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Local Life - San Lorenzo

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A lively student quarter east of Termini, San Lorenzo is a metropolitan mix of graffiti-clad streets, artists studios, cheap takeaways and hip restaurants. Apart from a major basilica, there are few traditional sights, but come evening the area bursts into life. Southeast, the former working-class Pigneto district is one of the capital’s coolest, a bar-heavy pocket frequented by bohemians, hipsters and trend-setting urbanites.

g Take buses 7 and 492 for San Lorenzo; for Pigneto buses 81, 810, 105 and n12.

j Catch tram 3 for San Lorenzo; tram 5, 14 or 19 for Pigneto.

One of Rome’s four patriarchal basilicas, the starkly beautiful Basilica di San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura ( GOOGLE MAP ; www.basilicasanlorenzo.it; Piazzale San Lorenzo; h8am-noon & 4-6.30pm; gPiazzale del Verano) stands on the site of St Lawrence's burial place. It suffered bomb damage in WWII – the only of the city’s major churches to do so – but retains a beautiful Cosmati floor and a 13th-century frescoed portico.

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Golden Triangle

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The financial and commercial heart of KL is not just high-rises, shopping malls and construction sites. There's plenty of street life – and, most importantly, street eating – and as you head west, small and personalised venues take over. The alfresco dining on Jln Alor and the frenetic bar scene on Changkit Bukit Bintang – and its hipper cousin Jln Mesui – attract big crowds nightly.

MBegin with a swing through Imbi Market, snacking and snapping pics to your heart's content. If you wake late the specialty coffees and sandwiches at Feeka will get you going. Afterwards, grab a taxi to Bukit Bintang. Start at Starhill Culinary Studio, with a class on local cooking, followed by an indulgence at Donna Spa or tea at Luk Yu.

RFor lunch move down the block to the indoor hawker paradise at Lot 10 Hutong. If you are in the mood for shopping, there's youth fashion at Fahrenheit88, endless electronics at Plaza Low Yat, and a wide selection of local and international brands at Pavilion KL. At Royal Selangor browse the gorgeous pewterware and learn some city history.

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Directory AZ

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For more accommodation reviews by Lonely Planet authors, check out http://lonelyplanet.com/hotels/. You’ll find independent reviews, as well as recommendations on the best places to stay. Best of all, you can book online.

The North Island is blessed with great accommodation at every budget level, including excellent holiday parks (fancy campgrounds with tent sites, self-contained cabins, games rooms and often a swimming pool) and some of the world's best hostels. As you'd expect, things are pricier in the big cities of Auckland and Wellington. Motels are the top sleeping choice for most Kiwi families, so you'll find them liberally scattered around all of the main holiday destinations. Hotel accommodation is mainly limited to the bigger cities, with the best range in Auckland and Wellington.

Bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation on the North Island pops up in the middle of cities, in rural hamlets and on stretches of isolated coastline, with rooms on offer in everything from suburban bungalows to stately manors.

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Breton Coast

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Brittany's rugged coastline is one of the region's best-kept secrets. With brilliant sandy beaches framing traditional fishing villages, rocky cliffs towering above the churning swell of the North Atlantic, and loads of outdoor activities to keep you occupied, there's plenty to discover.

Don't associate Brittany with beaches? Think again… Yes, the water may be freezing, but the sand is spectacular and the backing sublime at St-Malo and Quiberon. Alternatively, find your own patch of sand on the beaches of Belle Île.

Get out into nature on the coastal hiking trail from Morgat to Cap de la Chèvre. For a challenge, walk the 45km coastal path on Île d'Ouessant or the 95km path around Belle Île.

Find your own quiet bliss in the village life of charming Camaret-sur-Mer, the fishing port of Roscoff and, our personal favourite, oyster-rich hideaway Cancale.

Take the ferry to Île d'Ouessant, with its rugged coastal path and great activities, or head out of season to Belle Île, the southern coast's star. To get off the beaten track, head to Île de Batz.

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St Vincent & the Grenadines

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     Includes »

     St Vincent

     Kingstown

     Bequia

     Mustique

     Canouan

     Mayreau

     Union Island

     Tobago Cays

     Palm Island

     Petit St Vincent

Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes visions of exotic, idyllic island life. Imagine an island chain in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; with white-sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.

Once you get off the big island, with its traffic, hustle and noise, and out into the Grenadines, everything changes. There are 31 Grenadines, each one more tranquil than the next and each begging to be explored. Beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl and the desire to go home vanishes.

These islands have enchanted sailors for centuries, and continue to do so. Whether you have your own vessel, are happy to hitch a ride or take one of the new ferries, the island-hopping opportunities are irresistible.

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