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Great Ice Cream Parlours In Europe and Beyond

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Ice Cream Travel Challenge Thinking of taking off on a holiday tour? Grab a couple of airline tickets and set a fun family challenge -  who can locate the best Ice Cream Dessert Parlours as you travel! Ice cream is a serious business for adults and children alike. The new flavours now available, range far beyond childhood memories of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry! Liquorice Granita, Mojito Ice Lollies, and double Chocolate Baileys are just a few of the flavour-packed ices you can now sample. Here are a few of the top rated places to try out an ice cream in Europe and beyond! Giuseppe Ricci in Madrid Spain A local favourite and the snaking queues into this establishment are proof enough that this is the best place for ice cream. This dessert parlour has seasonal flavours such as mojito and melon as well as richer ones such as the chocolate and mint fondant. It is also one of the few places in the Spanish capital where you can enjoy soy and vegan ice cream whatever the wea

French Holiday Villas

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Things To Consider When Searching For French Holiday Villas If you're looking to go on a relaxing, fun-filled family holiday - France is one destination you'll definitely want to think about visiting. The country's long been popular with us Brits, but if you want to have a really enjoyable stay,  it's worth booking a stay in a villa. Luckily, this kind of accommodation is located all over France. If you book a family holiday in a French villa without having first checked out what the local area has to offer, you run the risk of ending up somewhere that isn't right for you. So, how do you make certain that the villa you book is right for you? Much like the TV show of the same name, it's all about location, location, location. After all, if you pick somewhere that doesn't cater to you or your family's interests, whatever they might be, boredom may soon start to set in. If you and your kids are into nature, you're bound to love a holiday in Nice. T

A Guide To Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park in South Africa is probably one of the world's most famous game reserves - it's definitely up there with the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Here's a bit of information about Kruger National Park and what you can expect to see if you choose to book a safari here. Kruger National Park: vital statistics Spanning nearly 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park isn't exactly small and it's renowned for its biodiversity. Hundreds of species of animals and plants live on the reserve, so there's always something to see when you're out and about. To break it down a bit, there are 147 different mammals, 114 kinds of reptile, 336 types of tree and a staggering 507 bird species found here. It was established as a national park in 1898 and it's been a popular destination for travellers hoping to catch a glimpse of some of Africa's majestic wildlife for decades. The Big Five Although the Big Five ori

Great Reasons To Tie The Knot Abroad

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Planning your wedding is bound to be one of the most exciting (and, yes, potentially most stressful) experiences of your life. However you decide to do it, there's going to be loads to think about - but before you jump in and start sorting out flower arrangements for the venue round the corner, it's well worth considering getting married overseas. Why? Some of the top reasons are:   Get married in an exciting destination I guess this is one of the most obvious reasons to get married overseas, so I won't dwell on it too much. Choose to tie the knot in another country and a world of possibilities is opened up to you, from services on stunning tropical beaches to saying 'I do' next to natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Plus, depending on what destination you choose, you can almost guarantee getting married in the sunshine. Have your dream wedding Similarly, getting married abroad gives you a real chance to create your dream wedding - and,

Beautiful Bodrum In Turkey

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Bodrum in Turkey is a perfect holiday destination. Packed with history and a pretty harbour full of colourful boats and yachts - it’s an ideal spot to get a real flavour of Turkey. Flights to Bodrum are plentiful, so once you've landed, take a break in one of the harbour cafes, settle down with a cool drink and see what’s on offer in this lovely town. You are in the birthplace of Herodotus – considered to be the first literary recorder of history! And while there are lots of historical sites to enjoy, there are also some quirky, fun things to enjoy. One of them is a visit to the Zeki Muren Museum. Zeki was an all round Turkish entertainer. He was hugely admired, known as the “Son of Art” and he's still something of a cultural icon. His house is now a Museum, where you can see his fabulously glitzy stage costumes, and musical memorabilia. If you want to experience a Turkish Bath – try out the Bodrum Hamam. It’s in a lovely old building, has a reputation for being

