Laura McTaggart

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Affordable Caribbean adventure: Dominica on a budget

The Caribbean’s self-proclaimed nature island, Dominica is a small seedling on the map in the same garden as honeymoon favorites St Lucia and Antigua, yet a world away in spirit. It’s also definitely <i>not</i> the Dominican Republic, which is a fact that (understandably) confuses quite a lot of …

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A traveler's guide to Caribbean food

Caribbean cuisine blends fruits and rice, seafood and spice, to create flavors as vibrant as the colors of the islands. Each island has its favorite dishes and you can tell a lot about the island’s history by what’s favored. Ethnic heritages combine with local bounty to produce unique …

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The best of hidden Berlin

Splashy signage? How gauche! Many of Berlin's most evocative bars, restaurants and sights are actually hidden from view behind unmarked doors, in nondescript buildings or recycled breweries, under railway bridges and even in wartime bunkers. Here's our pick of the top clandestine hot spots around …

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Hidden Rome: a guide to the city's best-kept secrets

Rome is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations and its most popular attractions receive millions of visitors each year. Thankfully though, the city is so packed with world-class museums, churches and gardens that it’s easy to escape the crowds and find a little corner that’s all your …

Just Back: Burgundy

Senior Travel Books Editor <b>Barbara A. Noe</b> visited the <b>Burgundy</b> region of France as part of research for the upcoming National Geographic book <i>Romantic Journeys of a Lifetime</i>.<p>Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:<p><b>Memorable Moment:</b> At the top of a creaky, squeaky wooden …

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Laura’s Barcelona

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Laura Coch</b>, who earned a Master’s degree in cultural tourism from the University of Girona, has been a <b>Barcelona</b> tour guide with Monograms for the past three years.<p>To Laura, Catalonia’s cultural capital has it all: “This city has a bit of everything,” she says. “Great …

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Holiday guide to Alsace, France, including Strasbourg

Photograph: Alamy<p>La Maison des Tanneurs.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/4/1441366613105/8da8c102-c396-4a70-b3f6-df92210ceafc-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>La Maison des …

The best places to eat tapas in Barcelona

Not quite a snack, not quite a meal, the tapa is all about sociability, whether that involves ordering a parade of little dishes to share over a bottle of wine and a long chat or whether your objective is a much more civilised version of the bar crawl.<p>Catalans have never really embraced the …

Top 10 day trips out of Barcelona

You could spend weeks in Barcelona and never run out of places to see, things to do, food to try and bars to hop.<p>But for a taste of Catalan life beyond the metropolis – or simply for a change of pace – you can choose between mountains, beaches and pretty little towns, all just a short ride …

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Hawaiian day trips: Moloka‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and then take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this …

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Hawaiian day trips: Lana‘i

With its variety of microclimates, multifaceted history and diverse flora and fauna, Hawaii is made for day trips. In just one afternoon, a visitor can hike a rocky pine forest, learn the stories of an isolated colony of Hansen's Disease patients and take in a breezy ocean vista.<p>In this two-part …

Humpback Whales

My City: Havana, Cuba

One recent night in <b>Havana</b>, I stared out the window of my friend’s house in the now faded middle-class Vedado neighborhood. A weary 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air wheezed past, trailed by a beaten-up Soviet-era Lada taxi rattling over the potholes. The air smelled sweetly of mimosa and, vaguely, mildew. …

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A foodie's weekend in Paris

Paris is foodie heaven, a showcase <i>par excellence</i> of French cuisine. But it's not all about dining in Michelin-starred haute cuisine temples and edgy bistros with rising chefs at the helm. Gourmet Paris is as much about gorging on goods at open-air food markets, crunchy fresh baguettes from the …

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Cuba with kids

Cuba's complex culture can make traveling to this Caribbean island with children a daunting prospect. Ongoing economic challenges mean basic material goods and Florida-style theme parks are thin on the ground, but don’t let that put you off. The country’s close-knit family culture and languid …

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On the ground at Rio’s Carnaval: a local’s guide to the biggest party on earth

