50 Things To Do At The Airport [Infographic] by the team at CheapFlights
50 Things To Do At The Airport [Infographic] by the team at CheapFlights
Autumn is one of the best times of the year to see the glorious colours of the Tuscan countryside. As the grape vine leaves turn from green to a sea of reds and yellows in time for the wine harvest and the lush green forest transforms into its autumnal hues, the beauty of the Tuscan landscape comes into its own. The summer sun still lingers in this northern region of Italy, with bright days seeing temperatures as high as 26 degrees, so al-fresco dining, shorts and t-shirts are the norm in October. Ladled on top of the regions famous Indian summers are the delights of autumn offered in Tuscany. Chestnut picking, truffle hunting and the wine harvest all offer a spectacle and an opportunity to sync to the beat of rural Italian life.
Much of Tuscany’s landscape is scattered with vineyards and wine is an intrinsic part of Tuscan life. Autumn is wine harvest time in Tuscany and there are a huge variety of events and activities revolving around this pivotal time of year for the region. As such, getting involved with the spirit of the season is a must. From assisting in the wine production in early autumn to the new wine festivals in November, where the sweet new wines are sampled before full fermentation, there is so much on offer aside from simply drinking.
Autumn is also the season of mushrooms and truffles and the picking and eating of these wild delights is an almost spiritual ritual for Tuscans. Fungi of all varieties are in abundance in autumn and the freshly picked porchini are at their best and on offer in a variety of delicious forms in restaurants across Tuscany. In November the Festival of Truffles at San Miniato, one of the biggest food festivals in Tuscany at this time of year, is well worth a visit.
Another food holy to the Tuscan people in autumn is the chestnut. Again, there are festivals to celebrate the harvest of the nut which draw out locals and tourists alike. The chestnut festival in Marradi runs throughout October and offers ravioli, jams, roast chestnuts, cakes made from chestnut flour and other autumnal delicacies, and the streets are scattered with artists and musicians to lighten the atmosphere further.
From the olive oil festival in Montemurlo to the autumn food festivals in Lucca and Siena, harvests of all foods are celebrated magnificently in Tuscany. Autumn really is the time of year to visit if gastronomic adventure is your thing.
There really is no better destination to see the changing of the seasons in southern Europe. The leaves of the vineyards transform into a cacophony of red and yellow hues and contrast spectacularly with the turning leaves of the trees and the brilliant blue sky. The endless forests, plentiful grape fields and pretty small villages transform into a picturesque autumnal heaven. Additionally, during the autumn months there are far fewer tourists flooding the usual attractions, so the beautiful Etruscan architecture and plentiful art galleries can be enjoyed in peace compared to the summer. Many beautiful holiday apartments throughout the region to suit any budget are on offer from Casamundo.co.uk, so there is no reason not to visit this picturesque region this autumn.
The UK landscape has so much to offer – challenging terrain for an active holiday, lush forest for exploring and stunning coastal paths for a truly breathtaking view. But it doesn’t matter what kind of walking holiday you’re looking for; whether it be a relaxed stroll over hills or a tough climb to the peak of a mountain, you’re rewarded with some of the most amazing memories. Here are the Blackleaf.com top 5 destinations for walking holidays in the UK.
The Scottish Highlands attract visitors from all over the country throughout the year thanks to its beautiful and fascinating landscape which offers a variety of walks, from gentle strolls to challenging mountainous climbs. One of the best known walks is the west highland way that covers 96 miles of spectacular views over rugged and varied terrain. The walk takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond over the Devils Staircase. Starting at Milngavie just outside of Glasgow and finishing at Fort William, this is certainly one for the list.
Lined with a beautiful and dramatic coast, Cornwall is a destination for all kinds of fun activities including surfing, touring cider farms and of course, walking. The South West Coast Path stretches from the Coast of North Devon and follows the coastline all the way round to Dorset but some of the most enjoyable and impressive sections are those on the Cornish coast. The Far West section starts at St Ives and ends in Penzance and treats you to spectacular views of Granite Cliffs, old Tin Mines and mysterious ancient remains.
No walking list would be complete without a mention of the Lake District; arguably the most popular destination in the UK for walkers and hikers of all levels. Its rugged and mesmerising landscape is home to hills, valleys, mountains and tarns and you’ll never tire of reaching the peak of a mountain and enjoying the views that the Lake District offers. Borger Dalr, Borrowdale is one to try as it offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of the Lakes according to Wainwright. While on the walk, take some time to stop at Peace How; a summit dedicated to offering a place for time out and tranquillity.
