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Is been a long week at work and you just fancy escaping your hometown for a while. This is the easy to read guide on some of the best European getaways, bullet pointed especially for an unplanned… last minute… weekend break! Which city tickles your fancy? This week we thought…
It’s a great time to visit the city of Edinburgh. As we head into mid summer this Scottish metropolis is ideal for an exciting, action packed and not to mention entertaining getaway. It your planning a tip in the foreseeable future then Edinburgh is a fantastic choice. With the return of the Edinburgh festival and this years delightfully warm climate it’s the perfect opportunity to have some laughs with friends and participate in unusual activity.
What to do
Edinburgh festival is one of the most exciting cultural events to take place (say no more…)! The crowds gather to this eccentric hub as the city is transformed for three weeks into a dramatic stage playing host to various international performers of all artistic styles and interests. If you’re feeling adventurous have a look at the line up. It’s an experience you won’t forget and you’re promised a good time.
Or…Countryside and beach walks are the perfect way to relax. Get away from all the action and enjoy some alone time by hiking along the scenic routes!
What to see
Visit Edinburgh castle a site with over a thousand years of history. A volcanic rock forms the base of this dominant landmark leaving it powering over the cities streets, providing a spectacular landmark and epic sight. The city we know as Edinburgh today was constructed around the castles rocky base. This area is now known as the ‘Lawnmarket’, which joins the castle to the ‘Royal Mile’. With views of the world renowned Prices Street Gardens and The Kingdom of Fife it makes a trip to the ‘Castle of Castles ’a must providing a historical encounter that is sure to blow you away.
Differing in architecture to most of its surrounding buildings Scottish Parliaments design has been known to cause controversy amongst its local residents. It’s a must see when you visit Edinburgh, winning awards in previous years the Parliament now provides guided tours. Stay close to these historical landmarks and you’ll witness some of Edinburgh most loved attractions.
Where to eat
You can’t visit Scotland and not enjoy the full whiskey experience. The Amber Restaurant provides a range of malt whiskies and some of Scotland’s finest dishes made with the finest ingredients. Situated close to Edinburgh Castle the restaurant offers authenticity via the ‘Scotch Whiskey Experience’, and its delicious menu. A great place to visit if you want to indulge in fine food and enjoy a venue with charming character. The Old Town also has a verity intricate restaurants ideal for privet dinning.
Where to stay
Book one of our cheap apartments in Edinburgh to make sure you have a fantastic hangout in the festivals hub during peak season. We recommend Apartment in Edinburgh Caledonia 16. This stylish apartment offers you a home from home at the center of this inspiring city.
Located in the West midlands at the heart of England, Birmingham offers a step back in time and the opportunity to explore the home of one of chocolates most loved brands. This self guided tour investigates Cadburys heritage, serving sweet stories and historical bites to the factories visitors. Within the city that once lead the industrial revolution the tour provides an informative yet entertaining journey through the production process of this much love chocolate. You will follow the life of the coco bean from growth to the chocolates product placement and shelf life. Make sure you put on your hiking boots as you’re transported back to Latin America and introduced to Mayan and Aztec Indians. As you trek through the forest trail and take on the role of the choco-explorer you will discover Cadburys secrets and dabble in some chocolate making! The tour also divulges the ups ands downs of the Cadburys brother’s business plans, explaining how Richard and George developed the successful brand that is know world wide today as the Cadburys enterprise. When you visit Birmingham Cadburys World should defiantly be high on your to do list!
Make sure you take the time to explore the grounds of Bourneville Village. The historical village was once home to the chocolate factory workers. The now established site originally had at total of 16 houses built within the grounds. Close to the railway and canal the site has now developed into a vibrant community housing a school and hospital. The Cadbury brothers moved their growing factory out of the cities centre and into the Black Country countryside in 1879. Now the community is know as the Bourneville village, which is a picturesque ‘Model village’ know as the ‘factory in a Garden’. With its nineteenth century English retreats and Tudor manor house the village is a relaxing historical wonderland where you can enjoy your favorite sugary treats on a unique family day out.
Stay in one of the most historical and important British towns when you visit Birmingham. Birmingham is one of the most popular British cities outside of London and provides everything required for a unique and relaxing metropolitan get away. Apartment The Spires Birmingham VII in Birmingham is a fantastic self catering apartment ideal for a family stay. There is so much to see and so much chocolate to eat…
East Bali is often missed off the typical tourist routes. A great way to explore Asia’s most spectacular sights is to break free from your guide book and hire you own transport. The scenic trail through East Bali will lead you to the relaxing refuge that is Tirtagangga, one of the 3 water palaces which East Bali has to offer. Escape the queues and snapping sightseers and head off to this refreshing destination providing the ideal location to unwind and ‘cool off’ on a hot summer’s day. The water palace, know as ‘water of the Ganges’ was built in 1946 by the King of Katangese. The quaint retreat offers sanctuary amongst its various holy pools, hot springs and fountains where locals believe the waters flow from the holy Indian River. The holy springs have been praised by island healers giving youth and powers whilst healing its bathers. So if you fancy cleansing you soul or taking off a few years defiantly take a dip! The romantic gardens are filled with beautiful statues and carvings forming eye-catching structures. The lotus fountain in particular has become a landmark for Tirtagangga since its introduction to the palace in 1948 by the late Raja of Karangasem.
Today the Royal Water Palace is still owned by Katangese royalty and has maintained it elegant charm. The area was almost entirely destroyed by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963 but the completion of construction has seen the Tirtagangga carefully restored back to its glorious royal element. Tirtagangga is the tourist hotspot of the east but is surrounded by untouched culture dying to be explored. The unmarked tracks of this area are defiantly worth a look providing fantastic scenery along the hidden local roads. The Royal water palace is easy to find and lies to the north of Amlapura. Tirtagangga and its surrounding areas are also praised for its rice paddy terraces and Pura Lempuyang Luhur, which is one of Bali’s key temples situated on the slope of Mount Lempuyang to the east. Bali is a scenic treat of blue sea and mountains offering a peaceful and heartfelt Island stay with much to do and see.
We can offer you all the privacy, relaxation and comfort required for a luxurious stay when you visit Bali. Neighboring your very own lotus pond, tropical garden and with open air living space we propose Apartment Villa Plawa Asri in Bali a fantastic self catering apartment in a fantastic tropical location. Indulge and enjoy the Balinese life when you visit you very own heaven.