As much as I hate to use a cliché, my recent Florida holiday literally was the trip of a lifetime. The thing is, there is so much more to a Florida holiday than Mickey Mouse and rollercoasters, as I will hopefully prove. Although, while I’m on that subject…
The hotel was named Lindos View and it was easy to see why. The pool, restaurant and dining area were on the edge of a cliff. The valley dipped beneath us but standing proudly on an elevated section of rock directly in front was the ancient Acropolis, which Lindos Rhodes is famed for. The place should have been called Staggering Lindos View – it was that good.
Living in the big city certainly has its advantages – bright lights, plenty to do, and where else can you get that perfect Starbucks latte hit at 10pm? Still, all that energy and excitement can lead to a bit of burnout, and anyone who’s lived in a city for any length of time knows that every so often you just need to get out, if only so you can be reminded how much you love city life once you get back.
Once you’ve decided that it’s time to take your little mini-break, it’s then time to decide where you’re going and, perhaps more importantly, what you’re going to do to refresh yourself. Visiting some old friends around the country is an option, but if you can get a few of them together you can pool together and snag yourself a break that’s sure to be as memorable as it is revitalising. There’s no end of options when it comes to choosing somewhere and everyone’s going to have a different idea as to what makes the perfect relaxing break – so here’s a few ideas to get you started.
We’ve fallen in love… with a suitcase. Can you just picture yourself rolling this across departures, the mint green luggage coordinating with your pastel-coloured outfit? Or rolling into a boutique hotel with these fresh blooms on your luggage? Ladies will swoon at the luggage carousel, men will fall over themselves to help carry it.
Ok, maybe we’ve gone a bit too far.
You can still smell the fresh paint. The Emporium is Melbourne’s newest shopping mall, so fresh that new stores are opening every week. On our visit last week, when the paint still smelt fresh and floors were impressively shiny, The Emporium was welcoming two trendy new vendors – Topshop and Kate Spade New York.
I must confess I have never been excited about a H&M store before. We have them on almost every high street in the UK and although handy for grabbing good value cotton items I have never been blown away by any of the stores. So although almost every female Australian I have ever met was extremely excited by the new H&M store in Melbourne I was prepared to be underwhelmed by my visit.
Well, wasn’t I wrong!
How would you like the chance to win a 5 night break to Cantabria in Northern Spain including return sailings with Brittany Ferries?
You and friend could enjoy a sailing and driving holiday around the Cantabrian coastline, which boasts over 60 fine white sand beaches. As well as its beautiful landscape the region of Cantabria is known for its speciality cuisine – the sobaos (sponge cakes) and quesada pasiega cheesecake are sweet treats not to be missed.
Toronto is a culturally diverse hub filled with aromatic culinary scents from all over the globe that linger across the city. The city whose name was derived from Mohawk, meaning “where there are trees standing in the water”, certainly reflects a different vibe. From the top-notch art scene to the hip nightlife and of course the fabulous shopping, one could spend hours strolling the distinctive areas that make up the city. Yet few people who visit take the time to explore what lies beyond the main tourist shopping, dining and entertainment spots. This is where the magic, and eclectic, hidden Toronto lies.
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From the shopping, to sightseeing and seriously good tapas, it’s easy to enjoy a stylish city break in Madrid.