Beginner's guide to the Canary Islands

IN THE CLOUDS: Mount Teide on Tenerife soars 3719 metres above sea level.

It's only a three-hour flight from Spain, but few travellers go there. Here's why they should.

On the trail of Van Gogh

An 1881 drawing by Vincent Van Gogh of labourers, The Bearers of the Burden.

The artist's experiences during his stay here affected him so profoundly that he would decide to devote his life to art.

Tiny Hungarian village up for rent

OWN A VILLAGE: The small village of Megyer is up for rent, if that's your thing.

If "king for a day" sounds too majestic, a small Hungarian village will let you become deputy mayor for a few days.

The most picturesque place to die

Hallstatt is possibly the oldest continuously inhabited village in Europe.

This Austrian village is drop-dead gorgeous in more ways than one. Here's why.

In the chill of the night

Dragon Residence was sculpted by Mongolian artist Bayarsaikhah Bazarsad.

Artists create Sweden's Ice Hotel, carving ice blocks into hotel rooms before they melt back into the river.

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No saucy 50 Shades of Grey act

LOCKS OF LOVE: A combination picture shows thousand of padlocks clipped by lovers on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris.

Paris will be overrun with couples this Valentine's weekend, looking to lock down their love for all eternity.

France ups the ante

France - the center of world gastronomy - wants to make its reputation for rude waiters a thing of the past.

The sweet smell of Grasse

Brutal, brave and elegant

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George Clooney's village of romance

The view from Argegno.

There is no better place to hide away. Just ask George Clooney.

The ultimate Catholic gilt trip

Grisly stories come attached to some of Rome's most saintly attractions. Here's the top ten.

A masked reveller poses in front of St. Mark's square during the first day of carnival, in Venice February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini   (ITALY  - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)

Carnival of Venice kicks off gallery

The annual Carnival in Venice kicked off over the weekend, when thousands of masked revellers took to the streets.

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'Dr Death' opens a corpse museum

A plastinated human body on display.

A permanent museum showing preserved corpses stripped of skin to reveal the complexity of the human body opens in Berlin.

25 years since Berlin Wall's fall video

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

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

Where to see the Berlin Wall gallery

Sunday marks 25 years sinceĀ the fallĀ of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989.

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