Thessaloniki, Greece (from £65 return)Known as Greece’s hippest city, Thessaloniki has produced some of the country’s greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers. However, probably of more interest to most Brits is Thessaloniki’s beautiful beaches, fines hotels and what have been deemed the best restaurants in northern Greece.Find cheap flights to Thessaloniki from 8 UK airports including London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham.Alicante, Spain (from £18 return)Some cheap flights around at the moment for one of our most loved Spanish sun spots – Alicante – for travel in September. Early autumn is a great time to visit Spain, as the family crowds have returned to the UK, but the weather is still warm, so all the more beach space for you!Find cheap flights to Alicante from 25 UK airports, including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Bristol and London airports.Pula, Croatia (from £30 return)Though Croatia is growing in popularity with British tourists, it still receives a tiny proportion compared to Spain, France or Italy. Croatia’s hot summers and abundance of beaches and islands (there are 1185 of them) along the Dalmatian Coast make it an ideal alternative to better known summer destinations, and it’s also a cheaper option too.Find cheap flights to Pula from 4 UK airports including London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester and London Gatwick.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 flights for under £5010 flights, 10 city breaks in Europe for fun, sun and shopping.Bargains of the week: Edinburgh | Dalaman | ThessalonikiBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Dalaman | ThessalonikiBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | Alicante Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations.
No Christmas ski resort list would be complete without mentioning Levi, in Finnish Lapland, within the Arctic Circle. This area is the traditional home of Santa Claus, so where better to take the kids for a Christmas holiday.Because of the area’s northerly latitude, the area is guaranteed to get good snow, despite the skiing only going up to 531 m.The skiing is good, although not particularly extensive. However, the real attraction here is the sheer diversity of extra activities you can do, including visiting the famous Ice Hotel, snowmobiling, husky and reindeer safaris, ice-fishing, Icelandic horse riding and a visit to meet Santa. Very often these trips take place under the magical Northern Lights. Find cheap flights to FinlandBiographyEd Ockelton is a keen skier who lives with his wife & two children in Chatel, France. He writes online for a number of online ski publications, and his websites All Mountain Ski Holidays and White-Peak Holidays Chatel offer ski holidays throughout the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map This beautiful car free resort, nestled under the iconic Matterhorn, is a great choice for Christmas holidays. Being surrounded by 29 peaks over 4000 m, the resort is at the heart of the highest mountains in Europe, and the scenery is suitably dramatic.The high altitude of the skiing (up to 3820 m) ensures excellent early season skiing, and with 245 km of pistes, there is something to keep skiers of all standards more than happy.The village itself is chocolate box pretty, and with the Christmas lights on and the snow falling, you would be mistaken for thinking you’d walked straight into a Christmas card scene. Find cheap flights to SwitzerlandKitzbühel, AustriaKitzbühel is a beautiful, sophisticated Austrian resort at the heart of the Tirol region. The ski area has 168 km of pistes, and off the slopes there are plenty of activities including indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, indoor tennis, snow shoe trails, curling, and tobogganing to name but a few.What makes Kitzbühel special as a Christmas destination is the annual Christmas market, where you can soak up the tastes, smells, sounds and sights of Christmas in the Alps. There is also the historical glockenspiel in the central tower, a number of Christmas concerts and a nativity play. Find cheap flights to AustriaBled, SloveniaBled is a spa resort on the edge of a beautiful lake and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Julian Alps. There is a real fairytale feel to the resort heightened by the picturesque 17th century church “Maria of the Lake”.The skiing is in three main areas; Straza which is reached by chairlift from Bled itself, and Kobla and Vogel, a 40 minute bus ride away, which offer 71 km of varied terrain.To complement the beauty of the area, there are also many non skiing activities to indulge in including ice climbing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating on the frozen lake snowmobiling, husky rides, craft markets, bars, great restaurants and trips to Venice & Ljubljana.Another attraction of the area is that prices are approximately a third of the price found in more mainstream European resorts, so your Christmas holiday won’t break the bank. Find cheap flights to SloveniaBanff/Lake Louise, CanadaThe Canadian resorts are renowned for their Christmas celebrations, and the