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Jersey has so much to offer travelers with families of all ages. It has a warmer climate than that that of southern England and this is evident in its beautiful landscape that includes sandy beaches, green fields and lush rolling hills. Most young families will at some point want to visit the sandy, sunny beaches. Being an island, there are naturally plenty to choose from and one of the most popular is found at Beauport. It is perfectly located to enjoy maximum sunshine and is sheltered on three sides. In the north is the most accessible beach at Greve de Lecq, although it doesn’t catch the sun all day long, it is sandy and sheltered. To the east is AnnePort, a lovely bay that benefits from being sheltered from the wind.
Once you have exhausted the many beaches on the island you could visit La Mare Wine Estate. Walk through the vineyards and discover the art of distilling and oak ageing of the islands Jersey Apple Brandy before taking the children to visit the Chocolate Factory full of luxury chocs and then on to lunch with a picnic surrounded by the vines.
If the weather is a little less than summery there is still plenty to do on Jersey. A trip to the Pallot Steam Museum could prove popular. A collection of steam locos, vintage vehicles and a steam train that pulls out on Thursdays. On to the world famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust a fantastic day out voted by visitors on the island of Jersey as the best attraction. Set in 32 acres of parkland it is the home to several of the world’s endangered species including the Western Lowland Gorilla and a community of lemurs. There is a play area and restaurant.
Getting to Jersey couldn’t be easier and the most relaxed way to travel is to take a ferry to Jersey. This is an ideal way to travel especially if you are considering exploring the island by car with Condor Ferries.
Jersey has a long maritime history and you can find out more at the Maritime Museum which dedicates itself to showcasing Jersey as a seafaring island through interactive exhibits and restoration of classic boats. The museum is the home of the Occupation Tapestry made by the people of Jersey to celebrate the 50th anniversary of liberation from the Germans during WW11. Elizabeth Castle was around long before WW11, since the 1590’s when work began on it. It was the home of Sir Walter Raleigh and its guns still fire every day. A gentler end to the day might be spent at the Jersey Lavender Farm. Family run producing lavender since 1983, the farm offers everything lavender like, walk amongst the fields and feed the chickens along the nature trail before visiting the Springs Café for some delicious homemade food.
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Dubai is known as a millionaire’s playground and a second home to many famous and super rich celebrities.
With a skyline full of glistening skyscrapers, the only seven star hotel in the world and a series of building projects so vast that they make the Egyptian Pyramids look like Lego, this is one place that most of us mere mortals would never dream we could venture.
However, for all its glitz and seemingly unattainable glamour, Dubai is surprisingly accessible to any who want to explore this Middle Eastern jewel…here’s how!
Firstly, you’ll need to find some cheap flights to Dubai which are not so hard to find if you pick the right time of year to fly. July, August and the period of Ramadan are the cheapest times to travel as the temperatures soar. This may not seem ideal, but given that temperatures in Dubai rarely drop below 35 degrees, the city is perfectly geared to dealing with the searing heat.
Dubai doesn’t do backpackers hostels but what they do do is affordable luxury. You may not be able to afford the beautiful sail-shaped Burj Al Arab but that doesn’t mean you have to seep in a tent in the desert. One of the best value hotels in Dubai is the Meridien Dubai City which is just 3 km from the airport. Don’t let that put you off though; it is more peaceful than the beachside locations and affords the luxury of a beach resort with a choice of two swimming pools, 10 restaurants and easy access to City centre all at a third of the price of staying down by the beach.
See and Do
There are many tours of Dubai offered to suit every budget ranging from desert excursions where you can take camel rides or four wheel drives across the desert and afterwards enjoy a true Bedouin feast in a tent under starry sky. Culture vultures can take tours of the old town like the once quiet fishing village in the Bastakia Quarter, which squeezes itself between the Dubai Creek and the buzzing Bur Dubai district. It’s a maze of stone towered buildings some of which are now art galleries and cafés.
If you want to see the world in a day then it’s possible in Dubai. A stately yacht, motor boat or speed boat can whisk you around the most audacious of Dubai’s development projects, The World; an archipelago of islands that forms a world map in miniature…and you don’t have to be able to afford an entire country to see it!
If retail therapy is more your hookah then Dubai is the ultimate shopper’s paradise, complete with palm trees, Venetian waterways, malls the size of airports, tax free goodies and even a market dedicated simply to gold; the Gold Souk! Be sure to haggle for bargains in the markets so that you can drape yourself in gold thread embroidered silks and really feel the part.
