From Patagonia to Persia, the ten travel hotspots for 2017

Christmas is over, and we have officially hit mid-winter.The perfect time, perhaps, to look to the future and start planning your next getaway.Travel Mail has compiled a top ten list of timely breaks with thrills for all ages, so you can get ahead of the pack and book your 2017 adventure.Fly right in: New direct flights from London to Chile’s Santiago…

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Judgment of Paris: The tasting that changed wine forever CNN – Jacopo Prisco • 2h(CNN) — In a Parisian hotel 45 years ago, some of France’s biggest wine experts came together for a blind tasting. The finest French wines were up against upstarts from California. At the time, this didn’t…

Wizz Air reveals schedule for next summer

Wizz Air has announced its flight schedule for next summer.The low-cost carrier hopes many travellers will be booking now for a long-awaited holiday next year, with the airline offering a network of over 80 destinations from 12 UK airports.With new bases at Gatwick, Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff, along with 26 brand new routes introduced in the…

Susan Sandberg

Some of Sandberg’s responsibilities include budget management, registration and appointment scheduling, and is the liaison with the Host City/State. Prior to joining the U.S. Travel family, she worked for the American Wholesale Marketers Association in Washington, DC for nearly 15 years as the Registration and Exhibit Sales Manager.Outside the meeting…

Jeremy Clarke takes a rail trip through Europe

‘Hallo! Yes you my friend! Do you want some drugs?’ said a cheery teenage narcotics salesman.‘No!’ I said, standing in the sunshine outside Marseille St Charles railway station contemplating the city rooftops while waiting for a train.Tucked inside my jacket pocket was a 30-day (continuous) Eurail pass. Riding the rails across Europe for a…

Once you’ve lost all you care…

Why vaxications may be the most memorable trips of… thepointsguy.com – Melanie Lieberman • 1h “The day of our first shot, we knew when the second shot was going to be,” said Ana Botello de Hayes, a TPG reader living in San Antonio, Texas. So, …

A decade on from Hurricane Katrina New Orleans is in prime party mode

Abigail Gullo, the New Yorker who runs the bar at the much-hyped new restaurant Compere Lapin, has a theory about her adoptive city: ‘They say you have to be successful to live in New York, beautiful to live in LA, but in New Orleans, you can just be yourself.’A 6 in fleur-de-lis tattoo on her arm, the official Louisiana symbol, tells of her Big…

Bordeaux Wine Vintage 2020 Completes A Winning Hat Trick

getty[This and another article published today complement each other.]A hat trick is defined as three successes of a similar kind within a limited period. It often applies to sports—three goals in a row, three successive car racing wins. The term originates from a 19th century cricketer’s trio of successes: his fans, in celebratory unison,…

An Inspector Calls on London’s Sunborn Yacht hotel

The Sunborn Yacht hotel is the closest place to stay near the ExCel centre, London. Just one minute’s walk and you are there.From its stern, there are terrific views of Canary Wharf, the Emirates Air Line cable car (hardly anyone on it), what was the Millennium Dome and, in the distance, the Shard. The staff are pleasant and it’s clean.But, my…

Vacation like Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey on the private island of Jumby Bay in Antigua

WINTER IS COMING. It’s that time of year again when those of us in cooler climes spend the morning commute negotiating slippery snow slush and dreaming of escaping to warm weather destinations. There are a fair few hotels in the world to choose from, but few as fantastic as this. Nestled just two miles north of Antigua lays one of the most remarkable…

Ice cream with a dollop of history in Turin

This is no health farm. Piedmont – underneath the Alps, in the top left-hand corner of Italy – introduced the world to Nutella and Martini.It’s also where chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick was invented, 50 years before any lolly-eater had ever heard of a Magnum.So it’s no surprise that my first stop in Turin, Piedmont’s main city, is Gelateria…

Wild encounters in Quaint Quebec 

Deep in the forest in the Charlevoix region of Quebec is a clearing, and in it a bear whisperer. His name is Monsieur Denis Laliberte and we are watching his black bears eating corn and apples under a buttery sun.Laliberte tells me that, if I ever meet a bear close up, I am to ‘speak softly, yet directly, perhaps even recite a poem — but only in…

CitizenM’s Tower of London hotel pairs affordable glamour with lukewarm service

CitizenM threw a huge party to launch the third of its ‘affordable glamour’ hotels in the capital.‘This is so cool,’ was the consensus as revellers drank cocktails looking out over the Tower of London.A week or so later the tempo has dropped, but so have standards.Chic: CitizenM’s rooms all come with double beds, desks and iPad-controlled…

A weekend trip to Bordeaux for a glass of claret? Why not?

A new section of high-speed line means the train journey from Paris, via TGV, now takes just over two hours — 70 minutes less than before.So you can reach the south-west of France on the Eurostar from London’s St Pancras (via Paris, and a quick scoot from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse) in just under six hours. Elegant and accessible in…

London’s The Hoxton is busy, buzzy and sometimes a little barmy

It’s not obligatory to have your laptop, tablet or any other snazzy device up and running in the huge lobby at The Hoxton in London’s Holborn — but you might feel undressed if you don’t.So even if you’re insecure in any tiny way, you must adopt a stiff upper lip hipster-style — which means reclining on a sofa as if on the set of a Tom Ford…

Senegal

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:The whole of Senegal based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.To enter Senegal, you must provide a negative test for COVID-19 dated no more than 5 days earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by that country or a recognised health organisationSeveral airlines…

Stunning whales to spot in the UK and Ireland – that aren’t in the Thames

It’s a story that pops up every few years – an unfortunate whale somehow ends up a decent distance down a river, leaving concerned volunteers and conservationists with the unenviable task of herding it back out to sea.This time a young minke whale took a wrong turn and became stranded near Richmond in London, though a successful rescue has now…

How twin enclaves of Buda and Pest make for fine whole in great European capital

Budapest has always languished in the shadows of its more famous neighbours, Prague and Vienna. Yet its glorious architecture rivals the competition, reflecting an embattled history which ranges from the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the constraints imposed by Nazi Germany and later, Soviet Communism.You need at least three days to appreciate…

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