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The diamond capital of the world

The diamond capital of the world

(CNN) — With its flat-fronted 1960s buildings and plain color scheme, Hoveniersstraat might be dismissed as one of the most drab streets in the pretty baroque Belgian city of Antwerp. In fact, it’s one of the most fascinating, and there are several high security clues that give the game away. The street is protected by […]

City of Cliffs is France's best-kept secret

City of Cliffs is France's best-kept secret

(CNN) — An undiscovered beach town in Mediterranean Europe? Well, almost. Perched high up a white limestone cliff on the southern coast of Corsica lies the medieval town of Bonifacio. Known as the “Mediterranean’s Sentinel,” or simply, the “Citadel of Cliffs,” it’s arguably the best-kept secret in France. It’s untroubled by summer crowds despite being […]

Europe's most relaxing city

Europe's most relaxing city

(CNN) — It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but Budapest can also make a claim to be one of the most relaxing, thanks to a secret buried beneath its beautiful architecture. Bubbling up through the city’s limestone foundations are 118 natural thermal springs that deliver 70 million liters of therapeutic waters each […]

The hotel that's shaking up the Riviera Maya

The hotel that's shaking up the Riviera Maya

(CNN) — The dappled Caribbean sunshine and white sand seem even more relaxing from the balcony of a duchess. Well, the former balcony. Today, her peaceful vacation villa is the main house of Hotel Esencia, a refined, tropical hideaway 30 minutes down the coast from Cancun, Mexico. Occupying 50 acres of pristine beachfront and a […]

China's forgotten village swallowed by nature

China's forgotten village swallowed by nature

(CNN) — Like something straight out of a fairytale, the abandoned village of Houtouwan on Shengshan Island, part of the Shengsi Archipelago off the eastern coast of China, has recently become an Internet sensation and an unusual travel hotspot. Houtouwan was once a prosperous fishing village, with a 1980s population of more than 3,000 residents. […]

Asia's latest state-of-the-art water show

Asia's latest state-of-the-art water show

(CNN) — A state-of-the-art water stage, 3D visual effects, hundreds of performers, authentic costumes, live music, martial arts, pyrotechnics, dancing …. But the show has a loftier aim: to celebrate the history and heritage of Tonkin, an agricultural region in northern Vietnam. Staged entirely on water, the open-air performance provides a broad overview of village […]

Australasia's coolest little city?

Australasia's coolest little city?

(CNN) — Dunedin, on New Zealand‘s idyllic South Island, isn’t getting as many tourists as nearby Queenstown. But that’s good news for travelers who want to experience the country’s famous hospitality but aren’t as keen on Hobbits. Despite its low profile, Dunedin — whose name is the Scottish Gaelic word for Edinburgh, possibly making it […]

Life span of an airplane

Life span of an airplane

(CNN) — We’re all familiar with the sight of an airplane soaring through the sky, but what do these flying machines look like when they’re being assembled? And what about when they’re nearing the end of their life, about to be demolished and dismantled for scrap? Intrigued? Mike Kelley was too. The aerial photographer rented […]

25 of the best places to visit in the UK

25 of the best places to visit in the UK

(CNN) — From vibrant, culture-laden cities to peaceful areas of outstanding natural beauty, the UK is an incredibly diverse destination for travelers. Here’s our pick of 25 of the best places to visit in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Isles of Scilly The Isles of Scilly have arguably the UK’s best sunsets. Shutterstock Situated […]

Incredible personal aircraft designs revealed

Incredible personal aircraft designs revealed

(CNN) — A giant egg equipped with rotors and “Transformers”-style robots are among some of the creative designs submitted in a $2 million dollar contest to dream up new ways of flying. The GoFly Prize, a personal flying device competition sponsored by aircraft maker Boeing, aims to make travel fantasies of effortlessly soaring through the […]