Flight management solutions from global distribution system (GDS) specialist Amadeus have been further integrated into the activities of Australia’s leading airline.National carrier Qantas has opted to boost its busy Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo routes with the Amadeus Altea Departure Control-Flight Management system, looking to enhance its flight management with the “next-generation” load control system.The programme – launched at Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne load control centres in June 2007 – promises streamlined distribution of baggage and cargo across the aircraft, using smart design to optimise fuel efficiency and satisfy cargo safety requirements.Damian Hickey, vice president of Amadeus Airline Business Group Asia Pacific, said: “Amadeus has a long-standing relationship with Qantas, an airline partner that recognises the importance of technology in today’s competitive environment.To fully realise their potential in this region, Qantas has taken the next step in implementing the latest in technology. Amadeus Departure Control-Flight Management has proven very successful in Sydney and Melbourne and we anticipate the same benefits will be seen across the Asia Pacific region.”While it is now a major presence Down Under, Amadeus recently cemented its links with European airlines, signing up Air France, Alitalia, Iberia and around 30 other airlines to its full content GDS bookings programme for online travel agents.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAmadeus: easyJet surcharge spat will be healedAmadeus has given a strong indication that easyJet and bookings systems would not be burning their bridges.Amadeus and Flybe sign agreementA deal has been signed between global distribution system giant Amadeus and budget airline Flybe.Amadeus cements Middle Eastern promiseGlobal distribution system specialist Amadeus has recorded strong growth in the Middle East region.
Flybe will introduce as many as 12 cheap flights to Frankfurt a week from Glasgow later this summer.The year-round route will commence on August 1st, with overall travel time from Scotland’s largest city lasting for three hours and 45 minutes.All flights will make scheduled stops at Southampton, with the new route complementing Flybe’s existing services to Frankfurt from Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire city.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said the domestic airline recognises how important it is to provide “convenient and cost-effective” travel to key European hubs.”Our new service connecting this major economic centre to Glasgow illustrates our commitment to not only developing leisure options but also to helping link UK business with key business destinations across Europe affordably,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that the carrier is looking forward to welcoming the route’s first passengers in August.Last month, Flybe celebrated the first anniversary of its daily flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer scheduleFlybe intends to increase capacity on flights between Cardiff and GlasgowFlybe has confirmed that it will ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flight
Lebanon – From War to WineThis exhilarating country, perhaps better known for its bullet-hole ridden tower blocks, harrowing conflicts and Biblical landscapes, has in fact been producing exciting wines for some years now. Château Musar is the country’s most famous winery and is known in many parts of the world.The raspberry and peat-scented Chateau Musar 2003 is one of the most delicious wines to try, and is even available in some UK supermarkets. If it is true what they say that a country’s passion, personality and history seep into the wines as they ferment, then wine from Lebanon surely must be a far flung, devil-may-care choice for any table. Find flights to Beirut.Beirut picture: © SnowSphere.comReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Bored of Bordeaux? Napa no longer dapper?If you stand in the supermarket aisles for hours on end trying to decide between a Merlot and Chablis, then why not give your traditional wine choices a miss altogether and go for something a little more exciting?Here are our top five best and most unusual choices of world wines. Related7 romantic city breaks for less than £50You’ll love these bargain flights to seven sweet cities in time for Valentine’s Day!Holiday Fight Club 2: France v. ItalyFood, wine, beaches: where’s better? France or Italy? The gloves are off. It’s Holiday Fight Club… Round II.5 romantic city breaks for less than €100You’ll love these bargain flights to seven sweet cities in time for Valentine’s Day! Ukraine – From Grains to GrapesWhen most of us think of Ukraine, we think of bitterly cold winters, lashings of vodka and political shenanigans; not necessarily fine wines. However, monks in the north of Ukraine have been churning out wine since the 4th Century BC, believe it or not! By the time the whole country was producing wine, Ukraine was the Soviet Union’s largest supplier, until 1986 when Mikhail Gorbachov decided to put a stop to the ‘drunken Russian’ stereotype and set fire to over 800 square kilometres of vineyards in a bid to reduce the country’s intake of alcohol.Fortunately, Communism fell soon after and the Ukraine went back to making wine, mostly ones you’ve never heard of and can’t buy in your local supermarket. If you do fancy a bottle of Krimskoye sparkling red, you’ll need to hop on a flight to Kiev!Egypt – Wine Cellars in the PyramidsWine has been produced in Egypt since the time of mummies and tombs, the pyramids and Pharaohs. One can almost imagine Cleopatra lying in her bath of ass’s milk sipping a glass of fruity red or perhaps a chilled white to stave off the African heat. These days Egypt mostly imports wines for tourists but a relatively new producer, Karim Hvaidak, has established a vineyard in the deserts north of Cairo and now produces a variety of vino.This was not before having to lug hundreds of tons of compost from Cairo to the parched northern landscape. If you can find it, Sahara Vineyards Viognier and Chenin Blanc are worth a tipple –perfectly drinkable and definitely unique! Find flights to Cairo.Thailand – Wines to Float your BoatWine making has perhaps found its most unlikely location yet in Thailand. In the stifling heat and humidity, grapes are cleverly being grown in ‘floating vineyards’ where canals of water run between the vines keeping the grapes alive in the intense heat. The Siam Winery is currently the largest producer of Thai wine, making over 300,000 bottles of the Monsoon Valley label a year.Staff working there are regularly sent off to Europe for training which consists of drinking wine in the morning, the afternoon and the evening. Not bad work if you can get it! High taxes unfortunately mean that wine drinking hasn’t filtered through to the general Thai population, but there is a good export market. If you happen to be there on holiday, be sure to order a bottle of white, red or rose to go with your stir fried crocodile or escargot green curry. Find flights to Bangkok.Canada – Ice Ice BabyFrom magical Canadian winters, spring magical Canadian wines; Ice wines to be precise. Picked at the coldest moment on a winter’s night, each frozen grape creates just one drop of luxurious Ice wine. The grapes used for ice wines are left on the vine long after most normal grapes have been picked. By law, natural ice wine in Canada can only be made from grapes that have been frozen to -7 degrees Celsius.Because the juices are so highly concentrated each grape only gives up a tiny drop making this a labour intensive and expensive exercise. Picking is done by hand too which is a chilly business! Vidal Blanc is the grape of choice for Canadian ice wine which is largely produced in Ontario where temperatures get frighteningly low in the winter. This is definitely an extreme wine. Find flights to Canada.
