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Zoe Smith

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Zoë Smith is a British travel writer and guidebook updater, who's spent the past year working as a horse trekking guide in New Zealand and backpacking around central Turkey for the upcoming Rough Guide to Turkey. With a travel resume that reads like an a-z, she's settled in rural France for the time-being, but regularly heads back to her hometown of London to get her fix of all things 'English'.

Mar222013

Travel Recommendation

The Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall

Munich

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Munich’s legendary Hofbrauhaus beer hall is so renowned around the globe, that a number of international replicas have sprung up in its honor but nothing beats a visit to the original.

Mar222013

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Best Day Trips from Stockholm

Stockholm

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You could spend months exploring Stockholm’s vast 30,000 island archipelago, but if you’d prefer a change of scenery there’s plenty to see in the surrounding area, including these popular day trip destinations.

Mar222013

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Best Day trips from Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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With so many sights within easy reach of the Scottish capital, there’s no excuse for only staying in Edinburgh. Whether you want to explore medieval castles or hike in the glens, here are 5 of the best day trips from Edinburgh.

Mar222013

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Cruising Turkey

Turkey

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With its vast stretch of Mediterranean coastline dotted with historic sites and sun-drenched beaches, its not surprising that Turkey remains one of the most popular cruise destinations. Whether you’re drifting around Europe’s key sights, exploring the neighboring Greek islands or taking an all-encompassing Mediterranean cruise, Turkey’s wide variety of scenery, historic sites and creative cuisine, means you’ll never be short of something to do.

Mar212013

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Berlin in Spring

Berlin

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With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, springtime in Berlin is the perfect time for taking a walking or cycling tour of the city and exploring the city’s many parks and gardens.

Mar202013

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Free Things to Do in Cologne

Cologne

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Whether you’ve blown your travel budget on a Rhine River cruise or you’re simply trying to stretch out your euros, there are plenty of free things to do in Cologne. Here are a few ideas.

Mar202013

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Exploring the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul

Istanbul

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Istanbul might have a reputation for its cosmopolitan population and increasingly modern attitude, but the heart of the city still beats in the historic old town of Sultanahmet, located on the European peninsula bounded by the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. First founded by Greek colonists in 667BC, the area of Sultanahmet was once the walled city of Istanbul known as ‘Constantinople’ and today the peninsula is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and teeming with examples of Byzantine and Ottoman era architecture.

Mar192013

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Budget Friendly Things to Do in Zurich

Zurich

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Famed as an international banking center and home to the ‘most expensive shopping street in Europe’, Zurich isn’t the place to bag a bargain, but there are still plenty of budget friendly things to do.

Mar192013

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Great Day Trips From Dublin

Dublin

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With an abundance of scenic landscapes and historic sights easily reachable from Dublin, there are plenty of options for getting out of the city.

Mar192013

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National Parks in Croatia

Croatia

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Whether you’re looking to hike, mountain bike or scuba dive, Croatia’s eight National parks offer an ever-changing landscape that will satisfy the most ardent explorers.

Mar192013

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How to Get Around in Stockholm

Stockholm

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A sprawling archipelago jutting out into the Baltic sea, Sweden’s capital makes a dramatic location for a walking tour, but if you want to make the most of your sightseeing time, here are a few tips for getting around in Stockholm.

Mar192013

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Chelsea Flower Show

England

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England’s largest horticultural extravaganza, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, previously known as the Great Spring Show, is one of the world’s most famous flower shows, drawing in gardening enthusiasts from all over the globe. The annual festival is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and held each May in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, where a series of spectacular gardens and floral exhibits are displayed to dramatic effect.

Mar192013

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Double-Decker Bus Tours in London

London

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Along with the vintage red telephone boxes, black taxi-cabs and the red-suited Royal guards with their towering bearskin hats, the double decker bus, traditionally painted in fire-engine red, has become one of the most famous symbols of London. While the classic red versions are now more commonly found emblazoned across souvenir mugs and key rings than chugging along the streets (although there are still some in action), the double-decker bus is still one of the most popular methods of transport for Londoner’s to get from A to B.

Mar192013

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Manisa Mesir Festival in Turkey

Turkey

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One of Turkey’s oldest festivals dating back almost 500 years, the Manisa Mesir festival is held each March in the Aegean town of Manisa. Organized in celebration of the region’s famous Mesir paste, a specially blended paste or gum renowned for its healing properties, the festival is the town’s biggest event, drawing thousands of Turkish and international visitors.

Mar142013

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Ireland's Most Beautiful Castles

Ireland

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With dozens of castles set in spectacular locations around the country, there’s no excuse for not paying a visit to at least one of Ireland’s historic landmarks. Whether you fancy staying in a luxury castle hotel or taking part in an atmospheric medieval banquet, make sure you explore at least one of Ireland’s 5 most beautiful castles.

