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In France, a steampunk park of Jules Verne’s dreams

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With its combined art installation and amusement park, Nantes has brought the bizarre world of science fiction writer Jules Verne to life, complete with 12m-tall mechanical elephant.
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What hipsters in Paris are playing

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Pétanque – the quintessential French outdoor ball game – is traditionally seen as a summertime pastime for older men. But a new festival in Paris is making the sport cool again.
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Living in: The world’s most visited cities

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What is it like to live in a place known for its sights… and crowds? Residents of 2014’s most visited cities spill how they find solitude – and why they love living there anyway.
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Words & Wanderlust

The bloom of cancer

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Riddled with cancer and close to death, Amy Gigi Alexander wrote a bucket list that would take her around the world – and save her life in the process.
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Pay what you want at a Paris hotel

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Running until 10 August, a new initiative allows guests to stay the night, and decide afterwards how much they feel their stay was worth.
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Street art selfies in Paris

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In an amazing juxtaposition of old and new, French street artist JR has taken over Le Pantheon, covering its ceiling, floor and cupola in a sea of black-and-white portraits.
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