More:7 best beaches in Brazil7 sultry Brazilian beauties for sun, sea and sunsetsWorld Cup Brazil host cities: a bluffer’s guideWhy you shouldn’t go surfing in Recife… and all the other essential facts about the World Cup cities15 safety tips for Brazil; how to avoid trouble on your travelsSkyscanner’s Brazilian team share their tips on how to stay safe in Brazil and avoid street crimeIf you fancy a last-minute trip to Brazil for the World Cup, you can of course find your flights to Rio, Sau Paulo and other cities in Brazil on Skyscanner – and find a place to stay too, with our comprehensive list of hotels in Fortaleza and everywhere else you might need a bed for the night.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Rio de Janeiro– Rio de Janeiro has two subway lines, but buses are the main form of public transportation in the city. Rio buses come in two forms: non-air conditioned, and air conditioned, tickets for the latter of which can be more expensive.– The lyrics of Barry Manilow’s famous 1978 hit ‘Copacabana’ refer to a famous night club, the Copacabana, the ‘hottest spot north of Havana’. Rio is in fact south of Havana.– The song tells the story of Lola, a showgirl, and her lover Tony, a bartender at the club who gets in a fight with Rico, a Mafia boss, who takes a fnacy to Lola– A remixed version of the original song, titled ‘Copacabana (The 1993 Remix)’ reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart, in1993 3. Cuiaba– Cuiaba located in the exact centre of South America.– Due to its position close to the cool air-blocking Chapada dos Guimarãe mountain range, Cuiabá is one of the country’s hottest cities, with temperatures often over 40°C (104°F)– The car park of the city’s new stadium, the Arena Pantanal, has 15,000 spaces– Local soccer club Mixto are the only club from the Mato Grosso region to have played at the top level of Brazilian football, the Brasileirão – in 1976 and 1986 4. Curitiba– Curitiba was Brazil’s capital… for three days in 1969– As well as ‘the Smiling City’, Curitiba is also known as ‘Pine Nut Land’– Bestowed with the Global Sustainable City Award in 2010, Curitiba is also the best ‘Latin American Big City’ in which to live, according to Reader’s Digest magazine– In 2013 it snowed in Curitiba for the first time in 38 years 8. Porto Alegre– Porto Alegre means Happy Harbour (not fast port)– The city is not named after French politician and scientist Claude Allègre, who, in 1996, opposed the removal of carcinogenic asbestos from the Jussieu university campus in Paris, describing it as ‘harmless’ and dismissing concerns about it as a form of ‘psychosis created by leftists’, while it is claimed to have killed 22 people– Porto Alegre is the home towm of former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho, who played for Barcelona and AC Milan among others 6. Manaus– Manaus is pronounced “me-naws”, rather than “man-ow-uss”, as it might look– Manaus is the ‘Gateway to the Amazon’, from where adventurers and tourists alike can explore the rainforests of Amazonia, home to many weird and wonderful creatures such as the omnivorous freshwater fish, the piranha.– Piranhas popular as food, although if an individual piranha is caught on a hook or line, it may be attacked by others, so anglers have got to be quick reeling them in– Piranha is best served grilled Related10 places to visit in Brazil: in picturesWorld Cup wonders: check our our gorgeous gallery of 10 of Brazil’s natural beauties.Photo gallery: 10 iconic landmarks in BrazilAs the Rio 2016 Olympics kick off in Brazil, we celebrate with a selection (seleção) of ten of the country’s most breathtaking landmarks and attractions.7 best beaches in BrazilThere’s more to Brazil than football this summer. If you need a break from the big games and the big cities, seek sun, sea, sand and maybe solitude on some of the best beaches, not only in Brazil, but the world. Here’s our super seven. 5. Fortaleza– The seaside city of Fortaleza is twinned with Miami Beach– ‘Winter’ in Fortaleza lasts from February to May, but because it’s the rainy reason, not because it is cold. This rainfall pattern is unusual for Brazil.– The city has been home to various cultural movements, including, in 1892, the literary expression of ‘Spiritual Bakery’, 9. Recife– The city of Recife is formed by three islands: Recife, Santo Antônio, and Boa Vista– Fans visiting Recife for the World Cup may be surprised to know that June is the wettest month of the year, and the second-cloudiest. Only August, when there is a mere daily average of 3.5 hours of sunshine, is cloudier.– Surfing has been illegal in Recife since 1995 thanks to a prevalence of shark attacks. As part of moves to deal with the problem, many tiger sharks have been caught and released far out to sea, and have migrated elsewhere. However, surfing is still banned. 7. Natal– Natal is home to the world’s largest cashew tree. With a circumference of 500 metres and occupying an area of 7,300 square metres, it is 70 times the size of the average cashew tree– Lying about six degrees south of the equator, the sun has its hat on for more than 3,000 hours every year– Between 2002 and 2005 Natal saw an increase of 134% in foreign tourism 11. Salvador de Bahia– Salvador, or Salvador de Bahia, is also known as Brazil’s ‘capital of happiness’ due to its many carnivals and street parties– Salvador’s Porto da Barra beach, in Barra neighbourhood, was named the third best beach in the world by the Guardian in 2007. It scores the honour of being on Skyscanner’s list of 7 Best Beaches in Brazil in 2014. 12. Sao Paulo– Sau Paulo is the largest city in Brazil– It is also the world’s seventh largest city by population– It is also known as ‘Sampa’, as well as ‘Cidade da Garoa’ (City of Drizzle)– Sao Paulo has the largest number of helicopters in the world (beating New York City and Tokyo). Helicopter taxi services are popular with Sampa’s business people. One helicopter shuttle service is operated totally by women, including its pilots. What’s Brazil‘s largest city? What does Sau Paulo have more of than any other city? How do eat a piranha? Even if you nothing about football, impress your friends with our quick-fire guide to the must-know info about Brazil’s 12 World Cup host cities.1. Belo Horizonte– With a population of 5.15 million, Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s third-largest city (or, to be exact, the third most populous urban agglomeration in Brazil, after only Greater Sao Paulo City and Greater Rio de Janeiro– BH boasts no fewer than 18 twin cities, including Tripoli, Homs (in Syria), and Bethlehem 2. Brasilia– Brasilia is the capital of Brazil, not Rio de Janeiro– Conceived in the 1950s by then-President Jucelino Kubitsche as Brazil’s new capital, it was founded in 1960.– Brasília has the highest GDP per capita of any major Latin American city at R$61,915– Uniquely in Brazil, it is an ‘administrative division’ rather than a ‘legal municipality’
