Where to Find the Best Cocktails in Bath

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Bath may be home to beautiful Georgian architecture and historic cobbled streets, but when it comes to cocktail bars the city is more than up to date. There have been a wealth of cocktail bars opened in Bath over the last few years to meet demand as thirsty visitors and locals alike search for the best venue for after dark tipples. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide for the best cocktail destinations in town.

Circo

Circo is an ideal venue for post-work drinks, with offers available on selected cocktails from Tuesday to Thursday. Choose from over 50 cocktails on their extensive menu, which includes some very imaginative inventions (Spiced Orange Mojito, anyone?); as well as the usual suspects. Check out the ‘deluxe editions’ list: upgraded versions of old favourites, such as the Margarita made with Patron Platinum. Want to learn how to recreate them at home? Join their cocktail masterclass held on Tuesday evenings, where you can learn to make a selection of their favourites under the expert guidance of their cocktail connoisseurs.

Bar 15

The new kid on the block is Bar 15 at the No. 15 Great Pulteney Hotel, where they offer ‘cocktails for the curious’. This beautiful lounge bar is a must-visit for fans of something different, with Georgian architecture combined with bespoke artwork to provide the perfect backdrop for the gourmet cocktails. The mixologists at Bar 15 have come up with some wonderfully unique concoctions that will be a favourite for foodies- lobster bisque anyone? Our favourite was Pulteney’s Muse, a mix of Tapatio Blanco tequila, Skipper Demerara rum, sage, pomegranate and basil tonic, beautifully presented with mixed berries and dry ice.

Be at One

If sheer choice of cocktails is your priority, head to the new upbeat bar next to the train station, Be at One- their huge selection of cocktails totalled 126 at the last count! The extensive menu helpfully divides each section by spirit, as well as offering a ‘flavour wheel’ to help those who suffer from cocktail indecision. There is something for everyone here- even those on a health kick, thanks to their range of virtuous cocktails. These concoctions have been especially developed to include unrefined sugars, healthier ingredients and lower alcohol content. We reckon some could even pass as a health drink- the Bee’s Knees combines Beefeater gin and lemon juice with Manuka honey and pollen syrup for delicious results.

Sub 13

Sub 13 is one of Bath’s most popular after-dark hangouts, having earned the reputation as Bath’s best cocktail joint. We think the newest additions to the Bath cocktail scene offer some serious competition for that particular crown, but this basement bar is still definitely worth a visit if you are looking for quality cocktails and excellent service. Try the Peculiar Gin Fizz for a unique twist on a popular drink- combining Hendrick’s gin, Combier rose liqueur, home-made cucumber syrup, lemon juice and soda. New to the menu are the impressive range of Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cocktails- who could resist when they are 2 for 1 all evening long?

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Last but by absolutely no means least is the ArtBar, which you can find in the Abbey Hotel on North Parade. The thoughtfully curated menu includes details on the origins of each of the classic cocktails, making for fascinating reading- did you know that the Manhattan was invented especially for Winston Churchill’s mother? They also have artisanal signature cocktails created by their expert mixologists, such as the MaryRose Chacha- an intoxicating blend of Rosemary smoke, cachaça and blackberry.

European Holidays on a Budget

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From crystal, blue Mediterranean waters to crumbling ancient cities and the dizzying heights of the Alps, Europe is any travellers dream and is easily achievable on a budget, even in the most expensive of places. Over the summer months’ prices across Europe soar, so if you really want to get the best deals, travelling between late October and April is your best option. Alternatively, there a number of great deals available if you know the right places to look. Sites online can offer great ebookers discount codes for savvy travellers, looking to make their euros stretch that little bit further.

Here are some of the top places to travel in Europe on a budget.

Go East

Think the west is the best? Think again. The medieval cities and crystal blue waters of Eastern Europe are fast becoming the destination of choice for European travellers. As its popularity has grown, flights from UK airports to Eastern Europe have increased in volume and decreased in value. It is not uncommon to get a return flight for under £100 return. When you combine this with cheap accommodation and food and drink, you have yourself a bargain getaway.

Croatia

The best thing about Eastern Europe is the diverse range of options it offers travellers. Looking for a relaxing beach trip? Head to Croatia where you will find cheap apartments and hostels right next to the beach. Renowned for its islands, take a boat trip across the Dalmatian sea to Hvar, a favourite of celebrities and backpackers a like, and swim in the famous blue caves. After a hike up to the city fortress, perched above Hvar town, relax with a cool Beveridge and watch the sunset at Hula Hula bar on the west side of the island.

