Top 10 historic sights in San Francisco

San Francisco has iconic landmarks aplenty: the Golden Gate bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz … and fog. But dig deeper and you’ll find a richer history beyond the famous tourist sights. See more

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Cool holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - in pictures

As well as the traditional cosy cottages you’d expect to find on the beautiful island of Skye, there are also a surprising number of cool contemporary properties with impressive eco credentials. See more

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The magic of New Orleans: how Nola got its groove back

Friendly people, the finest food in the US, some of the world’s best music … and a post-Katrina comeback in full swing. How could you not fall in love with New Orleans? Read more

Jazz group in the Spotted Cat club, Frenchmen Street. Photograph: Alamy

The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal - in pictures

The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to ‘join a honey hunt’. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central Nepal, documenting the risks and skill involved in this dying tradition. See more 

Husky! The dog taxi transfer service that collects you from the airport

A hotel in Norway has launched a “dog taxi” service, giving customers a chance to be collected from the airport in style. Read more

Photograph: Kirkenes Snow Hotel

#GuardianCam lands in San Francisco 

The hills, the bay, the fog and the architecture make it a wonder for photographers. @lec101 tries to look for ethereal, magical moments that feel like refreshing escapes from city life, and says she is “forever mesmerized by the wild fog that is unique to San Francisco”.

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Don’t look down: a glimpse at the world’s scariest hikes

From sky-high planks to iron-cable pathways, we take a look at some of the scariest hikes around the globe. See more

Pictured: The Italian Dolomites (above) have a huge array of nerve-racking mountain routes. Photograph: Alamy

From astronomers to Star Wars fans, tourists flock to Tunisia’s desert dunes

Deep in Tunisia’s Sahara desert is an otherworldly planet familiar to Star Wars fans: Tatooine, the twin-mooned childhood home of Darth Vader.

Once a pilgrimage site for aficionados of the cult sci-fi film, the dune-swept landscape that provided the backdrop for almost every Star Wars movie, among many others, has been out of reach since the Tunisian uprising, which kickstarted the Arab Spring three years ago. Now, as the North African country inches towards a successful transition to democracy, many hope that will change. Read more

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Your smartphone travel photosAbove the Monte Rosa massif in Switzerland, taken with an iPhone 4. ”Great to be able to get this shot, as was sitting in a helicopter at the time, peering nervously through the front windscreen.” View the gallery in full.

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