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Amsterdam attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Canals, parks and gardens</b><p><b>The Grachtengordel (Canal Belt)</b><p>Taking a walk along <b>Amsterdam'</b>s canals is one of the city’s greatest pleasures. The streets are bicycle-crazy, but relatively car-free. Most of the inner city dates from the 17th to 19th centuries: low rise, with lines of decorative gable tops. …

European Travel

A guide to the eateries of Turkey

<i>A guide to the various types of eating places you'll find in Turkey.</i><p>One of the joys of eating out in Turkey is that there’s no need to order your whole meal at once. It’s perfectly acceptable to order one or two small dishes, see how you go, and order more later if you’re still hungry or tempted. …

Creative Commons

Hiring a car with an endorsed licence

<b>KB writes</b><br>I have a DR10 (a conviction for drink driving) on my licence dated June 2006 for three years (expiring in May 2009). I have held a new licence since May 2012 with no further endorsements. I own a car but need to hire a seven-seater to take my family on holiday this summer and I have been …

Employment

Can an Airplane Door Open in Midflight?

Two incidents raise questions about airplane doors—and ejecting from a plane.<p><b>Passengers reportedly subdued a 23-year-old man who had tried to open an emergency exit on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Portland, Oregon, on Sunday. Could he have succeeded?</b><p>We asked Doug Moss, a …

FAA

Pilot completes world's shortest flight for last time

Loganair’s Stuart Linklater has flown the famously brief route between Westray and Papa Westray in Orkney more than 12,000 times in 24 years.<p>The distance between the two locations stands at slightly more than a mile and can be travelled in as little as 47 seconds, depending on the direction of the …

Singapore Airlines

Malaga attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Eating just-caught sardines by the sea is one of life’s great simple pleasures, and the beaches either side of Malaga are the perfect place to do it – particularly after a morning at the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums. Unlike some Spanish cities, it does not wind down in summer, and is …

Barcelona

Picture Archive: American Soldiers, 1860s to 1940s

William Howard Taft

North Korea: inside 'the most amusing destination on earth'

Sombre music leaked from somewhere above, or possibly below; women in brightly coloured chiffon dresses that flared from the bust glided towards us on a moving walkway. A companion later asked if I'd noticed how "glassy" the women's eyes were.<p>The women were on their way in. The group I was with had …

North Korea

Ryanair accused of 'exploiting' staff

Sophie Growcoot, who was employed by Crewlink, a contractor for Ryanair, claimed she was forced to take three months’ unpaid leave a year – during which she was not permitted to seek alternative employment, The Independent reported.<p>She said she was forced to pay £360 for her uniform, and £1,800 …

Ryanair

Britain: the joy of camping in the wild

Midnight. The start of that dead time between sleeping and waking when most people are tucked up in bed. But I was bolt upright in my tent, rapidly breathing clouds of vapour into the spring night. Was that a big cat lurking outside, preparing for the kill?<p>This wasn’t a safari in Africa. I was deep …

Devon

Barcelona's lesser-known attractions

Garish, gregarious Barcelona doesn’t guard its secrets jealously, but the Catalan capital does seem to get a kick from hiding the best of them in plain sight.<i>Lonely Planet Magazine</i> samples the city’s lesser-known delights.<p>The Gaudí-free guide to architecture<p>The amazing fin-de-siècle structures that …

Travel insurance won't cover your smartphone

Travel insurance has failed to move with the times, meaning that customers are not properly covered for modern gadgets and valuables.<p>Research by consumer watchdog Which? shows that many travel insurers have not updated their policies for years, leaving cover inadequate to replace now everyday …

Travel Insurance

Readers' tips: The Greek Islands

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Jewel in the crown</b><p>The fertile isle of Naxos in the Cyclades has the café-lined harbour; the sparkling, sapphire sea; the door to Apollo's Temple from where you can stand and feel like a Borrower; and hidden, peaceful beaches. But its jewel is concealed in the Cyclades highest …

European Travel

Ryanair flight went to wrong airport

Passengers on board the flight from London Stansted were left angry after the aircraft landed in Thessaloniki, on the Greek mainland, rather than the popular Ionian island that famously featured in the novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.<p>One passenger, the Sunday Times journalist Kate Mansey, tweeted: …

Ryanair

Could all Noah's animals fit on the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas?

