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Lonely Planet’s list of 10 best US destinations 2016

 
Lonely Planet's top U.S. spots for 2016 

 

 
11 Feb 2016
Travel experts at Lonely Planet have declared 2016 the year of Philadelphia, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic film “Rocky” this year.   In their list of 10 best US destinations, the travel guide gave...
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Monkey business: As China tourists tighten belt, retailers face unhappy New Year

Australian products are displayed for sale in a store in Sydney, Australia, January 27, 2016. Picture taken January 27, 2016.
 
09 Feb 2016
Watching a lone browser in his Sydney Chinatown shop, Bing Chen is worried business is being squeezed this Lunar New Year by what's ailing the world economy at large - the weakest Chinese economy in 25 years.   In years gone by,...
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CNN: Hom Strom - Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice

One of the most remarkable festivals in Europe, the Hom Strom, takes place in the Swiss town of Scuol. With overtones of " The Wicker Man," locals torch a giant straw effigy in the dead of winter.
07 Feb 2016
Scuol is one of those perfectly preserved semi-isolated communities in the Lower Engadine valley of Switzerland, separated from Italy by a series of Dolomite peaks.   Until the advent of the 19-kilometer Vereina Tunnel in 1999, the...
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CNN:The 'Louvre of Asia': 7 reasons to visit the Singapore National Gallery

Movers prepare to hang Leonardo da Vinci's "Early Mona Lisa" painting ahead of its exhibition at The Arts House in Singapore in this file picture taken December 12, 2014. 
06 Feb 2016
It's hard to believe the National Gallery Singapore is just a few months old.   Since flinging open its doors in November 2015, it's become the go-to place for Southeast Asian art and Singaporean history.   Ten years and...
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CNN:London's hidden underground mail rail to open to visitors

At the height of operations, the fully automated service was carrying four million letters each day.
06 Feb 2016
The mysterious world of subterranean London looks set to give up one of its secrets next year as a previously hidden underground railroad opens to the public.   The Mail Rail is a 23-mile network once used by the UK's Royal Mail...
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Aruba resort named most romantic hotel in the world: TripAdvisor

05 Feb 2016
Looking for a hotel that comes with a foolproof romance guarantee? Guests have vouched for an adults-only boutique in Aruba set against white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, helping it snag the title of world’s most romantic...
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CNN: Irresistible cities - World's 25 top tourism destinations

 Tourists use a selfie stick in front of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris on March 7, 2015
31 Jan 2016
Still one of the world's most vibrant cities despite astronomical living costs, it's no surprise London is the world's second most visited destination.   So what's the first?   The emphatic answer, says market...
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CNN: Molise - The untouched Italy few ever see

Molise, the second smallest region in Italy, is one of the least known, even among Italians. The picturesque land has pristine beaches of the Adriatic coast on one side and, an hour's drive away, the 2,000-meter-high peaks of the Apennine Mountains.
 
31 Jan 2016
We all know Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily -- but ever heard of Molise?   The door to Italy's deep south -- though paradoxically dubbed its "Wild West" -- Molise is the least known Italian region, even among Italians....
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CNN: Qatar Airways may launch world's longest flight

Qatar Airways may launch world's longest flight
 
30 Jan 2016
A whopping 18½-hour journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, is poised to become the world's longest direct flight if Qatar Airways follows through with plans for the new route.   Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker...
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CNN: Bara Bangal - A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great

After a brief stay at Bara Bangal, we start the four-day journey across the Thamsar Pass to Dharamshala. The approach to it is through a glacial cave.
30 Jan 2016
To the naked eye, the terraced fields seem close enough to touch: hardly 4 km as the crow flies.   But in the ancient way of Himalayan travel, they're still 20 switchback roads and several torturous hours away.   My blistered...
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