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Stages of the 2014 Tour de France

With more mountains, fewer time trials, and yes, cobblestones, the 2014 Tour de France promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. Here’s a look at the 21 stages the riders will tackle this July.<i>—Joe Lindsey and Whit Yost</i>

France sans frontières: the best French border towns

Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and …

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 …

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 …

Barcelona

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

Rome: History You Can Still Experience

Rome was once the centre of a vast empire that spread thousands of kilometres. While many of the empire’s cities have fallen and artifacts from the …

Things To Do In Florence Italy

Things To Do In Florence Italy ~ Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance – Florence is a cultural, architectural and artistic gem – <i>from visiting</i> …

Italy

Florence – Italian Perfection and Charm

As soon as we arrived in Florence, we knew there was something unique about this city. Everything clicked – it was love at first sight. Florence had …

Italy

Free Things To Do In Rome - The Guide!

Rome is probably not the first destination you think of when it comes to budget travel, but the great thing is that there are so many free things to …

Italy

Happy Hampering: Best Spots to Picnic in Paris

Posted in what's hot<p>As soon as the first bright rays of sun pierce the summer skies, the<br>rush to find a calm spot to picnic in Paris will be on! …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

Touring the Old City Hall Subway Station in NYC

On Saturday, I took a tour with the Transit Museum to the old City Hall Station, decommissioned in 1945. This is a station unlike any other in New …

Trains

Coconut Pot Pie

A Guide To Magical Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque areas in Italy, and it’s impossible not to be charmed by the colorful quaint villages …

Italy

How To Find The Best Italian Ice Cream.

Italy’s delicious food culture inspired me to start experimenting and learn more about cooking, and during my time there I learned a thing or two …

Italy

How To Be A Local In ... Lyon, France

Lyon 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 add a …

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 …

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 …

Library Studies

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

Barcelona

Glimpsing the future in Singapore

The future has arrived early in Singapore with more ultra-modern infrastructure - skyscrapers, parks, metro lines - being built every day. Many of the projects showcase technologies that we may soon see in other countries - and that could someday help all of us deal with global challenges such as …

NYC's most decadent and delightful themed bars - bar crawl travel

From the bright neon lights of Times Square to iconic buildings that touch the sky, New York City is anything but ordinary. Yet, with so much personality thriving in one place, getting noticed is easier said than done. These 11 themed bars, while perhaps not as well known as Jekyll and Hyde or …

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 …

From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

France

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Barcelona

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 …

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 …