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Inside the abandoned birthplace of San Pellegrino water

San Pellegrino sparkling water has an air of Italian opulence, with its emerald bottle and bright blue label boasting a distinctive flair. But the drink's birthplace appears to have lost its fizz. Once a playground for the rich and famous, San Pellegrino Terme in the mountainous province of Bergamo is now a ghost town, with its cluster of art nouveau buildings slowly decaying. Photos shared to Flickr show how the town has suffered a gradual decline after a period of great wealth triggered by the formation of the San Pellegrino company in 1899. Pictured: An old kiosk, a dormant funicular, a retro San Pellegrino sign, a closed ticket booth and the crumbling Grand Hotel.

Is this the most beautiful sunset ever captured on camera? Timelapse footage shows an ultra-rare cloud formation bathed in a rainbow of colour

Firing up the day's sky with a blaze of golds, pinks and purples, this sunset is set to mesmerise you with its rippling rainbow of colour. Stormchaser Mike Olbinski stopped to capture the otherworldly scene on June 2 while he was driving through North Dakota. He created a timelapse video that shows the sunset's magnificent movement in all its glory. The cameraman highlights that no colour editing took place and the pigments in the sped-up footage are exactly what he saw.

The unique one-bedroom property is located four miles away from Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which has erupted 33 times since 1843, the most recent time being in 1984.

These are the amazing photographs of Shortcake the dog who was found in a poor condition on the streets of Fresno in California by rescue workers before she was adopted by Amy Matsushima.

Tetley releases never-before-seen images from its archives

A previously unseen image of King George VI stepping foot inside the Tetley tea factory has surfaced, harking back to the days when the humble cuppa was at the height of fashion (top right). The black-and-white shot is one of several images revealed exclusively to MailOnline Travel to mark the tea giant's 180th birthday. The image shows the late monarch in a warehouse setting at Tetley's London depot, wearing a bowler hat and smart overcoat as he's greeted by a team of staff. Other photographs, unearthed from the company archives, show how the early tea factories operated (bottom right), how the tasting process worked (bottom left) and how tea was marketed as a health remedy (top left).

Keow Wee Loong and his wife, Marta Sibielak, spent three months visiting cities including Venice, London and Copenhagen - and striking a pose at landmarks in each one.

Motor Yacht A, known for its innovative design, is currently docked in Navantia, Cartagena, in south-eastern Spain, where she will be given a luxury facelift similar to a car receiving a service.

Norwegian Captain flies Boeing 737 with his son

Alex Kempton became a professional pilot with airline Norwegian when he was just 18 and now, at 19, has just co-piloted a flight from Tenerife to Birmingham with his captain father, David. Norwegian arranged for David and Alex to fly together as part of Alex's flight training as David is a training captain, giving him the chance to train his son at his first airline job.

A new infographic reveals that in Alaska it is illegal to strap a dog to the roof of a vehicle - we'd hope this would go without saying. In Cyprus drivers could be fined for drinking behind the wheel. Even water.

Fascinating photographs taken at the end of the 19th century - during the Meiji era - show a much simpler nation, including women cultivating a flower garden, men farming and families playing cards.

The ultimate Tokyo hotel for trainspotters

Even if you're not a trainspotter, the sight of a Japanese bullet train gliding along is quite a sight. And if you get a window seat at restaurant 'Blanc Rouge' at the Tokyo Station Hotel, you get to watch them slipping into the capital's main railway station from a distance of mere yards. The hotel, as the name suggests, is built right next to the station – though it's only from the restaurant, and two of the 150 bedrooms, that guests inside have a view of the trains. Most guests probably won't be fussed by that limitation. They've checked in, in all probability, not because of bullet-train-witnessing-opportunities, but because it's somewhere that's steeped in luxury – and has no equal in Tokyo for convenience. Ted Thornhill has the inside track.

Whale watchers were forced to double take as an incredibly rare albino dolphin made an appearance in the waters off California last week.

The balloon was set off by Tory Carissimo from Honeoye, New York, with a GoPro attached earlier this year – and when it reached 37,000 feet a Delta flight soared right past.

