Month: August 2019


Victoria has a new Helloworld store with the Grand


first_imgVictoria has a new Helloworld store with the Grand Opening of Helloworld Travel Packenham in Main Street last week. Showcasing the new store to the local community, Arianna Albertazzi and Dylan Thompson, the owners of Helloworld Travel Packenham, kicked off festivities with a VIP event last Friday night, attended by local traders and associates, and rounded out a weekend of celebrations and promotions with a special Family Day on Saturday. “Both days were a huge success,” said Arianna. “We had our Helloworld Travel HelloRoo mascot making a special visit, and face painting and showbags on the Saturday.“We are delighted to be joining the Pakenham main street community.” Helloworld Travel Packenham is a family-owned-and-operated retail travel specialist with more than 70 years of combined travel experience. Helloworld Travellast_img read more


General Manager Retail Sydney Airport Glyn William


first_imgGeneral Manager Retail Sydney Airport Glyn Williams said Christian Dior is a brand synonymous with luxury and sophistication and aligns perfectly with Sydney Airport’s retail strategy of delivering the best of global and local brands.“The Maison Christian Dior collection is an exceptional offering for Sydney Airport passengers; and we’re thrilled to be one of the few airports in the world and the only location in Australia to showcase this incredible boutique. “We’re focused on delivering exciting and exclusive retail experiences that surprise and delight our customers as they make their way through our transformed terminal.” Christian Diorpop upSydney Airport From May to July 2018, Sydney Airport will be one of just three airport locations across the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore Changi Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport, to feature the Maison Christian Dior collection. Located at T1 International terminal, the new Maison Christian Dior pop-up boutique is housed within HEINEMANN Tax & Duty Free, with Sydney Airport the only destination in Australia where passengers can experience and purchase the collection of scented candles, fragrances and soaps.last_img read more


Its funny because I was at a track meet five yea


first_img“It’s funny because I was at a track meet five years ago, four years ago, in Alabama — the state championships and my granddaughter was running,” the coach said. “This kid from Midfield won the 100, 200, 4×100 — little skinny dude. My son and I go, ‘Who in the hell is that?’“It just happened to be J.J. Nelson.”#MeepMeep!There goes J.J. Nelson, the second of two 5th round picks in #CardsDraft.http://t.co/poyGvvf3Cp pic.twitter.com/qU9zaF6ahY— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 2, 2015 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — It is said that speed can kill. If that’s the case, then J.J. Nelson, a fifth-round pick and the 159th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, may be the Grim Reaper.“The fastest guy in the combine who can absolutely fly and has tremendous return skills,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim pointed out of Nelson, formerly of UAB who was timed at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash.While Keim was saying that, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians began to smile. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Nothing is guaranteed, but what we do know is that the Cardinals added some serious speed to their receiving corps, and that’s never a bad thing.“I already texted Carson (Palmer),” Arians said. “That quick five-step drop that you took for Smokey, you better get faster.“He said, ‘I love it.’” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “He’s got a little more length than John, and Smoke’s (Brown) might be a little faster in and out, but what a great pair of fast guys,” Arians said. Each are the type of receivers Arians likes to have in his offense, so it’s no surprise he’s excited about the possibilities he sees before him. Nelson sees himself as more than just a kick returner, believing he’ll be able to make an impact as a receiver during his time in the NFL.Blessed and Highly Favored Thanks To The @AZCardinals For Believing In Me I Can’t Wait To Get To Work! #BirdGang #Honest— Jamarcus J.J. Nelson (@_ThaJizzleMan) May 2, 2015 It’s difficult not to compare Nelson to John Brown, whom the Cardinals selected in the third round of last year’s draft. Both are on the smaller side for receivers, but each has blazing speed. Arians said Nelson reminds him of Emmanuel Sanders, who he coached in Pittsburgh and is currently with the Denver Broncos, but added Sanders does not have the kind of speed his rookie does. At 5-foot-10 and 156 pounds, Nelson will likely need to bulk up some in order to survive the rigors of the NFL, but Arians thinks they’ll be able to get him up to 175 pounds without too much trouble.From there, the only problem should be for any defense trying to stop Arizona’s aerial attack, especially with speedsters Brown and Nelson on the field. Top Stories last_img read more


MarKus Chandler off the edge I may have to up m


first_imgMarKus & Chandler off the edge? I may have to up my INTs goals next year.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 15, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Making moves I see! #ValueMove— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) March 15, 2016 Spent sometime w/ @Chan95Jones in NE.. Good guy.. Gonna bring energy to the team.. Glad to have him— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) March 15, 2016Jones himself seems to be excited about the move. How I feel when I hear we just traded for @Chan95Jones pic.twitter.com/CQlASStWLo— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) March 15, 2016 I want to thank the @Patriots, the Kraft family, and all of Pats Nation for making my time in New England so special pic.twitter.com/HMFout878i The Arizona Cardinals were close to reaching Super Bowl 50 last season, but fell short in the NFC Championship Game in large part due to their inability to pressure Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.Afterwards, the team made no secret of its desire to upgrade the pass rush, and attempts to sign free agents Jason Pierre-Paul and Bruce Irvin indicated just how serious they were.The Cardinals finally achieved their goal Tuesday when they acquired 2015 Pro Bowler Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots in exchange for lineman Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories — ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 15, 2016Of course, while the Cardinals were understandably excited about adding Jones, there were also some well wishes for Cooper, who will be leaving the team after three seasons. The LORD has answered my prayers!!!!!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) March 15, 2016 Comments   Share   The trade shocked the NFL landscape, and instantly made Arizona’s defense substantially better.Not surprisingly, members of the team were pleased with the deal, and they tweeted as much upon learning of the deal. Best of luck to my brother Coop on East Coast love you dawg ‼️ @TheUnderDog_64— D.J. Humphries (@74_hump) March 15, 2016 🤔— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 15, 2016 #Birdgang what up??— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 15, 2016 Transforming..— Andre Ellington (@AEllington38) March 15, 2016last_img read more