Mar122013

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Wine Tasting in Lavaux

Switzerland

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Switzerland‘s most iconic vineyards, tiered along the banks of the shimmering Lake Geneva and boasting 830 hectares of vines basking in the Mediterranean climate, Lavaux makes an idyllic location for wine tasting. The famous terraced vineyards of Lavaux are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; as celebrated for their unique beauty as they are for the world-renowned Chasselas grapes produced in the region.

Mar122013

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Drinks with a View at Cloud 23 in Beetham Tower

Manchester

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For a breath-taking view over Manchester, it’s hard to beat the Cloud 23 bar, on the 23rd floor of the city’s tallest skyscraper, the Beetham Tower. The landmark tower, clocking in at 168 meters, is the highest outside of London and features 47 floors, including a 22-floor Hilton hotel, private apartments and of course, the bar with the best view in the city – Cloud 23.

Mar122013

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The Hebrides Islands

Scotland

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Sprawling off the northwest coast of Scotland, the vast archipelago of the Hebrides Islands is made up of over 500 islands and islets, divided into the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Inhabited since the Mesolithic period, the islands’ unique cultures and inimitable topography have long inspired visiting artists and geologists, offering up some of the world’s wildest and most untamed scenery.

Mar122013

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Skagen

Denmark

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Marking the northernmost point of Denmark, the jutting peninsula of Skagen is one of the country’s biggest attractions, once a popular haunt for artists in the 19th century and retaining its vibrant cultural scene today.

Mar082013

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Linlithgow Palace

Edinburgh

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A popular day trip from Edinburgh, just 15km from the city center, the majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace hold a special place in Scotland‘s history, serving as a royal residence for Scottish monarchs throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.

Mar072013

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Berlin’s Best Budget Eats

Berlin

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Germany is better known for its sausages, sauerkraut and beer than high-end cuisine but the abundance of cheap food makes visiting Berlin on a budget a breeze.

Mar062013

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Schloss Nymphenburg

Munich

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Germany’s biggest Baroque palace and one of Munich’s most impressive tourist attractions, the Schloss Nymphenburg, or Nymphenburg Palace, is reachable by tram from the city center and makes a spectacular addition to any Munich tour itinerary.

Mar062013

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Free Things to Do in Istanbul

Istanbul

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With exchange rates plummeting, Istanbul isn’t quite the bargain destination it used to be, but those on budget will still find plenty of opportunities to stretch out their dollars. From marveling at the city’s famous minarets to taking advantage of the legendary Turkish hospitality, here are some ideas for free things to do in Istanbul.

Mar062013

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Exploring the University of Manchester’s Campus

Manchester

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It’s the largest single site university in the UK, home to 39,000 students; commonly rated as one of the UK’s top Universities behind the world famous Oxford and Cambridge and ranks as one of the top 25 research facilities in the world. But if all that doesn’t convince you to pay a visit to the University of Manchester, a glimpse of the stunning Victorian architecture will surely lure you in.

Mar062013

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Best Places to Go with Kids in Switzerland

Switzerland

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An alpine paradise for lovers of the outdoors and home to some of Europe’s glitziest ski resorts, Switzerland is like an all-natural adventure playground for children and the perfect destination for an action packed family holiday. Here are some of the best places to go with kids in Switzerland.

Mar052013

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Best Day Trips from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

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Whether you’re escaping the stifling summer heat or just looking to get out of the city, there are plenty of great day trips to take from Buenos Aires. From galloping across the steppe with Argentina‘s gauchos to floating through the idyllic Tigre Delta, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Mar052013

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

London

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With its magnificent dome presiding over London’s skyline, St Paul’s Cathedral is not only the seat of the bishop of London, but is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Mar042013

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Shopping in Zurich

Zurich

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The self-proclaimed shopping capital of Switzerland, Zurich’s vast range of shops and markets draw in crowds from all over Europe but to get the most out of your spending spree, here’s a quick guide to where to go and what to buy.

Mar042013

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Best Day Trips from London

London

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You could spend weeks exploring London’s myriad tourist attractions, but with so many sights just a short bus or train ride away, there’s no excuse to only stay in the city. Whether you want to hit the beach or explore England’s historic towns, here are some of the best day trips to take from London.

Feb282013

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Dublin’s Best View points

Dublin

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Dublin might not boast an iconic lookout point like the London Eye or the Eiffel Tower, but there are still a number of ways to get a great view of the city.

Feb262013

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Things to Do in Izmir

Izmir

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Turkey’s third largest city and a popular cruise destination along the Aegean Coast, the modern metropolis of Izmir is surrounded by a wealth of historic landmarks that make it one of the country’s most visited destinations.

Feb262013

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Yorkshire

The North of England

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From the eerie wilderness of the Yorkshire moors as brought to life by the Bronte sisters’ novels, to the medieval architecture lining the cobbled streets of York, the northern England county of Yorkshire is one of the best reasons to leave London.

Feb262013

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Free Things to Do in Dublin

Dublin

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Whether you’re traveling Dublin on a tight budget or blew your travel funds on one of the city’s notorious pub-crawls, there are plenty of ways to explore the Irish capital for free. Here are some ideas for exploring Dublin without spending a cent.

