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Based on a true story about the island of Spinalonga, Victoria Hislop succeeded in bringing to life a world that few of us ever could have imagined. It is a perfect holiday read for visitors to Crete. Spinalonga is a small island right off, set to the south of the popular seaside resort of Aghios Nico Laos on the east coast of the beautiful, mountainous Greek island of Crete. Today you can sit in one of the most picturesque tavernas in Elounda, sipping a cool drink and watch the to-ing and fro-ing of the boats in and around the island. Or you can take a...

Monday, August 24, 2009


Andalusia is the setting of a spectacular grouping of whitewashed, historical villages which seem to be lost in time, with many of the age old traditions maintained to this day. Seen in the clear light of the summer sun you get the full impact of their magnificence.The white villages are set in the Alpujarra (Las Alpujrras), a mountainous area of southern Spain, in the Andalusia region, not far from Granada. Nestling amidst the hills often within sight of each other the biggest of the white villages is Lanjaron (source of the mineral water...

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Brad Pitt has apparently got closer to putting together a program to restore the chateau Miraval, to the great delight of the municipality of Correns.Correns is a small village in the heart of what is locally known as Le Provence verte, a region, which is a part of Cote d'Azur in the south of France. Brad and Angelina get to spend time discretely in the area, they recently came to the village to eat at the restaurant L'Auberge du Parc, arriving in a big 4 x 4 with opaque windows, restaurant staff were asked in advance to turn off all mobile...

Saturday, August 22, 2009


LD Lines announced yesterday that they will open a new direct ferry from Rosslare in southern Norway to Cherbourg. The LD Lines ferry Norman Voyager will do 17 hours crossing six times a week.Former LD Lines operated longer, less frequent service to Le Havre, this operation move to the new Rosslare to Cherbourg service. LD Lines launched directly Ireland to France service in 2008, and it has proved very popular, therefore the decision to expand and improve frequency and crossing time.Cherbourg provides an excellent springboard for most north and west...

Friday, August 21, 2009


Villa holidays have become increasingly recognized as a superior type of holiday as standards of villa accommodation have risen throughout the world to reflect expectations of villa holidaymakers.The fundamental distinction which sets villa holiday accommodation apart from hotels and apartments and camping holidays is the privacy a villa offers. Your facilities are yours alone so you don’t run the risk of having other people making a noise such as banging hotel doors at night or intruding on your facilities such as taking all the sun-loungers by...

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The best time for viewing wild flowers in the Cape Town area of South Africa is usually during August and September depending upon rainfall during July. The flower routes as they are known locally offer some of the most spectacular wild flowers in the world.The rains of July transform the area into a giant display of a huge variety of wild flowers, of such diversity that the Clanwilliam Dam Resort and the Ramskop Nature Reserves alone boast of up to 250 indigenous plants.The Ramskop Nature Reserve has a wild flower garden with over 350 species of wild...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


It is official, according to the French authorities that Rum produced on the Caribbean island of Martinique is right up there with the best.So much so that it now carries the fabled AOC or appellation controlee label which is reserved for the best wines such as Bordeaux or Champagne, or cheeses like Camembert. You may not use an AOC ticket unless your product is of top quality and Martinique Rum now proudly carries that label.There are Rum distilleries all over the island of Martinique and visitors are invited to discover what is on offer. On the...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Portugal will host the Audi Cup this summer, the Trophy will be contested in Portugal between the 18 and 23 August in the Atlantic waters around Portimao in the stunning Algrave region of Portugal.Portimao marina will be the centre for Cup events that will take advantage of an excellent range of facilities on offer that includes some superb restaurants and attractions which will appeal to visitors and competitors alike.The majestic Praia the Rocha, just along the coast, will provide the perfect backdrop for spectacular yachting which is bound to...

Monday, August 17, 2009


Etna erupted in spectacular fashion on the 5th January 2012 and again with another paroxysmal eruption on the 18th March 2012 after the previous years showing in May 2011.Etna last erupted in September 2004 beginning at a height of around 2300 metres above sea level, lasting for several months, producing lava at temperatures of up to 1100 degrees Celcius. Previous recent eruptions occurred in 2002, 2001, 1999 and 1986 confirming Etna’s active status which is one of the best documented in the world.The summit of Mount Etna stands at 3350 metres, or...

Friday, August 14, 2009


Opened in July this year the Terra Rossa Museum is located on the banks of the river Bresque in the interesting, little town of Salernes in the Cote d'Azur region of the South of France, near the coast, handy for the beach.Salernes is famous for it’s ceramic tiles that are still much sought-after today and adorn walls and floors of many beautiful villas and old "bastides" found in the area. The original tiles have a very special red color, but today, there is a variety of different types and colors.Terra Rossa Museum is...

Friday, August 14, 2009


The Ku De Ta restaurant in Seminyak, on the west coast of Bali is reputedly considered to be the trendiest establishment on the island. The relaxed atmosphere and beachside setting combined with swish décor attract both families and singles alike.First opened in 2000 the Ku De Ta has been a trend setter on the island in terms of its menu, drinks, location, music and night scene. Its name is a take on the French expression Coup d’etat which basically means a take-over and to a large extent that is what has happened here.The architecture and...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The beautiful island of Syros is famous for its stunning sunsets, which is second to non. After dark it is also one of the few places in all of Greece to have a gaming Casino.Those wishing to play must wear appropriate attire and can take advantage of the Casino facility that includes nearly 200 slot machines and 25 gambling tables. Syros is the only Greek island to have a Casino.As with most of the casino nightlife of Syros is based in the capital Ermoupolis that has a variety of jazz clubs, piano bars and taverns that offer regular pop music as well...

Monday, August 10, 2009


Tapas tasting of the highest order takes place during the Tapeo in the old centre of the charming seaside resort of Javea, or Xabia as it is known by the locals, in Spain’s Costa Blanca. The tastings are supplemented by musical and theatrical performances during the later weekends of September.Javea is proud of its reputed gourmet cuisine which is enhanced by a wealth of high quality local products in particular the beautiful orange and lemon groves in the surrounding countryside and fresh fish and seafood care of the local fishermen....

Saturday, August 08, 2009


Porto Vecchio is a perfect base for water sports as the huge bay of Porto Vecchio offers an ideal protection from the waves of the open sea. Combined with crystal clear, warm water and spectacular mountain scenery it is easy to see why so many people want to get in the water here.This summer you can enjoy water skiing or "Nautique ski" as it is known in French with the Santa Giulia Club operating from the beautiful Plage de Santa Giulia, they offer lessons for beginners as well as the possibility of having a try on a wake board, mono...

Friday, August 07, 2009


 
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