From Norway to Australia, and from Japan to Puerto Rico, here's our pick of destinations – enough to keep you busy for every week of the next 12 months 1. Puerto Rico After a devastating hurricane, an island on its way back For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbour , was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colourful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardí rum distillery in the town of Cataño, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight. But as Puerto Rico tries to come back as a premier Caribbean destination after the … [Read more...] about 52 places to go in 2019: A year of globetrotting travel
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Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!
Breanagh Catering Ltd, the company that operates Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, last year recorded pre-tax profits of €4.095m - or just over €78,000 per week. Boosted by yet another Dubs’ All Ireland senior football win in September of last year and a booming night time scene in the capital, the cash mountain at the Coppers firm last year jumped by €3.938m from €59.84m to an eye watering €63.78m. The business’s pre-tax profits last year declined by 20pc from €5.16m to €4.09m and the chief factor behind the drop in profit was directors and joint owners, Cathal Jackson and Paula Jackson, handing themselves a bumper pay rise. In the 12 months to the end of January 2018, the two shared pay of €1.28m - or €24,775 per week for the two. The €1.28m in pay represents a 63pc, or €497,688 pay rise, on the €790,568 paid out to the two in the prior year. The club housed in the Jackson Court … [Read more...] about Copper Face Jacks’ owners hand themselves €1.28m pay packet as firm profits soar
Some of the walks they have chosen are in forests where you can still catch the last of the autumn leaves. Others are mountain climbs where you'll be rewarded with big views. Others are urban routes that most Dubliners will be able to get to easily, and include well-manicured parks, wilder coastal routes and even a cultural outing. There are walks here for every level or ability - whether you're a buggy-pushing new parent or a serious hiker - and routes have been chosen from all over the country. There are looped trails and linear walks. And we've included the start and finish point and length of each route so that you can plan your outing. There are also links to downloadable maps or details of Ordnance Survey map numbers or guidebooks that will provide more detail, if necessary. But all of the routes have one thing in common. They end with an extra lure - a place to refuel with a creamy pint or pot of tea or even a slap-up meal afterwards. And if you need a bigger reason to step … [Read more...] about Ireland’s 30 best autumn walks
Catania, Sicily If you want a quick resumé of Catania’s character, look no further than the brooding, explosive mountain that looms right over it: Etna. The university city on the east coast, overlooking the Ionian Sea, can be intense, chaotic and beautiful. At its heart is a Unesco-listed old quarter full of towers and squares, relics of a competitive building spree in the 18th century, when Catania was trying to outdo its rival, Palermo. The Piazza del Duomo is the centrepiece; other highlights include the Teatro Massimo Bellini, as lavish a production as any Bellini opera – the man himself was a local lad. And yet the real must-see is nothing historical at all, but the riotous fish market, held every weekday morning. Grab a seat at one of the surrounding restaurants and tuck in to the city’s signature dish, pasta alla norma (with tomatoes and aubergine), named, naturally, after a Bellini opera. The sandy beach south of the city – lined with lidos and … [Read more...] about 10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe