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Road tripping in the Rockies

April 23, 2014 at 5:31 AM
Banff, Canada, Valley of the Ten Peaks and Lake Moraine

Banff, Canada, Valley of the Ten Peaks and Lake Moraine

Canada is as beautiful as it is vast. Every province is wonderfully unique, but if time is limited and you need to prioritize your list of places to visit, I’d recommend putting a road tripping in the Canadian Rockies at the top of your list. The Rocky Mountain range of Canada straddles the border of Alberta and British Columbia, and has all the ingredients for a perfect Canadian adventure: glaciers, canyons, alpine lakes, waterfalls and moose. One of my own most memorable holiday experiences was road tripping through the Rockies.

Whatever Happened to the Seven Wonders of the World?

April 21, 2014 at 4:47 AM
Modern recreation of the Temple of Artemis Photo: Faigl.ladislav

Modern recreation of the Temple of Artemis Photo: Faigl.ladislav

Long before viral websites promised to “blow your mind”, humans were capable of creating things that would genuinely blow your mind.

For thousands of years, the Seven Wonders wowed travellers from across the Ancient World. One by one, however, these remarkable structures crumbled, burned or fell to invading armies. In the last 2,000 years, mankind has advanced remarkably, and yet, for all our innovation and industry, we’ve failed to create a single building that compares to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

First we shape our buildings. Then they shape us. Then they fall apart and we forget how we ever shaped them in the first place.

Friday Commentary: National Gardening Week

April 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

This week our panel share their favourite gardens

Sandringham gardens Photo: Karen Roe

Sandringham gardens Photo: Karen Roe

Versailles Palace, Claude Monet and Minnesota. That might seem like three random things plumped together, but they all have one thing in common: beautiful gardens. From Keukenhof’s tulips in the Netherlands, to Gardens of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, there’s just something about that heady mix of fragrance, colour and fresh air that brings out the best in us, our countries – heck, nature itself. This week is National Gardening Week, and here at HomeAway.co.uk we know two things: firstly, that here in the UK we’re famous for our love of gardening (let’s NOT bring up hosepipe bans); and secondly, that gardens are an integral part of any home – either here or on holiday.

And in that leafy vein, our question to the green-fingered panel this week:

“What is your favourite garden to visit in the UK or abroad and why?”

Spring has sprung in Salzburg

April 16, 2014 at 3:35 AM
Salzburg old town, Austria

Salzburg old town, Austria

My favourite season is without a doubt spring.  As winter wanes and the days grow longer and warmer it’s a sign that it’s time for us to shake off our winter doldrums. The fresh air and blossoming spring landscape inspires us to put an end to our winter hibernation and explore the world around us.  If I could choose any place in the world for a spring holiday it would be Salzburg.

The Austrian city stretches out along the Salzach River, on the northern rim of the Alps.  The city is not only famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, but it also has some of the world’s most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture.

Somerset: Keep calm and carry on

April 14, 2014 at 6:15 AM
Spectacular Cheddar Gorge

Spectacular Cheddar Gorge

This year has certainly thrown out some challenges in the way of weather, but how amazing has it been to see how the regions most affected have rallied? A coming together of communities, local businesses, councils, travel providers and many other organisations and individuals who have committed to helping in any way possible.

Over the last few weeks I have felt honoured to share stories from some of these individuals and organisations, learning how much has been done so that we can all look forward to spring and summer in some of England’s most beautiful counties. To see what I’ve been up to, check out my posts on Cornwall and Devon

This week I have been looking at Somerset, long a favourite holiday destination for not only U.K. holidaymakers but international visitors too. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting the heart of the West Country, now is the time to take a look and learn just why it’s such a popular location. For seasoned visitors, it’s also time to take a look – at what’s going on over the next few months. Somerset is open and ready to welcome visitors; in fact, it’s literally bursting with events and attractions!