In the News this Week...
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Villas in Greece for an authentic Greek Easteralmost 8 years ago
Greek Orthodox Easter is a huge celebration in Greece and particularly in Corfu where there are numerous luxury villas from which to enjoy the festivities. In Corfu Town once the sombre Good Friday processions have concluded all of the lights start to glow purple in the evening. On Easter Saturday large pots are thrown from windows to get rid of evil spirits. On Saturday night there is music and dancing and everyone lights a candle which must remain alight to bring in the good spirits. The traditional “Magiritsa” soup is served at midnight and finally the island is filled with the aromatic scent of spit roast goat for the celebration lunch on Sunday.
This year Greek Easter coincides with the UK Easter holiday, with an additional `Royal Wedding’ public holiday making it one of the best times to travel and take minimal time off work. Luxury villa company, CV Travel has come up with a selection of villas in Greece from which to experience the colour of Greek Easter.
Government endorses travel review websitesalmost 8 years ago
The official star-rating for hotels should be phased out in favour of consumer-led reviews on the internet according to the government’s tourism strategy.
Star Clippers offers new unique eco-adventure with David Bellamyalmost 8 years ago
For the first time tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the company of David Bellamy, one of Britain’s most respected authors, environmental campaigners, broadcasters and botanists.
The world’s first cruise ship for epicureans is named in Miamialmost 8 years ago
The very newest luxury cruise ship on the sea is christened on Saturday 5th February in a ceremony attended by the ship’s Godmother, US TV personality and Entertainment Tonight presenter Mary Hart. Oceania Cruises’ `Marina’, the first ship in the world built specifically for epicureans, is the fourth ship in the Oceania Cruises’ fleet, joining Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Her sister ship, Riviera, is currently being built and will debut in April 2012.
Nearly one in five UK citizens 'to live beyond 100'about 8 years ago
Many people can look forward to a card from the Queen, the government suggests.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said its figures suggested 10 million people – 17% of the population – would become centenarians. These are based on Office for National Statistics population projections and life expectancy estimates. Pensions Minister Steve Webb said "Many millions of us will be spending around a third of our lives or more in retirement in the future". The DWP estimates there will be at least 507,000 people aged 100 or over by 2066, including 7,700 people aged 110 or over – so-called super-centenarians.
Adventure Holidays for the Over 50'sabout 8 years ago
The Daily Telegraph reports that the UK's more mature population is fitter, healthier and wealthier than ever before, liberated from the responsibilities of their children and taking a record number of gap years. Statistics indicate that 80 per cent of the UK's wealth is held by the over-50s according to research organisation Tourism Intelligence International.