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Denmark Treasures

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Castles, Museums and Beer In Denmark Denmark is usually viewed as the country where Northern Europe ends - and the Scandanavian landscape begins! The Danes are very protective of their natural environment and social traditions, so you'll get a real sense of Danish identity - even on a short break! Direct flights to Denmark are speedy, so you'll be enjoying your holiday from day one. Here are some of the treasures you can discover in the land of the Vikings! Egeskov Castle This Renaissance Castle was finished in 1554. It's a classic example of a romantic hideaway, with bronze turrets and delicate leaded windows. It was built on the top of a platform of giant oak logs in the centre of a lake and it's a fantastic example of a moated castle - one of the best in Europe. The surrounding gardens are enormous - and in spring time, they are renowned for their colourful, extensive planting. it's the perfect spot for a romantic weekend getaway! At Kronborg Castle y

Getting Around Rome

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The historic centre of Rome is quite small, it's only about 1.5 miles from the Colloseum to the Piazzi di Spagna. But depending on the weather, your fitness and footwear - there are always options to chose from when travelling across the city. There's nothing to dampen the spirits than walking in high temperatures in uncomfortable shoes! Metro Rome’s Metro is the fastest way of getting around the Italian capital and the network crosses the city centre. The network is open from 5.30am until 11.30pm and the stations are all clearly indicated by a large red ‘M’ sign, found outside each station. A single journey will set you back €1, while a day-ticket (a good idea if planning lots of journeys) will cost €4. You can pick up these tickets from news-stands, tobacco stores or from vending machines in the stations. Once you’ve got your ticket you are ready to go! Trains are fast and frequent and the network is easy to follow,  since it's only got a couple of lines

Winter Ice And Snow Shows

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You can spend the entire winter season indoors, curled up on the couch, waiting for it to all be over so you can finally leave the house again, or, better yet, you can make the best of it by taking in some attractions that simply couldn’t exist during the spring, summer, or fall. If you live in an area where winters are cold and snowy, odds are you will have the opportunity to take in an ice and snow show of some kind. The definition of ice or snow show can vary – there are endless opportunities for fun in the winter! Take a look through your community listings and you can find anything ranging from ice sculpture exhibitions and igloo building contests, to snowshoe demonstrations and ice hotels. Some ice and snow shows are strictly just shows, where an audience gets to watch an activity taking place or some kind of art or skill on display. This category includes things like ice sculpture and snow sculpture. Some winter events, on the other hand, encourage participation, a

Enjoy St Ives

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The charming seaside town of St Ives is one of the most enjoyable destinations for a holiday in England. Whether you are interested in relaxing on the beach, learning how to surf, exploring the town's art galleries or dining on classic British cuisine, a trip to St Ives will undoubtedly be a wonderful experience. If you are planning an upcoming trip to St Ives, use this guide to learn more about the top attractions, where to dine, the best beaches and tips for travellers. The Great Outdoors St Ives is not typically chosen as a holiday destination because of its shopping opportunities or fine dining, although it does have plenty of both. Instead, visitors decide to explore this incredible area thanks to its breathtaking seaside scenery, inviting beaches and coastal walks. Carbis Bay has a sandy inlet perfect for sunbathing, but the more adventurous can also try boating or surfing. Porthmeor Beach is popular with families because of its proximity to town, and it also boasts

The Vineyards of Bordeaux

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Enjoying a tour of the top wineries and vineyards of Bordeaux and the Gironde region offers a spectacular experiences unlike any other in France. Not only does a Bordeaux tour provide the very best tastes of what the river, climate and soil has produced since ancient times, but it also offers an extraordinary culmination of the best in architecture that certainly attests to the wealth of wine production within the area. With more than 120,000 regional hectares of vineyards and wineries, there is something for every connoisseur and wine geek to discover. From sweet, dry and extra dry wines, getting a taste of Bordeaux means obtaining the very best in both high quality wines and affordable table wines. Delving into a Bordeaux tour means tasting high ranking wines, including La Fite Rothschild, Margaux, Haut Brion, Latour, and Mounton Rothschild. It also means visiting some of the top left bank and right bank vineyards of Saint Estephe, Saint Julien, Saint Emilion, Pomerol

Hawaii With Kids

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Hawaii with Young Kids: What You Should Do Most people think that Hawaiian vacations are romantic vacations for couples only. Think again! Hawaii is the perfect place for a great vacation with the kids, especially on the Island of Waikiki Beach and Oahu. Your children will enjoy so many cool things to do, marine life to see and great places to have fun or relax. You might find yourself looking for more ways to squeeze in all the fun attractions for the kids before your vacation time is over.  Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center Next, the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center is a wonderful world-known interactive center for kids. Here children can play, experiment and explore the interactive exhibits using their sense of smell, hearing, touch and sight to understand the world around them.  Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park Hawaii’s one and only water park, the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, offers children many fun adventures and rides. Rides include a free-fall sp

