Michael Gallagher

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What We Ate on the Trans-Siberian Railway

GalleryWhat We Ate on the Trans-Siberian Railway<p>We boarded the Trans-Siberian Railway in Moscow on a foggy, freezing February night. When we disembarked in Beijing, it was a bright March afternoon, and we had traveled more than 4,800 miles. The Trans-Siberian dining cars are independently owned and …

Discover Why Hong Kong Is Asia’s Melting Pot

Explore this fascinating city, like no other place on Earth.<p>Nowhere else can a child experience a city so exuberantly complex in such a geographically tiny package as Hong Kong, which packs seven million citizens into just 426 square miles, making it one of the most densely populated regions on the …

Hong Kong

Dramatic volcanic eruption caught on film in Papua New Guinea

Tourists have captured video footage of the spectacular eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea<p>When these visitors to <b>Papua New Guinea</b> took a sightseeing boat trip they probably didn't expect to witness a volcano erupt right before their eyes.<p>But Mount Tavurvur, on the northern tip of New …

Get Lost in Porto - City of Wine

Cities can be exhausting places for the tourist; crowds, confusion, vast distances between expensive monuments and a general sense that it's not what …

European Travel

Britain's 20 greatest drives

48 hours in Hiroshima

Friendly, picturesque and a paradise for foodies. This description might not spring to mind when you hear the word 'Hiroshima', but word is starting to spread about this most surprising of Japanese cities. As the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack, Hiroshima has a dark legacy but it …

Japan

Seven cruise journeys that evoke a lost era

Giant floating cities complete with endless buffets, kids clubs and climbing walls? Who needs them? Take to the water in style in homage to a bygone era.<p><b>Glide down the Nile on a Belle Époque steamer</b><p>Forget about crowded bus tours, the best way to see Egypt’s archaeological treasures is by boat – …

Cruise Ships

Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping

Underground images show a large complex of monuments and buildings used in rituals dating back thousands of years.<p><b>An astonishing complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and barrows has lain hidden and unsuspected beneath the Stonehenge area for thousands of years. Scientists discovered the site</b> …

Joan Rivers: A Life in Stylish Pictures

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

Meditation

The Power of Sleep

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Sleep

Illustrator Creates Doodles That Interact With Their Surroundings

French art director and illustrator David Troquier, who goes by Troqman, has an impressive sense of humor. He creates scrapbook doodles and places …

Drawing

Remembering 9/11 With Indelible Pictures

Ten years after 9/11, see iconic images of the tragedy as chosen by National Geographic photo editors. Warning: graphic content.

The best places in the world to see the arrival of autumn

Hiking

Chisel-Toothed Beasts Push Back Origin of Mammals

Jurassic skeletons show that early mammals didn't just hide in the undergrowth.<p>Squirrel-size mammals scampered through the trees above dinosaurs' heads, newfound Chinese fossils show, revising our image of the first furry beasts. Three newly described species suggest that mammals evolved earlier, …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

An insider's guide to driving in Italy

So you're ready to go. You've booked your flight, arranged your accommodation and organised a hire car. Awaiting is a week of motoring through Italy's magical countryside. But what's it really like to drive in Italy? Is it as nerve-wracking as it's made out to be? Do you need the skills of a …

Italy

Expert guide to Amsterdam

Essential contacts<p><b>British Embassy</b> (00 31 70 427 0427), Lange Voorhout 10, 2514 ED, The Hague<p><b>British Consulate-General</b> (0031 20 676 4343), Koningslaan 44, 1075 AE, Amsterdam<p><b>Emergency services:</b> dial 112. For non-emergency police matters dial 0900 8844<p><b>Tourist office and information:</b> the Tourist Office …

Daley Blind brings game intelligence to Manchester United's midfield

Dutch international will have delighted manager Louis Van Gaal with a mature display of passing in the holding role<p>After losing against Swansea City on the opening day, Louis van Gaal spoke of the need for his players to use their heads a lot more, to make the right decisions at the right times. As …

Soccer

Radamel Falcao fear factor can end Manchester United's home nightmares

Second-half cameo suggests forward's predatory instinct will unnerve defences visting Old Trafford in a manner that was absent last season<p>When, in his programme notes for the visit of <b>Queens Park Rangers</b>, <b>Louis van Gaal</b> spoke of wanting to “bring the fear factor” back to Old Trafford, the reality was …

Soccer
Soccer

Ramon Calderon: 'Fed up' Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester United

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told TalkSPORT he believes Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester United after becoming …

Soccer

Caminito del rey: World’s scariest footpath to re-open

The Caminito del Rey, often dubbed the "world's scariest footpath", will reopen to visitors in southern Spain next winter - although it is unlikely to have quite the same fear factor<p>Caminito del Rey, the so-called world’s scariest hike, will reopen early next year after undergoing a multi-million …