Switzerland opens the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. See pics

It took Swiss work crews just 10 weeks to complete the bridge which now forms part of the Europaweg, known as one of the most scenic two-day hikes in the Alps for offering panoramic views of the Matterhorn — the most iconic Swiss mountain peak — along with Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps. The bridge is situated on the Europaweg, that connects the villages of Zermatt and Graechen. (AP) The trail runs between 1,600 m and 2,200 m above sea level. The bridge replaces an older bridge that was closed…

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5 things to see and do in Srinagar

If you swelter in the searing heat and have decided to take a few days off, head for Kashmir, also known as paradise on earth. The Valley is a dynamic destination steeped in rich history and unique natural beauty, and offers unforgettable holiday experiences to adventure lovers, culture and history buffs, and even wildlife enthusiasts. Unwind in a lush landscape suffused with scenic grandeur, because the Valley can hold you entranced, enchanted, leaving you marvelling at its majestic and mystical panorama. It takes about an hour of airtime from Delhi…

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The Royal Palace of Caserta: Here’s why you must see its waterfalls and fountains

Many of Europe’s parks and gardens were created at the request of the kings, queens, princes and princesses who once ruled over the Old Continent. Some have exceptional qualities or stunning styles that put them on the map for visitors vacationing in Europe, such as the park of the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy. The Fountain of Ceres in the gardens of the Royal Palace . (Parco della reggia di Caserta) *The royal connection: The Bourbon King Charles III is known for making 18th century Naples one of the…

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Not just flowers, even walls are in bloom all year in this Polish village. See pics

Danuta Dymon, 70, has been at it since the sun came up, dressed from head to toe in clothes also displaying her brushstroke. “As you can see I’m covered in flowers,” she said, adding neon green leaves to the fluorescent orange and pink garland spanning the fence’s brick base in front of her home in Zalipie, in southern Poland. Danuta Dymon painting traditional flower patterns on her fence in Zalipie. (AFP) Dymon is known around the farming village for having painted flowers on virtually everything under her roof: the ceiling,…

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Indonesia’s ‘rainbow village’ becomes an internet sensation. See pics

An Indonesian hamlet dubbed ‘the rainbow village’ after being given a makeover in a kaleidoscope of colours is attracting hordes of visitors and has become an internet sensation. The collection of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy. But residents of the Wonosari community in Semarang decided an extreme makeover was needed, and received money from the local government and several companies to carry out the project. Villagers relax along a path in Semarang….

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‘See you down the izakaya’: pubs, Japan style

Tokyo’s taverns are tiny, sometimes raucous places for after-work drinking and great Japanese bar food Big in Japan … Tokyo is brimming with izakayas. Photograph: Alamy After a day of sightseeing and inevitable Lost In Translation moments, settling into an izakaya is the perfect respite for any traveller in Japan. Izakayas are cheerful pubs serving food and drinks – tiny, raucous and informal. They date back to the 17th century, when teahouses started selling sake to accompany snacks. Nowadays, they are popular with workers needing to unwind. They are found…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

Slovenia’s – and now Europe’s – green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture Jože’s special one … Ljubljana’s Triple bridge was completed by celebrated architect Jože Plečnik. Photograph: Alamy As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of a sophisticated waste management system (Ljubljana was the first EU capital to adopt a zero-waste programme) and the creation of new green spaces from degraded urban land, to electrically powered golf buggy-type vehicles (kavalirs) offering free transport around the old town, which is otherwise closed…

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An insider’s guide to Bucharest: manele music and pastry-scented metro stops

From radical feminism to songs about student dorms, no pants subway rides to breweries in fancy hotels. Expect the unexpected, as Andreea Campeanu shows us her Bucharest Two girls taking a selfie in Herastrau Park, Bucharest. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu Cities is supported by: In five words Merdenele pastry* scented underground stations *(pastry filled with cheese or meet) Sound of the city Street musicians are always a pleasant surprise – you can meet them in underpasses, on the metro, on tiny streets or sprawling boulevards. These performers – from lonely singers…

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Crossing Asia on my bike, I met countless others out to see the world on a bicycle

From drinking tea with yak herders to battling through the mountains, exploring the world on a bicycle is an adventure like no other – and the best way of meeting the world on its own terms Cyclist Emily Chappel at a Chinese petrol station. Photograph: Emily Chappell A new grant, launched by well-known adventurer Tom Allen last week, aims to get young people exploring the world – but with a bicycle and a map, rather than a bus pass and a guidebook. And I’m not surprised. If you ask me,…

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