Discover the Amazing Orlando Attractions

magic kingdom

Whether you want to go solo, with your family or with a bunch of friends, visiting Orlando is probably the best place in the United States to go this summer. Orlando offers unique experiences and a wide variety of attractions in order to ensure that each visitor enjoys an unforgettable vacation.

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An Orlando getaway is a very pleasant experience, but can become very stressful too if you haven’t made up your mind on where to spend your time and what to visit. In addition from visiting theme parks such as the well famed Walt Disney World Resort or the SeaWorld, you should discover more of Orlando’s cultural venues. Here you can visit the CityArts factory, Hannibal Square Heritage Center or the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

 

One of the best places to visit in Orlando is the Legoland theme park. Opened in October 15, 2011, this huge park encompasses over 0.6 square kilometers, featuring a wide variety of roller coasters, fun villages, lands of adventure and shows. Other famous attractions in Orlando include the Wet’n Wild, WonderWorks, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Indoor Skydiving and of course the Chocolate Kingdom.

Kennedy Space Center

If you are passionate about aeronautics and science, the Kennedy Space Center is a must-see venue for you and your family. This site has been used for all NASA launches since December 1968. You can find more amazing information about this attraction here.

 

When visiting Orlando, you need to ensure that shopping is not an issue. You can choose between the Mall at Millenia, Ron Jon Surf shop, Artegon and the Walmart Supercenter. In addition, if you are keep on spending your nights in clubs, try the Icebar, Bar Louie, Firestorm or the well famed Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

 

If you choose to drive to Florida, it is imperative to find affordable Florida park tickets in order to save more money while having fun. Discover more of what Orlando has to offer and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures, because you will have an unforgettable experience.

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Some of the Cottages I found in St Ives

St Ives - Cornwall

St Ives cottages are absolutely perfect for those who are looking to enjoy a delightful, seaside, Cornish cottage holiday. I remember going each summer on holiday as a kid. Especially to Dartmouth by the sea. The location is ideal and offers visitors the chance to experience some of the best coastline in Cornwall and even the whole of England. Visitors can enjoy great walks on the coastal pathways while absorbing exquisite views.

Cottage holidays in the South West (Devon) of England

There are quite a number of affordable St Ives cottages that you can choose from. There is also plenty to do throughout your stay and some of the local attractions include the Eden Project, Tate St Ives gallery, The National Maritime Museum, St Michaels’ Mount, Flambards theme park and so much more.

Dartmouth Devon

Some of the great beaches found near St Ives include Godrevy, Upton Towans, Porthmeor, Porthminster, Porthkidney sands and Gwithian. These golden beaches offer favourable surf conditions and have trained lifeguards.

The following are some of the cottages found in St Ives

Pixie Cottage

This is a modern ground floor studio apartment with an open plan living set up. It comes with seating, a double sofa bed and has a kitchen area. There is also a shower room that comes with a shower cubicle, a toilet and a small WHB. The cottage is located by the sea and some of its facilities include:

-Electricity

-Heating

-Fridge

-Colour TV

-Microwave

-DVD player

-Linen

2 Harry’s Court

This cottage is also located by the sea and has a small kitchen, quarry tiled floors and stairs that lead to a small double bedroom. Within the bedroom there is a 4 ft bed, a shower room, a shower cubicle, a toilet and small WHB. Some of its facilities include:

-Washer and dryer

-Fridge

-Colour TV

-Microwave

The following are just some of the affordable St Ives cottages and there prices range between £231 and £244 respectively. One thing you can be sure of is that you will enjoy your stay.

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Jumeirah Bah Al Shams Villa

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

ELEGANT DESERT RETEAT IN TRADITIONAL STYLE

Driving through the Dubai desert surrounded by golden sand, you will begin to wonder whether the edifice you are nearing is a mirage. Relax, it’s not – it is simply a place for great value villa holidays frequented by those who live, work and visit Dubai. A melange of Arabic styles with pools, archways, wind towers, pillars, palms and fountains throughout it quickly seduces the traveller’s senses.

