Lonely Planet’s best destinations

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Paris, the city of love, has climbed back to the top spot in the annual list of best destinations for the coming year from the guidebook series Lonely Planet, but it’s the rest of the top 10 rankings that are more interesting — as always.

“Best in Travel 2014” offers some cool ideas about where to go before an even bigger crowd arrives.

Some will yawn, as the books haven’t really been adventurous with their selections in the past, with San Francisco being the number one in 2013, the Olympic host city London in 2012 and New York in 2011.

But the rest of the 2014 list is more thought-provoking.

Second place went to the 500-year-old city of Trinidad in southern Cuba, with Lonely Planet showing an image of one of its immortal 1950s-model US-made cars on a bumpy, cobbled street of colourful homes.

Third was Cape Town, fourth Riga (one of Europe’s cultural capitals in 2014), fifth Zurich, sixth Shanghai, seventh Vancouver, eighth Chicago, ninth Adelaide and 10th Auckland.

In the countries section, the World Cup host nation Brazil is ranked first, ahead of Antarctica, Scotland, Sweden, Malawi, Mexico, the Seychelles, Belgium, Macedonia and Malaysia.DPA



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