Getaways on Secluded Greek Islands

Some of the best destinations in the world are in the Greek Islands, where the combination of breath taking scenery, beautiful beaches and fascinating history provide unforgettable holidays. Resorts in Corfu and Crete are popular because they offer a mix of all inclusive services that appeals to visitors looking for relaxed yet scenic getaways.

Corfu is in the Ionian Sea and has a rich history owing in part to its location on the north western frontier of Greece, as well as in Greek mythology, as its Greek name, “Kerkyra”, is related to Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, which is a Greek river. It has recently become a popular tourist location, particularly in the south of the island, where beaches and nightclubs are surplus in places like Kavos. Acharavi in the north offers a lazy, more relaxed outlook on life for those who prefer quiet evenings enjoying local cuisine in the tavernas.

Crete is the largest island in Greece in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. It’s also a centre of the country’s cultural heritage, and yet with unique local traits, having once been the home of the ancient Minoan civilisation. Malia in the north is a big tourist attraction, where sea, sand and cocktails are on the menu every day, while Aghios Nikolaos is similar but slightly lower key, and Rethymnon is great for family holidays.

Have a look at options for Greece all inclusive holidays on islands in the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas.

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Experience a Melange of Shopping Experiences in Sydney

Australia may seem like a long distance away, but if you stay for several weeks it is well worth all that inflight entertainment. Sydney is a hub where you can really appreciate all things creative from fashion to music and art, attracting international talent. Ocean beaches will leave you refreshed while the harbour is a great asset and a place where you will feel you can leave the stresses of your daily routine behind you.

Retail therapy is on offer around the city, and you can combine this with a look at some of Sydney’s historical sights. The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a high-Victorian building which was at one stage in danger of demolition. Restored in the mid-1980s, 200 speciality shops are now thriving in a centre where original features include the wrought-iron balconies, Byzantine dome, mosaic floors and stained glass shopfronts. Lovers of architecture could spend hours in admiration here and surprisingly the shopping might even take a backseat. However from designer fashion stores to local jewellers, you can pretty much find anything you want to take home.

Queen Street is a refined, tree lined avenue where summer chestnuts hang from the branches – a must for those looking to source some unique antiques. An upmarket village feel pervades; people sit outside delis in the sunshine and you can take your time on those long hot days. Artisanal glassware sits alongside silk cushions, the fashion is sophisticated and there are many individual pieces to be collected – you could even find that perfect wedding dress.

Something a little more causal can be discovered at the Rocks Market where 150 stalls sell all sorts of items from faux Aboriginal art to fossils and opals – if you are a tourist looking for some souvenirs this could be the place for you.

Getting cheap flights to Sydney has never been simpler so what are you waiting for, book your break to Oz now.

 

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Escape the bustle of Toronto

On the northwest shore of Lake Ontario you will find Toronto, which has continued to develop since the 18th century. Climb the CN Tower – a communications and observation tower – to soak up magnificent views across the city and the lake and witness the sheer scale of this financial hub.

Escape from the bustle of the city in Toronto’s many parks and gardens where you can stroll along lakeside trails or simply relax and wonder at the beautiful displays, particularly during the summer months.

Discover Toronto Botanical Garden, a haven for locals and visitors alike. Themed gardens include Westview Terrace, where you are greeted by a blend of fragrances, the Herb Garden which is made up of circular beds for herbs and healing plants and Nature’s Garden  – a representation of two of the habitats found around Toronto.

Claireville Conservation Area provides protection to many species, a largely forested area and High Park is a wilderness of 400 acres with many nature trails, a children’s adventure playground and even a restored cottage dating back to 1837.

Toronto is a green city boasting many places where you can go to have a picnic or take a break from the cultural attractions and busy streets. Hop aboard a flight to Toronto in 2012 to really appreciate the diversity available.

