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This is a guest post by Darren Cronian, the editor of My Life in Leeds.
Being born and bred in Yorkshire means I am obviously going to be biased but believe me when I say that I live in one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of England – I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, and as a local I can tell you where the best parts of the county are.
Yorkshire is the largest county in England and most of the places I am going to mention are within a 3-hour journey of the capital city, London. In this blog post I’ll give you a tour of my home county and I’ll show you where Yorkshire’s ‘must visit’ places are.
In summer I visit the seaside town of Scarborough with the family, where you can watch a performance at the Scarborough open-air theatre, walk around Peasholm Park and try out the traditional British dish of fish and chips while sat on the beach – but watch out for the seagulls!
While writing this post I am thinking about the enjoyable holidays that I spent on the Yorkshire coast as a child, visiting seaside towns like Whitby, with its steep climb up to the Abbey and fantastic views of the harbour and coast. Then there’s Flamborough, and its iconic lighthouse and cliff top walks.
Other must-visit seaside towns include Hornsea, Filey, Staithes and Withernsea. The Yorkshire ‘Coastliner’ bus service is a good way to see the coast and is quite affordable; either that or hire a car and drive around one of the most scenic coasts in the country.
One of the most relevant pieces of information about an hotel is, for sure, the star class. While searching for their hotel people often apply a filter in the search to receive only hotels with 3 stars or more. Some people, to find a cheap hotel, search for 0 star hotels and some people search only for 4 and 5 star hotels.
But what exactly does 2 stars – or 3 or 4 for that matter – mean? That’s a good question and also quite tricky! The hotel stars rating is something that is always in evolution and changes from country to country, but in recent years the “Hotelstars Union” managed to harmonise the hotel classification for establishments throughout Europe and the surrounding area. Several countries subscribed the Hotelstars Union criteria and in 2012 this criteria will be applied basically all over Europe.
August, for most people, means holidays; for us it means improvements!
We all love to travel and we all love to find, in an easy way, the right hotel. That’s why at easytobook.com we are busy every day to improve our website and to give you a better experience, because booking an hotel should be a pleasure, not a challenge, right?
Over the last few months we have worked hard on two aspects:
1 – to give you more choice by increasing our inventory;
2 – to give you tools to make your decision easier.
More choice: yesterday we managed, thanks to a new partnership, to increase our inventory from 50,000 hotels to more than 80,000 hotels worldwide; this means more choice for you in all our main destinations and also in some new destinations.
More tools: Over the last few months we implemented some tools to make your navigation of our website simpler and to make your choice as easy as a walk in the park.
There are few cities that you can’t miss in your lifetime, and one of them is Rome, believe me! Once you have landed in Fiumicino Airport, the first thing you want to do is get to your hotel, have a bit of a rest…and then what? Well, there’re so much stuff to do, so much food to taste, so many monuments to see that even a month won’t be enough time for you. That’s why I want to give you some tips and suggestions of tourist attractions in Rome that you can’t miss, and that are all for free!
The Pantheon is a temple dedicated to all the gods of Ancient Rome and was built in 126 AD. The building is circular, with a portico of three ranks of granite columns. The central corp of the building is a huge rotunda covered with a concrete dome that has a central opening to the sky named oculus.
Venice is famous for its small canals, for the amazing Piazza San Marco, for the Canal Grande, for its magical atmosphere, for the most expensive coffee in the world and, like every other city floating on the water, for its bridges.
In Venice there are 354 bridges that connect the 118 islands divided by 177 canals (more or less) in the Venetian Lagoon. That’s why I decided to collect some interesting images and funny facts about the most famous bridges in Venice.
Ponte della Libertà
Not all the tourists know this bridge, but all of them used it! For those of you that don’t know, Venice is not close to the mainland and it’s actually an island in the middle of a lagoon.
The Ponte della Libertà, designed in 1932 and opened by Mussolini in 1933, is the bridge connecting the city of Venice to the mainland. This 4 km bridge is the only connection for road vehicles and trains to get to Venice. Venice in 1565 – no connection to the mainland
However, as usual, we first have to announce the winner of the previous competition. From all of our listed destinations we chose Paris as the city in which to offer the main prize (a 2-night stay for 2 persons) and we then picked Fayzrul as the winner, so congratulations to Fayzrul!
Now let’s move to our new contest; ready, set, go!
We already told you the prize will be a 2 night stay in Madrid…but where?
In the middle of the city, between Puerta del Sol and the Gran Via, within easy walking distance of Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles and the Museo del Prado, in one of our favorite hotels: the Praktik Metropol Madrid!
How can you win this prize?
To start the week off in style we have decided to offer you – for 48 hours only – a really special and unique deal!
For the next 48 hours we will run this deal that allows you to save up to 50% off the normal price on several hotels in Venice, Milan and Munich. Check the list below, and choose your destination, your hotel, and your deal!
One of the nicest things in life is to go on holiday. However, before we actually leave for our dreamy destination there are many different things we need to arrange and figure out: Where do we want to go? How far is the hotel from the city centre? Is there a wireless Internet connection in case we want to work? How convenient is the public transport? What is the distance between the airport and our hotel? Can we get a smoking room?
If the questions above look like a lot to think about, you can only imagine how many other things come to the minds of people with impaired mobility. As much as the world develops quickly and new facilities are invented every day, the lives of people with impaired mobility are very challenging, whether they are on their way to work, or relaxing on holiday.
Trying to make things a bit easier (when it comes to booking a hotel), we have gathered here the top hotels in Amsterdam which are suitable for people with impaired mobility. We chose Amsterdam because of the morphology of the city. Most of the buildings in the city centre are narrow and not easily accessible for people with impaired mobility, so we decided to pick some of our favorite hotels, visit them and take some pictures to show how accessible and welcoming they truly are!
Time for another amazing contest for all our fans and followers! This month we would like to outdo ourselves and we want to give away not 1, not 2 but 13 prizes!
But first of all we have to announce the winners of our last contest: Win a Park, Sleep and Fly package. And the Winners are: Suzanne Atema and Danielle Uit Het Noorden!
Congratulations! We will contact you soon to give you the details about the prize.
Coming back to our new contest, we want to keep it simple as we have done so far. The only thing you have to do to take part in this contest is to visit our brand new Facebook page, like us and pick your favorite destination.
When we plan our travel we always think about the attraction to visit in the country where we are going, we think about the food, about the landmarks, markets, pubs etc. etc. Planning what to do and what to see is part of the travel experience, and we all love it!
What we don’t love, I’m sure you will agree with me, is when after a long day walking in a new city, after you shoot hundreds of photos, you come back to your hotel room to download all the pictures onto your laptop and, for the first time, you figure out that your laptop is out of charge, your camera is out of charge and, even worse, your electric plug doesn’t fit the socket in the wall…
To help us all avoid this kind of nasty situation I spent a few hours surfing the internet collecting all the information about electric plugs all around the world and I’m kinda happy to share it with you!
First of all, how many different types of electric plugs are out there? In my search I found 13 different types of electric plugs and sockets; quite a lot, isn’t it? Other than that, you also have a wide variety of Voltage and frequency, from 120 Volts to 250 Volts, from 50 Hz to 60 Hz. In the table below you can find all the details country by country. About the plugs and sockets, an image is worth 1000 words, so below the table you can find the images related to all the different types of plugs and sockets.