Coach Bruce Arians watches during a training camp


first_imgCoach Bruce Arians watches during a training camp practice Aug. 14. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fourth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“It was a very good practice. Offensively, I thought we took a little while to wake up. Defensively, we were ready to roll when the practice horn sounded. Special teams were good. The only injury was Jermaine Gresham’s back tightened up a little bit from the game. It’s nothing serious, so we gave him a day off. We’ll give Larry (Fitzgerald) and Carson (Palmer) a day off tomorrow. Other than that, pleased with the progress the young players are making. I think the veteran players are right were they need to be. We’ll get another good practice in (Monday) and head to San Diego.” After watching the tape, how do you think Troy Niklas performed?“I thought Troy had a heck of a game. He put together a great week of practice and it showed up in the game. He continues to press those other two guys for the starting job.”Your perspective on Matt Barkley’s play change any after watching the film?“Still a yo-yo. It was worse today than it was in the game. He had a baby yesterday, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.”What did you see from the two long snappers, Kameron Canaday and Daniel Dillon?“I thought they both did really well. They’re both progressing nicely. It’s going to be a heck of a battle. It’s crazy, they’re best friends and they room together, but they’re fighting it out. I feel very comfortable one of them—Mike Leach came back this week and has been working with them a little bit to help their technique. To have him there, coaches tell you something but when a guy has done it for 16 years they listen a little bit better.”Palmer called the preseason opener a tease to what this offense can do, are you anxious to see as well?“Not for about three more weeks. I’m pretty sure I know what they can do. It’s just a matter of getting them all there to that first game.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Any concern that the first-team offense wasn’t able to score a touchdown on that first drive?“No, just threw one screen pass and the tight end got held getting out to block but other than that it was really good.”Did Drew Stanton just have a bad day?“A couple of bad balls, yeah. He rushed the one to Troy in the end zone and just made a bad decision trying to force one into Jaron (Brown) because he and Jaron make every play out here in practice. You get into bad habits sometimes.”How are your injured players progressing, specifically Justin Bethel, Tyrann Mathieu and Frostee Rucker?“We potentially could bring them back off PUP but not to practice, to be able to walk-though and start getting mental reps. That possibly could happen this week.”How is Robert Nkemdiche doing?“He’s getting better. He got a hard workout today. He’s pretty sore. He should be ready soon.”What is the plan for your starters in the second preseason game?“Stretch them a little bit longer. Maximum 15-16 plays. D.J. (Humphries) and Brandon (Williams) will play the whole first quarter. By the end of it all you’d like to have roughly 50 plays run by your starters in the preseason. People talk about cutting preseason games, they don’t even play one so it’s not like they’re playing all four. You’re getting a look at your younger players and building your roster so that fourth game is necessary.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img – / 15 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Top Stories Anything stick out on film after Friday night’s preseason game against Oakland?“Nothing poor. A lot of technique work that needs to be cleaned up with some young players but the effort was really good and we need to tackle better.”Once cleared is it still your plan to see how John Brown handles punts?“John is going to get some looks there. J.J. (Nelson) is going to continue doing it and hopefully wrap the ball up.”How was practicing outdoors?“It felt more like training camp. We got great weather. There was a nice breeze all day so it wasn’t bad at all.”What do you hope to gain from the joint practices with San Diego?“Really good work against them. Mike (McCoy) and I have talked a bunch of times about wanting to do it together. Guys are tired of hitting on each other, and just having two good practices against somebody else, looking at different schemes, different players, watch your young players grow in a different environment, put them on a different schedule—it’s a morning, afternoon, night practices so it’s a good change of pace for us.”Do you have to warn them about making sure things don’t get too heated?“No, when we get there, we’re all on the same team.”last_img read more


Whats Next The Cardinals hit the road to take on


first_imgWhat’s Next: The Cardinals hit the road to take on the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.Philadelphia Eagles 43, Los Angeles Rams 35The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz to what appears to be a torn ACL, but they won this matchup of division leaders in Los Angeles.Wentz threw four touchdown passes before his injury, including a 2-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery that gave the Eagles a 31-28 lead late in the third quarter. In fact, that connection happened four plays after Wentz was hurt, but he stayed in the game and finished the drive before giving way to backup Nick Foles.The Rams answered, marching on a 75-yard drive capped by Todd Gurley’s second touchdown run of the day to give L.A. a 35-31 lead.To Foles’ credit, he did a nice job in relief, engineering two drives that ended in field goals that turned out to be the difference. In all, Foles went 6-of-10 for 42 yards.Philadelphia added a cosmetic touchdown on the game’s last play when Brandon Graham returned a fumble 16 yards for a score.Stat of the Game: Philadelphia dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for over 39 minutes to prevent the Rams’ potent offense from being on the field. The Eagles ran 85 offensive plays to the Rams’ 45. Seven weeks later, the Titans were on the wrong end of such a game.Phil Dawson booted four field goals and the Cardinals’ defense put the clamps on Tennessee’s offense in a five-point win.The game may have been the Cardinals’ best defensive performance of the year. The Titans managed only 204 yards of offense, with only 65 of that coming on the ground. Arizona sacked Marcus Mariota twice and picked him off twice, with Tramon Williams and Josh Bynes doing the honors.Offensively, there were issues for the Cardinals, who yielded eight sacks of quarterback Blaine Gabbert. But, for only the second time all season, and the first time since a Week 3 Monday night loss to Dallas, Arizona didn’t turn the ball over.Arizona finished 3-1 against the AFC South this season, good for half of its wins.Stat of the Game: Larry Fitzgerald had 44 yards receiving and moved past Randy Moss into third place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list with 15,311. Fitzgerald needs just 624 yards to surpass Terrell Owens and move into second place on the list.He Said It: “There’s no such thing.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on whether or not this was an ugly win for his team. He Said It: “Things weren’t clicking for us, and now they are. Winning is contagious, and we’re just going to keep getting better. Winning is fun. Better late than never.” — CelekWhat’s Next: The 49ers look for their third straight win Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers – Garoppolo, who was acquired in a trade with the Patriots at the deadline, was thought to be San Francisco’s quarterback of the future, and has done nothing to change that thinking in his first two starts. His 334 passing yards were the second-most for a 49ers QB this season. Brian Hoyer threw for 353 in a loss to Indianapolis in October.Defensive Player of the Week: Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona Cardinals – Jones had another sack, giving him 14 on the season, and added three tackles for loss to pad his own NFL lead in that category.Special Teams Players of the Week: Mike Thomas and Blake Countess, Los Angeles Rams – Thomas shot through and blocked an Eagles’ punt which Countess scooped up and took to the end zone to give the Rams a 28-24 lead over Philadelphia in the third quarter. TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against Josh Lambo added two fourth-quarter field goals to offset two long touchdown passes from Wilson and preserve the Jacksonville win.Stat of the Game: Wilson threw three interceptions, which marks only the third time in his career he’s had that many in a game. Those picks were turned into 10 points by the Jaguars.He Said It: “Shoot, man. We should have won. We felt like we could have won,” — WilsonWhat’s Next: The Seahawks host the Rams with first place in the NFC West on the line next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.San Francisco 49ers 26, Houston Texans 16Break up the 49ers!San Francisco notched its second straight win, beating the Texans by 10 on the road at NRG Stadium in Houston.Jimmy Garoppolo, making just his second start for San Francisco, completed 20-of-33 for 334 yards and a touchdown pass in the win. That touchdown — a 6-yard strike to Garrett Celek late in the third quarter — broke a 16-16 tie and proved to be the winning margin for the 49ers.Stat of the Game: The win marked the first time the Niners have had back-to-back wins in the same season since Weeks 10, 11 and 12 of the 2014 campaign, when they beat the Saints, Giants and Redskins in a row. 940396265 Standings 3100228314 Yes, the Rams and the Seahawks both stumbled in Week 14, but their first-place showdown is still on for Sunday in Seattle.Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense shut down the first-place Titans and the 49ers continued their late-season surge by winning on the road in Houston.Here’s a closer look at everything that went on in the NFC West in Week 14.Arizona Cardinals 12, Tennessee Titans 7In Week 7, the Titans got an ugly, 12-9 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns without the aid of a touchdown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 670231317 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 850314252 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He Said It: “Against a team like that there [are] things that you can’t do. Unfortunately, you do have to learn some lessons the hard way, myself included.” — Rams head coach Sean McVayWhat’s Next: The Rams seek revenge for an earlier loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday afternoon.Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Seattle Seahawks 24The Jaguars used a 21-point outburst in the third quarter, including two Blake Bortles touchdown passes, to put away the Seahawks at Everbank Field.The game was a defensive struggle in the first half, with the Jaguars holding a 3-0 halftime lead. Bortles hit rookie Dede Westbrook on an 18-yard touchdown pass to stretch the Jags’ lead to 10, but that also seemed to wake up a stagnant Seattle offense. The Seahawks rallied for 10 points of their own on a Blair Walsh field goal and a Russell Wilson-to-Doug Baldwin touchdown pass in a span of just 58 seconds.On the very next play from scrimmage, Bortles hit Keelan Cole on a 75-yard touchdown pass to give Jacksonville the lead back. Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession and Jaydon Mickens returned a Jon Ryan punt 72 yards to the Seattle 1-yard line, setting up Leonard Fournette’s touchdown run to give the Jags a two-touchdown lead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of