Banff/Lake Louise resort is no exception.Alongside excellent, extensive, snow sure skiing and stunning natural beauty, the area really puts on a festive show for visitors including Christmas crafts, Christmas carolling and the “Santa Claus Parade of Lights”.The area also offers lots of other activities including dog sledding, sleigh rides, winter hiking, snowmobiling, canyon walks, heli-skiing, snow shoeing, skating, torchlight dinner and ice hockey; so much in fact that you might find a week just isn’t enough! Find cheap flights to CanadaLevi, Finland (Lapland), the home of Santa Claus Skyscanner’s top 5 Christmas ski holiday destinationsYes, yes, we know it’s only September but there’s only just over a hundred shopping days to Christmas and the Milton Arms Hungry Horse pub in Cambridge has already had its decorations up for six weeks.While some will be in raptures about the approach of another festive season, others are already starting to twitch at the thought of all that yuletide stress. In either case, why not stage a great escape this Christmas? Head to the mountains and enjoy some great skiing, or simply enjoy a white Christmas in the great outdoors with all the family. You can be as Christmassy as you want without having to do any of the work yourself.Before booking your Christmas ski holiday, it is worth doing your research and choosing either a resort which puts a bit of effort into the Christmas celebrations, or one which is so beautiful it doesn’t matter. And because Christmas falls at the start of the ski season, it is also important to choose a resort which has a good snow record for this time of year.Here’s Skycanner’s favourite five Christmas ski resorts. Now all you need is to pack your Bing Crosby CDs and Christmas is sorted…Zermatt, Switzerland RelatedCheap DIY Ski Trips: How to save on Ski HolidaysSkyscanner’s Guide to Cheap Skiing & snowboarding Trips10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in…7 snow-frosted escapes for incurable romanticsDon’t run away from winter. Embrace it. The world is full of beautifully snowy retreats, where pristine landscapes and cosy bedrooms come as standard. Here, we’ve picked seven of the best.
Next1 of 6EXPECT THE UNEXPECTEDWhat surprises many elite visitors is both Puerto Rico’s history as a luxury playground for the super rich and the diversity of the island’s tourism offerings today.In the last century it was names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller who graced the island; that generation of elite liked it so much they built grand resorts, then came so frequently they became major investors. After World War II Puerto Rico transitioned from agricultural hub to a manufacturing center. The island is about the size of Connecticut, and if it were an independent country, it would rank 84th in the world in GDP, with nearly four million people.In the last century it was names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller who graced the islandWhile San Juan held its position as a Caribbean airline hub and regional business capital, in the past 30 years luxury resorts aged and either closed or slipped down a few notches. The island’s traditional market of wealthy Northeasterners found newer and sexier resort destinations from Los Cabos and Riviera Maya to Turks & Caicos, Dubai, Maldives, Tahiti and even luxury tent camps in Thailand as ultra-long-haul planes like the 747-400, Bombardier Global Express, Gulfstream G550, Boeing and Airbus Business Jets made traveling the world a one-stop proposition instead of the milk runs of old. For example, today there are more daily nonstop first- and business-class seats from New York to Hong Kong than to San Juan.That said, friendly government policies designed to boost tourism investment, and the interest of global luxury brands to expand their footprint, is combining with Puerto Rico’s natural assets to create a perfect storm of opportunity. Diverse visitor activities from soft adventure (think the world’s highest zip line, trekking through rain forests, horseback riding, sport fishing, kite surfing, diving, three bioluminescent bays) to world-famous Michelin-star chefs, haute local cuisine (with such kitchen luminaries as Roberto Trevino, Juan Cuevas, Mario Pagan, José Enrique, Dayn Smith, Fernando Parrillo, Federico Figueroa and Jose Carles), electric nightlife, over 20 championship golf courses, world-class beaches, a state-of-the-art convention center, high culture that includes the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, a rising crowd of local artists, an 18,000-seat events center that draws acts from Lady Gaga to Elton John and its position as a US territory has Puerto Rico well on its way to holding an important place in world tourism.Next1 of 6