Feb252013

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Hiking in Connemara National Park

Galway

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With nearly 3,000 hectares spanning grassy plateaus, dense forests and heather-smattered marshlands, Connemara National Park makes a popular destination for hikers looking to experience rugged Irish countryside at its best. The park, one of 6 in the country, lies in Country Galway, West Ireland, sprawling along the foothills of the famous Twelve Bens mountain range (Benbaun, Bencullagh and Benbrack all lie within the park boundaries).

Feb212013

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What Not to Do in Switzerland

Switzerland

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With world class skiing and some of Europe’s highest observation decks and landscapes that were made to photograph, there are plenty of things you should do in Switzerland, but now you’ve filled up your itinerary, here are a few final things to consider.

Feb212013

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Romantic Things to Do in Zurich

Zurich

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Zurich’s picturesque Old Town, framed by the spires of the medieval Fraumünster and Grossmünster Cathedrals, makes the perfect setting for some old world romance.

Feb192013

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Kunstpark Nightlife in Munich

Munich

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Munich’s hard partying reputation centers around the annual Oktoberfest festival, with the city’s famous beer gardens pumping a steady stream of German beer, but if it’s heaving dance floors and blaring music that gets you going, Kunstpark, or Kunstpark Ost (KPO) is the place to be.

Feb192013

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Egyptian Spice Market

Istanbul

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Exploding with color and pungent aromas, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Spice Market (so-called as the spices were originally imported from Egypt) is one of the city’s most vibrant and most-visited attractions.

Feb192013

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Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage)

Istanbul

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Istanbul’s Çiçek Pasajı, or Flower Passage, is the most renowned example of the city’s ornate late 19th and early 20th century arcades, beautifully restored to its Ottoman-era glory. Running between Istikal Caddesi and Sahne Sok in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the L-shaped passageway was once the courtyard of the historic Cité de Péra building, built in 1876. The building was later purchased by the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sait Paşa, who renamed it the Sait Paşa Passage, but the modern name of Çiçek Pasajı was adopted in the 1920s in ode to the Russian flower sellers that lined the passageway throughout the war years.

Feb192013

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Natural Wonders of the Amazon

Manaus

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Encompassing an incredible 1.4 billion acres (500,000 sq km) and making up more than half of the world’s remaining rainforest, the vast Amazon rainforest is teeming with natural wonders. The sheer size of the Amazon basin – larger than Europe and stretching over 9 countries – is a marvel in itself, but it’s the incredible variety of wildlife that remains the region’s biggest draw card.

Feb182013

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Tigre Delta

Buenos Aires

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A popular day trip from Buenos Aires, the riverside town of Tigre is the gateway to the idyllic Tigre Delta region, one of the world’s largest natural deltas stretching over 5,400 square miles. Named after the American Jaguars that once frequented the area, the Tigre Delta is the meeting point of the Paraná river, South America’s second longest river, after the Amazon, and the Río de la Plata estuary, which bridges the borders between Buenos Aires and Uruguay.

Feb142013

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Romance in Switzerland

Switzerland

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With its flawless scenery and world-renowned chocolatiers, Switzerland has plenty to boast about when it comes to romance.

Feb132013

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Behind the Scenes at Dublin Castle

Dublin

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With its original construction dating between 1204 and 1220, Dublin Castle encompasses some of the city’s oldest surviving structures, although today much of its façade dates back to 18th century restorations.

Feb122013

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Camden Market

London

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A creative hub where London’s flair for the eclectic is center stage, Camden has long nurtured its reputation as the city’s most rock’n’roll district and its unique markets are as popular among London’s mohawked youths as they are with international tourists.

Feb112013

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Cairngorm Mountains

The Scottish Highlands

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At the heart of Scotland’s world renowned Scottish Highlands region, the Cairngorms National Park is not only the largest national park in the UK, but is home to the UK’s highest Mountain range—the Cairngorms.

Feb112013

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Traditional Foods to Try in England

England

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England‘s food has earned itself a reputation for blandness over the years, but with historic recipes dating back to the Victorian times, inventive use of staple ingredients and some notoriously wacky names (think ‘bubble and squeak’ or ‘spotted dick pudding’), traditional English cuisine has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Here are six of the nation’s most beloved dishes to get you started.

Feb072013

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Bird watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is teeming with exotic wildlife with lush rainforests populated with everything from exuberant monkeys to menacing crocodiles; sloths slinking in the shadows and jungle pathways misted with brightly patterned butterflies.

Feb072013

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Romantic Things to Do in Munich

Munich

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With its snow-blanketed landscapes, mountaintop castles and lush meadows, Bavaria has long inspired fairytales and if you’re looking for romantic destinations, Munich has plenty more strings to its cupid’s bow than Oktoberfest parties and beer gardens.

