City breaks with kids: Barcelona

I’m bored! The Gothic Quarter’s warren of medieval alleyways is great fun to explore, and one of its hidden treasures is the original Papabubble store on Calle Ample where jewel-like sweets are made by hand. Children love the open-top tourist bus, but for a real (and cheaper) adventure, ride the vintage Tramvia Blau, or “blue tram” (€5.50pp one-way) from Plaça John F Kennedy, then take the funicular to the top of Tibidabo mountain. The reward at journey’s end is the Tibidabo amusement park (€28.50 adult, €10.30 under 1.2m, free under…

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A motorcycling adventure across Iran: ‘the standout attraction is the people’

In the dining room of a remote hotel in Iran’s Alborz Mountains was a locked glass case displaying a solitary English-language book. “The Valleys of the Assassins, Freya Stark,” said the hotelier as he unlocked the case, removed the book and turned to the page of a hand-drawn map. He pointed to our location. “You know Freya Stark? She came here in 1930. English lady, like you.” I nodded. She was one of the reasons for my journey. I asked a man about Iranian hospitality. ‘People must look after each…

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City breaks with kids: Paris

I’m bored! Most kids quickly tire of walking, so make it more interesting with a stroll along Les Berges de Seine, a scenic stretch of river starting from the Musée D’Orsay. Climbing frames, painted floor mazes, hopscotch, board games and seasonal, pop-up play apparatus are just a few of the things that will keep children entertained. Alternatively, a family-friendly bike tour of the city is a good way to see some of the sights. FatTireTours provides informative morning tours in English, passing by the Eiffel Tower and through the Tuilieries…

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20 of the best family campsites in Europe

All prices are for seven nights, for two adults and two kids in a mobile home or chalet for the week 29 July-5 August. Prices correct at time of going to press SMALL AND BEAUTIFUL Campingplatz Kinzigtal, Black Forest, Germany Small and tidy, Campingplatz Kinzigtal is in a wide green valley next to a stream and surrounded by tree-covered mountains. There’s no on-site pool, but you can use the neighbouring municipal pool for free and there’s also a playground, horse riding and lots of marked walking trails. The campsite’s oak-beamed…

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Forget skinny lattes. In Hanoi the best coffee comes with egg yolk

How do you take your coffee? With a little egg, butter and cheese? In the Vietnamese capital, that’s how it’s served at the famous Giang Cafe. On one of the endlessly busy streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tourists and locals alike can be seen searching for the almost-hidden cafe down a narrow alley where the original cà phê trúng (egg coffee) can be found. On the menu is an array of drinks but all anyone is ordering is this beverage, in hot or cold versions. The hot one, served with…

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Mark Zuckerberg challenges Trump on immigration and ‘extreme vetting’ order

Mark Zuckerberg criticized Donald Trump’s executive order to severely limit immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries, becoming the most high-profile tech industry leader to speak out against the president since the election. “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” the Facebook CEO wrote on his Facebook page. “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat … We should also keep our doors open to refugees…

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