Ian Pilbeam

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48 hours in Hamburg: a port for every sort

Germany’s ‘second city’? Not so fast! Hamburg is definitely playing in the big leagues – and not only because of its incredibly chic new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. In recent years, the brisk North Sea winds have blown the cobwebs out of this Hanseatic jewel and infused it with a progressive …

European Travel

How to explore Hamburg like a local

You probably don’t need to be told that Hamburg has no shortage of cultural, architectural and artistic attractions, but once you’ve checked off the marquee spots, it’s time to go local and find out what makes the city – and its people – truly tick. With a little guidance from us, plunge in and …

America's Deep South: Where to go and why this is the year to visit

Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, is the musical heart of America, a neon gulch of juke joints and music halls where Delta blues found Elvis, and rock ’n’ roll resulted. But for the city of Memphis this beautiful accident is overshadowed by a darker legacy and, standing outside the …

Perfect days for foodies in Hamburg's hippest neighbourhoods

Hamburg’s culinary scene is ready for prime time and not only because it’s basking in more Michelin stars than ever before. The true soul of this city isn’t measured in fine-dining accolades but in the imagination and dedication of its local kitchen maestros.<p>To connect with this spirit, you’ll want …

Cupcakes

Cruising to New Orleans? Here are six amazing ways to explore America's great southern city

However you arrive in New Orleans, you’ll find yourself plunged into a gumbo of Caribbean, West African, catholic French and Anglo cultures.<p>The music is ubiquitous and the food spicy, every local has their favourite cocktail and jazz bar, and no one seems to agree completely on the precise …

The secret to cheap(ish) Sardinia

Picture the Aga Khan, anchored between Corsica and Sardinia in his luxury yacht.<p>He stands on deck, beguiled by the emerald waters that would give the Costa Smeralda its name and thinks: “Here is where I will build my resort.”<p>Thusly; tourism to Sardinia was born.<p>Prince Karim Al Husseini, Imam of the …

Why now's the time to discover Croatia's uncrowded alternative to Dubrovnik

As Dubrovnik succumbs to more and more visitors, Istria - the peninsula on the Italian border, in the far north of Croatia - is starting to look like a more and more appealing option, especially during the summer months.<p>British Airways began flights to the regional capital, Pula, last July and now …

10 of the best Bruce Springsteen landmarks in New Jersey

As the Boss regales Broadway audiences with his show of songs and stories about growin’ up and life in the spotlight, we pick out New Jersey locations that have played a big part in his life and career<p>Convention Hall, Asbury Park<p>This impressive building on the Asbury Park boardwalk was built in the …

New Jersey

Cuba, the ultimate tour: From classic cars and salsa bars to Hemingway's Havana

I luuuuurve the dancing dogs!” squealed our waitress María, clapping her hands as I stared at her in disbelief. “And those men in suits, the judges – they are so serious... so British!” I’d had high expectations for enlightening conversations with the locals in Cuba – about Che Guevara, Fidel …

Seven selfie-worthy places in Havana

Old Havana’s eccentric magnificence is undoubtedly photo-friendly: you don't find perfectly kept old convertibles parked next to historic baroque buildings just anywhere. While the whole city is a visual treat, there are some picturesque landmarks that should definitely be in your smartphone’s …

Cuban entrepreneurs take a bigger slice of profits thanks to reforms

Small enterprises, such as pizzerias in Havana, are springing up all over Cuba after 2011 licensing changes and relaxed US restrictions on tourism<p>Pizza is falling from the sky in Havana … Actually, it’s being lowered in a basket from a third-floor balcony belonging to a small pizzeria called A Mi …

Cuba

Havana to Viñales: a classic Cuban road trip

The Malecon comes alive at sunset. This broad ribbon of cement curves around Havana’s waterfront, and as the sun wanes, the sky turns pink and the road is washed in coppery gold light. Orderly rows of fishermen perch on the sea wall, chatting as they cast their lines and hoping for a haul of bonito …

Sri Lankan Food: 40 of the Island's Best Dishes

Though Sri Lankan food has parallels to South Indian food, yet it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine.<p>Throughout years of colonization and …

Sri Lanka

‘Dubrovnik is just as magical as when I visited aged 10’

The old Croatian city, which inspired Annabelle Thorpe’s first novel, weathered the war of the 1990s and has emerged as glamorous as before<p><b>Dubrovnik is as eternal as Venice.</b> There are those who say it has become a victim of its own success – flooded with cruise ships and Game of Thrones fans. To …

European Travel

Places to go in Sri Lanka: readers’ travel tips

Colombo, Jaffna and Galle captivate readers, as do Sri Lanka’s national parks (with leopards), beautiful B&Bs, street food (with a real kick) and tea. Lots of tea<p><b>Winning tip: Sri Lankan gothic</b><p>Have tea, dinner or cocktails in <b>Helga’s Folly</b>, a fabulously spooky gothic mansion in the midst of jungle …

Sri Lanka

Jordan is spectacular, safe and friendly – so where are the tourists?