Somerset countryside is stunning, and to really appreciate it you need to get out and explore it, but for a short and sweet introduction into this area, the 3-mile Cheddar Gorge cliff top walk is a great place to start. Beginning at the Lookout Tower and ascending to the highest point which overlooks Horseshoe Bend, the views are immensely impressive and also show you what other routes you can take. This is a rocky climb so wear good footwear and at 900 metres above sea level, it can get pretty cold too.
The Pembrokeshire coastal path spans a lengthy 186 miles so wherever you decide to pick it up, you’ll be treated to some gorgeous views. National Geographic named it the second best coastal path in the world – a very bold statement in itself. The 13-mile Porthgain to St Davids stretch takes you across high cliffs, secluded rock bays and a lovely view of Ramsey Island. Finish off with a dip at Whitesands Beach and rest your feet in the water for a while.
Forget the frightful monsters of the US Atlantic or the perfect peelers of the Pacific Islands; if you’re after rugged surf, fantastic waves and something a little closer to home then the ExtremePie.com top 5 European Surf Destinations will leave you wanting more. From secluded islands that soak up incoming swell from the west, to coastal waves that crash into the mainland, there’s plenty of surf around these parts for you to really enjoy a day in the surf perfecting your skills.
It’s impossible to talk about European surf spots without someone mentioning Cornwall, and Newquay in particular. Surf arrived on UK shores in the 50’s and since then, UK residents have flocked to the South-West every summer to catch the best waves at Cornish beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay. Combined with so many other things to do, Newquay is the perfect destination for a summer UK break with breaks! Fistral Beach plays host to the Boardmasters championships every year so when you surf these waves you know you’re enjoying quality breaks that are good enough for the pros. With lots of surf schools and plenty of gear to hire or buy, Newquay should be a stop on every surf road trip.
Home to what is arguably the UK’s longest and most hollow waves (if not the best in Europe) Thurso in Scotland can hold its own against the world’s most celebrated. With powerful waves rolling in, Thurso is also the host spot for the O’Neill Cold Water Classic and has also helped to put this surf spot on the map. Scotland might not be at the top of the bucket list for European surf spots for most surfers because as you’d expect it’s pretty child. Thurso is cold but you’ll be rewarded with awesome surf. Cold-water gear is a must here if you want to enjoy your day in the water so make sure your wetsuit is up to the job.
Head a little further south from the UK and you’ll find Biarritz, the surf capital of France, if not Europe as some might argue. This place is a magical mixture of grand and relaxed on a great scale thanks to its history as a playground for the royal and the rich, Biarritz has benefitted from investment and as such attracts a lot of surfers looking for great surf, nightlife and facilities. La Grande Plage is the longest beach in the city and while it doesn’t enjoy as much swell as others in the region, it boasts all kinds of conditions making it a great choice for surfers of all levels. The Roxy Pro holds a stage in Biarritz too so if it’s good enough for professionals it’ll be fantastic for everyone else.
With a wave height of up to 12 ft, super challenging and incredible to watch as surfers take it on, Supertubos is a major contender in ‘the world’s best surf’ category. A destination for many a surf competition, Supertubos is just as the name suggests – super and tubular. And as well as being pretty fast and powerful, experienced surfers love this wave and it’s not surprising why but in order to really experience Supertubos at its best you need to be down on the sand in the right conditions. Although facilities on the beach are limited and in town there’s not a great deal to do, in Peniche it’s all about the surf so what else could you need?
Home to one of Europe’s most famous waves, Mundaka is a small coastal village nestled in the Bay of Biscay. Situated along Spain’s northern coast where the surf is pumping, Mundaka isn’t for the faint hearted and this sometimes dangerous yet powerful and fun wave isn’t one to be taken lightly. Despite its small town location it does get crowded so if you want the first surf on the waves, get there early in the day and later on in the year when the all-important sandbar is at its best. Mysteriously, the wave disappeared for a 3-year period in 2003 after the estuary was dredged. As it turned out, the sandbar was destroyed and it’s taken this long to build back up to the awesome wave it is now.
São Paulo is buzzing with high fashion, traditional religious influences and a fantastic carnival spirit. With so many events and activities happening throughout the year, it’s no wonder that Brazil’s largest city has become one of its most popular tourist destinations.
