Today’s Travel News from Diamond Travel

Today’s travel news

  • Tropical Storm Alex looks like it might well turn into a hurricane as it nears the coast of Caribbean Mexico. It will drop back down to a storm as it turns into Texas on Friday this week. The main resorts in Mexico frequented by UK tourists are unaffected.
  • Strikes in Greece are currently affecting tourists. According to dock workers are preventing tourists from boarding ferries to nearby islands. Both domestic and international flights are also affected, although the 4 British Airways and today’s Easyjet flights to Athens today (29 June) have all departed on schedule. Thomson and Monarch flights to Santorini, Skiathos are showing delays, although Crete and Zakynthos flights for later tonight are still showing as ok. Best advice is to check with your travel agent or the airline for the most up-to-date information.
  • Thursday is Canada Day so watch out for lots of special offers that day for tourists visiting there! The Queen is currently on tour there so there should be news coverage, to help you decide where to go in this huge country. bmi fly to Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, so covering the country almost as widely as Air Canada – who now have a route to St John’s Newfoundland during the summer months.

That’s all for now – plenty happening in the travel press. I’ll update again soon!

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Slovenia – Slovakia – which one are we playing again?

Slovenia, Slovakia – what’s the difference?

 England play Slovenia on Wednesday at 3pm (just in case you hadn’t noticed).  Slovakia are also in the competition.  What’s the difference between the two – easy to get confused on a hot summer’s day!

 First the similarities – they’re both in Europe and both border Austria. 

 Slovakia is in central Europe however.  Its capital is Bratislava which has become popular for stag parties. You don’t need a visa to visit the country.  One of the main attractions of Bratislava is the River Danube – only an hour upriver is Vienna.  To reach Bratislava, you’ll have to travel with Ryanair from the UK for direct flights.

 What about Slovenia?  Bordering Italy and with quite an Italian influence along the short coastline (only 46km), its capital is Ljubljana.  It’s at the crossroads of Europe – in between the Mediterranean and the Balkans.  Holidays here are varied – beautiful lakes and hotels with great spa facilities, golf and many other activities.  Beach holidays also available in the resort of Portoroz.  Ski in the Slovenian mountains in the winter.

All in all – whether we beat them or not – Slovenia is a great destination for holidays.

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Love it or loathe it – a different look at the World Cup

Love it or loathe it – the World Cup will dominate our TV screens for the next few weeks.  I thought I’d check out some of the countries taking part from the point of view of the British tourist.  I’ve used information from various sources including the Foreign Office.

 In alphabetic order, so as not to offend anyone!!!

Argentina – no need for a visa to visit the country.  The Foreign Office advice is full of information about social unrest in the country.  Also some details about pollution in the big cities – which is apparently bad.  However Buenos Aires is one of the biggest cities in the world and worth passing through.  One thing you can’t miss here is the Tango – not the orange drink, but the wonderfully sensual dance.  Tango came into being in the 19th century from the combination of different styles danced in the poor areas of the town. I

Get away from the city however for the most spectacular countryside.  The Iguazu National Park is a UNESCO Natural Heritage for Humanity site. The famous waterfall marks the border with Brazil.    You’ll also find here 2000 plant species and 400 bird species.  Like neighbouring Chile, Argentina is a country of contrasts – with rainforests, deserts and mountains.  Patagonia has glacier fields, sea lions, whales and elephant seals.  It also has the world’s most southerly city – Ushuaia.

 Australia – here you do need a visa, but easily obtainable online.  Over 670,000 Brits visit the country every year – many to visit relatives, Again a country of contrasts – deserts, fantastic beaches, rainforests and sophisticated cities.  You may think you know Australia through TV – its full of cricket, kangaroos and everyone’s a good Neighbour.  But do you know the city of Broome – with its camels.  An exotic pearling town, also check out dinosaur footprints preserved in rock and birdwatch from Roebuck Bay.

France – 14 million Brits can’t be wrong – fantastic country.  One of my favourite destinations in the world.  Ever since I was a student living for a year in Paris, I can do the city on a shoestring budget!  However there’s more to France than Paris.  UNESCO has classified 27 natural and cultural sites in the country as World Heritage Sites.  These include the ancient cities of Arles with Roman and Romanesque monuments.  The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, near Besançon, was built by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. Its construction, begun in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, was the first major achievement of industrial architecture, reflecting the ideal of progress of the Enlightenment.  The two natural sites are: nature reserve, part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, occupies the Scandola peninsula, an impressive, porphyritic rock mass.  And the outstanding mountain landscape centred around the peak of Mount Perdu in the Pyrenees, a calcareous massif that rises to 3,352 m.

 More countries to tell you about another time!!!  In the meantime, blow those vuvuzuelas and COME ON ENGLAND!!