canal, Amsterdam.

Hit all the high spots

It's hard to miss Amsterdam's red-light district and cannabis cafes but Terry Smyth aims to delve further into the famous Dutch city.

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When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

Keys to the cities

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Queens Day celebrations, Amsterdam, 30 April 2009.

Crowning glory

Susan Bredow lets her hair down with the locals in Amsterdam as they celebrate Queen's Day.

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