Rooms and suites feature cool contemporary muted shades interspersed with Bedouin rugs, brass tables and jewel-like lamps. The retreat is romantic and fairytale-like for couples and honeymooners and yet it is terrific fun for families. The children have their own Sinbad Kids’ Club where they are entertained and cared for throughout the day so that grown-ups have a chance to relax and unwind by the pool or in the Satori Spa.

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

And although there is a fitness centre, the desert provides all the activity most of us require with guided camel rides across the sands – if you’ve never ridden a camel, try it. For although the beginning is startling when the beast stands up, after that it is surprisingly comfortable. Horseriding and 4×4 desert excursions as well as falconry displays are also on offer. And whatever you do, do not miss dinner at Al Hadheerah (one of the villas ‘ eight restaurants and bars) for a truly spectacular display of belly dancing, whirling dervishes and another falconry display!

THE SENSATIONAL SOUND OF SILENCE

Ever wondered why travellers fall in love with the desert? It’s not just its mystery – it is its stillness. So, when nobody is watching take a walk on your own into the desert (you don’t need to go far), sit and listen to its silence. So quiet you can almost hear it.

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Spotlight On: Music Festivals in Europe

Kaiser Chiefs / Arenal Sound 2012

There are some fantastic music festivals in Europe featuring everything from rock to pop music and everything inbetween. Jetting off to a festival in sunnier climes is hugely popular and a trip that thousands make from the UK every year – and you could be one of them! Guarantee a decent nights sleep prior to boarding the plane by booking an airport hotel (some great value ones can be found here https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/book/gatwick-airport-hotels) and getting your holiday off to the best possible start. After all, sleeping is probably going to be the last thing on your mind once you get to your chosen destination! Some great overseas festivals to consider this year are:

Arenal Sound

If a sun-drenched beach is your ideal venue for a party, look no further than Burriana in Castellon. This beautiful expanse of coastline becomes home to Arenal Sound between the 31st of July and the 3rd of August this year – a massive festival featuring the likes of Placebo, Die Antwoord, Bastille, Knife Party, Boys Noise DJ Set and many more national and international music acts. Featuring a music village, beach club, boat and camping grounds for those wanting to take in the entire festival, it’s a musical extravaganza featuring some of the world’s best artists in a beautiful setting.

Sonar

Another big music festival in Spain, this time in Barcelona, Sonar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art. On the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, Fira Monjuic and Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet come alive with the sounds of Massive Attack, Richie Hawtin, Rudimental, Caribou, DJ Nigga Fox and Pau Roca, among others, to set the Barcelona nights alight with the sound of electronic music. A must see for electro music enthusiasts.

Isle of MTV

On the 25th of June, Il Fosos Square in Floriana, near Malta’s capital Valletta, comes alive with the beat of pop’s most popular artists. This free music festival attracts people from all over the globe and is incredibly popular in Malta, guaranteeing a huge turnout. 2014 sees headliners such as Afro Jack, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental performing and promises to be yet another huge hit. In the week leading up to the Isle of MTV, Malta plays host to many national and international stars throughout the island so it’s well worth visiting for the entire week and catching as much musical action as you can.

Gibraltar Music Festival

GIBRALTAR MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013

If it’s a little piece of Britain in the sun you’re looking for, look no further than Gibraltar. This British enclave adjoining Southern Spain offers the familiar with a lot of sunshine thrown in for good measure. The Gibraltar Music Festival sees numerous national and international artists appearing each year and is a day long festival of fun and music. This year it’s held on the 6th of September and James Arthur is headlining. In previous years Jessie J, UB40, Emelie Sandie, Olly Murs, Texas, Paragon and Lawson have all appeared, so it’s a real crowd pleaser and makes for a fantastic day (and night) out for those looking for a change from Glasto and Reading this year.

With countries all over Europe playing host to some amazing concerts and festivals this year you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you’re a music fan, why not think outside the box with a further flung festival this year?

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A nature lover’s paradise: Things to do in Finland

Finland Landscape

There are several surprises in store for those interested in visiting Finland for a holiday. With 10 percent of the country covered by water and 69 percent covered by forest, Finland’s outstanding natural landscape is truly breathtaking.