Vintage photos reveal the daredevils from yesteryear

Before the days of health and safety, thrill-seeking had no limits, as these fascinating vintage photographs show. Aerobatics (top left and right) proved to be a popular pastime back in the day, with intrepid stuntmen - and women - precariously strapped to the wings of a plane or dangling from a rope ladder. Meanwhile, the construction industry during the early part of the 20th century saw workers traverse steel beams unsecured with no harnesses (bottom right and centre). Another high-adrenaline activity popular with thrill-seekers involved car racing around motordromes with lions in sidecars (bottom left).

Cyclist Reza Pakravan reveals highlights of 11k ride

On his epic bike ride from the Arctic Circle to South Africa, being saddlesore was the least of Reza Pakravan’s troubles. The 42-year-old in August 2013 attempted to set the world record for the fastest bicycle journey between Nordkapp in Norway and Cape Town with friend Steven Pawley – an 11,000-mile odyssey across 13 countries and three continents – and has revealed to MailOnline Travel how at times he genuinely feared for his life. As he prepared to enter the troubled region of Dagestan in the south of Russia, for instance, locals in neighbouring regions told him he wouldn’t make it out alive – and in Egypt he found himself caught up in a stand-off between armed militiamen and a tank. Here he reveals all to MailOnline Travel.

A playful pooch was filmed paddling along in the Bahamas with a dolphin by its side. Footage shows the unlikely duo weaving around each other and happily splashing around.

A 118-year-old painting of a small bird by a celebrated South Pole explorer Dr Edrward Wilson has been discovered in a historic Antarctic hut hidden among penguin poo.

Little-noticed aircraft safety fixtures explained

You may not have noticed some of these discreet aircraft fittings, until now. So what function do they serve? From the tiny black triangle marking found on cabin walls to the yellow hooks located on a plane's wings, MailOnline Travel reveals the workings behind eight minor but potentially life-saving fixtures.

The Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel’s 400-year-old buildings have recently been painstakingly refurbished and stripped back to their original style, writes Anna Hodgekiss.

The ban will restrict both the opening of new hotels and the conversion of existing properties in Venice's historic city centre, which sees an influx of nearly 30 million tourists per year.

Amos Chapple captures Romanian's Geamana village

These are the dismal last days of Geamana, a Romanian ghost town drowning in industrial sludge. It was evacuated 40 years ago to make way for the Rosia Poieni copper mine. It is pictured (right) a few years before communist authorities cleared the village of some 300 families and (left) as it is today, with the church spire one of the few parts still visible. New Zealander photographer Amos Chapple captured Geamana and its near-total demise.

Artist Daniele Barresi crafts the masterpieces into everyday fruit and vegetables, transforming fruits such as avocados and melons into works of art that you can eat.

A video, believed to have been filmed in South Africa, shows a shoal of giant trevally circling expectantly by the shore until a man lowers in a smaller fish and creates a feeding frenzy.

Travel Instagrammers reveal their winning poses

If you're an avid traveller looking to boost your Instagram followers, then these poses might just help your numbers fly. Tried and tested by some of the biggest influencers around, it appears that these clichéd positions succeed in maximising likes. If you're holidaying somewhere sunny, head to the beach for a yoga or thigh-baring photo shoot. Or if you've landed somewhere a bit more off the beaten track, a jumping shot might be in order to showcase a stunning backdrop. Oh, and don't forget to don something stylish, fashion counts too! So if you're looking to up your Instagram game, here's a round-up of the top envy-inducing travel poses around... Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) Follow me, the extreme location, the infinity pool pose, the yoga pose, the jumping shot and hot dog legs.

Shaun Edmondson, from Windermere, Cumbria, was filmed on the flight from Manchester to Ibiza asking horrified passengers for a condom as an unknown woman straddled him in his seat.

