IT is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets – because most of us think County Durham is actually in Ireland! But the county between Northumberland and North Yorkshire is home to a huge variety of adventure opportunities and rich history. My wife, kids and I kicked off our exploration with a night’s stay at 600-year-old Lumley Castle. Standing on a hill outside Chester-Le-Street and overlooking the county cricket ground, if there was prize for the friendliest hotel in the UK then Lumley Castle is surely a contender. After a night’s rest we went to Beamish Wild, a tree-top white-knuckle adventure course of zip wires, rope walks, tyre swings and a heart-stopping free-fall finale. My little monkeys Emily, 17, Jack, 16 and Ben 14, were up those trees like, er, little monkeys. It was a bit tougher for a clapped-out old git like me and at times it was exhausting. But I was never going to quit in front of three sniggering teenagers. After my pulse returned to normal we … [Read more...] about Travel back in time with a night’s stay at the 600-year-old Lumley Castle on a whirlwind tour of County Durham
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52 Places To Go 2019 (Tag bylines with individual items.), New York Times Published 8:47 pm CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. … [Read more...] about The New York Times picks 52 places to go in 2019
By Dieter Kurtenbach | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 31, 2018 at 2:05 pm | UPDATED: January 1, 2019 at 5:48 am The Raiders’ 2018 season is mercifully over, but in taking stock of everything that went wrong for the Silver and Black the last calendar year, it struck me on just how quotable this team — well, one guy — was. The jury is still out on if Jon Gruden can coach in the NFL, but there’s no doubt that he helps create good copy. The man is a golden quote machine. If he ever wanted to go into broadcasting, I bet he could get paid a bunch… So I’ll let Gruden’s own words tell the story of his team. Well, sort of: “I want to give them two of the best years of football that I can possibly help deliver.” — Jon Gruden No one can say where the Raiders will play in 2019, but given the team’s trajectory in Gruden’s first year, it’s hard to imagine that the Raiders are … [Read more...] about Kurtenbach: The quotes that defined the Raiders in 2018
Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (November 23, 2018): Travel tip: what are the best hotel booking websites? We all want a bargain, but which are the best hotel booking sites online? The ones where you really will get cheaper room rates so that you can book the same hotel for less or with extra benefits such as free breakfasts, room upgrades and so forth? I have selected the eleven best hotel booking websites to ensure you get a great deal on your next trip away. Club1Hotels Club1Hotels are a relatively unknown Luxury Hotel Club based in Chicago. They tend to offer the very cheapest way to book 4, 4.5 and 5-star hotels. You should certainly join Club1Hotels for free and always check rates with them before finally making your booking. Here are some examples of the savings that you can make with Club1Hotels over other travel websites: 6 nights 23-29 Dec at Rafayel On Left Bank London is … [Read more...] about Travel tip: what are the best hotel booking websites?
After years of wondering what became of his long-ago love, Fields Arthur now knows. “I’m feeling a little sad,” said Arthur, 89, of Lakeside, Calif., after learning that Aline “Tena” MacDonald Gerke died in 1996. “I kind of expected it, but I didn’t like it,” he said. “I was disappointed, anyway.” Arthur’s quest to find out what happened to his former girlfriend was featured in the Pioneer Press last month. In 1951, the two met at dances in downtown Stillwater. She was 19, lived in Stillwater and worked as a telephone operator; Arthur, then 22, was taking a nine-month course in radio mechanics at the U.S. Air Force base in Osceola, Wis. Arthur told the Pioneer Press that the young woman caught his eye, and he asked her to dance a slow dance. When it was time to leave, Arthur asked if she would be back the next week and asked her to save a dance for him. Over the next 10 weeks, the couple “had a great time talking … [Read more...] about What happened to Korean vet’s long-lost love? Her Stillwater friends and family fill in the blanks