One of the most popular beaches of Paros, the scenery is amazing and the formation of the rocks is like a moonscape.
You can go there by bus from Parikia or Naousa.
Limnos, or Lemnos, belongs to the north Aegean islands and is a bit of a neglected Greek island and consequently not in the list of budget package holidays.
The capital is Myrina and is worth visiting if you are planing a tour to the north Aegean islands like Chios, Lesbos, Thassos and Samothraki
On the coast south of Edinburgh, the beaches of East Lothian are wonderful. Choose from Aberlady Nature Reserve (bird watching), Gullane (also good for golf), Yellowcraigs, Tyninghame and the John Muir Country Park at Dunbar. Lovely dunes, yellow sand, interesting bird life and lovely small villages and towns with excellent coffee shops and home baking!
The main East coast rail line runs through East Lothian.
Go to Harvard Yard, the Harvard museums. Have cake and coffee at The High Rise Cafe on Brattle St. Go to the MIT Museum. Watch an independent film at the Kenmore Square Cinema. Go to the Central Sq nightspots - River Gods, Zuzu's, The Middle East.
Boston, apart from the Back Bay, the Common, and the Aquarium, is a bit boring and touristy. If you're from England, the historic sites won't seem very historic.
Central Sq - Harvard Sq on the subway red line
Cobbled streets, tiny whitewashed cottages tumbling down to a massive expanse of beach, seagulls wheeling - Robin Hood's Bay is a haven of peace. Walk along the cliffs towards Ravenscar, shimmering in the distance, the moors rising above the headland, cloaked in heather. Stroll back along the sands, where there are rock pools and fossils - a happy hunting ground for grown ups and kids.
The light is pearlescent - and the fish & chips at The Bay Hotel very good indeed.
A visit to the lovely sandy beaches and old fishing villages of what King James called 'The Golden Fringe' of Fife is always well worth the trip, especially on the weekends of 2nd and 9th June, when over 30 professional artists open their studios to all.
Half hour's drive from St Andrews (station, Leuchars) or an hour from Edinburgh. Details of open studios: www.eastneukopenstudios.org, or telephone for illustrated brochure, 01333730249
Half a mile of golden sand, and stretching a good distance back to the cliff slopes. Ideal for an afternoon in the sun, swimming and with a wonderful surf - it's one of the UK Surfing Championship locations. In the cooler months it's perfect for walking, jogging and sport; you'll even catch the Toon training there on occasions.
Tynemouth is an old village bursting with charm and history. Located at the mouth of the River Tyne, (surprisingly!), ten miles east of Newcastle it is easily accesible by the local Metro service or car.
I stayed in Amsterdam for 5 days, and for you birders out there this is a very nice thing to do.
Go with the train from Amsterdam central station to Almere Buiten. It takes 30 minutes to get there. On the internet i booked a local bird guide to show me the Oostvaardersplassen. A nature reserve with lots of birds and mammals. You can go by yourself but you need a rental car and the right places to go.
I have booked the birdwatching tour with Flevo Birdwatching (www.birdsnetherlands.nl)
Don leathers and leave behind the elegant, quintessential Englishness of Chester (built to keep the Welsh out), gradually ascend and ride the switchback of the dramatic Horseshoe Pass, an early natural rollercoaster, and glide (pausing awhile at the Ponderosa for refreshments) under the clouds into One Hundred Years of Solitude, or the Welsh Dee Valley, at Llangollen overlooked by the brooding magnificence of Castell Dinas Bran
Go in July and catch the International Eisteddfod, the epicentre of grass roots world music for a week. This year, acts range from Joan Baez to Jose Carreras but the true stars are from Iraq, China and the west coast of Africa!
The best Welsh brewed real ales are at Gales in the high street and for Welsh contemporary "tapas", try the stunningly located Cornmill on the banks of the swirling Dee.
One of the most famous historical places in Greece is Delphi. If you stay in Athens you can take a day trip to Delphi. Visit the museum to see the statue of the Charioteer of Delphi, the temple of Apollo and enjoy the mountain view.