8. Drink horchataThis simple and delicious drink, pronounced ‘orxata’ in Valencian tongue, is made from tiger nuts and a speciality in the region. It is particularly refreshing on a hot day when served in a traditional horchateria with light pastries called fartons (no sniggering, please) to dip. There are a couple of established places to try it in Plaza Santa Catalina: Santa Catalina and El Siglo. 2. Valencia CathedralValencia Cathedral’s controversial claim to fame is that it is the supposed home of the Holy Grail. Millions flock to see the holy chalice, housed in its own chapel, but the church itself is well worth a visit to see its frescoes, ornate relics and Goya paintings. A climb up the Miguelete tower will also reward you some of the best views in the city.Opening times: (20 Mar to 31 Oct) Mon to Sat 10am – 6.30pm; Sun & holidays 2pm – 6.30pm. (1 Nov to 19 Mar) 10am – 5.30pm; Sun & holidays, Cathedral closed from 1pm – 5pm.Location: Plaça de l’Almoina.Price: Adults €7, Concessions €5.50. 12. La Lonja de la SedaUnusual in that it’s one of the few secular Gothic buildings in Europe, the Silk Exchange building is one of the essential things to see in Valencia and rightly on the World Heritage list. Built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it’s hard not to be impressed by the mercantile might that the building demonstrates, with its towering pillars, vaulted ceilings and elaborate stonework on the exterior. There are even a few gargoyles to spot around the roof outside. A window into a time when Valencia was at the height of her trading powers.Opening times: Mon to Sat 9:30am – 7pm; Sun & holidays 9.30am – 3pm. Location: Calle de la Lonja, 2.Price: €2. Free on Sundays & holidays. 5. Go deep at The OceanogràficThe biggest aquarium in Europe, Valencia’s Oceanogràfic is also one of the best designed, featuring ten themed buildings dedicated to different climates such as the Antarctic, Temperate and Tropical Seas and the Red Sea. Expect to meet dolphins, Beluga whales, sea turtles, walruses and myriad other marine animals through immersive displays and interactive shows – there’s over 500 species in total! To cap it all off, head to the underwater Submarino Restaurant to dine as the shimmering shoals swim by right past your table (set menu €30 – €45).Opening times: (Low season: 02/01 to 07/04, from 18/04 to 16/06, from 18/09 to 11/10, from 15/10 to 05/12, from 10/12 to 23/12 and from 26/12 to 30/12) Sun to Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 8pm.(Medium season: from 08/04 to 13/04, from 16/04 to 17/04, from 17/06 to 13/07, from 01/09 to 17/09, from 12/10 to 14/10 y from 06/12 to 09/12) daily 10am – 8pm. (High season: from 14/07 to 31/08) Daily, 10am – 1am.Location: Autopista del Saler 5.Price: Adults €27.90, Concessions €21. 3. Las Fallas (1 – 19 March)See the city at its most animated, quite literally, during Las Fallas festival in March. Each of the city’s neighbourhoods builds giant statues of satirical caricatures that are judged and then set alight in the last day of the festival. Throughout the week there are parades, fireworks, lively fiestas, food competitions and all other things quintessentially Spanish: your eardrums and liver will seriously be put to the test. The atmosphere builds throughout the month, culminating in a week of bonfires and kaleidoscopic fireworks displays from the 15th to 19th March. Fancy a fiesta? Discover the best carnivals around the world. 6. Browse Central MarketHoused in a beautiful Art Nouveau building, Valencia’s central market is buzzing with locals stocking up on fresh produce from its 1000-odd stalls. Even if you’re not doing the week’s food shop, just marvel at its wares, from the piles of staring tuna fish to the punnets of ripe cherries to the glass mosaics above.Opening times: Daily, 7am – 3pm.Location: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges.Price: Free to enter. 7. Eat tapasWhat are weekends away in Spain without filling yourself up with plates of authentic tapas? Check out the Barrio del Carmen and Centro Histórico districts for the most interesting joints, or head straight for the stand-out Bodega Casa Motaña in the Cabanyal quarter. Being one of the oldest in the city, it has garnered quite a reputation and is always packed with people filling up with plates of jamon washed down with a cerveza. Opening times: Mon to Fri 1-4pm & 8-11.30pm, Sat 12.30-4pm & 8-11.30pm, Sun 12.30-4pm.Location: Calle de José Benlliure 69.Price: Tapas €4-14. Search for flights to Valencia1. La Playa de la MalvarrosaMarvellous by name and by nature, if you’re more a beach bum than a city slicker you could easily spend a whole weekend break here, baking in the Mediterranean sun. Pause to visit one of the shoreline restaurants serving up traditional Valencian paella as the temperature cools; try La Pepica, La Marcelina or Casa Carmela, Valencian institutions, frequented by tourists and locals alike. 11. Explore Museo Nacional de CerámicaHoused in the dramatic Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace, the museum contains some beautiful ceramics, but the entry fee’s all the more worthwhile for the original features and furnishings of this former baronial residence. Don’t forget to admire the incredible Rococo stonework and Baroque relief outside the building, representing the name, meaning ‘Marquis of the Two Waters’. Free on Saturdays after 4pm.Opening times: Tues to Sun 10am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm; Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm.Location: Poeta Querol, 2.Price: Adults €3, Concessions €1.50. 