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End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai | Colossal

<p>Somewhere on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, nestled at the foot of a desert mountain range, sits a peculiar sight that is almost …

NASA Shares Gorgeous Gallery of Cosmic Imagery Ahead of Cosmos Premier

Tonight, at 9pm EST, more than 70 nations will broadcast the first episode in the 13-part remake of the show Cosmos. It will be the biggest launch …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Whilst out on the road writing, LP author @masmerquen stopped to capture this stunning image of the #FitzRoyRange in #Patagonia #Argentina. The Fitz Roy Range offers to travellers plenty of world-class hiking and camping, along with some of the most stunning mountain scenery you'll ever see. Climbers from around the world are drawn here for their chance to climb Cerro Fitz Roy (3441m/ 11,290ft), as well as other peaks. Pack for wind, rain and cold temperatures, even in summer, when views of the peaks can be obscured. If the sun is out, however, El Chaltén is paradise on earth; come see it soon, as the road to El Calafate is being paved and changes are sure to come. #LonelyPlanet #travel

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

Moldova: embracing its status as Europe's least-visited country

Being declared Europe's least visited country, with some researcher thoughtfully providing the spirit-wilting data showing only 9000 international arrivals in 2011, would probably cause most countries to plop down in the middle of the room and scream about how life is so unfair. Moldova is doing …

European Travel

Street cart selling in-season, freshly roasted chestnuts at #Eminonu in #Istanbul. Image snapped by LP author @maxwellvirginia whilst on the road in #Turkey #LonelyPlanet #travel #streetfood

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

Exploring Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts

When people think Mexico, many see golden sand, blue water and green palms. Hundreds of beaches fit this bill: some near-empty with a few palm-thatched eateries and cabañas; others busy urban beaches. Most of the best are on the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.<p>Right, got your bathers and a …

Glimpsing the future in Singapore

The future has arrived early in Singapore with more ultra-modern infrastructure - skyscrapers, parks, metro lines - being built every day. Many of the projects showcase technologies that we may soon see in other countries - and that could someday help all of us deal with global challenges such as …

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

European Travel

Viva Las Vegas (on a low-roller's budget)

Hey, big spender - think a weekend in Vegas means blowing your life savings at the blackjack table? The glittering Strip may conjure up images of slick card dealers, Dom Perignon, and Demi Moore rolling around on a hotel bed covered with hundred-dollar bills, but you can live it up in Sin City on a …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Ireland

Where do you think the most striking temple is? Pictured: #Prambanan #Hindu temple -- central #Java. Capture by #lonelyplanet staffer @heather_carswell whilst exploring #Indonesia. When at the temple, Heather reported the atmosphere as being 'eerily quiet' due in part to the recent volcanic eruption (Mount Kleud). #travel #architecture

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

Best birding in highlands and islands

Prepare for some close encounters of the bird kind with our field guide to finding (feathered) friends in far-flung places. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Greater Bird-of-paradise, Indonesia<p>Greater Bird-of-paradise by Andrea Lawardi. Image from Wikimedia …

#LonelyPlanet staffer @jrevill88 just returned from #India. Here's a great capture from him at the #TajMahalPalace in #Mumbai. Measure out: one part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; stir in half a dozen colonial relics (use big ones); pour in six heaped cups of poverty; add a smattering of swish bars and restaurants (don’t skimp on quality here for best results); equal parts of mayhem and order; as many ancient bazaars as you have lying around; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; fold in your mixture with equal parts India; throw it all in a blender on high (adding generous helpings of pollution to taste) and presto: you have Mumbai! #travel

Escape to Japan's Oki Islands

Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands.<p>Newly added to the …

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Samsung to Launch 11.6" and 13.3" Chromebook 2 Laptops in April 2014

Samsung today unveiled its Chromebook 2 series, a new pair of Chrome OS-powered laptops that will go on sale next month.<p>The smaller option is an 11.6-inch model that boasts a HD display (1366 x 768), a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The 13.3-inch variant …

CarPlay: Apple Finally Delivers iOS To Your Car's Dashboard

On Monday, Apple reintroduced its “iOS in the Car” feature previewed last June. Now called CarPlay, Apple is giving vehicles the ability to serve as a second iPhone screen powered by Siri’s voice control functionality.<p>Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo are currently exhibiting 2014 CarPlay-capable …

Apple is reportedly poaching engineers from HTC to speed up product launches

Apple is said to be scooping up hundreds of engineers and supply-chain managers as it prepares to create and release products more quickly and more frequently. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported the hiring, which it says is focused in China and Taiwan and has drawn engineers away from various tech …

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