 

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Sydney’s Iconic Port Jackson

Australia is a popular destination owing to its warm weather, world-class shopping and excellent tourism infrastructure. Sydney, the state capital of South East Wales, is on the coast of the Tasman Sea and Australia’s most populated city. One of the prime destinations is Port Jackson, better known Sydney Harbour, which is home to the distinctive Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The architect of Sydney’s Opera House, Jørn Utzon, received critical acclaim when he received the Pritzker Prize for designing the multi-venue performing arts centre in 1957. It has become a place of world acclaim after it was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 2007. It’s bordered by Sydney and Farm Cove, which form part of the harbour, and the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. In contrast to its name, it’s the site of a variety of performance arts including ballet and theatre.

Harbour Bridge is a grand, steel arch bridge the carries traffic between Sydney’s CBD and North Shore. View from the bridge (which encapsulate the harbour, opera house and city) are iconic of the city. Built in 1932, it has earned the nickname “Coathanger” on account of its arch-based design, while at the same time earning the accolade as the world’s widest long-span bridge. Measuring 440 feet from tip to water level, it was until recently Sydney’s tallest structure, and still qualifies as among the tallest steel arch bridge.

Book Australia flights and glimpse the iconic buildings of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Australia’s most cosmopolitan and international city.

 

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Manchester: the UK’s Most Metro City

Manchester is the UK’s third largest city, and following the decline in heavy industry in the 1980s, it transformed into a trendy, bustling metropolis with an a popular nightclub scene. If you’re moving to Manchester, you’ll be faced with whether to settle in the north, south or centre, depending on where you work and what your living requirements are.

Popular city areas are the Deansgate Locks near the Deansgate and Oxford Road stations, which is also home to a large number of upmarket bars and restaurants. Castlefield is a greener spot, bordered by the Bridgewater and Rochdale Canals, and popular among those who enjoy its large outdoor areas.

In the south is the home of the red devils in Old Trafford, and the suburban borough of Bowden, while heading further south are Rusholme and Withington, which are popular among students of the University of Manchester. Upmarket Trafford, in which larger homes and luxury apartments can be found, is in suburbs such as Stretford, Altrincham and Hale Barns.

As Manchester has increased in size, so the outlying areas have grown into popular suburban hamlets, conveniently located on the arterial routes of the city. Trendy cafes and boutique stores have sprung up to serve modern apartment buildings that stand alongside more traditional houses. In the south, Chorlton and Didsbury are a good choice, while a few miles north of the centre, Whitefield and Prestwich have a buzzing collection of restaurants and bars.

Find apartments and houses to rent in Manchester, one of the UK’s busiest and trendiest cities, known for its sport, music and cultural scenes.

 

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Ancient Treasures in Cyprus

Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean and one of Greece’s most popular holiday destinations, has a rich and fascinating history dating back as far as 12 millennia. With many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Neolithic village in the Maroni River valley, Khirokitia, and the spectacular Tombs of the Kings near Paphos, history enthusiasts consider Cyprus a mine of well-preserved ancient treasures.

However, a worker in a construction site made another discovery that sets Cyprus apart and dates early humans living on the island right back in the Stone Age. Six ancient water wells were discovered near the popular coastal city of Paphos in the southwest, where many tourists enjoy the luxury accommodation in Ktima and Kato Paphos in the summer.

In one of the wells, archaeologists made something of a grizzly find: the body of a young woman was encased inside, along with bone fragments, sharp flints and stone jewellery. A spokesman commented that it showed the sophistication of these early settlers, who may have lived as long ago as 10,500 BC, that they were able to excavate as far down as 16 feet in order to tap into the island’s water table.

The wells are among one of many sites confirming early human activity on Cyprus. Other sites of interest are remnants of hunter-gatherer society in Aetokremnos, and the beautifully preserved remains of a cat buried with its owner near Limassol. Buy cheap flights to Cyprus to explore the ancient side of this beautiful Greek island.

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The Average Beach Holiday

There are so many beach holidays on the market – from the Maldives to Tenerife you can have a beach holiday anywhere in the world. Many people believe that the term ‘beach holiday’ does not fully describe a holiday experience however. There are even beach holidays in the United Kingdom, but people would not consider these to be beach holidays, in fact they would probably argue that these types of holidays are not the same in anyway. Which is my point exactly, ‘what constitutes a beach holiday and why are such different destinations categorised under the same heading?’