Feb072013

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How to Spend One Day in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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Scotland’s vibrant capital does its hard-partying reputation proud as the host for a number of important Scottish festivals and celebrations (including the legendary 4-day New Year’s celebrations, known as Hogmanay), but even the quietest days in the city offer plenty to see and do. Exploring the cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, climbing the sprawling peaks of Edinburgh’s Seven Hills and visiting the city’s many museums and galleries could easily fill up a week’s itinerary, but if you’ve only got one day in the city, here are some ideas for making the most of it.

Feb052013

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Casinos in Lima

Lima

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Lima might not boast the gambling prowess of Las Vegas, but business is booming for the city’s top casinos – a recent addition to Peru‘s abundant slot machine arcades.

Feb052013

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Best museums in Dublin

Dublin

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With over 30 museums, there’s a museum for anything and everyone in Dublin, with some of Europe’s best history, art and literature exhibitions, as well as some more unusual offerings (yes, there’s even a Leprechaun museum).

Feb052013

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Hookah Cafes in Istanbul

Istanbul

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Whatever comes to mind when you think of a Hookah cafes in Istanbul – groups of Middle Eastern men getting high on smoky inhalations in shadowy teahouses or the rainbow of peculiar looking vials cluttering the stalls of the Grand Bazaar – you’ll likely find plenty to fuel the stereotype.

Feb052013

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Vevey: A Town Among the Vineyards

Switzerland

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At the heart of the famed Lavaux wine-growing region, the town of Vevey, Switzerland, has a prime location on the banks of Lake Geneva, encircled by the area’s famous tiered vineyards and snow-capped Alps.

Feb042013

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How to Get Around in Manchester

Manchester

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Whether you’re in town to catch a football game or simply to explore one of northern England’s most vibrant cities, here are a few tips for getting around Manchester.

1. Explore on foot
Many of the city center’s major attractions are easily reachable by foot and pounding the pavements not only saves money on transport costs but makes a great way to discover the city’s fine architecture. Pick up a free map from the tourist office or train station and hit the streets.

Feb012013

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Dining on a Budget in London

London

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With its myriad of international cuisine and cutting edge restaurants, London is rapidly gaining a reputation as a gourmet hotspot, but food, as with everything in the city, often comes with a hefty price tag.

Feb012013

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Things to Do in Zurich in Winter

Zurich

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Set around the crisp Lake Zurich and encircled by snow-caked peaks, Zurich makes an atmospheric, if chilly, place to spend the winter months.

Jan312013

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Romantic Things to Do in Dublin

Dublin

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You can’t get more romantic than the resting place of Saint Valentine himself (relics of the patron Saint are located in the Whitefriar Street Church) and Dublin offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic city break. Here are a few ideas for getting in the mood in Ireland‘s capital.

Jan292013

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Jacobs Coffee Museum

Zurich

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Whether you take yours as a potent shot of Italian espresso or a cream-topped Starbucks mocha sprinkled with cinnamon, coffee—the focal point of Zurich’s Johann Jacobs Coffee Museum—is undeniably one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Jan282013

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Climbing Ben Nevis, Britain’s Highest Peak

Scotland

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In a country renowned for its sweeping glens and vast moorlands, scaling Scotland‘s highest mountain makes a welcome change of pace for hikers, as well as affording some spectacular views from its summit.

Jan282013

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Things to do in Buenos Aires in Summer

Buenos Aires

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While the Northern Hemisphere turns up the central heating and gears up for a white Christmas, Buenos Aires is experiencing its annual heat wave, with sweltering temperatures sending many porteños (city dwellers) to the cooler climes of Argentina‘s coast.

Jan282013

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Romantic Things to Do in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

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The birthplace of the sultriest dance in ballroom and the modern-day party capital of South America, Buenos Aires’ bucket loads of Latino charm make it a prime spot for those looking for romance. Whether you choose to seek out the old world romance of the tango halls or pay a visit to the city’s surprisingly non-seedy ‘Love Hotels’ (rentable by the hour), there are a myriad of ways to get loved up in Buenos Aires.

Jan252013

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Isle of Wight

England

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A popular UK holiday destination, the Isle of Wight lies around 6 miles off the south coast of England and is reachable by ferry from the southern ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth. One of the largest of England’s many isles, at 24 miles across, the island first made a name for itself in the Victorian era, becoming a fashionable seaside resort for the upper class.

Jan232013

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How to Get Around in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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As Scotland’s capital and main transport hub, Edinburgh’s historic buildings, vast green spaces and steep cobblestone streets make a fascinating backdrop to set your sightseeing to. Whether you’ve only got one day in the city or have plenty of time to explore, here are a few tips for getting around in Edinburgh.

Jan212013

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Things to do in San Blas

Peru

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Renowned as the artisan quarter of Cusco, San Blas is famed for producing some of the most celebrated handicrafts in Peru.

Jan172013

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Ireland in Winter

Ireland

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As the days get shorter and the weather colder, Ireland might not seem like the most appealing place to spend the winter, but fewer crowds and cheaper prices make it a perfect time to explore.