Top Things To See On A Cambodia Adventure

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Cambodia is one of those must-see countries that most of us have high on our travel wish list. If you're lucky enough to be heading there soon, you can find out what the country's top unmissable sights are with our handy guide... The Royal Palace - A visit to the capital, Phnom Penh, is a must. This exciting city is a great place to start your Cambodia adventure, especially since it's here that you can find out a lot about its history. Of course, not all of it is particularly pleasant - in fact, a lot of its recent history is absolutely harrowing - and some good spots for a gentle introduction are the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom (which is the most important temple in the city).  You'll find the Royal Palace in an amazing location near the river, tucked away behind high walls. Head inside and you can get a close-up look at the Khmer roofs the architecture here is famous for, and the individual buildings that are particularly iconic, like the Throne Room of Prasat T

Top Catalan Dishes To Sample In Barcelona

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Barcelona's a great holiday destination for many reasons - from its pretty beaches to its stunning architecture. You'll also find restaurants serving fine international cuisine, but I think it'd be a mistake not to sample some of the local dishes while you're there. As it's the capital of Catalonia, there's no better place to get an authentic taste of the region's cuisine. Read on to find out more about what the best dishes the city has to offer are and - perhaps even more importantly - where you can try them! Esqueixada Seafood features heavily in Catalan cuisine, with esqueixada being a signature dish that consists of dried and salted cod. This traditional salad also contains olives, tomatoes and onions, although depending on where in the city you go you might find other ingredients are added. Esqueixada is typically eaten during the summer months and one place where you can try is the historic Can Cortada restaurant on Avenue Estatut de Catalunya.

A Guide To All-inclusive Resorts In Cyprus

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The beauty of booking a cheap all inclusive holiday in Europe is that you know you are really going to be pampered. Free from thinking about what to make for dinner or how much your drinks will cost, you can simply relax and enjoy your destination, such as beautiful Cyprus. I think the island is ideal for an overseas getaway as it has more than its fair share of golden beaches, scenic countryside and historical ruins, along with some of Europe's most lively resorts. You're sure to want to get out and explore it all and you know that when you get back, you can indulge in delicious food at your hotel. Going on an all-inclusive break is what I do when I really want to treat myself and get away from it all - and I always feel refreshed when I get back home. Plus, you don't even have to spend a fortune doing it.Here are two hotels in Cyprus that have caught my eye for being all inclusive and affordable. Venus Beach Hotel This resort has been designed with relaxation a

Turkey the Mediterranean Delight

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Turkey is a nation riddled with markers of ancient civilizations and surrounded by majestic beauty synonymous with the Mediterranean. Settled amongst the Black Sea, Cyprus, Greece, the Mediterranean Sea, Armenia, Bulgaria and Georgia, Turkey is at the apex of diverging Eastern European cultures. The Greeks, the Romans and the Persians to name but a few, once ruled portions of the nation. The site of the Trojan War of 1200 BCE is in Turkey, right alongside the wall of Troy. Today, Turkey is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing places on earth. Consider this: the oldest continuously inhabited territory in the world lies in Turkey. Putting aside history for a moment, let’s take a brief look at the natural elements of Turkey. To really appreciate the complex nature of the natural environment there, we must understand the geography. Turkey is a nation spanning two continents, making it a transcontinental Eurasian country. The Asian portion of Turkey is separated from the European portio

Getting To Know The Algarve

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Flying to the Algarve for the first time? Here's an introduction to this popular European destination. The region's name comes from the Moors, who called it 'Al-Gharb'. This means 'the west'. This geographical inaccuracy is not as strange as it first seems: the Algarve is west of Andalusia. Once the Moors had lost control, the Algarve was a kingdom in its own right and that status was commemorated in the dominion ruled by Portuguese kings until the turn of the 20th century: the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. Most visitors know nothing of this and come in search of the region's other attractions. Algarve Climate The Algarve is a major tourist destination. The mild winter climate makes it a favoured second home location for Brits and northern Europeans; even in winter temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius have been recorded. And the scorching summers (around 40 degrees) are enough of a draw to bring millions to its shores in Ju