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'My client isn't in a hurry'

by Yuri Brixenmortar 30. October 2010 22:23
If your neighbours have ever taken to building an extension on their house then you know what it’s like to wake up each day to the maddening sound of power tools before breakfast. Imagine, then, living next door to Gaudí’s infamous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which has been under construction for the past 125 years. Aspirin?Spain may be known for its ‘mañana, mañana’ approach, but according to an article in The Independent, the Pope’s visit next weekend has caused work on the Catalan landmark to speed up. Pope Benedict XVI, will be visiting the 'Expiatory Church of the Holy Family' in order to consecrate it as a Basilica – a mark of status given to select Roman Catholic c... [More]

Destination Focus: Crete

by Yuri Brixenmortar 29. October 2010 16:31
Where is it?Crete is located in the Mediterranean Sea and is the largest of the Greek islands. What's the attraction?Crete boasts a 1000 kilometre-long coastline, dotted with beautiful coves, bays and peninsulas. Its ideal climate, safe beach waters and small distances between ports and coasts account for its popularity with Greeks and foreigners alike, establishing the island as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Romtomtom on Flickr via ESP Steeped in history, the island of Crete has an extremely rich and diverse culture, forming a significant part of the cultural heritage of Greece. It has also managed to preserve its own cultural expressions, such as the Cretan... [More]

Bed sheets and broomsticks

by Yuri Brixenmortar 29. October 2010 15:48
As leaves fall from the trees and grocery shops fill up with pumpkins, it can only mean one thing: it's time to get your broomstick out. As Halloween approaches, many are busy making plans. Perhaps you’re deciding which party to go to, stocking up on sweets to hand out to trick-or-treators, fashioning a spectacular costume out of old bed sheets or maybe you simply can’t stand the whole ordeal. Whatever your feelings are toward the Autumnal event, Halloween, or ‘All Hallow’s Eve’, remains one of the world’s oldest festivities and is celebrated by many different cultures across the globe. Maybe, like me, you can’t help wondering why evil spirits would be frightened away by a seasonal selection of... [More]

Destination Focus: Midi Pyrenees

by Yuri Brixenmortar 29. October 2010 09:24
Where is it?The Midi Pyrenees is the largest region of France and is located on the southernmost border of the country, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. What’s the attraction?Host to a rich and diverse culture, the Midi Pyrenees is a major wine producing region boasting many attractions, including prehistoric sites, culinary delights, castles, and, of course, the magnificent Pyrenees Mountains. Based on the banks of the River Garonne, Toulouse is known as the Ville Rose or ‘Pink City’ on account of its distinctive brick architecture. The city specialises in well-known delicacies, such as foie gras and is home to the Théâtre du Capitole, famous for its opera, ballet and classi... [More]

Destination Focus: Tenerife

by Yuri Brixenmortar 28. October 2010 12:25
Where is it?Tenerife is a volcanic island located off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean and is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. What’s the attraction? Tenerife is one of the most popular Spanish holiday destinations, with millions of tourists visiting each year. The south of the island attracts most of the visitors due to the hotter and drier climate as well as the great selection of well developed resorts such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. The island has something for everyone, with many world-class facilities and leisure opportunities as well as sea and sand, such as quality shopping centres, golf courses, restaurants, waterparks, animal parks, and theatres. Tenerife has a ... [More]

Destination Focus: Valencia

by Yuri Brixenmortar 27. October 2010 13:54
Where is it?The province of Valencia is located on the coastline of eastern Spain, in the central part of the Valencian Community. What’s the attraction? The province, which is divided into 17 comarcas, boasts a diverse and vibrant culture. From restored historical landmarks to a flamboyant opera and music palace, the biggest aquarium in Europe, galleries and luxury hotels, Valencia is bursting with life. Its capital city, also named Valencia, is the third largest city is Spain and is where one third of the total population of the province lives. Valencia has many cultural traditions to its name, including the famous ‘paella’, which has come to be known as a national dish. The Falles festival ... [More]

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Destination Focus: Faro

by Yuri Brixenmortar 27. October 2010 09:55
Where is it?The district of Faro is in the Algarve region of Portugal, in the southernmost point of the country. What’s the attraction?The Faro district is made up of 16 municipalities, offering a diverse selection of attractions, from historical sites, to top golfing locations, to a great nightlife and a vast coastal strip enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The centrally placed coastal capital of the Algarve is a mix of old and new, with its historical Moorish roots combined with its modern-day cosmopolitan lifestyle. In 2005 Faro was given the title by the Portuguese government of the ‘National Capital of Culture’, boasting a hub of art and music and stunning examples of contemporary archi... [More]

Destination Focus: Brittany

by Yuri Brixenmortar 26. October 2010 15:00
Where is it?Brittany is a region in France which occupies a large peninsula in the north west of the country, lying between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. What’s the attraction?Brittany’s varied history accounts for its fascinating culture and identity. It is also known as Little Britain and is classed as one of the six Celtic nations. The peninsular has a staggering 1,700 miles of beautiful and rugged coastline, which has been known to inspire many artists and has become one of the top destinations for tourism and seaside holidays in France. The unusual colouring of the Côte de Granit Rose is located in the Côtes d'Armor department of Brittany. It stretches for more than 30 ... [More]

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Destination Focus: Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur

by Yuri Brixenmortar 26. October 2010 10:31
Where is it? Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur is one of the 22 regions of France and is located in the southeastern part of the country. Bordering it to the west is the Rhône River, the Rhône-Alpes borders it to the north, Italy to the east and the French Riviera to the south, known in French as the Côte d'Azur. What’s the attraction? Boasting stunning landscapes, quality cuisine, historical sights and vibrant exhibitions, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur is a truly exceptional cultural destination, bursting with art and vitality. Two of the main cities in the region are Marseille and Nice, which offer a host of cultural sights, top restaurants and art galleries. One of the most international... [More]

Destinaton Focus: Alicante

by Yuri Brixenmortar 25. October 2010 13:26
Where is it? Alicante is a province in south east Spain, located in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It borders the provinces of Murcia, Albacete and Valencia, with the popular Costa Blanca along its eastern side. What’s the attraction?Alicante has a lot to offer, from stunning natural landscapes to exciting city life. The north-west of the province boasts a mountainous landscape with peaks from the Baetic range, while the south-east has long stretches of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast. Its capital – the city of Alicante – is one of the most vibrant cities in Spain and is also a historical Mediterranean port. There are miles of sandy beaches to explore and enjoy pract... [More]

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