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Top 10 bars in São Paulo, Brazil

For a pre-match venue or a place to celebrate (we can hope) when England play Uruguay on 19 June, we've pared the 15,000+ bars in São Paulo down to 10. Saude! • Budget stays in São Paulo<p>São Cristovão, Vila Madalena<p>If you're visiting São Paulo and are interested in Brazilian football make the city's …

The Big Picture photography competition: round 306

Huffing Puffins

Ski host ban hearing delayed - again

The court hearing on the legality of ski hosting in France was delayed today for the second time.<p>The hearing was originally scheduled for last November but was deferred to give both sides – British ski operator Le Ski and French ski school the Ecole du Ski Français (ESF) – time to consider the …

British beach holidays guide

1. North Cornwall<p>Watergate Bay, on the north coast near Newquay, has two miles of fine golden sand and is <b>Cornwall</b>’s top activity beach. The Extreme Academy (01637 860840;extremeacademy.co.uk) offers lessons and rents kit for kite surfing, sand-yachting and wave ski kayaking, as well as surfing. The …

Egypt visitors fall by a third

Only 755,000 tourists visited Egypt in March, a drop of 32.4 percent from the same month in 2013, when more than a million did.<p>The country’s tourism sector, which accounts for a large chunk of the country’s economy, has been tumbling since the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011. It …

Space tourism: firm taking bookings for balloon rides to 100,000ft

Now on sale: balloon rides to 100,000ft, with fares from £45,000 - less than a third of what Virgin Galactic is charging passengers<p>Wealthy and intrepid travellers are being offered the chance to ascend 20 miles above the surface of the earth attached to a balloon.<p>For $75,000 (£45,000) – less than a …

Space Travel

Tips for travelling in 21st-century China

The Middle Kingdom is one of the fastest changing countries in the world. Its economy is robust and its population increasingly more modern and tech savvy. Yet, China is still a country of paradoxes.<p>You’ll get 3G connection in remote farmland in Inner Mongolia, though there mightn't be running …

Bank of China

Namibia: Trip of a Lifetime

Of all the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia is arguably the most comprehensively tourist-friendly. Not only does it have exceptional wildlife – including a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last free-ranging population of black rhino – and a well-developed network of parks, reserves …

Cannes Film Festival: inside the Hotel Martinez

See inside the exclusive Hotel Martinez, where room rates rocket to between $1,080 and $52,000 a night during the Cannes Film Festival<p>Every year the population of <b>Cannes</b> triples from 70,000 to 200,000 during its annual film festival, and in exclusive hotel such as the Hotel Martinez, rates typically …

Expert guide to Bath

If you heed just one piece of advice from this guide, let it be this: stay in Bath Sundays to Thursdays.<p>On those nights, accommodation tends to be much cheaper than on Fridays and Saturdays, and there should be no problem securing a single-night booking – most Bath hotels and b&bs insist on a …

New Zealand Autumn Workshop Announced for 2015

Announced here first on the blog!<p>We’ve only announced and planned one workshop for all of 2015 so far, and it’s going to be in the Autumn here in New …

Northern lights tops travel bucket list: vote for your favourite

Recent months have shown a significant surge in interest in catching a glimpse of the northern lights. The hype started last summer, when Nasa scientists predicted that last December would provide the best possible conditions for seeing the northern lights for more than a decade.<p>So it's no surprise …

New York's 9/11 Memorial Museum 'does not sugarcoat the horror'

Nearly thirteen years after the 9/11 terror attacks, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened on Wednesday at the site of the former twin towers in Manhattan.<p>Every victim of the 2001 and the earlier 1993 attack on the World Trade Center is remembered at the subterranean site, which lies directly beneath the …

Monk Seal Evolution Rewritten: Dwindling Animals "Even Rarer"

Study reveals a new branch on the monk seal family tree.<p>Scientists have discovered a new genus of monk seal, according to a new study—the first in the modern seal family in more than 140 years.<p><b>The new branch of the family tree, Neomonachus, means that species of living monk seals are more distantly</b> …

Find the golden suitcase to win a £45k holiday

To celebrate the opening of its flagship store on Regent Street, TUMI – the travel luggage retailer – will be providing a series of “clues”, directing people to different locations across London.<p>The first clue can be found at tumigoldenticket.com, directing visitors to a location in Shad Thames, …

National Geographic Travel

Kate and William's recent visit Down Under has sent searches for holidays to New Zealand in 2014 soaring - putting the country firmly in the limelight for British holidaymakers looking for that trip of a lifetime. While the royal couple

Kate and William's recent visit Down Under has sent searches for holidays to New Zealand in 2014 soaring - putting the country firmly in the …

Join our wildlife and nature travel chat on Twitter at #LPChat

<b>How do I take part?</b><p>1) Check out Lonely Planet’s wildlife and nature interests page.<p>2) Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 22nd May from 5-6pm GMT+1/12-1pm EDT.<p>3) Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on.<p>4) …

Shangri-La at The Shard

London Bridge, London, England<p>Shangri-La’s first UK outpost boasts arguably the best views of any hotel in London, with 360-degree vistas of the capital from just about everywhere that make a stay here truly memorable. The top-floor infinity pool area is a particularly desirable space from which to …

From Germany With Love

Inside Flipboard / April 9, 2014<p>On May 3, 1953, German president Theodor Heuss went on Deutsche Welle, the country’s first international broadcasting …

The Week in Review: White House Fights Climate Change

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2014<p>Of all the problems facing the planet, global warming gets little attention from the average American. Recent Gallup …

Moving From a Point-and-Shoot to a DSLR Camera: A Reality Check

Point-and-shoot – the name cannot be more specific and these cameras do exactly that: you just need to point the camera to the desired scene and …

Nikon SP - the ultimate digital retro camera

I realize that Nikon at long last introduced its own retro camera design with the Nikon Df. I have also heard that the real launch of the Df was …

Brilliant Macro Photos of the Natural World

While Miki Asai’s incredible work is not lacking exposure over the internet, appearing in sites like Pinterest, 500px and Bored Panda, little is …

Photography

Why I think the M6 is the best Leica rangefinder

Great article about the M6! I have 1 and have been exclusively using it for the past 1 and a half years with a 50mm DR cron attached. Its a beautiful …

When is Altering Your Image Acceptable? A Debate on Post-processing

Have you ever used Photoshop’s ‘Content Aware Fill’ tool to get rid of some unsightly object in your otherwise perfect image? Have you ever cropped …

Photographer Pushes the Boundaries of the Bizarre with His Collection of Surreal Images

Iranian photographer Hossein Zare’s reputation precedes him with his trademark anti-gravity photography, however his newer work raises the bar for …

Anti-gravity

Installation by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi

Vertical Emptiness GOoP.<p>“Vertical Emptiness GOoP” is the name of the latest installation by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi. In March 2014, the …