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  • 16 pictures that capture the freedom of the Lake District

    16 pictures that capture the freedom of the Lake District

    August 25th, 2015Jon Sparks
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    Professional photographer Jon Sparks takes us on a visual tour of his homeland with these gorgeous pictures of the Lake District.  They reckon more words have been written about the Lake District than any other area of comparable size on Earth – except perhaps a few of the great cities. Artists and photographers have flocked... Read more »

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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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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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  • A taste of Andalucía: a food lover’s tour

    A taste of Andalucía: a food lover’s tour

    August 4th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    The rich and varied cuisine of Andalucía is a reflection of its dramatic history. One of its signature dishes, gazpacho, was introduced by the romans in the first millennium BC, and didn’t reach its final version until peppers and tomatoes arrived in Spain following the voyages of Columbus. Another great influence came from the Moors... Read more »

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  • 8 things you didn’t know you could do in the UK

    8 things you didn’t know you could do in the UK

    July 31st, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    So you’ve gawked at the guards of Buckingham Palace, hiked up Snowdon and hit the beach – what next? From lethal motorcycle races to mountain towns that look like something out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, here are 8 unconventional things to do in the UK. 1. Horse about at Scotland’s Common Ridings The Common Ridings of the Scottish border towns of Hawick, Selkirk,... Read more »

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