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Most Crowded Galaxy Discovered, Only 54 Million Light Years Away

<b>Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever seen, and at 54 million light years away, it’s in our galactic neighborhood.</b><p>Using the combined imaging capabilities of ground-based observatories with the high-flying Hubble Space Telescope and its cousin, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the …

The best sightseeing passes

<b>FAQ</b><br>Which European city passes are good value and worth having – and which should be avoided?<p><b>Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies</b> <br>On a short trip to a European city, a sightseeing pass could save you money and make life easier and more convenient, but don’t rush to buy one before checking …

Virginia, USA: falling for autumn glories

Three years ago this October, I experienced my first Southern autumn.<p>My wife and I drove five hours from New York to spend a weekend with a friend who owned a cottage in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This being the Appalachians of the American South, I half expected …

Cycling in Britain: Tour de freedom

The plan was simple enough. We would cycle from London to Devon. From the city to the sea, sleeping under the stars, wherever we could find a spot to spread our bivouac bags. It would be a father-and-son adventure. Kit is 16; I am old. Neither of us owned suitable bicycles, so Kit rebuilt the …

European rail journeys: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

This week's winner<p><b>Such a bargain</b><p>One of the best European rail journeys we have ever been on was from Seville to Jerez. We were in Seville as part of an escorted tour and, on a day off, wanted to do some sherry-tasting on our own. We discovered that we were no more than an hour or so’s train ride …

Trains

Expensive experiences, cheaper alternatives

The world’s most iconic travel experiences don’t usually come cheap – but sometimes there are real alternatives. Here are some ideas for the budget-conscious, and expert advice on whether it’s actually worth paying the price for some of these bucket-list classics.<p><b>1. Orient Express vs InterRail</b> …

National Parks

The Big Picture photography competition: round 261

The omen's aren't good for a barbecue summer

We all know by now, notwithstanding the abating of the gale-force winds and the occasional bright spell, that it’s not going to be a “barbecue summer”. Given the Met Office’s record in predicting anything that might accurately reflect what the weather may bring over longer than the next five …