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A Weekend Break in Paris

A Weekend Break in Paris

For a short weekend city break it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful city of Paris. With more than enough to explore and only a short hop from the UK, you really can’t go wrong.

Getting there:

Getting to and from Paris is straight forward and convenient. Although low cost airlines are the more popular method of travel (with flights taking just under an hour from most London airports) it is worth considering the Eurostar. It will take you to the heart of Paris in just over two hours from St Pancras International. For the more adventurous traveler you can of course drive yourself to Paris (with the aid of the Eurotunnel or using the ferry). It might take longer; with average journey times around 6 hours from London, but it is by far the best option for someone on a budget. And once you are there you will find secure Paris parking close to most of the major metro stations and tourist attractions with monitored and patrolled car parks widely on offer.

Where to stay and what to see:

As you can imagine the options for accommodation are near enough limitless in Paris, with every area bringing its own atmosphere and ambiance. It will be impossible to discover all that Paris has to offer in one weekend alone so the best advice is to plan what you want to see beforehand. Once you have a rough idea of the must-see attractions you want to visit, you can book your accommodation in the surrounding areas.

The Latin Quarter on the left bank of the river Seine is the best place to jump right into the heart of French culture. Home of the La Sorbonne University, you will find plenty of cafes, libraries and other meeting areas. This is a spirited, tourist friendly area with plenty of places to eat, drink and immerse yourself in the French way of life.

If you want a more remote, romantic break, Montmartre is just the place for you. Built on a hill, this is the highest point of the city. Guarded by the Sacre Coeur basilica, the views are spectacular. It’s no wonder artist like Picasso favoured this area. Close by is Tertre square where you can still watch artist paint and draw.

For those looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Le Marais on the north bank has just what you need. The carefully preserved historic centre serves as a launching pad for young fashion designers, many of them going on to become internationally famous.

If you are after beauty and architecture (including the Arc de Triumph monument), Champs Elysees is where you want to stay. This area might be a bit pricier than other areas but is definitely worth it. You will struggle to beat the glitz and glamour of Champs Elysees.

These are just some of the places to visit in Paris, merely the tip of the iceberg! We will leave the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Moulin Rouge for your next weekend mini-break to Paris.

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Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Have you ever visited a holiday destination for the first time but felt like you’ve been there before? Hotels and resorts have become the backbone of our summer holidays abroad but along with it came the ‘standard’ mentality and the tourist traps. So if you are bored of the usual holiday, below are a few UN-usual suggestions of places to visit on your next summer break.

Sichuan, China

Located in Sichuan, China is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Chiselled straight out of the mountainside in the 8th Century, it measures 233 feet tall and is one of the largest known Buddha images in the world. Whilst in Sichuan, the unique Panda Inn makes for an interesting stay, featuring panda images everywhere including on the walls and the furniture. Even the staff dress up as pandas for added fun!

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

If you are after an authentic African experience, consider climbing Kilimanjaro as part of your next summer holiday. Located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, Kilimanjaro is in fact a dormant volcano. Sleeping in a tent on the mountain with only basic communal amenities is not the definition of a perfect holiday for most people, to say the least. But rest assured that the view and experience of climbing Africa’s tallest and most famous mountain, more than makes up for it. There are different routes to choose from, all offering something special and distinctive.

Desert Nomad House, Tucson

For a no frills, no disturbance holiday, this hidden retreat is perfect for getting away from everything. And we mean everything. Situated in the Tucson desert, Arizona, it gives new meaning to the word tranquillity. It is completely and splendidly isolated, except for the ever watchful Saguaro cacti. Consisting of two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and a dining area, this is ideal for a romantic getaway.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida

Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo truly is a unique experience. Guests have to scuba dive down to a depth of 21 feet to enter the hotel through an opening at the bottom. Although starting out as a research laboratory, it was converted into one of the world’s only underwater hotels and has two rooms on offer. Each room has a large round window from which you can gaze out into the see. What makes it even more special is that the lagoon in which it is located, is a natural nursery area for various different species of fish. It is the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

Rent an Island, Fiji

If we’re honest, we’ve all dreamed of living on our own Island. Nothing says luxury like waking up to your own private chef, on your own private suite, on your own private beach. Just a short helicopter ride from Nadi International Airport, Wadigi Island Resort combines absolute privacy with gourmet dining and pristine beaches. What more can you wish for? Wadigi is one of a number of islands in Fiji that is rented out privately for an unforgettable holiday.

The road less traveled definitely leads to higher rewards when it comes to holidaying so go on, try something different next summer!