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Top 10 hotels, hostels and pensiones in San Sebastián, Spain

Hotel Astoria 7<p>Walk into the lobby of this sleek, modern hotel, 10 minutes’ walk from San Sebastián’s old town, and you’re greeted by a cheerful-looking, life-size model of Alfred Hitchcock. If the great director was here during the city’s September film festival, he’d be moaning that he wasn’t at …

Top 10 brew pubs in Europe: readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip:</b> <b>CK Browar, Kraków, Poland</b><p>This majestic brewery tap is situated underneath the cobbles of Poland’s second – and oldest – city. The beer hall opens up with long, communal tables inviting thirsty punters to order a tower of their homemade beers. Choose from light, ginger, <i>dunkel</i> or <i>weizen</i> …

Stockholm's top 10 good value restaurants

Gro<p>Just over a year ago, chefs and former colleagues Henrik Norén and Magnus Villnow realised their dream of opening a small restaurant serving simple, honest, almost exclusively local food where <i>grönsaker</i> (vegetables; literally "green things") are the stars. A dish of cauliflower, bacon and cress, …

How to do Umbria, Italy, on a budget

Italy’s ‘green heart’ can be friendly on the wallet. Donald Strachan finds affordable ways to enjoy Umbria’s great walks, food, festivals and art<p>Finding your own patch of peace – and finding it on the cheap – isn’t always easy in Italy. But fortunately for holidaymakers, Umbria isn’t much like the …

Empires of the Silk Road

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><i>By David A. Taylor</i><p>I had only walked three minutes from my hotel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, when I stumbled upon a former empire.<p>Coming to Kyrgyzstan last fall, I wanted to see what remained of the Silk Road that snaked through that spiky Central Asian country for …

37 Places You Need To Visit In Italy

While the food in Italy is reason enough to visit, the country is filled with famous works of art, exceptionally beautiful cities, and gorgeous lakes and mountains.<p>We compiled a list of 37 sites in Italy you should see at least once in your lifetime.<p>We included important classics like Rome's …

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes Creole Style Recipe

There’s a reason why the Southern dish of stewed okra and tomatoes is timeless. It’s just plain good. First you start with browning some bacon, then …

Recipes

15 Grilled Burger Recipes for Memorial Day

Walk into any Memorial Day cookout and you're likely to find burgers on the grill—few foods are as synonymous with grilling. At its heart, a great burger is an exercise in simplicity. All you really need is beef, salt, pepper, and fire. Once you've got the base down it's time to start experimenting …

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

Travel<p>In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.<p><b>Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites</b><br>Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is bathed in history. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the …

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Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 …

European Travel