first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments   Share   With that in mind, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Ron Wolfley runs through his 10 points of curiosity for the mini-camp, splitting it up into five on each side of the ball.OFFENSE1) What personnel group do they come out in the MOST during run-down situations?Now think about this: run-down defines who you are as an offense. 1st-and-10, 2nd-and-1-to-6, what kind of personnel group are they in A LOT during run-downs?The way the Cardinals lineup on those downs will reflect if they are a traditional or new-age offense.2) Does Kyler Murray, or any quarterback for that matter, take snaps from center?What are you doing in your individual position groups? Well, quarterbacks, they work on their craft like everyone else.Where the quarterbacks are taking snaps from could be telling.3) Do they EVER acknowledge short-yardage and goal-line situations by changing personnel groups, getting under center and/or tightening up formations?One of the traits of the Air Raid is, “we don’t care what down it is. You don’t understand. We’re gonna run our offense even if it’s 1st-and-goal inside the five-yard line. Here we go!”4) How many RPO’s or zone-reads do they run and when do they use them and what personnel group do they use them in? The RPO! The run-pass option is coming to Arizona! The zone read is coming to Arizona!What are you going to do if you’re the young man on the line of scrimmage and you’ve got Kyler Murray and David Johnson meshing up and suddenly it’s a zone read.What are defenses going to do about that? Once every game you show the zone read just to keep everybody honest.And it’s not just any zone read, it’s a zone read with a guy that runs a 4.3 or a 4.4.5) Zone schemes, power schemes or both and how are they used when running RPO’s?The world of the RPO is totally changed. It’s no longer a situation where you only run the RPO with zone reads.You can go ahead and run it with a power scheme, you can run it in a two-back. The RPO has evolved.DEFENSE1) Does the defense work against Kliff Kingsbury’s offense or do they work against Cards?This could cast some light on how different the Cardinals’ offense will be from other teams.2) If facing 12 (one back, two tight ends) or 21 (two backs, one tight end) personnel in run-down situations, are the Cardinals in a true 3-4 defense?If they are in a true 3-4 I will rejoice! I will be so happy!And if they’re not I’ll be curled up in a corner, picking scabs and flicking them in the air. 3) How many times does Vance Joseph close the middle of the field with a safety, whether playing man or zone?This shows philosophy. This shows defensive DNA.4) Who’s talking in the secondary and who’s talking in the box? Should they be talking? What are they saying when they are talking? Are coaches screaming at them before the ball is snapped, because that means somebody is getting it wrong?Who did they select to be that guy to talk?5) Speaking of screaming…my final point of curiosity will be how hard these coaches are coaching the players.It’s not gonna be like they’re actually getting torched while they’re out there on the field. That’s not what I’m talking about.You don’t have to coach somebody hard by screaming at them and calling them all sorts of names or using foul language.What I want to know is when I shut my eyes, what is the noise level like? Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks to players during an organized NFL team activity, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The first step for the Arizona Cardinals towards the beginning of the 2019 season starts on Friday with rookie mini-camp.For the Cardinals, it’s a more significant step due to how much they will be relying on their rookies to contribute.No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray is expected to be the starting quarterback while names like Byron Murphy, Andy Isabella and Zach Allen should have an opportunity to make an impact from the jump. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Bahrain Air has announced that it has launched its


first_imgBahrain Air has announced that it has launched its first flight between Bahrain and Kuwait City as part of its expansion within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).The airline will operate ten weekly flights between the Middle East destinations, plus a further four between Kuwait and Beirut.The inaugural flight was greeted at Kuwait International Airport by a water cannon salute and a welcoming ceremony for the arriving delegation, which included a number of officials from the Embassy of Kuwait.Commenting on the launch of the service, Ibrahim Abdullah Alhamer, managing director of Bahrain Air, said: “As our airline undergoes dynamic development, it is of key importance for us not only to offer new routes and services, but also to become more easily available to our customers.”Mr Alhamer added that the new route reflects the airline’s dual objectives of expansion and providing the best service for passengers.Bahrain Air announced earlier this month that it had added a third aircraft to its fleet, with an additional order for next year set to take the airline’s total fleet size to seven. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSun-Air launches new flight between London City and BillundSun-Air a franchise partner of British Airways, has announced the launch of a new flight between Billund and London City AirportNew Dubrovnik flights from FlyglobespanNew Dubrovnik flights from FlyglobespanDelta Air Lines launches a new route from Atlanta to StockholmDelta airline launch flights between Atlanta and Stockholmlast_img read more


Related 6 exciting long haul destinations to visit


first_img Related6 exciting long haul destinations to visit in 2013From far-flung cities to exotic fly-and-flop beach holidays, check out these six superb long-haul destinations.5 great winter sun escapesThe season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, but if you dream of warmer climes, plot your escape now.New PIA route launches at Stansted AirportNew PIA route launches at Stansted Airport Travellers booking cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur can experience “Asia in a nutshell” on their arrival, STA Travel has said.According to the travel company, the Malaysian capital is the world’s best value destination, with a pint of a beer, a meal in a restaurant, a night in a hostel and a sight-seeing tour costing little more than £13.This is more than £5 cheaper than the next cheapest destination, Vietnamese capital Hanoi, with the above amounting to £18.29.Abdul Rauf Abu Hassan, Tourism Malaysia’s UK and Ireland director, said that Kuala Lumpur offers “a diverse heritage and unique culture” in addition to excellent value for money.”The city is Asia in a nutshell, with Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous influences,” he explained.”The result is an exciting melting pot of numerous religions and varied cuisines, with a flourishing arts scene.”STA Travel’s research also named Seoul, Mexico City and Beijing as among the world’s cheapest destinations, while the best value European city was revealed to be Istanbul.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