Jan152013

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When to Visit the Amazon

Peru

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Exploring the Amazon rainforest might be a bucket list favorite, but with such a wildly changing environment (water levels rise and fall up to 40 feet throughout the year) and extreme weather (250 annual days of rain coupled with stifling humidity), planning the best time to visit can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking to camp out in the jungle or cruise along the river, here are a few tips for making the most of the seasons.

Jan142013

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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin

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In a city crammed with celebrated museums, Dublin‘s Chester Beatty Library has maintained its popularity since being voted the Best Irish Museum back in 2000.

Jan112013

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Things to do in York

England

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With its labyrinth of rambling cobblestone streets, ancient stone-brick houses and a city center encircled by defense walls dating back to the 13th century; few places in England so perfectly embody the word ‘quaint’, as the northern city of York.

Jan102013

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Where to Spend Winter in Switzerland

Switzerland

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With its snow-slathered peaks and idyllic chalets twinkling with fairy lights, Switzerland is a country made for winter.

Jan102013

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The Dubh Linn Gardens at Dublin Castle

Dublin

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While visitors to Dublin flock to marvel at the historic grounds of Dublin Castle, few take the time to wander the castle gardens, a pocket of tranquility despite their central location, and a popular picnic spot for locals in the know.

Jan102013

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Carara National Park

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is full of nature reserves and wildlife parks, but one of the most popular is the Carara National Park, an easy day trip just 2 hours drive from San Jose and a key attraction for cruise travelers docking at the coastal resort of Puerto Caldera.

Jan092013

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Romantic Things to do in London

London

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Whether you want to sip champagne overlooking the London skyline or party the night away on a River cruise, you’ll plenty are of ways to impress your lover in the British capital. Here are a few ideas for romantic things to do in London.

Jan092013

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Climbing Edinburgh’s Seven Hills

Edinburgh

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Said to be the city ‘built on seven hills’, historians have long debated which of the region’s many mounts are Edinburgh’s famous seven.

Jan092013

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Famous Foods to Try in Munich

Munich

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Munich might be best renowned for its homegrown beers – the focal point of the city’s annual mega-festival Oktoberfest– but all that drinking demands some hearty cuisine to soak up the excess.

Jan072013

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Istanbul for Cruise Visitors

Istanbul

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With its unique setting straddling Europe and Asia, vibrant bazaars and myriad of important historical and religious sights, it’s no surprise that Istanbul is one of the most popular Mediterranean cruise destinations and there’s so much to see that many cruise itineraries offer a 2 day stay.

Dec272012

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The Cliffs of Dorset

England

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You’ll likely remember the famous white cliffs of Dover, but head west along England’s southern coast and you’ll find another spectacular stretch of cliffs in Dorset.

Dec262012

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Edinburgh in Winter

Edinburgh

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With the streets ablaze with Christmas lights and one of the world’s most epic New Year celebrations drawing thousands of revelers to the city, winter makes for an atmospheric time to visit Edinburgh.

Dec262012

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How to Get Around in Munich

Munich

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Whether you’re navigating the masses of beer-swilling revelers in Munich for the annual Oktoberfest or dodging the tourist crowds on a sightseeing excursion, here are a few tips for getting around in the Bavarian capital.

Dec192012

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Wicklow: The Garden of Ireland

Ireland

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Rolling meadows, vast lakes and forested mountains; it’s not hard to imagine how Wicklow earned the nickname ‘the garden of Ireland’. The East coast county is picture-book Ireland at its best, full of quiet rural villages and beach-side hamlets.

Dec182012

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Skiing by Train from Zurich

Zurich

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A hugely popular winter destination thanks to its vibrant Christmas markets and dazzling New Year’s celebrations, Zurich‘s unbeatable transport connections make it a great base for checking out Switzerland’s legendary ski resorts, many of which are reachable by train.

Dec172012

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La Boca, Buenos Aires’ Most Colorful Neighborhood

Buenos Aires

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Sprawled along the abandoned port of the Riachuelo River in the south of Buenos Aires, the neighborhood – or barrio – of La Boca is a pocket of old age charm, once the first stop-off for European settlers in Argentina and now a popular haunt of bohemian artists, tango dancers and the city’s youth.

Dec172012

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Irish Film Institute

Dublin

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Whether you’re into effects-heavy blockbusters or hip art house flicks, you’ll likely still enjoy the vibe at Dublin’s coolest cinema, the Irish Film Institute (IFI).

Dec172012

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Scotland in Winter

Scotland

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With the northern highlands enveloped in snow and the cities ablaze with Christmas lights and fireworks, winter makes for an atmospheric time to visit Scotland, as well as being one of the cheapest times to travel.

Dec142012

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High Mountain Passes

England

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With its vast plains brushed with wildflowers, rambling hilltops and dense woodlands, England is a country tailor-made for hiking – so much so that each year millions of hikers happily don their waterproofs and brave the notoriously changeable weather to enjoy the views.