The craziest houseboats from around the world revealed

From wave-shaped beauties to converted private jets, these wacky creations show how houseboats come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed to bob along, allowing occupants to explore, while others remain permanently docked. If you're looking to get a taste of riverbank life, some of the boat homes are available to hire, with one London water-based abode coming in at £500 per night. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) The Maldivian floating home, a converted ferry, Liverpool’s Yellow Submarine, a London-based floating abode and the famed Cosmic Muffin plane boat.

As this new infographic reveals, we often mistake a country's capital for its most famed city. Marakesh may be Morocco's most popular holiday destination, but do you know its capital?

BBC presenter Michaela Strachan took her partner and son to India for a two-week family tour, with highlights including a trip to the Taj Mahal and to the Ranthambore National Park to see tigers.

Imgur photos prove that true love never gets old

Love, when it lasts, may just be the most universal triumph of all. And these photos, shared from Britain and America, to Korea and beyond, prove it's worth striving for. Pictured, clockwise from top right, a man pushing his fun-loving wife through a car park on a trolley; a pair of baseball fans who've enjoyed 56 years together and counting; a woman on a mobility scooter towing her husband via a skateboard; a gentleman browsing Valentine's Day cards; a grandfather with Alzheimer's giving flowers to his wife of 60 years; and an elderly couple dutifully sharing the load.

Brian Beckwith, a University of Michigan student and Starbucks barista says that dumping non-empty drinks in the bin and rushing your barista are particularly annoying.

Travel app AirHelp has launched a new feature for victims of flight delays, whereby users can submit a snap of their boarding pass and have the claim handled for them.

What police crackdown? Sunburnt British holidaymakers enjoy a LOT of Sangria on party island Majorca as tourists defy orders to behave and run through the streets NAKED as party season begins

Alcohol-fuelled photographs from the popular resort of Magaluf come as local authorities have tried to crackdown on bad behaviour from visitors. Meanwhile in the neighbouring town of Palma Nova a group of British tourists have been fined after they were filmed running through the streets naked in broad daylight (right). Magaluf is a favourite party destination for British tourists who come to blow off steam and enjoy the cheap alcohol prices on offer. Council officials are fighting to improve the area's image, where a lot of the bad behaviour is concentrated in a strip of bars known as Punta Ballena. Their attempts follow a string of controversial stories surrounding the resort in recent years which tour operators say are putting people off visiting the island altogether. British police were even dispatched to the party spot in 2015 to help Spanish officers deal with victims and offenders from the UK. But, despite the efforts from the authorities, photos taken at the resort last night still show revellers spilling out of bars and falling on the street.

Brian and Joan Dumoulin on both sides of a marker show the US-Canadian border in the front yard of home they hope to sell for $109k (main). She's in Canada while he's in US (inset).

Jonathan Knight suggests the best British campsites

Travel expert Jonathan Knight presents the best British campsites for summer, with options including, clockwise from top left, Wild Camping Cornwall's secluded spot; the Happy Valley site in Norfolk; In the Stix's geodesic dome in Rutland; and Rubersview Shepherd’s Hut in the Scottish Borders.

A planned four-day strike from Friday by British Airways cabin crew has been suspended to allow fresh talks to be held, union sources said.

The Mail on Sunday's Lizzie Enfield visited the German town of Schwetzingen, where, 200 years ago, inventor Karl Drais created the first bicycle.

Jenny Coad tours Chile via British Airways' new route

The Mail on Sunday's Jenny Coad took British Airways' new 15-hour direct flight to Chile. Her two-week tour took her from the Atacama Desert (top right) to Santiago (bottom right) and the snow-capped Andes. From her hotel, Tierra Patagonia (bottom left), she star-gazed, hiked Moon Valley and admired guanacos in the Torres mountains (top left).

Armed with a good eye and the wonders of Photoshop, how Instagrammers around the world manage to transform pretty uninspiring scenes into lust-worthy landscapes.

The entire contents of London's Heathrow Terminal 1 will be auctioned off, with some of the meatier lot items including baggage carousels, body scanners and escalators.

The Mail on Sunday's Sarah Turner ventured to Canada's famed Prince Edward Island, where Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote her novel, Anne Of Green Gables in 1908.

