Related2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!Summer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakersTurning Staycationers into Vacationers: the global battle for international touristsThe global recession has led to an increasing trend for staycations Research by Skyscanner shows that although the strong euro may have put some British travellers off, it doesn’t seem to have dissuaded American tourists from vacationing in the eurozone.Athens has seen the highest increase in interest, with searches up 224% on last summer, a rise likely to be welcomed by the Greek tourist board as the country has been losing British tourists to Turkey.Spanish destinations Barcelona and Madrid are also proving popular with US travellers. Paris is the third highest climber with 108% growth, followed by Dublin with 96%, Munich with 88%, London with 85%, Milan with 67%, Frankfurt with 66% and Amsterdam with 64%.Overall Spain and Germany are the joint leaders, both with two destinations in the top ten. As to be expected, all destinations are major gateway cities to Europe from the US.Typically, long haul travel is less affected by currency fluctuation than short haul, because long haul destinations tend to be part of more extensive trips that are planned longer in advance, whereas one short haul destination can often be substituted for another if becomes too expensive.Barry Smith, Skyscanner director and co-founder commented on the differences between US and UK tourists in Europe:“Americans tourists are not so sensitive to euro currency fluctuations. Whereas a typical British tourist who just wants a week on the beach will happily exchange Spain or Greece for Turkey or Bulgaria if it’s cheaper, Americans who have been planning their European adventure for the last 12 months are not going to be put off by a change in the euro.”Highest Climbers1. Athens (+224%)2. Barcelona (+140%)3. Madrid (+138%)4. Paris (108%+)5. Dublin (+96%)6. Munich (+88%)7. London (+85%)8. Milan (+67%)9. Frankfurt (+66%)10. Amsterdam (+64%)Most searched for destinations by US users on Skyscanner for summer travelReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Savour boat-fresh seafoodStraight out of the Adriatic Sea, the fishermen’s catch on the menu in most restaurants is incredibly fresh. Get in the mood by joining local shoppers checking out the morning fish market on the western fringes of Diocletian’s Palace. Return here at night to dine on simple fried fish at Buffet Zlatna Ribica (Kraj Svete Marije 8) or take things up a notch next door at fine dining establishment, Nostromo. A heaving platter of shellfish starts from 240.00 kn (£28). Wash it down with superb local white wine, Posip. 10. Ramble on Marjan HillGet out of the city with a trip to Marjan, a green-carpeted hill crowning Split’s peninsula. It takes just an hour’s hike from the centre of Split to lose yourself in this protected park, with its quiet forests and break-out viewpoints. Take a picnic and stop on one of the benches, or mount the 314 steps that will take you to the highest point, Telegrin peak. There are plenty of sights to watch out for, including the incredible St Jerome Church, built out of, and into, the rockface. 4. Visit the Cathedral of St DomniusDelve inside Diocletian’s tomb, now found inside the mediveal Cathedral of St Domnius, which is rather ironic, seeing as the Roman emperor dealt with Christians pretty harshly during his reign. Look out for images of both Diocletian and his wife Priscia here. The views from the belltower of St. Duje, a symbol of the city, are worth the visit and the climb. As the cathedral and tower were built long after the emperor’s death, you’ll be seeing a sight that the emperor himself never got to enjoy.Opening times: Mon to Sat 8am – 7pm, Sun 12.30pm – 6.30pm.Location: Peristil.Price: Adults (cathedral) 35kn, (belfry) 20kn. Related8 great places to visit in the BalkansFrom Split to Sarajevo, Macedonia to Montenegro, travel blogger The Blonde Gypsy introduces 8 great places in the Balkans.5 best beach destinations for familiesSun, sea, sand and plenty of activities to keep the kids (and the adults!) entertained. We reveal the top 5 beach destinations for families.Top 10 things to do in CroatiaIt’s not all about the beaches! From historic cities to unusual cinemas, see what else Croatia has to offer. How to get to SplitYou can fly direct to Split from London Gatwick with easyJet in just 2 and a half hours. Connecting flights are available from other UK airports Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester or you could fly to capital Zagreb or Dubrovnik and get a cheap domestic flight onwards to Split.Split Airport is 20km from Split, near Trogir; there is a direct bus link to the city.Plan your trip using our search tool and save money on your flights to Split: 2. Relax on the RivaThis grand floodlit pedestrian thoroughfare that fronts Diocletian’s Palace and the city harbour is basically one giant catwalk, where the Splicani take their passeggiata, or early evening stroll. Slip on your designer shades, pull up a pew in a pavement café and get set for some serious people watching. St. Riva Café handily has an upper level where you can see without being seen. 7. Experience Split’s nightlifeMany visitors leave Split without even realising there is a second, much quieter, level to Diocletian’s Palace, one that comes very much to life as evening hits. Slip up the stairs behind the Roman Peristyle and ditch the guidebook and camera, before joining the cool local crowd at bohemian bar Ghetto. The welcoming atmosphere is a