WINTER SUN

When you haven’t seen the sun in months, and the weather looks as though it’s shaping up to bring nothing but endless stretches of grey cloud, cold wind and freezing rain, it’s inevitable you’ll start wishing summer would hurry up and arrive. While winter sun holidays often mean long haul flights, our list of eight hot spots around the world include some that can be reached in less than five hours and still experience temperatures of 19℃ and above. THE CANARY ISLANDS If you’re wondering where to go for winter sun but don’t want a long haul flight, the Canary Islands are … Continue reading WINTER SUN

EDITORS WEEK IN REVIEW

So this week I indulged in a little down-time. I’m not really one for taking out and out holidays but over the last couple of years a pattern does appear to have been forming where I seem to find myself in Italy in October. Yes I absolutely agree, there are a lot worse things that could happen. Now though any break I do manage to take still becomes in essence a review these days. After all it’s in all of us sharing our experiences that we can make informed decisions about things. Put things on the shortlist through a recommendation … Continue reading EDITORS WEEK IN REVIEW

BEST VIEWS IN LONDON

1.) The Shard Get a ticket and head up to the View from the Shard for an amazing view across all of London. It covers a 360 view so this is easily one of the most impressive places to see all of London.  Price: around £30 for adults (discounts available). Book your tickets here. Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG Visiting London? Check out the best shopping spots, here 2.) Big Ben You need to be resident in the UK for this one but basically, you get to climb up Big Ben for free if you are (contact your MP about this) and when you … Continue reading BEST VIEWS IN LONDON

HAIKU STAIRS

It’s called the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven Hawaii, and it has one of the most breathtaking views on the entire planet. However, that view comes with a price because it’s actually illegal to climb. The stairs were originally installed during World War II so military could access a radio station antennae that sat roughly 2,000 feet up in the mountains. Located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, which reaches a peak of nearly 3,000 feet, is forbidden by the Hawaiian government due to liability issues and land access problems. A guard was even present during the day (though many people now say the guard is gone). … Continue reading HAIKU STAIRS

CHERNOBYL: THE CLAW

The Claw sits alone in a dead pocket of a forest on the outskirts of Pripyat, where it was abandoned in the aftermath of the clean-up efforts following the 1986 disaster. Workers, unsure of where to leave the highly radioactive claw, dumped the frightening piece of machinery in the depths of the forest, far from the beaten track, in the hope nobody would ever find it — it was simply deemed too dangerous to leave anywhere else. But while the Claw isn’t easy to find, a handful of official guides know where it’s located. Even so, very few tourists request … Continue reading CHERNOBYL: THE CLAW

TEMPLE BAR

First, some history. Temple Bar has always been a popular spot – the Vikings set up camp here as far back as 795 A.D. Their settlement remains can be seen in Dublin Castle today. Fast forward a few centuries to a time when British diplomat Sir William Temple built his grand residence and gardens on the site, the name stuck and Temple Bar was born. The Temple Bar area is a square on the south bank of the River Liffey with off-shooting streets and narrow laneways. They’re lined with boutiques, cafes, galleries and pubs, and at any time of year, … Continue reading TEMPLE BAR