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.
The Algarve is located in the southernmost region of Portugal and is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Almost ten million people visit the Algarve every year and many of them vacation there for the extensive choice of popular water sports.
In addition to being attracted to the fantastic golden sand beaches, the Algarve also offers a wide variety of water sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving and water-skiing. Depending on the time of year the Atlantic Ocean can generate some huge waves, making it ideal for surfing and wind-surfing. On days when the water is calmer, wakeboarding is the sport of choice.
These three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are unknown to many international travelers, but are situated in the Mediterranean sea, in close proximity to Italy.
Malta is a magnificent country that most visitors fall in love with, once they walk the beautiful little streets of Valletta, Mdina, Vitorioso or any other little town or village. Each of them is filled with history, magnetism and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all exhibit buildings in shades of yellow, making streets look nicer and brighter. The architecture is a mixture of varying styles, which somewhat reminds me of Sicily.
If you love Caribbean culture – the music, the festivals, the food and drink – simply head to London. Apart from the sun, nearly every area in London has something Caribbean to help spice the locale up. Whether you’re looking for a plate full of jerk chicken, a glass of rum punch or a summer festival, our guide will help you navigate London and find the coolest Caribbean vibes.
Two of the trendiest places in London right now are Brixton and Harlesden. Unsurprisingly, both areas have an affluent Caribbean community. Brixton early in the morning is a great place to visit cafes; there’s an abundance to choose from. Negril serves Caribbean toast (spiced toast served with cinnamon and vanilla and toasted coconut), traditional cornmeal porridge and smoothies (the Caribbean Queen drink with papaya, pineapple, mango and a splash of dairy milk) will transport you from the busy streets of London to a tranquil beach in Jamaica.
It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.
Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.
For many visitors to Italy, Tuscany is the region that surpasses all others. The cultural and historical significance of Florence and other Tuscan towns rival the most popular locations anywhere in Europe. In addition, the famed rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves provide a plethora of excellent walking routes that balance beautifully with the man-made splendour of the cities. These scenic walks will not only reveal the natural beauty of the landscape, but enables travelers to feast on the fine rustic cuisine of the area and sample the superb wines produced in this exquisite part of the world. In the past decade Tuscany has become one of, if not, the most popular tourist destination in Italy.
Being one of the most well-known tourist resort areas in the Mediterranean, the seaport and city of Dubrovnik are rightly called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Located on the Adriatic Sea and one of the oldest cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik has much to offer the curious traveler.
The history of Dubrovnik has deep roots in maritime trade, as it was the one city-state capable of being a rival to the massive Venetian efforts in trade by sea. From the middle ages, Dubrovnik has relied on its experience in diplomacy and wealth to survive during ages of war and conflict.
It makes perfect sense to me that the Canary Island of Tenerife has a reputation around the world as a must-visit location for diving enthusiasts. The volcanic nature of the island makes for some of the most interesting drifts and dives, and the location means a huge variety of wildlife to hope to catch a glimpse of. A natural consequence of Tenerife’s popularity with divers is its plethora of diving schools offering instruction to beginners and improvers, and who run regular organised trips to dive some lesser-known spots around the island – as well as the tourist favourites.
I strongly recommend doing your research when choosing who you book with:
London has provided the inspiration for some of the world’s great novels, and has been home to many acclaimed writers. Throughout much of the last two centuries, London served as a major cultural hub, where writers of all genres and nationalities met and exchanged ideas and stories. Literary buffs can get their fix by exploring the many places that favourite writers loved.
When planning a trip to London, why not visit the locations frequented and enjoyed by legendary writers? Experiencing London the way they saw it will give you a great connection to their work, and you can see most of the sites for free – perfect if you are a ‘struggling artist’ like your literary heroes.
The Douro Valley is a remarkable destination that you will definitely not soon forget. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and flows across Spain and Portugal, offering you the very best way to delve into the area’s tranquil beauty. It has everything you could possibly need from breathtaking natural landscapes, to wine production, and delicious local cuisine. Go and watch a show, relax in a hot spring- the region is full to the brim with exciting things to do and see. And because it has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there is a plethora of architectural wonders that are just waiting to be explored. Here are 7 things to enjoy on your Douro Valley experience:
London is without a doubt one of the premier tourist destinations in the Western world. Over the last year, London has played host to an estimated 3.5 million North American visitors, making it one of the most popular destinations for a European vacation. However, beyond the iconic spires of Westminster Abbey and the regal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, London houses a number of quieter boroughs which are equally worth a visit for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle for day.
Whilst Putney Bridge may not be the first London borough that springs to mind when you think about the British capital, there’s a great deal to see and experience once you choose to dig a little deeper. Read on to find out more…
Today I am going to tell you about a small but very beautiful country in Europe that is called Slovenia. If you haven’t heard of it before, don’t worry because you are surely not the only one! It is such a small European country that not many people know about it, but once discovered, visitors return time and time again!
The country is located in central Europe and has many well known neighbours like Italy, Austria and Croatia. Slovenia is a very diverse land with natural wonders from caves, to soaring alps, to a small coastline on the Mediterranean sea which is only 42 kilometers long. With such diversity, there are many things to see and do in Slovenia.
The lovely island of Guernsey, a unique blend of French and British culture is located in the English Channel, 30 miles off the northwestern coast of France and only a 50-minute flight from London Gatwick. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, that has been influenced by nearby France through the centuries. Why am I telling you this? Personally I feel it is this fusion of French and British cultures that makes Guernsey so unique and attractive. The language spoken is English, but there is still a Guernsey patois French spoken by some of the population. You’ll also find the majority of the roads are named in French. Every aspect of island life is a charming Anglo-Franco fusion.
Located between the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea, halfway between Iceland and Norway, the windswept Faroe Islands are under the jurisdiction of Demark, yet they are very much like their own magical world. The islands are self-governing, but they have been part of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. The islands’ closest neighbours, however, are the Northern and Western isles of Scotland. With their other-worldly charm and singular attractions, the Faroe Islands lure travellers from far and wide to discover the beauty of their northern scenery.
Many tourists plan their visits to the Faroe Islands well in advance of the warm season, and there are also cruises that make visiting these extraordinary islands more convenient than ever. From the unique capital of Torshavn to breath-taking ocean views, the islands are the ideal natural get-away and the island culture is as rich and vibrant as ever. The following must-see attractions and experiences are what make the Faroe Islands so evocative and impossible to forget!
Gradually this summer people are moving towards pubs instead of going to seashore or beaches. Why? According to research pubs fulfill the psychological need of men and it gives lots of relaxation , a chance to enjoy friends and family in a casual atmosphere, a place where people make new friends and connect socially with the local population.
Are you fond of Irish ales and whiskey, pub food and even some dancing, and are looking for that in London? Then look no further. London has many Irish pubs and we’re here to help you choose the best one where you can enjoy the real fun of summer. Let’s make it easy by categorizing Irish pubs in terms of their niceties and atmosphere, and of course, where to find a pint of Guinness along with music.
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A holiday in Cyprus can be full of surprises. Cyprus is the perfect place for a sophisticated beach holiday with a touch of historical culture. Paphos is the prime location for experiencing the ancient side of Cyprus and has many wonderful sights to see. Paphos Harbour offers stunning views of the Medieval fort that overlooks it. The best time to visit is during the summer festival when the sounds of opera echo around the ancient walls.
The Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station is a natural attraction that is well worth visiting whilst you’re in Paphos. This beach is an area of conservation where turtles lay their eggs and their nests are protected. It is quite tricky to get to but if the stunning views and warm sea weren’t appealing enough, the chance to see some endangered creatures in their natural habitat surely will be.