8 of the best places to see Santa this year
If your kids are already counting down the days to Christmas, make this year special by taking them to one of these spots around to the world to see the man in red.
How to spend two days in London
Planning on heading to our non-stop capital to soak up its sights, tastes and smells? Our local expert reveals the ideal itinerary for a two-day trip.
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With less than three weeks left until the big October getaway, many of us who are taking a break still won’t have organised holiday extras such as foreign currency, airport parking and travel insurance. Leaving all this sometimes boring but necessary stuff until it’s too late, then panic buying, means you risk paying over the odds for holiday items that can be found much cheaper with a little planning. Here’s how you could save almost £500 on travel extras this school half-term break. Travel insurance – save up to £35 Buying travel insurance online saves you time, hassle and money. A quick search using TravelSupemarket’s easy tool returned a price of just £7.49 for a family of four travelling to Turkey this October with Cheaper travel insurance, for example. In contrast, turning up at the Post Office and purchasing its classic policy for a family of four would set you back £42.41 – that’s almost an extra £35. Get yourself covered today. Airport parking – save up to £89 If you’re driving to the airport, booking a taxi or getting there by rail or coach, it pays to book in advance and save. Drive-up and pay parking rates at UK airports can be punishing, as opposed to discounts when you buy in advance online. Drive-up rates at Heathrow’s long-stay car park over the October half-term, for example, will set you back £26 for the first day and £20.50 for every additional day. Eight days – the length of an average half-term holiday – would therefore cost you £170. But a couple of minutes running a search on TravelSupermarket brought back a price of £80.95 with Purple Parking for the same period. That’s a saving of just over £89. Use our airport parking tool now to save money. Buy holiday money in advance and save up to £112 Never buy your holiday money at the airport. It’s a simple mantra to remember, yet thousands of people every year pay as much as 10% more for their euros, dollars and other currencies purely for the convenience of sorting it out on the day they fly. The best prices for currency exchange are online. Using MoneySavingExpert’s gadget, we found euros available for collection in London on the same day at 1.274 to the pound at ICE Waterloo, meaning €1,500 would cost you £1,115.24. Having the currency delivered to a UK address would cost only a little more, £1,123.47 with Travelex. In comparison, the walk-up rate...Read More
Paris always leaves you wanting more, writes Mary Novakovich. You could spend a week there and feel as if you’ve only just scratched the surface. So how can you make the most of two days? Some visitors are happy to run around manically ticking off the major sights; others prefer to drink in Paris’s atmosphere and architecture, and linger over lunch. This itinerary offers a bit of both. Day one Morning – Start with a coffee and a croissant (or two) at one of the pavement tables at Camille (24 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 00 33 1 42 72 20 50) in the heart of the Marais district. If you want to get a quick handle on the fascinating history of Paris, pop into the free-to-enter Musée Carnavalet (16 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 00 33 1 44 59 58 58), which is a one-minute walk away. Alternatively, walk the three minutes it takes to reach the recently reopened Musée Picasso (5 rue de Thorigny, 00 33 1 85 56 00 36). Afternoon – Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Marais district and browse the independent boutiques. Stop for a light lunch at the artfully-rustic Le Voltigeur (45 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 00 33 1 42 76 97 06) before strolling for eight minutes to the Centre Pompidou (Place Georges-Pompidou, 00 33 1 44 78 12 33). If you don’t have time to take in its engrossing collection of modern and contemporary art, take the lift to Restaurant Georges and have a coffee on the roof terrace. It’s pricey but worth it for the sweeping views of Paris. From here, it’s a 10-minute walk to Rue Montorgueil, one of the most picturesque streets in Paris. It’s lined with old-fashioned food shops and numerous cafés, and, if you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, you can buy a delicious pastry from Stohrer at No 51 (00 33 1 42 33 38 20). At this point, you can hop on the Métro at nearby Etienne Marcel station and arrive half an hour later at Sacré Coeur, where you can take in panoramic views of the city from this elaborate basilica. Wander around the streets of Montmartre, where you might come across the unusual sight of a city vineyard – Clos Montmartre – on Rue des Saules....Read More