Therefore, it is little wonder that this stunning terrain has become an outdoor adventure playground for fishermen, ramblers, cyclists as well as both winter and water sports enthusiasts.

So from weekend city breaks in Helsinki to Lapland trips 2014, here’s this year’s pick of the spectacular natural attractions and activities in Finland, which will keep the whole family occupied during the spring and summer months.

Visit the coast

With more islands than any other nation in the world, there are no end of beaches, coastal locations and archipelagos to choose from. The Åland Islands are actually closer to Sweden than Finland and have adopted their language, but this attractive archipelago is perfect for cycling and water sports, whichever country you’re visiting. These islands also boast a proud maritime heritage and one of the country’s oldest churches.

Take a trip to Lapland

Described as Europe’s last wilderness, Lapland is an expansive region in northern Finland that changes dramatically over the course of a year. If you can resist the urge of visiting Santa Claus, there are numerous things to see and do.

Lapland’s varying terrain is ideal for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and the season spans from late October all the way to early May. Slope lengths of up to three kilometres are available at any one of the ‘Big Four’ resorts – Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka.

For a more relaxed yet equally exhilarating activity, go hiking in Urho Kekkonen National Park, which covers 2,550 square kilometres and features a huge selection of marked trails.

Go fishing

The vast majority of Finland’s 500,000 summer cottages have been built beside lakes and ponds, so it is easy to understand why a third of the country’s population go fishing in their spare time.

Although this is a year-round activity, fishing styles and underwater species depends on the season. But leisure fishers usually have the most success with perches, pikes, roaches and pike-perch. In certain locations, pikes can grow up to 10 kilos, which is a challenge for even the most experience fishermen.

Fun in the midnight sun

During the summer the sun never truly sets, so a wealth of energetic activities including running and rowing can take place throughout the night.

Even though some of the world’s largest orienteering competitions and longest canoe relays take place in Finland, it is possible for tourists to take part in these activities at a more leisurely pace.

Both Saimaa and Lake Oulujärvi are great for canoeing, while Oulanka National Park accommodates both white water rafting and running.

For outdoor-lovers, the country’s appeal is endless but from glassy lakes to snow-shod mountains to 24-hour daylight, the natural attractions of Finland are too good to miss, no matter what kind of holiday you prefer.

Image by Strokin. Ru, used under Creative Comms license.

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Touring Tasmania’s Great Wine Way

Hunt's Cottage, Maria Island, Tasmania

Have you already clinked glasses in Napa Valley and stomped the grapes in Tuscany? Are you in search of a wine tasting tour that’s a little bit off the beaten path? Australia has become world famous for its wine, from fruity Shiraz blends to dry Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of the most heavily visited areas include the Hunter and Barossa Valleys, but for a taste of one of Australia’s newest wine producing regions you might want to pay a visit to Tasmania. This rocky island offers far more than its marsupial “devil,” including gorgeous scenery and world-class art museums! You can explore the culture, natural beauty, and wine alike by taking a road trip along Tasmania’s various wine routes. In addition to wine tasting, you’ll enjoy delectable local cuisine to sample, and hiking trails to walk off the day’s indulgences.

The Trails

Tasmania - Wine Glass Bay

You don’t have to choose from Jeep or Land Rover cars to follow this trail like you would in some other parts of Australia, as roads are quite well-tended and the “Great Wine Way” follows a path in a fairly compact area. The Great Wine Way is actually composed of four smaller wine trails, which allow you to get a broad sampling of the different varieties produced here. The Northern trail runs through the Pipers River and Tamar Valley regions, while the Southern wine trail includes the Tasman Peninsula, Hon Valley, Derwent Valley, and Coal River Valley. On the East Coast trail, you’ll drive from Bicheno to Orford, which passes by several different wineries. Finally, the Northwest wine region stretches from Barrington to Northdown or Port Sorell. All of these are well signposted, so it’s difficult to get lost, and most vineyards have onsite restaurants to give you a taste of the local produce.