Here are just some of the upcoming events in São Paulo, which should capture the attention of locals and visitors alike:
Sunday 29th September 2013
Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano
The striking modernist house is the fortnightly host of the Sunday morning classical music recital. The ground floor room has a capacity for 100 visitors and will be the setting for a rotating programme of guest pianists, string quartets and singers. Afternoon tea and lunch will be available in the Foundations café following the performance.
Until Sunday 13th October 2013
The work of the famous post-war artist, Lucien Freud will be arriving in Brazil for the first time, as an extensive collection of paintings, prints and photos go on display at the MASP. The exhibition focuses on a number of Medias used by the artist, including print-making, engraving and six of his paintings.
Thursday 28th November – Wednesday 4th December 2013
Engage in some heated action against the best in the poker industry. The Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo Millions event will conclude Season 8 of the poker tour and features a $2,200 buy-in. Satellite qualifying tournaments for the BSOP are available online, so start learning the rules, practise, and you could be in with a chance of winning a seat at this fantastic live tournament.
Until Tuesday 31st December 2013
The Caixa de Cinema is a celebration in the evolution of broadcast entertainment. The photo-booth shows visitors a selection of memorable movie scenes in an intimate two-seated setting. Created from 120 classic cinema scenes, the clips feature moments from Pulp Fiction, Wizard of Oz and City of God. This creative installation is well worth checking out.
Until Sunday 2nd February 2014
Thirty years since the opening of the SESC Pompeia toy exhibition, the Mais de Mil Brinquedos para a Criança Brasileira will welcome more than 1,000 toys in a larger version of the same show. Visitors to the immense toy factory can scoot through tunnels, climb ropes and pass along conveyor belts as they engage in this fantastical event, discovering classic toys such as spinning tops, building blocks and papier mâché dolls as they go.
Not only is Leeds the third largest city in the UK, it is also the fastest growing, and with that comes an abundance of attractions and activities that make it a fantastic destination for a weekend city break.
From fabulous shopping to some of the country’s best museums and galleries, whatever the purpose of your visit, you are guaranteed to find something to suit your taste.
Here we take a look at some of the best attractions to help you make the most of your time in the city, whether you’re here for a fun-filled weekend with friends, a romantic weekend-away, or looking for something to keep the kids entertained!
When you think of big cities like Leeds, you automatically think of bustling streets, busy roads and urban buildings. However, the beauty of Leeds is its fantastic location, surrounded by historic towns and quaint villages as well as being just a short journey away from some beautiful countryside.
There are a whole host of beautiful nature spots, which will make you feel a million miles away from the bustling city centre. Once you get out of the centre, if you’re looking to explore the countryside on foot, there are some great routes, including the Trans Pennine Trail and Almscliffe Crags amongst others, and the stately homes and estates, such as Harewood Estate are also worth a visit.
If you’d rather stay around the city centre, there are some great attractions, which are easily reachable on foot. Give Clarence Dock a visit if you’re interested in seeing some fabulous urban architecture, consisting of modern apartments and offices, or if you’re interested in some truly outstanding architecture, visit the 19th century shopping arcades located off the city centres main shopping street; The Headrow.
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids then the Royal Armouries is a must! Located just down from the popular Clarence Dock, the Royal Armouries is the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. The museum is perfect for those young historians and really brings history to life with great displays and re-enactments.
Alternatively, elsewhere in the city you will find some great galleries and museums, such as the Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery situated close to Millennium Square.
For those of you looking to experience the city’s famous nightlife, from gigs to a classy night in one of the city’s coolest cocktail bars, you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained all night long.
Leeds is packed with plenty of great accommodation to suit all needs and budgets.
Whether you’re after a swanky city centre hotel room, a traditional bed and breakfast or a luxury serviced apartment, look no further than the city centre.
For a great alternative to hotels in the city centre, why not check out the fantastic luxury serviced apartments situated in Leeds at the Chambers, just a short walk away from the train station. These serviced apartments typically offer three times more space than a typical luxury hotel room, and are packed with some fantastic facilities; a perfect venue for business or for pleasure.
For those visiting Leeds for a romantic get-away, take a look at the Chambers Park Place Serviced Apartments (voted on Trip Advisor as the number one place to stay in the whole of the city!), which comprise of four state-of-the-art penthouses, two of which boast rooftop Jacuzzi’s (the only rooftop hot tubs in Leeds!) with fantastic views of the city!
