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Women Who Travel by Bicycle

Women Who Travel by Bicycle

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July 8, 20140 commentsRead More
City glitz and glamour

City glitz and glamour

Prague by Ricardo Libertato (Creative Commons) Prague by Ricardo Libertato (Creative Commons)

A break in a new city can be just what’s needed to inject a bit of life and pizzazz into proceedings! A full working week can be broken up and given a boost of oomph with something to look forward to at the end of it, and a city break could be just the tonic. A weekend, a few days, or a full week, the choice is yours, and the destinations? Plentiful.

We know that cities cost money, and they’re often more expensive accommodation-wise than resort hotels near to the coast, however if you can save money before you go, such as on your travel extras, then you will have more at your disposal whilst you’re there.

I always drive myself to the airport, and book my parking spot through ParkBCP. Why? Well it’s easier, it’s more convenient, it saves stress, and it also costs less than costly airport taxis, trains and long, drawn out coach journeys. I recently booked Liverpool Airport parking, and the cost was fantastic and the service second to none.

With a little money saved, you’re free to explore all the fun of the city. But I guess the question is, which city will you choose?

Trevi Fountain in Rome (Creative Commons) Trevi Fountain in Rome (Creative Commons)

Your choice depends on your preference, what you want to see and do, and of course, your budget. Low cost airlines head to most large European cities for little cost these days, and if you can manage to travel with just hand luggage, then you’ll save costs. Just buy your toiletries at the airport to save weight and to get around the 100ml rule, and you’ll be saving on the luggage fee.

As for accommodation, lastminute.com is a good choice, because if you can grab a last minute bargain, this will cut more costs. Most hotels would rather rent their rooms for less, than have them empty, so this is a good way to grab quality accommodation for a lesser price tag, especially in a city.

Getting from the airport to the city centre is usually quite easy, and most cities will have a metro or bus network that links the two quite frequently. You could get a taxi if you prefer a more door to door service, but do a little research beforehand into how much this should cost you, and set the price before you get in, if at all possible.

Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Athens, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Prague …. the list goes on.

Where will you choose?

June 8, 20140 commentsRead More
Liverpool – a truly unique city

Liverpool – a truly unique city

Liverpool by David Humphreys (Creative Commons) Liverpool by David Humphreys (Creative Commons)

 

Think of Liverpool and you think of the melding of Anglo-Irish culture with all the energy, creativity and abrasiveness that brings.

Liverpool is a truly unique city. In many ways, it’s like New York in miniature; a great port city that has seen millions of people of all nationalities and cultures pass through it over the centuries. It is, of course, a city famous for its sport and its music, but also for its heritage, its culture and its art.

In the UK, it’s perhaps surprising to note that Liverpool has the largest collection of art galleries and museums of any city other than London. And perhaps more than any other city – Liverpool truly manages to put its culture and heritage at its heart for the benefit of tourists and visitors to the city.

Never make the mistake of underestimating the place. If you visit Liverpool, you won’t be disappointed. It’s an incredible city packed full of sites and attractions for lovers of life. From its amazing creative performance spaces, to grand theatres and intimate clubs, this is a wonderful city for anyone in search of entertainment.

Don't miss the famous museum devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles (Creative Commons) Don’t miss the famous museum devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles (Creative Commons)

 

For history and architecture enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of interest either. As a UNESCO World Heritage City, Liverpool enjoys a nice mix of classic and contemporary as well as, famously, two amazing cathedrals – one beautiful old Anglican cathedral and the famous “Paddy’s wigwam” – the Roman Catholic cathedral.

Then there’s the unforgettable waterfront – with its shops, galleries, museums and wonderful old Albert Dock. This is a city it’s easy to arrive at by train to Lime Street station – then to explore on foot.

And then, there’s the sport. Liverpool embraces sport with open arms from its two Premier League sides to the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National and an excellent championship golf course just outside the city.

Of course, this year’s Grand National is just days away and UK gamblers are expected to wager around £160m on the biggest single gambling day of the calendar. Betfair, the world’s biggest gambling exchange, is expecting more money to be wagered than at any time in its history.

But if there’s one thing that tops sport in this city, then it’s shopping. Liverpool truly is a great retail destination for shopaholics today.

It’s often a cliché to say there’s something for everyone – but in Liverpool, there really is.

April 1, 20140 commentsRead More
New Zealand’s perfect Indian summer for cricket fans

New Zealand’s perfect Indian summer for cricket fans

New Zealand by Law Murray (Creative Commons)

You never need an excuse to visit New Zealand. This has to be one of the world’s most beautiful countries and – as a developed nation with all the economy and infrastructure that brings with it – the country’s population of just 4.5 million people speaks of just how unspoiled this place remains.

And there are few better times to visit New Zealand than the early part of the year. February and March are akin to August and September in the northern hemisphere and the country really is at its most stunningly beautiful at this time of year. If you wait a little longer, the leaves begin to turn and the colours really are awesome.

But if anyone did need an excuse to visit during the latter part of a New Zealand summer – then the visit of one of the world’s best cricketing sides for a test series is the ideal reason.

At the time of writing, New Zealand have already enjoyed a narrow victory over India in the first Test – after a very close finish in Auckland. This tees things up perfectly for the next Test in the country’s capital, Wellington – beginning on February 13th.

Cable Car in Wellington by Brett Taylor (Creative Commons)

It’s only a two-match series so it’s either going to be a home win or a draw – and the Indians will be absolutely determined to level things up – which makes the betting market very interesting. As things stand, New Zealand are odds-on with Betfair to win the series, which makes the draw a good value bet.

And with Betfair – finding the value is what it’s all about as, of course, you can lay bets back at shorter odds thereby ensuring a profit whatever happens. And a punt on the cricket can really liven things up, particularly if you’re a neutral.

If you can make the trip in time –then the second Test promises to be a thriller. But if you aren’t a cricket fan – then come to New Zealand around this time of year anyway; this country will not disappoint you if you’re a lover of majestic natural beauty.

February 12, 20140 commentsRead More