Archive for January, 2015

Hidden City writer Karl Whitney on Dublin

January 3, 2015

Dublin is a city of stories and secrets but for the author and historian exploring outside of its centre is the best way to discover the essence of the Irish capital Nungwi Village When I think of Dublin my focus is on its suburbs and its edges, because that’s where I come from. I grew […]

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Food, beauty, anarchy: new guided tours of Barcelona by the locals

January 3, 2015

Barcelona is full of tourist traps, but new, bespoke walking tours, operated by locals – and backed by superstar chef Ferran Adrià – offer a glimpse into the hidden life of the city Nungwi Village The square outside the Sagrada Família is thronged with tourist groups basking in the warmth of the October afternoon. I, […]

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Festive breaks in Europe: ’Tis the season

January 3, 2015

From the Marché de Noël to the Plaza de España … experts from five European cities share their favourite places to go and things to do Where’s the best shopping? The Marché de Noël des Champs-Elysées is one of the best markets in town. There are 160 wooden chalets stretching all the way from the […]

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Vienna city guide: what to do, plus the best cafes, restaurants and hotels

January 3, 2015

It’s home to great art and music, but the city of spies and Sigmund Freud also has an edgy vibe – and a new buzz, discovers Kevin Rushby • Your shout: readers’ tips on Vienna For a perfect winter break, you need more than just a schmaltzy Christmas market. With its atmospheric coffee shops, opulent […]

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European football breaks: why it pays to see games in Berlin and Brussels

January 3, 2015

With Premier League ticket prices in another division, try a trip to continental Europe where the fans are good-natured and the cheap admission means plenty of money left over for fun Bundesliga fans start early. It’s 11am on the normally sombre walkway between Berlin’s central station and the Brandenburg Gate, a route that is home […]

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San Francisco food: send us your tips

January 3, 2015

Share your top places to eat in San Francisco and you could win a £200 hotel voucher In a country of iconic cities, San Fran is probably the coolest, known for hills, liberal attitudes and fog. It’s also fantastic for foodies, with a wide range of cultures and ethnicities and more restaurants per capita than […]

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Madrid city guide: the best bars, restaurants and hotels

January 3, 2015

The Spanish capital teems with fun places to eat and drink, chic hotels and vivid historical sights. Here are our local’s tips for getting the max out of Madrid• Your Madrid: readers’ travel tips The Rastro Flea MarketMadrid’s centuries-old Sunday morning flea market is on every to-do list. But to enjoy it like a local, […]

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The UK’s best city: in praise of Newcastle upon Tyne

January 3, 2015

That their friendly, fun-loving ‘toon’ is Guardian readers’ top city was no surprise to Geordies. Tynesider Harry Pearson looks afresh at its ancient institutions and new bars and galleries Finish with a pint in Newcastle’s top 10 craft beer pubs One February night a few years ago I found myself standing on the bank of […]

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Istanbul city guide: essential sights, and where to eat, drink and stay

January 3, 2015

Beyond the mosques and palaces, Turkey’s cultural capital has lots to fill a city break, from neighbourhood tours and art galleries to a chic ‘hole in the wall’ cafe, stylish B&Bs and cocktail bars Our Istanbul: readers’ tips Istanbulite toursThe delightful Eda Sökmen specialises in custom-made private tours of Istanbul, from headline attractions to specialised […]

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Major restoration projects to showcase Landmark Trust’s 50th anniversary

January 3, 2015

A trio of redevelopments by the Landmark Trust – including the former home of author John Fowles in Lyme Regis – will help the charity celebrate its 50th birthday in 2015 The Landmark Trust has announced three major restoration projects to help showcase its 50th anniversary in 2015. The first to open will be Belmont […]

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