May 9, 2016

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The most iconic music locations in Europe

The most iconic music locations in Europe

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 14, and 42 years after Swedish band Abba won the competition with Waterloo in Brighton, the contest will be held in Stockholm. So, we decided to pay our own little tribute to Europe’s music scene with a round-up of the most iconic music locations, writes Tamara Hinson. Abba: The Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Must-see exhibits at this musical museum include the helicopter which Abba posed in for the cover of their Arrival album and Benny Andersson’s old piano, which is wirelessly connected to the one in his Stockholm studio – if the keys start to move, it’s Benny himself tinkling the ivories. One of our favourite exhibits is the vintage red telephone, which is a tribute to the band’s song Ring, Ring. The only people who know the number are the four Abba members, who will occasionally ring it and speak to museum visitors. That’s one way to get feedback. Compare Stockholm city breaks The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK The Cavern Club opened in 1957. Owner Alan Sytner named it after the famous Paris jazz venue Le Caveau De La Huchette and hoped to transform it into the UK’s top jazz club outside of London. However, by the early 1960s it had become the centre of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene. The Beatles first played there on February 9, 1961 and the band quickly became the club’s signature act. Today, it’s one of the UK’s most popular music venues and the Rolling Stones, the Who, Queen, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys have all played there. Compare Liverpool city breaks City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden Visitors heading to Stockholm for Eurovision should sign up for a tour of City Hall. This beautiful building is where Abba’s Benny Andersson’s first ever public performance took place (he was six years old at the time), and in 2008 he came here to accept an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University. City Hall is a popular stop off not just for Abba fans but for architecture buffs, too – it’s one of Sweden’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture. Climb the 106-metre-tall clock tower for fantastic views over the country’s capital. Find cheap flights to Stockholm Abbey Road, London, UK This London street was catapulted into the limelight when the Beatles...

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May 9, 2016

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Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp...

Bag a bargain! Last-minute sunshine escapes for less than £300pp

Not booked your big summer getaway yet? Don’t panic! There are plenty of early sunshine breaks up for grabs at bargain prices. To help with some holiday inspiration, we’ve done the hard work for you and trawled TravelSupermarket to find some of the most tempting deals available. So, escape before the masses and book a last-minute sun escape today. A classic Greek island retreat: Corfu How much? £170pp from London Luton for seven nights Olive groves, rugged mountains and long stretches of stunning coastline have helped solidify Corfu as a true British holiday hotspot. And having starred on our screens in the popular ITV series, The Durrels, it’s an island in the spotlight at the moment. Whether you’re after the lively atmosphere of the island’s resorts such as Kavos and Corfu Town or a sleepy retreat to a typical Greek village such as Lakones, this Ionian pearl won’t disappoint. Already hitting the mid-20s in May, Corfu has all the ingredients for a blissful early summer escape. What’s the deal? When we looked, we found a seven-night holiday to the three-star Leftis Romantica apartments in Moraitika on a self-catering studio basis with Travel Republic for just £170pp. Return flights were from London Luton on May 14. We saw the same deal from Birmingham for £200pp and Manchester for £205pp. Compare cheap holidays to Corfu A photogenic beauty: Olu Deniz, Turkey How much? £258pp from Edinburgh for seven nights Turkey is a tried-and-tested favourite with Brits, with its sweeping sandy beaches, clear waters and unique culture. And the resort of Olu Deniz is packed full of holiday adventure. While daredevils can paraglide from the heights of Babadag Mountain, beach lovers can lounge by the famous and much-photographed Blue Lagoon. Meanwhile, nearby Fethiye provides a healthy mix of Turkish charm and lively nightlife. What’s the deal? When we looked, we found a seven-night all-inclusive holiday with accommodation in a standard room at the three-star Dorian Hotel in Olu Deniz with Love Holidays for just £258pp. Return flights were from Edinburgh on May 21. We also found the same deal from Birmingham for £285pp, Gatwick for £283pp, Bristol for £271pp and Manchester for £304pp. Compare cheap holidays to Turkey A seductive charmer: Sicily How much? £259pp from London Stansted for seven nights From a smouldering volcano to pretty sea-side villages, Sicily is in a world of its own when it comes to affordable...

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May 9, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids...

Revealed! How to do Amsterdam with kids

With its red light district and dope ‘coffeeshops’, Amsterdam might not be the first place that springs to mind for a break with the kids, but this small-scale, manageable city of boats and bicycles, fun museums and outdoor diversions, has much to keep a family blithe and busy. Amsterdammers’ penchant for quirkiness and sense of play adds spice to the mix, writes Rodney Bolt. Where to stay with kids Kids love the off-the-wall atmosphere at Ecomama, with its indoor...

May 3, 2016

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In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet...

In pictures: 8 places that look like they’re from another planet

Ever dreamed of leaving this world behind and venturing into the great unknown of outer space? Well, it turns out there are some very enticing Earth-bound alternatives until those shuttle services are up and running. These eight extraordinary landscapes right here on this planet have more than a hint of the intergalactic about them, writes Sally Coffey. 1. Lapland, Finland To fully appreciate this mind-boggling collection of snow sculptures you must visit in the depths of Finnish winter...

May 3, 2016

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

Whether you’re heading off for a short city break or on your main summer holiday, you’re going to need some spending money. And, as we all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, it’s surprising that so many of us fail to do the same when it comes to our holiday cash, often falling back on the easiest option on offer. But, read on to find out how easy it can be to save big...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

Revealed! How to do Dubai with kids

With eight months of glorious weather, beautiful beaches and kid-friendly attractions galore, Dubai is perfect for families. It’s also one of the most expensive winter sun destinations around, but it is possible to holiday here without breaking the bank, writes Lara Brunt. Where to stay with kids Forgo the pricey beach resort in favour of a mid-range hotel with an outdoor pool and free shuttle bus to the beach, such as Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the...

May 3, 2016

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Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?...

Revealed! What’s still left for May half term?

Glorious May: what are we to do with you? Slap bang in the middle of the year when we should have one thrifty eye cast on our summer holidays, you come along and tempt us with a half term break at the end of the month – oh, how cruel you are. The last chance to get away as a family before summer, May can be a great value option. And the good news? It’s not too late...

Apr 26, 2016

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9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas...

9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas

Sin City’s reputation for debauchery overshadows most of Vegas’ earthy charms. But, boasting a stunning national park, quirky museums, America’s most innovative dining scene, and hopping watering holes well off the Strip, Nevada’s desert gold mine’s underground allure is alive and kicking, writes Michele Bigley. And here’s how it might surprise you… 1. You can eat cheaply For decades, dining in Las Vegas centered around that eponymous all-you-can-eat buffet (definitely an American experience to behold). If you do...

Apr 25, 2016

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Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…...

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

There’s nothing quite like discovering the sights, sounds and tastes of a new city; especially when you don’t have to break the bank to do it. And with brighter weather starting to warm up cities all over Europe, the coming months are a great time to get away. So, to help you have a city adventure for less, we’ve rounded up some of cheapest city breaks found over the summer months on TravelSupermarket. To give you an idea of the total cost of your break, we’ve...

Apr 25, 2016

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In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide...

In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide

There’s something positively calming about the great outdoors. From the meticulously-clipped hedges of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, to the rugged peaks of Yosemite, California, the world is packed full of awesome parks and gardens to lose yourself and your thoughts in for an hour or two. Even Shakespeare himself once mused “the earth has music for those who listen”. And listen we shall, Will. This year, across the pond, America celebrates 100 years of its own magnificent national parks,...