Related Top 10 best nudist beaches in Europe vide


first_img RelatedTop 10 best nudist beaches in Europe: video and picturesNude is bang on trend this summer. But we’re not talking about nude heels or handbags; we’re talking about ditching your clothes and opting for a “nakation”. Nervous about bearing it all but fancy giving it a go? Novice or old pro to sunbathing in your birthday suit, you’ll be…Cool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the world6 Bargain flights to Europe from £40Summer may be rushing past at a rate of knots, yet even at this late stage there are still chances to bag bargain flights to popular sun-baked destinations like Faro or Ibiza for as little as £59. But if you’re after something a bit different from your summer hols, why… Beat the baggage charges – don’t pack any clothes! A Skyscanner poll showed that 2% of Skyscanner users have booked a ‘nakation’, so how about going to back to basics? We reveal the top ten places to holiday as nature intended.1. Naked sauna – Kotiharju, Helsinki, FinlandFinns have long enjoyed getting hot and naked with their friends and the country boasts an average of one sauna for every household. Steam yourself silly in The Kotiharju Sauna, the only remaining sauna in Helsinki which is still powered by a wood-burning stove. 2. Naked golf – La Jenny, FranceLa Jenny naturist resort near Bordeaux in south-west France offers Europe’s only naked golf course, and features six holes spread over nine hectares as well as an indoor and outdoor driving range. 3. Naked village – Costa Natura, SpainThis cosmopolitan village near Malaga on the Costal Del Sol has nearly 200 apartments and was the first naturist settlement in Spain. Nude enthusiasts can enjoy Costa Natura’s facilities which include a heated swimming pool, volleyball court, tropical gardens and nudist beach. 4. Naked festival – Okayama, JapanEvery year in the town of Okayama, 9000 scantily clad men take to the streets to celebrate Hadaka Matsuri – Naked Festival. An important Shinto tradition, the event has become popular with tourists who also join the locals dressed only in loin cloths.5. Naked scuba diving – FijiBuff Divers is a company that offers ‘clothing optional’ scuba at sites all around the world, including the tropical climes of Fiji. Naked divers will need to watch out for stinging creatures, spiky sea urchins and stray conger eels. 6. Naked hiking – Harz Mountains, GermanyIn Germany’s Harz Mountains, an 18km naked trial opened to nudist walkers in May so fans of hiking as nature intended can jump on a flight to Berlin to join the clothes-free fun or ‘Nacktwanderen’ for themselves. 7. Naked sailing – CroatiaThere are a total of 1,185 islands which lie off the coast of Croatia, many of which are very secluded, making them a popular spot for nudist sailing trips. You can even book yourself a berth on a large sailboat offering nude cruises running out of Split.8. Naked fishing – Lake Tekapo, New ZealandIf you’re angling for a fishing trip with a difference, try a fully instructed naked fishing expedition at Lake Tekapo Holiday Park on New Zealand’s South Island. A rod and some tackle are essential (sorry! couldn’t resist!). 9. Naked bungy jumping – Nanaimo, CanadaThe centrepiece of the annual ‘Naked Weekend’ celebrations on Valentine’s Day weekend in Nanaimo, Vancouver is a naked tandem bungy jump, where lovers strip off and leap over 140 feet together above the ice-cold water below. 10. Naked Skiing – Obertraun, AustriaThe famous naked skiing contest in Crested Butte, Colorado may have stopped, but you can still get your naked snow sports fix in Obertraun, Austria, which offers the world’s first naked cross-country skiing route in a sheltered valley 1,700m above sea level.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


Fancy seeing a bit more of Scotland… 11 best thin


first_imgFancy seeing a bit more of Scotland….11 best things to see and do in GlasgowSubway bar crawls, Salvador Dali and some intense retail therapy – here are the best things to see and do in Glasgow.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 6. Holyrood ParkThis park is popular for a Sunday afternoon walk, to blow away the cobwebs and enjoy some of Edinburgh’s best sights. From the formidable Arthurs Seat (a dormant volcano) and the jagged Salisbury Crags to Holyrood Abbey (a ruined abbey from 1128) and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Edinburgh crash-pad) there’s plenty to explore. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 8. Victoria Street and GrassmarketThis winding, downhill street with brightly coloured buildings is lovely to wander down and peer into its quirky shops and cafes. It leads you down to the Grassmarket that has several great pubs and restaurants. 2. Water of Leith WalkwayUp and coming Leith is a somewhat underrated area of the city and in the past decade it has become an attractive and trendy neighbourhood. Its many quirky pubs and restaurants such as Nobles and Kings Wark make it worth a visit. The Water of Leith Walkway is a popular cycling and walking route and the many colourful boats and tree-lined walkways make it feel as though you’ve left the city. The walk takes you through some of the prettiest areas of Edinburgh such as Stockbridge and Dean Village. 9. CramondTake a look back into history and visit Cramond beach, that can be enjoyed in either good weather or bad. Most prominent on the beach are the WW2 fortifications (that were constructed as a submarine defence) that, when the weather is misty, dramatically rise from the fog. At low tide there is a path that stretches all the way to an island – although if you decide to visit, you’d better be careful with your timing, it’s not uncommon for tourists to be stranded once the tide comes back in! You can also see the remains of a Roman settlement that will certainly be of interest to any budding historians. This city is a photographer’s dream. Whether it be capturing the excitement of the summer festivals or finding that perfect vantage point to see the sunset – there are plenty of beautiful places around this gorgeous city. So if you plan to be in Edinburgh this summer, here are the 10 most beautiful places to visit.1. Edinburgh CastleI know what you’re thinking. Edinburgh Castle, isn’t that a bit obvious? But really? Have you seen it? Its beauty smacks you right in the face as you stroll along Princes Street. Proudly positioned above the city’s vibrant city gardens, its iconic presence is what captivates the hearts of most locals and visitors alike. Get the best views looking up from the Grassmarket or from just outside Waverly Station. The views from the castle aren’t bad either now that you mention it… 4 . The MeadowsIf you aren’t enticed by the smell of barbecue smoke wafting through the air, then maybe you’ll be attracted by the chilled atmosphere of this huge green space. A favourite spot for Edinburgh University students, this is the place to be on a sunny day in Edinburgh. 3. Calton HillBoasting gorgeous views, Calton Hill’s central location makes it a popular spot for those wishing to take in the entire city in all its beauty. On top of the hill you’ll find the Nelson Monument and the National Monument, an unfinished acropolis that is better known under its local nickname ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace.’ It may be seen as a failure in architectural endeavours but it is still a popular place to get some fantastic photos. 10. Scottish National Gallery of Modern ArtOnce you’ve finished wandering around the fantastic exhibitions in Edinburgh’s Modern Art Gallery, make sure you visit the surroundings of one of Edinburgh’s most underrated attractions. It’s a beautiful Neo-classical building that sits in the middle of a wonderfully unique structured-garden that has been created to look like waves, clouds and geological formations. 7. DuddingstonHidden behind Arthur’s Seat you’ll find the quaint, former village of Duddingston where you can get great views of its loch and wildlife reserve. This area is also home to the oldest pub in Scotland, The Sheep Heid Inn that dates back to 1360. Its many knick-knacks and comfy armchairs make this homey pub a great spot to relax after taking in the surrounding views. It also has a vintage skittle alley and pretty courtyard for visitors to enjoy. RelatedBeyond the Fringe: More things to see and do around EdinburghWe bring you the best things to do in Edinburgh and around, perfect for when Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes to town this August.24 hours in Edinburgh: a video city guideFew cities are as charming or as enchanting as Edinburgh: if you’re only in town for the weekend it can be difficult to choose what to see and do. Short on time and want to know what to see and do in Edinburgh in 24 hours? Keep reading and get…How to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm… 5. The Royal MileEdinburgh’s famous Royal Mile stretches between the castle and the Scottish parliament. The street is situated in the Old Town and is lined with stone tenement buildings with cobbled closes in between. It’s a bustling area with plenty going on that’s main attraction is St Giles Cathedral, a wonderfully gothic church with an impressive crown spire.last_img read more


