A weekend in Windsor, England

Story and Photo’s: Phil Wiley

It’s not only the royal family who like visiting Windsor for a holiday. If you’re in England it’s a great place for a weekend away because it’s got the lot: history, the royal connection with it’s castle and parklands, tons of historical pubs and strange old buildings,  the theatre and great shopping. Plus the lovely river Thames, which divides Eton and it’s famous school from Windsor itself, streams through the town.

Here are a few of my favourite parts of this historical vacation spot of the British Royals.

The Crooked House
The Crooked House,Windsor

Popular Mechanic’s magazine named Windsor’s Crooked House , which is now a tea room, in a story about the World’s 18 Strangest Houses. Built in 1592 the Crooked House now leans at a marked angle, which happened after it was rebuilt with green wood in 1718, and as the wood dried the house bent.

There’s a secret passage in the basement, supposedly used for illicit trysts between Nell Gwynn and Charles II. And, less romantically for delivering produce from the market to the kitchens of Windsor Castle. In case you fancy sneaking into the castle for a quick snog with Princess Kate, or William if that’s what tickles your fancy, I’ve got to tell you that, for security reasons, the passage has now been blocked.

And if you just want to have tea and scones, be aware that the floor was never leveled, so you might find your cuppa sliding off your table.

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Fun things to do this winter in England

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Top 10 outdoor ice rinks

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Picture yourself gliding effortlessly across a carpet of ice as smooth as marble. Twirling, spinning and leaping into the air in a series of dizzying flips and loops… Continue reading

Cornwall Holiday – One Night at Trebarwith Strand

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An Unforgettable Cornwall Holiday: One Night at Trebarwith Strand

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“I will always think of Cornwall with a smile. Visiting Cornwall quite literally changed my life” … guest post by K.Newey

It was the first week of April 2010. My boyfriend at the time took me on a surprise trip down to his homeland of Cornwall (he grew up in St. Austell). The drive down was long and progressively warm. It seemed the farther south we went the better the weather became (though I hear this isn’t always the case). Continue reading

Cornish beach for sale

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Beach for Sale: Iconic England tourist destination to be auctioned

The beaches of Cornwall have long been a favourite UK attraction, enticing visitors with their promise of sand and surf. Now you could own a piece of this iconic Cornish coastline—if you have a spare £30,000 or so, that is.

The 17-acre stretch of beach, located east of Looe, is expected to bring in prices of about £30,000 at auction. The beach is comprised of sand and pebbles, and overlooks Looe Island. There are currently no buildings on the stretch of land, and it generates no income.

Man fishing, Looe island in background

If you’re worried about development, fear not. The new owner will not be allowed to build anything on the beach, or make it private. The new owner will not, essentially, be able to do much of anything with the land. It will remain devoid of buildings and open to the public, as it always was.

Though the sale of beaches is generally quite rare, this is the second sale of its kind in Cornwall this year. Upton Towans, a 76-acre beach in Gwithian that is widely believed to be the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, was auctioned in July and brought in £80,000—an impressive figure, considering the bidding started at a modest £50,000.

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The public sale of beaches will not threaten the iconic beauty of the land, nor their status as a favourite tourist attraction in Britain. Both beaches remain open to the public and protected from development.

For more information on beaches and attractions in Cornwall, enjoyengland.com lists attractions in Cornwall, while visitbritain.tv hosts videos about Cornwall and the rest of Britain.

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A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

A unique travel guide by an Englishman returning to London and discovering a country he never knew

Denis Lipman left London’s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could.

Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since each year’s trip to England was inevitable, it was to be

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Holiday In The South Of France

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Why Take A Holiday In The South Of France?

When most people think of France the first thing that comes to mind is probably its capital, Paris. There are plenty of other delightful destinations to visit if you are thinking of heading there for a holiday – not least of which is the South of France.

This part of France offers many different experiences and opportunities for you to explore, so whatever kind of holiday you are after you will be sure to find it here. For example one area of the South of France which is particularly famous is the Cote d’Azur. This is also referred to in English as the French Riviera. Whichever name you refer to it by, you will love the many tempting venues you will find here.

One of the most popular places to go on the French Riviera is Cannes – home to the film festival and also to wonderful weather virtually all year round. If you are looking for a beach holiday coupled with a delightful town to wander around, you could do a lot worse than to visit Cannes.

Musicians playing in Avignon - Photo: Kate Buckland

Another reason why the South of France is loved by many tourists is that it has some superb cities worth visiting as well. Marseille has to be top of the list here, being second only to Paris in terms of the largest city France has in its midst. You will find Marseille to the east of Nimes and to the west of Nice, and its coastal position means it has the best of both worlds when it comes to offering sensational views in all directions.

