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How To Use IKEA Trones Storage Boxes in Every Room

(Image credit: Stadshem)<p>One of our favorite things about IKEA products is their versatility. Sure, the wall-mounted Trones storage box may be …

IKEA

10 of the best ways to enjoy Stockholm … on a budget

Glitzy Östermalm, vibrant Södermalm, historic Gamla stan - we list the best ways to enjoy Sweden’s capital that won’t cost a whole lot of krona<p>Stockholm city guide: what to do plus the best food, drink and hotels<p>Floating hotels<p>Popular across Europe are boat hotels – or “botels” – refurbished …

European Travel

Hidden Gems to Visit in Amsterdam

By College Tourist; Author: Marilyn La Jeunesse, New York University<p><b>Take a break from the coffee shops and famous museums and explore another side of this beautiful city.</b><p>Amsterdam is a vibrant, colorful city that plays host of a variety of slanted Renaissance-era residences that align the city's …

Tour de France puts Utrecht on the map

All eyes will be on Utrecht this Saturday for the Tour’s Grand Départ, but there are many reasons beyond cycling to visit the city some call a mini Amsterdam<p>The streets of Utrecht will be a sea of yellow jerseys and red-and-white polka-dot trees this weekend as a million visitors are expected to …

European Travel

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? The founder of Timeless Travels magazine recommends 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds<p>Koh Ker, Cambodia<p>Lost to forest and abandoned for over a thousand years, you’ll find this …

Archaeology

In Swiss utopia, the devil dwelled

Canton Uri, the birthplace of modern Switzerland, has the fog seas, glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains of Alpine fantasies – but hardly anyone knows about it.<p>Uri is one of Switzerland’s most scenic cantons – yet it remains one of the country’s least visited. A jagged wall of 2,000m-tall Urner …

Hiking

Nine culture-filled weekends in Europe

Delve deeper into the corners of the continent that helped inspire writers, musicians, artists and Vikings.<p><i>This article is the second in a series featuring destinations and activities perfect for a quick getaway. From cuisine to culture to the great outdoors, discover ideas that will help you make</i> …

European Travel

UK wilderness adventures: discover a vanished world on Dartmoor

Walking on Dartmoor amid its bronze-age spoils and granite tors offers an evocative glimpse into the past and, thanks to a bylaw, wild camping is legal here … so you can also spend the night<p>More treks: the Highlands | Snowdonia | the Lakes | Devon | Black Mountains<p>From stone rows to old …

Hiking

Great B&Bs in France: readers’ travel tips

From a converted prison in the Dordogne to a family-run affair in Lille, our readers share their favourite B&Bs across France<p>• To add a tip for next week, and be in with a chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher, go to Guardian Witness<p><b>Winning tip:</b> <b>The Frogs House, St Jeannet, near Nice</b><p>This fantastic …

France

Italy Off The Beaten Path

Milan, Florence, Rome: It's no surprise that Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But rather than hitting only the hot spots, carve out some time to visit the less-traveled regions, too. We turned to Ciao Andiamo, a website that helps you plan and book …

Italy

10 of Europe's best national parks … that you've probably never heard of

These national parks offer extraordinary landscapes and wildlife – and far fewer tourists than the continent’s more famous beauty spots. Have you visited a national park in Europe? Tell us about it in the comments below<p>Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe The best of the UK’s national parks<p>Gran …

European Travel

Top 10 things to do in Paris in spring

Paris is beautiful to explore any season. But spring is the time to soak up that special ‘April in Paris’ charm that Sinatra sung about so well: chestnut groves blossom, city parks burst into flower, plane trees sprout foliage over boulevards, and cafe terraces buzz with new-found energy as …

France

The 9 Most Romantic Cities In The South

If you're in the mood for a romantic getaway with your significant other but don't quite know where you want to go, then we've got you covered.<p>From a quiet Tennessee town to the mountains of North Carolina, we've picked the nine most romantic cities in the South. Take a look, book a trip, and take …

