Category: Western Europe

Cooking with Rosemary Barron

Attend  Rosemary Barron‘s cooking school on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini and learn recipes that date back thousands of years, demonstrating some great  flavours of our culinary past. Five days of tuition and tours start at around £500 and will allow you to immerse yourself in Greece’s fascinating food culture.

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Want to go on a skiing holiday but avoid the hordes of people with similar intentions? Then The Guardian has just the article for you. They identify the following locations as the best places to take to the slopes  if you want to avoid the crowds: Alta, Utah, USA Big Sky, Montana, USA Cortina, Italy […]

UK attractions compete for  £50m of lottery funding

UK attractions compete for £50m of lottery funding

The Edge, the next evolution of the Eden Project, will be the last great building in the former china clay pit at Bodelva near St Austell in Cornwall.  It is one of  a number of  projects currently competing in the Big Lottery Fund’s: The People’s £50 Million contest.  It will compete against Sherwood Forest, a […]

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful natural phenomenon in central Scotland – a salmon leap up a waterfall on the River Almond, near Crieff.   I had read about the relatively little-known location of Buchanty Spout and understood that the season for observing  salmon leaping in the UK  was September and […]

The friendliest place on the planet?

The friendliest place on the planet?

TourismIreland – the marketing brand for Ireland overseas –  is eager to tell us that Ireland has topped the list of the World’s Friendliest Vacation destinations in the 2008 edition of the  Lonely Planet Bluelist, their annual title which captures the best in travel for the coming year. The Bluelist is now in its third […]

The Royal Hotel, Bath

The Royal Hotel, Bath

With over 150 years of history and close to all of Bath’s leading attractions, this Georgian hotel has been completely refurbished. The Royal has 31 bedrooms, including two with four-poster beds,  and has an established reputation for the quality of its food and friendly atmosphere. Dinner, bed and breakfast in one of the new superior […]

Halloween scares for the whole family

Halloween scares for the whole family

Don’t miss out on a whole range of spooky events, activities and scary places to stay in England this year. It’s a great opportunity to take the family to something different during the October half term. Among the Halloween events across the county, there are the following taking place: 20th-28th October – become a Ghost […]

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

Don’t miss one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in London this year. Marking the first time the treasures of Tutankhamun have visited  the city  in over 30 years, the celebrated Pharaoh and other Valley of the Kings ancestors will visit London on the 15th November 2007. Over 2 million visitors are expected to apply […]

El Blog de un Hotel

El Blog de un Hotel

A blog about a five star hotel under construction in Spain was brought to my attention on the Aardvark Travel Forums today. El Blog de un Hotel documents the developments and construction  of a luxury hotel somewhere in Spain (and in Spanish).   Somewhat mysteriously, neither the hotel’s name or location is revealed.   We’re […]

MAXjet turns two

MAXjet turns two

The business class only airline MAXjet turns two today and is celebrating the occasion with a second anniversary sale.   One way prices to/from London Stansted start from $499/ £279 for New York, $599/ £329 for Los Angeles, and $599/ £329 for Las Vegas, plus taxes of course.   The lowest fares are only available […]

Champagne increasing in popularity

Champagne increasing in popularity

Worldwide sales of Champagne have grown from 287 million bottles in 2002 to 321 million last year; and, with 2007 sales expected to exceed 330 million – the maximum that the Champagne region around Reims can produce – land in 40 villages in northeastern France is under consideration for use as vineyards by the Appellation […]

Bubbles with a view

Bubbles with a view

I expect many of you reading have probably experienced a Jacuzzi in an exotic location before, but I doubt many of you can top this… a Jacuzzi on the top of Mont Blanc.   These crazy people last month ascended Mont Blanc at night, assembled their ‘Jaccuzzi’ at the summit, melted some fresh snow and […]

U2's Bono upsetting people in Dublin

U2′s Bono upsetting people in Dublin

An Taisce and Dublin traditionalists such as the Irish Georgian Society are expressing grave concerns about co-owner Bono‘s plans to transform The Clarence hotel. Hardly surprising, perhaps, when the  proposal is for  ”a dramatic structure with a spaceship-shaped glass dome at the summit of an extraordinary atrium extending from the basement to the rooftop”.   […]

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments believe that villa holidays should be about privacy, choice and independence.   Take a look at their hand-picked portfolio of properties managed by their own staff, using a formula that provides the right kind of support and gives guests the assurance that they need.

One for the oldies reading

One for the oldies reading

I’ve seen a similar promotion from Malmaison before: book for a stay between 19th and 28th October 2007, and you’ll get your age as a percentage taken from your room rate.   For example, if you’re 65, you’ll receive 65% off your room only price.   Not such a great  offer if you’re in your […]

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Red Carnation Hotels are proud to have been awarded the AA “Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8″, and they’re sharing their good fortune with their guests! Simply book a two night weekend stay at any of their 6 central London properties and celebrate with them, with a chilled bottle of Champagne on arrival, […]

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