French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers
If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
Best Places For Romance in Paris
Arguably the original ‘city of love’, Paris is synonymous with romantic breaks, and there is no more romantic trip (in theory!) than one’s honeymoon. If you’re planning on celebrating being newlyweds in the French capital, consider checking out these seven top romantic spots for honeymooner or any couple looking for romance.
Are you thinking that you are one of those lucky parents whose kids will not change the way they travel, well think again! Sooner or later, you’ll certainly realize that your young toddlers have changed everything about the way you travel.
Umbria in Italy’s mid-section is a terrific destination for a trip with with your children and family. You’ll find that this beautiful Italian region offers a large number of excursions that suit your entire family and helps you move at your own pace making your trip a pleasure and simply unforgettable.
Here’s a great infographic with lots of interesting tips about tourist sites in London. Most of us have visited London and gazed up at the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Did you know that the time is adjusted by placing pennies on the pendulum? Or that a flock of birds once stopped the clock by perching on the hands? Learning lots of fascinating facts about this regal city by having a look at this entertaining infographic.
A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.
The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.
For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.
Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.
You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.
If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:
There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
There are two wonderful ways to experience the gastronomical side of Andalucía. You could head out for a night on the town and pop into a tapas bar to get a feel for the local food and the local people. You’ll find all kinds of things on the menu, ranging from grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil to beautiful cuts of meat prepared with a variety of sauces such as mojo picón, salsa al whisky or even a la marinera. Here you can find a list of the top ten must-try tapas in Southern Spain.
Or the other most exquisite way to really get a taste of Andalucía is to take a cooking course while you’re there. Learn from a professional local chef just how to make those distinct Spanish flavors pop, how to let the flavors meld and how to make one of the most memorable and delicious meals of your life. There’s nothing more gratifying than learning to cook something delicious for yourself in another country and being able to take that memory home with you to have and share with others.
I lived the majority of my life in the fast lane. I was born with the type A gene and have tried to harness the energy. In 2006, I took my first “non-business” trip to Europe and rode 2,000 miles on my bike over six weeks. This liberating trip took me through nine countries. In 2008, I heard about the Camino de Santiago, but had a hard time with the slow nature of walking. It seemed like a trip more suited for a type B. After seeing the film “The Way” in 2010, I felt a strong need to try the path someday. In August of 2012, a wild hair twanged and I bought a plane ticket. Three weeks later, I found myself on the French side of the Pyrenees.
The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations
Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.
The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.
Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.
Four rocky islands sit off the coast of Marseilles’ Old Port, but two in particular have considerable historic appeal. Those familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo will recognize the first worth visiting, Isle d’If, a jutting outpost-turned-19th century prison, where author Alexandre Dumas’ father was once wrongfully imprisoned. The second, Ratonneau, is larger, longer, haunting and beautiful: a nature preserve dotted with forests, coves and wildlife overseen by an old, abandoned hospital on the top of its highest cliffs. These two comprise a memorable day-long escape amidst any tour of southern France, and I recently had the opportunity to experience them for myself.
Although Devon’s towns don’t tend to make it into people’s top ten lists when talking about UK destinations, it is often regarded as one of the best holiday spots in the country. Positioned on the South West coast of England, the County offers up vast areas of greenery, some of the best beaches the country has to offer and a number of quaint seaside towns all within a short drive from each other. With two coastlines, some of the country’s finest resort towns, and open moorland for exploring, Devon is one of England’s most rewarding destinations for vacationers. Easily accessible from anywhere in England via rail, road, or air, Devon is one of the best places in England to enjoy a short four-day break.
Imagine honeymooning in a Mediterranean paradise, surrounded by flowers, amazing views, the friendliest people and constantly perfect weather. Well, why imagine it when you can do it in the beautiful and serene Madeira Islands.The Islands of Madeira are located near Portugal, 301 miles from the coast of Africa and 620 miles from Europe. This means it’s only a 90 minute flight from Lisbon, so it’s a great place to spend a couple of days if you’re honeymooning throughout Spain and Europe.
Of course, if you want to spend your entire honeymoon on the gorgeous Madeira Archipelago, no one could ever blame you. First discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, the Madeira Islands are actually made up of four islands: Madeira, Porto Santo and two uninhabited islands called Selvagens and Desertas.
As temperatures cool, thoughts naturally turn to Munich and their gala Oktoberfest celebration; this year the world’s most famous beer festival (starting on the 18th September and ending on 4th October) celebrates its 200 year birthday. If it’s too late to organize a trip for this year, then book some days off in 2014, because Oktoberfest is definitely one of those bucket-list events you’ll always be glad you experienced. Just remember to reserve hotels in Munich as early as possible, as they always get fully-booked for the festival.
In late September each year a dozen cavernous beer tents are erected in the Theresienwiese Park, which is located close to the city centre. Over six million beer-lovers attend this festival each year, filling the long tables and consuming more than 6.5 million litres of the specially brewed Oktoberfest Bier over the sixteen days – this is not a festival of moderation!
Berlin is one of the most popular cities in the world at the moment, and for good reason. With a vibrant population of young artists, musicians and trendsetters populating the area, the city is constantly evolving. While days in Berlin are exciting, the nights click things up a notch or two as a tidal wave of eclectic youth splashes through the streets and into the cities numerous clubs, bars and cafes. There is never a dull moment here, but sometimes you need to take a break from the turbulence, and that’s why Sunday morning brunches in Berlin are a must.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, local or international; there’s nothing like an extended brunch spent drinking coffee and fresh juices, filling your plate high with freshly cooked sausages and scrambled eggs, and soaking up the scene.
For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.
If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss: