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The European train trip that every family should take

As a child I used to stand beside my dad in the corridor of the overnight car train from Calais to Narbonne in southern France. We’d watch fields of sunflowers shoot by while freight trains roared past like angry dragons. Lost in a reverie, his hair tangled from the rushing wind, my father rarely …

7 trips worth getting in shape for

Valaer Murray lines up once-in-a-lifetime adventures that will have you hopping off the couch and straight into the gym.

How to Fix French Fries Without Oil

French fries are a delicious and versatile side dish. They go great with everything and are easy to prepare. The only problem is that they are …

Recipes

Escape to the country: the best US cities for outdoor adventure

A trailer car adventure through 59 US national parks

This year sees celebrations across the US to mark the centenary of the National Park Service. To pay homage to this great organisation, Jonathan Irish and Stefanie Payne are visiting every national park in an Airstream trailer. Here, Jonathan shares some of the highlights so far.<p>March 5<p>Death Valley …

8 Underrated National Parks That Will Leave You Speechless

National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon are rightfully some of the most famous destinations in the U.S. They're iconic and …

Board a train for the journey to Glacier National Park

EAST GLACIER, Mont. - Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation …

National Parks

When you want to be alone – book here

When you arrive in Tuscany, you can expect certain things: statuesque trees standing vigil amid rolling hills, soft sunrises and sunsets, vistas that keep people coming from the world over and sumptuous food that keeps them coming back.<p>What I had not expected was to be alone. As my car took me up …

8 Epic European Summer Road Trips

With summer quickly approaching, there is no better time to think about your next vacation! And instead of just settling on one spot, why not jump in …

Photos

A friend of mine scored two tickets for a pop-up at the Ramen Shop by Osamu Tomita, King of Ramen in Japan. They say that the <i>Rich Tonkotsu Gyokai</i> …

America's Most Scenic Roads

The T-shirts all say: <i>I survived the road to Hana</i>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you …

9 Things You Do That Make You Less Likeable

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few--the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It's easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your …

Putin warns Romania, Poland over implementing US missile shield

Romania and Poland are in the potential crosshairs of Russian rockets because they are hosting parts of the U.S. missile defense shield that Moscow considers a threat to its national security, President Vladimir Putin warned Friday.<p>Putin warned the European nations that Moscow has repeatedly said …

The Low-Cost, DIY Romanian Tesla

A half-French, half-Catalan engineer crossed the continent to build an electric car anyone could afford.<p>What do you do if you can't afford a Tesla? You build one yourself. Marc Areny did just that, for only $13,000.<p>In 2011, the half-French, half-Catalan engineer sold his property in France and …

Edgar Allan Poe: the master of horror writing

<b>The Murders In The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, considered to be the first modern detective story, was published in the USA on April 20, 1841. In this article, first published in January 2009, author Joanne Harris celebrates the psychological complexity of his Gothic tales.</b><p>I first became …

10 Books Our Editors Won’t Shut Up About

Because we’re all book nerds at heart<p>Though we're all pretty much self-proclaimed book nerds around these parts, sitting down to read a novel after spending ten or twelve hours editing and writing articles isn't always our go-to. After all, there's only so much our eyeballs can take before they …

13 more European cities you never thought to visit (but really should)

Smart people are better off with fewer friends

When smart people spend more time with their friends, it makes them less happy.<p>Hell might actually be other people – at least if you're really …

Combined Shape

It's hard to believe it, but it is no longer 2006. Crazy, right?!<p>We are a few months into 2016, and we have some stellar movies lined up. From "Finding Dory" to "Suicide Squad" to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," we are in for a treat! However, instead of harping on the movies that are …

AOL

12 of the coolest hot springs in the world

Stressed out? Plan your next vacation at a natural hot spring for a relaxing getaway.<p>Not only are they therapeutic, hot springs can offer a glimpse …

The World's Largest Abandoned Building Is the 'Hotel of Doom' in North Korea

Cozy.<p>In 1987, workers began constructing what would be the tallest hotel in the world in Pyongyang, North Korea. The frame was finished two years later—a little behind schedule, the structure was supposed to open in 1989. Then in 1992, after the collapse of ally and backer the Soviet Union, work …

North Korea

Half a million kids survived Romania's 'slaughterhouses of souls.' Will they ever heal?

Daniel Rucareanu remembers clearly when his best friend at the orphanage, Florin, slapped him.<p>The night supervisor in the boys' communist Romanian …

Romania

Walk, cycle, kayak or horse ride around some of the continent’s most stunning and remote corners<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an unusual horseback …

European Travel

The people who drink human blood

In most major cities around the world, communities of ordinary people – nurses, bar staff, secretaries – are drinking human blood on a regular basis. The question is, why?<p>In the French quarter of New Orleans, John Edgar Browning is about to take part in a "feeding". It begins as clinically as a …

Sexual Health

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up.<p>Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from …

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

How the Boston Marathon Bombing Hurt Tsarnaev's Homeland

Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean …

OK, don't read this article about passive-aggressive behaviour. Honestly, it's fine

It was Valentine’s Day recently, a fraught time for anyone in a relationship. Perhaps the gift you got your partner was obviously a last minute purchase from a petrol station? Or maybe you ignored Valentine’s Day because you both agreed it’s stupid, only your partner didn’t <i>quite</i> mean it?<p>Whatever …

Psychology

Brain scans could better predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget horoscopes or fortune tellers. There's a new way to tell your future, and it involves a much more reliable medium: human neuroscience.<p>A new study looks at over 70 scientific publications about brain scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, …

The Brain