Spain, which this weekend hosts the travelling Formula One circus, overtook the US to become the world's second most popular holiday destination last year. It welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017 - more than ever before and up from 75.3m in 2016. But that doesn't mean you can't still find pockets of seaside tranquility and cities untouched by mass tourism. Let our experts shine a light on some of Spain's best lesser-known gems. 1. Llafranc, Catalonia Sally Davies writes: “The very word ‘Costa’, these days, can be enough to conjure up images of towering apartment blocks and litre tankards of cheap lager, but the Costa Brava is altogether classier. “At its centre is the perfectly proportioned Llafranc, large enough to keep a family entertained on a week’s holiday, small enough to catch some peace and quiet. Outside the chaotic but short-lived high season (July and August), in fact, you’ll hear little more than the … [Read more...] about 20 amazing places in Spain that the British haven’t discovered yet
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While I have never believed much in patriotism (“the last refuge” and all that…) I have always felt there was something basically decent about our country and that we were among the fortunate few to be born and live there. But my heart sinks as I read articles like that of Sonia Delesalle-Stolper ("Before Brexit I felt part of this country – after casting my final vote in local elections, it feels even less like home") What dark feelings have been unleashed by Brexit and the likes of Nigel Farage when children are subjected to the anti-foreigner bile she describes? “Go home, Froggy”? “Apologise for the war”? I am told that all German school children must visit one former concentration camp as part of their understanding of their country’s past dark history. When are British school children even made aware of some of the less than kind things done by the British in the name of “Empire” and not just in … [Read more...] about I’m mortified to learn that the UK has become such an unwelcoming home for its non-British citizens
Oxford By Marcus Liddell BBC News 21 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42015714 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel It's claimed only Buckingham Palace receives more visits from Chinese citizens, whose pilgrimage to a designer outlet in Oxfordshire requires announcements in Mandarin at its railway … [Read more...] about Why do the Chinese love Bicester Village?
There's no doubt that there is much to rebuild in Iraq. Gun battles, suicide bombings, and outdated or heavily damaged infrastructure have taken their toll on reconstruction efforts. Although Iraq receives millions of euros in development aid, putting the country together again also requires foreign private investment. The Iraq Investment and Business Forum, a two-day conference for German and Iraqi investors, began on Thursday in Berlin. Sponsored by Germany's Foreign Office and the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others, it comes on the heels of a similar conference in Washington held last month, and in the midst of the 10-day Baghdad International Fair taking place from November 1-10 in Iraq's capital. Last November, Iraqi Finance Minister Bayan Jabr estimated that Iraq would need $400 billion (270 billion euros) to rebuild, a figure that would be beyond the country's reach without foreign investment. The 2010 budget approved in October was just $67 billion. … [Read more...] about Iraqis on mission to attract German investors
Merkel was met at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who thanked the German leader for what her outstanding "friendship" and "deep understanding" of Israel's needs. Merkel for her part said the visit would begin a "new chapter" in relations between the two states, who established full diplomatic ties in 1965. The visit by Merkel, who is accompanied by a high-powered delegation of cabinet ministers, business leaders and scientists, is to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state, which will be officially celebrated in May. "On the one hand we should never lose sight of our responsibility for the past -- and German policy never will -- on the other, we should look to the future of our relations" with Israel, Merkel said on the eve of her trip. She said that anyone familiar with the history of the Nazi era and the Holocaust -- in which 6 million Jews lost their lives -- would know that Germany's stable and … [Read more...] about German Chancellor Merkel Begins Much Anticipated Visit to Israel