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  • Utrecht: why the time to visit is now

    Utrecht: why the time to visit is now

    October 22nd, 2018Kieran Meeke
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    This university town may be the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, but it hides its scale around a welcoming heart that makes you feel instantly at home. The cosy medieval centre is surrounded by layers of ultramodern new developments radiating outward. A few steps from a shining glass-and-steel department store, you will find a cobbled... Read more »

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  • Things to do in Lisbon off the Tourist Trail

    Things to do in Lisbon off the Tourist Trail

    October 18th, 2018Jenny Cahill-Jones
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    Things to do in Lisbon off the Tourist Trail. Have you noticed that Lisbon is having a moment? If not, where have you been? For the past three years the Portuguese capital has been slowly climbing up all the “best-of” lists. Tourists numbers reached a record 20 million people in 2017 (according to a report... Read more »

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  • The Netherlands’ best music festivals

    The Netherlands’ best music festivals

    October 17th, 2018Kieran Meeke
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    With its many music festivals covering every genre, the Netherlands has blossomed as a place to see your favourite DJ, artist or band play live, or discover a new emerging talent to follow. The efficient rail network can whisk you to every corner of the country in a few hours, bringing a wide choice of events within... Read more »

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  • Christmas markets in Paris: how to plan a festive foray to the French capital

    Christmas markets in Paris: how to plan a festive foray to the French capital

    October 10th, 2018Jenny Cahill-Jones
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    Christmas markets in Paris: how to plan a festive foray to the French capital.  Paris is a city in thrall to electric light. From the sparkling stars that flicker nightly on the Eiffel Tower to the atmospheric globe lights that line the banks of the Seine, a evening stroll at any time of year is... Read more »

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  • 11 Unique things to do in Iceland

    11 Unique things to do in Iceland

    October 8th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    11 Unique things to do in Iceland. From its pocket-sized capital to the vast landscapes of its interior, Iceland overflows with inspiring spots. The only real trouble is narrowing down what you want to do. Head out to sea to scour the grey waters for whales? Scramble over slick rocks to marvel at a waterfall? Or... Read more »

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  • Rome in ruins: what to see and what to skip in the eternal city

    Rome in ruins: what to see and what to skip in the eternal city

    October 1st, 2018Aimee White
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    Roman ruins: what to see and what to skip in the eternal city. Not sure which ancient monuments are worth visiting in Rome? Aside from the obvious sites like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona, you’ll find distinguished tombs and painstakingly detailed frescoes to take in, too. This is a city whose stories are... Read more »

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  • Best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland

    Best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland

    September 27th, 2018Kirsten Powley
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    The northern lights are elusive; you hear about them constantly from what seems like everyone and their mum, waxing lyrical about the curtain of bright green and blue wisps prancing gracefully through the sky, the chances of seeing them are limited, to say the least. You need to be in the right country, in the right season, while other elements... Read more »

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  • Kutaisi, Georgia: an adventure, food and spa weekend

    Kutaisi, Georgia: an adventure, food and spa weekend

    September 11th, 2018Eleanor Ross
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    Just over 140 miles to the west of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Kutaisi is a city in flux, perfect for adventure, food and some exceptional spa time. Rough Guides writer Eleanor Ross explores the city as a base for outdoor activities and shows us the best things to do in Kutaisi. It’s the second power cut... Read more »

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  • Top day trips from Reykjavík

    Top day trips from Reykjavík

    September 6th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    Icelanders have a motto which visitors should know: þetta reddast – “It’ll all work out.” Hoping to go for a day in the wilds, but the roads are too icy? þetta reddast, there are plenty of other things to do. In the mood for shopping, only to find Reykjavík packed with tourists? Don’t worry, þetta reddast. Not... Read more »

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  • Cities of the North: Newcastle

    Cities of the North: Newcastle

    September 4th, 2018Thomas Rees
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    If you want to understand Newcastle you first need to understand its place in the world – that is, a long way from anywhere. The next major city is Leeds, two hours drive to the south. To the north, beyond Hadrian’s Wall, lie the Scottish borders. To the west, the windswept Northumberland moors. Head east and... Read more »

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  • Video: a Rough Guide to Northern Cyprus

    Video: a Rough Guide to Northern Cyprus

    August 28th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Crossing into Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus feels like time travel – before the rise of jam-packed beaches, gut-wrenching prices and overcrowded landmarks. But crossing is the keyword, as Cyprus has been divided by the infamous demilitarised Green Line since 1974. We sent our videographer Colt St. George to explore all the secret beaches, laid-back villages and... Read more »

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  • Paris off the beaten track

    Paris off the beaten track

    August 22nd, 2018Eleanor Aldridge
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    Paris is the world’s most visited city. It draws in a barely comprehensible 30 million travellers each year – and its monuments, museums and galleries are some of Europe’s most instantly recognisable. You could spend weeks here and not see them all. But what if you want to see an alternative Paris, a Paris off the... Read more »

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