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Tides Riviera Maya is excited to announce the addition of their new Saasil Villas to the property’s luxurious accommodations. Nestled in the serene Riviera Maya jungle, these three private villas feature secluded wood sunbathing decks allowing guests to relax and unwind while being completely surrounded by nature.Mayan for “Ray of Light,” the Saasil villas offer an unparalleled, intimate experience with unique services specifically created for these accommodations, including authentic wood terraces for sunbathing, a specialty Saasil fragrance provided in-room and a romantic turndown service. A soap concierge also hand cuts locally made soaps for guests upon arrival. Other inclusions are butler service, a VIP welcome amenity, outdoor hammock and pillow menu. These private villas provide the ideal setting for those desiring an authentic Mayan experience, as each has been designed to respect and accentuate the pristine qualities of the dramatic jungle and seaside location.Located on seven miles of white sand beach, The Tides Riviera Maya is the ultimate resort refuge. Guests can venture through the mazes of pathways that meander through the landscape, showcasing both the dense vegetation of the jungle and the vastness of the wide-open beach. The property also offers a range of activities including boating, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and yoga on the beach, among others. The Maya Spa also draws from the resources of its jungle-seaside setting, specializing in signature herbal and mud treatments.www.tidesrivieramaya.com
PHOENIX – Francisco Cantu said he joined the Border Patrol at age 23 to get an on-the-ground education in international relations.Now 32, he says he didn’t expect his new memoir examining some of the agency’s uglier aspects would spark protests by far-left groups denouncing him for the enforcement work and forcing him to cancel some talks promoting “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.”He said he agrees with much of the criticism from the left — even though it caught him off guard — and had expected most of the backlash to come from the right.Cantu told his detractors on Twitter: “To be clear: during my years as a BP agent, I was complicit in perpetuating institutional violence and flawed, deadly policy. My book is about acknowledging that, it’s about thinking through the ways we normalize violence and dehumanize migrants as individuals and as a society.”Cantu said he wrote the book to make sense of his time with the patrol.“Writing the book was a way to come to terms with what I had participated in, a job that made me normalize a certain amount of violence,” Cantu said. “I tried not to draw conclusions, but offer descriptions of what happened and a reflection of my state of mind.”Released last month by Riverhead Books, the memoir has collected positive reviews for its elegant prose about issues at the forefront of the nation’s conversation on immigration and other border issues.It braids together the history of the U.S.-Mexico boundary, Cantu’s experiences with the migrants encountered by day and the dreams that haunted him at night.Raised in Arizona’s borderlands as the only child of a Mexican-American woman, Cantu thought several years in the agency would provide real-world experience for a diplomatic or legal career after graduation from American University. He joined the Border Patrol even though his mother warned of possible consequences.“‘You can’t exist within a system for that long without being implicated,’” he recalled her saying.Cantu worked for the agency from 2008-2012 trekking through the Arizona, New Mexico and Texas deserts. He encountered desperate migrants abandoned by traffickers in the desert, moved to bandage a woman’s blistered feet and buy a man dinner at McDonald’s.He also spent countless, monotonous hours gathering intelligence at a listening post about sinister figures who lurked in the shadows and closely monitored the movements of Border Patrol agents.When Cantu joined the force, he had “an idea about changing the system from the inside or bringing some good to it” but found the system “designed to break you down and rebuild you into an enforcement agent.”He wrote that agents’ behaviour depended “on what kind of agent you are” when fleeing migrants leave supplies behind.“It’s true that we slash their bottles and drain their water into the dry earth, that we dump their backpacks and pile their food and clothes to be crushed and pissed on and stepped over, strewn across the desert and set ablaze,” he wrote.That passage was cited by some of his Hispanic detractors when they protested his book and recounted their own stories about relatives immigrating to the U.S.Cantu acknowledged that resentment — even though many agents are Mexican-Americans who grew up near the border.Latinos were among activists who disrupted his reading at BookPeople in Austin, Texas’ largest independent bookstore. Protest organizer Defend Our Hoodz called Cantu a “vendido,” meaning sellout. The group did not respond to written questions.Insults by another group of immigrant rights activists calling Cantu a “hipster Border-Pig” prompted him to cancel talks at San Francisco and Oakland bookstores a week later. He signed books instead.He’s scheduled to appear this weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials haven’t said anything about the book.