How to spend two days in Paris
Spend two magical days in Paris with the inside track from our expert.
Alternative destinations for adventurous travellers
With Iran and the UK reopening their respective embassies, we look at some other alternative travel options for adventurous travellers.
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It’s now only three months until Christmas and however you plan to get around this festive season, Cathy Toogood explains why it pays to book ahead before prices rocket.
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Oktoberfest is the undisputed heavyweight champion of beer festivals – there’s no denying that. But it’s not the only big beer festival in the world. Not by a long shot. Our planet is full of pale ales, pilsners, craft lagers and stouts; you just have to be willing to seek them out. Whether you missed out, went last year or just want a new location for your beer-inspired break, here are some of the biggest and best alternatives to Oktoberfest. 1. OktoberFest London When: October 8-11, 2015 Don’t fancy leaving the country? What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than by heading to London’s very own, albeit slightly condensed, version of the famous beer festival. Don your best lederhosen, grab your trusty stein and head down to Tobacco Dock, as east London does its best Bavarian impression this October. For the sum of £60 you’ll be treated to unlimited Paulaner steins and a guaranteed seat in the Paulaner tent. General admission costs £10, so it might be cheaper to stump up for the Paulaner Pass (depending on how much beer you’re thinking of drinking!). Of course, there’ll be all the elements that make Oktoberfest so incredible: live and loud Oompah bands, authentic German fare (from Herman ze German) and thousands of happy revellers enjoying the atmosphere. Book hotels in London 2. The Cannstatter Volksfest, Stuttgart When: September 25 to October 11, 2015 “Oh, you’re doing Oktoberfest? I’m off to the Stuttgart Cannstatter Volksfest, instead. You’ve probably never heard of it.” No-one likes that guy, except that guy. But maybe this year he has a point? Avoid the mainstream and head to one of Germany’s lesser-known beer fests for some bratwurst and beverages. Well, lesser-known probably isn’t the best way to describe Cannstatter Volksfest, or “Wasen”; it is an absolutely massive festival with 200 years of heritage under its belt. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like Oktoberfest, though, does it? As well as 10 speciality food and drink tents, there’s also a huge flea market and one of the biggest fun fairs in all of Europe to keep you occupied. Book flights to Germany 3. Craft Beer Calling, Newcastle upon Tyne When: October 23-25, 2015 “Eeeh man, ahm gannin te the booza.” Didn’t quite catch that? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that Craft Beer...Read More
Florida is the undoubted theme park capital of the world, writes Jeanette Parkin. Don’t overlook the other incredible holiday experiences of the Sunshine State however, as Florida has a lot more going for it than Mickey Mouse and pals. Here is our guide on what to do in Florida away from the big theme parks: 1. Experience Kennedy Space Centre NASA’s launch headquarters in Cape Canaveral gives Florida’s theme parks a run for their money when it comes to pulling in the crowds. You can visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame, take to a simulator to experience your own shuttle launch, catch a film at one of the IMAX theatres, and even have lunch with an astronaut! To walk in the footsteps of America’s space heroes, book a place on the Astronaut Training Experience. Visit the website to see if your visit coincides with a real launch – it’s a moment your family will never forget. 2. See the Everglades National Park Way down in the swampy south of the state is the incredible patchwork of subtropical wilderness known as the Everglades. Crocodiles and manatees call the waters home, while numerous bird, insect and mammal species – including panthers – make a home on dry land. Spread across more than 1.5 million acres, there is plenty to see and do for intrepid explorers, though most visitors come to enjoy guided day tours from the comfort and safety of a boat. 3. Visit Gatorland in Kissimmee If your holiday is Orlando based and you don’t have time to venture as far south as the Everglades, consider a trip to Gatorland. More than 100 alligators and crocodiles call this zoo home and visitors can get up close, really close – how do you fancy sailing over these scaly beasts on a zip wire? Other nerve-shredding experiences include getting involved in gator wrestling… gulp. If your love for gators and crocs goes beyond flying and grappling, you can even become a trainer for the day. 4. Catch a big game There is no better way to discover the all-American psyche than by joining the jubilant crowds at a big ball game. Florida is home to a number of sports teams from the major leagues and tickets are reasonably priced. If you are holidaying in Miami, you’ve got a...Read More