Lonely Planet has revealed its annual list of the best destinations, regions and cities for 2019.
Christmas markets in Europe form the perfect setting to get into the holiday spirit, with the sweet aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon spice and the echo of Christmas jingles in the air, and market stalls full of festive fare.
Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean we need to neglect our favourite refreshing G&T. Boozy gifts are always a hit, and the gin craze shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In fact what better time than the festive season to branch out into some new fancy gins to spice up our Christmas cocktail recipes. An easy winner of IndyBest, everything about the Kew Organic Gin is special.
I fell in love with New Zealand watching it on the big screen. For years I held the epic scenery from The Lord of the Rings in my mind: the misty mountains, the blue rivers and the rolling countryside with the Hobbit holes. But it didn’t occur to me to go there. It was too far, too expensive, too traumatic a flight, especially with a young child. Perhaps, unconsciously, I didn’t want the reality to spoil my dream of the place.
From buying tips to FAQs to explanations of technical terms, here's our complete guide to ski boots. If you're ready to buy, check out this season's must-have ski boots for men and our pick of the best boots for women.
Probiotics were once the wunderkind of the supplement world, said to improve gut health, treat skin conditions and assuage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Now, experts are urging us to reconsider the myths we've been sold by dewy-skinned influencers and glossy ad campaigns, pointing out the potentially harmful effects of consuming live bacteria. In a recent article published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, associate professor at Harvard Medical School Pieter Cohen argues that probiotics might cause infections among those with poor-functioning immune systems.
Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and dating back to Roman times, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany and a major wine hub. Part of the Unesco World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the city centre brims with green spaces and attractive architecture.
Romance flows with the Danube as it navigates abbeys and fortresses, castles and palaces, mountains and moonlit promenades and Unesco World Heritage sites in some of Europe’s most timeless cities.
The best argument I know for having children is that they provide the perfect cover for your own infantile habits. Why is there Nutella in my fridge? The kids insisted. Why does my house appear as if squatted by a blended family of pigs and rhinoceroses? (If I were single, I’d be living in a minimalist temple.) Why does my Netflix suggest Danger Mouse over News at Ten?
A few decades ago most Britons made do with a couple of weeks of holiday a year – and with few exceptions it involved bracing the UK seaside or an all-inclusive package at a Mediterranean resort.
Amy Schumer has revealed that she’s expecting a baby with her husband Chris Fischer. The comedian hinted at the news with an Instagram post, humorously superimposing her and her husband’s faces on top of photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are also expecting their first child next year.
Despite the known risks, Mintel reported that 10% of UK consumers aged 25-44 used a sunbed or tanning salon in the 12 months to September 2017 – and that's a huge cause for concern. According to London-based dermatologist, Dr. Justine Kluk, the contribution of sunbeds to malignant melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer, has been estimated at 100 deaths per year in the UK, and Cancer Research reports that higher sunbed use among young females than young males may explain their higher incidence of melanoma. "Most dermatologists will see patients in their clinics who have developed skin cancer or premature skin ageing as a direct effect of having used sunbeds," continues Dr. Kluk, who also says that she'd like sunbeds to be banned in the UK.
Female shaving brand Billie was one of the first to remind us with their campaign, Project Body Hair, that women don't have dolphin-smooth limbs before they shave them, and it was only recently that Bodyform opted to break new ground by showing red period blood – rather than blue liquid – in adverts for sanitary towels. Sadly, the same brilliant progress can't be applied to skincare advertisements, which, disappointingly, continue to feature women with picture-perfect skin despairing over their spots (which mostly don't exist at all or have been Photoshopped in place with unrealistic red graphics) before splashing water on their face and declaring themselves miraculously blemish-free. Despite this, recent research has found that consumers respond more positively to realistic advertising.
Paralysed with fear at the thought of going to sleep and never waking up, I opted to have the operation (a "minor procedure", according to a young surgeon who definitely did not have a vulva) under local anaesthetic. Vulval cancer is one of the five gynaecological cancers, and it’s probably the least known. According to Cancer Research UK, around 1,300 cases of vulval cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year – that's more than three a day.
One very dark fairytale is heading to Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shape of Water Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro will adapt a version of Pinocchio for the streaming service. Based on Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, del Toro’s version of this tale — most famously popularised by Disney’s 1940 animated movie Pinocchio — will be stop-motion musical.