“It’s just one person’s opinion,” Border Patrol spokesman Chris Sullivan said.After leaving the patrol, Cantu was a Fulbright scholar for a year documenting the lives of refugees who were refused asylum in the Netherlands.With his memoir as a proposed project, Cantu was accepted into the nonfiction master of fine arts program at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014. The winner of a 2017 Whiting Award for emerging writers, he has also published essays and translations. by Anita Snow, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2018 12:39 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2010 file photo an American flag flutters in the wind on a nearby resident’s home near a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle near where agent Brian Terry was killed, northwest of Nogales, Ariz. Francisco Cantu said he joined the Border Patrol at age 23 to get an on-the-ground education in international relations. Now 32, he says he didn’t expect his new memoir examining some of the agency’s uglier aspects would spark protests by far-left groups denouncing him for the work and forcing him to cancel some talks promoting the book. (Greg Bryan /Arizona Daily Star via AP, File) Memoir by former Border Patrol agent sparks debate
Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo share baby photo FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Adam Levine, left, and his wife Behati Prinsloo smile at a ceremony that honored him with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Maroon 5 singer Levine spent his first Father’s Day as a dad of two. Prinsloo shared a photo on Instagram of Levine holding their second daughter Gio Grace, who was born in February. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2018 12:21 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine spent his first Father’s Day as a dad of two.Supermodel Behati Prinsloo shared a photo on Instagram of the 39-year-old holding their second daughter, Gio Grace, who was born in February. Their first daughter, Dusty Rose, is nearly 2 years old.Prinsloo wrote the “girls are so lucky to call you dad and I’m so lucky to have you as a husband.”The 29-year-old also saluted her father.The couple married in July 2014.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 6:36 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 7:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News is adding Bianna Golodryga (go-low-DREEG-ah) as a fourth anchor to its morning show.The network announced Wednesday that Golodryga will join the team of Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson at the table on “CBS This Morning.” Golodryga is familiar to the show’s audience as a frequent substitute host and reporter. She’s worked at CBS News since 2017.CBS News President David Rhodes said the move allows the show to “extend its journalistic ambition” and have more flexibility to send its anchors on reporting assignments.It’s the second change to CBS’ morning team in less than a year. Dickerson replaced Charlie Rose when Rose was fired last November for sexual misconduct. FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2012, file photo, Bianna Golodryga attends the launch party for Ali Wentworth’s book “Ali in Wonderland”, in New York. Golodryga is joining the dawn patrol as co-host of “CBS This Morning.” CBS News President David Rhodes announced Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, that Golodryga will join Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson on the program. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File) CBS adds Bianna Golodryga to morning news team
February 11, 2000Workshoppers show off theirsilt casts on a beautiful Arizona day. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
The graduation ceremony was held after a meeting to discuss andevaluate their workshop experience. Carlo Tralongo, one of the students from Roma Tre (Italian Promotion Project) received his certificate from Liz. A close-up of Marta and Patricia. Marta is holdingArcology – City in the Image of Man, which is now standard issue for each graduating workshop. Pictured: Brendan receives his certificate. December 18, 2001Graduation!The November Workshop posed outside of the library; a scenic spot with a view of Camp; for their grad photo.This is the last workshop of 2001 – the workshop program will resume again on Feb. 3rd, 2002.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]Jean and Tom were November workshoppers that were missing from the graduation shot.
This is the last time that a chain of people have to move the bronze ingots up the foundry. With the new access ramp, the delivery truck will be able to pull up right next to the ingot storage area.[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] This new access ramp will lead up the furnace area.[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] November 5, 2004 Project coordinator for Foundry improvements, David Tollas, and a crew of workshoppers and volunteers, prepare a new access ramp to the bronze bell production area.[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] The crew screed the surface of a retaining wall against the rocks that border the new access ramp. [from left] Workshopper Isabell Hankart, volunteer Bruno Larios and August 29. workshopper Angela Boyce.[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]