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Lonely Planet April 2019

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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guest editor’s note

Travel and exploration have always been a quintessential part of being British. Travel is in our blood; it fuels our diversity and it makes us a nation of pioneers. A lot of us were raised on stories of early explorers and their spirit of endeavour. Many of those stories were about pushing boundaries and exploring the unexplored, always going that little bit further. That spirit of adventure reminds us that, as humans, we are at our best when we look beyond ourselves: when we don’t judge people by their looks, creed or race, but are open to change and to challenge and to pushing ourselves beyond what is familiar – beyond what is comfortable. That’s why an unofficial motto of the British special forces is: ‘Always a little further’. I…

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les halles

OPEN ALL HOURS For a special meal, I like to go to Au Pied de Cochon, which dates from 1947. Huge mirrors, crimson banquettes and frosted-glass lamps make this 24-hour brasserie a wonderfully atmospheric setting for one of Paris’ finest onion soups, topped with melted cheese. They also do spectacular shellfish platters. pieddecochon.com PLAY TIME Jardin Nelson Mandela is a brand-new park next to the canopied Forum des Halles underground mall and Église Saint-Eustache. Its four hectares of meadows, fountains and children’s playgrounds are a refreshing addition to this built-up neighbourhood, and the perfect place to spend a sunny day. 1 rue Pierre Lescot A HOOT FOR NIGHT OWLS I love the camaraderie of late-night bar and restaurant Le Tambour. It is filled with salvaged street signs, a big old Stalingrad métro map and other…

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shop for a nostalgic adventure

Curiosities and Splendour Our latest anthology of classic travel literature, bound to inspire wanderlust (£15.99; lonelyplanet.com) First-aid canister Tweezers, plasters and medical gloves in a military-grade tin with built-in torch (£70; wildbounds.com) Brass compass Go full analogue with this boxed prism compass (£52; arthurbeale.co.uk) Lantern torch The Black Diamond Zip light has both torch and lantern modes, and lasts up to 12 hours (£25; ellis-brigham.com) Nifty tool With ten functions, from spork to screwdriver, there's not much The Muncher can’t tackle on the road (£40; full-windsor.co.uk) A proper sturdy bag Miles the Duffle Bag has external and internal pockets and removable rucksack straps (£130; homeofmillican.com) Dinky camera Ditch Instagram and celebrate print: the Instax Mini 90 produces credit-card-sized photos (£135; instax.co.uk) PHOTOGRAPHS: TOM JOY/FULL WINDSOR, CACTUS IMAGES/INSTAX…

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island-hoppers unlimited

THE ISLANDS OF GREECE HAVE INVITED ZIGZAGGING explorations ever since the days when the heroes of Homer’s epics set sail across the ‘wine-dark sea’. In the 21st century, ferry passes help to reduce the confusion of routes and schedules, and the risk that you’ll end up stranded like Odysseus and his men. Eurail’s Greek Islands Pass has now expanded to cover 53 islands in Greece, up from 28. Most of the Aegean Sea is included, from Crete and Rhodes in the south through to Lemnos in the north. Island-hopping is particularly easy between close-set neighbours such as the islands of the Cyclades, including Paros (pictured) and Mykonos. You’ll still need to make reservations, especially in peak summer season, but the horizons will seem that bit closer. Greek Islands passes from £80;…

1 min.
book a table at the palace

Since the 18th century, when it was built for a baron, Lisbon’s Palácio Chiado has been a gathering place for aristocratic bon-vivants, and now we can all join the fun. Until recently closed for renovations, the palace now operates as a food court unlike any other. Guests can choose between a multitude of different culinary experiences, all set within distinctive, characterful interiors, from cured meats served at a bar beneath a museum-quality mural to cocktails sipped under the watchful eye of a winged golden lion (palaciochiado.pt).…

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the vespa

TODAY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE Italian cities without their legions of scooters propped up against ochre-painted walls, or bumping across cobbled piazzas with young couples on the seat. But, though the world’s first motorised two-wheeler had been built back in 1884, by the 1940s the motorbike market had hardly spread beyond riders who didn’t mind wearing heavy-duty leathers. Enter Piaggio. The 1884-founded company was looking to diversify from military vehicles into low-cost motor-scooters to appeal to a country rebuilding after World War II. The first prototype, the MP5, did not impress the boss – the blocky design was nicknamed ‘Paperino’, the Italian for Donald Duck. The challenge was taken up by Corradino d’Ascanio, an engineer who’d been trained in aeronautics and disliked motorbikes. His prototype became the Vespa 98. It went on…