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A river cruise offers a very unique way of travelling. The Ships are much smaller than their ocean-bound counterparts, with an average sized river ship carrying around 150 passengers, giving you the opportunity to soak up scenery that cruise liners simply cannot access. ...
The number of Travel Apps being introduced to the mobile marketplace is astounding. It seems every day our 'Wicked Good' email box is filled with news of Apps just begging for a try out. Since neither Linda or I have an iPhone, we usually have to wait...
In the city of York, with its colourful and fascinating history and wealth of attractions, it can be difficult to know what to visit first. A good place for art lovers to begin exploring York, is Tower Street, where both established and promising artists exhibit...
If you're planning a stag weekend (a.k.a bachelor party), you want it to be a once in a lifetime experience. Don't bother following the crowd and visiting the same destinations, hitting up the same bars and beaches as all your friends have. You only get...
Lisbon is a great city for walking although there are some steep hills. We took a half day private guided walking tour around the central city, Baixa, and the old Moorish district, Alfama, with www.LisbonExplorer.com . Our guide was excellent, speaking perfect English and giving...
Being an island nation our seafaring past is still evident in our ferry ports and the numbers of people who choose to travel to the continent by ferry. The ferries are used for day trips to the continent, two night mini cruise getaways, or simply...
Caution: We've just read a report that Germany is in the grips of a large and dangerous E. coli outbreak that has already infected over 1,000 people and has resulted in at least 18 deaths. It is expected that E. coli infections will continue to...
Dramatic lighthouse accommodations dot the coastline along the east and west of the United States and along the shore of the Great Lakes. Imagine wandering along a craggy coast this summer and staying at an historic lighthouse that’s been turned into a charming Lighthouse Keepers Inn or captivating Bed & Breakfast. Fascinating Lighthouse Inns can also be found in Canada, Scotland, Wales and The Netherlands.
Images of perfect solitude embrace guests of lighthouse dwellings. Perched at the very edge of the continent, lighthouses were built to withstand all of natures furies and to offer warmth and security to lighthouse keepers and their families as they kept beacons illuminating dangerous coastal passages. Many of these lodgings are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and offer a peak back to simpler times when nothing came between man and nature.
If you’re ready to feel the exhilaration of breathtaking views from coastal bluffs and headlands, check out some of these prominent Lighthouse Lodgings:
Keeper’s House, Isle au Haut, Maine – Weekly stays only at present
Popham Beach B&B, Phippsburge, Maine –
The Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis, Massachusetts
Race Point Lighthouse, North Truro, Massachusetts
Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport, Rhode Island
Saugerties Lighthouse, Hudson River, New York
We've found a great UK company that is specializing in convenient, budget friendly all inclusive vacations for Europe and beyond. FirstChoice.co.uk is the first mainstream travel company to offer all its hotels and resorts on an all-inclusive basis. There is no doubt that all-inclusive vacations are...
If you’re thinking of heading to the UK and exploring beyond London, why not visit one of the most famous cities in the world - Liverpool? Situated in the North West of England, Liverpool is a two hour train ride from London, and is...
There are so many iconic French foodie experiences, it's hard to know where to begin. Surprisingly it's often the simplest ingredients executed to perfection that produce the tastes we crave long after returning from a trip to France. While many famous French confections ooze with...
Here's a terrific Spring promotion being offered by Open Skies the all business class airlines. Purchase an airline ticket from New York or Washington DC to Paris and receive a free connecting train ticket to one of 14 cities throughout France. Here's your chance to...
We're all accustomed to the low, low offers advertised by huge mass market cruise lines who want you to vacation with thousands of other passengers, but rarely do the premier luxury guys get into the act. Well that has all changed this year with some...
Sceptre Tours has introduced a number of luxury tours of Ireland at really fabulous prices. Over the past few years Sceptre Tours has made a glowing name for themselves by offering budget travel to Ireland, Britain and Italy. In fact the folks at TravelZoo recently...
It feels like only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas and yet Pottsitauny Phil has promised that Spring is already fast approaching. Now is the time to plan your escape to another part of the world this Spring. Why not take this opportunity to plan a journey to one of the world’s best spring festivals? Here’s a look at some of our favorite Spring festivals that are well worth putting our your bucket list.
Brazil (Mardi Gras Carnival)
If lavish carnivals are your thing then head down to Brazil where the world famous Mardi Gras carnival will be taking place on 5 March. Here Rio de Janeiro comes alive with people dancing in the streets all day and night. Extravagant parades feature colorful floats and costumes that surround you as everyone dances to the rhythm of a Samba beat. Come together with the locals to celebrate this African-American tradition and leave all your worries behind.
When you think about the term ‘cheap accommodation’, what comes to mind? Visions of dingy shared hostel dorms with iron bunk beds and thirty people to each bathroom? Subsistence meals from all-you-can-eat buffets? Poor security and sketchy neighborhoods?
These types of lodging certainly exist, but cheap doesn’t automatically mean substandard. If you want to save stretch your budget when traveling, there are plenty of youth hostels and cheap hotels available that will give you a great stay. Here are some of our favorite top value hotels and hostels:
Shopping in Italy is absolute heaven for all fashion lovers! When you think about Italy the first things that may come to mind are: Pizza, legendary football, delicious wine and of course fashion. Italy is the residence for legendary designers such as: Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. If you are a fashion lover you should get fully prepared before entering this “heaven for elegance” country. We have decided to make life easier for you and sum up the top places to shop in Milan:
1. Vintage and second hand shopping
Cavalli e Nastri
Address: Via Brera 2, Milano or: Via De Amicis 9, Milano
This multicolored shop is an absolute pleasure for hours of browsing. Hand-made beaded dresses, faux fur coats and hats, vintage jewelry, and designer’s bags you maybe could never afford before: Hermès, Channel, Dior and many more!
Being such a popular destination, it can sometimes feel impossible to get away from the well beaten tourist trails in Spain. The amazing Paradores change all this for returning visitors, and along with a few insiders tips make for a truly unique and surprising vacation. The Paradores are historic buildings including convents, castles and monasteries which were identified as culturally significant structured and restored into modern accommodations full of character and retaining plenty of original features. There are around 100 dotted across Spain. Each Parador promise the very best of nature, local produce and regional cuisine; as well as the opportunity to stay in utterly unique surroundings.
Literature lovers shouldn’t miss Alcala de Henares, a world heritage site just outside Madrid. This was the world’s first city specifically founded as a university in 1499. It is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous Spanish novelist, playwright and poet who gave the world Don Quixote.
The dilemma for visitors to London is that by the time they’ve enjoyed the ‘must see’ attractions, they’re left with little time to experience the hidden gems that the city has to offer.
Beyond the historical buildings, markets and West End theatre, there is a vast number of lesser known sites of interest that can easily be missed if you don’t seek the council of a local. Luckily for you, dear reader, your author is a born and bred Londoner – 30 years to be precise – and spend much of my time exploring the city’s nooks and crannies, both for work and leisure.
Gathering all of my London knowledge, I’ve come up with a list of six of the city’s best lesser-known attractions.
Coronet Cinema – For most tourists, going to the cinema is not necessarily on their list of things to do. But London is home to some truly unique picture houses. One of the finest is the Coronet Cinema in Notting Hill, west London. A major part of the London arts scene, this cinema dates back to the late 19th century and specializes in non-mainstream movies.