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  • Glasgow: an insider’s guide

    Glasgow: an insider’s guide

    August 28th, 2015Claire Boyle
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    Anthony Bourdain controversially characterised Glasgow as somewhere to go ‘’for a beer and a beating” in his TV show Parts Unknown. Bourdain poked good-natured fun at the city’s notoriety, where the drinking culture looms large and the language is colourful; it’s a rep that Glasgow has battled with for decades. However, Bourdain also represented its... Read more »

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  • A disused railway line in Sweden is now the ultimate secret adventure

    A disused railway line in Sweden is now the ultimate secret adventure

    August 26th, 2015Steve Vickers
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    Home to wind farms, vineyards and wild meadows full of cornflowers and poppies, the countryside in the southernmost part of Sweden – known as Skåne – feels a world away from the dense pine forests of the north. You can get a taste for the good life down here by hiring a car and hopping... Read more »

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  • Tomato warfare: Spain hosts the world’s biggest food fight this week

    Tomato warfare: Spain hosts the world’s biggest food fight this week

    August 25th, 2015Colt St. George
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    Thousands of people. Truckloads of tomatoes. The world’s biggest food fight. In case you didn’t realise, this is Grade A bucket list material. In the last week of August in the in the Valencian town of Buñol, cheering crowds assemble around a tall greased pole erected in the Plaza del Pueblo. A hoofed leg of pork... Read more »

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  • 9 special places to stay in Andalucía

    9 special places to stay in Andalucía

    August 17th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    The southernmost territory of Spain, Andalucía is the part of the Iberian peninsula that is most quintessentially Spanish. The popular image of Spain as a land of flamenco, sherry and ruined castles derives from this spectacularly beautiful region. Andalucía’s manageable size also makes it easy to take in something of each of its elements – inland cities,... Read more »

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  • Eerie film shows the ghost city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl disaster

    Eerie film shows the ghost city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl disaster

    August 17th, 2015Emma Henderson
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    A swimming pool lies empty, plants encroach through broken windows, hospital bed frames are red with rust and Soviet signs and murals are faded ruins of what was once art from another world. This is Pripyat, Ukraine, and it’s been abandoned since 1986. This eerie video shot using a drone shows the near post-apocalyptic destruction caused by the... Read more »

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  • Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    August 14th, 2015Norm Longley
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    It’s fair to say that Bucharest is usually given a wide berth by most travellers eager to reach the country’s more obvious sights, such as Transylvania, but this is a shame. Romania’s invigorating capital has much to commend it. Beyond the welter of concrete – which in itself has a strange allure – you’ll find... Read more »

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  • Groningen: an ancient city with a young heart in the Netherlands

    Groningen: an ancient city with a young heart in the Netherlands

    August 14th, 2015Gilly Pickup
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    Tucked away in the far northeast corner of the Netherlands is the erstwhile Hanseatic city of Groningen. Dripping in history, this charming provincial capital with bubbling arts scene is awash with green spaces, cultural attractions, fine restaurants and gabled houses reflected in the miles of scenic canals. Gilly Pickup explores this little Dutch gem.  Groningen... Read more »

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  • 15 unforgettable things to do in Tuscany

    15 unforgettable things to do in Tuscany

    August 10th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Tuscany harbours the classic landscapes of Italy, familiar from a thousand Renaissance paintings, with its backdrop of medieval hill-towns, rows of cypresses, vineyards and olive groves, and artfully sited villas and farmhouses. It’s a stereotype that has long held an irresistible attraction. Nowadays Tuscany is among Italy’s wealthiest regions, but it remains predominantly rural, with great tracts of land still... Read more »

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  • 8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    August 6th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Everybody knows the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Skye. But what about the other 6000-odd British Isles? Yes, we did say 6000. From the chunky Shetland Islands in Scotland’s far north to the sunny Isles of Scilly slung out from the coast of Cornwall, the British Isles are made up of islands of all shapes and... Read more »

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  • The film that will inspire your next trip to Turkey

    The film that will inspire your next trip to Turkey

    August 5th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    The allure of Istanbul is hard to beat. This thrilling city bridges two continents with a history spanning more than 2000 years. And with Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport hitting an all-time record for flight traffic this July, its status as a top city-break destination has been further cemented. But what about the rest of the country? “More... Read more »

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  • 5 things you didn’t know you could do in Yorkshire

    5 things you didn’t know you could do in Yorkshire

    August 4th, 2015Jos Simon
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    Yorkshire, it has been said, is “a country in a county”. The very name brings countless images to mind – wild moors, headlands and cliffs; rugged dales and enormous beaches; medieval cities, churches and monasteries; formal estates and vast steelworks; coal mines and woollen mills. This diversity is part of the county’s appeal – its... Read more »

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