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London, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong

London, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong .. what are the “ingredients” necessary to turn a city into a global art hub—one which nurtures and serves a homegrown scene as well as attract the international jet set?

Fashion really does matter

A couple of interesting books arrived on my desk the other week – and you know how much I love a book, right? The first, Why Fashion Matters, is written by Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion (LCF). LCF gave us the inspirational Mirror Mirror conference last year and run the annual …

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5 Pivotal High Fashion x High Street Collaborations

The recent announcement of Alexander Wang’s upcoming collaboration with fast fashion retailer H&M has come with a lot of hype and excitement …

Op-Ed | Join the Revolution Against Mindless Fashion Consumption

On Fashion Revolution Day, the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, Tamsin Blanchard challenges consumers take …

Sour-cream and vodka ice cream recipe

A grown-up version of vanilla ice cream, made with sour cream and a splash of vodka – perfect with baked fruits.<p>I’m almost scared to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of plain vanilla ice cream (made with regular cream). I like something with a touch of acidity, which this has (not to mention a …

Why Do Film Festivals Reject Good Films?

As befits its title, “Best Kept Secret,” Samantha Buck’s intimate look at a New Jersey High School for special needs children, is one of the best …

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Top 5 California Festivals

California is known for many things, including gorgeous weather, breathtaking landscapes and my personal favorite, the year-round festivals. I recently went on a quest to uncover the top festivals in California and while it was a tough job, someone had to do it! California obviously likes to party …

An abandoned railway line in Paris is being transformed into an enchanting flora- and fauna-rich walkway: http://bit.ly/15koBDr Have you been to Paris recently?

Beach towns close to Venice

<b>"Iain" writes</b><br>I'm looking for an attractive and authentic beach town - preferably somewhere within an hour or so of Venice. Can you help?<p><b>Tim Jepson, Italy expert, replies</b><br>Have a look at Caorle, around 35 miles (55km) northeast of Venice, on the vast curve of the coast as it swings round towards …

Where in Spain for food and beaches

<b>Jonny Stevens writes</b><br>Can you suggest places in Spain that provide great Spanish food and a nice beach?<p><b>Fred Mawer, Spain expert, replies</b> <br>I would suggest Galicia, in the northwest of Spain. Top, top seafood, fantastic beaches, lovely cities, such as Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela (where you can …

Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies

The best – and tastiest – way to fast-track your understanding of a city's cuisine is to embark on a guided walking tour that includes sampling the local food. Tuck into the best offerings from street food stalls, meet chefs at cafes and restaurants, and local producers at markets. Best of all, …

Win a luxury stay on the Amalfi Coast

Perched on a cliff edge over the Gulf of Salerno, Monastero Santa Rosa is one of the finest hotels along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The 17th-century building, originally a monastery, has been lovingly restored into a boutique hotel by its American owner who fell in love with it while sailing off the …

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Forty words of love in Hungarian

My grandmother was fearless. Yet if I asked her about the past, she would start crying. What kind of monster would have questioned her? So I resisted and now it is too late.<p>She and her husband, my maternal grandparents, were Hungarians. Or so I thought. They spoke Hungarian, impenetrably, to each …

Government gets its own social media wing to counter online campaigns

Representational picture<p><b>New Delhi:</b> The government today approved a new social media wing to counter campaigns that have gone viral online, whether on …

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

Spain: top 10 budget beach hotels on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

Hotel Casamar, Llafranc<p>The hugely friendly, family-run Casamar does simple extremely well, and does sophisticated right where it counts – in the Michelin-starred kitchen. The lobby, sitting area and dining room are nattily designed, but the modest bedrooms are all about the view. Painted white and …

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 …

Tuscany's best restaurants, by Antonio Carluccio

Where Antonio would enjoy...<p><b>A typical brunch</b><p>Brac, a vegetarian cafe in Florence which doubles as a library, has a nice brunch menu with things like apple fritters, yoghurt with fresh fruit, pancakes and French toast with jams or honeys, perfect with a mid-morning coffee.<p><b>Brac</b> Via dei Vagellai 18r, …

Responsible travel with Lonely Planet & TOMS – Lonely Planet blog

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with TOMS around travel, sustainability and Lonely Planet’s 40th anniversary!<p>Lonely Planet and TOMS share in the belief that travelers can make a positive impact all across the planet. ‘Sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ have been part of our …

Italian food in Italy: not your mamma's meatballs

Listen closely when your jet touches down in Italy, and you may hear the rumble of some 500 stomachs getting prepared for a proper feast. Italian is arguably the most popular cuisine worldwide, and with good reason: Italy has a population of just 60.6 million, but there are another 30 million …

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Luxury beach holidays in Italy

Boats in the Portofino harbour.<p><b>Italy</b> is one of the premier luxury beach destinations in Europe, with an outstanding reputation that spans centuries. …

Camping holidays: England's best holiday park

From whichever way you approach, by road or rail, the path to the Norfolk coast is a nightmare in high summer. But as our car drew up alongside the Scandinavian-style log cabin, it couldn’t have seemed a more perfect destination. Tucked away in 250 acres of woodland, with plenty of space in which …

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Spain most popular destination as summer holidays begin

The most popular destination for Britons this summer is Spain, including Majorca and Tenerife.<p>Other Mediterranean destinations proving popular, according to Abta, the travel association, are Greece, Turkey and Tunisia.<p>There has also been an increase in bookings for “staycations” – holidays within …

Life on Bondi Beach