How big would Noah's ark need to have been? Wouldn't it be possible to get two of every species on a ship such as MS Oasis of the Seas?<p><i>Simon Wright,</i> …

10 of the best hand-drawn maps – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/may/15/10-best-hand-drawn-maps-in-pictures<p>720<p>Hand-drawn maps are enjoying a renaissance as …

Be a frugal traveller, not a cheapskate

Have you and a platonic friend ever tried to convince a hostel owner to let you share a single bed? Have you ever walked more than 20 minutes out of your way to save a few pennies on bottled water? Have you ever stubbornly hitchhiked for hours instead of paying US$2.50 in bus fare, or bragged about …

National Park focus: Yorkshire Dales

Britain's <b>National Parks</b> insider guides<p><b>Yorkshire Dales</b><p><b>Where</b><p>Yorkshire<p><b>When was it formed?</b><p>1954<p><b>Size</b><p>680 square miles<p>View Larger Map<p><b>Insider guide</b><p>By Cat Kilner<p><b>Your role at the park</b><p>I am the area ranger for Malhamdale and Lower Ribblesdale.<p><b>Best view</b><p>One has to be Malham Cove from above the village of Kirkby …

Hiking

Visa applications: the hardest countries to get into

Ian Holloway’s dressing-room dance entertains victorious Crystal Palace players: Video

Madcap manager Ian Holloway had his Wembley-bound Crystal Palace players roaring with laughter by producing a dressing-room jig to celebrate their …

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Manchester: the rebirth of a city

The cotton industry’s decline, which began in the early part of the 20th century, continued after the Second World War, and the exchange closed in 1968. The port, still Britain’s third largest in 1963, employing some 3,000 people, shut in 1982 – its canal unable to cope with the new breed of …

Soccer

Is Egypt safe for tourists? • Matthew Teller

<i>[UPDATE – 3 July 2013: Since May, when I wrote this post, the situation in Egypt has changed for the worse. However, I’m not providing updated info</i> …

Driving holiday costs rise in Spain and France

Petrol costs have risen in over half of the 18 countries surveyed, compared with similar prices last year, with the highest increase being in Spain, which saw a 7.4 per cent surge in petrol costs - the highest in the Eurozone.<p>The country was found to be the second most popular driving holiday …

Czech Republic

HSBC is most expensive bank for cash withdrawals abroad

Holidaymakers are being charged up to £12 every time they use an overseas cash machine.<p>Holidaymakers are spending thousands of pounds on banks' transaction fees and conversion charges just to access their own cash when abroad. According to calculations by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, …

Finance

Cheap holidays in France: readers' travel tips

Winning tip: Ride to Cap de la Hague, Normandy<p>Leaving the car in a safe residential area of Portsmouth, cycle to the terminal and take a ferry to …

A camping condundrum – is a tent still worthwhile?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it's up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in …

Sailing in Greece: Dodecanese islands

This was to be our ninth family annual sailing holiday and we decided on the Dodecanese islands in Greece. New waters and a new skipper, my 22-year-old son, Francis. He had taken his day skipper course the year before and had recently returned from sailing 4,000 miles from Panama to Santiago, so we …

Sailing

A perfect day in Barcelona

The seductive seaside city of Barcelona is a hard-working place with a strong hedonistic streak.<p>The story of two thousand years is etched into its Roman remains, Gothic churches and Modernista mansions (especially the dreamlike landmark buildings of Antoni Gaudí). The assault on the senses …