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Lonely Planet February 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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editor’s note

Welcome to our annual 52 Best Weekends Away issue. It marks the start of a new year by suggesting mostly easy and, I hope, universally imaginative options to fill every single weekend – I’d love to think that one year someone out there will try all 52! This time around we whisk you between quick breaks on themes as diverse as urban life swaps (p54), learning with kids (p58), night adventures (p72) and Britain’s most intriguing self-catering stays (p94). Our big features pause for a deeper dive into experiences like stepping in the historic footsteps of Paris’s bon vivants and intellectuals, aka the flâneurs (p40), meeting the Carnival float builders of Malta (p60), and tasting the bountiful produce of the North Zealand region of Denmark – rasberry muffins and spruce-flavoured…

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behind the scenes

PLANNING NEW ADVENTURES We've already got a colourful array of holidays lined up for 2018. Here are the trips our staff are most looking forward to this year SUB-EDITOR RORY: ‘I am packing my suitcase and heading to Pakistan. I’ll join in the wedding celebrations of old friends in Karachi, but before that I’ll spend a couple of days in Lahore. I’m told it has wonderful Mughal architecture from the same period as the Taj Mahal, but with a fraction of the visitor numbers.’ PRODUCTION EDITOR ALICE: ‘I’m planning to go to Estonia in July for two weeks with my family. I’ve long wanted to visit Tallinn and I’ve also heard that the little-known Baltic island of Muhu just off the west coast of Estonia is truly beautiful, with deserted sandy beaches, windmills and lighthouses.’ PICTURE…

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postcards

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND Of ice and men Finnish Lapland embodies the essence of a winter wonderland. We decided to cross the Arctic Circle in peak winter, and experience it in its full glory. We visited Rovaniemi (the fabled home of Santa Claus), snowshoed amidst snow-crowned spruces, and slept under the northern lights in a glass igloo. One afternoon, we tried ice fishing on a frozen lake near Rovaniemi, with our friend Jüvö. After a couple of hours catching nothing more than a single pike-perch, the sky cleared and greeted us with this mesmerising sunset. This picture of Jüvö staring into the sun, is our personal favourite. LONDON, ENGLAND Spin city I took this photo while walking along the South Bank of the River Thames one cold evening. I had spent the day walking around playing tourist…

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globetrotter

Eye in the sky AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, ARCHITECT AND pilot, Jeffrey Milstein was uniquely qualified to undertake his latest project: shooting the urban landscapes of New York and Los Angeles from above. Milstein caught the two cities in all their surreal magic by hanging out of a helicoper with his camera. One of our favourite images is this one of Times Square in Manhattan gently glowing at night. You can see more of his work and find out about his upcoming exhibitions and new book at jeffreymilstein.com. For an aerial experience of your own, FlyNYON offers doors-off helicopter rides in a handful of US cities, New York and LA among them ( flynyon.com ). SOMETHING TO DECLARE: When enjoying the wonders of the aurora, spare a thought for the satellite operators “Canada, February 2017:…

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back to our roots

The latest travel trend? Getting a DNA test and planning a trip based on the results. Four Lonely Planet staffers took a test with ancestry company MyHeritage to find out how far our genes have come – and to inspire future travels (DNA kits £75; myheritage.com). Megan Eaves-Egenes Destination editor NATIONALITY: American DNA RESULTS: Irish, Scottish & Welsh 42.3% North & West European 32.3% Scandinavian 16.8% Iberian 5.2% West Asia 3.4% BIGGEST SURPRISE Though it’s only a small amount, the West Asian percentage was both new to me and exciting. I was also interested to discover that I have a little bit of Iberian DNA, too. HOW IT’LL SHAPE MY TRAVELS Turkey and Iran are two destinations I’ve had on my bucket list for some time – cradles of civilisation and part of the old Silk Road. Knowing that maybe one of my…

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get out and about

Here at Lonely Planet we’re big believers that there’s no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing. The Welsh county of Carmarthenshire seems to agree. Inspired by the Scandinavian culture of outdoor eating whatever the weather, its tourist board has launched a new winter picnic guide (discovercarmarthenshire.com). It gives tips on how to embrace the colder season and features the best spots in the region to enjoy a wintry al-fresco lunch, such as the Towy Valley, pictured here. Get hold of the gear below to help you on your way.…