If you think the best holidays in the South of France are all connected with big cities and equally big beaches, you can think again. There is more to appreciate here as well, including the potential to go skiing.

The Pyrenees, one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges, lays along the border that France shares with Spain. It is here that you can indulge in some serious skiing when the weather is right.

Try Tourmalet for size, which is a huge ski resort towards the eastern end of the Pyrenees. Cauterets is slightly more central to the mountain range but not much further to the west, so you can see you have a great choice of where to ski each year.

There is no doubt that most people can find something that appeals to them within the great range of diverse activities it is possible to do in the South of France. From a beach holiday to a skiing holiday; from rolling countryside to bustling cities, there is an amazing array of things to do here. With cheap calls to France available all year round, you can always phone direct to book your accommodation for the perfect trip as well.

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Lonely Planet France (Country Guide)

Discover why the Eiffel Tower expands during Paris’ high season. Tour the wild beaches and gin-clear waters of Corsica’s Bouches de Bonifacio. Pick up a bottle of locally made cider along Normandy’s Route de Cidre. Get an Alpine adrenaline rush heli-skiing above Chamonix. In This Guide: Seven authors, 195 days of research, 157 maps, 105 glasses of wine. New color food chapter detailing regional specialties and country-wide staples. Interviews with a perfumer in Grasse, a Michelin star-awarded Lyon

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Lonely Planet Guide Cycling France

France looks even lovelier when seen from two wheels.Itineraries to suit all fitness levels. Elevation charts and detailed maps. Comprehensive listings for sleeping, eating and facilities along the way.

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South Of France Fact Sheet

Southern France (or the South of France), colloquially known as le Midi is a loosely defined geographical area consisting of the regions of France that border the Atlantic Ocean south of the Gironde, Spain, the Mediterranean, Italy, and Switzerland south of the Jura Mountains. Le Midi includes:

* Aquitaine
* Midi-Pyrénées
* Languedoc-Roussillon
* Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
* Corsica
* Rhône-Alpes

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (French pronunciation: Provença-Aups-Còsta d’Azur) is one of the 22 regions of France.

It is made up of:

* the former French province of Provence
* the former papal territory of Avignon, known as Comtat Venaissin
* the former Sardinian-Piedmontese county of Nice, whose coastline is known in English as the French Riviera, and in French as the Côte d’Azur
* the southeastern part of the former French province of Dauphiné, in the French Alps.

It encompasses six departments in south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality of Monaco, to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border. The six departments are:

* Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
* Hautes-Alpes
* Alpes-Maritimes
* Bouches-du-Rhône
* Var
* Vaucluse

The largest cities in the region are Marseille, Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence, each with a population exceeding 100,256 inhabitants as of the 1999 census. The richest part of the Region is Nice’s metropolitan area.

* Aix-en-Provence
* Antibes (includes Juan-les-Pins)
* Arles
* Aubagne
* Avignon
* Cannes
* Draguignan
* Fréjus
* Grasse
* Hyères
* La Seyne-sur-Mer
* Le Cannet
* Mandelieu-la-Napoule
* Marseille
* Mougins
* Martigues
* Nice
* Toulon
* Villeneuve-Loubet

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Harry Potter Tours England

Harry Potter Tours England

HARRY POTTER TOURS ENGLAND

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HARRY POTTER-the boy who lived…harry potter is a magically weaved, mesmerising and breath taking 7 sequel series, which tells the story of a boy who is a wizard who is unaware of his true self, his true powers and what he means to the wizarding world. The story mainly weaves around harry potter and his two best friends Ron and Hermione who help him throughout his journey of putting an end to the dark lord Voldemort.

J.K. Rowling wrote the first book in the Harry Potter series (“Harry Potter and the Philisopher’s Stone”) in 1997. Her seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was published in 2007-JUL. It became the fastest-selling book in history. More than 11 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours in Britain and the U.S. About 325 million copies of the first six books have been sold worldwide. They have been translated into 64 languages.

Later,movies were made on the book adaptation. The latest sequel released was “harry potter and the half blood prince” sixth in the series.

There’s a great opportunity for all potter fans. You can experience the magical world of harry potter and see the London film locations and inspirations behind the books. J.k rowling had insisted on shooting the entire movie in Britain only so you do get to see a major part of the places where the movies were shot. The tour also includes the locations of the latest movie harry potter and the half blood prince. It is an essential experience for all potter maniacs. This initiative has been taken by the celebrity planet although it is not an official harry potter event and is not endorsed,sanctioned or in any other way supported,directly or indirectly by any related official authorities. There’s an option to fit every one’s pocket. There are 4 types of tours.