Top Wineries

Although all of the vineyards along the Great Wine Way are well worth a visit, some are particularly notable. Bay of Fires winery is a must-visit destination, not least for its position on the colourful Bay of Fires, known for its sparkling waters and glowing red rocks. The cool climate here is ideal for producing sparkling wine, and the winery also offers tasting plates with wine pairings. Another winery dedicated to sparkling wine is Clover Hill, located just outside of Lebrina. You can taste sparkling wine varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier here.

A visit to the old convict gaol in Richmond, Tasmania. Built from sandstone c.1825 it's small but impressive.

A visit to the old convict gaol in Richmond, Tasmania. Built from sandstone c.1825 it’s small but impressive.

Providence Vineyards is Tasmania’s oldest vineyard, known for its high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s open daily and is located just outside of the quaint village of Lalla. Finally, Tamar Ridge Wines is at the top of the visit for wine lovers, with its picturesque location and relaxing atmosphere. Its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir have won awards, and are shipped to restaurants and wine boutiques around the world.

The key to a tour through Tasmania’s wine country is to take your time and relax. You won’t want to tear through all four wine trails in a day, so plan to hit one at a time and plan to stay awhile. You’ll be able to get a sense of what makes this lush wine country so unique.

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Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa

Beth from the fashion-less life worked with me on this post

Mai Kao Beach, a serene stretch of beach just 15 minutes away from Phuket International Airport, represents the antithesis to Phuket’s bustling sights and sounds.Situated in Sirinath Marine National Park, Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa’s secluded location and understated luxury offers guests the best way to experience Mai Khao’s unspoilt beauty.

安納塔拉普吉島水療度假村 Anantara Phuket Villas

安納塔拉普吉島水療度假村 Anantara Phuket Villas

The resort’s 83 pool villas are individually framed by the manicured verdure of a Bill Bensley designed garden. Pathways connect the villas and meander down to the beach, giving guests easy access to the Crystalline Andaman Sea. Taking on the architecture of a southern Thai village, each villa features an open concept living area, with vibrant Thai silks and indigenous artworks exuding a cheerful tropical atmosphere.

Anantara Phuket Villas

The vaulted ceiling of the bedroom resembles that of a Thai temple, while the king-sized beds and soft sheets lure one to laze in bed just a little longer. The bathroom comes as a pleasant surprise, with the vanity area leading out to an al fresco ‘made for two’ terrazzo tub seamlessly blending into the private infinitely edge pool. Coupled with the contemporary fittings such as high-speed internet access, a surround sound system with iPod docks, a large LCD television and even a personal wine fridge, being isolated from Phuket’s noisy nightlife and hordes of tourists never sounded so attractive.

Anantara Phuket Thailandia

Constantly at the forefront of luxury accommodation also sees Anantara Phuket taking proactive steps towards making the resort green. Recycling measures have been implemented where possible, from the re-use of materials such as paper, glass and plastic to the recirculation of wastewater for landscape irrigation. Environmentally friendly chemicals are also used in the treatment of all pools and landscaping while lighting throughout the establishment has been installed with a timer as part of its energy-saving policy.

Such efforts play a part in maintaining the national park’s lush surroundings, and the benefits of doing so go a long way. Critically endangered giant leatherback turtles return periodically to the park’s pristine beaches to lay eggs, while the world-famous coral reefs and brightly hued fish in the nearby Similan Islands are just a dive away, offering guests a glimpse of a carefully protected environment and all its wondrous possibilities.

Anantara Phuket Thailandia

When guests have had enough adventure outdoors, Anantara Phuket welcomes them back in an indulgent fashion. The terraced pools are ideal for lounging in the sun, with oversized day beds and bespoke cocktails from the Infinity pool bar. Spa addicts will be ecstatic with the Anantara Spa’s extensive range of lavish treatments, meted out in any of its five extravagant treatment rooms. Epicureans can tantalise their taste buds with the resorts two restaurants offering European and Asian creations, while wine connoisseurs will be delighted with the tasting room and its vast selection of vintages.

Blonde at Phuket beach

Offering contemporary, sophisticated luxuries in a sumptuous, unspoilt setting, Anantara Phuket’s ability to respect its natural surroundings in style is what makes this resort stand above the crowd.

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