Shark Fishing Opportunities In Florida

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Florida has some of the nicest beaches in the world, but many people are terrified to swim in them. They heard many stories about people who have been attacked by sharks while swimming in the warm waters. Fortunately, the risk of a shark attack is much lower than the news would suggest. Also, many people choose to seek out the sharks. Shark fishing has become a popular activity throughout the state. Many tourists and locals have said that they have a lot of fun fishing sharks. Here are some factors you may want to take into consideration. Is Shark Fishing Okay? According to data from the Humane Society, more than 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year (really? Ed). I don’t encourage people to kill sharks purely for the thrill of it or to kill any shark that is listed as an endangered species. However, you can fish for sharks responsibly at various fisheries and other regions throughout the state. Shark fishing isn’t banned in the state, but it is closely regulated

Brighton Breezy

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The East Sussex town of Brighton is a vibrant, colourful and quirky destination with a myriad of attractions to suit all tastes and interests. Whether you are looking for the traditional English seaside experience, exciting nightlife, first class shopping or fascinating history, Brighton is a town well worth a visit. There are so many things to see and do that they could fill an entire book but here are some highlights that should not be missed. The Royal Pavilion No trip to Brighton would be complete without experiencing the architectural excesses of the Royal Pavilion. The building was established in three phases with the structure redesigned and extended by John Nash between 1815 and 1822. The pavilion was a residence and retreat of George IV but was not favoured in later years by Queen Victoria and so was sold to the town in 1850. The Pavilion is Indian in appearance and features extravagant interiors of both Indian and Chinese influence. The Lanes The lanes once formed

Chicago: The Party Town of 2013

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Chicago is the most famous city in the state of Illinois, with nearly three million residents living in this metropolitan party. In terms of population, it’s also the third most populous city in the entire county, and was given its city status 1837. Benefitting from over 40 million domestic and international visitors every year, it is fast becoming a popular resort. When it comes to expression, the city of Chicago is one of the most vibrant places in the world. From novels to plays, movies to media, sports to entertainment, Chicago is home to a variety of popular culture, and even on cold nights the bars are bleeding music onto the streets. With regards to architectural diversity, the city is second to none, with a unique aura found nowhere else in the world. No doubt Chicago is a city that should be experienced by everyone, and if you’re thinking about travelling there, then its best to organise your trip down to the T. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to

Enjoying The Wines Of The Algarve

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Winemaking in the Algarve dates back several centuries and is the result of traditions that were introduced to the region by several different ancient civilisations including the Romans, Phoenicians and Greeks. The Romans did a lot to expand their wine production in the settlements of Lusitania, which is modern day south Portugal. Wines produced here were consumed locally as well as being exported to Rome. There are several different wine growing regions throughout Portugal, with Algarve being one of them. These days, wines from the Algarve are being recognised for their quality, winning awards and earning acceptance and praise in the international market. Some of the most notable wines from the Algarve region include Red castas Trincadeira, Negra Mole, Periquita, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet and White castas Rabo de Ovelha, Moscatel Graudo, Perrum, Roupeiro and Arinto. In 2005, Portugal was the seventh largest exporter of wine in the world. Why are Algarve wines so great

An Adventure In Barbados

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Located in the western Atlantic Ocean approximately 300 miles north-east of mainland South America is the popular Caribbean holiday destination of Barbados. Known for the sunshine, blue seas and sandy beaches that first drew holidaymakers to its shores, these days there is so much more to discover on the island, from its historic buildings that tell tales of its past to its beautiful and sometimes surprising scenery and culture. Sport and Leisure Activities Visiting exotic locations such as the Caribbean often inspire holidaymakers to try something a little bit different and Barbados is no exception. From more sedate sporting activities such as bowling, cricket and golf to activities for the more energetic, including hiking, horse riding, polo and tennis, Barbados offers almost any sporting adventure you can think of. Water Sports With its gorgeous beaches it'll come as no surprise that Barbados residents enjoy all types of aquatic activities, offering holidaymakers

Holiday Destinations for Budding Photographers

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Photographs are visual memories that can be treasured forever! They’re irreplaceable and special to many people, so why not snap some images of your own? There are some fantastic holiday destinations for budding photographers, so check out these must-see places.     Thailand   You might think you need to apply for a credit card to fund this trip, but there are some reasonable deals online. Many companies have reduced their fees because of the economic climate, so take a look and see what you can find. The stunning watts, exquisite monuments, quaint villages and extensive paddy fields will make for some wonderful shots and don’t forget to visit the Bridge on the River Kwai – one of Kanchanaburi’s world-famous sites.   India If you’re looking for an Asian adventure, Rajasthan in India is the place to be. Its landscape might be barren and harsh put the grand palaces and energetic festivals are wonderfully vibrant providing an interesting contrast. It’s on

