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Lonely Planet reveals the world’s best hotels
Lonely Planet is launching its first ever collection of the world’s best places to stay. Its network of expert authors, arguably the planet’s most well-travelled group of people, have scoured the globe to find the most extraordinary places to stay, the best-value accommodation and the top eco retreats. A panel then selected their 10 top picks in each of the three categories.
Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo Cooke, James Smart, Brana Vladisavljevic, Kate Morgan, Anna Tyler and Gemma Graham.
Siesta sculptures at the Poble Espanyol, Barcelona. Image by Leonora Enking / CC BY-SA 2.0
Spain considers resetting cultural clock
The economic crisis in Spain is forcing the country to rethink its work–life balance. Some argue that the traditional long lunch, siesta, then late dinner should be replaced with a pattern closer to the 9am–5pm routine favoured by other European countries. Recommendations include moving time zones to match the UK and Portugal. Read more: nytimes.com
Record visitor numbers for Star Wars exhibition in Paris
The Star Wars Identities exhibition opened at Cité du Cinema in the north of Paris over the weekend, pulling in thousands of visitors and expecting to break records in the coming weeks. Around 200 original pieces from the Lucas Arts Museum will be on display including the costumes of Darth Vader and Chewbacca. Star Wars Identities runs until 30 June. Read more: thelocal.fr
Social media payments introduced by KLM Airlines
It’s now possible for customers to book and pay for flights with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines using Facebook and Twitter accounts. The airline has developed a method where it will send customers a link in a private message, and transactions such as booking flights, organising extra baggage and reserving seats can be completed. Read more: dutchdailynews.com
O’Connell Street, Dublin. Image by Smabs Sputzer / CC BY 2.0
Bendy buses aim to beat Dublin congestion
New bendy buses could make getting across Dublin much quicker. A new network, named ‘Swiftway’, comprising three lines crossing the city, has been proposed by the National Transport Authority. It would carry up to 3600 passengers in each direction per hour, with services every two minutes. Read more: independent.ie
50th anniversary cycling tour of Turkey route announced
The 50th annual Presidential Tour of Cycling will follow a route along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, finishing in Istanbul, it has been announced. Nicknamed the ‘world’s only intercontinental cycling stage race’, …read more