“You are safe and sound here,” the gift shop owner said, as he handed over some change. At breakfast, the waiter had been similarly reassuring. “I always tell my guests they are in a very safe place. There might be issues around the corner,” he said, pouring out tea. “But here you are perfectly …

Travel

Exploring Montenegro’s unsung north

Montenegro’s north beckons with countless highland adventures. Its great outdoors – encompassing Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and Prokletije national parks – are a dream destination for everything from hiking and mountain biking to canyoning and rafting.<p>But for those who prefer kicking back, this …

Top 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes in Manchester

To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, we choose the best places to eat for veggies and vegans in the city where the UK Vegetarian Society was established, 169 years ago<p>Sanskruti<p>Eating at this south Indian restaurant, in the Ladybarn district, is akin to a religious experience for the serious foodie – …

England

Dubrovnik: Croatia's Magical City

<i>Photos by Goats on the Road</i><p>If you've ever watched a ”Game of Thrones” episode, you will have seen Croatia's ancient city, as many of the scenes from …

Dubrovnik, Croatia: Three Days of Bliss

Share the fun<p>Often when I travel to a new destination, I try to see and do as much as possible in the time available. I want to get to know the …

The Ultimate Guide to Travelling Dubrovnik, Croatia

There are definitely a lot of things to see and do in Dubrovnik. This is one of Croatia’s – and all of Europe’s – most scenic old towns. In this …

European Travel

Just back from: Croatia

Climbing over the jagged rocks to reach the warm waters off Lokrum Lagoon is all part of the fun for Claire. Image courtesy of Claire Murphy<p>Claire Murphy, Product Information Coordinator at the Lonely Planet Melbourne office, is just back from drinking in the sights of sunny Croatia.<p><b>Tell us more…</b> I …

20 great things to do in Dublin - Time Out Dublin

<b>By Time Out editors and Sulakshana Gupta</b><p>1. Experience Dublin as the locals do<p>Despite its unsavoury reputation in past years, Temple Bar is one of the …

Ireland

Storify: Macedonia road trip in pictures

Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Brana Vladisavljevic visited Macedonia on a Balkans road trip. She discovered the beauties of Ohrid and Skopje, went on outdoors adventures, enjoyed the cuisine and admired some little-known historic sites.<p>A house in Ohrid. Image by Lonely Planet<p>Follow @branavl …

Budapest city guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities until 1873, and they retain their own distinct identities, the former run through with ancient history, the latter noisier, earthier and more cosmopolitan. In Buda …

European Travel

Aria Hotel Budapest

Budapest, Hungary<p>The curtain is up on a new music-themed hotel in the shadow of St Stephen’s Basilica, whose rooftop bar could become the coolest place in Budapest for a cocktail. Other highlights include the soaring garden courtyard, complete with kitsch sofas and a space-age piano, and a …

London to Budapest by train

Of course, it is possible to fly to Budapest for a winter break. Most people do. But if you really want to get a handle on the 1,000 or so miles that separate London from Hungary’s beautiful capital – and get a sense of what life was like when this city was at its grandest towards the end of the …

Tourist visa applications to India: what you need to know

Having taken into account feedback from concerned tour operators regarding new rules for Indian visas, the High Commission clarified on Friday its new process for tourist visa applications.<p>It is no longer introducing biometric testing or requiring every applicant to attend an application centre in …

Google Street View takes a Danube river cruise

There aren't many places the team behind Google Street View has not ventured. Since the 2007 launch of its project to catalogue 360-degree panoramic images from locations around the world, Google has driven more than seven million miles, visited 66 countries, been inside zoos and theme parks and …

Budapest the cheapest city for alcoholic drinks

Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is the cheapest destination in Europe to buy alcoholic drinks, according to new research by the Post Office.<p>Prices for 10 different drinks, ranging from beer and wine to cocktails and spirits, were analysed in popular tourist spots. The results showed that the …