Essentials for visiting Paris

People enjoy the sun as "Paris Plage" (Paris Beach) opens along the banks of River Seine in Paris

The City of Light is not just one of Europe's most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.

Where Bali meets Europe

Surfing at Odeceixe beach in the Algarve, Portugal.

Yoga, surfing and spectacular beaches. Sound like Bali? Think again.

Watch for 7 minutes of peace

Take a few minutes off and watch 'the world's most relaxing film'.

Need a break from a stressful day at work? Take 7 minutes off to watch "the world's most relaxing film.

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

A model poses during a life drawing class at The Lion pub in London.

Forget karaoke, sketching nude models with a pint in hand is the hot new trend in British pubs.

Most liveable city's now most visible

Eurovision fans paid up to $NZ587 for a ticket to attend the grand final at Vienna's Stadthalle.

As nearly 200 million people tuned in to watch the Eurovision Song Contest, host city Vienna's maximising its exposure on the world stage.

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Where to eat France's stinky, urine-smelling sausage

A truly regional food: Andouillette.

Weirdly, the smell turns me on, rather than off – it's like a slow dance of death with a knife and fork.

My year in France

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

Eiffel Tower: 13 things you didn't know

The 'tide of a century' gallery

italy

A 9000-year trip back in time

A general view of Matera's Sassi limestone cave dwellings in southern Italy.

Matera has remained so primitive until recent decades that it makes the perfect stand-in for ancient Jerusalem.

Twenty reasons to visit Rome

The eternal city dazzles with history, food and fashion. Here are its 20 highlights.

The Colosseum in Rome.

The Rome you'd never experience solo

Is it best to take a group tour or to be an independent traveller?

germany

Off-season Berlin offers pleasures

The rotunda of Berlin's Museum of Communication in January 2015.

Travelling to Europe in early January has its advantages.

'Dr Death' opens a corpse museum

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

In Germany, if you pee on a wall, it pees back on you.

Hamburg takes revenge on revellers

Tourists beware, in Germany if you pee on a wall, it pees back on you.

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