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Europe's 52 best secret beaches

The beach is the key to many a great holiday – from first childhood steps across the sand to teenage posturing and strolls en famille. But the perfect beach is rarely found by chance.<p>The coasts of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are fringed with an overwhelming array of beaches - many of which …

How is Nazi-looted art returned?

IN NOVEMBER German authorities revealed that more than 1,400 valuable works of art had been confiscated from the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt, a …

Ailsa Craig, granite jewel of the Firth of Clyde, finally finds a buyer

A nature conservation trust will this week buy a famous Scottish island, in a move that would secure the future of one of Europe's most important bird colonies.<p>Ailsa Craig, a volcanic island immortalised in the memory of a million childhood holidays, climbs out of the Firth of Clyde 10 miles off …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

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16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Travel tips: live it up in Lisbon, have drinks in a pop-up teepee, and where to stay in Snowdonia | Joanne O'Connor

Lisbon holidays,Portugal holidays,Snowdonia holidays,Europe holidays,United Kingdom holidays,Wales holidays,Travel<p>Luxuriate in Lisbon with good food and great views, and enjoy winter cocktails in a groovy wigwam<p><b>Why go?</b><br>A ride on the rickety yellow "Tram 28" through the steep, narrow streets of …

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Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

The 7 Natural Wonders of Switzerland

Destination<p>| View All On One Page<p>http://www.escapehere.com/destination/the-7-natural-wonders-of-switzerland/<p>While Switzerland may be famous for …

Travel tips: autumn in Switzerland, a new budget-friendly London hotel and where to stay in Marrakech

<b>Take me there: Engadine Valley</b><p><b>Why go?</b> <br>It's known as a winter sports destination, but savvy travellers head to Switzerland's Engadine in autumn, when the larches turn golden, the skies are ice blue and there's a dusting of snow on the mountaintops.<p><b>What to do</b><br>Some of the ski lifts run all year round …

Hillary Clinton: we need to talk sensibly about spying

Hillary Clinton has called for a "sensible adult conversation", to be held in a transparent way, about the boundaries of state surveillance highlighted by the leaking of secret NSA files by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>In a boost to Nick Clegg, the British deputy prime minister, who is planning …

Homs: a tale of two cities

Once seen as the capital of Syria's revolution, Homs is now caught in a vicious stalemate between regime and rebel forces. James Harkin visits a divided city, where kidnappings are rife and chemical disarmament a low priority<p>I first met Abu Ali at the end of February 2012, both of us standing in an …

Why is the left obsessed by the Daily Mail?

Out in the real world, it was a pretty serious week for news. The US was on the brink of budget default, a British court heard how for two years social workers failed to detect the mummified body of a four-year-old starved to death by his mother, and it was claimed that the then Labour health …

The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society<p>In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and …

Is it ever OK to photograph strangers on a train?

As a lifelong cyclist, I'm usually spared the horrors of public transport. Suitcases (and worse) pressing into my coccyx, Metro horoscopes, vomit, delays and the smell of someone else's sweaty armpits – I happily avoid them.<p>But one new public transport phenomenon has recently crashed into my …

King's Cross then and now - in pictures

King's Cross Square has officially opened today, marking the completion of a £550m redevelopment project that has transformed King's Cross railway station and its surrounding area. From its Victorian construction to its sleek contemporary rebuild, we look back at the history of the area

Robert Harris: 'Whenever a crowd is running one way, I run the other'

<b>Robert Harris began his career as a reporter on Panorama and Newsnight, going on to become political editor of the Observer at the age of 30. He established his writing credentials in nonfiction, with titles such as</b> <b>Selling Hitler</b><b>, an investigation of the Hitler diaries scandal, then made his</b> …

Counting the cost of your car

To celebrate Auto Express' 25th anniversary, we thought we’d wind back the clock to see how the cost of motoring has changed since our first issue …

Nick Clark on the new Bond, as delineated by William Boyd 'He is not the thuggish blond muscleman of Skyfall but the one originally described by Fleming as “tall, lean, rangy very dark-haired, good looking man”. 'This is the Bond who chain-smokes 70 cigarettes a day and is rarely seen without a drink in his hand. The Bond who is attempting to stop a civil war in West Africa, rather than the one portrayed by Daniel Craig trying to defeat a cyber-terrorist who had brought MI6 to its knees and mayhem to central London.' Which Bond do you prefer? Read more here http://ind.pn/18r1h7P

Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander | Glenn Greenwald

A lavish Star Trek room he had built as part of his 'Information Dominance Center' is endlessly revealing<p><b>(updated below; Update II [w/correction])</b><p>It has been previously reported that the mentality of NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is captured by his motto "Collect it All". It's a get-everything …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and apartments in Bangkok

From design hotels and slick boutique hostels to eccentric budget stalwarts and funky serviced apartments, Bangkok's eclectic accommodation offers plenty of bang for your baht<p>Hidden at the back of one of Chinatown's Buddhist temples, this one-of-a-kind B&B is a winsome example of a growing trend: …

European holidays: Guardian writers share their tips – and you can too

Our writers share their European holiday highlights, from a great French campsite to an Ibizan fish shack – now tell us about your holiday on GuardianWitness <br>See here for Guardian writers' UK holiday tips<p><b>FRANCE</b><p><b>Le Comptoir Général, Paris</b><p>A 10-minute walk from the metro stop République, past the …

In pictures: Secret disguises of the Stasi

Berlin-based artist Simon Menner releases photos of disguises used by East Germany's notorious Stasi secret police after years trawling through the agency's archives.

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ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour 4x4 Review (2018)

Consider the modern supercar. Is it really the ultimate expression of the four-wheel driving experience? Not according to Fabrizio Giugiaro’s latest …

MG LE50 Review (2018)

You might already have read about the MG LE50, brainchild of Abingdon-based Frontline Developments. It's an MGB GT, obviously, and a very old one if …

Seaside fish and chips: readers' tips

A trip to the seaside isn't complete without fish and chips. Here are readers' favourite chippies around the UK coast<p>To add a tip for next week and to be in with a chance of winning a Jack Wolfskin tent, go to guardianwitness<p>WINNING TIP: Adam's, St Martins, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall<p>Adam Morton and …

Why red peppers are good for you

In theory, there's no vegetable better than the red pepper for bringing Mediterranean sunshine to a dish, but the majority of red peppers on sale in Britain are the thick-skinned glasshouse-grown "bell" variety. A combination of growing method and variety means they are full of water. So roast or …