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Splitscreen: A love story set in Paris and New York, shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone, from James W Griffiths.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is drawing to a close and autumn has arrived, bringing with it an unwelcome drop in temperature and the undeniable need for more knitwear. If you’re tempted by the idea of more sun, don’t be afraid to plan ahead – when it comes to a family holiday or weekend away with friends, renting a villa somewhere exotic needn’t mean you break the bank.
Destination is an important decision. With Spain voted Britain’s favourite European holiday destination, for years many people have been buying property there in order to enjoy more regular and cheaper holidays.
But as the Guardian asserts, “collapsing property prices” are hitting property owners hard. According to the newspaper, “The Bank of Spain says official house prices have fallen 17% since 2007, but many observers believe that the market is much worse than that.” As a result of this, researching villas to rent in Spain is often the more financially viable option. If an occasional Mediterranean getaway is what you’re after, there are many available properties in a variety of stunning locations, providing luxury accommodation and a unique holiday experience.
If you’re looking for Majorca villas to rent, holiday companies can offer you various deals for self-catered week long trips including flights, saving you money and the hassle of arranging things separately. Spain is home to an abundance of vibrant culture, with peaceful, historic locations as well as great nightlife, meaning that there’s always something new to explore (as well as the siesta if it all gets a bit too much).
It’s not just Spain that’s a popular choice for travellers abroad – so is Turkey, which hosted over 31 million tourist visitors in 2011. Villas in Turkey offer the same freedoms as described above. Furthermore, the Aegean coast is a stunning part of the country with many properties along it, allowing the chance for holidaymakers to delve into Turkish history and culture, and experience breathtaking landscapes right on your doorstep.
When choosing accommodation, it’s important to consider the group’s wants and needs during the holiday. Renting a villa allows for greater freedom – rather than being stuck in a hotel room, there’s far more to explore for you and your party, and you can indulge in the privacy of your very own home away from home. Similarly, self-catering means that you can be in control of meal times and choices, creating a relaxed atmosphere and allowing for more daily variation.
Renting a villa abroad is a popular and enjoyable holiday retreat. Package deals mean that for very reasonable prices, travellers can experience a holiday the way they want – escaping into a blissful Mediterranean haven all at the same time.
Hungary is a kidney shaped country in Central Europe with a rich history spanning a millenium. Budapest is the country’s capital and its political and historic heart. In contrast to its size, the country has the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton) and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).
Hungary has the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue), the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Széchenyi Medicinal Bath), the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica), the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Gödöll’) and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy (Pécs). With these unique structures and vivid cultures, who wouldn’t include this country to their must visit wish list?
Hungary has a continental climate that has hot summers and mildly cold snowy winters. Hungarians are the name of the people who live in this country and have a population of just over 10 million people in the land. The country is home to Paul Edros, the great mathematician of all time. Count Ede Laszlo Almasy is Hungarian and had been known as a cartographer, explorer, aviator, double-agent, Iron Cross recipient. He had been locked away in a Russian camp during WWII and he was the inspiration in the film, The English Patient.
When is the best time to go to Hungary?
April – Attend their Spring Festival in Budapest that gives a hearty performance together with orchestral jazz, dance events with film screening.
June – Danube Festival is celebrated on this month, a feast of color, dance and music. You will experience the traditional Hungarian music to be played alongside some spectacular processions.
July – Formula One comes during summer: the Hungarian Grand Prix.
August – The Festival of Folk Arts at Buda Castle, where craftsmen, dancers and musicians are performing at their best.
Where to Go?
Castle District – Situated in Castle Hill is a Royal Palace with top museums and gallery spaces. The most exciting tourist attraction is the cable car going to the top of the hill.
The Hungarian National Gallery – Paintings, medieval stonework, gothic sculpture and baroque art are displayed in this museum all the way from 11th century.
Budapest Zoo – If you have kids, this is the place for them. Set in parkland, the zoo is a home to 2,000 animals such as elephants, rhinos and giraffes.
What to Eat?
You will not complete your experience in Hungary without eating their traditional food. The most well known dish is goulash and the best known ingredient is paprika. Every region has its own food to boast and have its own distinct flavors and aromas. Try these:
Chicken paprika – csirkepaprikás Goulash – gulyás Lecho – lecsó Stuffed cabbage – töltött káposzta Salami – szalámi Sausage – kolbász, hurka Pancakes Stuffed with Meat Stew – Hortobágyi Palacsinta Hungarian Pancake Cake – Rakott Palacsinta Strudel – Rétes Beigli Dobos Cake – Dobos torta Gundel pancakes – Gundel Palacsinta
There is no place like Hungary. Its impact on Europe’s history and development has been recognized worldwide. If you are already decided to go this country, please remember that their climate varies from region to region so plan your travel itinerary well.
Written on behalf of Ocean holidays 2013.
Visiting Orlando doesn’t have to cost the earth, despite it being home to Florida’s major theme parks and attractions. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly ideas to fill the days in between visiting Disneyworld or are hoping to avoid it altogether, here are a few free suggestions to eke out the dollars in 2013.
For the kids
At the LEGO store located in Downtown Disney you are encouraged to get creative for free. You can spend a good few hours here building whatever takes your fancy in every colour, shape and size of LEGO you can get your hands on. This indulgence is completely free unless your kids manage to persuade you to buy them some LEGO. Over to you…
Your kids will love this free show. The Peabody Orlando hotel has 5 resident ducks that live in a penthouse on the 4th floor. During the day they like nothing more than to bob around in the hotel’s marble fountain. You can watch them disembark from the elevator in the morning and waddle through the foyer to the musical accompaniment of The Cotton March. Don’t worry if you miss the morning show as they march back through in the afternoon too.
For the whole family
Free evening entertainment can be enjoyed on Disney’s Boardwalk. Whilst you take a stroll you will be treated to street musicians and lively instrumentalists.
Keep it cheap with a picnic lunch at Lake Eola Park. This beautiful park complete with palm trees and fountain spans 43 acres, so there’s plenty of room for the kids to have a run around. You can kick back, have a leisurely lunch and take a swan boat ride whilst enjoying the Florida sunshine. If there are any leftovers, the park’s resident swans will be happy to take them off your hands. Look out for free concerts at the open-air amphitheatre.
For the grown ups
Get to see the real Orlando by visiting its Downtown District. Have a wander along Church Street and the surrounding neighbourhoods such as Lake Eola Heights and Thornton Park to take in Orlando’s oldest houses and oak trees. You’ll also come across Lake Eola on your travels. Church Street is the hub of Orlando’s nightlife, so you’ll need a strong will not to be drawn into its trendy bars.
If you’re a fan of churches, don’t miss the extravagantly decorated Catholic Church that has become quite an attraction in Orlando. Visiting Catholics come to see its Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine and have upped its popularity over the years.
This next suggestion definitely involves the need for will power. If you love to browse the shops and are controlled enough not to buy everything in sight, head to Little Brazil, Little Saigon and Little India. These areas are full of shops, restaurants and bakeries offering the flavours of their countries. We didn’t say it would be easy visiting Oralndo on a budget!
If you’re torn between visiting Orlando and another great American holiday destination, have a look at Ocean Florida’s twin centre holidays or cruise and stay holidays. That way you can enjoy more than one destination or a cruise incorporating a visit to Orlando on your 2013 holidays.
If you’re looking to escape the dark, cold winter nights and looking for sunshine and inspiration then check out British Airways. There are a whole host of holiday packages to many hot winter sun destinations on offer at great value prices to book until 24 October.
Destinations include: Barbados, St Kitts, Tobago, Grenada, St Lucia, Bermuda, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix in the USA, Dubai and the Maldives, as well as closer to home, Faro plus Alicante, a new route launching this month, plus many more, based on various departure dates up to 31 March, 2013.
Barbados flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £549 per person
St Lucia flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £619 per person
Greanada flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £629 per person
Bermuda flights + 7 nights 4* hotel from £829 per person
Miami flights + 3 nights 3* hotel from £599 per person
Orlando flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £479 per person
Phoenix flights + 5 nights 3* hotel from £699 per person
Larnaca flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £329 per person
Faro flights + 7 nights 3* hotel from £159 per person
Alicante flights + 7 nights 3*nhotel from £249 per person
Travel Deals: British Airways
The holiday season is a time of year which most of us look forward to immensely. Our annual holidays are so precious that it is easy to see why so many people stick with the safe option of doing the same thing in the same place every year.
However, if you want enjoy an even more special break 2012 might be the year in which you decide to try something different. With the world getting smaller all the time there has never been a better opportunity to sample more interesting ways of seeing the world.
