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Enjoy Sweet Treats At These 7 Fabulous Barcelona Cafes

Summer is practically here and millions of tourists will be packing their bags to visit Barcelona, one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world according to Trip Advisor in 2013. If you and your friends or family will be vacationing in this coastal Mediterranean city, then here are 7 of their …

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Ten ways to break a sweat in Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca has been saying <i>adiós</i> to the cheap-as-chips package holiday cliché over the past few years to focus on its year-round outdoor appeal.<p>And whether you are jumping off a cliff, negotiating the Tramuntana's gruelling hairpins by mountain bike or kayaking to secluded coves too tiny to appear on …

Beyond the Beach in Aruba

Visiting Eagle Beach for the first time feels like déjà vu. Haven’t I seen this place before? Oh yeah, it’s the dream beach on my credit-union checks and desktop wallpaper. Except that nothing beats experiencing it in person: the caressing breeze, the blindingly white sand, the perfect-temperature …

Back in Barcelona, Where There's Always Something New

I've left Portugal and have landed in Barcelona, where I'm sprucing up my new guidebook on this fun and fascinating city. A trip to Barcelona always comes with lots of learning for me -- whether it's the hottest dining and drinking trends (food tours and vermouth bars), the latest restored building …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

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 …

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Amsterdam Opens Red Light Museum

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 …

Doing Amsterdam the Dutch way

From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the lesser-known places that they love, far from the tourist crowds.<p>From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the …

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5 Things Not to Miss in Barcelona

<b>Worship the Sagrada Família</b><p>Barcelona has many treasures, but one stood out to us above all the others, literally and figuratively: Sagrada Família. The massive basilica is without a doubt the pinnacle of architect and designer Antoni Gaudí's incredible career. And we do mean pinnacle. Huge spires …

The Perfect Day in Amsterdam

<i>Author Russell Shorto was so captivated with Amsterdam during research trips for two best-selling books that he decided to move there permanently.</i> …

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Watch the Sagrada Familia's endless construction come to a close

Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece to be completed in 2026, nearly 150 years after construction began<p>More than a century has passed since construction began on the Sagrada Familia, the ornate Barcelona church designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi, and it will be another 13 years before it's finished. …

What Is the Dress Code for My Cruise?

Today, not all ships offer (or insist on) formal nights. - Photo by Thinkstock<p>Gone are the days when formal nights were a staple of cruising, punctuated by tuxedos and ballroom gowns. Cruise lines have loosened their grip on restrictions for formal wear to accommodate younger travelers' more casual …

Keeping it Calenta in Catalonia: Parks, Plazas, and Partying

As the second biggest city in Spain, Barcelona is a highly worthwhile destination spot for summer travelers. A culturally vibrant city, Barcelona provides significant historical landmarks, innovative architecture,impeccably warm weather, and superb nightlife. Not to mention the delicious …

The Stunning, Spiritual Barcelona Sagrada Familia Basilica

Antoni Gaudi, artist, designer and architect, was responsible for most of this magnificent waterfront city's distinct features, including Guell Park, myriad churches and cathedrals, and his most famous project, the Sagrada Família (Holy Family) church. Born in the mid-1800s, Gaudi's prolific work …

The Beauty of Barcelona (PHOTOS)

Here is something that is probably true: If you go to Barcelona, you're gonna party. The club scene is incredible and massive and it feels like the party never ends. Thus, siestas are a <i>necessity</i>.<p>But <i>don't</i> party and siesta your entire experience away. Barcelona is defined by its absolute …

Spanish Concerts: Just Another Reason to Fiesta

Anyone who has spent time living in Spain knows that <i>la vida española</i> is all about enjoying every moment to the fullest. The Spanish play hard and party harder. Concerts are no exception. Spain is home to some of the best music festivals and events in the country. Regardless of the genre, Spain …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAUDÍ: 10 Incredible Buildings By The Architect Who Shaped Barcelona

If the revolutionary architect were still alive today, he'd be 161 years old. Of course since he passed away in 1926, the world has changed. Yet his designs still stand proudly in the city he loved so much and called home: Barcelona.<p>He transformed the landscape of his native Barcelona with his …

The Maine of Spain

You’ve never heard of my favorite place in Spain. It’s not stylish Barcelona, foodie San Sebastian, or picturesque Mallorca. But <b>La Coruña</b> is just as unique.<p>I’ve been returning to the small capital city of Galicia — the northwestern corner of Spain that sits atop Portugal like a cap — for 12 years …

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Amsterdam relaxes short-term apartment rental rules, Airbnb relieved

Four months after facing serious conflicts in The Netherlands, it appears Airbnb has received the Amsterdam city council’s blessing, Dutch news site …

What to Do With 48 Hours in Amsterdam

As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a hot spot for weekend travelers. There are hundreds of things to do in Amsterdam, from sightseeing at historic sites and museums, smoking in coffeeshops, and 'window-shopping' in the Red Light District, to simply enjoying its upbeat nightlife. Best …