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  • A guide to Sweden’s unforgettable midsummer celebrations

    A guide to Sweden’s unforgettable midsummer celebrations

    June 12th, 2015David Atkinson
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    Nobody does midsummer like the Swedes. They down tools and head for their summer houses on the coast for a family gathering lubricated by beer, herring and shots of the local firewater. Whether you’re a builder or a banker, it’s the one day of the year that everyone casts aside their daily routine and goes... Read more »

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  • Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    June 11th, 2015Keith Drew
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    Keith Drew sees Britain’s Somerset in a different light from behind the wheel of a six-man motorhome. Cotton-budded wisps of mist hung lazily above the water, the early morning sunlight glinting off the pools. Freshly brewed tea in hand, we settled down in chairs outside our motorhome to survey the reedbeds in front of us,... Read more »

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  • A beginner’s guide to the best German beers

    A beginner’s guide to the best German beers

    June 9th, 2015Daniel Neilson
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    Think Germany and you think beer. It’s a country whose beer culture is so ingrained and recognised that Oktoberfest (16 September–3 October 2017) is celebrated around the world. It’s the birthplace of lager, and one that is full of life and flavour (a far cry from the insipid mass-produced stuff). In fact, the word “lager” just means... Read more »

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  • Video: why Cappadocia is best seen from above

    Video: why Cappadocia is best seen from above

    June 3rd, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    The ethereal landscape of Cappadocia is one of Turkey‘s top attractions, and the fields of naturally-hewn “fairy chimneys” and mysterious rock caves here have intrigued visitors for years. These days, however, there’s only one way to take in Cappadocia’s unusual formations – from the air. On still days at dawn, a swarm of hot-air balloons slowly ascends as the... Read more »

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  • Scaling the Metéora: the monastic mountains of Greece

    Scaling the Metéora: the monastic mountains of Greece

    June 2nd, 2015Ros Walford
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    Not for those without a head for heights: Rough Guides editor Ros Walford conquers one of the cliffs of the Metéora.  This is no ordinary day. I’m dangling by a rope from a vertical rock face in mainland Greece. All around me are towers of sandstone, jutting from a wide plain – carved by water... Read more »

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  • The best gelato in Rome

    The best gelato in Rome

    June 2nd, 2015Natasha Foges
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    While in Rome researching the upcoming Rough Guide, Natasha Foges sampled gelato in every corner of the city – all in the name of research. Here’s the scoop on where to find the city’s best. Every Roman has a favourite gelateria, and can spend hours arguing the merits of their local haunt. In the last... Read more »

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  • Lyon: the French city that has it all

    Lyon: the French city that has it all

    June 1st, 2015Norm Longley
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    Forget Paris. Lyon is currently where it’s at, and whilst it’s reputation as France’s culinary capital is fully justified – twenty-two Michelin stars and counting – there’s a great deal more to this colourful city than gluttony. A flourish of fabulous new accommodation, cultural sights galore, and a raft of exciting festivals will keep you... Read more »

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  • This Greek beach looks like it’s on another planet

    This Greek beach looks like it’s on another planet

    May 29th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Dotting the southern Agean, the Cyclades (Kykládhes) are one of the best places in Greece’s for island-hopping. But it’s not all the crystal-clear seas and golden beaches that you might expect. On volcanic Milos, a geologically diverse island known for its unusual rock formations and geothermal springs, the spectacular shorelines are characterized by multicoloured rocks and volcanically heated sand. Sarakiniko, in particular, is astonishing.... Read more »

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  • 5 street foods you need to try in Istanbul

    5 street foods you need to try in Istanbul

    May 28th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    One of the most enjoyable ways of tasting the best Istanbul has to offer is to work your way around the city snacking on the incredible street food, sold from carts and trays at street corners and other likely spots. This can be as simple as raw almonds on ice, but there are far more... Read more »

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  • 10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana

    10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana

    May 27th, 2015Garth Cartwright
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    Albania’s capital used to regularly top lists for Europe’s worst city. Decades of Stalinist rule left Tirana grey and grim, lacking in both infrastructure and services. The collapse of communism in 1992 only worsened the situation, as chaos engulfed the city and crime started to rise. All that has now changed. Today Tirana is –... Read more »

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  • 21 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane to Italy

    21 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane to Italy

    May 21st, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    From Tuscany‘s picture-perfect countryside and rambling hill-towns to Venice‘s dreamy canals and palazzos, there’s no end to Italy‘s beauty. It’s really no wonder that the country attracts nearly 50 million visitors a year. Here, we’ve picked 21 of our favourite pictures of Italy from the Rough Guides archive. If these don’t make you want to jump on a plane, we don’t know what... Read more »

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  • Minsk: beyond the stereotypes of the Belarusian capital

    Minsk: beyond the stereotypes of the Belarusian capital

    May 18th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    ‘Mini-break’ and ‘Minsk’ don’t trip off the tongue. And if you’ve never considered a visit to the Belarusian capital, you aren’t alone. Anita Isalska explores why the city makes for an interesting trip.  Firstly, there’s the popular perception of Minsk as a grey, post-Soviet megalopolis. Another disincentive is the Belarusian visa, a requirement for visitors... Read more »

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