The Mail on Sunday's Sarah Turner checked into The Thief hotel in Oslo, where past guests have included Selena Gomez, Adele, Bill Gates and Rihanna.

The world's most spectacular hot tubs revealed 

Here, MailOnline Travel presents its pick of the most lavish, unique and scenic hot tubs in the world. Pictured, clockwise from top left, Iglu-Dorf in Zermatt, Switzerland, a network of inter-connecting igloos complete with this hot tub offering; The Lodge at Tarraleah, which overlooks Tasmania’s highlands and has suites that come complete with wooden hot tubs nestled on polished rocks; Elsa’s Kopje safari resort in Kenya, positioned over Meru National Park; and the Aqua Dome spa in Austria, which boasts three huge thermal pools and a variety of hot tubs against the backdrop of the snowy Otztal mountains.

It follows a campaign by hoteliers in Spain and holiday destinations in Greece and Portugal against the growing food poisoning scam in which holidaymakers falsely claim to have been ill.

The world's most outrageous limousines revealed

These luxury limousines, from the U.S to Brunei, promise to make you feel like king or queen of road, thanks to their gargantuan stature and range of James Bond-style gizmos. Some of them have been purpose built for Presidents and Sultans with cash to burn, while others are DIY jobs with cars chopped in two and bolted back together. The finishing touches include televisions, bars, helipads, hot tubs and, not to mention, dozens of wheels. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) A Batmobile limo, the American Dream limo, the Midnight Rider and a stretch Mini Cooper.

The Daily Mail's Inspector gave easyHotel in London's Old Street a zero-star rating, reporting that his windowless room hadn't even been cleaned after the previous guest.

TripAdvisor is turning the tables on villa guests by allowing owners to rate them as well as allowing guests to rate the accommodation. One holidaymaker said he ruined her Spanish break.

Francois Dourlen transforms scenes with his smartphone

Frenchman Francois has undoubtedly chanced upon one of the most inventive uses of a smartphone – transforming landscapes using images from movies and TV. He uses stills from pop culture – such as The Simpsons, Star Wars and Guardians Of The Galaxy - and cleverly meshes them with everyday scenes and tourist attractions.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was so unpopular with locals after it was built in 1889 it was set to be destroyed. Other landmarks that suffered near-misses include India's Taj Mahal.

A PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley has recreated hand-drawn city maps which each show one square mile of a city's road networks.

Welcome to Hamsterville! Inside the tiny town for rodents

On a Friday night, you're more likely to hear the pitter patter of tiny nails traipsing the cobbles of this town than the clattering of high heels. A team of artists from Georgia went about crafting a tiny world for hamsters, spending 1,984 hours piecing together miniature buildings and accessories. Photos show the rodents exploring their new home and partaking in a range of activities, including eating dinner in the kitchen and getting ready for bed.

Madame Claude in Berlin boasts upsidedown interiors which will make your spin on walking through the door, while the Robot Bar in Tokyo is a jewel box of flashing lights.

The world's first treehouse on a crane has opened in Bristol for those wanting a bit of lofty adventure in the city. Stays for two people will be priced at £185 during the week and £250 over the weekends.

Photos reveal National Express travel through the ages

These nostalgic images take you on a journey down memory lane - charting the history of Britain's most famous coach company. National Express turns 45 this year, and to mark the occasion, the company has raided the archives and dug out a string of old photographs and marketing material. The monochrome and colour images give a fascinating insight into the origin of the much-loved brand and the travel fashions decades ago. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) A publicity shot from the 1980s, the exterior of a bus in the same decade, interiors from 1975, a bus on a test track and a service guide from 1966.

In Taiwan the futuristic seaside holiday resort Sanzhi Pod City looks like a creepy scene from an alien film, with UFO-shaped structures peppering the landscape.

In Lonely Planet's new guide, 50 must-see spots are highlighted with the vast Grand Canyon in Arizona making the cut along with the arid salt flats of Bolivia.

MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of triumphant sun-worshippers; from the water gun-armed street walker to the man who built himself a throne made from pool noodles.

