Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing. Supported by Some conservationists and travel experts are worried about the environmental impact of a growing number of visitors on the fragile, otherworldly archipelago. ByAdam Popescu Feb. 5, 2019 “The archipelago is a little world within itself,” a young Charles Darwin mused in his London study in 1839. Four years earlier, five weeks on the Galápagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. So taken by the “extreme tameness” of the species he encountered, he wasn’t an ideal visitor by today’s standards: He hopped on the backs of giant tortoises and “pushed a hawk off the branch of a tree” with the muzzle of a gun. These days, that “little … [Read more...] about Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing.
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CHECKING the time on my phone, I see it’s 5.30am. My family are asleep, so I creep out of our cabin, push open the door, step out on to the balcony and gasp. Snow-capped mountains as high as the Empire State Building surround the fjord we’re cruising down. The emerald-green water is pristine and still, and the mountainside is dotted with log cabins and trees. We might be about to dock in the small village of Olden, but to my mind, we are in Moominland.Cabin capers We boarded the Azura P&O cruise liner three days earlier at Southampton. When my four-year-old son Elliott first caught sight of it, he screamed with delight. It is colossal – 14 passenger decks, an open-air cinema, six pools, a sports court, gym, spa, theatre and art gallery. After a day at sea, we’ve fully settled into our four-bed cabin. Nine-month-old Molly is in a travel cot, my husband Mark and I are in single beds and Elliott is in one of two bunks that pull down from the ceiling. A bed … [Read more...] about Discover Viking tales, snow-capped mountains and the beautiful city of Stavanger on Norwegian cruise
“WE’LL get a villa”, I babbled excitedly to my husband. “We’ll get a villa for two weeks, we’ll hire a car, we’ll have pool parties, barbecues and long leisurely lunches...” Billie Faiers is a bride gone wild at booze-fuelled pool party on Ibiza hen do And then I stopped. As usual, I hadn’t thought this through at all. We were planning to return to Ibiza after a magical child-free weekend last year for my 40th birthday. But this time there was a catch - we were to take our two and five-year-old daughters and see if we could have as much fun with them as we did without. And what makes a happy family? A lot of the time - it’s a happy mummy. Did mummy really want to be cooking, doing big shops, clearing up the villa, making beds, washing up and driving? And would it actually be really nice if someone else occasionally entertained my children while I helped myself to food and drink someone else had prepared? Absolutely yes. So it … [Read more...] about Discover family fun, activities for the kids, beaches and pools in Ibiza on a fun summer holiday
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. I recently enjoyed a relaxing long weekend in Dubai. You can read my trip reports here: Review: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new Business Class Brussels to Dubai Review: Armani Hotel Dubai Review: Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman) Review: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new First Class Dubai to Brussels (today) Today (December 19, 2018): Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new First Class Dubai to Brussels. On October 10th 2018, I flew in an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER featuring the carrier’s newest and game-changing First Class product from Dubai (DXB) to Brussels (BRU). With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, virtual windows, beds with zero-gravity position, and sleek design features inspired by Mercedes-Benz, Emirates’ new B777 First Class suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. As of now Emirates’ new First Class is only available on newly delivered … [Read more...] about Review: Emirates Boeing 777 new First Class Dubai to Brussels
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Style | The Laundromat Is Hot! Supported by noted Fashion is subliminally telling us that it’s a dirty business. BySteven Kurutz Dec. 18, 2018 A few weeks ago, Jeremy Foster, a photographer, and Marikh Mathias, a model and former contestant on “The Bachelor,” were riding around Salt Lake City, looking for a place to do an Instagram photo shoot. The mountains were a 10-minute drive away, but it was raining that day. A coffee shop is a reliable backdrop, but Mr. Foster finds them too crowded and overly photographed. Instead, the pair ended up at 4th Street Coin Laundry, where Ms. Mathias sat in an orange plastic chair and stood in high-heels and designer jeans in front of a Speed Queen commercial washing machine. In their choice of setting, the photographer and model were right on trend. … [Read more...] about The Laundromat Is Hot!