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Lonely Planet November 2018

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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flatlands have their attractions too, as Bruges demonstrates The Bergensbanen forges a path through Norway’s vertiginous scenery looking out over landscapes in Colorado – the only US state to lie entirely above 1,000 metres The wonderful woman who’s long been my wife has had to tolerate several of my peculiarities over the years, just one of which is an inability to cope with heights. Sharmila realised this in our early days of dating, when we spotted that some oiks had thrown a pet rabbit on the roof of her flat: I headed up a ladder in a display of false bravado before realising that my balance had so disappeared, I needed her to rescue both me and Thumper. So it is with a nervous wince that…

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the macarena and alameda, seville

WALK OF HEROES The Alameda de Hercules is a long, leafy walkway with lots of trees and cafés. It has tiled fountains with water bubbling straight out of the ground, kids’ playgrounds, clusters of chairs and shady outside tables. A great café to head for is El Viajero Sedentario – meaning ‘the armchair traveller’. It’s doubles as a boho bookshop, with scruffy secondhand books, board games and a lovely courtyard where there are concerts and poetry readings. There’s always something to do on the Alameda! 77 Alameda de Hércules ON THE ROOF You’re guaranteed to have a great evening at the rooftop bar at The Corner House hotel. It has mismatched furniture, colourful deck chairs and beanbags, and plants climbing up a trellis. Have a mojito…

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The White Hart, Somerton, to the Somerset Cider Brandy Company: 10 miles Somerset Brandy Company to Langport: 6 miles Langport to The Swan in Wedmore: 16 miles The Swan in Wedmore to Lands End Farm: 2.5 miles Lands End to Glastonbury: 8 miles Glastonbury to Jon Thorner’s: 11 miles Jon Thorner’s to Mells: 11 miles Total: 64.5 miles ■…

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road somerset trip

1 FRIDAY NIGHT Your weekend in the heart of the West Country begins in Somerton, a Saxon town that was once the capital of Wessex. Pitch up at the White Hart, a former 16th-century coaching inn on the market square. The bedrooms feature four-poster beds, claw-foot baths and weathered travel trunks. Supper in the cosy bar downstairs is a riot of seasonal local produce crafted together by Tom Blake, of River Cottage fame. Choose from inventive dishes, such as flat-iron chicken with tomato and caper salsa, or gurnard, chorizo and red-pepper kebabs, leaving some room for the salted caramel and chocolate tart (mains from £13.50; rooms from £85). whitehartsomerton.com 2 SATURDAY MORNING The first excursion sees you cruising country roads between hedgerows of hawthorn…

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WALK IN DIVINE FOOTSTEPS Temperatures on the coast stay in the high teens or low twenties well into November, and while that may not be beach weather for everyone, it’s ideal for hikes that would be a sun-baked ordeal in summer. In the barely tamed Akamas Peninsula at Cyprus’ western tip, you can tap into Greek mythology on the Aphrodite Trail – a loop of three to four hours that takes in coastal views from on high (pictured left). It starts from the spring reputed to be the bathing spot of the goddess of love; her ill-fated lover is remembered in the Adonis Trail, which runs inland (visitpafos.org.cy/off-the-beaten-track). FEEL FRESH AGAIN By November, the island’s plant life will be breathing a sigh of relief at the end of…

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university arms, cambridge

What’s the deal? A hotel has stood on the site of the University Arms since 1834, starting life as a coaching inn and, latterly, serving as a rather tired chain hotel. After an £80-million, two-year refurbishment by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, it reopened earlier this year. What’s changed? Anyone familiar with the University Arms in its last guise is unlikely to recognise the current incarnation. Gone is the ugly 1960s façade, and in its place is a magnificent classical frontage, with three sets of enormous doors opening onto the lobby. While first impressions are of formal grandeur, once inside, warmth and humour reign. Tell me more The most interesting bits of the old hotel (the stained-glass windows showing college crests, the ceiling-height oak…