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Ça suffit! France hits back at reputation for rudeness

It's a July evening on the terrace of the legendary Café Flore. A coiffed woman sips chilled wine, another savours her chocolate eclair. The one thing to complete a perfect picture of Parisian life? A dash of French rudeness.

Strike quietens Italy's beaches

Italian beaches were devoid of their usual August crowds on Friday as beach clubs staged a short strike. The strike was called to protest against a government plan that would see the right to operate patches of seafront decided by auction from 2016.
Eagles back in Skye

Eagles back in Skye

Majestic birds, exterminated a century ago, have been reintroduced from Norway

Travel Notes

Colosseum restoration starts with lean concerns

Big cruise ships prompt changes at ports

Where else can you look down on the Doge's Palace and St.
Venice feels effects of globalization - good and bad

Venice feels effects of globalization - good and bad

I've been travelling to Venice for more than 30 years. On my most recent trip to film two television shows and research my guidebook, the city felt different.

Road across Canada ends in Tofino, locals say

TOFINO -- The black-and-white sign in Tofino's harbour is a pretty low-key affair, an arched orca adding a decorative flourish at the top, but there's nothing modest about the statement it makes.

Denmark's famed Little Mermaid makes first visit

Visitors to the Danish capital need not miss the city's famed Little Mermaid statue this summer even though the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale heroine has gone to China.
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