

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

What to Stream This Weekend

Five literary adaptations, from Shakespeare to Henry James.<p><i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>“Daisy Miller”<p>Peter Bogdanovich films Henry James’s novella “Daisy Miller” with an acerbic humor that …

The world’s first Olympic ice queen became a Hollywood star — and a Hitler admirer

They are the stars of the Winter Olympics — appointment viewing on television, their every move equally calculated and scrutinized.<p>The figure skaters.<p>Every four years, one seems to become an instant celebrity — a bona fide diva and a household name.<p>The first ice queen was Norway’s Sonja Henie, an …

Amazon Echo

11 of the best books you can read in a week

If you want to emulate some of the most successful people in the world, you can start by reading books — lots of them.<p>From Elon Musk to Mark Cuban to Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful innovators in the world all read several hours a day.<p>But starting a new book can be a daunting task if you don't …

The 50 Best Books of 2017

Whether you like your reading sexy and satirical or political and polarizing, these stand-out books are guaranteed to challenge the status quo and spark timely conversation.<p>Whether you prefer your reading sexy and satirical, political and polarizing, or simply amusing, the year's best releases are …

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground

Planets

How Rice Pudding Gave Me Courage

Our son was still only crawling when Marie-Cécile, a young Frenchwoman, became his babysitter. That she stayed with us for years explains why he has a near-perfect French accent and why I know the lyrics and accompanying hand motions to nursery songs from the 1960s. It’s also why I know the …

Baking

The World's Most Beautiful Beaches, Mapped

For some, there's no question that Christmas is the best time of the year — but if you're less hot-chocolate-by-the-fire and more …

Costa Rica

13 Overrated Literary Classics, and What to Read Instead

When it comes to reading, everybody’s got to start somewhere, but there’s a reason that the standard American high school reading curriculum is …

15 Great New Books to Read Over the Weekend

Let us plan your weekend reading list.<p>Long weekend on the horizon? You’ll need a new book. Whether you want new reading material to keep you company …

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

How to safari in South Africa on a budget

A South African safari needn’t cost a packet. Our money-saving tips include going out of season, looking for online deals and doing what the locals do<p>The words “budget” and “safari” are not often found in the same sentence. Safaris are a notoriously expensive holiday choice. But there are ways to …

South Africa

Africa’s Heroin Highway to the West

The heroin traffic through Africa’s ‘highway of impunity’ is flooding Europe and also making its way to the U.S.<p>KAMPALA, Uganda—The Nigerian drug …

Madeleine Thien: ‘In China, you learn a lot from what people don’t tell you’

The Man Booker-shortlisted writer on a solitary childhood in Canada and daring to question the Chinese regime<p>At breakfast in Vancouver just before her adopted sister disappears forever from her life, 11-year-old Marie, AKA Ma-li, forlornly submits to being consoled with a wordgame. She discovers …

Books

Top 10: World's Best Chocolate Shops

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the most exceptional chocolate around the globe.<p>While several European countries are known for their fabulous chocolate-making, the world hosts thousands of exceptional chocolatiers—in some unexpected places.<p>Top chocolatiers generally work with <i>couverture</i> (first-rate …

10 amazing ways to see Japan

Japan doesn’t always conform to stereotypes. There are, of course, the robot restaurants, the skyscrapers, the futuristic neon, the salarymen crowds and the edgy fashion tribes.<p>The perfect holiday in Japan: our expert's ultimate itinerary<p>But another world lies in wait for visitors who are happy to …

Hot chocolate with a twist: The most indulgent cocoa recipe in the world

Rarely is an excuse needed to eat chocolate, but since Chocolate Week begins on Monday it seems fitting to enjoy an extra square (or bar) in celebration.<p>‘National awareness’ dates have been dissed here before, but seven days dedicated to the pioneering work of chocolatiers and fairer cocoa-trading …

Chocolate and coffee éclairs

Certain things are loved all over the world. Coffee, chocolate and éclairs are three of them, so I decided to combine these to create an amazing taste sensation that will instantly arouse your taste buds. The classic éclair is part of the foundations of French culinary history. It is likely to have …

The seven books that won’t be in your high school English curriculum, but you should definitely read

I sometimes wonder if the worst possible way to raise a lifelong reader is to expose them to high school English classes. It’s not that these …

The best ever breakfast recipes

"Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper," goes the old saying - and here at Telegraph Food, we very much agree.<p>Too often, in today's busy world, a proper breakfast is neglected in favour of a quick cup of coffee, a sugar-filled energy bar, or nothing at all.<p>A good …

Breakfast

Classic British pudding recipes

Sales of traditional British puddings are soaring as Britons go crazy for the Great British Bake Off, a new study revealed yesterday.<p>Old favourites such as spotted dick, jam roly poly and bread and butter are leading the revival so here we've rounded up our favourite British pudding recipes.<p><b>Banana</b> …

10 DIY Mid-Century Modern Projects to Give Your Home Some Serious Personality

Mid-century modern decor is striking, timeless, and a little funky. Here are some DIYs to try to add some MCM flair to your home. Make and Do Crew1. …

Interior Design Ideas, Redecorating & Remodeling Photos

Peacefully nestled in the plentiful and verdant hills of Sai Kung, known to city dwellers as the “Back Garden of Hong Kong”, this 4550sqft house is …

Hong Kong

5 Most Popular Books of the Month: July, 2016

<i>We love to geek out with stats, and what could be better than using them to see which books Book Riot readers were most interested in? Below are the</i> …

10 of the best alternative city tours in Europe

See a different side of Europe’s major cities on these innovative walking tours that revel in art, history, food, drink – and even financial mismanagement<p>Instagram has fuelled our lust for instant travel photos, but this tour draws on actual cameras, arming walkers with a vintage Polaroid camera …

European Travel