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Paris' Notre Dame turns 850

In the year of the Parisian cathedral’s 850th anniversary, a look back reveals religious upheaval, a dare-devilish high-rise artist and a grisly pack of wolves.<p>Zut alors! Angélique-Françoise, Antoinette-Charlotte, Hyacinthe- Jeanne and Denise-David have been ceremonially cast from the towers of …

In Istanbul, raki and a bottomless pit of gluttony

The joys of raki, an aniseed-flavoured alcohol, derive from its role as a catalyst for sharing delicious food and endless hours of conversation.<p>Istanbul will seduce you immediately. She is a sensual city, and it’s easy to fall captive to the beauty of her ancient buildings, the call to prayer …

Deep Frying

The ethics of asking strangers to pay

A growing number of travellers are using the internet to solicit donations and help fund their trips, a practice that is prompting debate in both the reader and blogger community.<p>There is a growing trend among travellers of using the internet to solicit donations to help fund their trips.<p>But if you …


Cycling one of the world's most famous pilgrimages

The Camino de Santiago, an 800km journey across Spain that attracts about 180,000 pilgrims each year, is not just limited to walkers.


Five family-friendly adventures

No need to leave the kids behind on these bold trips, from the backwaters of Kerala to Yosemite National Park.<p>Having kids need not put a stop to global explorations or imaginative travel experiences. Continue the journey with one of these family-friendly holiday ideas.<p><b>Kerala, India: The laid-back</b> …

National Parks

Can a fear of flying be cured?

Following recent reports of eerie plane crashes and increased air turbulence, a new book offers tactics for confronting aerophobia.<p>If travel, like life, is a journey, not a destination, then as many as one in three travellers are in for a bumpy ride.<p>That’s because psychologists estimate between one …

Boston University

Our favourite images of the week

The most stunning travel photos from the past seven days – capturing a foodie's paradise in Sri Lanka, scenic views of Queensland and culture of the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast

Dubai’s toilet block cafe

The Archive community centre, built in a former bathroom building, is luring the city’s hipsters with art and design books, weekend brunches and calligraphy workshops.<p>Books, books and more books. The Archive is lined with them and they litter every table.<p>In the age of the iPad, a commitment to …


Online calculators combat jet lag

Using your flight itinerary, two websites will provide suggested sleep schedules based on how many time zones you’ll cross and which direction you’ll be travelling.<p>While researchers are continuously debating and fine-tuning their advice, they agree that exposure to light is one of the most …

Jet Lag

Mini guide to California's wineries

Savour a chardonnay on a sun-dappled hillside or in a designer tasting room – Napa and Sonoma's wine countries produce some of the world’s finest vintages.<p>Savour a hearty Cab Sav or a Chardonnay while you picnic on a sun-dappled hillside or inside a designer tasting room – Napa and Sonoma wine …


Florence for foodies

From market food to Michelin-star restaurants, the northern Italian city is full of delicious eateries for every budget.<p>Florence’s magnificent museums offer plenty of food for the soul. But battling through the crowds to see the city’s artistic treasures is not something to tackle on an empty …


Parched plateaus of the Atacama Desert

Some parts of northern Chile have never seen a drop of rain, yet flamingos, cacti and more than one million people have learned to survive in these arid badlands.


The bottom line of travel writing

Following a debate surrounding the ethics of press trips, travel publications and organisations weigh in with their own polices – and not everyone is against the practice.<p>Do free press trips allow for greater access, or biased coverage?<p>That’s the question causing conflict and contention in the …

Saunter your way around Manhattan

The Great Saunter, a 32-mile hike around the island, offers sure-footed explorers a new perspective on New York City.<p>It can be easy to forget that dense, frenetic Manhattan is in fact an island. But on 4 May, the 28 annual Great Saunter – a 32-mile urban hike – offers sure-footed explorers a chance …

Hudson River

In Rome, see how the other half lives

This weekend, some 170 private palaces, academies, homes and other buildings will open their doors to visitors.<p>In Rome, some 170 private palaces, academies, homes and other buildings will open their doors to visitors.<p>This weekend marks the city’s second year of participating in the global Open …


