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50 Women On ‘What Men Get Wrong About Hooking Up’

1.<p>Arousal begins in the mind. Start your seduction before any clothing comes off.<p>2.<p>Begin every day thinking “How can I make my partner’s life a …

5 Top Things To Do In Turin, Italy

Italy

Free Things To Do In Rome - The Guide!

Rome is probably not the first destination you think of when it comes to budget travel, but the great thing is that there are so many free things to …

Italy

Simply Sintra: magic and mystery on Portugal's Atlantic coast

Sintra is often described as a Disneyland for grown-ups, but spend time exploring the surrounding beaches, seafood restaurants and woodlands, and you'll find there's much more to this historic town, writes Isabel Choat<p>The best ones are right under the rocks," said Nuno Aramac, before slipping under …

Spain: best budget beach hotels on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

Away from the brash resorts, check in to one of Catalonia's peaceful seaside retreats, from an unspoilt fishing village to a tiny cove where you sleep to the sound of the waves<p>Hotel Casamar, Llafranc<p>The hugely friendly, family-run Casamar does simple extremely well, and does sophisticated right …

Autumn hiking in La Grave, France

La Grave may be one of the French Alps' most extreme ski resorts but it is also wonderful for autumn hiking before the snow<p>'That couple there, the Jacobs, live opposite me. They're one of the old farming families of La Grave. He's almost 100," says our guide, Katarina, waving, as we make our way …

Ideas for autumn activities and food-themed breaks

Fancy walking, climbing and enjoying the northern lights … or maybe tucking in to the delicacies of Mallorca, and foraging in Finland? Here's our pick of autumn breaks<p><b>ACTIVITY BREAKS</b><p>Walking, Outer Hebrides<p>Autumn (and spring) are the best times to traverse Barra, Lewis and Harris in the Hebrides: …

Things To Do In Barcelona

Image by Jeroen_Bennink<p>After Madrid, Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and also the capital of Catalonia. The city has a world class …

Café

Coffee Touring: The Best Coffee in Amsterdam – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Amsterdam, a place I hadn’t been to in years and whose small but vibrant specialty …

Coffee

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

A wild world off California's coast

Just beyond San Francisco, the mysterious Farallon Islands are a collection of inhospitable rocky peaks where nutrient-rich waters make it a perfect place for whale watching.<p>Few places off the California coast are more mysterious than the Farallon Islands. Located just 27 miles west of the Golden …

Cognitive Science

A month of Sundays in Paris

In August, the French capital forgoes its usual bustle for a month-long weekend of lazy doings and simple diversions.

France

Where to eat when Rome shuts down

Thanks to the economic crisis, more Romans are staying in the city this August ― meaning there are more authentic dining options for travellers to gorge on.<p>For years, Rome has shut down in August. During Italy’s traditional summer holiday of <i>ferragosto</i>,it is normally near impossible to find an open …

Italy

Florence’s best-kept secret

Known by few and accessed by even fewer, the Vasari Corridor echoes with the footsteps of dukes and tyrants, and lays claim to one of Europe’s most exclusive art collections.<p>The Vasari Corridor is Florence’s ultimate velvet rope experience, yet few people know of its existence. A private overground …

Italy

The art of slowing down in southern Italy

In Puglia, a region of graciously warm residents and low lying hills, days are spent restoring ancient frescoes, hand-rolling pasta and shepherding sheep – all on Italia time.<p>When our cook, Fausta Solfa, mentioned that dinner would be at 7:30 pm, someone in our group asked: “Is that 7:30 pm regular …

Italy

The rebirth of Istanbul’s Bosphorus

An ambitious plan looks to supersize the beloved and congested waterway, turning it into the world’s largest pleasure boating playground.<p>Every morning central Istanbul wakes to rekindle its daily love affair with the waterway. The scene includes dozens of promenading tourists, dog walkers and …

Titanic

Vancouver’s big birthday bash

Head to Canada’s favourite urban green space this weekend, when the city’s iconic Stanley Park celebrates its 125th birthday with a mammoth free-entry party.<p>Thousands of Vancouverites will flock to Canada’s favourite urban green space this weekend when the city’s iconic Stanley Park celebrates its …

Western Canada

The perfect trip: Norway

This country does not do nature on a small scale. It is a land of earth-shattering glaciers, fjords of epic proportions and countless coastal islands scarcely touched by civilisation.<p>Traverse Norway'­s dramatic landscape in this ideal excursion, taking in one of the world's great rail journeys from …

European Travel

Barcelona Beckons: Repositioning the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

Bartomeu Mari, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA) is not a man to be easily discouraged. Over the past five years, MACBA's budget has shrunk one million Euro a year, dropping from a high of 14 million in 2008 to a low of 10 million today.<p>"We did not know that we were …