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Fiesta de San Fermin: Running of the Bulls festival kicks off

Revellers celebrate the official opening of Running of the Bulls 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.

Revellers from around the world kick off the annual Fiesta de San Fermin (the Running of the Bulls) with music, dancing, drinking in the Pamplona town square.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, July 4, 2014

Bear Fishing: At Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska I had the excitement and priviledge to watch these magnificent Brown Bears catching migrating Sockeye Salmon. The bears were seasoned hunters and entertaining to watch but for them it was a life and death battle to fatten up sufficiently to survive hibernation in the long Alaskan winter.

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Six of the best: French Chateaux

French Chateaux. Chateau du Grand Barrail. Supplied

Live it up in France's finest accommodation with these six of the best French chateaux. By Brian Johnston.

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Top travel photos, July 4, 2014

Tourists visit the restoration site of the famous Trevi fountain Rome

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China's floating city

Inside of China's floating city.

With museums, underwater hotels and a theme park, a new 'floating city' is set to lure travellers to China's coast.

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One&Only Hayman Island resort

One&Only Hayman Island resort.

There is no shortage of perfect weather for guests at the newly refurbished One&Only Hayman Island resort in the Whitsundays.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, June 28, 2014

We set our alarm for a 3:30 am wake up so that we could be on the Li River in time to see the sunrise. Navigating in a small raft along a picturesque section of the river we were amazed by the many craggy mist-shrouded peaks and unusual rock formations on either side of the river bank. Rounding a bend in the river we came across this traditional fisherman and his cormorants and were rewarded with this memorable image of Old China. The early start to the day was well worth it.

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Six of the best: Boutique New York hotels

Citizenm, New York.

Like the home of the globe-trotting billionaire you wish you knew. By Rob McFarland.

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Top travel photos, June 27, 2014

Belarus men and women dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Ivan Kupala night, an ancient heathen holiday, held in the countryside near the village of Kulneva, some 280 km north of Minsk.

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Piece of paradise: Mauritius

White sand beaches, turquoise water, swaying palms … this Indian Ocean island has it all.

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The world's best hotel: The Grand Hotel Kronenhof

The indoor pool

When you're crowned the world's best hotel by arguably the world's most influential hotel review site, TripAdvisor, it can be hard to live up to the hype.

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So bad it's good: when tourist attractions go wrong

A combination of three documents provided by the Centre de Estudios Borjanos on August 22, 2012 shows the original version of the painting Ecce Homo (L) by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the deteriorated version (C) and the restored version by an elderly woman in Spain.

From world-famous landmarks originally dismissed as monstrosities to bungled construction projects and half-baked theme parks, sometimes getting it wrong makes a site far more attractive.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, June 21, 2014

This picture was taken in Stone Town, Zanzibar. I was entranced by this woman, who casually watched the world go by. I tried to get her to smile, with no success. Giving up, I tipped her for her help, and she broke out in a glorious smile. It was worth the wait.

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Six of the best: Design hotels in Milan

The Gray Milano.

From architecture that is art nouveau to that with a modernist twist, Milan's design hotels are a dream to experience.

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Top travel photos, June 20, 2014

A reflection of the statue of the Christ the Redeemer is seen in the sunglasses of a tourist on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The new Qantas lounge at LAX

Qantas Lounge at LAX.

The new Qantas lounge at Los Angeles' international sets a benchmark for the airline and the airport.

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Daughter travels with cardboard cutout of her father

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

Jinna Young lost her father to cancer, and as a moving tribute to him, she took a cardboard cutout of him and travelled with it around the world.

Winter wonderland with Tim the Yowie Man

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Tim the Yowie Man shares his tips for having fun at the alps this winter.

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Six of the best: Pattaya Thailand resorts

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.

John Borthwick investigates the top Pattaya Thailand resorts for sun, fun and sea-side cocktails.

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The Big Picture: reader travel photos, June 14, 2014

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