With a good place to base yourself and a hire car, the area opens up, and there are plenty of sights to see, wines to quaff, great food to share and coves to stumble across, writes Lauren York.

The stunt, captured by photographer and blogger Alex Nomernoy, was pulled off atop the 60-floor Imperia Tower in Moscow after the daredevils hacked a door while guards were out to lunch.

New York chef Mario Batali, a specialist in Italian cuisine, says cook your pasta for a minute less than the packet says - and then make sure you add it to the sauce while cooking for 40 seconds.

The most eccentric characters spotted on public transport 

We all make snap observations about our fellow bus or train passengers. But where do you even start with some of these? Pictured, clockwise from top left: A masked man asleep brandishing a snorkel; a subway passenger in Melbourne who had clearly had enough; an eclectically dressed character on a New York train; a team of gladiators on the London Underground; a colourful chap also spotted on the Tube in London; and a decked-out man on stilts with a tough journey ahead of him.

Surrey have announced plans to increase the capacity of the Kia Oval from 25,500 to 40,000 in time for the 2023 Ashes series. The stadium would then become the largest cricket venue in Britain.

A video has emerged of how an old kangaroo has been spending his retirement. Roger was captured on his back in a daze next at a Kangaroo sanctuary in Australia's Northern Territories.

Statues seemingly come to life in photo series

Awakened from a life of static rest, statues seemingly come to life in these comical photos. A spread of people chose to take posing with sculptures to another level and let their imagination run wild. The hilarious images give a whole new meaning to the sculptures' frozen poses. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) Ronald McDonald gets mean, a cowboy gets fruity, a girl's first kiss, a clown issues a slap, a cyclist gets scooped up by a bear and a statue gets a crash-course in selfie-taking.

Beach bound? Model Sara Sampaio, 25, reveals how she prepares for a beach day, the products she never travels without from brands like Moroccanoil and Benefit Cosmetics and more.

Boeing's vice president of product development Mike Sinnett said he plans to test the technology in a cockpit simulator this summer at a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow (stock image).

Discovering why Lebanon makes for a superb holiday

Bordering Syria and Israel, but nestled on the Mediterranean coast, Lebanon is a hotbed of culture, history and politics and its capital Beirut is the perfect place to have fun, as MailOnline Travel's Alex Matthews found out. Beirut is dirty, loud and frantic - but its beautiful architecture, stylish bars, fantastic food and charming people will leave you head over heels, he claims.

The terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman and leaves him with a gaping leg wound

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg and exposed bone. The unidentified man posted a video of the terrifying incident to YouTube, explaining how the fish 'came out of nowhere' off the Florida Keys.

The mushroom, discovered in a limestone layer in Brazil, fell into a river and began its journey in becoming a fossil when Earth's supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart.

After unusually high precipitation over the Great Lakes, Lake Erie rose seven inches by the end of last month, and Lake Ontario climbed by a staggering 12, experts say.

The world's most booked hotels revealed

It doesn't look like much, but there is something remarkable about the Best Western Premier Inn at the Grand Canyon, Arizona - it's the world's most-booked hotel. At least, it is on TripAdvisor. But given that 390million people visit the site every month, it makes the achievement rather noteworthy. The site has revealed to MailOnline Travel its most-booked hotels in the world, in Europe and in the UK - and it seems that location is a major factor in ensuring a steady flow of visitors.

The brave man spotted the calf slipping into the open drain in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, and watched it disappear underwater.

The reptile was found inside a pump at Cowboys Shell Gas Station in Cedartown, Georgia but unfazed customer Brandon Radke managed to drag it out with his hands.

Rare fire rainbow spotted in California

Fire rainbows are considered the unicorns of meteorology. But thankfully one floated in the air above Santa Cruz in California's Channel Islands recently just long enough to be photographed. The phenomenon is actually a cloud formation, formally referred to as a circumhorizontal arc. Due to strong winds, the fire rainbow continually shifted with its vividness changing as it went.

