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By AlMaraasi | Travel, Luxury & Adventure

Awe-inspiring ancient sites of wild western Iran

Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic plateaus, explore ancient river …

Ancient History

People in Wales Woke Up to Find These Crazy Snow Formations on Their Cars

Residents in Wales were in for a surprise on Monday after a weekend of freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions left the hoods of their …

National Parks

This Museum Dedicated to Dachshunds Just Opened in Germany (Video)

The world can be a pretty polarizing place, but if there’s one thing we can all universally agree on it’s that dachshunds — yes, weiner dogs — are …


Dancing on the ski slopes

Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting milder. Here are some parties that promise a convivial close to the winter season.<p>Live music with …


Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Finally Has a Luxury Hotel

Exclusive images of the long-awaited Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, which finally opened its doors.<p>Kim Kardashian swam in its clear blue waters. So …

European Travel

Sasakwa Lodge - Grumeti Serengeti

“Best safari experience in Tanzania”<p>Sasakwa is simply the best lodge in Tanzania. Stunning rooms with breathtaking views. Great activities available, …


Luxury Private Island in Zanzibar

The spirit of &Beyond Mnemba Island<p>Be among just 24 guests at this romantic, private hideaway, where ten beachside bandas overlook the Mnemba atoll …


35 incredible hotels to visit in your lifetime

Marlon Brando

Zurich, Switzerland's chocolate capital

On a cacao-driven crawl of the city’s craft chocolate shops, our writer discovers they’ve got the sweet stuff down to a fine art<p>It takes more than a year to make Zurich’s finest truffle, yet less than a second to eat one. I’m thinking this as I eye another – one filled with a cognac-steeped grape …

House Design

36 Hours in Budapest

One of the largest cities in Europe, Budapest is a regional powerhouse in terms of art, design and cuisine, home to a dynamic fashion scene and more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the former Eastern Bloc. Of course, the Hungarian capital boasts a rich and lengthy history, …

European Travel

Meticulously restored Georgian townhouse in London lists for £1.65m

It might look like a time capsule, but don’t be fooled. This Georgian townhouse in London has undergone a total renovation to bring it back to …


Kettle’s Yard Director Andrew Nairne discusses curator Jim Ede's philosophy on interiors and found objects | Journal

Kettle’s Yard is a house-turned-gallery in Cambridge that curator Jim Ede shared with his wife, Helen, until 1973. It was reopened last month after …


10 of the Best Traditional Dishes to Try in Egypt

With a history as long as that of its ancient monuments, Egypt’s cuisine relies heavily on the rich bounty of vegetables and fruits harvested every …


This Is Why Finland Is the World's Happiest Country

European Travel

20 of the best campsites in Europe

A tent is your cheap ticket to wild beauty spots across Europe, from Swedish lakes to Greek beaches – with walking, wildlife and stargazing on tap<p><b>Le Clos du Lac</b>, <b>Provence, France</b><p><b>Setting</b> Mountains<b><br>Pitches</b> 50<b><br>Activities</b> Fishing, swimming<br>Perched at 1,485 metres on the edge of Écrins national park, this …

Table Tennis

Younger at heart: Madeira’s makeover

‘Time to off-road,” says Pedro, our jeep driver and guide for the day. It’s the most enthusiastic he’s been all morning; his 4x4 Land Rover is built for it after all, and he isn’t remotely worried that we’re stuck in mud with our back wheels hanging over the edge of the track. “Are we going to fall …


A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

The Serbian-born writer picks the best places in his ‘beautiful, luminous’ adopted city for eating, shopping, walking or just hanging out and soaking up the views<p>Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see …

European Travel

San Francisco's Japantown: vibrant, on-trend and fighting for its future

Japanese people started moving to J-Town after the city’s 1906 earthquake and the area still reflects its roots with festivals, food stops and arty stores but its small businesses face a battle against a real-estate boom<p>An elderly Japanese-American man is pruning the tiny pines in concrete planters …


The best boutique hotels in Britain

At the Whitby in New York, Warm Service, Sophisticated Design

<b>Rates</b><p>From $595 including Wi-Fi.<p><b>The Basics</b><p>The Whitby Hotel, a property with a serious design personality, opened in February 2017 in midtown Manhattan, part of London-based Firmdale Hotels, a brand with eight properties in London and one other in New York City. Firmdale’s first New York property, …

Interior Design

The Sealander Is a Lightweight Camper That Turns Into a Boat

By<p>May 02 2017, 8:18 PM<p>Ever look at a tow-behind trailer and think <i>damn</i> I wish I could drive this bad boy into the water and just, you know, <i>cruise?</i> …


The 6 Best Travel Trailers You Can Buy For The Cost of a Kia

Owning your own teardrop trailer doesn't have to break the bank.<p>By<p>Mar 18 2018, 2:50 PM<p>Campers always seem like a pipe dream, don’t they? They allow …


11 Ways France Influenced Vietnamese Culture

Art Inspired By The Ingenuity Of Nigerian Street Vendors

When photographer Lorenzo Vitturi first visited Lagos, in 2014, he expected to find the same sort of gentrification he'd seen happening around him in London, where he's based. He imagined he'd find colorful neighborhoods being dismantled, razed and replaced with sterile skyscrapers. He anticipated …


How uber-luxury private helicopters are taking off

<b>(CNN) —</b> Luxury private jets are one thing, but the real movers and shakers in the VIP world demand cutting-edge, customized helicopters.<p>For ultrawealthy individuals and heads of state, the idea of hopping over traffic to land close to -- or at -- their destination has huge appeal.<p>But these VVIPs …


23 ancient cities that have survived more than just time

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ancient sites that have survived centuries, or even millennia, haven't fared so well in the 21st century.<p>The destruction at Palmyra in Syria, the Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, and Nimrud's ruins outside Mosul in Iraq show how precarious the future can be.<p>Here are 23 places that offer …


Country Living Hotels, Bath and Harrogate: How to book

Your chance to experience CL interiors for yourself...<p>Here at <i>Country Living</i>, our main aim is to equip you, our readers, with the knowledge and …


Albion House

The Best Places in the World to Vacation If You Love Cheese

Is there anything better than cheese? After all, cheese pretty much goes with everything. It’s amazing on bread, with fruit and with vegetables, with …