Sunday, 26 March 2017

Gatwick to Oakland, San Francisco Bay with British Airways

MADE in Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt brings a Californian glow to Gatwick to celebrate British Airways’ new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. Stephanie, who went to college in San Francisco, stuns in a photoshoot to mark the airline's first route from Gatwick to California, and its fifth service from London to the 'golden state'. 

The route takes off from March 28 with flights launching from £210 each way based on a return fare.


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Cumbrian Comfort

THE doors to the iconic Queens Head at Troutbeck, in the #LakeDistrict, will reopen on the March 29 following a 2 million pound investment by Robinsons Brewery. The former 17th century coaching Inn will boast an eclectic mix of ancient Cumbrian and contemporary decor alongside it’s iconic four poster bar. 

The brand-new Queens Head will feature a large drinking area with cosy and secluded dining areas, with focus being around the three original real fireplaces which are being lovingly restored.


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Happy Mother's Day



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Saturday, 25 March 2017

San Francisco International Airport Named Best Airport for Local Eateries

SAN FRANCISCO International Airport (SFO) was named the Best Airport for Local Eateries by www.RewardExpert.com.

For the 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard, Reward Expert combed through almost 75,000 customer reviews and studied menu data to determine which of the 20 busiest U.S. airports have the best dining experience for travelers, also researching the best experience for specific dining categories like vegetarian or gluten-free. 

 In addition to being named Best Airport for Local Eateries, SFO came in eighth overall, noting, “Aside from a Burger King, a Wendy’s and some staple coffee shops, nearly all of the San Francisco Airport’s restaurants originated in San Francisco. Napa Farms, SF Uncork’d, Mission Bar and Grill, and Lori’s Diner are just a few of the Frisco-based restaurants that can be found in the airport.”

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Tahiti Celebrates



#TAHITI Tourisme is celebrating 50 years of overwater bungalows, the striking over-the-water accommodation that helped put the #Islands of Tahiti on the map. In 1967, Tahiti became the first #destination in the world to take accommodation into uncharted waters, building suites over its islands’ beautiful blue lagoons in a move that cemented the Society Islands as one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.

The first humble overwater bungalows were built in Raiatea and Moorea fifty years on, there are now nearly 900 overwater bungalows spread across eight of Tahiti’s 118 islands, with the picturesque accommodation becoming as famous as the destination’s dazzling lagoons.

Originally built as traditional stilted coral homes, over the past five decades the Islands of Tahiti’s overwater bungalows have evolved into palatial suites boasting private terraces, infinity pools, hammocks, spa baths and in-room glass floors.

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Paradise in Berlin

A large open-air exhibition between Easter and Whitsun will be held in Berlin to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation: under the heading "Paradise is everywhere".

Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH will mark more than 70 places in Berlin with information about the Reformation and its impact on our everyday life and the way we live together. 

This exhibition also links up with the International Horticultural Exhibition (IHE), which will be launched on 13 April, revealing a little paradise within the city.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Last Minute Mother's Day Treats

FOR mothers not much in to pampering or afternoon tea scrap the traditional Mother’s Day routine and head to Haynes International Motor Museum for the perfect alternative experience (26 March). 

Give your mum the opportunity to feel the wind in her hair as she jumps behind the wheel of a Bentley or goes for a spin in a Ferrari off the track and out on the open road.

The pre-planned route takes you off track onto main roads and lasts 15-20 minutes with a briefing beforehand and time for photographs afterwards.

Prices start at £79.

www.haynesmotormuseum.com/events/mothers-day-dream-car-drives


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With or without the family in Vietnam


SPICEROADS Cycle Tours is proud to present its first #family #cycling tour in #Vietnam. This tour spends 5 spectacular days in the lush mountains of Northern Vietnam, cycling through charming villages, hillside rice terraces, and fantastic scenery. Plenty of additional activities from making local cuisine, to meeting new wildlife, ensure that riders are getting immersed in local culture and having fun.

This fun and exploratory tour of Northern Vietnam's natural and cultural sites is the perfect way to travel, get active, and make memories with the family. This 5 day, 4 night tour totals 162 kilometers on a variety of terrain, from tarmac to concrete paths to dirt roads. The ride is easy and gentle and allows plenty of time to stop for photo opportunities or rest.

ANOTHER option from Cheapflights.co.uk is a thirteen-night tour of Vietnam spending your nights in four- and five-star accommodation, return flights from London Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines, all round-trip transfers and 30kg baggage allowance. Based on two adults sharing.

The tour includes a journey of discovery through Vietnam's most-loved areas and offers the perfect combination of serenity, culture, and hustle and bustle. The tour begins in the capital city of Hanoi with a three-night stay at the four-star Thien Thai Hotel, before guests embark on a stunning one-day Halong Bay Cruise to Phu Quoc Island – the largest island in Vietnam. Then spend seven nights at the five-star Novotel Phu Quoc Resort before three nights at the four-star Eden Star Hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where guests can indulge in a street food tour of classic Vietnamese cuisine.

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Loch Ewe 75

AN exciting new event, the Loch Ewe World War II Festival, is being launched in Poolewe in Wester Ross, #Scotland this week, to show-case the intrepid Russian Arctic Convoys that braved the North Atlantic passage to Russia in extreme weather and war-time conditions. Once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the "the worst journey in the world" they brought support to our ally in what was a vital strategic war effort.

A two-day extravaganza of military and naval re-enactments in Loch Ewe and Aultbea will be complemented with a movie night, Highland Swing band, D-Day Darlings singers to reminisce along with some serious vintage glamour and military style.


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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Japfest returns to Silverstone



ONE of Europe’s biggest Japanese car shows returns to the home of British Motor Racing at Silverstone for the second year on April 30 from 10am to 5.30pm. Thousands of Japanese cars from the UK’s major Japanese car clubs will be on display, filling the vast Silverstone site with over 3,500 cars.

The largest trade and exhibition area of its kind will occupy the paddock area alongside a series of all-day track action, including the much anticipated return of the Drift Kings’ epic winner-takes-all showdown. There will also be live entertainment, a show & shine competition, opportunities for drivers of Japanese cars of all abilities to get on the track, and a shopping village, where you can track down all your sought-after Japanese car parts. 

Sunday Show tickets cost £25 for adults and weekend camping is also available. Book tickets in advance and get a free Japfest t-shirt and show guide.


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