Every February the infectious sights and sounds of <i>carnaval</i> (carnival) return to Rio de Janeiro. The world’s best known party has taken place in the month before lent since the 1700s and the ‘party of the flesh’ is more alive today than ever, with two million people enjoying Rio’s street parties, …

Guatemala for first-timers

With its diverse indigenous culture, rich Maya heritage and colonial charm, Guatemala is an intoxicating adventure for both the jaded and novice traveler. That said, visiting for the first time can be a daunting experience. Embassy warnings, economic hardships and a bewildering range of things to …

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A perfect weekend in Barcelona

Two days in Barcelona can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, so bear in mind that this a subjective grab-bag of highlights, spanning ancient and modern and packaged into a geographically convenient, eminently walkable, weekend tour. It is also all-weather, but in high summer you might …

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Barcelona's best shopping by neighbourhood

Barcelona perhaps finally achieved peak hipster with the recent opening of Urban Outfitters, a massive statement of a shop in a central and symbolic location on the Plaça Catalunya, but the city has long had a tradition of quirky little boutiques, icily cool designer home-ware stores and artisanal …

Kauaʻi with kids: top family activities on the Garden Isle

Lonely Planet writer Andy Murdock takes his kids to the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi for some outdoor adventures. After playing botanist in Limahuli Garden, taking a dip in the azure waters of Hanalei Bay and contemplating the sheer cliffs of the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific', he discovers he might …

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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

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Top 10 Maui travel experiences

Admit it – you’re grinning already, even before you step on the plane. It starts with the idea of Maui… the anticipation. With the abundance of white beaches, waterfalls, and waves, what is there not to love? With all this island has to offer, you may be wondering where to start – never fear we got …

Exploring Viñales, Cuba's scenic backyard

The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming …

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Havana city guide: what to see plus the best new bars, restaurants and hotels

Photograph: Dmitri Alexander<p>An outdoor restaurant and salsa dancers on the Plaza Catedral.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/12/1426181524307/7f1e6691-4e18-4de7-b907-6feadd6f4b2b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Dmitri Alexander<p>An outdoor restaurant and salsa …

40 best holiday villas and apartments in Europe

FRANCE<p>La Jardin à la Francaise, Dordogne<p>For a group getaway that’s more Enchanted April than Peter’s Friends, this eight-bedroom manor house close to Périgueux is ideal. Built in 1611 but recently renovated, it also caters well for mixed age groups, with two family suites for guests with younger …

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Edinburgh attractions: what to see and do in spring

Why go in spring?<p>A bright and breezy spring day in <b>Edinburgh</b> is delightful as the blossom rushes out in all the parks and squares and the city seems to sparkle. It is also a good time to visit with children as the International Science Fair (April 4-19) and Imaginate Festival (May 11-17) are</b> …

Secret Rio: alternative experiences in the Marvelous City

Rio de Janeiro, the ‘ <i>Cidade Maravilhosa</i>’ (Marvelous City), is a city true to its namesake. Its famous landmarks and beaches draw the masses every year, but these must-sees can sometimes eclipse the rich essence of what makes this a unique destination.<p>There is indeed much more Rio de Janeiro than …

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Family-Friendly Fun in San Francisco

Catch the scenic ferry ride from Pier 33 to <b>Alcatraz Island</b>, or “the Rock.” The fearsome federal penitentiary on the island housed America’s most notorious criminals from 1934 to 1963, including Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.<p>The two-and-a-half-hour tour includes the five-by-nine-foot cells in …

Top 10: the best Cotswolds pubs with rooms

An insider's guide to the best pubs with rooms in the Cotswolds, featuring the top places to stay for good food, excellent walks, period charm, cosy fires and characterful rooms, in locations including Kingham, Tetbury and Winchcombe.<p>The Wheatsheaf Inn<p>Northleach, Cotswolds, England<p>8 Telegraph …

A perfect day in Barcelona

The seductive seaside city of Barcelona is a hard-working place with a strong hedonistic streak.<p>The story of two thousand years is etched into its Roman remains, Gothic churches and Modernista mansions (especially the dreamlike landmark buildings of Antoni Gaudí). The assault on the senses …