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Amazing photographs show VERY determined trees

Human beings have long tried to control - or at least tame - mother nature. But, despite our most valiant efforts, we are rarely successful - as the following images prove, this week. These stunning snapshots from around the world illustrate how determined trees have long overcome man-made obstacles. And, amazingly, they can also out-smart the earth's own natural impediments, such as perilous cliff faces, boulders and fires.

Discovering Trier's amazing Roman architecture

In her hit BBC series, Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome, the TV historian bookended the final programme with scenes filmed in what she described to camera as her favourite building surviving from the world of the Caesars. And it isn’t the Pantheon in Rome, or Britain’s Hadrian’s Wall. It’s in a pretty little town in western Germany you’ve probably never heard of – Trier (main). Germany isn’t a country we usually associate with Ancient Rome – and yet this smallish city (population 107,233) on the Moselle River was once the seat of mighty emperors and considered a rival to Rome itself. Struan Robertson reports back.

SPONSORED. If your little one loves Peter Rabbit there are lots of attractions in the UK for them to hop along to, from the Peter Rabbit Adventure at Flamingo Land to Beatrix Potter's Cumbrian house.

According to a study conducted by Babbel, the cliched phrases Brits learnt through pop culture are now some of the biggest faux pas committed on foreign soil.

How Britain's homes have changed through the ages

They say an Englishman's home is his castle. But, with a dramatic shift in UK architectural styles over the past 500 years, a person's 'fortress' can now take-on many different guises. From the classic Victorian structures which often define British houses, to the Addison Homes of the First World War, our homes have never been more varied. Fortunately a handy interactive guide, entitled Brits & Mortar, skips through the centuries for a pithy presentation on property types.

BA claims there are 'routinely' just a third of the 29 automatic eGates open at Heathrow's Terminal 5, causing 'massive queues and frustrating delays' to its customers.

The Global Trend Tracker map was created by researchers at NeoMam Studios in Manchester, based on information from Google's Hot Search Trends.

Shortlist for Royal Photographic Society's weather contest

The UK's Royal Meteorological Society and The Royal Photographic Society have announced the shortlist for the 2017 contest, with submissions from over 60 countries. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Seaham Lighthouse is engulfed by a huge wave on the north-east coast of England; a fog bow in Scotland; the clifftop at Beachy Head, East Sussex; A powerful, EF4 tornado spins through the small rural community of Katie, Oklahoma, on May 9, 2016

Hapless Brits underestimated the late August heatwave, with many left scorched by yesterday's hot sunshine. Photos on social media saw red skin and strap marks galore.

In many parts of the world, the biggest headaches when it comes to car hire is the excess on insurance cover. But The Mail on Sunday's Fred Mawer explains how to avoid these scarily high fees.

When in Sri Lanka, opt for an indulgent, off-the-grid experience and stay in one of the country's memorable dried-mud houses, writes Rory MacLean for The Mail On Sunday.

The Mail on Sunday's Martin Kelner travelled to America's Deep South in search of musical heritage, but found so much more...

Nurturing his inner Norman, The Mail on Sunday's Frank Barrett heads to France for a stay at the magnificent Chateau d'Audrieu - and, of course, a visit to Bayeux's famed Tapestry.

Millions of beleaguered motorists across the UK have been stuck in traffic on the hottest bank holiday Monday on record as people make their way home after the long weekend.

Inside the Krane hotel in Nordhavn harbour Copenhagen

The Krane sits on the Nordhavn harbour in Copenhagen and comprises of sleeping quarters, a meeting room (bottom right), and a spa (bottom left) - with black interiors as an homage to its past as a coal crane. The 538-sq-ft bedroom area, suitable for two people, includes a lounge area (top right), bathroom, dining table and kitchenette; while every floor is fitted with glass windows that offer expansive views over the Danish capital.

The Mail On Sunday's Wendy Gomersall had nearly forgotten how beautiful Britain really is - until she ventured to Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales for a few days away.

The Mail On Sunday's Gareth Huw Davies was convinced that Majorca had lost all its character in recent years, but a visit to the new Park Hyatt hotel on the island's east coast has changed his mind.

William Hanson reviews the Hôtel De Paris Saint-Tropez

William Hanson thought Saint-Tropez would be all fur-lined super yachts and no rudder. But he was surprised by its village charm. And more than a little impressed with the Hôtel De Paris St-Tropez. He describes how it wooed him with its clever interior design, subtle service and rather wonderful, calming swimming pool (main and top right).

