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Going The Distance With A Smart Shoe Made In India

Forget Google Glass or Jawbone Up, the next wave in wearable tech might just be a smart shoe from India. The Lechal, meaning “take me along” in Hindi, has a Bluetooth enabled shoe insert that hooks up with Google Maps and buzzes to let you know which way to turn on your chosen route.<p>Created by …

The National Trust's best campsites

<b>Castle Ward, Co. Down</b><p><b>Best for: dramatic views</b><p>The grounds of this mid-Georgian mansion overlook Strangford Lough, where it’s possible to spot grey seals, and there’s pretty viewpoints from walking trails through woodland. New to the site are camping pods which are insulated with sheep wool and also …

National Trust

The five best things you can see on Street View - Telegraph

The ghosts of Budapest’s past

The 20th century was not kind to Hungary. When the post-WWI Treaty of Trianon partitioned the nation into a much smaller territory, WWII fights left Hungary in a battered state. The arrival of communism further tested an already depleted national identity. Testament to Hungary’s resilience is how …

20th Century

Expert guide to Monaco

Local laws and etiquette<p>Monaco law requires that you always have personal ID about your person, so keep your passport on you. Monégasque police – all recruited in France – are ubiquitous and not renowned as jokers.<p>When introduced to someone, shake him or her by the hand. All that cheek-kissing …

European Travel

Istanbul attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Istanbul has become a year-round destination. Midsummer is sultry, but this is a great time to enjoy an outdoor meal at a Bosphorus-front fish restaurant, or Turkish coffee at a pavement cafe.<p>Summer attractions and day trips<p><b>Aya Sofya</b><p>One of the most important and imposing religious buildings …

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Cheap holidays in Spain: readers' travel tips

Winning tip Capileira, Alpujarras<p>Off the beaten track, yet only two-and-a-half hours from Málaga airport, Capileira is spectacular, full of life and …

Rome attractions: what to see and do in summer

Why go?<p><b>Rome</b> really comes into its own between April and October, when the action spills outside and the centro storico becomes one big piazza. There’s no real off-season in the Eternal City. If you can take the heat, August (when most Romans head for the beach) is a good month to find offers on …

Mini guide to culture in Seville

Its mixed architecture and celebrated flamenco make Andalucía’s largest city one of passion, history and irresistible charm.<p>Home to Moorish monuments, fine art, flamenco, endless festivals and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, Seville is a city of passion where matadors and cantadors still make …

Santa Cruz

33 Amazing Plates Of Food

How can you just sit there chewing, content with your sad, conformist sandwich? You could be turning your food into ART.

Best-value destinations in Europe for 2013

Offering some of the world’s most iconic sights, best museums and superb cuisines, Europe is always an attractive and exciting destination, though overpriced hotels, extortionate entry fees and eye-wateringly priced restaurants in many parts of the continent can make travel here feel less than a …

Six ways to experience Stockholm

From crafts and medieval architecture to haute cuisine and cocktails, enjoy the very best of Stockholm with <i>Lonely Planet Magazine</i>'s guide.<p>Experience Scandinavia’s design capital<p>From the upmarket stores of Östermalm to the jumbled bric-a-brac shops of Upplandsgatan, this is a city that has style …

Zany Zürich: the stranger side of Switzerland

The typical images of Switzerland – tick-tocking watches and chocolate-box churches – are all out-of-date clichés. In reality, the modern metropolis and pulsating financial hub of Zürich has more in common with Europe’s more offbeat, avant-garde cities, like Berlin or Barcelona, than many first …

Paris with kids: a family-friendly city break

My six-year-old and I wandered the steep back streets of Montmartre for an hour before reaching Place du Tertre. We stopped on Place Emile Goudeau to …

Modern Motorcycle Diaries: Man Captures His 500-Day Trip Across the Americas

If you feel feelings of wanderlust and jealousy easily, you might want to stay away from the story of Alex Chacon. He’s a guy who recently completed …