4. City of Arts and SciencesIn sharp contrast to Valencia’s old town, the series of twenty-first century architectural wonders that make up Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias are a symbol of the city’s fast and furious rejuvenation. Explore and admire Valencia architect Santiago Calatrav’s curiously-shaped white buildings, surrounded by clear blue reflecting pools. Attractions include an opera house – Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – an IMAX planetarium and an aquarium, as well as The Umbracle, a garden and platform from which you can admire the entire complex below. 15. Visit SaguntoAround a half hour train ride from Valencia is Sagunto, a small port city best known for its hilltop castle and Roman amphitheatre, but featuring many points of interest, including an old Jewish quarter. Climb up the winding stairways through the old town for a spectacular seaview – the castle walls alone measure around 1km so take a good pair of walking shoes! The Roman theatre is still used for occasional summer performances including the August theatre festival Sagunt A Escena; check the website for this year’s dates. 9. Climb Torres de SerranosBuilt in the fourteenth century, Torres de Serranos boasts the claim to fame as the largest Gothic gateway in Europe. It’s certainly one of the best preserved monuments in the city, and offers up sterling views from its turrets, across the city and over to the Turia riverbed.Opening times: Mon to Sat 9:30am – 7pm; Sunday & public holidays, from 9:30am – 3pm. Location: Placa de los Fueros.Price: €2.10. Walk the riverbed at Turia GardensValencia is a city that moved its river, forced to divert the Turia after frequent flooding devastated buildings and livelihoods during the twentieth century. Today, the former riverbed of the Turia makes for a green and pleasant spine running through the urban centre, where people from all walks of life gather to stroll, run, cycle and play. Lined with photogenic features like fountains, pine woodlands and orange trees, Turia Gardens links to the City of Arts and Sciences at one end and Cabecera Park at the other, and is a great place to while away an afternoon. 13. Institut Valencià d’Art ModernCrank the time machine forward a few hundred years to the modern day art scene in Valencia at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, known as IVAM for short. It’s not just the contemporary artists that are covered here, but the founders of the European Modernist movement in the 1900s, including notable Valencian Impressionist Ignacio Pinazo and sculptor Julio González.Opening times: Daily, 11am – 7:30pm.Location: Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118.Price: Adults €6, Concessions €3. 14. Shop around the siesta in Valencia’s boutiquesA short break doesn’t mean no time to shop, and Valencia has some purveyors of fashion and accessories that are too good to miss. Calle Sorní and Calle Cirilo Amorós are some seriously swanky shopping streets, but bargain-hunters will be happy on Calle Don Juan de Austria. Head to Plaza Redonda for the flea market if you’re here on a Sunday, and look out for specialists in local crafts, like the beautiful handmade fans at family-run Abanicos Carbonell. Just don’t get caught out by the siesta – a lot of smaller shops close between the hours of 2pm and 4/5pm. How to get to ValenciaFly direct to Valencia from UK airports like Nottingham East Midlands, Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle, with the shortest flights and often cheapest fares from London Gatwick and Stansted (easyJet and Ryanair, respectively). You can connect to Valencia with other lost-cost European airlines like Eurowings, who fly from Heathrow, via Dusseldorf.Valencia Airport is north-west of the city centre, near Manises, and you can get easily between the airport and Valencia via underground lines 3 and 5.Search for your perfect flights to Valencia with our fare-finder below:ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
United Arab EmiratesDubai25°C / 77°F Where’s hot in February? Top 10 holiday destinations… Canary IslandsTenerife17°C / 62°F RelatedWhere’s hot in March?Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s tantalisingly close. If you’re looking for a bit early sun, we’ve got plenty of suggestions, from the Dominican Republic to Morocco.Where’s hot in January?Christmas is over, and spring is still looking a bit far away for children of the sun. If you’re in need of a little vitamin D in winter, check out our top ten list of where’s hot in January, from Barbados to Brazil.Where’s hot in October?The leaves are falling and so are the temperatures. What else is there to do but travel to warmer climates? There are plenty of sunny spots to seek out in the autumn, from the dizzy heights of Dubai to the shores of Spain. Here’s where’s hot in October. READ MORE: JamaicaKingston26°C / 82°F ThailandKoh Samui28°C / 83°F PREVIOUS: AmericaFlorida23°C / 74°F ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map GambiaBanjul26°C / 81°F Cape VerdeSanta Maria25°C / 77°F ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Canary IslandsLanzarote18°C / 64°F MexicoCancun23°C / 74°F MaldivesIsland28°C / 83°F CountryCityAverage temperature in February Compare cheap flights using the Everywhere toolRead more about where to go in February, or get inspired with our destination inspiration series:The 10 best family city breaks in EuropeTen of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayWe’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a short, cheap holiday in Europe, or planning a low cost backpacking trip in Asia.Travel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Search for flights to these destinations now: Beach holidays in FebruaryThe Canary Islands are a popular choice for Brits looking to park their bum on some sand, no matter the month. Tenerife in particular is a good choice, and while the temperature may not reach the dizzy heights that it does in the summer months, 17 degrees is still pleasant wave watching weather. If you’re looking to fly a little further afield, Mexico, Cape Verde and Jamaica all have blue skies and rum cocktails, just waiting for you.City holidays in FebruaryOh, hi Dubai. For shopping, skyscrapers and a little bit of luxury, Dubai is unparalleled. It’s also a toasty 25 degrees on average. Or, you can get your Mickey Mouse on in Florida.More February holiday suggestionsFrom crazy carnivals in Rio de Janeiro to lazy beach breaks in Zanzibar, we’ve got plenty more suggestions for holidays in February, regardless of the weather. Check out our inspired ideas for holidays here.NEXT:
