What makes the perfect Mediterranean summer holiday? Boat trips in gin-clear waters, beachside restaurants serving fresh catch of the day, and ladders which plunge straight into the sea from the rocks are just a few of the quintessential experiences that, for many, spell out summer in southern Europe. And there is a way to enjoy these things without blowing your budget. Our experts have put together a guide to the most affordable places to stay in the Mediterranean, country by country – from a west-facing Ibizan pearl with incredible sunsets and access to secret coves, to off-the-beaten-track Greek Islands hotels with dreamy pools, and a stylish b&b on France's most costly of coastlines. Indeed, lots of places set directly on the beach are often taken up by premium hotels (with a price tag to match), so some of our recommendations are slightly inland from nearby golden sands (though there's nothing featured with more than a 30-minute drive to a beach). Opt to retreat from the … [Read more...] about Budget beauties: the ultimate guide to the best affordable hotels in the Mediterranean
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Hull's an intriguing city, tucked away at the end of the M62 on the way to nowhere but the North Sea. We all know it's full of surprises with its own distinct character and style. But what are the rites of passage that every proud Hullensian should experience before they pass on to that great cream phone box in the sky? We're not talking big, scary things like skydiving or clambering right to the top of the Humber Bridge. We're talking about everyday, ordinary things that will make you smile and give you the best insight into everyday Hull life. In no particular order, here are the 101 most Hull things you should try at least once. 1) Have a Hull Tequila Slammer at Hull Cheese It uses chip spice instead of salt. Only in Hull could you get a tequila slammer garnished with something most people put on their chips. 2) Get a wolf-whistle from someone very unexpected in Pearson Park He's a cheeky but well-known bird that parrot. 3) Talk into the tidal barrier The major art project, City … [Read more...] about The ultimate bucket list: 101 things to do in Hull before you die
Israel-based The Jerusalem Post has published an article by political analyst Arye Gut headlined “Azerbaijan Democratic Republic is first secular parliamentary state in the Islamic world”. According to AzerTag, the article says: “Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was formed for the first time in the Muslim East exactly one hundred years ago. This event carried tremendous and paramount historical significance. The establishment of a democratic republic for the first time in this region was a great achievement of the Azerbaijani people. It was the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) that applied the European model of a national state for the first time in the history of the Muslim world. According to the form of its governance, the ADR was built in accordance with the classical model of a parliamentary democratic republic based on political pluralism and a multi-party system.” “In the complex military and political situation that developed both inside and … [Read more...] about News.Az — Your Window to the RegionThe Jerusalem Post: Azerbaijan Democratic Republic is first secular parliamentary state in the Islamic world
After the Grand National has been raced and the National Hunt season closes, the time arrives when horse-lovers think of buying their dream equestrian property in the sticks. That is precisely what Frances Wilson, the renowned dressage trainer and judge, did eight years ago. She and her husband, Duncan, 60, a finance director, bought the Old Rectory, near Faversham in Kent, with the intention of equipping it with everything she needed to train her horses. “We were amazed to find both an Olympic-sized arena and an indoor arena here – you hardly ever find these in a private property,” says Wilson, 48, who bought the house from a Swedish dressage rider. “We refurbished their surfaces and renovated the stables, installing sealed rubber floors and automatic drinkers.” At the Old Rectory, Wilson rides in the mornings and teaches dressage in the afternoons. Now she admits to feeling a wrench at leaving this six-bedroom Victorian house, with its high … [Read more...] about Meet the neigh-bours: how to buy the ultimate equestrian home
“No dessert,” I replied to the waitress when she offered our group menus. We had just finished lunch at The Reservoir, a restaurant and tap room in downtown Waterbury, Vermont, and my two teenage children and their friends were anxious to move on to the purpose of our excursion: a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. They had all taken the tour numerous times (one of the advantages of living in rural New Hampshire, about a 90-minute drive from the factory) but this fact did not dampen their enthusiasm. We made the 10-minute drive from the centre of town to the famed factory, and discovered throngs of others who were equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to bask in Ben and Jerry’s lore and partake of the ice cream. The place was mobbed, and even though tours run every 10 minutes, we had to buy our tickets two hours in advance. To pass the time we drove down the road to visit two other big Waterbury attractions: Cabot Creamery, where we … [Read more...] about Ben and Jerry’s: What’s it like to take the ultimate ice cream tour in Vermont?