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A first-timer’s guide to Ile de Ré
02 Oct
1:40

A first-timer’s guide to Ile de Ré

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Come July and August, irresistible Ile de Ré is where you’ll find half of Paris on their holidays. With absurdly pretty villages, strips of uninterrupted golden fluffy sand and some freshly-caught (but farcically cheap) seafood, this tiny island is laid-back French seaside chic at its best. Sun, sea, sand, salt…

My city: Vienna
02 Oct
1:28

My city: Vienna

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Lonely Planet Local Carly Hulls moved to Vienna in 2012 after she married her Austrian partner. The city bewitched her with its hidden heuriger (wine taverns), cosy coffee shops and laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle. But beyond the classical architecture and the famous concert halls, Carly fell for Vienna’s secrets: old factories converted into…

Manrique and beyond: the natural art of Lanzarote
02 Sep
1:10

Manrique and beyond: the natural art of Lanzarote

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A stark volcanic landscape dotted with whitewashed houses, a smattering of sculptures and unique architectural projects; the island of Lanzarote can appear to be one giant work of art. The late, native artist César Manrique left an inescapable impression on this wild land, one that continues to set it apart…

Malta unpackaged: an independent traveller’s guide
30 Aug
1:29

Malta unpackaged: an independent traveller’s guide

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Breaking free from its traditional reputation as a destination for sun, sea and sand package holidays, Malta has begun to reveal a fresh new face to the world. In preparation for its capital Valletta’s reign as European Capital of Culture in 2018, many of the islands’ most impressive historic sites…

My city: San Juan
12 Aug
1:18

My city: San Juan

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LP Local Melissa Alvarado Sierra was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After traveling to different countries, mostly aboard a sailboat, she decided to settle in Borinquen and write about its wonders. Now you can find her driving through dirt roads that lead to hidden swathes of sand in Vieques, eating alcapurrias in a…

Soul searching: exploring central Chile through the homes of Pablo Neruda
05 Aug
1:04

Soul searching: exploring central Chile through the homes of Pablo Neruda

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Across the Spanish-speaking world and beyond, Chile is known as país de poetas: land of poets. This reputation for verse-making is, in part, recognition of the fact that two Chileans have received the Nobel Prize for Literature for their poetry. Gabriela Mistral was first, in 1945, but it was the second…

Niš, ‘merak’ and all that jazz: the heart of southern Serbia
12 Jul
4:47

Niš, ‘merak’ and all that jazz: the heart of southern Serbia

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When it comes to words difficult to translate, Serbian ‘ merak’ makes the list. It stands for the pleasure derived from the simple things in life. An old traditional song claims that the masters of ‘merak’ are Niš locals: ‘Nišlije – meraklije’. And truth be told, Serbia’s third-largest city captivates with laid-back charm, tonnes of history,…

Along the Volga: riding the rails through Russia
14 Jun
4:41

Along the Volga: riding the rails through Russia

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The Volga, at 3530km in length, is not only one of Russia’s longest rivers but plays an outsized role in Russian history as well. It was the main conduit for Moscow’s push southward, over the centuries, to the Caspian Sea. It provided the backdrop for Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s epic…