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April is marathon month, with a number of major marathons occurring within quick succession. Many of you may be preparing for the upcoming Paris, Milan, Vienna, Madrid or London marathons, several of which are held on the same day.
Running a marathon is tough enough, but even greater challenges are out there, should you be seeking something more. Here’s ten of the most extreme marathons on earth, most of which are notorious Ultra Marathons:
15th April this year marks the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden and only voyage. One hundred years ago the RMS Titanic set off from Southampton to New York. After only five days, disaster struck and the ‘Unsinkable’ ship hit an iceberg. 1,514 lives were lost, making it one of the deadliest peacetime marine disasters in history. It’s a story that most of us heard or read about, but there’s more below the surface…
Many of us will be painting our eggs or hunting for them in the garden during Easter weekend. However, since Easter is celebrated all around the globe, this opens up a vast world of cultural nuances to come into play as people prepare their celebrations. Each country has its own traditions and customs. Some like to whip their wives, others just shoot rockets at each other. Well, what else would you expect from a Christian festival?
That said, it’s totally true that we’re on the cusp of launching a fresh new design for our website, which will come around in May. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.
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There’s no doubt London is one of the world’s most incredible cities. This year London’s call will be even stronger, as the capital prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Several million extra visitors are expected to descend on London over the Olympic period. For this reason Easytobook.com is thrilled to announce a world exclusive.
With accommodations in London already exceeding capacity for summer bookings, the British Royal family has decided to muscle in on the tourist action. In a manner of celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, Her Royal Highness the Queen has decided to give a little back to her beloved subjects. For the first time in history, and for a limited period only, members of the public can book a stay in two London Palaces.
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace will have multiple rooms and apartments available from July to September.
Remember that post about the World’s Best Rollercoasters? It kind of sparked our interest about the more adventurous and extreme side of tourism. For those thrill seekers out there, here’s a dozen ‘extreme’ tourist attractions that may well give you some inspiration for your next adventure.
A vacation should be an experience that, from start to finish, is fun, exciting and special. Minibars and flat screen TVs just don’t turn me on anymore. I want to be wowed.
Luckily, I’m not alone. A number of hotels now offer a choice of unique designs and decor, ranging from romantically themed rooms to upside-down mirror suites. Some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Come with us on a tour of ten of the top theme hotels around the globe.
Comics Guesthouse, Rome
You might have scrimped together enough centimes to take yourself off to Paris, which is an impressive enough feat in itself. However, unless you’re Marty McFly or some other time-travelling wise guy, you’ve probably only seen the city in its present state. Not many of us can say we’ve played witness to the City of Light during the Dark Ages (see what I did there) or the Roman occupation, or through the French Revolution.
Here’s a chance to compare some of your favourite attractions as they look today alongside how they looked roughly one hundred years ago. Sometimes the changes over the past century are only slight; sometimes they are monumental. Our tireless investigator Sandrine has done her best to find perspectives that match as closely as possible in order to provide the best comparison. Hold on to your corset as you step back into the past with us.
There’s something eerily fascinating about cultural myths. Remember the Urban Legends blogpost? It’s our taste for danger that keeps us coming back for more.
If you find the Guggenheim less than spine-tingling, maybe you’re after a little more excitement in your tourism. True, you could go white water rafting, or tightrope over the Grand Canyon, or swim with sharks…alternatively, you could risk getting your throat eaten out by a Chupacabra, or your legs bitten off by a Mngwa. Sound tempting? You know it does.
How about we give you a rundown of some of the most gripping mythical tourism out there? Hold on to your trousers.
1. What about a Sasquatch Safari?
Nowadays I just tell people I live near Robin Hood. The fox with the bear friend, that’s him. For those who might have heard of Derby, its reputation as a run-down backwater lumbering in Nottingham’s shadow is too popular to avoid.
Yes, sheep are plentiful in the Peak District. Yes, Langley Mill is notorious as a stronghold for the British National Party and National Front. And yes, Rolls Royce still develops aeroplane engines in its Derby factories. However, it doesn’t take a lot of digging to uncover some much more impressive features of Derbyshire. For now I’ll focus on just one: the UNESCO Heritage listed Derwent Valley Mills.