While most Brits stick to the Algarve, The Daily Mail's Jenny Coad discovers that Portugal's more rugged west coast is a thrilling wonder unto itself.

The Daily Mail's Inspector called into No 38 The Park hotel in Cheltenham and found the glorious Georgian townhouse to be a luxurious, leafy retreat. However, none of it comes cheap.

On his Mediterranean voyage aboard TUI's Discovery 2, The Daily Mail's Nick Curtis drank, danced and talked with a far wider cross-section of the UK population than he would usually meet.

Puns and crafty wordplay that will have you groaning

Puns tend to go hand-in-hand with Christmas cracker jokes - they're more likely to elicit a groan and an eye-roll than a hearty laugh. Still, for many, they're truly a guilty pleasure. Here, MailOnline has fetched puns from far and wide, including London and New York, for a Friday dose of withering wit.

Hunger for the extreme! Daredevil speeds down a 300ft iceberg in Greenland on an inflatable PIZZA SLICE before plopping into the freezing water

This combination of an iceberg and an inflatable pizza slice - one of the hottest holiday accessories this summer - takes cool to a whole new level. Shiver-inducing video footage shows the moment a daredevil used the inflatable to sledge down a 300ft-high iceberg in Greenland. Ethan Pringle, 31, from San Francisco, is seen hurtling down the ice at great speed, wearing nothing but a pair of underpants and some shoes, before he crash-lands in freezing waters. Pictured (from top left, clockwise to centre): Pringle boarding the iceberg, running up to his starting point, sledging at high speed and crash-landing in the water.

Nostalgic photos reveal British staycations of yesteryear

The pictures, some of which date back to 1857, have been collated by and come from a bank of 330,000 images that belong to The Francis Frith Collection. They show how in many ways little has changed. For instance, staycations were popular as far back as Victorian times. And pastimes of today such as picnics, cycling, painting and fishing were all popular in previous decades. Traffic queues have been around a while, too (bottom left). However, horse drawn beach huts (top right) aren't a seaside sight anymore and elephant rides and donkeys drinking cider (inset and bottom right) would definitely be frowned upon these days.

Hotel reviewer visits hellish Detroit motel the Royal Inn

These stomach-churning images reveal the 'hellish' state of a motel in America, with it presenting itself as more of a health hazard than a viable place to stay. Dan Bell, who produces the hotel reviewing YouTube series Another Dirty Room, checked into the Royal Inn motel in Detroit with his team and they were flabbergasted by what they found. Nightmarish features included hairs stuck to the bathroom ceiling, a flattened cockroach lurking in the microwave and dozens of bloodsucking cockroaches scurrying around the bed frame.

German, Austrian and Swiss citizens are among the missing after water, mud and gravel caused devastation in the Val Bondasca region in southeastern Switzerland.

The hotels that offer the best views of landmarks

Thanks to the rise of Instagram, hotel-goers have added envy-inducing views to their check-lists along with clean sheets, coffee-makers and fluffy robes. And catering to snap-happy tourists, travel website has put together a guide revealing the most visually-stimulating places to stay. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, the Oberoi Amarvilas Agra, the Résidence Charles Floquet and the Firenze Rentals Corso 12.

The fake ad for the UK-based airline, illustrated by a boarding pass, promises 'two free tickets to EVERYONE', and links to a malware website that asks for the users' Facebook details.

Despite being best-known as the setting for the hit 1970s BBC sitcom Citizen Smith, it is listed alongside New York City’s Sunset Park district and the picturesque Borgo San Frediano in Florence.

The plane crazy sights at airports revealed

Airports are a constant hive of activity, so a bit of craziness is to be expected. Images shared by travellers across the globe, from the UK to the U.S., reveal some of the odder sights they've witnessed while hopping on and off planes. Indeed, one airport goer saw a family at arrivals holding a large placard emblazoned with the words: 'Welcome home from prison mom' (bottom left). Another spotted a quartet of stormtroopers waiting eagerly to greet Darth Vader after he touched down from holiday dressed in full dark side regalia (bottom centre). An even stranger photo shows two penguins going through a security gate while travelling via Virginia in the U.S. (top centre). Other bizarre signs include an unfortunately placed travel pillow (top left), a granny causing a traffic jam (top right) and a man proposing to his shocked girlfriend (bottom right).

A Chinese circus trainer has reportedly been attacked by a tiger during a live performance at a theatre on August 20. The tiger was cruelly beaten on stage before letting go of its paws on its trainer.