Revealed flightbooking hacks that can save you cash in 2019


first_imgBut you can always find out which is cheapest for your flight with this one simple trick – tick the ‘add nearby airports’ option when you search on Skyscanner.net. If you’d like to limit it to specific airports – e.g Heathrow, Gatwick and Southend – then on the search results page, you can untick the airports you don’t want to fly from. The waiting game For example, we found flights from London to Sardinia in May for as little as £38 when we tried this. Planning your 2019 adventures? Here’s some inspiration…. Search Everywhere When we checked, we found that a family of four flying to Tenerife could save over £500 if they switched from London Luton to Stansted. Our data doesn’t give any solid answers as to whether you’ll typically save by booking at a smaller airport or a larger one. 7 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday this year More for less: the closest and cheapest places to get guaranteed sunshine DestinationPrice drop %Austin, Texas28%Chicago, Illinois19%Detroit, Michigan17% Seattle, Washington16%Denver, Colorado15%San Francisco, California11%Buenos Aires, Argentina 9%Los Angeles, California7%Sao Paulo, Brazil6%Oakland, California6% This works for your arrival airport, too, but be careful – if you’re not sure where the airports are and how to get to and from them, do some research before booking. Sometimes the cheaper airport can cost you more in transportation costs, eliminating any savings you might have made on the fare. For example the fixed-fare price for a taxi into the city centre from Rome Fiumicino Airport is €48 (per vehicle, not per passenger), compared to just €30 from Rome Ciampino Airport, so bear this in mind when deciding on which flight to book. You might find it’s cheaper to fly out a day before or after you’d originally planned, which is where our ‘month view’ search tool really comes into its own. TGIF The midweek hump can hit hard, and it’s tempting to book a little getaway to cheer yourself up. Try to resist the urge: if you book on a Wednesday, you could be paying over the odds. Jack continues, “And if you’re not sure where to go, use Skyscanner’s handy Map View feature to find the best-value destinations from your local airport. You can easily set filters to your travel month and for direct or indirect routes. Then it’s simply a matter of scrolling through the map and you’ll see the best value destinations – with some of the best bargains already highlighted for you.” Closer to home, there are some incredible bargains to be had on short-haul routes – especially to Germany, which takes four places in the top ten routes. Frankfurt has had the biggest price drop over the past year, with prices falling by 26% on average. This is closely followed by Cologne with a drop of 23%. Broaden Your Options Conventional wisdom has long held that the cheapest fares are for Tuesday or Wednesday departures. But over the last four years our research has turned the ‘fly midweek’ wisdom on its head. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Based on Skyscanner flight data from 2015 to 2018, looking at exits from the UK to all destination for the average flight price of return economy adult fare at the point of travel for each day of the week, and at the point of booking for each day of the week. All fares based on live data from Skyscanner website and are subject to change due to availability and price fluctuations. Long gone are the days when it was always cheaper to book a return flight with the same airline. Our research indicates you can frequently save by being disloyal. When we checked flights from London to Gran Canaria in August, we found savings of £76 for a family of four by going out with one airline and back with another. The cheapest day to depart from the UK is typically a Friday – hooray for the weekend! And the most expensive day to fly from Blighty? Sunday. That’s great news for short-breakers – or those who want to turn five days off work into nine days away. Browse deals Know where and when you want to travel, but not in a rush to book? You can make savings by setting up a price alert. Simply log into Skyscanner: setting up an account is easy and free, search on the website or in the app, then press the Alarm Bell icon. You’ll then be sent notices when the flight prices increase or decrease. Flying out on a Friday instead of a Sunday saw an average saving of an impressive 21%. On pricier flights, that could easily pay for an extra night in a hotel – or that new piece of lightweight carry-on luggage you’ve been eyeing up. RelatedThe best time to book cheap flightsWant to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!7 wonders of the world in one trip? Challenge acceptedMega-trips are bigger than ever for 2019 and it doesn’t get more epic than this grand tour of the new seven wonders of the world. Here’s our insider’s guide to the perfect route, where to stay, and what to pack. A month is all you need but if that’s not…Mythbusters: What are charter flights and how to find a good dealBudget charter flights could be a great option if you’re looking to get away for a bargain holiday. Here’s a rundown of the whats, wheres and whens of getting a great deal. DestinationPrice drop %Frankfurt, Germany26%Cologne, Germany23%Kaunas, Lithuania 18%Genoa, Italy17%Bratislava, Slovakia16%Bremen, Germany 14%Cagliari, Italy14%Reykjavik, Iceland14%Dortmund, Germany11%Luqa, Malta11% Be Flexible Top 10 Best Value Long-Haul Destinations for 2019 But what about just holding tight and waiting until the last-minute? Unfortunately, this trick isn’t the tried-and-true method of ye olden days (i.e. the 1990s). Our data indicates that many airlines ramp up prices in in the days before departure. New York and Amsterdam were the most popular flight destinations in 2018, but if you fancy going somewhere different we’ve crunched the numbers to find out which places have seen the biggest drop in average flight prices over the past year. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The USA dominates the long-haul routes with the biggest price drops, with Austin, Texas seeing a 28% reduction compared to 2017. Only two non-US destinations made it into the top ten. Search flights Sunday Funday Best Value Destinations for 2019 Jack from Jack’s Flight Club has this advice: “If you need a last-minute flight, and you don’t want to pay over the odds, be flexible with your airline choice. Some of the smaller carriers and those that specialise in package holidays to beach destinations will discount unsold seats as the departure time nears. Use Skyscanner’s Search Everywhere tool to find deals. Choose Whole Month for your travel dates, select ‘direct only’ and hit Search Flights. Then scroll down the list of destinations until you see one with an insanely good deal.” If you’re lucky enough to have a few airports nearby, it’s easy to assume that flight prices will be similar from them all. But different airports have different overheads, and you can save a packet by comparing flight prices. Top 10 Best Value European Destinations for 2019 Doing a comparison of all the flight options on the airlines’ own websites would take hours. But on Skyscanner.net, every search scours all the airlines and brings you the best deal, whether it’s flying out and back with the same airline or mixing it up – or even flying into and out of different airports. Mix it up The most searched destinations of 2018 Looking at last year’s data, we found that travellers who bought their tickets on a Wednesday paid on average 4% more than those who booked on a Sunday. On a £500 flight, that’s £25. While it might not make a huge difference for the cheapest fares (after all, how much lower can a £9.99 flight go?), for group trips or pricey flights, it could be worth the wait. Try it for yourself now:last_img read more


