Cheaper Holidays in Greece

Despite the regular protests in Athens, the millions of Britons who spend their holidays in Greece are set for safe, less expensive breaks — though flexibility should be built in to travel plans.

It may have again turned violent in the centre of the Greek capital, but most holidaymakers will have been totally oblivious to the protests. Summer bookings are well up on last year after a host of incentives to attract more visitors to Greece and its islands and to provide a much-needed boost to the beleaguered Greek economy.

It is certainly wise to be aware of possible strike plans and avoid the centre of Athens during protests, as they can turn violent. Strikes can also cause travel disruption if they affect public transport, flights or ferry services, as they often do, depending on who takes part in the work stoppages. The latest nationwide action left flights into and across Greece unaffected as air traffic controllers did not walk out, but it is wise to ask travel agents or hotel operators about possible strike plans.

The economic crisis and austerity measures have made life more difficult for most ordinary Greeks, who have seen their pay cut and taxes rise, but it has also resulted in better deals and some bargains for holidaymakers.

To boost the key tourism sector and attract more tourists, the Government has already reduced the VAT rate charged on holiday accommodation and axed all landing fees at airports in the islands, making it cheaper for scheduled and charter flight operators, who should pass on the savings to visitors.

Places to go in New York State

By Elena Price

So you’ve seen the Big Apple, but we all know that New York is as much a State as a city. So, what great treasures does the state itself have that the city just can’t compare to?

New York Sate Museum

One of the best things to see in New York State is the State Museum. The Museum houses some very fine examples that portray the history of the area very well. Some of its most interesting exhibitions are ones on the World Trade centre and on the beginnings of New York. There is also a very interesting exhibition on the emigrants who arrived and how and where they settled as well as a very informative exhibition on the Jews and the Holocaust.

The museum also has a selection of other artefacts, including Cohoes Mastodon, a working carousel from Cuba and Niagara Falls daredevil barrels used to cross the great waterfall. Run by the states department of education, it’s certainly a great place to visit with children.

Flights to New York are increasingly popular for both business and leisure travellers from the Middle East attracted by the financial rewards and cosmopolitan lifestyle that this captivating city offers. Etihad operates non stop flights to New York from Abu Dhabi which also serves as scheduled direct flight to New York City NYC from Dubai

If you do visit New York State and end up in Albany a must see and a certainty to gather your awe is the New York State Capitol. The building took four decades to build and is one of the finest examples of 19th century architecture in all of the United States. Tours of the building are free and are definitely worth waiting for, if only to see the grandeur of the wood panelled rooms and the Million Dollar Staircase in the lobby.

Niagara Falls in upstate New York offers visitors the chance to see one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The city of Niagara Falls shares its name and the natural wonder with the Canadian city of the same name. The two huge waterfalls combine to make the most powerful waterfalls in North America. The drop of up to 53m and a width of 790m ; as you can imagine, offers a great view and is a must see if in New York State. At peak times the fall pushes 202,000 cubic feet of water per second over the edge.

 People who love the great outdoors will be delighted to hear of Adirondack Park. The park which is a similar size in area to the state of Vermont is situated in the north east of the state and covers 6.1m acres.
It is home plenty of American animals, including the beaver, the moose, the lynx and osprey and there is a continuous effort being made to reintroduce animals and fauna lost during exploitation of natural recourses during the last few centuries. The area has 3,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of streams and is the largest trekking area in all of the United States. The park is a beautiful place and a great area to get some fresh air and see the beauty of the world.

A visit to the State of New York is a fantastic experience for its own reason and also as it takes the onus of the city and shows all the beauty and wonderment in the state itself.

Rhine In Flames

Rhine In Flames

For a firework display with a difference, the Rhine In Flames certainly leaves the others in the shade set against the beautiful setting of the UNESCO listed Middle Rhine Valley.

Not only will colourful fireworks fill the night sky, you’ll see illuminated ships, burning medieval castles and the route along The Rhine is lined with 2000 Bengal Town Fire Lights. Breath-taking acoustics and beautiful backdrops add to the atmosphere but be prepared for the thunderous roar of the firecrackers – they may make you jump!

An affordable way to see this spectacle is to book one of the series of coach holidays arranged by Door 2 Tour.  Find out more details here

Caoch tours to see the Rhine in Flames operate between May-September 201

New Devon Dub Fest Helping Cancer Kiddies

The phenomenon of 'VW festivals' has been well established in Britain for some time. These typically combine a car show of vintage and tricked out Volkswagen cars and vans with the more traditional festival fare of music, plastic cups of beer and food stalls.

Devon Dub Fest  is the latest addition to the VW themed summer festival theme. Held at Crealy Adventure Park near Exeter, this one will have something of a difference in that all of the profits are being donated to cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent were formed in 2005 with the merging of two leading children's cancer charities. Their work is about helping children with cancer and their families. This is both for kids who are in hospital, but also out in the wider community.

The Devon Dub Fest is all set for 15th to 17th July, but the deadline to buy tickets is Monday 27th June. Weekend camping tickets are just £25, which includes a diverse range  of entertainments. Zorbing and paintballing are available and there is a music program that includes festival Ska favourites Melosa and a silent disco.

Of course the real centre piece of the even is the 'Show and Shine' where owners of nice examples of VW cars and vans can exhibit their pride and joys for the whole world to see. You have to pre--register if you want to enter your 'dub. Details are up on their website.