Dec132012

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New Year’s Eve in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

My Recommendation Tip

New Year rituals in Costa Rica might be a little different from North America or Europe, but one thing remains the same – it’s the biggest celebration of the year.

Dec132012

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How to Spend One Day in Munich

Munich

My Recommendation Tip

Munich might be most famous as the host of the annual beer marathon of Oktoberfest, but even if you’ve missed out on the big event there’s still plenty to keep you busy in the city.

Dec112012

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New Year’s Eve in Peru

Peru

My Recommendation Tip

As the clocks strike midnight on December 31st, towns and villages all over Peru come alive with impromptu fireworks displays and lively celebrations.

Dec102012

Travel Recommendation

Istanbul in Winter

Istanbul

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With freezing temperatures, wind-swept seas and frost gathering on its many minarets, Istanbul is nothing if not atmospheric in the winter months: and with fewer tourists hitting the city sights, it’s a great time to explore. Make a beeline for the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Dolmabahce Palace, normally rammed with tourists, climb the Galata Tower without the dreaded queue or hunt out some Christmas bargains in the Grand Bazaar, where fewer tourists means greater haggling potential. Winter is also a great time for shopping in Istanbul with many of the city’s malls and shops along Istikal Caddesi holding sales in the run up to Christmas and throughout January.

Dec072012

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Where to Ski in Switzerland

Switzerland

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Few countries can lay claim to such stunning winter landscapes as Switzerland, and the country’s traditional mountain villages have long been the destination of choice for those with a yearning for snow.

Dec062012

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New Year’s Eve Events in Dublin

Dublin

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Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember.

Dec052012

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Christmas Shopping in London

London

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With ice rinks popping up all over town and the streets awash with glittering Christmas lights, London’s holiday season makes for an atmospheric shopping experience.

Dec052012

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Hop-On Hop-Off Tours in Dublin

Dublin

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Whether you’re pushed for time or just want an easy way to cruise around the sights, Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours have become a popular way to explore Dublin, with local guides providing plenty of entertaining facts and background history along the way.

Dec042012

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New Year’s Eve Events in Zurich

Zurich

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Whether you prefer quaffing champagne over the glittering Lake Zurich or dancing in to the early hours at the city’s mammoth street party, the ‘Silvester Zauber’, or ‘New Year’s Magic’, is the biggest event on the Zurich calendar.

Dec032012

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New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

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Any excuse to party in Buenos Aires is a good one, but the New Year is a surprisingly low-key event in the Argentine capital, with many porteños (city dwellers) escaping the city heat for the countryside and a number of bars and clubs closing their doors over the sweltering summer months.

Nov302012

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Castlerigg Stone Circle

England

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From the globally famous pillars of Stonehenge to the world’s largest stone circle in Avebury, England has a number of enigmatic historic sites that fascinate archaeologists, astronomers and tourists alike.

Nov302012

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Christmas in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Festive celebrations begin early in Costa Rica, with the start of ‘Las Posadas’ (the ‘inns’) nine days before Christmas and three dramatic parades taking place around the country.

Nov302012

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Christmas in Peru

Peru

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With sweltering temperatures and not a snowflake in sight, Christmastime is a little different in Peru. That doesn’t stop the natives from getting in the festive spirit, though – Christmas light displays take over the city streets, American-style Christmas trees are erected in plazas and Santa Claus pops up at parties all over the country. There’s even a scheme whereby volunteers dish out free hot chocolate and cake to the poor on Christmas Eve.

Nov292012

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Things to Do in Dublin During Winter

Dublin

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With shorter days, frosty mornings and more than a few downpours, you’d be forgiven for thinking Dublin is a gloomy place to spend the winter months, but think again.

Nov292012

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New Year’s Eve Events in Munich

Munich

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As the Christmas markets pack up and Santa heads back to the North Pole, Germany’s most festive city gears up for the final party of the holiday season.

Nov292012

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New Year’s Eve Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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Bringing in the New Year is done a little differently in Scotland and the Scottish capital is well known for hosting some of the liveliest New Year’s Eve events in the world.

Nov292012

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6 Christmas Things To Do in London

London

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There’s a myriad of festive fun to be had in London this Christmas, but to get you started, here are a few suggestions.

Nov272012

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Take a Day Trip to Montevideo, Uruguay from Buenos Aires

Argentina

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Separated by a mere sliver of Atlantic Ocean – the Rio de la Plata, or ‘river of money’ in local lingo – neighboring Uruguay makes a popular day trip from Buenos Aires. Daily ferries run from the Argentine side to the nearest port town of Colonia del Sacramento, but high speed ferries also run the jaunt to the capital, Montevideo, further along the coast.

Nov262012

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New Year’s Eve Events in Istanbul

Istanbul

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True to its reputation as Turkey’s most cosmopolitan and eclectic city, Istanbul certainly knows how to party, effortlessly blending the traditional with the modern for one enormous New Year’s Eve street bash.