Feel like a royal by taking to the slopes; yes, Dubai’s indoor ski dome is often frequented by the rich and famous and is a sight in itself! There are world class golf courses and gorgeous sandy beaches. However, depending on the time of year, it may just be a little bit too warm for lying in the sun!
Another thing Dubai does spectacularly well, is food, both in terms of quality and quantity. You will find everything you could ever want in this exciting city from buffets and fast food of every variety to the best Michelin starred cuisine cooked by some of the world’s top chefs. If you couldn’t afford to stay in the seven star Burj Al Arab hotel, you could still pop in for dinner. It won’t cost you quite as much as a room but make sure you avoid the £7000 cocktail!
Be sure to try at least one authentic Arab meal of shawarma, falafels and delicious breads. It’s some of the best street food in Dubai and lets you eat like a king for a pauper’s price. Spend an afternoon writing your postcards in the Basta café, set in a lovely garden courtyard in a rather regal looking restored house.
One of the very best value deals in Dubai though, is the Friday ‘Champagne Brunch’ where hundreds of cafes, restaurants and hotels throw open their doors every Friday to offer free champagne and mountainous, groaning buffets to anyone who happens to be passing. Don’t miss it!
Dubai has a strange relationship with alcohol. You cannot buy alcohol in shops or supermarkets but it is readily available in bars, hotels and restaurants. You can buy it in duty free and take it into the country if you wish to enjoy it in the comforts of your own home or hotel room but it is illegal to drink outdoors and to buy from an unlicensed vendor, so beware.
If you want to treat a loved one to a special evening, why not get dolled up to the nines and take yourselves off for drinks at the Sky View Bar where stunning views across Dubai are guaranteed and perhaps even a celebrity sighting or two.
Nights in Dubai are mostly consigned to hotels and restaurants thanks to the alcohol licensing laws but there are so many trendy and exciting bars to choose from and such fantastic food on offer that you shouldn’t miss the club scene too much. Apart from anything else, it’s far too hot for dancing! Alternatively, why not enjoy a few nights camping under the brilliant stars in a vast desert and have a unique, elegant and very regal experience.
Can you see yourself sitting on the deck of a cruise liner in the sun while you read your morning paper, with a view of the ocean at all sides? Or watching the sun set with nothing blocking your view as you sip a martini? Cruises have all the glamour of the movies behind them setting the expectation for luxury and unforgettable memories. Although the scenery around you changes, you keep all your creature comforts in the luxury of your cabin and maintain breath-taking views throughout your holiday, even in transit.
If you think a cruise is for you then a range of cruises around the world are available from river cruises through the waterways of Europe to sophisticated cruises in Russia, Egypt, China and even Canada. Whether you want a no-fly cruise, meaning that your boat leaves from Dover or Southampton, or a Discovery Cruise in an intimate liner with expert chefs on board and tailor made trips that, due to the petit size of the boat, let you access hard to reach places, a cruise is a glamorous and memorable option. There are even Elegant Cruises available; these are 5 star journeys in boutique ships that travel in Europe, Egypt and Russia and offer the height of luxury while letting you explore some of the world most beautiful cities. Wherever you want to have your adventure, cruising gives your holiday an edge. Even as you travel you get to relax, with the added benefit of only unpacking your bag once.
If you’re interested in a cruise then you should check out the USA trips, covering everywhere from colourful New England to chilly Alaska, vacations promising to be both beautiful and comfortable. Cruise down the Panama Canal stopping in Los Angeles or explore Alaska by sea soaking up the clear views and bathing in the peace and quiet. With a variety of cities and states to visit, and cruises that also include bus journeys and rail tours, Titan HiTours have created a series of holidays letting you explore as well as making sure you get the most out of your holiday.
There are a variety of different cruises available with a plethora of destinations, ships, prices and atmospheres meaning that you can pick and choose a package that’s tailored to suit your own needs. If you want a formal cruise, if you want to live in the height of luxury on a ship with great facilities or want to be on a more intimate ship like you’ll find on a river cruise, all of these options are there for you. A cruise is great value for money as meals, accommodation and facilities are included in the price, letting you relax without worrying about over-spending or booking a hotel in your next destination.
If you want to explore but hate the hassle of packing and unpacking then a cruise tour is perfect for you. Make friends on board in the friendly atmosphere of your temporary home.
Location: Bogor – Indonesia
Photo: Bogor Botanical Gardens
Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Java – Indonesia.
Travel Photo Gallery: Bogor Photo Gallery