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A Spanish Christmas

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By
the nativity in Madrid

Amongst all the celebrations there are two special Spanish ones not to be missed: the New Year’s Eve fiesta and the Feast of the Three Kings.

Winter wonderland attractions

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
reindeer in Lapland

Am I too cynical in suggesting that people should be wary about this type of attraction? Is it coincidental that two have been slated for poor value for money?

Having the patience to wait.

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
Think of the time I could save by not queueing to go up the Spanish Steps

The launch of a new website called Wait a Moment which provides peak waiting times would help me decide what and when I should see attractions in the destinations I visit.

Nevada County: where skiing and drinking mix

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
Nevada County-Pilot Peak

In Nevada County in California, you can combine the two in almost a twin-centre holiday because here are the vineyards of the Sierra Vintners wine region.

The Pearl of the Adriatic

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is the name often given to Dubrovnik in Croatia, one of the destinations that Brits that enthusiastically headed for this year.

When common sense goes walkabout

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

What is it about the “authorities” that when a problem occurs, all too often common sense can go out the window?

The hot-spots in 2015

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
Alicante - still likely to be a hot sport in 2015

Everybody gets in the act these days of forecasting where we might holiday, where the “hot-spots” will be, what’s up-and-coming and where will be the most popular.

Overseas holidays up

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

Compared to last year, in 2014 the number of foreign trips rose by three per cent, reaching a new record according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, conducted by IPK International.

The changing world of the youth hostel

Dec 13th, 2014 | By
youth hostel - Sydney

Youth hostels are changing over here too. YHA (England and Wales) is investing £4million in Cardiff, creating a new 92 bedroom world-class YHA set to open in March 2015.

Ljubljana at Christmas

Dec 12th, 2014 | By
panoramic view of Ljubjlana

You’ll need a break afterwards to recover from this busy, busy Slovenian Christmas holiday!

Football is more than a game

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
part of the memorial at Comines-Warneton ©Comines-Warneton

Today in Saint-Yves in Belgium – the site where that famed foortball match in December 1914 took place – Michel Platini, President of UEFA, will inaugurate, a monument.

Two golds for the Montague Arms

Dec 10th, 2014 | By
As the Mary Rose Museum looks like from HMS Victory

Last week the winners of the Tourism South east Awards were announced and the Montague Arms in the New Forest was the only entrant that won two of the awards It scooped both the best small hotel and the flavour of the south east awards.

I need an armoured car

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
the laughing traveller

This was one of the strange requests mentioned by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Bishop, last week as she tightened up on consular rules for Aussies.

Paying APD for under 12’s

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
Ryanair Business Plus

Ryanair has announced that it will not charge APD to under 12′s from the 27th March.

A mediaeval Christmas market

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
Genoa - Galata sea museum

The Genoa Christmas Market takes over the entire Piazza Caricamento, the square being transformed into a medieval village, set around the year 1,000 AD .

The busiest day on the London underground

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
London underground

Its time London stopped trumpeting its growth and reminded us provincials that all these extra visitors can travel easily without feeling as though London life was like an ants nest of congestion.

Sticking your tongue out

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

It’s not often that the first thing you see is an image of a child sticking out its tongue at you.

Hamburg and its 16 Christmas markets

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
hamburg Christmas markets

Today is the day that Hamburg transforms itself for the Christmas season. Its sixteen Christmas markets open today and most will remain open until the 6th January – twelfth night.

Victor Zapparlorto – tourism scourge

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
Venice railway station. Will there be a wheelie bag check here?

Have you ever heard of Zapparlorto? No, neither had I but if you are ever planning to visit Venice, then this is the man who is about to make your trip more expensive.

A pop-up Christmas ice skating rink near you

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
it's Christmas shopping time at the markets

Along with Christmas markets the biggest growth in Christmas entertainment over the last ten years or so has been the rise of pop-up ice skating rinks. Here are just a few

Celebrating St Andrew’s Day

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
St Andrews, Fife where they can celebrate their "own" day

St Andrew’s Day will be upon us in five days’ time. Here’s a quick rundown of events you might want to visit and they aren’t all on the 30th of November either.

Hats off to Gloucester and Sheffield

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

Put it another way, those city dwellers have decided that tipping is outdated and should not be considered when paying bills.

When the light fades

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa in the Yorkshire Dales

The decision of the The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa which borders the Bolton Abbey Estate of the Dukes of Devonshire in one of the pettiest parts of the north to hold a Food and Wine Week in the first week of December seems ideally timed.

Children under 12 won’t pay APD

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

If the Daily Express is to be believed, Air Passenger Duty (APD) will not be paid on children under 12 when they travel. Can we believe this?

Christmas time in Aarhus

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
sled in Aarhus

Take Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, for example. Danes have celebrated Christmas over the centuries at the award-winning open-air Den Gamle By.

And, in Scotland…

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
Battle of Bannockburn Experience

On top of those visitor awards in the north east of England come two sets of Scottish awards in the tourism sector. The awards from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) and Visit Scotland’s regional finanlists have been announced.

North East England Tourism Awards 2014

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
the sewwtshop at the Beamish Museum in Co. Durham

Last week, the winners of the North East England Tourism Awards 2014 were announced.

Fighting for Italy’s heritage

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
Who will police the saviours?

This person alleged that private financiers were discouraged when faced with the “bureaucratic, corrupt, overfed political world,” suggesting that this person may have some experience of dealing with these bureaucrats.