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I Heart My City: Dearbhaill’s Galway

<b>Dearbhaill</b> <b>Standún</b> <b></b>and her husband own and operate a restored 17th-century “hill village,” Cnoc Suain, just a short drive from <b>Galway city</b> on Ireland’s west coast. Though the Gaelic speaker and musician loves her rural retreat in the ruggedly beautiful Connemara district, she cherishes her time in …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

Rome: free things to do

Expert guide to Rome<p>An insider's guide to the best free things to do in Rome, including attractions for kids, families and couples and how to see sites such as the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, St Peter's, Trevi Fountain and the Villa Borghese. By Lee Marshall, Telegraph Travel's Rome expert.<p>Aventine …

Why You Shouldn't Ride Elephants In Thailand

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure.<p>Saving Elephants in Thailand<p>Chiang Mai, Thailand<p>Everyone wants to ride elephants in …

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The Importance of Responsible Tourism and How to Win a Trip to Thailand

<b>Wouldn’t it be awesome to ride on the back of an ancient elephant</b>? I know I always dreamed of doing it! Some of my friends already had photos of …

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Top Ten Things to Do in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Epic coastal drives. Historic links courses. Literary pub tours. Castles that echo of ancestry. The allure of Ireland and Northern Ireland is as strong as ever—soak it all in with these ten don't-miss experiences.<p>writer

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Fiona Bruce's Britain: The Hunterian Museum, London

Deep in the heart of London, hidden behind the respectable façade of the Royal College of Surgeons, is a modern day chamber of horrors. Not the ersatz, waxwork dummy kind so overused by the London Dungeon, Ripley’s Believe it or Not or similar establishments catering to our love of gore and …

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Sunday Brunch: Potato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Hearty quiches make for a great brunch, but after the holidays I try and …

Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this …

10 Islands for a Perfect Trip to Thailand

After Bangkok edged out London as 2013's most-visited city, Thailand has finally gained global recognition for what seasoned travelers have known all along: it's one of the most magical and affordable destinations on Earth. While the mountains, temples, and incomparable markets of the mainland …

What to do if your flight is affected by fog

<b>Will I get compensation for any delay?</b><p>Fog is affecting flights at UK airports for a third day but compensation is not usually given for delays in such circumstances. Although they must ensure you have are given refreshments in the event of long delays, airlines are not liable to pay the additional …

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Thailand: 20 fascinating facts

1. Thailand is the world’s 20th most populous country, with close to 67 million people.<p>2. The full spelling of its capital, Bangkok, was clearly finalised before the days of Twitter. It is known to Thais as Krung Thep Maha Nakho, but its full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin …

Seven of London's most spectacular ice rinks

One of the best things about the approach of Christmas is that it heralds the return of London’s ice rinks. Located throughout the city, the selection varies from well-established rinks encased by royal palaces to more recent additions bordered by some of the city's most impressive landmarks. …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …

Ten Shakespearean sites for travellers

With 2014 heralding the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, celebrate the Bard at some of his old haunts and best play places.<p>Shakespeare's Birthplace in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Image by Glenn Beanland / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.<p>Stratford-upon-Avon, England<p>It …

Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014

When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come.<p>Greek Islands<p>View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty …

Restaurant: Gujarati Rasoi, London N16

'The dishes' names and ingredients are lyrical and thrillingly alien, and half the time you've no idea what they are; but you do know you're going to be fighting over the last scraps'<p>What a gorgeous thing this is. We're sharing it, but I've stopped being polite and am shamefully grabbing as much as …