hit with locals and visitors alike, not to mention original and Roman-themed features like the courtyard fountain.Opening times: Sun to Thurs 4pm – 12am; Fri & Sat 5pm – 1am.Location: Dosud 10. Where to stay in SplitLive like an emperor without blowing your budget at Boutique Guest Accommodation Zephyrus, a 4-star apartment hotel with spacious open-plan rooms and kitchenettes included. Alternatively, enjoy an even better value self-catering stay on Brac Island at Waterman Beach Village, close to the ferry terminal (and the beach!) in Supetar (apartments from £32).Travellers saving their pennies can get beds for as little as £9 at Tchaikovsky Hostel – dorms feature cosy cubby holes with separate reading lights, curtains and power ports.Find hotels in Split*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Get more ideas for city breaks in Croatia and beyond:Pula and Rovinj: what to see and doAlternative Croatian destinations, Pula offers an abundance of sandy shores and Rovinj is the Italian cherry on the top of this pretty peninsula – here are the best ways to discover them.Kotor, Montenegro: best attractions and things to doFollow our guide to Kotor’s top attractions and make the most of your visit to this picture-postcard medieval port.The best things to do in BelgradeFrom cutting edge street art to brutalist Yugoslav-era architecture, here’s what to do in the beautiful Serbian capital, Belgrade.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 9. Stadtmuseum von SplitBrush up on your Split history at this good-value city museum, showcasing life as it was through Split’s many eras and incarnations. Sat within the Roman city walls, some of the museum buildings themselves are 500 years old or more, and exploring the inner courtyard with its medieval staircase and arched windows is a pleasant surprise after the modest alleyway entrance.Opening times: Mon to Sun 8:30am – 9pm.Location: Papalićeva 1.Price: Adults 20kn, Concessions 10kn. 8. Dash to Bačvice BayAs night draws in, the city centre starts to empty as a curb on noise kicks in to protect palace residents. Join the Splicani wandering behind the port to Bačvice Bay. Here a glut of cafés, bars and restaurants are lined up along the sands to tempt you. The delicious thin crust pizzas at Karaka are good enough to keep any visiting Neapolitans happy. Anything with prsut (Croatian dried ham) on it is a winner – sorry vegetarians! 5. Play piciginSplit is sport crazy, supporting the local football team, Hajduk Split, with a passion, as well as inventing whole new games and team events for the world to try. One of those special sports is picigin. As far as we can work out there are few actual rules and little exciting gameplay. It’s more a thinly disguised opportunity for the local beach boys to impress the ladies as they writhe around in the water bashing a small ball and going all Top Gun – but 100% worth a try, either as a competitor or just a willing spectator. Discover more local activities and attractions with our country guide to the best of Croatia 14. Hop to Hvar TownHvar Island is another doable Dalmatian trip from Split, with its small-but-chic capital Hvar Town the most obvious place to visit. There’s no denying it’s easy on the eye, with the intense blue of the Adriatic contrasting with immaculate stone piazzas and medieval city walls reminiscent of Dubrovnik. It’s something of a high-flying city break destination these days, so you might need to save up some cocktail money, but as a quick overnighter, Hvar Town offers a taste of seductive Mediterranean glamour, in a manageable size. Ferries and catarmarans go from Split to Hvar Island several times a day even during winter (although some go to Stari Grad, on the north coast), and there are also ‘cross-island’ ferries that link Brac, Vis and other Dalmatian islands. 15. See the waterfalls at Krka National ParkCroatia is known for its beautiful waterfalls and although Plitvice Lakes is probably the most famous place to see them, Krka National Park is equally spectacular, and much easier to visit from Split, with the added bonus of freshwater swimming in some areas! The Krka River runs through the centre of the park, and you’ll find the much-photographed Skradinski Buk falls surrounded by lush vegetation and some interesting local wildlife, including bats and species of reptile. Most people enter at Skradin (although the park has several other entrances), from where you can hike or tour by boat. Check out some of the day tours to see what’s included – the island of Visovac, with its picturesque Franciscan monastery is definitely worth a stop. From Split, get the bus to the town of Sibenik, (1 hour 40 minutes) and then another bus onwards to Skradin.Opening times: Daily, 8am – 8pm.Location: The two main entrances are at Skradin and Lozovac, near Sibenik.Price: Adults, all terrestrial locations (Jan to Mar & Nov to Dec) 30kn, (April to June & Sept to Oct) 110kn (July to Aug) 180kn. Children 7-18yrs (Jan to Mar & Nov to Dec) 20kn (April to June & Sept to Oct) 80kn, (July to Aug) 110kn (cheaper after 4pm in July/Aug). Under 7s free. Extra fees apply for boat excursions. 