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Cruise lounger hogs, your time is up

Carnival Cruise Lines won the first Gold Medal of London's Olympic Games.

Five ways to explore Beijing for free

The capital of China is quickly becoming one of the priciest cities in the world, driven by several decades of breakneck economic growth.

Shades of Grey boosts tourism in Seattle, Portland

Could the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey do for Portland and Seattle what the Twilight series of books and movies did for the sleepy town of Forks on Washington's Olympic Peninsula? Tourism promoters hope so.
Ride up to the sights

Ride up to the sights

Bicycle tours help you experience your destination with all your senses

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.
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