Harry Potter Tours England – harry potter’s london walk

£20.00 per person

This tour departs every friday night @ 7 pm and sunday morning @ 10.30am for a duration of approximately 2.5 hours.this is a walking tour and includes a boat cruise along the thames,a bus ride across london bridge and a london underground journey,so you ought to have a valid zone 1 travel card to take part. In this tour the other things which will be included will be the cinema where each of the harry potter films has had its world premiere. The location of the red telephone box which takes harry potter and mr weasley to th secret ministry of magic. The platform sign 9¾ where Harry catches the Hogwart’s Express.The bridge destroyed by Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters The thoroughfare on which Diagon Alley was based.The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron that Harry and Hagrid entered on their way to Diagon Alley The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron where the Knight Bus dropped Harry off and many other things too.

Harry Potter Tours England – Harry potter’s London

£75.00 per person
this tour departs 3 times a day and is a Chauffeur driven tour for a duration of approximately 3 hours. the tour visits are mostly the same as above with a few more additions.

Harry Potter Tours England – Hogwart’s express ( day trip )

£125 per person

Harry Potter Tours England – Day Trip covering London and Oxford

Chauffeur driven tour
Duration – 8 hours
Hotel Pick Up Available

Take a magical journey into the world of everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Visit two of the most beautiful cities in the world, London and Oxford, as we show you the film locations and inspirations behind the books, an essential experience for any Harry Potter fan. Includes the latest film locations from Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.

On this day trip you will see:

LONDON
The magical platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwart’s Express.The bridge destroyed by Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters (Half-Blood Prince).The bridge where the Knight Bus squeezes between two London Double Decker buses (Prisoner of Azkaban). The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron that Harry and Hagrid entered on their way to Diagon Alley (Sorcerers Stone / Philosophers Stone).The London underground station from where Mr Weasley takes Harry to the Ministry of Magic (Order of the Phoenix).The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron where the Knight Bus dropped Harry off (Prisoner of Azkaban).The location of the red telephone box where Harry and Mr Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic (Order of the Phoenix).Plus much, much more…

OXFORD
The 16th century dining hall used as the inspiration for Hogwart’s Hall. The room where they practice their dancing for the Yule Ball when Ron has to dance with Professor McGonagall with the whole of Gryffindor looking on (Goblet of Fire).The room used as Hogwarts Hospital in four of the films. The tree that Malfoy was sitting in before Mad Eye Moody turned him into a ferret for picking on Harry (Goblet of Fire).The 16th century stairs where Professor McGonagall greets the First Years (Sorcerers Stone / Philosophers Stone). Plus much, much more…

Harry Potter Tours England – hogwarts lacock express ( day trip )

Day Trip to London, Oxford and Lacock
Chauffeur driven tour
Duration – 10 hours
£175.00 per person
Hotel Pick Up Available

Take a magical journey into the world of everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Visit two of the most beautiful cities in the world, London and Oxford, and the lovely medieval Wiltshire village, Lacock, as we show you the film locations and inspirations behind the books, an essential experience for any Harry Potter fan. Includes the latest film locations from Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.

The blockbuster Harry Potter movies were set entirely in Britain at the author JK Rowling’s request. The Hogwart’s Express tour is chauffeur driven in an eco-friendly vehicle. It will cover the London and Oxford as mentioned in above trip as well as will include the following-

LACOCK
The flashback of Harry’s childhood home (The Philosopher’s Stone) Lacock Abbey, the setting for various interior scenes at Hogwarts School.The tower where the killing of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of Severus Snape took place The Angel InnThe meeting between Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and Horace Slughorn And much, much more!

PLEASE NOTE: The ticket cost does not include entrance fees to the Oxford attractions, which total £10.

These attractions are working academic institutions and some areas may occasionally close without notice; Bodleian Library is closed on Sundays.

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thecelebrityplanet.com Harry Potter’s London Walk Experience Harry Potter’s magical London as we take you round the London film locations and inspirations behind the books. The walking tour includes a boat cruise along the Thames, a bus ride across London Bridge, so you must have a valid Zone 1 Travelcard to take part. A must for any Harry Potter fan. On this 2.5 hour tour you will see: · The cinema where each of the Harry Potter films has had its world premiere · The location of the red telephone box where Harry and Mr Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic (Order of the Phoenix). · The magical platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwart’s Express. · The bridge destroyed by Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters (Half-Blood Prince). · The thoroughfare on which Diagon Alley was based. · The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron that Harry and Hagrid entered on their way to Diagon Alley (Sorcerers Stone/ Philosophers Stone). · The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron where the Knight Bus dropped Harry off (Prisoner of Askaban). · The oldest family magic business in the world · Plus much, much more Cost £20 DISCLAIMER: The Celebrity Planet’s Harry Potter’s London Walk is not an official ‘Harry Potter’ event and is not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly by Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, the Harry Potter book publishers or JKRowling and her representatives. All rights to the series of Harry Potter books are the property of JK Rowling and