A driver in Meltham, West Yorkshire caught the 'Loony Tunes' moment when a family of emus went on the run and caused traffic chaos yesterday. This trio of dark brown emus have no fear.

Images of Georgia taken before law limiting use of drones

Towering mountains, deep valleys, extraordinary monuments and cluttered cityscapes make up photographer Amos Chapple's latest body of work. One Last Time Over Georgia is set to be the final photographic recording of the country from above. For the past four or so years, the use of drones, which hover in the sky but are operated by people on the ground, have enabled the making of some extraordinary aerial photographs. However, following growing security and privacy concerns, new laws have been enforced across the world limiting their use. Georgia is one of the last countries to allow drones to operate freely in its skies. However, this is set to change on September 1, when new laws will restrict drone use.

Birk Haaland, 27, and Sara Teigen, 26 - from Stavanger and Aros in Norway - are surfing their way around Europe in their house on wheels, finding 'adventure on their doorstep'.

Tucked away in the Caucasus mountain range in the region of Racha, western Georgia, the holiday resort has been left neglected for decades.

Mark Robinson spotted the 'big cat' as he approached the 15th tee during a round of golf at Fixby Golf Club, Yorkshire, on Monday afternoon and managed to get a snap of it before it vanished.

British low-cost carrier Monarch recruited food psychologist Professor Charles Spence, who is known for his work with Heston Blumenthal, to rustle up treats to 'reduce the stress of travel'.

Former plumber builds man cave under a bridge in Valencia

Those wanting a hidey-hole man cave usually turn to the garden shed - but not former plumber turned designer Fernando Abellanas. He has designed a tiny pop-up studio under a busy overpass in Valencia, Spain. He has a paraffin lamp so he can work there at night and if he's feeling too weary to go home, there is bedding to nestle down on. Pictured: Fernando Abellanas sat in his office (main), the workspace seen with the panels closed (top right) and the abode by night (bottom right).

A running race might not be what springs to mind when you think about a Caribbean holiday. But it's a great way to experience the lush surroundings of Nevis island, writes Holly Black.

On the surface, Bangkok boasts a shimmering shoal of snazzy skyscrapers. But take a closer look and there is a sprawl of abandonment lurking in the Thai capital.

Review of New Park Manor in the New Forest

New Park Manor, just outside Brockenhurst in the pastoral beauty of the New Forest, woos middle-class parents with its weekend prescription of board games, luxury bedrooms and fine food. And if you want to wander around in your dressing gown, you won’t be the only one.

The moment a lightning bolt strikes the spire of the One World Trade Center has been captured by multiple angles in New York. The footage was shot in Manhattan around 4:52am this morning.

The US State Department warned tourists against visiting Cancun and Los Cabos, among Mexico's most popular resorts, because 'turf battles... have resulted in violent crime in areas'.

Review of Mexican resort Tulum

It's where A-listers from Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber to Sienna Miller go to soak up the sun. And its white-sand beaches are becoming more and more popular with the fashion set as a destination for a New Year's break. But with a bit of insider knowledge, there are hidden gems to be discovered in laid-back Tulum in Mexico's Riviera Maya, including the stunning Grand Ceynote (main), one of the world's best swimming spots. MailOnline Travel's Lauren York stays in the stunning Amansala yoga retreat (bottom right) and reports back.

A travel company has rolled out what's thought to be one of the world's most expensive holidays at $1 million. The one-week break includes private transport to Calala Island in the Caribbean.

Metal fatigue of a fan blade has been blamed for the engine failure that forced an Air Asia flight to return to Perth earlier this year, with the captain telling passengers to 'say a prayer'.

Photos show how life in North and South Korea compare

After visiting North and South Korea, an intrepid traveller has revealed the contrast between the two nations using striking photographs. Jacob Laukaitis, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and travel blogger from Lithuania, decided to take images of certain situations to show how South Korea has a warmth of character compared to its notoriously cold-hearted neighbour. In one photo set, focused on education, a school in South Korea looks bright and relaxed with contemporary furnishings lifting the mood. But moving to North Korea, a classroom setting appears rigid and bleak as students sit in uniform with their heads studiously bowed. Pictured are the contrasts between the roads and social gatherings in North and South Korea.

A Scottish driver at the end of his rope is heard spewing a furious rant aimed at a sheep that just won't get out of the road. A video posted to social media shows the hilarious and sweary encounter.