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Budapest – Hungary

Split in half by the Danube River, Buda lies on the hilly west bank of the city while Pest stretches across the flat east. The neo-classical, Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture provides the backdrop for a magical mix of history and culture, in an equally modern, fast-paced European city. A staple of Hungarian culture, spend an afternoon relaxing in one of the 5 bathhouses around the city. For those looking to party, the largest bath Szechenyi even hosts a party night complete with a DJ and bar or sign up for one of the fun bar crawls which takes you on a tour of the cities renowned ruin bars which have been set up in building destroyed during the war.

In terms of prices, Budapest is one of the cheapest cities you will find in Europe. On average a beer costs around 80 pence and cheap eats are a plenty. Like every city, accommodation ranges in price. Travellers on a budget will find centrally located accommodation at a very reasonable price. Keep your eyes peeled for great discount codes and offers on hotels.

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Slovenia

A land of fairy tale castles, mountain caves and clean mountain air, Slovenia is a magical country that, until recently, was relatively untouched by tourism. Head to the capital Ljubljana and get transported back to medieval times with dramatic architecture and statues of mythical creatures a plenty. After a few days in the city get some fresh air by heading to Lake Bled; it’s just over an hour’s drive from the city. A must see while in Slovenia, the turquoise waters of the lake are surrounded by a quaint, traditional town. Hire a paddle board or kayak and make your way out to Bled Island, located in the middle of the lake, complete with traditional church.

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Tourist spots are always going to be more expensive but with cheap flights and reasonably priced accommodation, Eastern Europe is the perfect option for those looking for a cheap getaway.

The Most Overrated Holiday Destinations

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It can be tempting to opt for the classic destinations when planning your next holiday – especially if your holidays are scarce and you don’t want to risk wasting them on somewhere with less traditional tourist appeal. The downside is that a lot of holiday planners are thinking along similar lines, making trips to the most popular destinations feel a less special. Avoid tourist traps and go somewhere with authenticity by choosing a more offbeat destination, but which is guaranteed to still offer you that much-needed break.

Las Vegas, USA

Obviously it would not be fair to reduce Las Vegas to the iconic ‘strip’ that has inspired countless movie scenes, to which gamblers and thrillseekers automatically flock for a dose of American hedonism and sensationalism. The nightlife and gambling scene is, however, inescapably one of Las Vegas’ defining selling points – and you can expect a vast proportion of the city’s visitors to be there for that reason. Unless you’re a keen gambler, it will get boring, unbearably hot and irritatingly consumerist. Sure, there are other things to do on the outskirts of Vegas (the Nevada desert is undeniably beautiful) but unless you’re planning a side trip to the Burning Man, skip Vegas and go somewhere a little less cliché.

Where to go instead: Macau, the significantly more exotic and interesting version of Vegas. The autonomous Chinese region gives you a taste of Asian culture whilst still offering you the excitement of a glamorous, modern city. Having been governed by the Portuguese Empire up until 1999, there are plenty of Portuguese influences to be found in the food and culture, as well as Macau’s architecture which is equally representative of its versatile history.

Ibiza

It’s loud, hectic and full of young people. If you’re a party animal, that might sound like paradise. For the rest of us, Ibiza might at times feel like nothing more than a rock full of cheap alcohol and techno raves. Whilst there exist quiet and peaceful Ibiza villages where the people are more interested in yoga than vodka shots, the notorious nightlife scene can be found all across the island, and at some points can seem to overshadow the natural beauty and interesting history Ibiza has to offer. Warm temperatures are good – but not when every bar gets quickly overcrowded all year round. If the priority for your holiday is not partying, then skip Ibiza in favour of something with a little more character.

Where to go instead: Malta, one of the most historically diverse nations in the whole of Europe, with beautiful beaches, a wealth of culture, UNESCO heritage sites and tropical temperatures. Before you say it sounds too good to be true – there’s more. English is one of Malta’s official languages, happy hour can be found everywhere, and the summer sometimes lasts way into October.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, along with Tokyo and Seoul, epitomizes the cinematic image of a modern Asian city, with its neon signs, skyscrapers and bustling streets. Hong Kong also benefits from being fairly westernized and therefore welcoming for tourists, with many English streets and shops selling Western products. As unique and accessible experience Hong Kong can be – there’s no getting away from its terrible air pollution and intense overcrowdedness. On top of that, the city is notoriously expensive. Everything from accommodation to transport will hit your wallet hard.

