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10 of the best cycling holidays for families

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best,” Ernest Hemingway once observed. That doesn’t have to change once you have children in tow – but even the most intrepid parents would be wise to consider their route a little more carefully than before. Now may not be the time …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

Santorini for first-timers

Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognisable around the world: multicoloured cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand …

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Exploring the Adriatic: A Guide to Croatia's Best-Kept Secrets

<b>By: College Tourist</b><b>, by Roslyn Kent</b><b>, University of Calgary</b><p><b>Croatia is slowly becoming the next big tourist destination for those looking for an incredible mix of adventure, sun, and sea. Visit these off the grid places for a more authentic Croatian experience.</b><p>Vis:<p>When you plan a trip to Croatia, …

Europe's Most Overlooked Smaller Cities

By: <i>Barbara Woolsey</i><p>@barbarawoolsey<p><i>Credit: Stefano Termanini/Shutterstock</i><p>If you learned anything from repeated late-night viewings of the movie <i>EuroTrip</i>, it's be wary of absinthe. Also, nude beaches and sex clubs are <i>never</i> what they're cracked up to be.<p>But what you should've also taken away is that a …

7 Ways to Let London Surprise You

Stay away from the royal groupies with these offbeat <b>London</b> experiences.<p><b>Murder Mystery:</b> Jack the Ripper hogs all the press when it comes to East London’s five prostitute murders of 1888. Discover more about the victims by visiting the <b>Ten Bells pub</b> on Whitechapel’s Commercial Street—a couple of the …

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10 of the best European islands … that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/8/1431086441667/3a35c5df-06a7-41af-8084-89a6724a9a1d-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Top 10 things to do in London this summer

The days are getting longer and brighter, and the Tube is becoming positively stifling… that’s right, London – summer is finally on its way!I love …

Walking in the Tirolean Alps, Austria

Imagine not only walking in the Alps but staying in the mountains too, with a comfy bed, a hot meal and warming schnaps – for around €20 a night. …

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Top 10: things to do in London

St Paul's Cathedral, City<p>Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old masterpiece never fails, with its colossal nave and crypt, glittering Victorian mosaics and mighty dome. Even the most resistant child will love the trek up to the Golden Gallery, 528 steps, 280ft - even in his 80s Wren was hauled up here …

Five Great Bicycle Routes in Europe

Planes, trains, and automobiles certainly provide travelers with an edge when it comes to getting the most mileage out of Europe’s dreamy, castle-flecked landscapes. But there’s a price to pay: We end up being passive observers, rather than participants in the journey itself.<p>Touring Europe by …

European Travel

Ten top things to do in Paris in 2015

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 16:19 16 December 2014 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 10:34 28 September 2015<p>© Fotolia<p>Archant<p>From bargains buys to cutting-edge culture, find out about the top …

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First-time France: where to go and what to do

France is the world’s top tourist destination and for good reason. There's a lot packed into just one country – artistic and architectural masterpieces, remarkable museums and natural landscapes, and a history harking back far beyond the Romans.<p>Top it off with fine wine, food and a culinary culture …

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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 …

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Lapland beyond Santa: culture and wilderness in northern Finland

There's more to Finnish Lapland than Santa encounters, as Lonely Planet author Kerry Christiani found when she headed 500km north of the Arctic Circle, discovering a Christmas card scene of frozen lakes and boreal forest, reindeer-driven sleighs and snow that lies deep and crisp and even - all …

European Travel

First time Paris: top tips for your first visit to the City of Light

Paris is a city that never lets up. Return time and again and there is always something fantastic to experience—world-famous landmarks and museums mixed with chic shopping, cafe life, gastronomic blowouts and strolls along the banks of the glorious River Seine.<p>The overwhelming amount on offer can …

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First time Amsterdam: top tips for your first visit to the Dutch capital

Golden Age canals lined by gabled houses, candlelit cafes, whirring bicycles, lush parks, monumental museums, colourful markets, diverse dining, quirky shopping and legendary nightlife make the free-spirited Dutch capital one of Europe's great cities. With so much on offer it can be overwhelming …

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