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  • Win a family ski holiday to the French Alps

    Win a family ski holiday to the French Alps

    December 3rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    It’s that time of year again, when the mountains become a playground, and skiers and boarders alike are keenly watching the snowfall across Europe that dictates their winter fun. If you want to take to the slopes, enter our competition for the chance to win a great skiing holiday in Valloire. Valloire is an old... Read more »

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  • Creativity & consumerism: how to spend a weekend in Birmingham, England

    Creativity & consumerism: how to spend a weekend in Birmingham, England

    December 2nd, 2015Lottie Gross
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    If we told you that Birmingham, the industrial powerhouse of the UK in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, had more than six million trees, you probably wouldn’t believe us. If we said it had more parks than any other European city, you might question our judgement. But you had better believe Birmingham holds some surprising... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best European city breaks

    10 of the best European city breaks

    December 1st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    In this article sponsored by Scenic Australia, Emma Gibbs picks 10 of the best city breaks across Europe. Europe is so crammed full of fascinating, vibrant cities that narrowing down the options to an actual decision for a weekend away can be surprisingly tricky. Thankfully, we’ve got a guide to the best European city breaks to help... Read more »

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  • Video: 5 incredible views of London from above

    Video: 5 incredible views of London from above

    November 27th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    As far as capital cities go, London is big. It’s the largest capital in Europe and has land mass of over 1500 square kilometres. Within that space, over 8.5 million people from all over the world live, work and play, and a further seventeen million people visit the city each year. Those are big numbers... Read more »

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  • Your Europe itinerary: 10 routes to explore the continent

    Your Europe itinerary: 10 routes to explore the continent

    November 18th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    You can’t expect to fit everything Europe has to offer into one trip and we don’t suggest you try. For those taking a big, extended trip around the continent you could join a few countries together. Each of these itineraries could be done in two or three weeks if followed to the letter but don’t push... Read more »

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  • All change: the railway in Budapest that’s run by children

    All change: the railway in Budapest that’s run by children

    November 18th, 2015John Malathronas
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    Trains are a fascination in many a child’s life – from the shrill blow of the commanding whistle to the clunky levers used to stop and go. Today, in Budapest, kids don’t have to dream about becoming the next train conductor, they can simply join the Children’s Railway. Rough Guides writer John Malathronas went to find out... Read more »

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  • Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    November 17th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    Famous for being the birthplace of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Madeira wine, this Portuguese island has a reputation as a holiday choice of the staid over-60s. Although it’s part of Portugal, Madeira is closer to North Africa than it is to Europe – and the island is attracting a new generation of independent travellers who know it’s not just... Read more »

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  • Travel like Harry Potter: to Scotland by train

    Travel like Harry Potter: to Scotland by train

    November 17th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Even in a country as scenic as Scotland, you might not expect to combine travelling by train with classic views of the Scottish Highlands; the tracks are down in the glens, after all, tracing the lower contours of the steep-sided scenery. But on the West Highland line, there’s a lot to take in. The scenery along this route is both epic... Read more »

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  • Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago

    Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago

    November 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Strung out in the mid-Atlantic, 1500km off the coast of Portugal, is a chain of nine breathtaking islands. These are the Azores, a volcanic archipelago thrust up from the seabed at the intersection of the Eurasian, North American and African plates. Home to around 250,000 people, the lush islands hide glassy lakes, towering waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and flower-filled meadows. If you’re looking... Read more »

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  • Copenhagen’s best kept secret: Retro Bobby’s arcade barbershop

    Copenhagen’s best kept secret: Retro Bobby’s arcade barbershop

    November 13th, 2015Colt St. George
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    Bobby’s mullet blows in the wind as he pilots his dinky motorcycle down Copenhagen‘s cobbled backstreets. Wobbling past kebab shops and contemporary design stores on his way to work, he looks like a living relic from a bygone era: the 1980s. A turtleneck peeks out from beneath his blue denim jacket, which perfectly matches the... Read more »

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  • Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms

    Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms

    November 11th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    If howling winds and unrelenting rains aren’t your idea of a romantic break, then perhaps this isn’t the trip for you. But watch this video, and it might change your mind… Norway‘s rugged coastline is battered by wild storms every winter, but that doesn’t mean adventure, and even a bit of romance, isn’t possible – as... Read more »

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  • Trail-running in the stunning Swedish countryside

    Trail-running in the stunning Swedish countryside

    November 9th, 2015Ros Walford
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    Ros Walford goes leaping over granite rocks to give you the lowdown on Sweden’s only coastal trail-running race.  What is this strangely named Icebug Xperience? It has nothing to do with ice – nor bugs, fortunately. It’s actually a three-day 74-km coastal trailrunning and hiking event organised by a Swedish company called Icebug. The event... Read more »

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