Business travel in an age of austerity

Flatlining economies are impacting business travel around the globe, with hotels, airlines and travel operators muscling in on penny-pinching executives.<p>Flatlining economies and world regions facing prolonged austerity, debt crises and sluggish growth – such as the Eurozone, South Africa and the US …

Business Travel

Openings: New York, Edinburgh, Lima, Rotterdam

The Refinery Hotel opens 16 May in New York City’s Garment District, with a rooftop lounge offering views of the Empire State Building.<p>A monthly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.<p>On 1 May Alta Vista Suites opened on the Greek island of Santorini with three seaside suites. The …

New York City

Canada’s spectacular ‘Castles of the North’

Built to echo the romance of European citadels, these historic railway hotels recall a time when packing dozens of trunks and a butler or two was the only way to travel.<p>Canadian Pacific Railway executives breathed a sigh of relief when they completed the first railroad linking eastern and western …


Voices of Bangkok, Thailand

The Thai capital is an exciting mix of ancient and modern, where glistening skyscrapers and marble-fronted mega-malls sit alongside centuries-old Buddhist temples and royal palaces.


Are people really interested in space tourism?

Richard Branson marked a major milestone in space tourism with Virgin Galactic’s supersonic test flight… but for most people, outer space is not worth the price.<p>The next frontier of travel? If Richard Branson and others like him have their way, the answer is outer space. The Virgin Atlantic CEO …

Space Travel

The ancient mysteries of Mustang’s caves

Thanks to regulated tourism, the 10,000 human-built caves in northern Nepal remain relatively undisturbed.

Reader Q&A: What is the best way to travel around Morocco?

Reader Giacomo Tini is planning a trip to North Africa, and needs to know whether bus, train or car is the best way to get around. Our Facebook fans weighed in with travel advice.<p>Last week, we asked our travel-savvy readers for their advice on the logistics of travelling through Morocco. By way of …

The US gears up for an explosion of Chinese tourism

With an influx of Chinese travellers predicted by 2015, US hotels and luxury retailers are responding with culturally conscious amenities for the burgeoning lucrative market.<p>Next time you check in to a US hotel, you may be greeted by a Mandarin-speaking concierge. It’s just one of the ways the US …


Top 21 under-the-radar destinations

From Canada’s Yukon wilderness to the mountaintops of India, these unconventional holiday destinations will lead you off the beaten path and onto an adventure all your own.

Choose your own adventure in Turkey

Whether you are a weary beach bum or the ultimate culture connoisseur, out to splash the cash or in search of cheaper options, this diverse country has plenty of holiday potential.<p>More than 30 million tourists visited Turkey in 2012, cementing the nation's reputation as one of the world's top …

A new dawn rises over Luxor’s Valley of the Queens

Queen Nefertari, known as one of the most beautiful women in history, still inspires after 3,000 years, with her tomb giving wondrous insight into the art and beliefs of Ancient Egypt.

Booze meets black-tie for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Every year, Bryant Park’s New York Public Library transforms from a sanctuary of hushed voices to one of refined hedonism, complete with an unlimited assortment of creative cocktails.<p>Seen-it-all New Yorkers have a reputation for being hard to impress – but even the most jaded attendees of the …

Black Tie

Inside the Kremlin walls

On the 400th anniversary of the Romanovs, Russia’s dynasty of tsars, explore the often grave and sometimes amusing history of Moscow’s fortified city centre.<p>Overrun by Mongols, rattled by earthquakes and beset by fires, the Kremlin’s fortunes have waxed and waned in tandem with those of Mother …


Hawaii or the Caribbean: how do you choose?

Turquoise seas, white-sand beaches, palm trees and fruity drinks – both Hawaii and the Caribbean Islands have all the ingredients for a dreamy, tropical getaway. For travelers in North America looking for island escapes, this is a common travel conundrum – but even if you're coming from further …