Top 15 attractions and things to do in Marrakech


first_img15. Visit EssaouiraMarrakech is fun but extremely hectic, so a day trip to the coastal town of Essaouira (pronounced ‘essa-weera’) can make for a welcome change of pace. This fortified walls of this fishing town are ideal for strolling along, and the market is measurably less frantic than that of Marrakech. The beach is also great for wandering, but better for windsurfing – the town is subject to strong winds that blow pretty much non-stop all year round. If you do go, make sure to stop by Gelateria Dolce Freddo on the main square for probably the best ice cream in Morocco. Supratours buses run between Marrakech and Essaouira – see their website for times. 10. Dar Si Said MuseumFurther your cultural education with a look at this museum of Moroccan handicrafts. Housed in another gorgeous nineteenth century palace, there are Berber trinkets, Moorish ceilings and Tuareg leatherwork to admire here. Look out for the wedding-reception chamber and elegant courtyards, originally built for the brother of Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, Si Said. Opening times: Wed to Mon, 9am – 4.45pm.Location: Derb Si Said.Price: Adults Dhs10, Children Dhs3. 13. Take a trip into the desertFrom one day camel rides to four day epic treks to Fez, it’s worth exploring your surroundings even if you’re only on a short break in Marrakech. Er Chigaga Dunes in the Sahara desert are a popular choice, but most tours will include extra touches like a stay in an authentic Berber tent and home-cooked food around the campfire. Check out Top Desert for well-organised packages. Search flights to Marrakech ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Also known as Jemaa el-Fnaa, this famous square is the pivot around which the friendly chaos revolves and the ideal place to kickstart a city break in Marrakech. During the blazing heat of the day, scurry to one of the covered rooftop cafes that surround the square, providing an ideal viewing spot for the madness below. Stall holders loudly proclaim their wares, snake charmers do their thing, tourists look bewildered and the loudspeakers of the nearby Koutoubia Mosque deafen with the call to prayer five times a day. But it’s after dark when the square really comes alive – an army of food stalls invades, and locals and tourists alike descend in the blessed cool of the evening to enjoy local cuisine at rock-bottom prices. Pick a stall, park yourself on a chair and enjoy. 11. Madrassa Ben YoussefA former religious school dating back to the fourteenth century, the building’s exterior belies the startling green and terracotta mosaics, domed prayer hall and intricate stucco-work. You can still see the hundreds of tiny dormitory ‘cells’ for the students. Local guides can bring the surroundings to life for a few dirhams. The Almoravid sultan Ben Youssef also lent his name to the oldest mosque in Marrakech, nearby, although you’ll have to admire it from the outside if you’re non-Muslim.Opening times: Sun to Sat 8am – 5pm.Location: Kaat Benahid.Price: 20Dhs. 9. Marrakech MuseumPeer at ancient Islamic coins, bright patterned ceramics and jewelled weaponry fit for the Sultans of old, in this treasure house of Moroccan artefacts. Add to this the stunner of a building – a former ministerial palace – resplendent with tiled floors, chandeliers and stained glass, and this is definitely worth a stop on your tour of Marrakech sights.Opening times: Daily 9am – 6.30pm.Location: Place Ben Youssef, Marrakech Medina.Price: 30Dhs. How to get to MarrakechRyanair, easyJet and BA all fly direct to Marrakech from London. If you’re flying from regional UK airports like Birmingham or Manchester, you can change at European airports like Amsterdam or Lisbon. Marrakech Menara Airport is less than 20 minutes’ (8km) drive from the centre of Marrakech.Find the cheapest deals on flights to Marrakech with Skyscanner: 14. Feast at Al FassiaBeloved by Moroccans as much as visitors, Al Faissa is where to go for upmarket, but authentic local cuisine. With two locations (Al Fassia Aguedal is in a boutique hotel south of central Marrakech), it also has the fairly unusual set-up of being run almost entirely by women. Though their pigeon bstilla (pigeon pie) and roasted shoulder of lamb dishes are of the highest quality, dinner for two will only set you back around £40.Opening times: Lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays.Location: (Al Faissa Gueliz, Marrakech city centre) 55, Boulevard Zerktouni.Price: Mains from 130Dhs (around £10). 1. Watch the madness unfold at Djemma el-Fna ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 8. Make time for teaMoroccan mint tea is a staple of daily life in Marrakech. People drink it everywhere and at any time of day, and you’ll inevitably be offered it at some point. It’s considered impolite to refuse, so it’s just as well that the hot tea is invariably delicious and surprisingly cooling too. It’s made from a mixture of green tea and fresh mint leaves along with lashings and lashings of sugar – if you’re used to mint tea au naturel then you may find the sweet, pungent taste quite surprising. Dar Belkabir just off the Djemma El-Fna offers a mean cuppa, but you can find a decent mint tea pretty much anywhere. 6. Take a turn around Koutoubia MosqueThe 77-metre-tall minaret of this sizable mosque, located right next to Djemma El-Fna, is a handy marker for those at sea in the souk. A closer inspection is warranted, however, if only to appreciate the ornate ceramics and scalloped arches of this impressive 12th-century building. Non-Muslims are not permitted to go inside, but the gardens are open from 8 am to 8 pm and offer the perfect place for an early evening wander. 3. Scrub up in a hammamAfter pounding the dusty streets all day giving the sights a thorough see, there’s nothing better than a long hot scrub in a hammam (steam room). After soaking in the steam, you’ll be lathered up with ghassoul (black soap made from natural mineral clay) and then scrubbed down thoroughly with a kessa (a sort of rough glove) – the layers of skin will peel off alarmingly, but I guarantee it’s the cleanest you’ll ever feel in your life. For a taste of luxury, try Les Bains de Marrakech or for a – potentially more fun – local option in which you’ll be surrounded by the everyday gossip of the men and women (segregated, of course) who visit the hammam every week. Hammam Dar El Bacha is a popular choice – men go in the morning, women in the afternoon and evening. Where to stay in MarrakechIf you don’t want to splash out some £800 on a stay at the Royal Mansour Marrakech, a certain level of comfort is still attainable IN Marrakech. For a more reasonable £127 Villa Makassar comes well-equipped with a library, a hot tub and rooftop terrace and is handy for the Medina and big Marrakech attractions like the Royal Palace.For bargain rates, try Kaktus Hostel, south-west of the centre. Laid out around a courtyard like a basic riad, it has a good eco-conscious approach and creative atmosphere.Find hotels in Marrakech*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.**Still looking for inspiration? We’ve got some alternative city break ideas for you below:Top 10 things to do in PalermoPalermo provides an exotic mix of African and European culture – and a grisly reminder of the past lurks beneath.Discover Belgrade: top things to see and doFrom cutting edge street art to brutalist Yugoslav-era architecture, here are the best things to see and do in the beautiful Serbian capital, Belgrade.The best things to do in PortoFramed by the sea and the mighty River Duoro, Portugal’s second city is home to one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, a swathe of historic churches, gardens and (naturally) port wine. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 2. Cosy up in a riadThere are hundreds of riads to choose from in Marrakech, and they can provide an oasis of calm and hospitality away from the hectic streets. The name ‘riad’ derives from the Arabic for garden, and these guesthouses tend to be arranged around a picturesque open courtyard that’s usually festooned with plants. They often boast roof terraces too, which are perfect for relaxing in the shade with a good book. The only down side is that riads can be so cosy that it’s hard to lever yourself out of them to go sightseeing. A couple of recommendations are Riad Les Yeux Bleus, which is situated around two central courtyards and has been beautifully restored by the French owners, and Riad Chafia, the local owners of which are very helpful and will be happy to welcome you with a cup of mint tea. 4. Wonder at the Palais de la BahiaConstruction of this grand palace began in 1866 at the behest of Grand Vizier Si Moussa, a former slave who rose to become the sultan’s right-hand man. After his death the palace was expanded considerably by his son Bou Ahmed, who also became grand vizier. The rambling, one-storey building is full of constant surprises, as intimate gardens can be found right next to grand colonnaded courtyards, which in turn give way to private apartments laden with astonishingly detailed stuccos. The word ‘bahia’ means ‘beauty’ or ‘brilliance’, and it’s certainly a fitting name.Opening times: Mon to Sun 8am – 5pm.Location: 52, Jemaa El Fna.Price: 10Dhs. 7. Relax in Jardin MajorelleIf you’re maxed out on mosques and saturated with souks, the Jardin Majorelle is the place to come for something a bit different. This tranquil garden with its calming blue buildings was laid out by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1980 it was bought by clothes designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his business partner Pierre Bergé. After Saint-Laurent’s death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden. The shaded fountains offer a soothing escape from the city’s heat, and the small gallery of Majorelle’s paintings is worth a look.Opening times: (Oct 1 to Apr 30) 8am – 5:30pm, (May 1 to Sept 30) 8am – 6pm.Location: Rue Yves Saint Laurent.Price: (Garden) 70Dhs; (Museum) 30Dhs. 12. Peek at the Saadian TombsBuilt by Sultan al-Ghalib Abdullah in 1557, this mausoleum is the final resting place of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Saadian dynasty, walled up and kept hidden by subsequent rulers and only rediscovered in 1917. Works of art in marble and mosaic, you might need to come early to miss the crowds queuing up to see the magnificent main tomb, dedicated to Lalla Mas’ouda, mother of Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi.Opening times: Daily 9am – 4.45pm.Location: Rue de la Kasbah, accessed through the Kasbah Mosque.Price: Adults Dhs10, Children Dhs3. 5. Explore the souks of the MedinaThe twisting medieval passageways of the Marrakech souks (markets) within the medina (old town) can be intimidating, but the best approach is to just plunge in. You’ll almost certainly get lost, even with the help of a map, so just follow your feet, enjoy the sights and smells of the market stalls and see where you end up – you’ll pop out on a main street eventually. There’s not really one but five souks to peruse, including the pungent Spice Souk, and the charming Slipper Souk. Local people may offer to guide you to various sights within the souk, but be aware that you’re just as likely to end up at their brother’s carpet shop as the historical Ben Youssef Madrasa. If that does happen, there’s little to do but shrug, laugh and start haggling. RelatedWhere to go on holiday in OctoberHalloween is around the corner, the last leaves are tenaciously clinging to the branches and the coffee shops are whipping out the pumpkin spice syrup. Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean the holidays need to be. Check out the Skyscanner guide to the best cities, beaches, and events…Last chance city sun: 6 flights for £60 or lessLast chance city sun: 6 flights for £60 or lessTop 15 attractions and things to do in ThessalonikiVenerable in age and young at heart, Greece’s second city rewards those who follow their noses into bakeries and hidden backstreets, or wander through secret doorways and down into crypts. Uncover the best of Thessaloniki on a weekend away, with our guide to the top things to see, do and…last_img read more