Where to go instead: Singapore is less expensive and has a lower crime rate whilst also being more eco-friendly. The city state gets around 15 million visitors each year, whilst Hong Kong caters to 28 million tourists annually. Singapore is more culturally diverse and has a reputation for being friendlier too. All in all, Singapore has just as many amazing sights and experiences to offer as Hong Kong.

Gibraltar

At first, Gibraltar might seem like an ideal destination – but don’t be too deceived by the picturesque post cards of the iconic green rock and deep blue sea backdrop. Gibraltar has a unique charm, but is unfortunately not an ideal holiday location if you are planning to stay for more than few days. Small and cramped with a lot of concrete buildings and terrible traffic; Gibraltar may leave you feeling relaxed at times but will leave you exasperated just as frequently.

Where to go instead: Barcelona. If you’re after the combination of a beach and city lifestyle, delicious Mediterranean food and sunshine – Barcelona is a better bet. Whether it’s nightlife or shopping, there’s little you’ll find in Gibraltar that you can’t get in Barcelona (except maybe the Barbary macaques).

When you make the extra effort to look for a destination similar, but more low-key, to everyone’s go-to holiday spot, you might well end up making a wiser choice – and save some money too. Check out The Telegraph’s list of underrated destinations for more inspiration on where to plan your next break.

Best Hotels in Cagliari

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Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is the ideal destination for tourists, families with children and for the sea lovers. If you have decided to spend some time in this fascinating city, so rich in natural beauty and historical sites, you can be sure that you will enjoy the comfort of high quality hotels.

Among them, the Hotel Villa Fanny is one of the most exclusive in town. This 4 stars structure is located in the city center, not so far away from interesting archaeological spots, and it provides comfortable facilities and fabulous rooms. The only thing missing is the swimming pool, but visitors will not have any problem in finding gorgeous beaches nearby.

If you are looking for an accommodation as close as possible to the coast, the Chentulunas Hotel is the place you are looking for: this property is situated right on the Poetto beach, a 9 km long shore with bars, kiosk and golden sand.

Worth to be mentioned are also the Maison Miramare Boutique Hotel and the Caesar Hotel. The first one enjoys a central position near the picturesque old town, whereas the second is an option for travelers looking for friendly staff, nice food and spacious rooms.

However, when it comes to booking an accommodation in Cagliari, the first choice is probably the THotel. With more than 200 rooms, facilities for congresses and events, high quality service, this structure is one of the most appreciated by visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, thanks to its well known restaurant, eating here is a rewarding experience.

Elegant but not exceedingly sophisticated, the restaurant of the THotel is the perfect place for those who love to taste the flavors of the local cuisine, enjoying the comfort of a refined ambient. Here it is possible to make a real journey into Sardinian tradition, combining typical dishes with the best wines of the island. Everything deserves to be tasted: from the delicious “antipasti” (starters), including grilled octopus and buffalo mozzarella with basil creme, to the first courses, which can number palatable dishes like spaghetti with clams. The lovers of fish and meat will appreciate the main courses, which offer the best recipes of the Sardinian cuisine. Impossible not to mention the cheese and dessert list: the sebada, a pastry filled with hot cheese and topped with honey or sugar is one of the most beloved local dessert in the island, and is of course highly recommended.

9 Hot Places to Grab a Bite in Pasig City, Philippines

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When coming to the Philippines, it’s not unusual for tourists around the world to choose to stay in Pasig. Aside from being accessible to the city’s main airport, Pasig City is itself a bustling business district in the heart of the Metro Manila area. And it possesses a variety of interesting restaurants, to boot. Here are just 9 of the hottest restaurants you should go and visit for yourself:

Black Olive Cerveceria

This 2-level establishment is a bar and restaurant in one. Light snacks, pizzas and drinks are the main specialties here. The dimly lit surroundings and warm tones of the interior allow for one of the most relaxing venues for an evening dinner.

Some of their signature dishes include the Prawns Dipped in Squid Ink Batter, Paella cooked in Olive Oil and the Barbecue Pork Riblets. Pork Chops and Pizzas are also among their must-try items.

