Here’s my top tip for family travellers: if you’re driving to the South of France this year, never tell anyone where you’re planning to stop overnight. It turns out everyone has an opinion on how far your family should have driven on the other side of the Channel before you are allowed a break, as well as how much luxury you should allow yourself on the way. But whether you are a hard-core family who can make it to Limoges without falling out with one another, or whether you can’t get further than Chartres without needing a night between the sheets; knowing your French hotel chains and their limitations will help you to make the best of the dreaded one-night stop. Here’s the good news: French hotel chains can be surprisingly good value. The bad news is that you often get exactly what you pay for. The trick is to plan in advance (especially if you are going in the school holidays) and to carefully consider all of the alternatives. French hotel … [Read more...] about Frugal Family: The best driving route from Britain to the south of France
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Viet Nam News Legendary golfer and Vietnam Tourism Ambassador for 2018-2021 Greg Norman talks to Việt Nam News about his role and future endeavours to bring golf in the country to the next level. Inner Sanctum: Việt Nam was voted the best golfing destination in Asia by Golf World Travel Awards. Could you tell us about your plans for this year as Việt Nam Tourism Ambassador? I wasn’t surprised at all to see Việt Nam voted best golf destination in Asia. The country has some of the most diverse topography and coastline I’ve ever seen, and the pristine sites that developers have access to are producing some of the best courses in the world today. When you combine a high caliber of golf with history, culture, great people and amazing food it makes for a truly special destination – and that’s exactly what you have here in Việt Nam. Some of the world’s most unique resorts exist here now and there are many more to come … [Read more...] about Norman drives golf development in Vietnam
0 Have your say Why bother? It’s a question Valeria Sykes has been asked many times since buying Grantley Hall, a dilapidated mid-18th century mansion that screamed “money pit”. Why bother with all that work? Why bother spending a small fortune? Why bother investing a huge amount of time and energy on such a tough project when you’re past retirement age and entitled to take it easy? Valeria, 75, made the snap decision to buy the hall just over three years ago when she and her partner, Colin Little, spotted the Grade II-star listed property while driving past it one afternoon.“I’d attended a decoupage course there many years ago and so I knew it was a lovely building. “I said, ‘It would be wonderful to have afternoon tea there’ and then we drove on a bit and my mind went racing. “I had this vision of it as a first-class hotel and I turned to Colin and said, ‘I’m going to … [Read more...] about Valeria Sykes aims to turn Grantley Hall into the best country house hotel and spa in the north of England.
Many key historic attractions spread around the British Isles can be visited on a cruise. We have picked out a selection that are easily reachable on day trips from ports of call in England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. For each we have highlighted the nearest port, and given approximate driving times from there. Sometimes the attraction can be visited from another port: for example, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral are also popular excursions from Portland. We have named a particular cruise line featuring excursions to each sight; in most cases, other lines will offer excursions too. Bear in mind that sometimes it can be more enjoyable and/or cheaper to visit independently or on a private tour. Canterbury Cathedral Mother church of the Church of England, place of worship for 1,400 years and historic pilgrimage site. Highlights include the shrine to Thomas Becket, the medieval stained glass, the beautiful Cloister and ancient murals in the Crypt. … [Read more...] about Britain and Ireland’s best historic sites to visit on a cruise
Some of Britain’s biggest events are just a sail away. Here are a few experiences you could enjoy while on a round-Britain cruise… Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo Exploring Edinburgh’s world-class attractions and rich history is always memorable but even more so when a visit coincides with the Scottish capital’s most colourful events. During an overnight stop at Rosyth with Princess Cruises, you can head to the city to experience the theatre, comedy, music, opera, dance and excitement of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals. Alternatively, there’s the chance to immerse yourself in the pomp and splendour of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with its massed bands, bagpipes, traditional dance and fireworks displays. Princess Cruises’ eight-day Ireland, Scotland and Wales cruise aboard Pacific Princess from Dover includes a stop in Edinburgh to coincide with the festival. The cruise also calls at St Helier, Milford Haven, … [Read more...] about How to see Britain’s best festivals and events on a cruise