Leeds is packed with fantastic eateries; with plenty of the world’s most popular chain-restaurants, numerous celebrity cuisines, cafes, pubs and trendy bars, there’s bound to be something to suit every taste.
If you want to sample a taste of Yorkshire, visit one of the traditional pubs located around the city centre. And no visit would be complete without a trip to Whitelocks, the oldest pub in the city, named after the 18th century family who owned it for 90 years.
By MADOLINE HATTER
Part of the experience of visiting new places is trying out the cuisine. If you are visiting the Netherlands anytime in the near future, here are five local delicacies to taste:
These are essentially small and fluffy pancakes that come in a variety of ways. Originally, they are made with a type of sugar icing. While there are berry variants available, many have enjoyed these spongy cakes in the original recipe. Plenty restaurants in the Netherlands provide the poffertjes, but a lot of people prefer the friendly service and culinary expertise at the Carousel Pancake House. Regardless of where you visit, pancake lovers will have a hard time not wanting the recipe for making poffertjes at home.
For the coffee drinkers of the world, KoffieVerkeerd is the style for the Netherlands. For those of you who prefer stronger and more robust coffee blends, this drink may be less than you wanted. However, it must be tried anyway just for the sheer ability to have bragging rights for having coffee in the Netherlands. This coffee is usually prepared as half coffee and half milk. This gives the drink a more cream flavor. Some favorite locations around Amsterdam for KoffieVerkeerd are those operated by De Koffie Salon. These Salon’s are akin to a Starbucks in the United States, only with more class and substance.
For those who don’t appreciate the fluffy and sponge like Poffertjes, Pannenkoeken are more like the flat style of pancakes served in various parts of the world. These are much flatter than what Americans view as traditional pancakes and are commonly rolled up by hand and eaten without utensils. It is common to see them prepared using fruits cooked right into the pannenkoeken itself. Visitors of all kinds have enjoyed the restaurant, “Pancakes! Amsterdam.” This location prepares a variety of pancakes including the smaller Poffertjes.
The kroket can be prepared in multiple ways. Essentially, it can be a seasoned vegetable roll covered in bread crumbs and then deep fried. These can be akin to Mexican taquitos or Asian egg rolls using a deep fried batter instead of a shell. These crunchy rolls are quite popular and can be found at either location for Eetsalon Van Dobben as well as many places in the Netherlands.
One of the most common of foods around the globe is the individual preparation of what many refer to as fries. Patat is a thick, fried, potato that resembles an American french fry on steroids. In the Netherlands, these are served in a variety of ways including what is referred to as Oorlog. These are patat fries served with a mayo, onion, and peanut sauce topping. Although patat is sold all over the Netherlands, many praise the Vleminckx as having the best fries in town.
Like many other lists of this sort, personal preference contributes to what is considered a “must.” However, there is nothing wrong with trying something once. If it doesn’t agree with you, move on to the next. How did you discover that you like the foods you eat? By trying them once and enjoying the experience.
By SONAM CHAWLA
Every city has its own attractions others don’t have. But London, in particular, is different. There are unique experiences that can only be had in London, the home of the royals, the Big Smoke, the capital city of UK, and what not. No doubt, you will visit the “only in London” attractions like London Zoo, London Eye and Shard. But don’t limit your London holiday to these touristy places as the city has a lot more in store for you. Why not try some of these things that cannot be experienced nowhere but in London.
So you’ve walked along the river with your beloved, crossed the river driving over Tower Bridge, and even took a speed boat ride on Thames. But that’s not all. There’s one thing still left to do…and that is, walk under the river. And when we say it, we don’t mean visiting a local aquarium. There are other ways to explore the underworld. The Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs 50 feet beneath the Thames, from Isle of Dogs to Cutty Sark.
Who doesn’t want to board the Hogwarts’ Express like Harry Potter? It’s the dream of every child. There is a platform no. 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station in London. You may not get the chance to enter the magical realm of Harry Potter but you can surely get a picture of you with the trolley halfway through the wall. In fact, many London locations have been used in the making of Harry Potter series. Leadenhall Market featured as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Or you can walk on London Millennium Bridge which was shown as falling apart in the opening sequence of Harry Potter and half Blood Prince.
