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:
If you’re venturing to the southern region of the UK on vacation, no trip would be complete without exploring some of the quaint English towns in the county of Cornwall. In particular, the town of Newquay is an excellent holiday destination for all ages; from parents with young children, senior holidaymakers or teenagers looking to unwind after a hard year at school or university.
While coastal beaches and historic landmarks are in abundance in Cornwall, it is Newquay that boasts some of the finest coastal areas in the UK. It is far from just a lovely seaside town in the south-west however; it also has a number of attractions to keep all ages entertained throughout their break.
I’ve been nibbling my way through a recently published book on the fascinating history of cheese in France. The Whole Fromage is an entertaining journey through the French countryside by Author, Kathe Lison, who brings the reader along on her pursuit of the world’s most delectable cheeses.
Born and raised in the cheese-centric state of Wisconsin, you might think that Kathe had a pallet for exotic cheeses from an early age. But like you and me, she was raised on Kraft Mac and Cheese, and considered Babybell rounds in the red mesh bag to be exotic fare. That all changed on a fateful trip to Paris where the world of delectable French cheeses revealed itself.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.