13. Take a break on BracYou’ll watch ferries manoeuvring in and out of Split throughout your stay, so make sure you actually get on one! They’ll take you to isles such as Brac (‘bratch’), home of the highest mountain on the Croatian isles and with another geological claim to fame: its gleaming white stone was used to build the White House in Washington DC. It’s not as touristy as Korcula but the main reason people visit Brac is for some much-needed R n’ R, with the gorgeous Zlatni Rat beach at Bol endlessly Ingrammable. Take time to explore the largely unpopulated inland region here as well – abandoned stone houses and rocky hills peppered with olive trees give Brac a timeless, undiscovered feel. Regular ferries go from Split to Supetar on Brac in around 50 minutes, so you can do it in a day, or take advantage of cheap accommodation and stretch out in the sun a bit longer. Fancy an island-hopping holiday? Find your paradise with these little-known but must-visit European isles. Search for flights to Split1. Walk with the Romans at Diocletian’s PalaceEnter 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace through the Bronze Gate and stroll shoulder to shoulder with the ghosts of legionnaires who once walked through these ancient streets. It may be nearly the oldest place in Split, but this remarkable Roman ruin still bustles with cafés, bars and restaurants forming the modern centre of the city. Some 3,000 Splicani are even fortunate enough to live inside the complex, which originally housed Emperor Diocletian and his garrison, back when this part of the Adriatic coast belonged to Rome. 11. Discover Bene BeachIn need of a rest after all that walking? Marjan Hill Forest Park has its very own beach on the north side of the peninsula. Ok, so it’s not exactly a secret, but it’s definitely a lot easier to find a quiet spot here than the shores closer to town – head east on Bene Beach to scramble among rocks shaded by pine trees, and wash away the dust with a paddle in the incredible jade and turquoise shallows. A true gem.12. Archäologisches Museum SplitUncover Croatia’s prehistoric and Classical heritage, as well as fascinating finds from Split and the surrounding area at the city Archaeological Museum. Ancient Dalmatian and Illyrian artefacts abound, including weaponry, earthenware and jewellery from the tribal civilisations like the Avar and the Slavs who swept through Croatia after the Roman Empire collapsed.Opening times: (June to Sept) Mon to Sat 9am -2pm & 4pm – 8pm. (Oct to May) Mon to Fri as above, Sat 9am – 2pm. Closed Sundays.Location: Zrinsko – Frankopanska 25.Price: Adults 20kn, Concessions 10kn. 6. Marvel at Meštrović’s magicIvan Meštrović was arguably Croatia’s finest ever sculptor. Head to the Meštrović Gallery, which is housed in the expansive villa and studio he built for himself. You’ll find here a wide range of his works, including early drawings and designs, through to the distinctive sculptures this twentieth century talent was renowned for.Opening times: Tues to Sat 9am – 4pm; Sun 10am – 3pm (open daily ’till 7pm from May to Sept).Location: Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica 46.Price: Adults 40 kn, Concessions 20 kn. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Dorchester Collection will be looking great through the year ahead with three new fashion initiatives to secure the stylishness of its iconic hotels:Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize: The Dorchester Collection recently launched its own Fashion Prize, an international accolade recognizing the rising stars of the fashion industry. The £25,000 prize, to be awarded annually starting this year in London and following in New York in 2011, will go to an exceptionally gifted designer of ready-to-wear or premium accessories as seed money for their next collection. Designers can apply at www.dorchestercollection.com from March-June 2010. The winner of the first-ever Dorchester Collection prize will be announced in November 2010 at an awards ceremony at The Dorchester, in London.Applicants must have established design businesses and have operated their brand for two consecutive years in the country in which the prize is based — so, for 2010, all applicants must live and work in the UK. Judges will look for work that evokes the spirit of Dorchester Collection hotels through individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship. Besides the generous purse, the winner will enjoy accommodation and an event tailored to their needs at a Dorchester Collection hotel of their choice. The judging panel is drawn from the biggest names in fashion, selected by fashion writer Bronwyn Cosgrave, Chair of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize and ranges from famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, style icon The Hon. Daphne Guinness, fashion designers Giles Deacon and Yasmin Le Bon to Milliner Stephen Jones, OBE and more.Dorchester Collection Traveler Handbag: The smart set will be traveling wisely and fashionably this year with Dorchester Collection’s new Luxury Traveler handbag — the perfect size to be used as hand luggage. Renowned English handbag designer Louise Hempleman created this exclusively for Dorchester Collection in a style befitting the world’s most iconic hotels. The sleek-black Luxury Traveler is crafted from the finest leather and uniquely detailed with a panel of colored stitching representing the hotel group’s five-star hotels. Inside are travel accessories from each Dorchester Collection address: Smythson Travel Book from The Dorchester in London Pink/Blue Pajamas from The Beverly Hills Hotel Leather travel document holder from Le Meurice in Paris Aqua di Parma Products from Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan Red/Black Loewe Slippers from Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris Tiffany Jewelry Box from The New York Palace The Dorchester Collection Luxury Traveler handbag is now available for purchase at the new online shop at www.dorchestercollection.com . Price: £500 ($750 USD). Summer Hats for Him & Her: Dorchester Collection is delighted to announce the launch of its new Summer Hat collection by celebrated milliner Stephen Jones, OBE. Jones has created a unique line of baseball caps and a modern take on the trilby, inspired by the iconic hotels in the collection. Ideal for summer, both styles are available in trim colors that have long been synonymous with each address: The Dorchester in London — Silver The Beverly Hills Hotel — Pink Le Meurice in Paris — Green Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris — Red Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan — Blue The New York Palace — Gold Coworth Park, Ascot — Orange