Following the 2008 year-long Cape Grace refashioning, The Spa has undergone a facelift of its own. Now incorporating a sense of place more than ever, the existing Spice Route theme has been expanded so that guests can truly indulge in the mysteries of the spices.Based on Vasco Da Gama’s voyages and trade with exotic lands, The Spa has embraced this history with its new signature 90-minute treatment, Spice Journey, which takes guests on a journey from India to Kenya, Tanzania to Madagascar and Mozambique to South Africa. Beginning with a musk and sandalwood pre-treatment rub to relax the muscles and a Fruit Butter Emulsion Scrub to exfoliate the skin, the Spice Journey treatment incorporates a hydrating Honey Soft Earth Mud and a Showergel with tamarind and lemon, before finishing with a Massage Butter, containing Kigelia Africana, Rooibos and Aloe vera, and a refreshing Body Mist Spray.In celebration of the reopening, the Spa at Cape Grace has also unveiled a new product line, Skin Sphere, with signature products in the body range (including the Spice Journey treatment) and new amenities created with signature scents. This new spa range is made entirely of plant extracts and is not tested on animals.For more information about the Spa at Cape Grace, please visit: www.capegrace.com/services/spa
Etihad Airways has enjoyed its busiest month ever with more than 616,000 passengers flying onboard the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s flights during July, a nine per cent increase on passenger numbers for July 2008.The highlight of the month was July 31st when a record 21,640 passengers, with a load factor of 90.3 per cent, flew with Etihad making it the airline’s busiest day in its five-year history. The last week of July saw an average of more than 20,500 passengers fly aboard its planes each day.The month of July saw Etihad’s 900 weekly flights – a 20 per cent increase on the number of weekly flights operated in July 2008 – fly at an average of 82 per cent full across first, business and economy cabins.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “The record-breaking passenger numbers we have experienced in July demonstrate that, despite the current economic challenges, Etihad continues to attract high volumes of traffic across all three cabins on our global network of more than 50 destinations.“Whilst we expected July to be busy we are delighted to have beaten our previous records, especially during the final week of the month when we carried more than 20,500 passengers each day. We now look forward to building upon this for the remainder of the summer holiday period and into the Holy Month of Ramadan.”Etihad’s flights to the Asia – Pacific region and also North America turned in particularly strong performances during July with seat factors averaging more than 86 per cent. Within Europe, loads exceeded 82 per cent and in the Middle East region it was 77 per cent.Etihad introduced three new destinations in June – Larnaca in Cyprus, the Greek capital of Athens and Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial capital – which all made an impact in July’s successful passenger numbers.Etihad also continues to expand its flight network and will launch non-stop flights from its Abu Dhabi base to Chicago in September as well as the South African city of Cape Town.In addition to the record passenger numbers, Etihad also enjoyed its best July for on-time performance at Abu Dhabi airport with 90 per cent of flights departing within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.This represents an improvement of five percentage points on the same period in 2008, despite a 21 per cent increase in the airline’s flying schedule.With high passenger numbers set to continue into August with the Holy Month of Ramadan also expected to begin, Etihad is advising customers to book their travel soon to avoid unnecessary disappointment.www.etihadairways.com
Milan – Matteo Marzotto announced his acquisition of Vionnet, one of the most important historical names in French fashion.“I am convinced there is always room for projects that have at their core originality, energy and passion” – Marzotto declared – “With Vionnet I would like to bring back to life an idea of fashion that is contemporary without forgetting its history; reinvigorating the extraordinary and innovative elegance that marked Madeleine Vionnet’s work; expressing the true meaning of European culture and its ability to create and enjoy beautiful things and important values”.Marzotto is currently president of Enit – theItalian State Tourist Board – and is a passionate entrepreneur in the fashion and luxury goods sector where he is personally involved with a series of investments. For this new venture, Marzotto has created an independent and autonomous structure and is the sole owner of the brand; additional strategic development will be provided by Marzotto’s longtime friend, Gianni Castiglioni.With its headquarters based in Milan, the first Vionnet collection will be presented this coming June, and will include both ready to wear and accessories. The collection will be designed by Rodolfo Paglialunga, who prior to Vionnet spent 13 years as designer of womenswear at Prada, and the previous four years at Romeo Gigli.Founded in Paris in 1912 and closed at the beginning of Second World War, the house of Madeleine Vionnet has made the history of fashion for its sartorial exactitude, the genius innovations of its creator and the exemplary balance of elegance and experimentalism. Inventor of the bias cut, the coup en bias, and celebrated master of draping, Madeleine Vionnet is a key protagonist of the revolution that in the 1910s modernized womenswear. She freed the body from corsets – being the first to remove them from her collections – bringing centre stage the personality of women, their desires and wellbeing.www.vionnet.com/