Like many other types of holidays the beach holiday has grown in popularity over the last few years. Now there are hundreds of people looking for a holiday by the sea, so they search for a beach holiday. Like all inclusive and other types of similarly wide sweeping terms the beach holiday is unidentifiable, well apart from the fact that it takes place by the beach.

In the modern day there are so many different types of holiday, I suppose that it is easy to have them all under similarly ambiguous headings. But as the world opens up to the modern traveller there is a definite need to qualify the title of a holiday, after all not every beach holiday is the same. The world is welcoming the holiday, the beach holiday, the all-inclusive holiday, but they all need to be whittled down to a place and a time. The modern holiday needs an identity and soon.

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Rum’s the Word in Barbados

Barbados in the Lesser Antilles is an island country that’s been a popular holiday destination for decades. Part of the appeal is its local rum industry which has grown on the island for over 350 years, and for which reason locals refer to it as the “birthplace of rum”; where the drink has become a part of the nation’s heritage, history and economy.

Bajan rum (or rum from Barbados) has a reputation worldwide as a high-quality, complex and enjoyable drink, while the island locals serve tourists in numerous rum shops that are stocked by four distilleries. There is a range of production types in each of the rum companies on the island, ranging from complex mechanical systems to traditional distilling, both of which produce that distinctive Bajan flavour.

Visitors may enjoy taking part in the annual Food, Wine and Rum festival in November, which serves up the best tastes on offer in Barbados, along with the fabled Rum Punch, which is the island’s national drink, a cocktail of lime, water, syrup, angostura bitters, nutmeg and of course, dark rum. The recipe is said to date back to the 19th Century and served up with a little rhyme as well: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.”

Spend your holidays to Barbados and be sure to tour the distilleries and visitor’s centres in and around the famous rum companies on the island.

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Escape the Winter Drizzle this Christmas

The festive season can be a competitive time to book flights to warmer destinations. If you’ve left it late – whether you’re waiting to secure your leave or if the year-end snuck up on you – don’t abandon your plans; a holiday might be just the refresher you need. There is still a way to get an affordable flight without making unnecessary stopovers, queuing for hours or paying excessive prices.

Be flexible: If you can adapt your itinerary to different days of the week, even hours of the day, you can get cheaper flights. Midweek tends to be cheaper than weekends as business and family travel tends to peak on Fridays and Sundays and taper towards the hump of the week. Early morning and late night flights also tend to be less popular than more convenient times of the day.

Compare flights: Airlines price their flights according to demand, which ebbs and flows depending on a variety of factors. Once you’ve chosen your destination and itinerary, shop around for special deals and discounts, and consider booking your return flight with a different vendor. The closer you get to your date of departure, the likelier it is that airlines will release special deals to encourage people to keep the peak season lasting for longer.

With a touch of creativity, you can book a holiday this festive season and escape the winter drizzle.

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Things to do on a Budget in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is trade and financial centre, packed with sky scrapers and bustling with activity. But it’s also a good destination for those on a budget as there’s plenty to do besides shop.

Take a walk to Victoria Peak on Mount Austin to get panoramic views over Kong Hong, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour. Less adventurous travellers can take a tram, or you can walk up the steep Old Peak Road. The British names are a result of Hong Kong’s occupation by the British Empire in the 19th Century, which greatly influenced the city’s culture.

Delight your taste buds in Hong Kong’s eateries, which offer a range from dim sum to haute cuisine, in street cafes to fine restaurants. Stop in at one of Hong Kong’s celebrated dessert houses which offer fruit sweets made from mangos, watermelon and other exotic fruits. The city is celebrated for its range of cuisine that is Asian, Western and everything in between, and caters for all kinds of palates and pockets.

Hong Kong’s population density means cheap transport, on buses, trains, trams and ferries. Take the opportunity to ferry out to Kowloon and experience the markets in this famous area of Hong Kong – from seafood to clothing to pets. Journey north and view some historical buildings such as the Kowloon Walled City, which was originally a Chinese military fort.

Hong Kong is a great destination for all kinds of tourists from those interested in exploring the markets to history enthusiasts and gastronomes. Get cheap flights to Hong Kong to enjoy the city first hand.

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