Who doesn’t want to feel like royalty? Visit Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of England, an experience available only in London! Home to 775 rooms bedecked to perfection, the Palace remains open to visitors during the summer months so now is the best time to visit London. Or walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey where countless royals have been wedded and crowned. However, if you really want to live like royalty, Londonhotels4u.com has several luxury hotels in London listed that kings and queens have graced with their presence. The Goring Hotel where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding day adorns London like a jewel in the crown. Or you can even book a luxurious royalty package at Rubens at the Palace and The Chesterfield Mayfair.
A specimen which has been sitting in Natural History museum for more than 60 years is now established as world’s oldest fossil insects. It reminds of John Hammond’s mosquito cane in Jurassic Park movie. Natural History Museum is in fact home to Mammals with its remarkable model blue whale and a Dinosaur gallery, highly popular amongst kids. The Central Hall houses the iconic Diplodocus skeleton. Every year, around 5 million visitors are welcomed in the premises of the museum.
Follow in the footsteps the most well-known serial killer in the human history, Jack the Ripper. The guided tour will let you explore the most gruesome tale of Whitechapel murders, whose mysteries are still mysterious even to this day. Visit East London locations where the notorious killer committed his crimes. If you’re visiting London during Halloween, nothing is better than that.
These are the things that make London “unique” and different from other cities in the world. Don’t miss to try these things you can only do in London.
Sonam shares her travel tips and her own experiences on various travel websites and blogs. Travelling is her passion and she loves spreading new and unusual things to explore in various cities to help other travellers.
By MARLENE SARGENT
Whether for work or pleasure, your days while traveling will be jam-packed with sights to see, things to do and food to eat. For the person on a restricted diet or who’s trying to eat healthier to lose weight, though, that last part could cause more trepidation than excitement. Nurses travel for their jobs to work at different hospitals and clinics across the country, or to volunteer in impoverished nations. In fact, that’s one of the perks of deciding to find more information about RN to BSN courses online: earning a higher degree and having more opportunities to travel. Travel nurses especially know the importance of taking care of health while traveling. They will tell you that eating right away from home will save you from sickness, weigh tgain and fatigue, so you can truly enjoy yourself.
Temptation begins in transit, so bring along some healthy — even better if non-perishable — snacks so you have something for the plane, train, bus or car ride and can avoid overpriced airplane or train food or junk from a rest stop. As Men’s Health explains, airplane travel in particular causes dehydration and fatigue, which makes you hungrier than usual. Keep your energy up with healthy, non-messy foods that work with your diet, such as crackers, veggie sticks, apple sauce, granola bars and dry cereals. Non-perishable snacks will last you a few days, and they typically cost significantly less if you buy them at home rather than in an airport.
If you’re on a restricted diet due to a health issue, pack all prescription medications in addition to over-the-counter digestive aids. Even with careful planning, you might accidentally eat something that gives you a reaction.
The longer you spend on a vacation, the more snacks you’ll need, and you may not have room to pack enough to last you the whole trip. As soon as you settle in to where you’re staying, head to the grocery store to buy more healthy snacks. Take snacks with you each day to carry you through, and store the rest at your hotel. Having a healthy snack on hand will help you avoid buying impulse snacks while out or eating expensive junkfood from the mini bar in your hotel.
Wandering around your destination while hungry will lead to poor choices. You may get exhausted and settle for the first restaurant you come across, regardless of quality and regardless of menu offerings. Instead, use the Internet to research some restaurants before you go. Go beyond checking location, and read any online reviews or menus. Plan which days you’ll visit which restaurants and include them on your daily itenerary, considering ease of commute to the restaurants as well as what they serve.
You don’t have to eat out every day, either. If your hotel room or the place where you’re staying has a kitchen, plan to cook a healthy meal to save money and eat right.
If you plan which restaurants you’ll visit and carry healthy snacks with you every day, you won’t have any reason to wind up at a fast food restaurant or buy junk food from a street vendor. Even so, as TravelNursing.com explains, that “treat yourself while on vacation” mentality leads even seasoned travel nurses to reach for the junk. If you smell something good from a fast food restaurant or vendor and feel your stomach rumble:
It may take a little planning and forbearance to stick to a healthy diet while traveling, but chances are if you eat right at home, you know that making the effort pays off. If you eat right while traveling, you’ll feel better, are less likely to get ill or feel bloated and have the energy you need to enjoy your trip.
Marlene Sargent is a contributing writer and travel nurse with over 10 years of experience. She frequently blogs about health and nursing topics.