A Camping Holiday
It is easy to think of the stereotypical camping holiday and imagine that it is something from a bygone age. This isn’t the case at all, and if you look at the deals on offer from companies such as Keycamp you will see modern, enjoyable family holidays. The new generation of camping sites offer all of the facilities you could hope for and you can choose from a country setting or something close to the city of the beach. You certainly don’t need to rough it these days. In fact, the huge range of modern camping gadgets around means that you can enjoy a cutting edge holiday while you are there. This is an ideal type of break for a family but it is also more than suitable for couples looking for a romantic holiday.
A Skiing Holiday
This type of trip has traditionally been classed as a rather expensive and exclusive way of going on holiday. Thankfully ski trips are no longer as expensive as they once were and there are now lots of different destinations to choose from. You might need to travel outside the usual holiday season to get guaranteed good conditions but that might even make it easier for you to get the time off you want. It is becoming a more popular idea for family groups to go away skiing together but it remains popular with couples and groups of friends as well.
An Adventure Holiday
This point covers a wide variety of holiday ideas. For instance, would you like to go kite surfing in Scandinavia, trekking in South America or maybe white water rafting in South Africa? The choice of adventurous holidays is incredibly wide these days and you might need some time to make up your mind on which one is the right one. If you like a bit of adrenalin on your time away from work then this sort of break will be perfect for you. It might not be the ideal family holiday but for the young and single it is worth looking at.
What do you reckon? Will you try something different for your holiday this year?
Times are tough and not everyone can afford an expensive beach holiday halfway around the world. Fortunately the UK has plenty to offer in terms of options, and if you plan ahead carefully you can make your holiday budget stretch to a break the whole family can appreciate.
With this in mind, here are a few tips to ensure you make the most of your summer break in the UK.
It may seem obvious, but the better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your holiday is likely to be. Keep a checklist in the run up to your holiday and make sure you have packed all your essentials. You don’t want to go to the beach only to realise you’ve forgotten your swimming costume. Don’t forget chargers for mobile phones, cameras, and laptops.
Expect every type of weather
Holidaying in the UK means you can never guarantee good weather. Britain’s notoriously unpredictable climate means you should be prepared for every eventuality. Even in high summer months like July and August, parts of the country can experience heavy rainfall. So make sure you pack clothes to suit every type of weather, check forecasts before you leave, and plan both indoor and outdoor activities. It’s hard to sunbathe on a beach in the freezing cold or rain.
Enrol in a summer school
Stopping your children getting bored during the long summer months can be one of the greatest challenges of a parent. Why not enrol them in a summer school like Skola for a productive holiday? It’s an ideal way for the kids to have an active and interesting break – and gives parents a much-needed rest.
There are a number of summer schools operating during the months of June, July and August, and they offer a broad variety of programmes and schemes. There’s bound to be something of interest to your children.
Encourage sporting activities
Kids are often prone to spend their summer holidays watching TV, chatting to friends on the internet or playing video games. While all of these are fine in moderation, too much and they can become lazy and unfit. It’s always a great idea to instil a sense of sporting enjoyment in kids from a young age so they grow up healthy and happy. There are a huge number of sports clubs to join, and it’s a great family activity to get into the habit of.
Believe it or not, beaches are not just the preserve of Mediterranean resorts. The UK boasts some of the finest beaches in Europe, up and down the coastline, and most receive a high rating for cleanliness and facilities.
The beaches of Cornwall and Wales benefit from the Atlantic atmospheric fronts and as such have become very popular with surfers. But if surfing’s not your thing, there are beaches everywhere which are popular with holidaymakers. You’ll just have to try your luck with the weather…
With a history and culture to rival any European country, Britain has a wealth of cities for long or short summer holidays. City breaks are a particularly good idea if you have a family with older children who might be interested in museums, art galleries or similar activities.
The cities of Bath, Cambridge, Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon are especially known for their history and quality tourist attractions.
Summer holidays for 2013 are now on sale at easyJet holidayseasy. Book a holiday for Summer 2013 travelling up until the 8th of September. From Majorca and the Algarve, to Barcelona and Amsterdam there’s plenty to choose from.
Plus, you won’t need to pay the balance until 4 weeks before you go with deposits from £50pp. Check out all the sun and city destinations for Summer 2013 here:
Travel Deals: easyJet Holidays
YouTube: Panama Canal Timelapse
A time-lapse journey through the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean onboard a cruise ship.