The findings detailed which places in the UK evoke special memories for Britons with hiking in the Lake District coming a close second, followed by eating an ice-cream on Brighton Beach.

Britain's most trodden paths from Snowden to Peak District

The walk to the summit of Snowdon is Britain’s most trodden path, according to Ordnance Survey (OS). But the most popular area overall for ramblers is the Peak District, the mapping agency revealed. Ambleside is the fifth most popular place for walks, while Scafell Pike, England's highest peak, came third in the ranking. OS made the discovery by analysing almost 400,000 public routes created over the past year using its digital map and planning tool OS Maps.

This slow loris was filmed performing a pole dance for its owner in Perm Russia, where its favourite hobby is slinking around the beam as well as swinging from taps while wearing a nappy.

Thomas Cook is restarting its flight and holiday programme in the North African country after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) eased its travel advice.

Deliveroo brings orders to Bournemouth beach with jet skis

The firm is trialling jet ski deliveries this August on the south coast. Specially trained jet ski riders have carried out a series of aqua deliveres in Bournemouth straight from local restaurants Prezzo and Five Guys. The company is gathering feedback from the trial, before making a decision on introducing the summer delivery service as a permanent feature for summer 2018 up and down the British coastline.

MailOnline Travel's Lisa Young stayed at the lesser known - but still incredible - Ningaloo Reef, where you can reach corals from the beach in minutes by kayak. And nearby lurk majestic humpbacks.

Missouri-based photographer Phillip Haumesser has released a before and after gallery of family snaps to illustrate how even drab locations can be dressed up with a change in perspective.

An inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern.

Swimming at Antarctica's Half Moon Island with Hurtigruten

The Mail on Sunday's Sarah Bridge (top right) took the plunge and swam in the freezing Antarctic ocean during a cruise with Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten - a trip which involved hiking on land (left), cruising the islands in Zodiac dinghies, and spotting seals and penguins galore.

A platform at Paddington has been closed after a train heading to Penzance derailed as it left the station, while a long stretch of the M3 was closed in Hampshire after a diesel spill.

Stan Cullimore stayed at the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, a luxury tented camp in Uganda, from where he trekked with a guide to find the magnificent great apes.

The Mail on Sunday's James Innes-Smith ditched Sardinia's infamous Costa Smeralda on account of its £8 coffees, and headed instead to the Capo D’Orso spa hotel.

The least-visited countries in the world revealed

It's every traveller's dream - a corner of the planet still unburdened by tourists. And apparently, such places do exist. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's 2017 report, only 1,000 people ventured to the South Pacific paradise of Tuvalu last year, making it the least-visited country in the world. Here, MailOnline presents the rest of the 15 nations that account for the lowest annual tourist numbers, with wanderlust-worthy destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond.

The winding Grande Corniche road was used in the James Bond hit GoldenEye, for example, and the Mercantour National Park is encircled by 12th and 13th Century villages.

The Mail on Sunday's Katie Nicholl stayed at the new Anantara Vilamoura resort in the Algarve, where there's a real emphasis on gastronomy and a focus on Portugal’s traditional fare.

The Belmond Andean Explorer tours Peru in luxury

The Daily Mail's Sarah Gordon boarded South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer (left and top right), which glides through Peru's Altiplano, or High Plains, between Cusco and the colonial city of Arequipa. Oxygen masks are provided at Lake Titicaca (bottom right), the highest navigable lake in the world.

The Daily Mail's Inspector called in at London's new Henrietta Hotel, and is in praise of its Art-Deco inspired decor, unique food and buzzy atmosphere.

The Daily Mail's Travel Editor Mark Palmer headed to the Domes of Elounda hotel in Crete, a family-aimed resort with an impressive range of childcare options.

Gaztelugatxe is the real Dragonstone from Game of Thrones

Gaztelugatxe, an inlet in Spain's Basque Country pictured (left) and (right), is topped with a church believed to have been built over a thousand years ago, reached by a winding footbridge with 241 steps. It is used by HBO series Game of Thrones to represent the mystical island of Dragonstone (inset).

Air India pilot Anny Divya, 30, is the youngest female commander of the world’s largest twin jet, but before she left her humble home in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, to train, she'd never boarded a plane.

