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Bidding for eternity: a tour of pickled political leaders

Darryl Slabe Lonely Planet author

The tomb of Vladimir Lenin in Red Square. Image by DEA / W. BUSS De Agostini Picture Library / Getty Images

Photo-snapping, status-updating, fridge-magnet-collecting travellers may find that a visit to see some of the 20th century’s most prominent political leaders could teach them a thing or two about self-preservation. Embalming is the art and science of preserving the human form by treating the remains to fight decomposition. With a sprinkle of bleach, a bath of […]

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How to see the Berlin Wall

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

berlin-wall-section

It is more than a tad ironic that Berlin’s most popular tourist attraction no longer exists.

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Trekking Nepal’s most hair-raising passes

Joe Bindloss Lonely Planet author

Prayer flags at the Thorung La. Image by Simon Desmarais / CC BY-SA 2.0.

When people talk about trekking in Nepal, there’s one question on everyone’s lips. How high did you go? That’s more than just bravado – with Nepal’s tortuous topography, altitude is something you have to think about every day. Trails in Nepal climb higher than the summits of the tallest mountains in Europe, and conquering the […]

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Seeking the yeti, mythical monster of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan

Joe Bindloss Lonely Planet author

Yeti fans in South Beach, San Francisco. Image by hillary h / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Everyone has heard the stories. The grizzled mountaineer who stumbles from his tent high in the Himalaya to find enormous footprints in the snow. The lone trekker who spots a strange figure, standing upright on two legs, silhouetted against the mist on a remote mountain pass. Welcome to the mysterious world of the yeti… Despite […]

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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

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 its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do with your lips than kiss the been-around-the-block Blarney Stone. Instead, […]

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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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