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The Monastery of Panormitis is well known to all islanders of the Dodecanese. It is a good idea for a day trip there if you stay in Symi town or from Rhodes with excursion boat. The monastery is one of the many places of interest that the small beautiful island of Symi has, like ancient ruins, the castles of the Byzantines the Knights of St John.
My husband and I went to Budapest for our honeymoon and read about Eger in a pamphlet, we decided to check it out. Train ride worth the trip while we passed scenic route in Hungary's countryside.
Located a couple of hours outside Budapest by train, it is a gorgeous Baroque town with beautiful historic sites and quaint restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops etc.
Check out www.egeronline.com for more information
Europe's biggest puddle is how I have seen it described, and it is pretty accurate.
The southern shore, in particular, is far from tranquil and peaceful and teems with cheap and tacky bars. Think of a series of mini-Blackpools and you get the idea.
Its bathing is passable, especially for kids, as the water only slowly deepens on the south shore.
There are decent places in the vicinity, but if you're expecting a Lake District-style idyll, you'll be disappointed.
If travelling from Budapest, choose your train carefully, as the 70-mile trip can take almost three hours on the slower ones.
Mandraki is a must. The old town has its own charm but Mandraki represents the cosmopolitan Rhodes. There you will find everything. The Italian Art Deco buildings, the Agora with many shops and restaurants. Just at the entrance of the market there are kiosks with foreign books and newspapers.
On the promenade, visit the Zaharoplasteion Dimitriadis, one of the oldest pastry shops. Enjoy the view of the windmills and the two pillars with the deer at the port entrance.
Just behind the Taxi terminal inside the arcade there are some good old restaurants with very cheap prices.
Panteli is one of the most picturesque villages on Leros. A traditional fishermans' village with fishing boats and a nice marina.
In Panteli, you can swim in the pebble beach with the crystal clear waters, enjoy the local specialities at the small taverns and relax with a coffee or a beer at the Cafe Kastelo right at the beach front.
Remember to get a free Kastelo T shirt as a souvenir.
One of the best sights in Rhodes with the famous spa, amazing Italian architecture, pebble mosaics, arcades and domes, palms and bougainvilleas completing the decoration.
The place has been used as location for many films, among them Escape to Athena, The Guns of Navarone, Triangle at Rhodes and many others.
If you stay longer in Rhodes, visit Lindos with the famous temple of Athena.
The Isle of Kerrera is a very accessible 5 minute ferry ride from Oban. It's car free and for a small island provides wonderful walking and exploring opportunities, especially for families. The tea garden at Lower Gylen with views out over Gylen castle and the Sound of Kerrera is a special spot. It's an easy day trip from Oban or if you have longer it's worth a night or 2 in the bunkhouse at Lower Gylen.
Isle of Kerrera, by Oban.
Bansko is a popular ski resort in the winter but in the summer it's even better. As well as a fantastic jazz festival, you can get out of the town and explore stunning countryside.
We will never forget standing on a remote hillside in the evening sun at the Belitsa Bear Park, where rescued dancing bears are able to live in semi-wild enclosures.
One way of accessing such sites in spite of the different alphabet and uncertain public transport is through Jordan Pankov who grew up in the area and oozes knowledge about local culture and nature. He runs day trips for small groups that you can tailor to suit you.
Check out the tour pages on banskoservices.moonfruit.com
Salem, MA is a fun day trip out of Boston, and easily accessible by commuter rail. Attractions range from the kitchsy (the many witch museums that give an, er, revisionist spin to the famous witch trials of 1692) to the sublime (the Asian-export collection at the Peabody Essex Museum (Moshe Safdie designed the new addition). Great collection of 17th and 18th century architecture, and you will be close to the sea.
If travelling by car, head up the coast and see the rest of Cape Ann! A fun few hours, good for kids - but should bypass if only in Boston for a few days.
Home of L.M. Alcott, author of "Little Women", H. D. Thoreau, transcendentalist author of "Walden" but mostly site of one of the first battles of the American Revolution (Redcoats vs Minutemen) where you can visit the battlefield, see the grave of the British soldiers and maybe figure out what the US is about besides evil presidents, rock and roll and blue jeans.
A short bus or train trip from the city...a suburb.
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