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The best budget hotels in Venice

An expert guide to the best cheap hotels in Venice, including the top affordable places to stay for canal views, boutique style and Venetian charm, in locations near to St Mark's Square, the Accademia and Rialto markets.<p><i>All prices cited are starting rates for double rooms, based on two people</i> …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

Top secret(s): the truths behind 10 of the world's great wonders

Ever visit an incredible site in some exotic land and wonder how it was built? The notice board just lists a few meaningless dates, or a guide rattles off a bunch of jargon-packed phrases, but you want the real dirt. Here we reveal the ingenious engineering behind 10 of the world's most epic …

Experience: I lost my dad on the London underground

My father Vasile lives a quiet life in the Romanian countryside. He's 63 and grows vegetables on his land. When he arrived in London last Christmas, he had only visited once before, two years ago for my wedding. He has no knowledge of London and he speaks no English.<p>On my birthday, the two of us …

Liam Neeson on losing Natasha Richardson: 'Anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her

<p><b>Liam Neeson</b> has spoken about his ongoing grief five years after the tragic death of his wife <b>Natasha Richardson</b>. The actress passed away following a …

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Little Girl with Terminal Cancer Gets a Hometown Princess Parade

Like many children, Claire Lankford, 5, of Dickinson, Texas, adores princesses. But few have experienced the surprise she got this week, when a …