Panama – Reported by Elite Traveler the Private J


first_imgPanama – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazinePanama’s premier luxury hotel group and member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Bristol Hotels is pleased to announce new summer promotions at Bristol Buenaventura and Bristol Panama. Considered the definitive emerging destination, Panama offers an ideal getaway for families, couples and friends with a wide selection of exciting activities, vibrant culture and unique history.The Bristol Buenaventura resort’s Summer Special & Family Vacation package is available through September, 2010 and includes: -Stay Four Nights and Receive the fifth night free -Daily Breakfast for Two -$100 Resort Credit -Complimentary Kids Meals (10 years and under)The Bristol Panama is now offering a Pacific Paradise package, available through December 19, 2010. The unique, 5-night package allows guests to enjoy 2 nights at the Bristol Panama and 3 nights at the Bristol Buenaventura for one price.-Daily breakfast for two -Transfer to/from the airport and between hotelsThree Tours: -Embera Indian Village on the Chagres River -Panama Canal and City -El Valle Canopywww.thebristol.comlast_img read more


Las Ventanas al Paraíso A Rosewood Resort has ear


first_imgLas Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort has earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for 2010. The internationally acclaimed resort has earned the coveted rating for nine consecutive years and, once again, is the only property in the destination of Los Cabos to achieve the Five Diamond level. Las Ventanas is a previous selection to Elite Traveler’s annual 101 Top Suites issue.“Achieving this milestone for the ninth straight year is a tribute to the consistency and professionalism of our entire staff that continues to perform, day after day and year after year, at the highest level,” said Managing Director Lionel Álvarez. “Words cannot describe how passionately dedicated we are to setting international standards for a luxury resort by delivering the ultimate personalized service and an unsurpassed guest experience.”The Five Diamond rating is given to only the most select and exclusive hotels, resorts and restaurants in North America, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, that represent the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. For 2010, Las Ventanas was among only 113 hotels and resorts in North America to earn the prestigious rating. Only a tiny fraction – .28 percent – of the 58,000 lodgings and restaurants reviewed by AAA were rated Five Diamond for 2010.Las Ventanas has been among the world’s most heralded resorts since it opened in 1997. It bought, for the first time, the highest international standards of luxury and service to Los Cabos and played a lead role in elevating it to Mexico’s most upscale destination.Las Ventanas features: 71 exceptionally spacious suites with exquisite furnishings, unique appointments hand-crafted by Mexican artisans, magnificent views and individual telescopes for stargazing; four different dining choices including signature Baja-Mediterranean cuisine at The Restaurant, ‘Cocina del Fuego’ at the Sea Grill cooked on wood-burning grills, Mexico’s finest tequilas and most diverse ceviche menu at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar, and a fusion of Japanese and Mexican culinary traditions and flavors at the Tequila & Sushi Bar; and the most extensive array of ultra-luxury amenities of any resort, from poolside butlers to a Director of Romance dedicated to making guests’ romantic dreams come true.www.rosewoodhotels.comlast_img read more


Explore the world of beauty and glamour with Ultra


first_imgExplore the world of beauty and glamour with Ultrafemme, Mexico’s premier cosmetic, fragrance and skin care haven, as they host the 14th Annual Festival Celebrating All Things Beautiful in Cancun & Los Cabos.The Summer Festival, lasting from July 24 – August 8, will feature a nautical theme capturing the essence of Ultrafemme and the luxurious destinations of each of their 10 store locations.Amidst the live music, in-store raffles, promotions and refreshments, international make-up artists from some of the world’s most prominent cosmetic brands like MAC, Estee Lauder, Chanel and Clinique will be on hand for both consultations and demonstrations.Also participating in the celebration are select boutiques within Luxury Avenue Cancun and Los Cabos as well as world-renowned fragrance brands including Bulgari, Dior, Hermes and Ultrafemme’s signature fragrance brand, Seajewels.With more than 500 of the most prominent cosmetic and fragrance brands coupled with the help of image consultants, Ultrafemme customers will experience the latest in treatments and makeovers and find the products that best fit their needs.Visit ultrafemme.com.last_img read more


