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2014 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is known for its exotic fauna, but the creatures on display Sunday night for the opening round of Rio de Janeiro’s exuberant Carnival parade were a motley crew, even by local standards.<p>The Carnival competition sees the city’s top samba groups, or schools, parade in the Sambadrome, each …

Huge lamps—11 of them—illuminate the Westfriedhof U-Bahn station in Munich with red, blue, and yellow light. http://on.natgeo.com/1q1csMQ Photograph by Tony Ramos, National Geographic Your Shot

Denmark: a fairy-tale land where the Vikings once wandered

The Golden Plover’s paddles churning, her funnel belching black smoke, we round the leafy headland into Borre Lake. Swans and geese scatter. The Paradise Islands shrink to our stern. We’ve passed Vejle Lake and Brass Lake. Children swap photos; some pensioners sing. We’re all on a jolly to …

Ultratravel spring 2014 issue

Read the spring 2014 issue of Ultratravel here<p><b>You can read the entire Ultratravel spring 2014 issue as an online ezine.</b><p>The spring 2014 issue of Ultratravel goes the distance to ensure you can explore the most special places. Our special on private islands investigates the appeal of Sir Richard …

How To Shop For The Perfect Duvet

One of the keys to a good night's sleep is having the right duvet, one that keeps you warm in winter, cool in summer, and doesn't make you sneeze. Here's our guide to the most common fillings to help you select.<p><i>Interior design by Ken Fulk. Photography by Francesco Lagnese.</i><p>Natural <b>feather and down</b> …

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …

Why it’s not “Rain Woman”

AUTISM is a strange condition. Sometimes its symptoms of “social blindness” (an inability to read or comprehend the emotions of others) occur alone. …

Greek Islands: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Tulip time</b><p>North-west Crete is glorious in April. The White Mountains, covered in snow, make a glorious backdrop to the flower-filled olive and orange groves. Drive up the mountain road to the Omalos Plateau, and see rare tulips and the Samaria Gorge. Take the Sougia road out …

Is it wrong to photograph your food in restaurants?

A group of French chefs is threatening to ban cameras and mobile phones from their restaurants. But what is the verdict of the Brits?<p>It’s a familiar restaurant scenario. A group of you are seated round the table, the waiter appears, the dishes are placed in front of each diner. But as you pick up …