Sentro 1771

If you’re in the mood for trying Filipino cuisine, then this is the place to go. Sentro 1771 is the first modern Filipino restaurant in the country, with its signature dish being the corned beef short ribs stewed in tamarind broth, locally known as sinigang.

The architecture is built in a modern minimalist style that is light and spacious, while the furniture gives a distinct Filipino vibe. While the food remains traditional, it’s also been reinterpreted to cater to more than just the local palate. Some of the things you’ll enjoy are the ox tongue lightly fried in olive oil and topped with garlic mushrooms, rice topped with grilled squid, garlic shrimps and the papaya salad. It’s a perfect place for either lunch or dinner.

Tipsy Pig Gastropub

Famous for its Filipino-Mexican fusion of comfort foods, the Tipsy Pig is a restaurant by day and a bar at night. With its patrons enjoying light snacks, pizzas and other finger foods with its wide selection of drinks. Some of its must-try dishes are the tacos and nachos with minced pork liver and meat, known as sisig. Other favorites include the Flaming Wings, which are extra spicy chicken wings and the boneless crispy pig knuckles – known as crispy pata.

PBCo

Otherwise known as Peanut Butter Company, this resto specializes in anything and everything involving peanut butter. From a simple shop selling the homemade spread, PBCo now has a concept café with an extensive selection of both desserts and savory dishes.

Their pasta dishes include the Cold Asian Noodles, which is made with a unique peanut butter and sesame-based dressing. For the main entrées, the Cajun Fish Fillet is served with peanut sauce and a mango-tomato salsa to offset the spiciness.

Their sandwiches include the Elvis which combines peanut butter, bananas, and bacon. Other sweet treats are the Crunchy Jamberry and the Marshmallow Dream. If you’re up for more desserts, try their milkshakes and their signature ice cream toasts.

Artisan Emporium

One of the new concept stores in Estancia is Artisan Emporium, a bakery that produces its own specialty pastries. If you’re in the mood for a light snack in the afternoons, then this is the place to go to.

Each piece of bread is baked and shaped by hand and the spreads that are served with them range from anything to sweet blueberry, to the tasty liver paté.  They also serve a hearty selection of soups and stews in bread bowls, including Chicken a la King and Clam Chowder. Sandwiches like the Chicken Galatina are also among the establishment’s bestsellers.

Burgers and Brewskies

If you’re looking for a place to hang out at night, then Burgers and Brewskies is your best bet. As the name suggests, this establishment serves burgers, side dishes and cocktails. All of which are perfect eats for people looking to chill out after a long day. Almost every single entrée on the menu has bacon from the burgers to the sides, making them an instant favorite for meat lovers. Some of their best items include the Fried Marble Potatoes with Bacon Bits and the Kandi Burger, which includes spiced and candied bacon.

They also have a variety of drinks, like margaritas and martinis if you’re in the mood for celebrating the night away or just hanging out with friends to cap off a day in the city.

Charlie’s Grind and Grill

Burgers and milkshakes are some of the most enjoyed combinations for any foodie and this place serves one of the best and biggest in the city. From a simple joint next to a car wash, this restaurant has evolved into a full-blown restaurant that also serves buffalo wings, and hot dogs.

Some of their most unique items are the Fries cooked in Truffle Oil, the Angus Burger with cheese-stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and the Charlie’s Beer Burger are also among its bestsellers.

Three Sisters’ Restaurant

Classic Filipino food never goes out of style and one of the oldest establishments in that area is the Three Sisters’ Restaurant. Established in 1941, it’s definitely one of the area’s long-runners with a colorful history. Its signature dish is their 2-stick pork barbecue with java rice, which made the place famous for its large serving. Other popular items are the barbecued quarter chicken leg and the local pancit bihon – a noodle dish that’s a mainstay in traditional Filipino dining. These time-tested favorites are some of the best it has to offer, and a must-try for tourists who want to sample the local eats in this country.

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats

Ice cream is one of the world’s most popular desserts and Mad Mark’s is one of the most popular joints that serves the best exotic flavors. Dig in with favorites like the Half-Baked Madagascar which combines vanilla and cookie dough, the Sumatra Strong Brew which features a strong coffee kick and the Javan Hot Chocolate.

If you’re looking for something more savory, then try the signature steaks made with Angus beef and the sandwiches that feature USAD beef. These are sure to satisfy your cravings.