Nov152012

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Niederdorf Christmas Market in Zurich

Zurich

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With the streets aglow with fairy lights and the scent of cinnamon wafting through the air, festive cheer is in abundance in Zurich.

Nov152012

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Celebrating the Holidays in Scotland

Scotland

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With freezing temperatures and pouring rains, Scotland might not be most people’s first choice to spend the festive season, but with some of the most riotous New Year’s celebrations in Europe, it’s well worth braving the changeable weather. In the month leading up to Christmas, the country’s major cities host a series of events and activities, with pop-up ice rinks, huge Ferris wheels, carnivals and Christmas markets.

Nov142012

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What to Do in Munich in Winter

Munich

My Recommendation Tip

As the crowds of Oktoberfest subside and the cold weather sets in, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Munich has little to offer as a holiday destination.

Nov142012

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Scottish Storytelling Centre

Edinburgh

My Recommendation Tip

There are few more rewarding ways to uncover Scotland’s myths and legends, than paying a visit to the capital’s Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Nov062012

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Christmas in Zurich

Zurich

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From singing Christmas trees and swimming Santas to world-class shopping, Zurich might be one of Europe’s most unique places to celebrate the festive season, and there’s a host of fun events to keep visitors busy over yuletide.

Nov062012

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Things to Do in London During Winter

London

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With its reputation for gloomy horizons and relentless drizzle, it’s easy to see why London might be boycotted during the winter season, but Londoner’s know that the most atmospheric time to discover the capital is by braving the cold.

Nov052012

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Outdoor Activities Near Mendoza

Mendoza

My Recommendation Tip

With its vast desert landscape and backdrop of the snow-laced Andes, Mendoza has a lot to offer those that love the outdoors.

Nov022012

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Things to Do in Coventry

England

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Despite its idyllic country surroundings, the West midlands city of Coventry is marred by its gloomy industrial facade, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find the city teeming with historic charm.

Oct312012

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Free Museums in Munich

Munich

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While the city might be most famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, Munich’s vast array of museums boast a reputation to rival Berlin’s, with world class art and ground-breaking exhibitions drawing in the crowds.

Oct312012

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Christmas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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The Scottish capital might be more famous for its epic four-day street party in celebration of Hogmany, the Scottish New Year, but Edinburgh also hosts some of Europe’s most lively Christmas celebrations so head to the city in time to soak up the Christmas spirit.

Oct312012

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James Bond in London

London

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With the UK Premiere of the latest addition to the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, hitting London on October 26th, the world’s favorite spy is once again back in the spotlight.

Oct292012

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Free Museums in Dublin

Dublin

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With almost as many museums in the city as pubs, Dublin’s reputation as a cultural center remains secure, but the best thing about the city’s impressive art and science exhibits is that a huge number of them are absolutely free.

Oct262012

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Gap of Dunloe in Ireland

Ireland

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Ranking high on Ireland’s list of natural wonders, the Gap of Dunloe (meaning “Lóich’s stronghold”), is one of the best places in Western Europe to experience a glacial valley, and it’s hard not to be enamored by the glittering river and immense rocky landscape.

Oct262012

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The Leeds Festival

England

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With the UK’s biggest festival, Glastonbury, on its biennial hiatus, its up to the Leeds and Reading Festivals to fly the flag for England’s rock scene in 2012 and with a line-up that reads like a who’s who of the alternative music industry, it looks likely that they’ll live up to demand.

Oct262012

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First Time Visitor Tips for Dublin

Dublin

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You might be more concerned about how to get to the sights or where to enjoy your first pint of Guinness, but for those visiting the Emerald Isle for the first time, here are a few things to consider before hitting the streets of Dublin.

Oct262012

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Dublin for Beer Lovers

Dublin

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It’s impossible to visit Dublin without having at least a taste of the country’s national brew – Guinness – but for serious beer lovers, the city has a whole host of places that will broaden your beer-drinking education (and your beer belly).

Oct262012

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5 Unusual Museums in Dublin

Dublin

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With its many renowned National museums and a number of culturally significant literary haunts (the Chester Beatty Library Museum and the Dublin Writer’s Museum are both well worth a visit) it would be easy to overlook the alternatives, but if you fancy something a little left-of-the-center, look no further than these 5 delightfully odd but undeniably entertaining museums.

Oct252012

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Hiking Trails in Ireland

Ireland

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With its rolling hills, wind ravaged grasslands and ragged coastlines; Ireland’s unique brand of rugged beauty lends itself to a variety of hiking opportunities.

Oct252012

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Where to Find the Best Indian Food in London

London

My Recommendation Tip

While not as ubiquitous as fish’n’chips or afternoon tea, Britain’s love affair with Indian food is so renowned that there are over 7,000 Indian restaurants in the UK and curry has become one of the country’s most popular adopted dishes.

Oct232012

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How to Spend One Day in Zurich

Zurich

My Recommendation Tip

Switzerland’s largest city might have a reputation as being a center of international banking, but this is a town that knows how to mix business with pleasure.