Female climber Vanessa O'Brien reveals how to conquer K2

Speaking to MailOnline Travel on her return from the K2 expedition in Pakistan, Vanessa O'Brien, who's British-American, said that she 'truly believes' much of the challenge is mental rather than physical and it is essential to 'keep a strong focus' while battling the elements. During her July trek up the 8,611 metre stack - which has a notoriously high fatality rate - the 52-year-old former banker experienced deep snows, the sight of dead bodies, winds of more than 30 miles an hour and temperatures below minus 40 degrees Celsius. She also couldn't shower for five days and feasted on baby food as things such as protein bars froze solid. Pictured: Steep ascents on K2 (main, bottom left), views from the top (top right) and O'Brien after her summit success (top left).

Rico, a 25-year-old Malaysian traveller, entered Iran by crossing the Pakistani border as part of his ongoing 6,200-mile journey from China to Istanbul.

The alluring snapshots represent the stunning views of Wales’ most picturesque touristic spots, such as the canal walk in Llangollen, Bangor Cathedral and the Iron Pier in Llandudno.

Pilot Eva Claire Marseille has a huge Instagram following

Meet the stunning blonde pilot who has accrued more than 67,000 Instagram followers with her non-stop adventuring in the skies and on land. Incredible pictures show airline pilot Eva Claire Marseille, 31, from Haarlem, The Netherlands, preparing for take-off in the cockpit of her Boeing 737 (inset), riding a camel across the desert (bottom right) and letting off some steam with kick boxing practice (top right).Other envy-inducing photos on her account @flywitheva show the aviation pro in a canyon in Spain (top left) and relaxing in Barcelona (bottom left).

These images represent a planning concept designed by architects for a futuristic metropolis in the United Arab Emirates, to host more than 150,000 inhabitants covering an area of 372 square miles.

The world's largest container ship, China's CSCL Globe, can carry 19,100 containers, each measuring 22-ft; while Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship.

Sydney is being urged to brace itself once again as gale-force winds are set to batter the New South Wales coastline for a second day running, with dozens of more flights set to be affected.

Lonely Planet reveals world's most thrilling road trips

In new book Epic Drives of the World, a variety of intrepid adventurers detail their experiences of travelling by car. From fairy tale scenery in Germany's Black Forest to vintage motels on Route 66 or waterfall spotting on Hawaii - the journeys detailed in the book will make you want to drop everything and hit the gas. Pictured clockwise from top left: The world's highest pass in the Indian state of Jammu; the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S; Great Glen in Scotland; Canada's Icefield Parkway and (inset) Milford Sound in New Zealand.

Camping is perilous enough without large quantities of alcohol being involved. A warning that these campers, from around the world, appear not to have heeded.

Virgin's new high-speed Azuma train travels to Scotland

The Azuma train uses technology stemming from Japanese bullet trains and can accelerate faster than existing services on the UK network. The inaugural run north of the border was made as part of a testing programme by manufacturer Hitachi in preparation for roll-out of the 65-strong fleet on Virgin's east coast route next year. The train travelled over the Scottish border at 12.45pm and was piped into Dunbar Station around 15 minutes later, before returning south.

Boozy Brits heading to Bulgaria are in for a rude awakening as the country begins a 'war on noise' that has already prompted a music festival to cancel and seen nightclubs raided.

Meet the mysterious Korowai tribe of south eastern Papua, Indonesian New Guinea. Until the 1970s, it is believed they were unaware of the existence of any other people on earth.

Skye gamekeeper blames tourists for ruining the island

Pictures taken by Scott MacKenzie, head gamekeeper at the 23,000-acre Fearann Eilean Iarmain estate - and a local photographer - show heavily eroded roadside verges, vehicles stuck in mud, and internet cables exposed by heavy traffic, plus mounds of litter. Mr MacKenzie says the landscape is now 'beyond recognition'. The land management expert, with 25 years' experience on Skye, says poor management of tourism on the island is to blame with too many people descending on a handful of visitor hot spots.

The unknown creative, who goes by the name of idavidci on Tumblr, has enhanced Bulgaria's roadsides icons with his own creative touch.

Ecuador's 'Middle of the World', the Geographical Center of North America and the Real Greenwich Prime Meridian are among the markers that are thought to be misplaced.

The youngsters (pictured) were filmed pelting after the remote controlled aircraft as it buzzed over their heads at the Glen Garriff Conservation centre in Harrismith, South Africa, in July.

With more than 300,000 people migrating to Australia in the past five years, big changes have had to be made. Incredible aerial maps show suburbs transform in the blink of an eye.