HONOLULU, HI – The Kahala Hotel & Resort is offering an introductory rate to their new contemporary island-style inspired suites with the Fall Suite Chic promotion.Relax in the new setting featuring rich ivory and coffee color tones, tropical style ceiling fans, out of this world beds, and elegant tropical accents. Cozy up in suite comforts and enjoy the luxurious amenities from the custom-made Italian Frette linens, towels and chenille robes to the exclusive custom signature fragrances by Floris of London, which can only be found at The Kahala.The Kahala Suite Chic Promotion, featuring the Ko’olau Partial Ocean View Suite and the Koko Head Ocean Front Suites, gives you: A spacious new suite at 30% off the daily rate With two or more nights, a complimentary daily breakfast buffet for two beachside at the Plumeria Beach House restaurant With five nights, the fifth night is free Plus all the amenities included in The Kahala’s Suite Amenity Program: Roundtrip limousine airport transfers VIP greeting upon arrival with special lei Escort to suite by manager Personalized stationery packet in suite Unpacking/packing services Complimentary pressing service upon arrival Morning coffee with newspaper daily Daily late afternoon cocktail service with light pupus in suite Nightly VIP turndown Preferential oceanfront seating at PBH and Hoku’s Preferential times at Spa Suites Full complimentary Business Center services such as use of computer for one hour per day, photocopying, facsimile use and free internet connection The Kahala Suite Chic promotion can be booked for stays between now and December 20th, with the exception of November 25th through 29th, and is subject to availability.“These are truly exceptional suites without this promotion but with these added benefits, this is indeed the best value for any suite in the Hawaiian Islands. We are offering this special promotion to introduce our suites to someone who is looking for a unique luxury Hawaiian vacation,” explained John Blanco, the resort’s managing director. “This is gracious suite living at its best.”– About The Kahala –A secluded, exclusive retreat, the 343-room hotel is on Kahala Beach, a short distance from Waikiki. The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their hideaway in Hawai’i.The Kahala has five restaurants including the ward-winning Hoku’s, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is long recognized internationally as an icon among luxury resorts.For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or for reservations, call toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at www.kahalaresort.com
NY museum offered used, solid-gold toilet to Trumps NEW YORK, N.Y. – Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from a New York museum for their White House private quarters. Instead, The Washington Post reports , the Guggenheim Museum’s chief curator came up with a pointedly satirical counter-offer: a working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist.The first couple had asked for Van Gogh’s “Landscape With Snow,” featuring a man and his dog.Curator Nancy Spector has been openly critical of Trump in social media.She emailed the White House Office of the Curator in September to say that the Trumps could borrow the toilet installation used by visitors in a museum restroom until mid-September. The 18-karat toilet , titled “America,” is Maurizio Cattelan’s jab at the nation’s greedier instincts. It has an estimated value topping $1 million.Spector included a photograph in her email, saying, “We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request, but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest.”The toilet could be “a long-term loan,” she wrote. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.”The Post said the White House has stayed silent on the subject.In a museum blog last year, the curator referred to Trump as “he of the eponymous gilded tower” — including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue where he has a huge apartment and office. The president favours the colour gold, plating bathroom fixtures in his various homes with the precious metal and redecorating the Oval Office with gold-hued drapes.The curator said his presidency has been “marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate rollback of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate-change denial that puts our planet in peril.”The Guggenheim did not return an Associated Press request for comment.___This story has been corrected to show that the toilet installation was used by visitors in a museum restroom until mid-September, not August. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 4:24 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Review: Gabrielle Union fights for her family ‘Breaking In’ This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ajiona Alexus in “Breaking In.” (Paul Sarkis/Universal Pictures via AP) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2018 9:53 am PDT Last Updated May 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email There is one perfect moment in “Breaking In ” that one goes to see a movie like “Breaking In” for and it comes relatively early on. Gabrielle Union’s character, Shaun, has found herself under attack in the driveway where she’d been attempting to order pizza for her two kids. She’s unaware that her son and daughter have already been grabbed by the home invaders. She’s shoeless, surprised and on interminable hold with the pizza place when the attack happens. But, she also has just accidentally broken her wine glass and, so, as resourceful ladies are wont to do, stabs the guy in the chest with the stem.Thankfully she’d had the chance to gulp down the contents first considering what comes next, which, might actually not be a bad idea for the audience either. Happy Mother’s Day, folks, your house is under attack and your kids are being held hostage. Are your “mama bear” instincts up to the task?It’s not a bad idea and Union proves more than capable of nailing her Liam Neeson/Bruce Willis moment of save-your-family action stardom, but the movie has trouble sustaining interest even over its brisk 88 minutes. Directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) and written by Ryan Engle (“Non-Stop”), “Breaking In” is basically “Panic Room” in reverse, but less clever and thrilling than that Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart yarn.In “Breaking In,” Union, as Shaun and her son Glover (Seth Carr) and teenage daughter Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) are on a little weekend trip to her