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10 best free things to do in Paris

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities – and one of the most expensive. So, from the walkway over the city to galleries and fashion shows, we pick the city's best free activities<p>• Is there anything we've missed? Tell us your favourite free things to do in Paris in the comments below<p>Make …

Easy breaks from Paris

Thanks to France’s high-speed trains, well-marked motorways and international airport hubs, even more charm and culinary surprises lie less than two hours from the City of Lights.<p>With its first-class restaurants and fantastic museums, Paris is a world capital of culture and epicurean delights, but …

France

The best of 2012: Paris’ food hot spots

Not just a capital of fashion, Paris has an equally respected food scene with enough unique dishes and unusual eateries to send foodies crazy. …

Paris Fashion Week: the city's coolest bars and restaurants

<b>Bars</b><p><b>Bar du Plaza Athénée</b><p>The glamorous bar at the Plaza Athénée is high end and high concept: bergère chairs redone as bar stools, an illuminated glass bar, a virtual fire, ipad menus and a pricing system intended to keep lesser mortals out. Located on fashion's happy valley, celebrities and …

The Coolest Places To Eat, Drink, And Play In Paris

No, we're not talking about Bognor Regis — we're talking about Paris, duh! And, now is the time to steal a weekend away from your social calendar, for we've planned your mini city break, and it's got youshopping, sipping, and dining like a local — with not a tourist in sight, we promise.First stop …

France

Women Are 'Leaning In'—and Not Getting Paid for It

Women are more likely than men to have unpaid internships like the one Sheryl Sandberg's non-profit recently posted.<p>In the US, women are shortchanged by 23 percent compared to what men earn--and that's when they are actually paid for their work.<p>As many as 77 percent of unpaid internships are held …

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>>> When</b> …

National Geographic Travel

Destinations

Read National Geographic's picks on destinations around the world.<p>Get exclusive updates, insider tips, and special discounts on travel and more.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. While truly fine hotels will go to great lengths to help you plan memorable romantic experiences (they might even secure those swans for you if you insist), I’m more interested in simple, …

Italy in New York

On April 10, 1912, John Brescio’s grandfather boarded the <i>Titanic</i> with forged embarkation documents to come to America for the first time. Before setting sail, however, authorities kicked him off the ship. Though he was furious at the moment, he managed to make it to New York City on another boat. …

The Best of the West Village

The West Village is a labyrinth of shady brownstone-lined streets, hidden gardens, corner shops, and a mix of sophisticated culinary temples and casual downhome joints. It’s also a place I’m proud to call home.<p>I often find myself thinking <i>I feel like I’m on the set of a movie</i> while wandering this …

NYC by Pizza

On a typical day, Scott Wiener teaches children about the science of pizza at the New York Public Library, researches his forthcoming book on pizza boxes, and leads at least one of the pizza tours for which he’s most known. As Adam Brija, manager at the legendary Patsy’s Pizzeria, said of Scott, …

Fall 2013 Hair Trend Report

See the top 12 hair trends of the season.<p>As is so often the case in fashion, the fall runways were a study in contrasts. There was riotous volume at Marc by Marc Jacobs, punk pin-curls at Givenchy and princessy plaits at Rodarte. Real women were simultaneously reassured by the simple elegance of …

Ale Industries Opening Oakland Brewery and Taproom

The newest player in the East Bay beer boom is actually one of the originators of said beer boom: <b>Ale Industries</b>, which has been operating out of Concord for the past four and a half years, is making a move into Oakland, where they're planning to open a 6,000-square-foot brewery and taproom. The …

Oakland, CA: A Glorious, Tongue-Topped Burger at Hopscotch

Hopscotch<p>1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland CA 94612 (map); 510-788-6217; hopscotchoakland.com<b><br>Cooking Method:</b> Griddled<b><br>Short Order:</b> A delicious, flavor-rich burger is accentuated by uniformly excellent toppings, but it's brought to a new level of beef-vana thanks to a slab of griddled tongue.<b><br>Want Fries</b> …

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

Ecotourism

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

The New All-Inclusive Resort

We expect a sense of thoughtful construction and attention to detail to pervade a luxury resort. But on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, not far from the surfer town of San Juan del Sur, Morgan’s Rock has concerns that go way beyond the fluff factors of thread count and pool temperature.<p>Sure, the subdued …

To the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: Nicaragua

<i>Our web editor Elica Sue is off to visit Nicaragua on behalf of WildJunket! Here, she shares what she’ll be up to.</i><p>After an extended academic calendar …

Nine Cool Things to Do in San Francisco, on a Budget

Co-authored by Jeff Game<p><i>What happens when you put a travel writer, my boyfriend Jeff Game, and me, a financial planner, together who both love to travel? Besides it being a match made in heaven, it brings together a great team that loves to research new places, explore new parts of the world, and</i> …

San Francisco

8 Travel Apps To Make Your Next Trip Less Stressful

We know how stressful travel can be: Flight delays, lodging mishaps, language barriers can easily turn what was meant to be a relaxing trip into one big headache. But of course, there's an app for every travel annoyance, and equipping your smartphone before a big trip can make each step of your …

The World's Most Amazing Hikes

Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Take the back way.<p><b>See the complete list of the World's Most Amazing Hikes</b><p>How about seeing the jagged spikes of Patagonia's Monte Fitz Roy? Hike the shores of nearby Laguna Capri and take in the mountain's reflection in this turquoise alpine lake.<p>These are two of …

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10 Budget Hotels With Personality In Paris

When it comes to budget hotels in Europe, Paris is in a class of its own. Although it has a reputation as a city possessed by glamor and glitz (with prices to match), Paris still offers a range of budget hotel options that make it surprisingly reasonable to visit.<p>In our guide to Paris hotels, we've …

France

Zagat

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Vietnam War

How To Travel Anywhere With Nothing But A Carry-On Bag

Whether you are packing for a business trip or going on vacation, it pays to travel light. Minimalists have an edge, both financially and in terms of mobility.<p>Lately some airlines have given us one more incentive to lighten up, with strict limits for carry-on items, fees for checked baggage, and …

The Best Pizzerias in America

This is now our fourth edition of the Best Pizzerias in America, and this time around, we tried as much as possible to celebrate old-school places …

Staten Island