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Scarborough hotels

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Scarborough hotels

Scarborough is a beautiful busy North Yorkshire seaside town with lots of attractions including museums, parks, walks and arts and craft events. Other attractions include Scarborough castle and Scarborough Spa where many concerts are held. The nightlife in Scarborough is also very good with a good mixture of fun bars, good restaurants and busy nightclubs. There are also plenty of sporting attractions and events in the area including Scarborough cricket club, Oliver’s mount racing circuit popular for motorcycling and rally events and also some excellent golf courses. Scarborough also has a football club, rugby club, fantastic tennis facilities and basketball pitches. There are many more sport and fun are avail there.

Attractions for the kids include Atlantis Water Park which is a fun water park for the whole family with 2 of the longest water rides you will find. Flamingo Land is a very popular UK tourist attraction with lots of rides and animals to see.

Kinderland offers old fashioned fun and adventure for kids and adults if they wish to get involved! Terror Tower lets you go round different film sets including Dracula and Jurassic Park. Cayton Bay is a beautiful quiet beach ideal for walking or sunbathing in relative peace and quiet.

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Scarborough also has a lot of history. Its first castle was built way back in the 12th century. Lifeboats have been used in the town for over 200 years. Scarborough building society is the oldest building society in Yorkshire. Scarborough as also seen bad times having been hit by floods as well as earthquakes.

Other types of accommodation you will find in Scarborough include holiday flats, self catering, camping and caravanning. Park Resorts is a very popular caravan park in Cayton Bay, Scarborough. Facilities include mini sports, golf, swimming pool and an adventure playground. It is just 10 minutes away from the beach.

Seaside ArchitectureThere are many hotels around Scarborough. Some of the popular hotels in and around the Scarborough area include:

Crown Spa Hotel – The Crown spa hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on the south cliff of Scarborough. Facilities include a fantastic health spa, superb restaurants and excellent meeting room facilities.

Clifton Hotel – The Clifton Hotel over looks the North Bay cliffs. It is a very popular and friendly hotel and is It has a ballroom, an excellent restaurant with a very good reputation and is a very popular venue for weddings and celebrations.

Palm Court Hotel – The Pal Court Hotel is situated at St. Nicholas Cliff. It is a family owned friendly and professional hotel. Facilities in the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant where they serve local top quality food, conference centre facilities for business meetings and fantastic offers on accommodation. It is also a great venue for weddings and other special occasions. For luxury accommodation in Scarborough you must try the Mansion House. It is situated on Scarborough’s south cliff and is a 5 star accommodation. It boasts fantastic facilities including large flat screen televisions in each room, free wi fi and complimentary refreshment trays.

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The Yorkshire Moors and Coast is an area of striking contrasts whose natural beauty has provided an inspiration to many. Gentle rolling countryside of purple heather moorland, patchwork farmland, ancient woodland and wildflower rich vales stretches out to meet rugged coastal cliffs and golden sandy beaches.

Scarborough and Whitby: The Jurassic Coast (Holiday Geology Guide Book)

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Scarborough (which is pronounced Scar-bruh) is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. The older part of the town lies around the harbour and is protected by a rocky headland. With a population of around 50,000, Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast. It is home to residential communities, business, fishing and service industries, plus a growing digital and creative economy. Scarborough won the 2008/2009 award for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe, and was also named as the most enterprising town in Britain in 2008.

The most striking feature of the town’s geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the sea front into a North Bay and a South Bay. The South Bay was the site of the original early medieval settlement and the harbour, which form the current Old Town district. This remains the main focus for tourism, with a sandy beach, cafes, amusements, arcades, theatres and entertainment facilities.

The town was founded around 966 AD as Skarðaborg by Thorgils Skarthi, a Viking raider, though in the 4th century there had briefly been a Roman signal station on Scarborough headland, and there is evidence of much earlier Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements. However, the new settlement was soon burned to the ground by a rival band of Vikings under Tosti (Tostig Godwinson), Lord of Falsgrave, and Harald III of Norway. The destruction and massacre meant that very little remained to be recorded in the Domesday survey of 1085.

In June 1993 Scarborough made headlines around the world when a landslip caused part of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, along with its gardens, to fall into the sea. Although the slip was shored up with rocks and the land has long since grassed over, evidence of the cliff’s collapse remains clearly visible from The Esplanade.
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