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The European train trip that every family should take

As a child I used to stand beside my dad in the corridor of the overnight car train from Calais to Narbonne in southern France. We’d watch fields of sunflowers shoot by while freight trains roared past like angry dragons. Lost in a reverie, his hair tangled from the rushing wind, my father rarely …

Trains

The 12 Most Beautiful Bars and Restaurants in the World

Because you deserve to only eat and drink in stunning surroundings.<p>Great restaurants are loved for more than just their food. Interior design plays an important part in the overall dining experience, which is why the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards celebrate stunning eating and drinking spaces each …

Fishing on the Ebro, where the catfish weigh over 200lb

When we arrived on the river bank at 8.30am, it sounded as though a bear was snoring in the “bivi”. We peeked in to find the red-bearded Kingsley, from Newton Abbot, squinting back at us.<p>“Typical bloody student,” said Niall, our 25-year-old guide, with a grin. “Can’t get out of bed in the morning.” …

What's the real difference between restaurants with one, two and three Michelin stars?

Over the last 25 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to dine in hundreds of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world – and have the depleted bank balance and expanded waistline to prove it. What I haven’t gained, however, is a convincing answer to that oft-asked question: what’s the difference …

Great European city breaks you've probably never thought of

These small cities may not pack the cultural punch of Europe’s grande dames – and that’s the point of going. All are full of local colour but also served by budget airlines. Perfect for a weekend break<p>The Montenegrin coast feels very different from neighbouring Croatia: it’s more Russian-influenced …

Obama has great taste — here are his favorite movies, books, and TV shows

Barack Obama is not only one of our youngest presidents — having been elected at age 47 — but also one of our coolest.<p>He's not just a fixture in politics, but in pop culture as well, and he isn't afraid to respond to mean tweets or parry with Zach Galifianakis between two ferns . He even dissed …

Books

My Top 10 Travel Experiences

*<p><b>1. Visiting the Sistine Chapel After Hours</b><p>Any visitor to the Sistine Chapel knows the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, constant buzz of noise, and weary, sharp shouts of the guards. This Chapel, meant to be a place of peace and admiration of the wonders that Michelangelo created, is often overpowered …

Secret seaside: 17 unspoiled European islands

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

Café

Kate Moss, Miley Cyrus, and More Nearly Naked Stars in W

Models Lily Aldridge, Emily Ratajkowski, and Chrissy Teigen aren’t the first to strip down for W magazine. Here, a round up of the best undressed stars.

Miley Cyrus

Jurassic World: New Hasbro Toys Reveal the Indominus Rex

As the New York Toy Fair begins, let's return to the world of Jurassic Park...<p>It's finally here: the first official look at Jurassic World's massive …

Jurassic World

There and Back: Ranking 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'

There and back again. The credits having rolled on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," and that is precisely the journey we have taken - …

All The 2015 TV Premiere Dates You Need To Know

The new year is bringing the return and debuts of some really fantastic television!<p>It's been over a month since our favorite TV shows left us with painstaking cliffhangers (::cough, cough:: <i>The Good Wife</i> and <i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> ::cough, cough::), but the wait is finally over: Starting Jan. 4, …

The Top Video Games Of 2015

It’s very difficult to pick a top 10 list for upcoming video games.<p>2015 is filled with interesting and exciting titles, from PC and new-gen exclusives, to cross-platform entries, and from sequels to brand-new IPs.<p>In this post we’ll take a look at a bunch of these, and we’ll do so in alphabetical …

Amazing Hotels in Rome You've GOT to See

Rome is the third most visited city in Europe, just behind Paris and London respectively, and this comes as no surprise.<p>After all, the "eternal city" a) is beautiful and b) has a rich history dating back to 753 BC, with so many historical sites that seeing them all is nearly impossible. (Might we …

The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast Took The Ice Bucket Challenge And No One Died (Yet)

Season five of <i>Game of Thrones</i> began filming this month, but the cast is still spread out all over the world — some are sadly eating ice cream, others are getting their driver’s license (and are now on their way to Braavos). When everyone returns to set, though, and has to read their What I Did …

A Day Trip To Oia, Santorini, Greece: What Not To Miss

While I thoroughly recommend spending as much time as possible in Santorini, sometimes all you have is the option of one day. If you find yourself island hopping throughout Greece, here is your itinerary for exploring Oia, on the island of Santorini.<p><b>1. Swimming in Amoudi Bay</b><p>Start your day with a …

European Travel

Florence: Luxury Hotel Rooms With Holy-God! Views Of Top Churches

A stay in Florence almost always involves visits to the city’s great churches, among them The Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, and Santa Croce.<p>So here’s a tip from The Hotel Detective: Contemplate them from the comfort of your room. Below is a rundown of the rooms at three luxury hotels, Hotel Savoy, JK …

Lagoa Do Fogo Is The Hike You Must Add To Your Bucket List

São Miguel Island has no shortage of gorgeous natural scenery. But Lagoa do Fogo might take the cake for the most stunning spot around.<p>Lagoa do Fogo (aka "Lake of Fire") is a crater lake at the center of São Miguel Island in Azores, Portugal. It sits within the Agua de Pau stratovolcano.<p>While São …

Rihanna Was The Best Thing About Eminem's Lollapalooza Set

Lollapalooza Day 1 ended with a major dilemma for fans: Festival organizers C3 Presents decided to pit Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd and Phantogram against each other for the night's closing set. Those who chose Eminem, one of the biggest names on the bill, got a huge treat when Rihanna rose from …

Hiking and History in Italy’s Dolomites

When World War I broke out, Italy’s <b>Dolomites</b> became a treacherous front line for Austrian and Italian soldiers.<p>Here among the jagged peaks and sheer pastel walls of this ancient range of the Alps, where many cultures had coexisted for centuries, soldiers on both sides built networks of bolted-down …

National Geographic Travel

A journey through 'Middle-earth'

There's no shortage of fantasy role-playing games poised to launch on PCs and video game consoles over the next year. <i>Dragon Age</i>, <i>The Witcher</i> and <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> are among those titles arriving between this fall and 2015.<p>But perhaps the most intriguing is <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, an RPG …

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in: Florence

When you've had it up to here with ancient fine art, stumble around on the cobblestone to discover the party side of Florence.<p>Photo by: gigi galiazzo<p>Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but one can only take so much of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli before its time to …

Italy

50 Influential Photographs That Changed Human History

1 of 51<p>Family members pass Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at an Albania camp, March 1999.<p>2 …

5 Things We Learned From ‘True Detective’

<b>1. The McConnaissance has officially hit its peak.</b><br>It’s now belaboring the obvious to state that Matthew McConaughey has morphed into one of the most …

5 Ways To Make Sure Your Boss Knows Just How Awesome You Are

Signed a huge client? Check. Trained six new employees? Check. Hit your monthly sales quota in a week? Done and done.<p>You might have a list of career accomplishments a mile long. But if you’re the only one with access to that list—and no one else understands the extent of your contributions or the …

We Visited Singapore's Outrageous Airport, And Were Totally Blown Away

<i>With the Singapore Airshow open to the public this weekend, it's a great occasion to check out the world's greatest airport, so we've republished her report.</i><p>Singapore's Changi Airport is a major hub for international transport, with more than 135,000 passengers passing through every day.<p>But it's no …

Enchanting Florence