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  • Exploring London’s hidden waterways

    Exploring London’s hidden waterways

    September 21st, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Go to Venice or Amsterdam, and you can hardly cross a street without tumbling into a canal. In London, you have to dig deeper. You’re looking for the Regent’s Canal, which stretches from chichi Maida Vale to Thames-side Limehouse, and cutting past London Zoo’s aviaries, Camden’s pop kids, Islington restaurants and Hackney high-rises on its way. Built... Read more »

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  • Rotterdam: 8 reasons to visit the Netherlands’ second city

    Rotterdam: 8 reasons to visit the Netherlands’ second city

    September 16th, 2015Stuart Forster
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    Rotterdam has the confident vibe of a place on the up. Amsterdam might still be the brightest beacon for travellers to the Netherlands, but a host of exciting new attractions are putting this southern city on the map. Last year, Rotterdam Central railway station and the Markthal, a market hall and apartment complex whose arched... Read more »

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  • Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    September 15th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    It was not too long ago that Lisbon was often dismissed as the unfashionable capital of Portugal, the ‘Poor Man of Europe’. This was harsh on a city that spectacularly straddles the River Tejo with a flurry of old world architecture, rich African cultural influences and a notoriously wild nightlife scene. Today, savvy city breakers... Read more »

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  • The best pizza joints in Naples

    The best pizza joints in Naples

    September 15th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Where better to eat pizza than in the city where it was invented? Naples’ most affordable food is also its most sacred; a local saying goes “you can insult my mother but never my pizzamaker”. You can’t come to the city without trying an authentic crusty pizza, baked rapidly in a searingly hot wood-fired oven... Read more »

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  • Paris is going car-free next week

    Paris is going car-free next week

    September 14th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    In a ground-breaking eco initiative, Paris is going car-free for the first time. Next week, on Sunday the 27th September, cars will be banned from the centre of the city from 11am to 6pm. Despite the well-known Velib cycle-sharing scheme, Pais is struggling with pollution. The organisers hope the project will galvanise residents to think about how they are shaping the future... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons why Cologne could be Germany’s coolest city

    7 reasons why Cologne could be Germany’s coolest city

    September 11th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    If you’re looking for a city with fairytale architecture and gas-lit cobbled alleyways, you should probably stop reading now. Book a flight to Prague or Paris and be done with it. For Cologne (or Köln), is at first glance underwhelming in its postwar geometricity, with more busy roads than pedestrianised ones and only one blockbuster sight... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe

    6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe

    September 9th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    It’s that time of year again: Edinburgh has taken off its Festival face and the Fringe has finally petered out of our social media feeds. After a month-long celebration of all things arts, culture and creativity, the city can go back to sleep. Or can it? It’s not all about the Fringe in Scotland’s capital... Read more »

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  • 24 pictures that will make you marvel at northern Italy

    24 pictures that will make you marvel at northern Italy

    September 8th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    After a two-and-a-half-month research trip for the next edition of the Rough Guide to Italy, Kiki Deere shares some of her stunning pictures of northern Italy.  My trip took me across northern Italy, from the Western Alps to the Slovenian border. In Piedmont I strolled the pretty Baroque streets of Turin, and sampled some of the... Read more »

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  • In pictures: the 30th Bog Snorkelling World Championships

    In pictures: the 30th Bog Snorkelling World Championships

    September 7th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    In August 2015 the world’s finest athletes gathered in one place to push their bodies to the limits. No, we’re not talking about the Beijing World Championships, we’re talking about the 30th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Pin By Peter Barnett © www.focusdisplay.co.uk That’s right. Last weekend around 150 competitors from across the globe assembled at... Read more »

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  • The best pubs in Ireland for traditional music

    The best pubs in Ireland for traditional music

    September 7th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    If the Irish didn’t invent the pub, they’ve certainly espoused its cause with great vigour. The pub retains a pivotal place in Irish society. It’s the place where stories are narrated, deals and pacts are made, jokes are told and traditional music is heard. During the 1990s, the “Irish pub” concept (albeit with “authentic” period... Read more »

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  • A bar in London wants you to get tipsy by inhaling a cloud of gin

    A bar in London wants you to get tipsy by inhaling a cloud of gin

    September 2nd, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    Drinking alcohol is so passé. In 2015 London, it’s all about inhaling vapourised booze through your lungs and eyeballs. Set in the basement of an ancient monastery near Borough Market, Alcoholic Architecture is the latest installation from Willy Wonka-esque design firm Bompas and Parr, who have previously made an entire steamship out of jelly and... Read more »

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  • Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany

    Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany

    August 31st, 2015Lottie Gross
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    This competition is now closed. We’re giving away a walking holiday in Tuscany for two in our latest competition with FrancigenaWays.com. If you’re dreaming of olive groves, vineyards and quaint little hill-towns, this is the trip for you. Tuscany is in many ways the essence of Italy – and there are few better ways to explore the... Read more »

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