NEW YORK — Israels Tourism Office is riding a wav


first_imgNEW YORK — Israel’s Tourism Office is riding a wave of positive publicity to promote 2009’s celebration of Tel Aviv’s Centenary.Last week, according to the tourist board, The New York Times travel section section called Tel Aviv “The capital of Mediterranean cool” while the August issue of Travel+Leisure magazine noted, “An influx of wealth, progressive culture, and world-class cuisine is reshaping this resilient Mediterranean metropolis.“Tel Aviv is gearing up for one of the biggest parties in Israel’s history,” says Arie Sommer, Israel Tourism Commissioner for North and South America. Celebrations will be year-long, but the kickoff is April 4, 2009 with a massive concert in Rabin Square, complete withmulti-media experiences and performances by international stars, the New Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.Founded in 1909 on sand dunes as a garden suburb of ancient Jaffa, Tel Aviv very quickly burgeonedinto a metropolis, styling itself as ‘the first Hebrew city in two millennia.’ By the 1930’s, architects escaping theNazis were creating the wealth of Bauhaus buildings which gave Tel Aviv its unique look and which caused its “White City” to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By the turn of the 21st century the city had become home to dozens of world-class restaurants, a fashion scene that combines Milan, Tokyo and New York and a wealth of world-class cultural institutions.“If Jerusalem is our Washington DC,” says Sommer, “then Tel Aviv is our New York, the center of business, entertainment, and all the excitement associated with a big city that is also a beach resort on the Mediterranean.”Full details of Tel Aviv’s centenary can be found at www.visit-tlv.comlast_img read more


by Michael Sisak The Associated Press Posted


first_img by Michael Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 2:07 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby performs comedy at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. It was his first public performance since his last tour ended amid protests in May 2015. Cosby has denied allegations from about 60 women that he drugged and molested them over five decades. He faces an April retrial in the only case to lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak) PHILADELPHIA – Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring.In the past two weeks, the 80-year-old Cosby emerged from a long period of near-seclusion to have dinner with friends at a restaurant and gave his first comedy performance in more than two years. Cosby’s publicists turned both nights into media spectacles, letting reporters tag along as he enjoyed penne and sausage earlier this month and inviting cameras in as he told jokes Monday at a jazz club.Legal experts say Cosby’s team appears to be orchestrating the public outings and media coverage to influence potential jurors at his April 2 retrial on charges of molesting a Temple University employee at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The former TV star’s first trial ended in a hung jury last June.“It’s the ‘Bill Cosby is not a bad guy’ defence,” said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson.By playing up Cosby’s comedic past and Philadelphia roots, Levenson said, his team is attempting to recast his image from that of a predator accused of drugging and molesting about 60 women over five decades.Prosecutors have asked a judge to let 19 of those women testify at Cosby’s retrial, which is likely to unfold in a far more hostile climate than his first trial. In recent months, the #MeToo torrent of sexual misconduct allegations has brought down numerous powerful men, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer and Michigan Rep. John Conyers.“The defence is saying, ‘If they’re going to try to make this about his reputation, we better start building back up his reputation,’” Levenson said.Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, denied the comedian’s recent public appearances are aimed at influencing a potential jury. He said that the entertainer gets “hundreds of requests per day” and that he accepted the jazz club invitation because he wanted to honour Philadelphia musician Tony Williams.“Living life is not a strategy,” Wyatt said “Mr. Cosby is a human being. When did being a human being become a strategy? He has to live life to the fullest.”Cosby’s accusers see his re-emergence as a slap in the face.“While he’s laughing, they’re crying,” said Gloria Allred, the lawyer for about 30 Cosby accusers. “Perhaps this is some sort of charm offensive, but I think there are many, many people who believe the accusers, and they are not charmed by what appears to be an act,” she added. “It feels manipulative of public opinion.”Earlier Monday, Cosby spoke at a star-studded memorial service in New York for choreographer George Faison’s longtime partner. Over the weekend, Cosby’s social media accounts featured photos of him visiting a Philadelphia barber and a cafe and expressing support for the Super Bowl-bound Eagles.During his hour-long jazz club performance, Cosby appeared at ease at he reminisced about his childhood and pounded the drums. He didn’t touch on his criminal case and wouldn’t answer reporters’ questions about it afterward, saying: “I came here tonight to enjoy being with my friends and the musicians and the people who came.”Outside the restaurant where he ate dinner with friends Jan. 10, Cosby shook a reporter’s hand and told her: “Please don’t put me on MeToo.”Wyatt argued Cosby’s life shouldn’t stop just because he is facing charges.“When you have to go to traffic court, do you stop going to work?” he said. When reminded that the charges against Cosby are more serious and could put him in prison for the rest of his life, the spokesman replied: “People have to go to court every day. They still go out and enjoy life.”Wyatt said Cosby has been out in public frequently near his primary home in Massachusetts. The difference now: He is inviting the media. Wyatt issued a press release about Cosby’s comedy performance about two hours before he was to take the stage.“By inviting you guys along, it’s pretty clear what the motivation is there. I doubt it’s because you needed to see another comedy act,” Levenson said. “In other words, were you being used and manipulated? I think so.”__Follow Sisak on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mikesisakcenter_img Bill Cosby is hitting the town; legal experts see a strategylast_img read more


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first_img FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Pete Wentz attends the LA Premiere of “Zootopia” held at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Wentz took to Instagram on Sunday, May 13, 2018, to announce the birth of his daughter with partner Meagan Camper. He wrote he’s grateful Marvel Jane Wentz is here and she’s “ready to takeover the world.” (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2018 3:52 am PDT Last Updated May 14, 2018 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz had a special Mother’s Day announcement.The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Sunday to announce the birth of his daughter with partner Meagan Camper. He wrote he’s grateful Marvel Jane Wentz is here and she’s “ready to takeover the world.”Marvel is Wentz’s third child and first daughter. The couple has a son, and Wentz had a boy with his ex, Ashlee Simpson.center_img Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz welcomes infant daughterlast_img read more


HR McMaster the lieutenant general who endured


first_img H.R. McMaster, the lieutenant general who endured a troubled year as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has a book deal.HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that McMaster’s “Battlegrounds” is scheduled for 2020. The book will cover his 34-year military career and his time in the Trump administration. Trump repeatedly clashed with McMaster and in March announced that he was replacing him with John Bolton. McMaster had been appointed national security adviser in February 2017 after Michael Flynn was forced out over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Financial terms were not disclosed for the book, an election-year release which likely will offer a much tougher portrait of the president than upcoming memoirs by former administration officials Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, both of whom have spoken warmly of Trump.McMaster, who has since retired from the military, is planning to write about the “gravest geopolitical challenges” of our time. He said in a statement issued through his publisher that he was “looking forward to researching and writing about the greatest challenges to the free world and how we can work together with like-minded nations to seize opportunities, defeat threats to security, and preserve our way of life.”McMaster is also known as the author of “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam,” an acclaimed work published by HarperCollins in 1997. by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 10:48 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Jan. 25, 2018 file photo shows then National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster during a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. HarperCollins Publishers said, Wednesday, July 11, that McMaster’s upcoming book, “Battlegrounds,” is scheduled for release in 2020. The book will cover his 34-year military career and his year as national security adviser under President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) center_img H.R. McMaster book scheduled for 2020last_img read more