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  • Cycling from London to Paris: the Avenue Verte

    Cycling from London to Paris: the Avenue Verte

    January 6th, 2014Greg Dickinson
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    Launched in 2012, the Avenue Verte is a low-traffic cycle route connecting London and Paris, making the most of southern England’s extensive National Cycle Network and France’s bucolic north. Greg Dickinson took to the saddle and put the route to the test. “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country... Read more »

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  • Painting the town red at La Tomatina in Spain

    Painting the town red at La Tomatina in Spain

    January 3rd, 2014Site Editor
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    On the last Wednesday of every August, 130,000 kilos of over-ripe tomatoes are hurled around the alleyways of Buñol until the tiny town’s streets are ankle deep in squelching fruit. What started in the 1940s as an impromptu food fight between friends has turned into one of the most bizarre and downright infantile fiestas on... Read more »

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  • Hitting Ibiza’s closing parties

    Hitting Ibiza’s closing parties

    January 1st, 2014Site Editor
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    Ibiza’s summer clubbing season is an orgy of hedonism, full of beats, late nights and frazzled young things. It reaches a messy climax in September, when the main club promoters and venues host a series of seratonin-sapping parties to round things off and extract a few final euros from their battered punters. These end-of-season events... Read more »

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  • 7 useful pronunciation rules for travellers

    7 useful pronunciation rules for travellers

    January 1st, 2014Adrian-L
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    During World War II, Dutch Resistance fighters exposed infiltrators by asking them to pronounce Scheveningen; with its two subtly different gutturals, it was a trick only native speakers could pull off. The stakes of course aren’t so high when you’re on holiday in a new place, but there is some satisfaction in not immediately revealing... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in February

    The best places to visit in February

    December 30th, 2013Olivia Rawes
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    Dark, dreary and cold in Europe and North America, February often feels like a long drag before spring arrives. Yet it’s a fantastic time to travel. Warm, balmy weather and riotous carnivals beckon below the equator, while chillier climes should be embraced for snow-fuelled activities and unique wildlife watching opportunities. Here are our tips on... Read more »

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  • Browsing La Boqueria, Spain

    Browsing La Boqueria, Spain

    December 30th, 2013Site Editor
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    It happens to most newcomers: noses flare, eyes widen and pulses quicken upon entering La Boqueria, Barcelona’s cathedral to comida fresca (fresh food). Pass through the handsome Modernista cast-iron gateway and you’re rapidly sucked in by the raw, noisy energy of the cavernous hall, the air dense with the salty tang of the sea and... Read more »

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  • Mosaics and marble: touring the Moscow Metro

    Mosaics and marble: touring the Moscow Metro

    December 18th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Opened in 1935, the Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most extravagant projects. Its stations, with their lavish and ornate interiors, were conceived as showcases of Soviet success, and aimed at making the city the world’s capital of Communism. Follow Kiki Deere’s tour of the most spectacular metro stops to learn more about Russia’s... Read more »

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  • Toasting bad weather in the Scottish Highlands

    Toasting bad weather in the Scottish Highlands

    December 18th, 2013Site Editor
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    First, be glad that it rains so much in Scotland. Without the rain the rivers here wouldn’t run – the Livet, the Fiddich, the Spey. Without the rain the glens wouldn’t be green and the barley wouldn’t grow tall and plump. Be glad it’s damp here in Scotland. Peat needs a few centuries sitting in... Read more »

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  • How to get away from it all

    How to get away from it all

    December 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s one of the ultimate travel goals: how to well and truly get away from it all. Here’s ten trips, selected by the writers and editors at Rough Guides, that offer true isolation and recuperation. Share your own below. Sleep out in a remote bothy Britain may be one of the most crowded islands on... Read more »

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  • 22 stunning images from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards

    22 stunning images from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards

    December 16th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    After a search for the most captivating, exciting and beautiful travel photography, the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards announced their final winners last week. Here is a selection of our favourite images from this set of talented photographers. Eagle hunter, Alti Region, Mongolia Pin By Simon Morris | www.tpoty.com Powell Point, Grand Canyon South Rim, USA Pin... Read more »

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  • Gigging in Glasgow, Scotland

    Gigging in Glasgow, Scotland

    December 16th, 2013James Smart
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    Pop stars, travelling from coach to bar and from plane to arena, are notoriously oblivious about the city they happen to be performing in. There are countless stories of frontmen bellowing “Hello, Detroit!” when they’re actually in Toronto. But some places have a genuine buzz about them. London is fine, but all too often its... Read more »

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  • A culinary ritual: exploring Georgian food

    A culinary ritual: exploring Georgian food

    December 13th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    With its stunning natural scenery, ancient towns and compelling history, Georgia really does have it all – and the food is no exception. Georgians are passionate about wine and love their sweets; eating here is more of a ritual than a meal. Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere talks us through an indulgent Georgian feast. As... Read more »

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