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Howards House Hotel, Wiltshire: hotel review

I've driven past this village before. Cottages have little stone bridges across the River Teff. In late spring, when rural Wiltshire practically …

Learning holidays for teenagers

Becoming a PGL instructor, Shropshire<p>For teenagers who have enjoyed PGL activity holidays in the past, places on PGL Leadership Challenge courses can …

Provence just got closer: the new train direct to Cézanne country

Soon after we emerge from Le Tunnel, we start the time-honoured litany of English folk on to the Continent. "The French are so much more stylish." …

new flights, Festival of the North East and a Barbie Dreamhouse …

<b>Escapism</b><p>EasyJet (easyjet.com) has launched a new twice-weekly flight from Luton to Olbia in Sardinia, this week, from £35 one-way, and a new daily …

Best of April 2013

A night at Paris’ museums

On 18 May, more than 150 museums and cultural spaces will open their doors at sunset for a free, fresh look at the capital’s cultural heritage.<p>On 18 May, Paris will take part in the annual Night of Museums, with more than 150 museums and cultural spaces opening their doors at sunset for a free, …

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California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Everest Ice Shrinking Fast, Scientists and Climbers Say

Glaciers in Everest region have shrunk 13 percent since the 1960s.<p><b>Everest isn't the same mountain it was when Jim Whittaker became the first U.S. climber to summit the peak in 1963. The world's highest peak has been shedding snow and ice for the past 50 years, possibly due in part to global</b> …

Get back to nature in Japan

The symbols of old Japan – carp-filled ponds, misty valleys and <i>onsens</i> tucked away in thick forests – are often overshadowed by Japan's image of the neon metropolis with its rocket ship skyscrapers, sci-fi supermarkets and bullet trains (not to mention its live lobster vending machines, vans blaring …

Cruise line seeks family to test its ships

New to cruise holidays, or an old hand looking for a challenge? Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a search for Britain's “funnest” family to test its ships and on board experiences. Sampling cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, the family will provide feedback on the food, entertainment and …

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Walk with the locals in Mumbai

Mumbai’s first set of Jane Jacobs walks explores three distinct neighbourhoods, giving residents and visitors the chance to better understand the true nature of the teeming metropolis.<p>The secret to understanding a teeming metropolis lies in exploring its neighbourhoods. It is in these slices of …

Barcelona's lesser-known attractions

Garish, gregarious Barcelona doesn’t guard its secrets jealously, but the Catalan capital does seem to get a kick from hiding the best of them in plain sight.<i>Lonely Planet Magazine</i> samples the city’s lesser-known delights.<p>The Gaudí-free guide to architecture<p>The amazing fin-de-siècle structures that …

Two Events in Queenstown Today – Google Science Fair Worldwide, and a local talk!

Watch online for the Google Science Fair, Live from Wakatipu High School in Queenstown<p>Well, “today” is confusing in New Zealand. It’s May 8 in NZ and …

Tripping California Wine Country

Hankering for biodynamic wine, farm-fresh food and miles of toasted-oat hills? Sounds like California Wine Country's calling your name?<p>Northern California is home to some seriously alluring winery-laden valleys, most famously Napa and Sonoma, but also Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander …

Travel insurance won't cover your smartphone

Travel insurance has failed to move with the times, meaning that customers are not properly covered for modern gadgets and valuables.<p>Research by consumer watchdog Which? shows that many travel insurers have not updated their policies for years, leaving cover inadequate to replace now everyday …

China’s Eco-Compensation Could Lead to Cleaner Waters

Wildlife<p>The Min River in Nanping, China. Photograph by Pan Shi Bo, Wikimedia Commons<p><b>By Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace</b><p>In East China’s Fujian Province, the booming economy has been good to the cities of Sanming and Nanping, as well as to farmers in the surrounding hills. That, however, has been …

Malmö, Sweden: highlights for holidaymakers

Getting there<p>Ryanair flies to Malmo Sturup Airport. Cheapes fares in May are from £41 return, not including baggage charges.<p>British Airways, easyJet, and Norwegian fly to Copenhagen. Cheapest fares in May are from £67 return.<p>See skyscanner.net.<p>Sights and attractions<p>Malmö is known as Sweden's "City …

Restaurant: Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh

Listen to this: a green "cannelloni" tube filled with white crabmeat, sweet and spritzed with lemon. We're prodding the tube – it's not pasta. What …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Five-year-old British girl 'drowns' in hotel pool at Egyptian resort

A five-year-old British girl has died after apparently drowning in a hotel pool while on holiday with her family at a popular Egyptian resort.<p>Chloe Johnson died in a waterpark at the Coral Sea Waterworld Hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.<p>Travel company First Choice confirmed the death …

NASA Announces Brightest Lunar Explosion Ever Recorded

Changing Planet<p>A boulder-sized meteor slammed into the moon in March, igniting an explosion so bright that anyone looking up at the right moment might have spotted it, NASA announced Friday.<p>NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office is reporting the discovery of the brightest impact seen on the moon in …

The week in travel: May 13-18, 2013

42 incredible museums to visit in your lifetime

As Cape Town's Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) - poised to be Africa's biggest contemporary art museum - is unveiled today, our experts reveal the most spectacular museums to see around the world.<p><b>Which museums have we missed? Let us know in the comments below.</b><p>New York<p>1. Museum of …

Readers' tips: The Greek Islands

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Jewel in the crown</b><p>The fertile isle of Naxos in the Cyclades has the café-lined harbour; the sparkling, sapphire sea; the door to Apollo's Temple from where you can stand and feel like a Borrower; and hidden, peaceful beaches. But its jewel is concealed in the Cyclades highest …

The Pink Sea Spray at Sunset and Interview with Kate Russell

Recent Interview with Kate Russell<p>You may remember Kate from the BBC; many years ago when she did a story about this site. She helped to make the …

San Francisco's top cheap eats

Booms and busts come and go fast in this Gold Rush town, but there's one thing you can always count on: dinner. Whether you're flush or broke, San Francisco offers vast menu options and excellent value for money. Not that it's always cheap – the fad for pricey pizzas and gourmet burgers isn't quite …

Kaua‘i's coast and mountains: a hiker's dream

Crisscrossed by centuries-old footpaths once trod by Hawaiian royalty, Kaua‘i is an unbeatable choice for hikers, especially first-time visitors to Hawaii. Nowhere else in this Polynesian archipelago can you find such a variety of trails, from family-friendly walks to hardcore treks. Stand atop …