These are just some of the most talked about locations for a great culinary quest when you visit the Philippines. From traditional fare to places that put a distinctly local twist on international dishes, come and visit the country for a uniquely satisfying food experience.

The Essential Narita Temple Guide

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Already explored the famed Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple? Follow Radisson Hotel Narita’s helpful guide and spend a day exploring the city’s lesser known temples, from the Sogo Reido Sanctuary to the historic Hanko-Ji Temple.

Tosho-ji Temple

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Also known as the Sogo Reido Sanctuary, Tosho-ji Temple commemorates the life of Sogoro Kiuchi – the former head of Kozu-mura who was executed for defending the rights of fellow villagers. Now home to a museum and host to an annual festival each September, this Japanese temple and memorial hall is an excellent place to learn more about Narita’s fascinating past.

Hanko-ji Temple

Founded in 1580, this historic temple was the first priest training institute of its kind in the region. In the years that followed, Hanjo-ji Temple became the largest and most esteemed Buddhist school of its time before being abandoned in the 19th century. Today, this Narita temple is regarded as the country’s oldest university, with a lecture hall and bell tower still in tact.

Daijion-ji Temple

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First established by the Tang Dynasty in 761, this centuries-old spiritual destination was since restored in the Kamakura Period from 1185 to 1333. Today, the prominent architecture of Daijion-ji Temple remains, including the temple bell and the Chokusi-mon Gate.

Ryoshu-in Temple

Attracting crowds of locals and visitors alike, this ancient temple is said to bring blessings of longevity and easy childbirth for patrons who worship. Also the site of one of Japan’s most important cultural monuments, a Nio-mon gate, Ryoshu-in Temple is well worth the 20-kilometre journey north of the city.

Hokekyo-ji Temple

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Looking for a temple to explore on route to Tokyo? Plan a pit stop at Hokekyoji Temple, located an hour west of Narita’s city centre. The head temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, this spiritual sanctuary houses two of the belief’s most sacred writings, ‘Rissho-ankoku-ron’ and ‘Kanjin-honzon-sho’, as well as a traditional five-story pagoda and flowering cherry blossom trees within the temple gardens.
Ready to take a tour of Narita’s temples? Plan your stay at Radisson Hotel Narita and discover the regions most inspiring spiritual destinations on your doorstep.

Krakow Tours & Sightseeing the Old Town

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Visitors to Krakow are spoiled for choice. As capital of Poland for more than five hundred years and seat of the monarchy, the city already had a long and rich history centuries ago. Today, the city welomes millions of tourists every year who come to discover the beauty and charm that has made it famous. But when planning your own visit, where do you even start to read about all there is to see and do? No worries – we’ve got you covered with a list of all the places that are a standard part of any Krakow Tours.

Krakow Tours – Walking through 1000 years of history

Krakow sightseeing is mostly focused around Wawel Castle, the Old Town and the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. Walking around the the main square and hill where the castle sits takes you through centuries of events that shaped the city we see today, from a medieval moat and defensive fortifications to the founding of the main square and the grid street system to the 19th century when the city walls and moat were turned into a huge park that opened the city to new growth. Any good city guide will point out these landmarks and important stages of Krakow’s history as you make your way through its streets and squares.

But to truly transport yourself back in time, you need to make your way to Wawel Castle, the first permanent settlement in the area and the focus of local and later national power. The Cathedral and Royal tombs along with various exhibits inside the castle are obligatory stops on any visit. Families and kids should also be sure to pay a visit to the fire-breathing dragon of Wawel and his enchanted cave to learn the legend of the origins of the city.

A trip through Krakow’s Old Town has its own obligatory sites – the Florian Gate, the Barbican, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church and the City Hall Tower. We would also add a visit to the university district to that list as well, with its 14th century buildings. Krakow’s churches are often compared with those of Rome as they span the period from the early Middle Ages to the present day. Several of them, most notably St. Mary’s Church in the main square, have recently been restored to their previous colourful glory and renovations have brightened the shine and refreshed the charm of ancient walls and stained glass windows.

Every Krakow Guide knows that a visit to Kazimierz is on the minds of most visitors. It’s just a ten minute walk from the main square but for centuries was actually a separate and distinct city from Krakow with its own main square and Jewish Quarter. Today, Kazimierz is famous for its picturesque backstreets and quiet corners, stunning Gothic churches and Synagogues from different eras. Visiting these sites along with one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe puts you closer to an atmosphere and culture that existed here for centuries.