Review of Hurtigruten’s five-day Flavour of Norway trip

Sarah Bridge spends five days on board the Richard With, one of Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten's 13 ships, and sails along Norway's spectacular crinkled coastline. It's a route that has been described as one of the most picturesque anywhere on the planet.

Looking for a cool European minibreak destination? Look no further than Vienna, a city that mixes offbeat and interesting cultural events with an unbeatable old world charm.

A blue Honda Jazz was spotted parked in the trolley bay of a shopping centre in the Western Sydney suburb of Penrith, outraging locals when it was posted online by the NSW Police.

Juggling with hands and feet and backwards rollerblading down a hill: Astonishing video compilation reveals why 'people are awesome' with the best feats of 2017 so far

A YouTube video compilation has emerged of some of the most incredible feats of the year so far from around the world and it’s had over a million views so far. Called ‘People Are Awesome’, it features daredevils performing the most incredible feats, from somersaulting onto skateboards to juggling with hands and feet (top left) – at the same time. Here MailOnline Travel presents five of its favourite moments from the video. Also pictured: Snowboarders hurtling around a homemade course in Australia (top right), a daredevil hurtling down a 30-degree incline backwards, with one rollerblade on (bottom right), a sharp shooting basketball player doing a flip and landing a shot at the same time in Sweden (bottom left) and a two-year-old boy in Arizona hitting a ball into his father's mouth (inset).

In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris officials are experimenting with a self-driving shuttle linking two train stations in the French capital. They will be tested until early Apri.

Experts from the Korea Polar Research Institute, in Incheon, South Korea, recorded the behaviour of Gentoo penguins from King George Island in Antarctica using cameras mounted to their bodies.

World's smallest hotels revealed

There's an intimate hotel - and then there's a hotel with only one room. Welcome to the world's least roomiest lodgings, where guests have a choice of a handful of rooms, or just one. The Eh' Hausl Hotel (top left) and the Central Hotel & Cafe (bottom left and inset) are only fit for two people with their tight quarters. The Grand Hotel De Kromme Raake (bottom right) was transformed from a grocery store to a hotel and has just one bedroom, but the bed is king-sized. The isolated Hotel Punta Grande in the Canary Islands (top right) is positively gigantic in this company - it has four bedrooms.

The house in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, was where John Milton completed his epic masterpiece and now holds the world's biggest collection of first and early editions of his work.

The Foreign Office and travel agents have urged British tourists not to take their e-cigarettes to Thailand because they could face a decade behind bars or a heavy fine.

Inside one of the world's most remote towns, Francois

With no cars, no hospital and no bars or restaurants, Francois in Newfoundland and Labrador has to be one of the world's most remote communities. The tiny town, tucked away in a bay on the most easterly point of Canada, is only accessible by boat and the locals scoot around on quad bikes to save their legs on the steep valley paths. During a recent trip to the settlement, MailOnline Travel learned that all of the 75 inhabitants know each other, darts is a popular form of entertainment and residents are free to build a property wherever they fancy. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise) Sailing into Francois, a view from the bay, a quiet playground and locals on a quad bike.

With great precision, the brave divers worked their way around the massive net in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia, slowly loosening the whale sharks free.

Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from an aircraft hangar at London Southend Airport in the Essex seaside town, with six fire engines called out at about 10.40am today.

Relax and recharge at luxury boutique hotel Thyme

Set on a 150-acre country manor estate in the picturesque village of Southrop - the location for Kate Moss' 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, no less - Thyme has a magical feel from the very first moment you pull up to its driveway. This 17th century luxury boutique hotel is comprised of a beautiful farmhouse - featuring elegantly designed bespoke bedrooms - a series of picture perfect cottages, a renowned cookery school, a delightful cocktail bar and an award-winning, traditional country pub mere metres down the road. After a 12-year restoration project overseen by owner Caryn Hibbert, it's clear from the moment you set foot in the door that no detail is too small, writes Louise Saunders.

Nature can sometimes transform normal fruit and vegetables into very weird shapes. One was lucky enough to find two bananas in one, while another found a thumbs up-shaped strawberry.

Darci Miller was visiting Indianapolis zoo after traveling to the city's burn center when she met Rocky the orangutan, who was fascinated with the fresh bandages on her neck.

Peninsula Paris: Is this France's most perfect hotel?

The rooms, the chandeliers, the service, the croissants. Everything about the Peninsula Paris is incredibly impressive. To stay here is to be cocooned in a space akin to the Versailles Palace - but in the heart of the capital. Ted Thornhill is wowed and you will be, too.


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