Luxury Hotels In Florida

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Florida is home to a huge number of hotels that cater for all needs and budgets. However, if it’s luxury you’re after, there are a select group of hotels that certainly won’t disappoint. Below, we take a look at five of the best luxury hotels in Florida: The Setai, Miami The most expensive hotel in Miami is without a doubt The Setai , on South Beach. A favourite of Madonna, who takes the opulent penthouse when she stays there, other celebrity clients include BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z, Boris Becker, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and U2. The genuine imported Asian decor is off the luxury scale, mixing shameless opulence and serenity in equal measures. A 40-storey glass tower overlooking South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, each of the 131 suites have sea views, while the penthouse boasts granite floors, two master bedroom suites, its own rooftop pool and a butler whose previous job was at Buckingham Palace, all for a cool $30,000 per night. A standard room costs upwards of $800 per nigh

Underwater Holiday in Key Largo Florida

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Slip into your flippers and explore the breathtaking expanses of spur and groove coral beds that stretch offshore Key Largo. The Florida Keys are home to North America’s only living reef, which is one of the world’s largest and certainly a favorite among divers, naturalists, and sport fishermen. With its high concentration of extraordinary reefs, Key Largo claims the title “Dive Capital of the World,” and none who navigate these clear waters will surface unimpressed. The fragile reefs are protected by a number of marine sanctuary designations, including the famous John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park directly off Key Largo. The 120 square miles of Pennekamp Park draw as many fish, rays, and turtles as they do inquisitive divers. Tour the reefs with scuba gear, snorkels, or in a glass bottom boat. Pennekamp and the entire 2,800 square nautical miles of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary ensure the undersea wonders remain for centuries to come; please follow regulations f

Luxury Holidays To Mykonos

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For those who like the finer things in life, a luxury holiday to Mykonos might be just what you are looking for. As one of the most cosmopolite holiday destinations on earth with people from all walks of life visiting, Mykonos has a reputation as a great party place with idyllic temperatures. However the island is so much more than this with purpose built hotels and amenities that in some areas are designed specifically for those with more expensive tastes. Luxury holidays in Mykonos will give you the best the island has to offer. This includes sampling the sun, water sports, party atmosphere and discovering the historical sites of the island like any other tourist, except you do it in style. The Most Luxury Beaches in Mykonos Megali Ammos Beach is one of the most luxurious beaches on the island from where you can sail out and partake in fishing for octopus and sea urchins, or just lay back, soak up the sun and take in the scenery which is set to the backdrop of Syros and Tino

Fifty Shades Of Blue In The Algarve

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A blue sky holiday is the epitome of rest and relaxation, so if your relationship is about as exciting as watching paint dry, it is time to inject some passion back into it and go exploring your inner goddess in the Algarve.  You can spend your time chilling out under a cloudless blue sky whilst watching the water in your azure blue pool ripple in the gentle sea breeze.  Then if it all gets a bit too hot and sticky in the sun, head indoors for a quick siesta with your other half. Keeping the Passion Alive Relationships normally begin in a blaze of passion, but once the monotony of real life kicks in, passion heads back out the door and boredom quickly becomes the norm.  Sadly this chain of events is an all too common occurrence for many couples and unless you work hard to keep the spark alive, you may find that the flame has fizzled out after a few years.  So what can you do to prevent a relationship meltdown? Quality Time in the Sun A good relationship needs careful monit

Discover The Old Time Charm of Lagos on the Algarve

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Home to some half a million inhabitants, the Algarve in Portugal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The glorious weather and delicious food make it an irresistible haunt for the millions people who flock to the region every summer. Located in this bustling area is Lagos, a coastal town with wonderful buildings and a fascinating history. However, despite the obvious attraction of the popular tourist destination, the population of the area swells so drastically during the summer months that it can make it difficult to get around and even harder to do everything you wanted to do. Moreover, during the high season, prices sky rocket in the historic town. However, there is a way that you can beat the crowds and take a sightseeing holiday of a lifetime: all you have to do is take your trip a bit earlier, during Easter. There is plenty to see and do in the beautiful area of Lagos, and while it may not be the most popular time to go, Easter can actually get yo

Cape Town Attractions

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Cape Town is blessed with a diverse array of beautiful scenery and attractions. It is a mixing pot of numerous cultures which lends an exotic touch to the cuisines on offer. Visitors even have the chance to experience traditional villages, along with the vibrant city life on offer. Here are our top 5 picks of things to see and do if you visit. Table Mountain The most prominent landmark in Cape Town is the towering Table Mountain, which is home to a National Park, wildlife, and an overabundance of flora. In fact, there are more flora species within the 22 000 hectares (ha) of the park than in the entire British isles! You can catch the cable car up, and enjoy a meal at the restaurant on top, or else try hiking to the plateau from one of the many access points. One of the more challenging but visually appealing trails on offer is Skeleton Gorge, which can be accessed from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Robben Island Thousands of years ago, the island was inhabite