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35 Places You Need To Visit In France

Provence is famous for its fragrant lavender fields. Shutterstock France was recently named the most-visited country in the world with over 84 million visitors in 2013 — and for good reason.<p>Millions of people go to France each year to stroll along the quays of Paris, lie on the gorgeous beaches of …

France

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

Travel Lens: Dan Westergren’s World

<b>Dan Westergren</b> is the director of photography for <i>National Geographic Traveler</i>. Though he had an early affinity for black and white photography, being responsible for a travel magazine’s photographic vision means Dan is, in his words, “surrounded by a rainbow riot of color digital images” on a daily …

On the hunt with Hemingway

Following in the footsteps of Hemingway’s acclaimed works finds that today’s safaris are less rough-and-tumble – but still promise the unpredictable bush encounters the writer loved.<p>The leopard saw us coming. As we edged toward the Yellow Fever tree where he had draped himself across the branches, …

Europe's "Second Cities" -- Like Portugal's Porto -- Come in First

I am really into "second cities" these days. For generations, several European Industrial Age powerhouses (Antwerp, Hamburg, Glasgow, Bilbao, and so on) were what we would call "rust belt," as their elegant "first city" counterparts enjoyed the luster of the Information Age. But over the last …

European Travel

Help us caption this adorable entry to the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest. http://on.natgeo.com/1nI6iPl #TPC 2014 Photograph by Barbara Dall'Angelo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest