A trip into the world of Downton Abbey

THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY: The regal Highclere Castle in Berkshire, UK, is open during the summer months.

Fancy pretending to be posh for the day? Then visit these stately spots where the popular British period drama is filmed.

5 free things to do in Barcelona

COLOURFUL: You have to pay to visit Gaudi's old house, but you can see some of his work for free at Parc Guell.

Barcelona is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Like anywhere, it can be pricey, but these five tourism gems are all free.

Iceland: Cold by day, colder by night

STAY CENTRAL: Central Reykjavik is where all the action is.

The middle of Reykjavik isn't just where the action is, it's where the action distracts you from the fact your hands and face are raw and chapped.

In a land of fire and ice

STRIKE A POSE: Bathers pose for a photo as they swim in the geothermal hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

A chance of seeing the Northern Lights has drawn busloads of increasingly cold onlookers to this remote spot.

The road less travelled

Old Town in Krakow, southern Poland.

Think you've done Europe? Well, here are 10 great countries beyond the tried and tested.

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A winter wonderland video

WINTER WONDERLAND: Skaters enjoy the ice on a giant ice rink at the Grand Palais exhibition hall.

Every December, Paris' Le Grand Palais turns into a gigantic ice-skating rink.

Paris loses its love-locks

Paris is slowly, oh-so-slowly, moving toward a love lock-free future.

'Empire of the dead'

Street art or vandalism? video


Holiday success in Venice

A gondolier navigates his passengers along a canal near the luxury retail district in Venice.

Family trips - especially those of the multi-generational variety - are fraught with potential problems.

War on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter.

QUIET PLEASES: Locals want peace in Venice.

Venice bans noisy suitcases

Famed for its serene silence, Venice is getting tough on the rumble of luggage on cobblestones.


Where to see the Berlin Wall gallery

Tourists stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 16, 2009.

Sunday marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989.

Tales from Oktoberfest gallery

This year, it became clear that I'm too old to camp - or at the very least, to camp at Oktoberfest.

Germany celebrated 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall by throwing a huge open-air street party at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

25 years since Berlin Wall's fall video

Germany threw a huge open-air street party at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.