- 14 May, 2015
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There are two great events coming up – the International Day of Families on May 15th and International Museum Day is on May 18th, and so to celebrate these two worthy occasions we’ve put together our top 10 best museums for children, worldwide!
Museums might inspire a groan from the kids, but they really don’t have to be boring; in fact, at some of these museums you might have trouble getting them to leave!
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg, Germany
Photo Credit: alex.ch
Home of the largest model railway in the world, with 930 trains alone, this is a must-see for any train fan or indeed anyone who enjoys scale models in general. It is split into several areas, including Harz, Scandinavia, Hamburg, and the Knuffingen Airport. Read More
- 02 Mar, 2015
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It’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
- 04 Nov, 2014
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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 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.
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
- 19 Sep, 2014
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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
- 06 Jun, 2014
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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.
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