Oct222012

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Gay Pride Festival in Buenos Aires

Argentina

My Recommendation Tip

With its reputation as South America’s most gay-friendly city and a pioneer of gay rights in the Latino community, it’s no surprise that Buenos Aires’ annual Gay Pride Festival is the hottest ticket on the gay calendar.

Oct222012

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Budgeting Tips for Dublin

Dublin

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With its rich literary history, landmark architecture and vibrant pub culture, Ireland’s capital has plenty to entice visitors to its shores, but with prices on par with the rest of Western Europe, a trip to Dublin can soon run up a hefty bill.

Oct192012

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Christmas in England

England

My Recommendation Tip

The image of a snow-covered Victorian London as immortalized in Charles Dickens’s famous novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ has long been the blueprint for English Christmas traditions, with carol singers, Christmas decorations and plates of freshly baked mince pies.

Oct172012

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Things To Do With Kids in Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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With everything from medieval castles to world-class museums at your disposal, Edinburgh is an easy place to keep even the most hyperactive kids amused.

Oct152012

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First Time Visitor Tips for London

London

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With its maze of crisscrossing streets, swarming crowds and traffic-clogged squares, England’s cosmopolitan capital can be a bit overwhelming to the first-time visitor.

Oct112012

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Dublin’s Best Bookshops

Dublin

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As a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin has long nurtured its reputation for inspiring writers, playwrights and poets.

Oct052012

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How to Get Around in Liverpool

The North of England

My Recommendation Tip

2008’s European Capital of Culture, Liverpool, still reigns strong as one of Northern England’s most visited cities.

Oct022012

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Flea Markets of London

London

My Recommendation Tip

London has long been the destination of choice for avid shoppers and with its reputation for thrifty fashions and vibrant street markets, so it’s no surprise that the capital offers bargain hunters some of the world’s best flea markets to rummage through.

Oct012012

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Haunted Dublin

Dublin

My Recommendation Tip

With its long and illustrious history, Dublin has enough haunted sights to keep your hair raised long after Halloween. Ghost tours have become a popular way for visitors to get their kicks.

Sep272012

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Haunted London

London

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Reportedly the most haunted capital city in the world, London’s stately Victorian buildings, cobbled backstreets and elaborate graveyards lend the city an eerie backdrop, perfect for spine-tingling ghost stories and gruesome legends.

Sep252012

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Things to Do in London During Autumn

London

My Recommendation Tip

Those unaccustomed to the British weather would be forgiven for thinking that England rains non-stop once the summer months are over, but there are few times as delightful as autumn to be in the city of London.

Sep242012

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The Insider’s Guide to Visiting London

London

My Recommendation Tip

All eyes have been glued to the British capital this year, with the epic Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the upcoming Olympic games thrusting the city firmly into the limelight. Of course, London has long been renowned for its cosmopolitan population, rich history and trailblazing status in art, fashion and music, but this year the city is set to reclaim its ranking as one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Sep242012

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Notting Hill in London

London

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Immortalized on film as the setting for Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ frolics in the 1999 eponymous rom-com, Notting Hill (an area encompassing Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road and parts of North Kensington) has lingered on to-do lists ever since, but there’s far more to this cosmopolitan hub than its sojourn on the big screen suggests.

Sep242012

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Notting Hill Carnival in London

London

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Each August, on the final bank holiday weekend of the summer, the eyes of London shift west to take in one of the city’s most vibrant and voracious street carnivals.

Sep242012

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London's Best Pubs

London

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As quintessentially British as the Queen or the red double-decker bus, ordering a pint at one of London’s historic drinking dens is a right of passage for all visitors to the big smoke, so to get you started, here are 10 of the best pubs in the capital.

1. The Artillery Arms, the City

With its stately dark wood and stone interiors, this traditional British pub checks off all the boxes with a cozy, open-wood fire for the winter months, a menu packed with perfectly assembled pub fare and a prime location right on the edge of the city.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our London Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in London.

Sep242012

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London's Best Picnic Spots

London

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The city streets are no place to spend a sunny summer’s afternoon, so grab a Frisbee, a few mates and a picnic and join the locals at your nearest park – London has no end of green spaces, but here’s a rundown of the best.

Sep242012

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Dublin’s Famous Churches

Dublin

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With its rich, religious history, it’s unsurprising that the Irish capital is home to some fine churches. Walking tours are also becoming a popular way for visitors to experience the city’s impressive religious architecture.

Sep212012

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Train Travel in England

England

My Recommendation Tip

Since the country’s first steam railway opened up in 1825, England has become a champion of rail travel, with a vast network of tracks running the length and breadth of the country.

Sep172012

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How to Spend One Day in London

London

My Recommendation Tip

With so many famous landmarks, world-class museums and famous shopping streets, London is a city that you could spend weeks exploring, but if all you have is a mere 24 hours, there are still plenty of chances to sample the city’s highlights.

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