North Carolina

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe: readers' travel tips

We had a huge response to our article on the 10 best weekend breaks in Europe’s smaller cities, with many readers making their own suggestions. Here are some of our favourite short-break destinations, chosen by you<p>Bologna, Italy<p>For 25aubrey, Bologna is “a beautiful city that goes under the radar”. …

European Travel

Everything You Need to Know About the New Eurail Pass

Anyone who has spent time traversing Europe knows: The continent's countryside is the kind of charming that feels like it was plucked from a storybook. Since 1959, the Eurail Pass has treated travelers between Europe's biggest urban destinations to this scenic landscape via railway. But, in the …

European Travel

Beautifully Organized: Closets

As a former fashion designer and current interior designer, I just can't get enough of beautiful walk-in closets. It's where my two design loves …

Storage Ideas

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

Breakfast

Top 20 new hotel, hostel and campsites in mainland Europe and the UK for 2015

Fireflies & Figs, Abruzzo, Italy<p>Abruzzo, half way down the boot of Italy, on the other side of the peninsula from Rome, is one of the least visited parts of Italy. Famed for its dramatic geography, for years it was isolated by the Majella mountains. In the midst of this wild landscape is Fireflies …

European Travel

The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles

In the 1890s, the small town of Los Angeles (population 50,000) began a transformation driven by the discovery and drilling of some of the most productive oil fields in history. By 1930, California was producing nearly one quarter of the world's oil output, and its population had grown to 1.2 …

PHOTOS: Driving California's Big Sur Coast

From the Monterey Bay down to Hearst Castle, California's central coast has been enchanting visitors for decades. Warning: you may never go home …

Is it a Toy, a Sculpture, or a Radiator?

You guys, this almost looks like a riding toy for your tot, doesn’t it? But, in fact, it’s a portable electric radiator designed by Satyendra Pakhalé …

14 Things You Need To Know Before Driving California's Big Sur

The rugged stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel has always done its best to ward off interlopers. Even the otherwise-ambitious Spaniards gave it a miss at first. Centuries later, there was still no road through the land that explorers referred to as "<i>el país grande del …

Which Naturals Are Backed By Serious Science?

<b>Ever met a</b> grandmother who swears her still-youthful glow is thanks to a lifetime of shea butter? Depending what part of the world you or your …

Skin Care

The death of a great American city: why does anyone still live in Detroit?

The city’s social contract was shredded long ago and everyone knows time is running out – but some Detroiters have hope<p>• Atlanta’s food deserts leave its poorest citizens stranded<p>Khalil Ligon couldn’t tell if the robbers were in her house. She had just returned home to find her front window smashed …

Sun-Flooded Sustainable Dream Home in the Netherlands: Villa 4.0

Surrounded by an exceptional landscape, <b>Villa 4.0</b> seems to be the modern equivalent of a dream home. Each and every detail constructs an amazing …

Amplifiers and Inhibitors of Compassion in Organizations

CompassionLab's Monica Worline, Ph.D., presented a summary of CompassionLab to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a dialogue devoted to the topic of compassion and ethics in business, co-hosted by Santa Clara University and Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education on Feb. …

Drowning in Paper? What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Digitize

Paper is the bane of my existence — and probably yours, too. In preparing for tax season, I recently digitized a box of old receipts but also ended …

Social Security

5 Simple Juices and Smoothies to Help You Detox

On a daily basis, your body is bombarded with huge amounts of toxins. From your beauty products, environmental toxins, processed foods, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, bus fumes, alcohol -- you get the point. The good news is you can reduce the toxic buildup in your body by simply detoxing a …

Nutrition

The Liberation of Steve McQueen

The Oscar-nominated director of '12 Years a Slave' is ready to put his anger aside<p>A decade and a half ago, the British filmmaker Steve McQueen took a …

Create Your Own 'Happiness Folder'

Natalie Portman dropped some serious knowledge in her interview with James Lipton on <i>Inside the Actor's Studio</i>. Lipton brought up something Portman had mentioned in a previous interview -- how she had no clear memories from before 12. She elaborated:<p>"I realized that so much of memory is rehearsal. …

Happiness