This being December, it may be hard to think about Sunshine holidays, but when is there a better time to take a holiday in the Sun? If you live in the Western part of the World, you’re probably experiencing the chill factor. Many people run to the Sun in Winter, it is in my opinion, one of the best times of the Year to take a break. A break away from work, stress and the cold Weather.
Sunshine holidays can be enjoyed in many parts of the World, this time of year. I always immediately think of the Caribbean as the first destination. I think it is the allure of the tropics, white sandy beaches, clear blue Skies, warm blue green sea and the food. There really is little that can beat that fiery inner glow your body feels, from the hot Sun that shines down on you and runs through your veins.
Lying on the beach, swinging in a hammock, feet up on the verander, with the cool breeze just heavy enough to keep your body temperature on an even keel! If your idea is to jet away for a short break away from the cold. The Caribbean ticks all boxes. There is however a bit of a drawback to traveling this time of year. Many people are thinking about doing the same. This makes the prices go up and the availability go down for most people.
If cost is not an issue, you could choose from any number of different types of sunshine holidays. All Inclusive, apartment stays, 5 star hotels, whatever your heart desires. If You can fly business class or first class or priority seating, that opens up a few extra options for you. Including being able to jet off at short notice.
Sunshine Holidays – Possible Destinations.
1. The Caribbean.
4. New Zealand
6. Certain Southern States in American; eg Miami, California, San Francisco.
Probably a lot more Countries, I don’t have the time to research. Nevertheless, there really is no shortage of destinations you can visit. The choices are limitless when it comes to traveling abroad. It’s the availability that could cramp your style, especially if you don’t book way in advance.
There is also the question of whether it will be just you, or you and your family or you a friend(s) traveling. Getting the available number of spaces is always a bit tricky if you want to go at short notice. The cost can shoot up quite a bit if you book your travels less than 6-10 weeks a head of time.
Still, I think the very best time to take Sunshine holidays is when the climate in your own Country is chilly or cold. I know, traveling in the colder months may not be ideal, for people with kids in school. But I can tell you from experience, it sure feels good lying out in the hot sun in the Month of December!
Photo By: Steven Moerdyk.
Travel Greece and experience it’s ancient buildings and cultural history. You will enjoy some of the finest ancient sites, including the Acropolis. Situated on the Southeast area of Turkey. Long since regarded as one of world’s oldest nations, Greece is a Country made up of many lovely Islands and is famed for many of today’s Worldwide traditions. The most famous being the The Olympic Games, held every 4 years in the winning bid Country – The Next to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
Also famous for the Marathon Run, now held all over the World, originated from Greece? It dates back as far as 490 BC, when a battle at Marathon was taking place between the Athenian army, and the invading Persian army. The Athenian army won, despite being out number by around 10-1. General Miltiades sent a messenger to Athens to inform the city of it’s victory. Hence the first marathon was born. This historic event is commemorated today by hundreds of marathons being held each year all over the World.
Greece’s capital is Athens, and it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. It’s name was taken from the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena. Why not travel Greece and make Athens your first stop. It is a city full of historical cultural heritage, with the remains of some famous ancient buildings. Athens was also the home of some of the worlds oldest Philosophers, Socrates, Aristotle and Plato.
If you decide to travel to Greece, and the capital is your destination. You won’t be short of things to do and places to see. Here are just a few attractions you can enjoy in this area of Greece.
Travel Greece – See These Popular Places.
Experience the Beautiful Beach Area in Marathon.
Schinias Beach at Marathon – Schinias, Marathon, Athens.
Located within an hour of central Athens. Schinias Beach is known for being one of the most beach areas of Greece. It is close to Marathon with it’s main attraction being the picturesque coastal of pine forest. This is an excellent spot for a day trip and a relaxing day.
Visit One of the Most Popular Tourist Attractions.
Acropolis – Dionysiou Areopagitou St Athens.
The Acropolis consists of several temples. The most magnificent temple is Parthenon, which is dedicated to the Goddess Athena. Although the Parthenon has been damaged over the many centuries since it’s creation. It is still one of the most historic buildings in Greece today. There is also a small museum features with an impressive collection of ancient Greek sculptures.
Opening Times During Spring/Summer Months.
Mondays – 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Fridays – 8:00am – 10:00pm.
Tuesdays – Thursdays & Sundays 8:00am – 8:00pm.
Opening Times during Autum/Winter Months.
Tuesdays – Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00 pm.
Fridays – 9:00am – 10:00pm.
Saturdays & Sundays – 9:00am – 8:00pm.
Travel Greece and Visit A Famous Museum or Two.
Kanellopoulos Museum – Panos Street, Plaka, Athens.
This a beautiful 19th-century mansion showcases a fabulous collection of ancient Greek art, including some Egyptian art. The famous funerary mask of Fayum is on show. You will also see weapons, pottery, coins, jewellery, sculptures, plus other artefacts from the Byzantine era.
Opens: Tue – Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Tomb of the Athenian Warriors – Tymvos Marathona, Marathon, Athens.
This museum contains the remains of 192 brave Athenians soldiers who died, while serving in the battle at Marathon against the Persian army. This monument was erected in honour of the Athenian soldiers.
Opens: Tue – Sun 8:30am – 3:00pm.
Beautiful Picturquese Gardens.
National Garden, Botanological Museum and Zappion Gardens, Amalias Avenue, Athens.
The National Garden right next door to the Parliament building. At the entrance, you will see a sun dial and a row of huge century-old palm trees. There is a museum highlighting a selection of seeds and plants. There is a duck pond, café and a children’s playground, within the Garden. You can go along to the park, popular with the locals and where the Zappion Exhibition Hall is located.
The Garden Opening Times: During the day.
The Museum opens: Tues – Sun: 9am – 3pm.
The capital city is definitely a destination worth considering if you do decide to travel Greece. Alternatively, Crete, Rhodes and Corfu are also popular travel choices.
Low Cost Holidays.
Photo 1 By: Manthy Maragoudaki'; Photo 2 By: Lucretious.
Paris Exhibition, on show for residents and travelers. If travel and art is something that interests you, here is an opportunity to do both. France, is the most visited Country in the World, so what better city to visit in France, than Paris. The capital is showing an exhibition featuring the works of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
This showing was recently moved from New York, so if you are on this side on the Atlantic and missed it, this would be a great time to see it now. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was a 19th century painter and sculptor whose works included those commissioned from Napoleon III.
Full details of the showing are below.
Musee d’Orsay Details.
Dates of Exhibition:
24th June – 28th September 2014.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France.
Tuesdays, Wednesday & Friday – Sunday – 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursdays: 9:30am – 9:45pm.
Between 11 Euros – 15 Euros.