late father’s Wisconsin mansion to collect some belongings and meet the real estate agent. “This place is a fortress,” someone actually says as they explore the intense security system that her tech savvy son explains is so easy to use that even mom could do it (hey, perhaps that’ll come in handy later).Shaun’s father dies in the opening scene in an intentional hit-and-run, amid a barely explained DA investigation. But no one seems to care or be too curious about that, plus Shaun’s been estranged from her father for years.It’s why the four burglars assumed that there won’t be anyone in the house when they pick this night to find a safe that they’ve been told contains $4 million in cash. Why they couldn’t just come back another night instead of getting themselves involved in an escalating hostage crisis isn’t something the movie is interested in exploring, either. They’d already gone through all the trouble of getting there and cutting the phone lines I guess. So the leader, Eddie (Billy Burke), the frosted-tipped and morally conflicted Sam (Levi Meaden), the psychotic Duncan (Richard Cabral) and the ex-military Peter (Mark Furze) decide that the best course of action is to kidnap the kids, hunt down the mom and play it by ear as to whether or not to kill them.Shaun is put through the ringer as she attempts to break back into the house to get her kids and take control of the situation, which quickly starts to feel repetitive. If only the script were a little better. Burke seems unwilling to go full campy villain, instead playing it straight even though every other line of dialogue is him psychoanalyzing Shaun’s mom drive. (“Fear I can manage, desperation is a whole other thing” and “Moms don’t run, not when their babies are trapped in the nest” are just a few of the gems).He also often goes back to the refrain that he’s pretty impressed with her determination and how he “knows” that everyone underestimates her. I suppose it’s the sort of line that women are supposed to relate to in general, maybe, but you also start to realize that you know nothing about Shaun — occupation, interests, life, exercise regimen. Do people underestimate her? Did he? Were we supposed to?It’s telling about the level of thought put into this story and script, but, again, “Breaking In” is not necessarily even trying to live up those standards, and despite all odds and everything going on around her, Union sells it. Maybe we did underestimate her after all.“Breaking In,” a Universal Pictures film, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references, and brief strong language.” Running time: 88 minutes. Two stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
MADRID – Netflix says it’s establishing in Spain its first content production hub on European soil as the online video entertainment platform tries to expand in different languages.A company statement Tuesday says the new production centre in the outskirts of Madrid will initially occupy close to a quarter of the 22,000 square-meter production hub currently under construction by Grupo Secuoya, a leading Spanish media company.It says the studios are expected to be operational in September and will help Netflix’s “growing slate of Spanish-language original content,” including new and existing titles, co-produced or undertaken by Netflix alone.Netflix is about to release the third season of Cable Girls, produced entirely in Spain, and has recently signed a deal with the creators of Money Heist, its most watched non-English language show. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2018 2:02 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix to open in Spain its first European production hub
This cover image released by Minotaur shows “The Nowhere Child,” a novel by Christian White. (Minotaur via AP) by Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 6:49 am PDT Review: ‘Nowhere Child’ is Christian White’s stunning debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “The Nowhere Child: a Novel” (Minotaur), by Christian WhiteA young woman’s fond memories of her happy childhood and loving parents are turned upside down when she learns she may have been kidnapped more than 28 years ago in “The Nowhere Child,” a stunning debut by Christian White.The perceptive plot of “The Nowhere Child” works well as a story about the extremes that one will go to protect loved ones as well as a tale about what makes a family. White skillfully creates a credible story filled with surprises and realistic characters worth caring about.Kim Leamy has a quiet life teaching photography at a school in Melbourne, Australia. Her loving mother, Carol, recently died but she has a solid relationship with her supportive stepfather, Dean. While she isn’t as close to her half-sister Amy, she knows she can always count on her.Kim’s life changes when she is approached by an American, James Finn, who tells her that she may be Sammy Went, who was kidnapped from her home in Kentucky when she was 2. Kim doesn’t believe him. She has her birth certificate and her family has always lived in Australia.Not only does James have reams of paperwork, he also has a DNA sample that he surreptitiously took from her that definitely proves that Kim is Sammy, and that he is her brother. Kim finds it hard to believe that the warm, happy home in which she was raised was the result of a crime. She agrees to go to Kentucky with James to find out what could have happened.White seamlessly moves “The Nowhere Child” from the present, as Kim tries to piece together a lifetime of lies, back to the incidents 28 years ago that may have led to an abduction.White shows life in a small Kentucky town, the Went family divided by religious fanaticism and a spiritual leader who encourages snake handling without deriding small towns or religion. Despite the evidence that James presents, suspense mounts as the plot explores the decades-old secrets that the Went family held close.The appealing Kim’s confusion over whether to doubt her childhood or accept this new dysfunctional family adds to the tension in “The Nowhere Child.”Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press
STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut is expressing reservations about a new media-rights deal that could force fans to pay an added subscription fee to watch many of the school’s football and basketball games.The $1 billion, 12-year deal between the American Athletic Conference and ESPN gives the sports media giant the rights to almost all AAC sporting events, including UConn men’s and women’s basketball games, many of which are now aired on the SNY network as part of a regional deal.ESPN says it’s willing to discuss farming out some games to SNY, but emphasized that much of its AAC content will go to its direct-to-viewer subscription service, ESPN-plus.UConn issued a statement saying parts of the deal are “not in the best interest of our fan base or representative of maintaining and building our brand.”Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UConn expresses reservations about AAC media deal with ESPN by Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2019 6:54 am PDT FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco, center, talks with Connecticut athletic director David Benedict, right, before an NCAA college basketball game between UConn and South Carolina, in Storrs, Conn.Aresco says the league’s new media rights deal with ESPN gives the AAC a platform similar to having its own branded network. The American and ESPN announced a 12-year agreement that runs through the 2031-32 school year. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Simpsons take shot at Ottawa Senators in Canadian-themed episode by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2019 9:04 pm PDT The Ottawa Senators were unable to avoid being the punchline of a joke on Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of The Simpsons.The episode, titled D’Oh Canada, featured a scene with Lisa Simpson recovering in a Canadian hospital with an RCMP officer in uniform at her bedside.He tells Lisa that while in Canada she would be “assigned her own hockey team.”Lisa responded by crossing her fingers and repeatedly praying “please not Ottawa,” before the Mountie put a Senators cap on her head and apologized for the disappointment.The Senators finished last in the NHL with a 29-47-6 record in 2018-19.It was a season of drama right from the start of training camp when captain Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks.That was followed by a video being released by an Uber driver where players were overheard complaining about an assistant coach, the departures of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel at the trade deadline, as well as the firing of head coach Guy Boucher with 18 games remaining in the season.The episode highlighted many Canadian sports stereotypes including a shot of children with curling brooms, and featured another scene with a Stanley Cup-designed lamp sitting on a sidetable and a rug covered with Quebec Nordiques logos.The Simpsons visit Niagara Falls and, through a series of mishaps, Lisa goes over the powerful flow of water that separates Ontario and New York.She lands on the Canadian side and is admitted to hospital, where she is made an honourary Senators fan while learning about Canadian healthcare coverage.The Simpsons’ consulting producer Tim Long grew up in Exeter, Ont. He’s one of three Canadian writers, the others being Joel H. Cohen and Jeff Westbrook. The Canadian Press
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2019 11:37 am PDT Judge upholds $6.6M judgment against rapper Yo Gotti WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina judge is refusing to throw out a $6.6 million judgment against rapper Yo Gotti.The Winston-Salem Journal reports the rapper, whose legal name is Mario Mims, appeared in court Monday asking for the decision to be vacated.Singer Young Fletcher’s manager Michael Terry filed a lawsuit accusing Mims of shirking a $20,000 deal to rap on one of Young Fletcher’s songs and thereby boost sales. Terry says Mims didn’t sign paperwork necessary for putting the song on streaming services.Mims said he was never served the lawsuit and therefore hadn’t been able to defend himself.Terry’s lawyers say Mims was served after a May 6, 2018 concert. Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Todd Burke said Mims waived any challenge by not responding to the lawsuit.Mims’ attorneys say they plan to appeal.___Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.comThe Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
February 23, 1998Paul doing some maintenance on the cement mixer.
January 1, 2010 HAPPY NEW YEAR and Best Wishes for a hopeful new year to family and friends near and far. 2009 was an eventful year with many things to be grateful for. And one of the highlights this past year was the alumni reunion in June 2009. This reporters favorite image was sent to us by alumna Ellen Ryan, photo taken on Paolo Soleri’s birthday.[photo: alumna Ellen Ryan & text: sue] The second favorite image was taken by architect James Horecka during the alumni reunion. This is but a fraction of the extraordinary family and extended family that built Cosanti and Arcosanti, that joined Soleri with vigor and enthusiasm, sweated and laughed and made friends with people that came from all over the planet, discussed and learned and disagreed, and worked harder than most would imagine. Happy New Year and good fortune to you all![photo: 2009 James Horecka, AIA, Architect & text: sue]
The event was organized by the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce. A special Thank You goes to Chamber President Ben Satran, who cast the original vision for this event and has supported this festival since its inception.Here is the GENERATION BAND, a group of very talented and spunky young musicians.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]JAMES REAMS & THE BARNSTORMERS[photo by Colleen Connery]PICK & HOLLER[photo by Colleen Connery] May 4, 2015The fifth annual BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL this past Saturday was a wonderful event. During the Opening Ceremony, Colors were presented by the Cordes Lakes Memorial American Legion Post 122 and there was a warm welcome invocation by pastor Tom Thurman.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]The weather was gorgeous and many vendors set up under the Vaults and around the Amphitheater, as well as in the renovated keystone area where the new grass lawn was welcome place to rest.The days music started with CINDER MOUNTAIN.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]