Explore Christchurch & Canterbury
By News on the Net Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The city of Christchurch is in full swing with its exciting rebuild plan after the earthquakes it experienced a little over two years ago. The city and the surrounding region of Canterbury offer many things to do, places to stay and eat, and are absolutely ready to welcome visitors.Verona, the Marmorina
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Saturday, April 6, 2013
Of all the Italian cities I have fallen in love with along the way, Verona has a special place in my heart, a romantic place where Roman and modern history intertwine. From the cobblestoned piazza where the Arena presides like the perfect jewel of the crown, the best preserved Roman amphitheater, to the majestic medieval cathedrals and palaces, my walks took me to the most fascinating sights.
Piazza Bra is home to Arena di Verona. The magnificent Arena was turned into a lavish outdoor summer opera venue that seats 22,000 people. The very same architectural wonder that had witnessed gruesome gladiatorial fights between freed men and beasts, men and enslaved men, its sand soaked from the blood of thousands, is now a center of music and art.Doing Good and Enjoying the Journey
By News on the Net Thursday, March 21, 2013
Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Mpumalanga, South Africa – For many travellers today, there is a direct connection between their personal journey and ethical travel. Travellers want their trips to be both responsible and sustainable. For some, that means ensuring that they do not harm or change the place they visit; for others, it may mean volunteering – working at an elephant sanctuary or helping to build a bridge in a remote jungle location. The team at Londolozi, South Africa’s premier game reserve, provides guests with the opportunity to experience a life-altering connection with nature and their stay directly benefits the communities surrounding the game reserve in a very meaningful way.Experience the best destinations in the world by Private Jet, for less!
By News on the Net Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Imagine traveling by private jet to the world’s most exotic destinations. Picture the perfect itinerary; each day complete with customized adventures, delicious meals, and first class accommodations. No time wasted in line-‐ups; no rushing through airports to catch connecting flights; your luggage always arriving when you do. That’s the experience offered by Travel Guild Inc. (TGI), a fully licensed tour operator and travel agency with several decades of experience offering first class Private Jet Tours.The Cotswolds at Christmas
By Tim Saunders Sunday, January 13, 2013
Christmas is a time to relax and so I was determined that was actually going to happen this year. I booked a cosy cottage in the Cotswolds at Homeaway.co.uk and surprised my family by announcing that we were going on a festive break.
It meant that Caroline’s mum and dad, Lin and John - who really are doting grandparents – could spend some quality time with little Harriett.
A couple of hours after leaving home near Southampton we arrived at the sandstone coloured Candlemas Cottage nestled in the quaint village of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.
New Zealand – The Real Middle-earth
By News on the Net Friday, December 7, 2012
With last week’s world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand, and the Canadian opening on December 14, a trip to experience Middle-earth is likely on the bucket list for many fans. Below are some of the top New Zealand tourism activities focused on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.Bran’s Castle and the Legend of Vlad the Impaler
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Friday, October 19, 2012
I had promised my friend Silvio to take a journey to Bran’s Castle for a planned radio show on Vlad Tepes, the Romanian hero who fought successfully against the onslaught of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century A.D.New Forest holiday
By Tim Saunders Monday, October 15, 2012
“Is that you, Tim?” asks a former work colleague as my wife, baby daughter and I trek through the New Forest on a sunny autumn day.
It’s a surreal situation because we’re in the middle of nowhere and not expecting to see anyone when we bump into Debbie and her husband, sub-editor and photographer respectively. The last time we saw each other was over two years ago during my time as Business and Motoring Editor at the Bournemouth Echo.
That’s what I love about holidays, the unexpected.Get Your Feet Wet in New Zealand
By News on the Net Tuesday, September 18, 2012
While Sauvignon Blanc might be one of the first things you think of when it comes to New Zealand, the country’s many lakes and beaches are also a big draw for visitors.Our family holiday in Brittany
By Tim Saunders Tuesday, September 18, 2012
France is only a few hours from the UK and therefore it makes an ideal destination for a family holiday.
Rather than fly, our choice is a more leisurely Brittany Ferries crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo. The en-suite cabin for the 12-hour overnight journey is large enough to accommodate 19-month old Harriett’s travel cot. She sleeps well.
We arrive at St Malo where its cobbled streets and alleyways are welcoming. Harriett enjoys leaping up and down any steps she finds. The busy and historic fishing port is on the Emerald Coast with its 1,200km of coastline. Famous for pancakes and galettes (French cakes), St Malo has been restored after nearly being destroyed in the Blitz.
Volcanic New Zealand hiking trail welcomes back visitors
By News on the Net Friday, August 31, 2012
Santa Monica, Calif. – Popular New Zealand hiking track, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, will reopen today, following the eruption of Mount Tongariro earlier this month. This is the first step in a plan to see the one-day hike, attracting over 80,000 visitors every year, reopened in time for the New Zealand summer hiking season.Jump Into Ireland’s Gardens, Castles, Islands and Festival Season
By News on the Net Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Dublin is renowned for its world-class cultural credentials, which include several Nobel prize-winning authors, its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, and a non-stop celebration of the arts. Come September, the city ratchets up its output to celebrate an abundant cultural harvest that’s written in the very stones of its streets and buildings. Forget hushed museums and hallowed halls – this fall visitors are invited to jump into the explosion of vitality that is Dubiln’s Festival Season.
Absolut Fringe (September 8-23)
It’s Ireland´s biggest multi-disciplinary arts festival encompassing theatre, dance, music, comedy, street and international arts.
Dublin Culture Night (September 21)
This annual event invites locals and visitors to boldly go where they may not have gone before, by taking advantage of the extended opening times and free entry into more than 150 art galleries, museums, studios, churches, historic houses and cultural centres across the city.
Arthur’s Day (September 27)
By News on the Net Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Many visitors to New Zealand want to learn more about the Maori people, their history and traditions. Below are the top five Maori focused activities in New Zealand.
Step Into It
Tour with a Maori guide whose ancestors date back to before Europeans arrived in the region at the magnificent Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Considered the birthplace of New Zealand and overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Islands, it was here on February 6, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori chiefs and the British Crown. Visitors can enter an awe-inspiring, fully carved marae (meeting house), stand at the exact spot where the treaty was signed and check out the artistry of one of the world’s largest wakas (ceremonial war canoe) – which is approximately 117 feet long, can carry 80 paddlers and was made from only two pieces of wood.Middle-earth tourists grab sneak preview of New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set
By Guest Column Monday, July 16, 2012
Santa Monica, CA, – If you loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy then prepare to be hooked on The Hobbit with two films being released over the next two years. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, will be released on December 14, 2012, in Canada with the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated for the following December.Santa Maria di Negrar
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Monday, July 9, 2012
The narrow winding road from Santa Maria di Negrar to Verona was flanked by lush green vineyards and well-tended gardens overflowing with vegetables. The river Adige with its beautiful Roman bridge, Ponte Pietra, built in 100 BC, dominated the Verona landscape. Higher on the banks was Castel San Pietro, built on ruins that dated back to 1389. The city walls, erected between the bridges Ponte di Pietra and Ponte Postumio alongside the river Adige as protection against 12 ft. floods, could be seen in a panoramic view from the castle’s terrace.Next 15 Columns