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The most European villages in the US: Trivago

Don’t have the budget to visit Switzerland or Germany? Americans may want to consider hitting up local towns in Michigan, Florida and Texas, home to hidden, little-known European villages of their own.

Spanish town deploys dog poo police

A Spanish town is deploying citizen street patrols and actors dressed as detectives to combat an invasion of dog droppings.

'Ghostbusters' theme reissued on marshmallow-scented vinyl

To mark the 30th anniversary of the franchise, Legacy Recordings is reissuing one of the most memorable soundtracks of the 80s in a special edition.

Vanoise Express cable car to become a gourmet restaurant for one night

At the Paradiski ski area in France's Tarentaise region, 40 lucky vacationers will get a chance to dine 1,250 feet above the ground. A one-time gourmet meal will be served on February 12 aboard the Vanoise Express, the world's longest cable car line.

French ski resort to build an igloo this winter

In Avoriaz, a winter resort town in France's Savoy region, a new seasonal installation will open its icy doors in time for the ski season. From December 12, visitors will find a 200 square meter construction made entirely of ice.

Karl Lagerfeld's cat poses with the new Opel Corsa

What do Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette have in common? For starters, both are spokesmodels for the new Opel Corsa. While the German supermodel stars in an ad campaign for Opel's new city car, Choupette is the face of the 2015 Opel Corsa Calendar, shot by her famous owner.

Pop-up restaurant in Paris to take dishwashing duty as payment

Most of the time, it's what happens if you come up short on cash at the end of a meal: the restaurant owner asks you and your fellow diners to roll up your sleeves and wash dishes to pay off your debt. But at a pop-up restaurant to be opened by the dishwashing liquid brand Mir in Paris this October 16-18, payment in sink duty will be the norm.

Spreadable beer product getting buzz

Move over Nutella, there’s another Italian spread in town: a ‘full-bodied’ beer-flavored paste.

Old toilets, new London - prices push cafes underground

With spiralling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential goldmines, the city's forgotten spaces, including 19th-century public toilets, are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques.

German hotel hides €2,500 diamond in a champagne flute

The Charles Hotel in Munich, Germany will host a particularly dazzling New Year's Eve celebration this winter. In partnership with the jeweler Bucherer, the hotel will place a real diamond valued at €2,500 (around $3,150) in the champagne flute of one lucky guest.