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Top 10 Ireland for first-timers

Catherine Le Nevez Lonely Planet author

Quay Street, Galway. Image by Irish Jaunt / CC BY-SA 2.0

Lonely Planet has produced this article for Tourism Ireland. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.   Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than […]

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Sleeping inside a landmark: seven historic buildings reopen their doors

Bridget Gleeson Lonely Planet author

Sashay around the opulent lobby of Montevideo's ''palace on the sand'. Image by Bridget Gleeson / Lonely Planet

What’s old is new again – in New York and in Cusco, on the beach in Uruguay, on a Venetian island – as historic landmarks are reborn as contemporary hotels. While the interiors now feature futuristic amenities from glass-topped spas to Instagram stations, the buildings’ colourful pasts remain. You can check into the hotel where John […]

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Meet the Jenny: Lonely Planet celebrates the rebirth of an aviation icon

Tom Hall Lonely Planet author

A biplane from the earliest days of air travel: meet the Curtiss JN-4. Image courtesy of Friends of Jenny

Want to soar through aviation history on a World War I-era plane? Lonely Planet meets Dorian Walker, the aviation enthusiast who built a Curtiss Jenny biplane from scratch. The Curtiss Jenny flies. It has wings, a pilot and needs a strip of land to get moving. Compared to today’s Boeing or Airbus jets, that’s pretty much […]

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Adventure machines: 12 of the world’s most incredible transport restorations

Anita Isalska Lonely Planet author

A Curtiss JN-4 in takeoff. Image by Bill Larkins / CC BY-SA 2.0

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation’s history and continued impact on travel. You can find out more about the Jenny’s progress around the USA, and the history of this beautiful plane at www.friendsofjenny.org. Humankind’s adventures through air, land and […]

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Ten planes that changed the way we travel

Tom Hall Lonely Planet author

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation’s history and continued impact on travel. Here’s our run-down of planes that have changed they way we travel. You can find out more about the Jenny’s progress around the USA and the history […]

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A desert full of mysteries: the Nazca Lines and beyond

Anna Kaminski Lonely Planet author

Ancient petroglyphs score the arid landscape near Nazca. Image by Michael Clark / Photolibrary / Getty Images.

The giant animal figures and hundreds of razor-straight lines etched into the sun-baked Pampa Colorada plain near the Peruvian desert town of Nazca constitute one of humankind’s enduring mysteries. Who created them? For what purpose? It’s the stuff of endless fascination. But the Nazca area has much more to offer: the enigmatic glimpses of a lost […]

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Amazing fakes: seven of the world’s most intriguing replicas

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

What's the meaning of Foamhenge? Image by Patrick Woodward / CC BY 2.0.

Imitation is flattery, or so it’s said. We asked our travel editors to suggest some of the world’s most eccentric imitations, from meticulous Stonehenge replicas to a curiously placed Statue of Liberty. So forget your bid to see the real thing; tease your sense of place and perspective with these confounding copycats instead. 1. Foamhenge, […]

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Is now a good time to visit Cairo?

Helen Elfer Lonely Planet author

 Street art glaring out from Cairo's Mohamed Mahmoud street. Image by Helen Elfer / Lonely Planet.

‘Do you have a strong heart?’ asked the man behind the Egyptian Museum’s bookshop counter. ‘You need one here…’ ‘Yes, yes, I think so’, I said, nodding earnestly. I assumed we were about to segue from a conversation about the museum’s layout to talk of the challenges facing Cairo after three years of revolution. Tourism, […]

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Celebrating 50 years of Japan’s Shinkansen ‘bullet train’

Simon Richmond Lonely Planet author

E5 Series Shinkansen by Yuichi Kosio. CC BY 2.0.

It wasn’t the world’s first high-speed train, but when the Shinkansen debuted in 1964, its sleek, futuristic design and to-the-second punctuality resulted in it being coined ‘the bullet train’, making Japan’s railways the envy of the world. Half a century later, travelling Japan by rail remains a joy, not least for overseas tourists who can […]

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Special anniversaries: 10 timely reasons to travel in 2014

Tom Hall Lonely Planet author

Eiffel Tower by Shelby Steward. CC BY 2.0.

This year has a particularly rich calendar of anniversaries. If you’re looking for a trip down memory lane, look no further. The Eiffel Tower turns 125, France Eiffel Tower by Shelby Steward. CC BY 2.0. Paris’ identity is so deeply entwined with the Eiffel Tower that it’s hard to comprehend a time when it wasn’t […]

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