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Another side of Krakow – Nowa Huta Tour

Krakow’s more recent history is also full of fascinating twists and turns with both tragic and beautiful episodes. One of these has become very famous over the last few years and attracts tourists from all over the world. In the Podgorze district of Krakow, visitors can find a musuem in the former factor of Oscar Schindler that documents life in the city during the Nazi occupation. There are also multiple sites around Krakow related to the life of Karol Wojtyla, better known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Those looking for a real adventure away from the crowds can go to Nowa Huta, the socialist-realist planned city established by the postwar Communist regime and symbol of the resistance of ordinary people against totalitarian repression.

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Guide to the unknown side of Krakow

A good local guide can show you around more than just the places that are popular with tourists and take you to hidden backstreets, local parks and places of historical interest off the beaten path. Krakow has a ridiculous number of places like this and there is something for every interest, hobby and style.

If you want to experience Krakow with the help and expertise of a licensed local Krakow guide, you can find out just how easy it is at Krakow Tours . See you here in Krakow!

Gems You Have To Visit When You Go To Blackpool

The town of Blackpool isn’t something you often hear about when it comes to traveling the UK. Normally, you think of great cities like London and Edinburgh with their high-quality attractions. In comparison, the thought of spending your vacation in a seaside town on the North Sea might not appeal. However, you should never judge a book by it’s cover because every town or city has hidden gems. Blackpool is no different. In fact, Blackpool has an array of attractions that every person should visit when they are in the area.

The Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a theme park with a huge amount of rides and fun for all the family. In fact, it is one of the most popular theme parks in the whole of Britain, next to Thorpe Park and Alton Towers. The main attraction is the Big One, the biggest and most exciting of the rides. But, there are others such as the Big Dipper, Infusion, and Revolution. And, there are age appropriate rides for younger kids if yours aren’t old enough for the big roller coasters. The best thing about the Pleasure Beach though isn’t the roller coasters – it’s the price. An adult pass costs £23 and a child’s pass £21. If you don’t want to ride, you can get into the resort for less than £10. All in all that is cheap for a theme park.

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Blackpool Tower

Holidays in Blackpool aren’t complete without a trip to the Tower. Blackpool Tower is 158 meters high, which gives you great views of the town and surrounding areas. And, the sheer thrill of standing that high in the sky is enough to send shivers down your spine. Again, the experience is very cheap, so it’s worth a visit just to see what all the fuss is about. It is by no means the Eiffel Tower, but it is a pretty good replica.

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The Illuminations

On the face of it, Blackpool Illuminations are nothing that a bunch of lights that you drive past at night. Doesn’t sound like much, but they are surprisingly good fun. Driving past some of your favorite childhood characters is like going back in time and reliving your younger days all over again. Plus, the kids love the experience. The best time to go is during the Christmas season when the lights are at their festive best. But, they are always worth a look regardless of the time of year. Just make sure they are on before you go because they only light up at certain times of the year.

The Zoo

Every zoo is good fun, and Blackpool Zoo is no different. Some of the animals aren’t the most exotic or popular, but you have to remember the location. It is hard to get a fifteen stone tiger all the way to the North West of the country! Still, there are lots of animals that you don’t get to see on an everyday basis, and that’s always fun. If the zoo isn’t your thing, you can try Sea Life Blackpool. The seal life center is home to some of the best aquatic creatures you will find in an aquarium. Again, there aren’t any Orcas performing tricks, but that shouldn’t stop you from going.

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Blackpool Beach

Yes, Blackpool is home to one of the few beaches England has to offer. Over the years, the beach hasn’t had the best reputation. But, the local council have been doing all they can recently to give it a facelift. They have succeeded because the beach is almost unrecognizable from before. It is much cleaner and sanitary from a start. During the spring and summer, Blackpool beach is a great place to waste away the hours while eating an ice-cream cone. You might want to avoid it during the winter because the weather can get quite rough

The Grand Theater

Fancy catching a show? There are plenty of great shows at the Grand Theater. The Grand is one of the oldest and most important theaters in the UK. In fact, the building itself is a Grade 2 listed building and protected by the government. You certainly get that sense of occasion when you watch a show thanks to the old school décor. But, the performances are far from old school. The best shows throughout the country tour as far north as Blackpool. When they do, they always hit up the Grand Theater.

