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  • The spirit of fado in Lisbon

    The spirit of fado in Lisbon

    July 25th, 2018Sarah Gilbert
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    An intrinsic element of musical tradition in Portugal – fado is a form of melancholic song that characterises the heart of Portuguese culture. Sarah Gilbert visits the streets of Lisbon‘s Alfama neighbourhood in search of the spirit of fado. Museu do Fado “Fadista Ana Moura once said she had saudade over not having saudade,” Dalila... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    July 24th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    Few countries in Europe have changed as much as Poland over the last twenty years. Most of its cities have undergone a process of reinvention, opening ambitious new museums, brushing up their heritage with frenzied renovation, and encouraging nightlife to spill out onto parks and riverbanks. Outside the urban areas there’s a renewed focus on... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    July 19th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    No longer the grey city of Eastern European stereotype, the Polish capital Warsaw is a forward-looking, ebullient and multi-layered kind of place, where gleaming corporate skyscrapers rub up against time-capsule neighbourhoods that have remained unchanged for decades. Above all, it’s an increasingly engaging summertime city, thanks to its riverside bars, expansive parks, strollable urban spaces…... Read more »

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  • Podcast: England’s Northeast – sea shanties, folk culture and audio tales

    Podcast: England’s Northeast – sea shanties, folk culture and audio tales

    July 17th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    Do sea shanties have a voice in 2018? The coal mines, keel boats and whaling parties that brought them into being may be long gone, but Northeast England‘s shanty tradition has eternal qualities pulsing through it: folk memory, togetherness, oral tradition, protest and celebration, love and loss. And stories: without these shanties, many of the... Read more »

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  • Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

    Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

    July 16th, 2018Helen Ochyra
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    The Wild Atlantic Way does what it says on the tin. Think dramatic sea cliffs, crashing waves and windswept beaches, all joined up by road over a whopping 2500km. The route runs from Donegal in the north of Ireland all the way down the island’s west coast, finishing in Kinsale in County Cork. This long... Read more »

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  • Cities of the North: Liverpool

    Cities of the North: Liverpool

    July 13th, 2018Angie Sammons
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    Inspired by Newcastle’s Great Exhibition of the North, we take you to another great city in the North of England – Liverpool. When Liverpool was crowned European Capital of Culture in 2008, those who lost out may have consoled themselves with the notion that the city had won because it ‘needed it’. That might have... Read more »

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  • 5 ways to experience Armenia

    5 ways to experience Armenia

    July 12th, 2018Emma Levine
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    From ancient monasteries in mist-shrouded mountains, to a capital city that’s older than Rome yet dominated by early Soviet architecture, Armenia loves to surprise. It was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion and was the first to make chess compulsory in schools. The country’s national emblem is snow-capped... Read more »

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  • Video: is Leipzig the new Berlin?

    Video: is Leipzig the new Berlin?

    July 11th, 2018Colt St. George
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    There’s been a lot of hype about Leipzig lately, with many dubbing Saxony‘s capital “the new Berlin“. But can little Leipzig honestly compete with Germany‘s largest, perennially popular city? Watch this video to find out. From the best graffiti-covered backstreets to secret beaches and sparkling lakes, here are three reasons why you need to visit Leipzig. Special thanks... Read more »

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  • Ibiza’s unspoilt little sister: why you should take it slow on Formentera

    Ibiza’s unspoilt little sister: why you should take it slow on Formentera

    July 9th, 2018Olivia Rawes
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    Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca – Spain‘s most popular gaggle of Balearic Islands have long dominated the sun, sea and sand scene. But Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic Islands, is just a thirty-minute boat ride from pulsating Ibiza and dances to an entirely different beat. Tell someone that you’re travelling to Formentera and you may well... Read more »

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  • A Geordie’s guide to the Great Exhibition of the North

    A Geordie’s guide to the Great Exhibition of the North

    June 22nd, 2018Tamsin Crimmens
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    Newcastle upon Tyne, snuggled away in the Northeast of England, is perhaps Europe’s most misunderstood city. But as the Great Exhibition of the North sweeps into town this summer in a storm of immersive art experiences and street performance, it can finally prove it’s not all stag dos and wild weekends. It’s time to sample the... Read more »

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  • Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    June 15th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    St Petersburg is a sophisticated forward-looking city that feels and looks much more European than Moscow. Its pretty canals are lined with pastel-coloured buildings that house shops, cafés and a plethora of outstanding museums. This is Russia’s most charming city, its laidback and relaxed pace of life a welcome change from the country’s frenetic capital.... Read more »

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  • Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    June 14th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    Bustling and energetic, Moscow is a vibrant 24-hour city with a captivating and chaotic spirit that blends Western and Eastern cultures. Grand palaces and pretty onion-domed cathedrals sit cheek-by-jowl behemoth Soviet buildings that are relics of years of Communist rule. At night, the city morphs into one of the world’s liveliest, offering a decadent nightlife... Read more »

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