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<b>THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED</b><p>We've teamed up with Hotel Direct to offer one lucky AOL Travel reader the chance to win a two-night stay for two …

Luxury last minute hotel deals & city breaks - Our monthly top picks

Don't miss 20-50 per cent on your favourite escapes and hotels that have been tried, tested and recommended by our experts. New last minute hotel deals and restaurant offers every month.

The best things to do in London this weekend

The weather in London this weekend<p>Expect sunny but cold weather on Friday. A cloudier day awaits on Saturday and some rain is likely on Sunday.<p>Follow the Kew Gardens Christmas trail<p>Now that Kew Gardens’ Christmas trail has opened, visitors will find some of the royal botanic gardens’ most majestic …

Top Night Sky Photo Winners for 2014

Human Journey<p>Courtesy of Luc Perrot<p>Ghostly green auroras blanketing mountain ranges and rivers of stars flowing onto brightly lit towns are among some contest-winning portraits of the starry heavens. The best snapshots of the 2014 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest were announced this …

Britain's 20 greatest beaches (because it's warm enough for a day at the seaside)

With Britain basking in some unexpected April heat, why not make a rapid dash to the seaside? To help you pick the best stretch of sand, we asked our experts to recommend their favourite beaches around the country. Some of the nominations are deservedly popular spots along the south and western …

The world's best rooftop restaurants

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24 hours in Dubai: how to have a perfect day in the emirate

Beneath the mantle of glitz and glamour, Dubai's subtle and seductive charms could easily be overlooked. But lift the cloak of this glittering diamond city, and the essence of Arabia is quickly found in the lively, chaotic and traditional souqs centred around the Creek, the heart of this ancient …

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Travel news roundup: isolation in Portugal, new life for old Paris pool

Plus: ferris wheel in Finland, free bus tours in Jakarta, wellies that can go in your pocket, and David Guetta DJs in the Azores<p><b>Escapism</b><p>There can't be many places in Europe with the guest-to-land ratio of Herdade da Nespereira, a beautiful <i>turismo rural</i> in the Alentejo, south-west Portugal. A main …

Where colonial meets controversial

In a former no-go neighbourhood of San Juan, artists are transforming derelict building facades into vibrant murals that tell the story of the island better than any museum.

Puerto Rico

Summer Solstice Pictures: From Stonehenge to Carhenge

Cultures around the world have a long history of celebrating the summer solstice.<p>Summer solstice will be a cause for celebration this weekend, as the date marks the start of summer for people across the Northern Hemisphere.<p>On June 21—the longest day of the year—the sun will be at its highest point …

Living in: Venice

In this living, breathing, sinking city, residents enjoy dreamlike canal settings, peerless Gothic and Renaissance architecture and masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto.<p>Venice is one of those places that everyone has seen before they visit. The green canals and famous bridges; the warmly coloured</i> …

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Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield Creatively Turn the Paparazzi Into a Force for Good

In the photography hierarchy, the paparazzi are considered by many to be the lowest of the low. Even when they get attacked by less-than-loved …

On the Red Couch with Martin Dickson from the Financial Times

Inside Flipboard / May 15, 2013<p><i>Martin Dickson’s career with the Financial Times has taken him all over the world. After starting out as an African</i> …

On the Red Couch with Lonely Planet Founder Tony Wheeler

Inside Flipboard / May 24, 2013<p><i>After completing his MBA from the London School of Business in 1972, Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen decided to take</i> …