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Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

11 Must-See Châteaux Outside Paris

No need to head to the Loire Valley to see magnificent homes: There are plenty of historic châteaux within an hour of Paris, by car, train, or metro …

How to Maneuver Paris’s Top Tourist Attractions

A perennial favorite of tourists, Paris fires up the imagination, delights the senses—and draws the crowds. According to the 2013 Mastercard Global …

Where to Go Next in Europe

Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. …

The Perfect Day in Amsterdam

<i>Author Russell Shorto was so captivated with Amsterdam during research trips for two best-selling books that he decided to move there permanently.</i> …

Top 10 reasons Belgium isn’t boring

Late British comic Bob Monkhouse used to joke ‘I went to Belgium once. It was closed.’ Little understood, riddled with Eurocrats, somehow <i>between</i> places – all these impressions have contributed to Belgium’s dull rep. But dig a bit and you’ll find that Belgium is actually fascinating. Here are 10 …

European Travel

The Great and Varied Landscape of France

01 of 10<p>10 Great Reasons to visit France<p>France is the largest country in western Europe, so expect a dazzling range of landscapes.<p>For starters, …

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 …

France

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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Food-Lover’s Road Trip: Barcelona to Basque Country

Few cities rival Barcelona for sheer chic and panache. From its sinuous sensuous Gaudí architecture to the stunning seaside setting, the Catalan …

Fall 2013 Guide to Paris

Autumn is Paris’s best and busiest season as the lazy summer ends and Parisians return from vacation en masse, geared up for an exhilarating roster …

Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …

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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 …

France

Europe

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

City Halls

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

France

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

6 Reasons to Go to Nantes, France

Question: why do travelers come to France? Some people are history buffs, some are gourmands, but some are what we might call whimsy-hunters—poetic …

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

The Cheese-Lover’s Guide to France (with Map!)

"Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky," writes Italo Calvino. I like to think of his words as I curl my …

Following the Beaujolais Wine Route

What could be more French than sampling the fruits of the vine? And where better to do it than the enticing vineyards of Beaujolais? The picture-book Beaujolais Wine Route is a dream-come-true for oenophiles. Swinging from Villefranche-sur-Saône to St-Amour, this route is like a ‘greatest hits’ of …

France

Things to do and see in Orleans in the Loire Valley, France

Why visit Orléans?<p>Orléans in central France is a perfect central starting point for trips around the Loire Valley, with its famous châteaux, gardens …

Gardens and Chateaux in the Western Loire Valley

01 of 08<p>Western Loire Valley Gardens and Chateaux<p>The western end of the Loire Valley region is centered around the gorgeous riverbank cities of Blois …

5 Things to do in Lyon France

5 Things to do in Lyon FranceFrance’s third city is a bustle of boutiques, bistros, hidden passageways, riverside walks and historic architectural …

How To Be A Local In Lyon France

Lyon France is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities in France where past and present, old traditions and new trends live side by side and …

France

5 Reasons to Visit the Dordogne

La Belle France isn't the world's number one travel destination for nothing. But with such a plenitude of riches, how does one begin to choose? Here …