I am constantly reading about all kinds of travel. Last week I read about how important UK holiday makers are to Portugal’s tourism industry. It looks like we Brits visit Portugal, an awful lot. I’m not at all surprised, and you can add me to the list. I loved my week away there.
Apparently, around 1.4 million Brits travelled to Portugal last year. Figures that were up by more than 8% from 2012. I know that Algarve Portugal is very popular, also Madeira and Lisbon, (the capital city).
My one and only visit to Portugal was to Cascais, a coastal town. We did spend an evening in Estoril, had dinner, took in a show, it was great. The only thing we didn’t do was hit the casinos, which was a little crazy. As Estoril is quite known for it’s gambling entertainment. (As least it use to be).
The roof top view from my hotel room amazed me, so many pinkish rooftops, with shutters. A stark contrast to the brownish greys I was used to back in London. I have no doubt I will visit Portugal again sometime. I still think, the lasagne I had in an Italian restaurant while I was there, was the best I ever tasted.
If you feel like a visit to Portugal, now would be a great time to book your holiday. There are many deals on offer right now. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to know friends who have retired out there. All you need is your return flight tickets and your away.
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Olympic Park London.
A section of the Olympic Park London, is now opened to the public. Officially name the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Visitors can now enjoy the park, which is reportedly the largest new park built in Europe.
This is great timing for the Easter Holidays. If you have kids, or just want somewhere new to visit and enjoy. This new park will not disappoint. It is said to be bigger than Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park put together.
In the coming months, visitors will be able to enjoy many features which will include an aquatics centre, a velodrome, adventure playground and walking trails. There will be viewing platforms from the 375 foot high ArcelorMittal Orbit. Visitors will be able to take in the fabulous views of London from high.
In addition to all these attractions, the park has a new specially lighted 100 tree-lined promenade. Plus ample grass areas to stretch out and relax in a beautiful atmosphere.
I’m sure we all remember the Olympic Games of 2012. Now the Olympic Park London is been transformed for all Londoners and tourists to enjoy. I don’t know about you, but I’m very glad that the 230 hectares is going to bring so much joy to so many people!
The Olympic Park London, can now be added to the list of Tourist Attractions, mentioned in my previous post. I’m sure it’s going to be a great one!
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London Tourist Attractions.
London Tourist Attractions, are enjoying an increase in visitors, up by over 10% from last year. That’s great news for London, and a great time to highlight this fact at this point in time.
With the Spring Weather approaching, their are dozens of great London Tourists Attractions you can visit and enjoy. The Easter Holidays coming up soon, so here are a few of the most popular attractions as stated by ALVA, (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
Most Popular London Tourist Attractions.
1. The British Museum – Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG – Admission: Free.
2. The National Gallery – Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN – Admission: Free.
3. The Natural History Museum – Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD – Admission: Free.
4. Royal Botanic Gardens – Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB – Admission: Adults; £12.50 – Children under 16yrs are free.
5. St Paul’s Cathedral – St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD – Admission: Adults; £14.50-£16.00; Children 6-17yrs; £6.00-£7.00.
6. Tower of London – London, EC3N 4AB – Admission: Adults; £19.50-£16.95; Children 6-17yrs; £9.75-£8.45.
7. Tower Bridge Exhibition – Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP – Admission: Adults; £8.00; Children 5-15yrs; £3.40.
8. The London Zoo – Regent’s Park, Outer Circle, London NW1 4R – Admission: Adults; £24.00-£27.00; Children 3+yrs; £17.50-£20.50.
This is of course not an exhausted list of London attractions, however these happy few have been name among the top of the list, plus, a few of them are free.
The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, have also predicted that The Globe Theatre, visitor count will rise this year, due to the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Which this year happens to be 450th year of this birth.
Here’s a great tip and money saver if your are planning to visit some of the above London Tourist Attractions. Get yourself a “London Pass”, it cost £20.00, and will get you into many attractions free, including several of the ones mentioned above. Including; Globe Theatre, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Kews Gardens, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, London Zoo and many other London attractions.
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Last Friday 31st January 2014, I had the unfortunate experience of traveling on London Transport Buses. If you remember the Weather that day. You will remember that it was icy cold, and very wet! As I boarded each bus trembling from the cold, and resembling a sappy towel left on a clothes line in the rain. I looked forward to the warmth of being inside the bus.
After about 10 minutes, I realized I was colder sitting on the bus, than I was outside. How could that be? The bus was mostly full, I was in out of the rain, yet I was still shivering. Yes, I was wet, but even wet, when heat hits you, you start to feel a little warmer right? NOT this day.
What I couldn’t understand was, of the 4 different buses I took to get to and from Surrey to East London. Not one of them had the heating on. I sat at the front on a couple of them, and placed my hand over the vents, no heat!
Now, I don’t usually have a grip and moan, especially online, but seriously. Is Transport for London trying to save money? Have we not all been subject to recent fare increases? I finally, asked the driver of the 468 bus whether the heating was on. He said yes, but I couldn’t feel it, it set to cool! We all know how steamy a bus get in Winter when the heating is on and it’s full of people.
Are you a frequent traveler on London Transport Buses?
Have you had a similar experience? Let me know.
London Transport Buses & their Offending Routes.
No. 468 – Croydon to Lambeth.
No. 35 – Shoreditch – Falcon / Grant Road.
No. 55 – Oxford Circus – Bakers Arms.
No. 149 – London Bridge Station – Edmonton Green Bus Station.
My message to Transport For London, is to get your act together and instruct your drivers to turn the heating on all London Transport Buses for its passengers. The fares go up every year, give us a little something back for it!
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I just read an interesting article I thought I would share with you all. It seems that two major Airlines have big plans to go into partnership. Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are opening up routes between the South Pacific and Asia. Very Cool!
If this new partnership passes the usual regulatory approval, it will mean a lot more flights between the two Regions. From what I read, Singapore Airlines will have flights to Wellington, and Air New Zealand will be flying to Singapore from Auckland.
Good news for travellers between the two Countries. I understand that if the new partnership is agreed, flights will increase by more than 25%. The new routes are due to start sometime in December 2014, just in time for Christmas, (did I say Christmas?).
For now, it’s a wait and see situation. Unless something drastic happens, I don’t see why the alliance shouldn’t go ahead.
In the meantime, if you are thinking about a trip to Singapore, check Singapore Airlines for some specials. For New Zealand trips Malaysia Airlines still have some sale offers.
Always remember to get the right travel insurance.
Image By: Phillip Capper, wikipedia.
Do you a couple of favourite Travel Companies you always use? I’ve been asking around and thought it be a good idea to come up with a reader’s top 10. Leave your comments now about your favourite travel Company or best travel experience, and I’ll compile a list for the New Year.
So far, Low Cost Holidays (West Sussex, UK) and Qwerty Travel (Surrey,UK), have been put forward.
What is yours? Let me know Thanks.