iNew York – More visitors came to Israel in 2008 than in any year since the independent State of Israel was founded in 1948. “This is the first time ever more than 3 million tourists came to Israel in a single year,” says Arie Sommer, Israel’s Tourism Commissioner for North and South America, “and this underscores Israel’s attractiveness to travelers of all nationalities, faiths, ethnic backgrounds and interests.”The United States is Israel’s number-one source of tourism, with the United Kingdom, Russia and France the runners-up. “Close to three-quarters of a million North Americans visited Israel in 2008 – also a record,” added Sommer.www.goisrael.com
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 5:19 am PDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump-tape-hunting Tom Arnold, ‘Apprentice’ producer scuffle LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Comedian Tom Arnold filed a police report Monday over an incident involving the producer of the “The Apprentice” at a weekend pre-Emmy Awards party, police said.Detectives will investigate Arnold’s allegations that Mark Burnett choked him at the party Sunday night, said Los Angeles police officer Jeff Lee.Burnett’s wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted that Arnold “tried to ambush” the couple, and she posted a photo of what she says is her bruised hand.Arnold’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Hollywood Reporter that Burnett “attacked” Arnold.Actress Alyson Hannigan tweeted that she witnessed the confrontation and thought it was a joke until security jumped in.Emails to the celebrities’ representatives were not immediately returned.Arnold’s new show, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” is set to debut Tuesday.The show follows Arnold’s attempts to find tapes that show Donald Trump expressing bigoted views on the set of “The Apprentice,” which Burnett produces. In this combination of photos, Tom Arnold, left, attends a premiere on Oct. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles and Mark Burnett speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. A scuffle between Arnold and Burnett a producer of “The Apprentice” has led to an exchange on social media. (AP Photos)
Poetry readers were in the mood for ‘Kindness’ in 2018 by The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2018 5:06 am PDT NEW YORK — Poetry readers this year have been in the mood for kindness.The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on poets.org. More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on to the poem, which features such lines as “It is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes.” Nye, 66, said in a statement that she was inspired to write the poem after she was robbed on a bus in Colombia and a man, whom she remembered as an “Indian in a white poncho,” was murdered. She praised a passing stranger who asked what happened and was thankful to have her pencil and notebook, and to be alive.Nye’s books include “Transfer” and “Red Suitcase.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
ATLANTA — The network behind a show that’s become synonymous with Georgia says it will “reevaluate” its activity in the state if a new abortion law goes into effect.“The Walking Dead” is an economic powerhouse and brings streams of tourists to the Georgia towns where it has been filmed.A statement from AMC Networks calls the abortion legislation “highly restrictive” and says it will be closely watching what’s likely to be “a long and complicated fight” over the law. Georgia’s ban on virtually all abortions will take effect next year if it’s not blocked in the courts.AMC is joining several other TV and film companies expressing concerns over the legislation, though no major studio has actually pulled out of the state. Georgia has become known as the “Hollywood of the South” due to its tax incentives for filming.The Associated Press AMC to rethink Georgia filming if abortion law takes effect AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 6:17 am PDT
Many visitors came to Arcosanti to enjoy a delicious dinner and concert. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] February 14, 2005For a Valentine’s Concert on Saturday Feb.12, the Arcosanti Community presented For a Valentine’s Concert on Saturday Feb.12, the Arcosanti Community presented Residents and volunteers helped to prepare for the concert. Randall Schultz painted the backdrop for the stage. Chef Erika cooked for over 100 people. The dinner menu was Salmon, Orzo with Artichoke Hearts, sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers, Vegetables, Baby green Salad. A Dessert Bar with Valentine’s Day Cookies and small Cakes was presented at Intermission . [Photo & text: Yuki Y] After dinner, D-Squared played a wonderful selection of folk music in the Arcosanti Cafe. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]