The best literary holidays around the world

  • 02 Mar, 2015
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Literary HolidaysIt’s World Book Day on the 5th March, and thousands of children across the country are dressing up as their favourite fictional character and clutching their £1 book tokens. However, the day is not just for kids, so we’ve decided to tempt all the bookworms out there with this list of book-inspired getaways!

Stieg’s Stockholm from The Millennium Trilogy

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy took the world by storm and now you can follow in the footsteps of its protagonists Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist with a trip to Stockholm. A walking tour takes you to some of the key locations from the book and ties these in with relevant local history. Take a break after all that walking at Mellqvists Kaffebar, both Stieg and Mikael’s café of choice, featured in the books! Read More

Top 10 Ski Resort Picks For Winter 2014/2015

  • 04 Nov, 2014
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Chair-lift at ski resort

Have you been to or seen the exciting Ski and Snowboard Show event at Earls Court this weekend just gone and are now raring to book your skiing holiday? With the peak ski season fast approaching, let’s take a look at some of the places that we think you should consider when booking. Whether you want to hop across the Channel to some of the great European resorts or venture a little further afield, we’ve got some great places to look at!

Courchevel, France

Courchevel in the French Alps is part of the popular Three Valleys, the largest linked ski area in the world. There are plenty of runs in Courchevel itself to keep you occupied, from beginner to experienced alike, but the whole Three Valleys area is so easily accessible that you quite literally have one of the largest skiing playgrounds on your doorstep!

Both Geneva and Lyon airports serve the resort, with Geneva being some 30 km closer. Flights to both Geneva and Lyon are available from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester airports.

Courchevel hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics, and amongst many other activities you can also enjoy skating at the Olympic rink.

Chamonix, France

Not, perhaps, for the tranquil-seeking, crowd-adverse amongst us, Chamonix is a beautiful but bustling French resort below the impressive mountain of Mont Blanc in France. Its incredible slopes and tricky terrain has drawn skiers from around the world to seek out the thrills of these runs, but there is something for everyone, regardless of ability. It is unavoidable in Chamonix to experience some queues and waiting around, but there is a reason for this hubris, and it is evident in the quality of the skiing.

Similarly to Courchevel, the resort is accessed by Geneva and Lyon airports. Geneva is the closest of the two, being only 88km away, and benefits from a wide range of flights available from the UK. There is however, a direct TGV service to Chamonix from Lyon airport, despite the extra distance. Read More

Exploring Andalucía, the land of sunshine

  • 19 Sep, 2014
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Andalucia-sunset

With a team as multinational as we have here at Airport Parking Shop, it’s no wonder we all travel on regular basis – whether to visit family in Lithuania, go whale watching in South Africa or attend a wedding in Sweden. I was lucky to spend a month in Andalucía, Spain this summer and have put together a short guide to exploring this stunning region. Enjoy!

The Andalucía region

For someone whose father has lived in southern Spain for quite a while, Andalucìa almost started to feel like a second home to me. You just can’t beat the heat, the slow pace of life and more importantly, the Spanish beer!

Andalucía refers to a large region of southern Spain, stretching from the border of Portugal, over to Murćia on the east coast and up to Cabeza Del Buey, which is a good 430 kilometres inland. It is immersed in history and its capital, Seville, holds the title of being the hottest metropolitan city in the whole of Europe. With its completely different way of life and culture, this place has something for everyone.

Where to stay

Andalucía boasts 33 thousand square miles of sun-soaked land, so choosing where to stay (or maybe where to explore in some cases!) can be a difficult task for many holidaymakers and explorers alike. However, having travelled quite a bit around the Andalucìa region, I know a few hidden gems that will leave an imprint on your memory forever. I spent a month in southern Spain this year and this time, I ventured east of Malaga. Read More

Dad, Let’s Have Some Fun Together! Father’s Day Ideas

  • 06 Jun, 2014
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family looking at steam train

A “boys own adventure weekend” is always fun, and what better time to schedule one than Father’s Day weekend. If you would like to treat your Dad to a weekend away, we have plenty of Father’s day ideas, whether he is a railway enthusiast, a fishing aficionado, a would-be golf champ or a wine buff.

You don’t even need to leave the UK to have boys’ bonding time: with Yorkshire’s roads all beautifully re-surfaced for the Tour de France next month there has never been a better time to hit the road in God’s Own Country on two wheels rather than four.

Railway enthusiast?

If your Dad is an enthusiast of railways, especially the miniature variety, he may well have watched the recent Michael Portillo television series, Great Continental Railway Journeys, and gasped in amazement at the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, featured in episode 6. This model railway is one of the largest in the world and consists of 12,000 metres of track, 890 trains with 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights and 200,000 human figures.

This attraction is situated in the historical warehouse district of Hamburg and is easily accessible by public transport. If, however, you have decided to hire a car and venture out of Hamburg for part of the weekend, there are various parking options near the Miniatur Wunderland.

Hamburg is a popular stag destination, which may not be quite what you want when visiting with your father. There are, however, plenty of bars to enjoy a quiet drink and for something more lively why not pay a visit to one of the jazz clubs such as the Cotton Club or the Grosse Freiheit 36 where the Beatles once performed in their early days? Read More

When was the last time you took a holiday with your Mum?

  • 20 Mar, 2014
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mothersdaybeach

If you haven’t been on holiday with your mum since you were at school, this could be the year to buck the trend. And what better time could there be to do it than Mother’s Day?

With the big day falling this year on March 30th you even stand a chance of some decent weather depending on how far you are willing to travel. We have a few ideas for you, whether you want sightseeing, beach, action or pampering.

Málaga

Málaga makes a good destination for a long weekend. Many holidaymakers never see beyond the airport, but the city has much to recommend it and if the sun shines (as it should in late March) there is the added advantage of the beach being only a 10-minute walk from the centre.

For culture vultures there is the Carmen Thyssen Museum offering works from the 19th century with a focus on Andalucian art. The Picasso Museum and Casa Natal (birth house) of the artist are both a must for lovers of 20th century art.

Málaga has flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester. Read More