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Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>Know</b> …

Bring Adventure Back to Europe

<b>A Keynote to The European Travel Commission, May 2013</b><p>I once ran with the bulls of Pamplona... by mistake, involuntarily. I was at Microsoft, where we were developing a new travel product that would become Expedia, and we had the idea to use a new web technology called Live Chat to convey from the …

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Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

Beyond the Running of the Bulls: Spain's 10 Wildest Festivals

Every year since Hemingway published his classic, <i>The Sun Also Rises</i>, thousands of thrill-seekers have descended on the small city of Pamplona in northern Spain to take part in the legendary Running of the Bulls. In recent years, other fiestas like Valencia's tomato-throwing bash, La Tomatina, have …

Sardinia, land and sea

The coastline and mountains offer two unique food cultures in Italy’s island region of Sardinia. Follow a fisherman and a shepherd on a culinary journey to trace their roots.<p>The plane drops through the clouds above Olbia on the northeast coast of Sardinia, and tilts on its wing. Below, to the left, …

Italy

Summer Concert Guide for the European Backpacker: Italy

If you yearn to experience the world, Europe is a great place to start. It is full of sites, cities and towns, diverse culture, rich history, food of every imaginable cuisine, and so much more. There is probably no better way to fully embrace all this than by backpacking. Backpacking has become a …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

The ultimate guide to Galicia

Galicia gives travellers an alternative Spanish experience. With its strong Celtic connections, wild beaches and arguably the best seafood in Europe, this unique region in Spain’s northwest remains largely unexplored by the tourists flocking to Barcelona or the Costa del Sol.<p>While Santiago de …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

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From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

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