It might not have the same reputation as other towns and cities in the UK. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty of hidden gems. In fact, Blackpool itself is a hidden gem.

 

La Maddalena by Boat Charter: Protected but Accessible

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Daydreaming at your desk again? It’s an acceptable means of fending off the winter blues. Another is to actually jump on those dreamy ideas and book a quick trip, and you could do worse than planning a jaunt to Sardinia in June. Really, any summer month would do, but you can beat the standard-issue holiday crowds and get lower prices by going earlier in the season. Draft some friends for a bareboat charter in Sardinia and set off for an affordable weeklong exploration in the protected waters of La Maddalena Archipelago.

If you have only a week or so, this area particularly lends itself to a sailing itinerary that gives you an authentic experience of the place in a short amount of time. Indeed, much of it is uninhabited and accessible only by boat. Located off the northern tip of Sardinia, the archipelago of La Maddalena is a national park with a protected marine environment; you can anchor there, but you should try to purchase your permit ahead of time in order to avoid extra fees. Permits and rules concerning anchoring are strictly enforced.

This area of seven large islands and lots of small ones holds a stunning collection of bays and beaches that have you wondering how there could be so many shades of blue in the world. It is the former home of a NATO and United States support naval base and has a small population of roughly 13,000 inhabitants. It still isn’t in heavy rotation for tourists, and although the local economy hasn’t benefited from its isolation after the closure of the naval base, it has kept the development in check and the sea environment healthy. You won’t see high-rises lining the beaches here.

The town of La Maddalena on the largest island is the only truly inhabited place within the archipelago, and it should be your first stop after sailing out from Marina di Portisco, located south of the airport at Olbia. Pedestrian streets climb up from the seafront and offer a selection of restaurants and gelaterias along with beautiful views. Pick up a walking guide for the islands and definitely plan to spend some time on land, where you’ll find satisfying saunters among juniper, rock formations, and fragrant shrubs.

Escape the “bustle” of the town and first sail southeast to the island of Caprera. Although it holds some small museums and the final home of the famous Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi, wild goats outnumber the humans here and the protected bird species include peregrine falcons. From Caprera, head north to the islands of Budelli, Santa Maria, and Razzoli. Wonders abound underwater here, with red coral, schools of fish, and visibility for days. Budelli was made famous by Antonioni’s 1964 film Red Desert, and the island’s distinctive pink sand is due to the red coral in the surrounding sea. This island is no longer publicly accessible, but you’ll have no shortage of eye candy elsewhere.

There are plenty of budget flights out of Gatwick to Olbia. Upon arrival, you’ll find Sardinia relatively affordable, so you can provision your boat as well as eat onshore to your heart’s content. If you’ve had enough of daydreaming, plan your bareboat charter now to store up some memories for next winter.

Best Armenian Banquet Halls in Glendale

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It may have so far proven to be difficult to find a banquet hall in Glendale, perfectly suited to meet your Armenian wedding needs. Do you know exactly what it is that you are looking for? Have you researched the available Glendale banquet halls that have all of the aspects to make them ideal options? If not, you might start there.

What Makes An Armenian Wedding?

For those who are not familiar, there are a few inherent differences between American weddings and Armenian weddings, most of which occur during the reception. In terms of the ceremony, there are cultural differences of course, but for the most part the ceremony will be filled with grace and poise throughout. It is at the reception where there are differences between the two – when the party breaks out.

First and foremost, an Armenian wedding is simply not complete without the grandest of entrances into the reception. This does not only go for the bride and groom, but for each member of the wedding party as well. Sweeping lights, loud music, truly an entrance worthy of a red carpet. As the bride and groom enter the marvelously flashy reception hall, everyone in the room will rush to greet them with whistles and claps. The crowd surrounds the bride and groom on the dance floor where the music and lights make way for an epic dance party.

This exceptionally loud dance party would not be complete without a wide array of culinary accompaniments. Waves upon waves of culinary delights. Food, music, lights, party – what more could you ask for?

Best Glendale Banquet Halls for an Armenian Wedding

Since Armenian weddings are all about being flashy and bold, only a venue that can stand up to the modern and lavish appeal that is necessary will do. The top three best banquet halls for an Armenian wedding that are capable of just this include:

  • The Galleria Ballroom

For more information about these wedding hall be sure to contact Anoush.com for more information.