Travel writer reveals the worst things she's eaten

Vegetarians and the squeamish, stop reading now. MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks (inset) has revealed some of the most stomach-churning things she's eaten on her travels, which includes tarantulas (left) and grasshoppers with bacon and pineapple (right). Read on to hear about her indigestion-inducing food encounters, which are likely to deaden rather than rouse your appetite..

The burger has been confirmed as the world's priciest by the Guinness World Records. It contains lobster infused with gin, foie gras, top-quality Wagyu steak and 24k edible gold leaf.

Bored Panda has compiled an adorable gallery of snaps of cats desperate to feel the heat on their fur - all shared online by animal lovers. It shows felines love a nap in the sun.

The world's most extreme camping spots revealed 

While for some of us, pitching a tent in the English countryside is about as adventurous as we're willing to go, there do exist a vast array of options for the more daring campers among us. Pictured, clockwise from top left: tourists in China camping on Laojun Mountain's six-ft-wide and 3,300-ft-high platform; Germany's Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht site, where you can sleep in tree 'pods'; daredevils in bivouac tents in California's Yosemite National Park; Vietnam's breathtaking Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world; the Erg Admer site in Africa's Sahara desert; and a grotto in British Columbia's Pemberton Ice Field.

EXCLUSIVE: Iona Delgado, 42, had been due to fly from Cardiff to Alicante with her husband Andres and their two children, Cristina, nine, and Luis, 10, for the half-term break on 28 May.

Good Food magazine has compiled a guide to the best food and drink apps you can download to your smartphone, including two for any wine buff and one that reveals foods to avoid if you have an intolerance.

Photos capture dramatic performances from critters

Some creatures look permanently astonished by their very nature - the tarsier, for example, found on the islands of Southeast Asia, has the largest eyes comparative to its body size of all the mammals, which gives it a mesmerisingly melodramatic visage. And it's easy to see how meerkats, with their overtly sassy stance, have proved popular enough to get their own reality TV show. Cats also seem to have a particular affinity for displaying dramatic reactions, and the ostrich might just be the most judgmental-looking bird on planet earth. Here, MailOnline Travel presents a gallery of perfectly-timed snaps of stars who surely deserve an Oscar.

In this April 18, 2017, photo, the Red Bridge pedestrian bridge is seen over the Des Moines River in Des Moines, Iowa. A little more than a decade after it was restored, crews went back to the site with a crane to hoist the span more than 4 feet higher, at a cost of $3 million, after experts concluded that the river's flooding risk was double the previous estimates. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Climate change is often seen as posing the greatest risk to coastal areas. But the nation's inland cities face perils of their own, including more intense storms and more frequent flooding.

The number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests, a University of Maine marine scientist has warned.

Couple in India spend 26 years replanting a rainforest

One couple has spent 26 years bringing a rainforest back to life. Pamela and Dr Anil Malhotra purchased around 55 acres of private land in the western Ghats of southern India in 1991. The area was suffering from heavy deforestation after being used as farmland and practically devoid of wildlife. But now the once-barren landscape is barely recognisable thanks to major replanting efforts, with lush greenery carpeting the land and a menagerie of wildlife lurking in the undergrowth.

Best-selling author Michael Dobbs hopped aboard the Orient Express. He went on a one-night journey from London's Victoria station to Venice.

Neil Cave had been staying in a luxury flat in Simon's Town, South Africa when he discovered seven cheeky monkeys had broken in and thrown an impromptu party.

Humpback whales are captured close-up in photo series

The gentle grace of the mysterious humpback whale is captured in a mesmerising new photo series. Jem Cresswell spent three years following the marine mammals during their annual migration to Vava’a island in the Tonga to get the close-up shots. One image shows a humpback gliding towards the camera with barnacles on its underside. Another shows a mother and calf hanging close to the surface side-by-side. Some of the aquatic giants feature scratches on their ridged skin from underwater tussles or encounters with boats. Cresswell, who is based in Sydney, told MailOnline Travel that he was 'initially drawn to the whales’ gentle nature, sheer size and the feeling of insignificance in their presence'.

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