Largest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbournes Docklands

first_imgLargest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbourne’s DocklandsLargest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbourne’s DocklandsQuest Apartment Hotels reached a major milestone with the launch of Quest NewQuay in Melbourne’s Docklands, the network’s largest property.Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth said “Quest NewQuay is the network’s largest apartment hotel featuring 221 serviced apartments. Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, the property is located within walking distance of Victoria Harbour and Melbourne’s CBD. We have worked closely with our development partner MAB Corporation and the Victorian Government to ensure that our guests enjoy a premium home-away from home experience in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands,” Mr Shields said.Developed by MAB Corporation, Quest NewQuay is the fourteenth tower completed by MAB, bringing the property developer’s total investment in the precinct to more than $2.5 billion. QuestApartment Hotels Chief Commercial officer, Craig Ryan, said Quest NewQuay, our most ambitious property to date at approximately double the size of the average Quest property, is perfectly suited for professionals or families relocating to Melbourne.“The Docklands has grown to become one of Australia’s most vibrant precincts and will continue to attract families, business travellers and tourists for years to come. The demand for servicedapartments in this area is growing each year and we’re very proud to deliver the City of Melbourne’s largest number of two- and three-bedroom apartments.”The Docklands has attracted more than $12 billion in private investment as part of its urban renewal plan. Development Victoria Group Head of Precincts, Geoff Ward, said Quest NewQuay is an asset to the precinct and a great choice for guests visiting the Docklands.“The Docklands has now matured, evidenced by the fact that the area is home to 11,000 people and 60,000 workers. It also attracts millions of visitors each year and is home to some of Australia’s largest domestic and international headquarters, so Quest NewQuay is well positioned to service visitors and corporate travellers in the area,” Mr Ward said.Quest NewQuay is the network’s thirteenth property in the City of Melbourne and features studio and one, two and three-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchenettes, laundry facilities and a private balcony. The property also features a business centre, conference facilities, gymnasium, secure parking and a rooftop alfresco BBQ and entertainment area.The apartment hotel is situated within walking distance of Marvel Stadium, The District Docklands and Melbourne’s free tram zone. Quest NewQuay is 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport, which caters well to business travellers in need of a direct route to and from the city.Purchased in 2016, the property is owned by Ascott-Qatar Investment Authority’s joint venture.Quest NewQuay is one of 9 new property openings across Australia, New Zealand and the UK in the next two years, including St Kilda Road (VIC), South Perth Foreshore, Burwood East andJoondalup (WA); Orange; Taurangxa Central, on Tuam and Mount Eden (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).For more information go to questnewquay.com.au Source = Quest Apartment Hotelslast_img read more

Lonely Planets Best in Asia Pacific 2019

first_imgLonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019Margaret River & Southern WA Tops Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today named Margaret River & Southern WA as the number-one Asian-Pacific destination to visit in the year ahead.Expanded this year to include Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Best in Asia Pacific is Lonely Planet’s fourth annual agenda-setting list of the region’s 10 best destinations to visit in the next 12 months.Announcing Margaret River & Southern WA’s top-ranking, Lonely Planet enthuses: “Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south. Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.”Lonely Planet adds: “Locals have long felt their turf rivals the east coast travel trail; now, 17-hour direct flights from London to capital city Perth put it at Europe’s fingertips. Adding to the argument are coveted food and culture-amped festivals, from Gourmet Escape to Truffle Kerfuffle and Taste Great Southern. There’s also amazing surf, whales aplenty and DIY coastal hikes with paved sections, improving accessibility for all.”“Asia Pacific has it all,” says Lonely Planet’s Media Spokesperson for the region, Chris Zeiher. “Its food delights the senses, its forests and seas teem with life, and its cities fizz with culture and creativity. Our experts have explored this vast region’s highlands, islands and everything in between to find the best places to visit this year.”“From primate-filled jungles to mirage-like lagoons,” Chris says, “their recommendations reflect a part of the world increasingly determined to protect its most prized possessions at the same time as it charges whole-heartedly into the future.”Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019 is available online, with accompanying articles to each destination, at lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia-pacific.Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 20191. Margaret River & Southern WA, Australia2. Shikoku, Japan“This somewhat off-the-beaten-path haven is finally being discovered by non-Japanese visitors, with an increasing number of international flights winging into the main cities of Takamatsu and Matsuyama.”3. Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand“Northland is the cradle of the country’s culture and history – both for the indigenous Māori people and for the European settlers who followed them. The two formally came together with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, and 2020 sees the 180th anniversary of that key nation-building event.”4. Singapore“Singapore was one of the brightest stars in the 2018 movie blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, and the Lion City is hipper and hotter than ever. 2019 offers a chance to participate in the city’s bicentennial, but also to celebrate more than 700 years of Singapore’s rich, diverse history.”5. The Cook Islands“A visit to the Cook Islands, 15 tiny islets, far-flung over a swathe of the deep-blue, breezy Pacific Ocean, is bound to rejuvenate even the most jaded. And locals on the main island, Rarotonga, are welcoming visitors off an increasing number of international flights to their Polynesian paradise.”6. Central Vietnam“Hue’s vibrant cuisine showcases the city’s imperial legacy, while south in Hoi An’s storied laneways, local dishes include fragrant cao lầu noodles. Seafood stars in nearby Danang, and the city alongside the Han River is becoming one of Vietnam’s most exciting urban destinations.”7. Fiji“From solar-powered resorts that serve locally harvested food to coral reef restoration projects and limited plastic usage, this vulnerable island nation has moved headlong into eco-tourism. October 10, 2020, will mark the island nation’s 50th year of independence, called ‘Fiji Day’8. Palawan, Philippines“These are the heady days when new air routes and upgraded roads make it easier than ever to explore the dramatic seascapes and wildlife-laden jungles of the slender 400km-long main island (also called Palawan) before it inevitably becomes more developed.”9. Beijing, China“Beijing is changing fast as the new decade approaches. In a bid to battle the smog, an eco-friendly bike-sharing scheme has launched, and the rapidly expanding subway is expected to reduce traffic congestion. High-speed links will soon race passengers to the extraordinary, Zaha Hadid-designed, starfish-shaped Beijing Daxing International, the world’s largest airport, which is slated to open later this year “10. Cambodia“The skyline of Phnom Penh is on the up, bringing sky bars and designer dining; the Southern Islands are generating a beach buzz thanks to new boutique and luxury resorts; colonial-era vestiges are under restoration in Battambang and Kampot; and in remote areas like Koh Kong and Mondulkiri, wildlife spotting is drawing visitors off-the-beaten track. New airlines are making connections between Siem Reap and the South Coast smoother, with hydrofoils whisking people to the islands.”To celebrate this year’s Best in Asia Pacific, Lonely Planet is giving visitors to lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia-pacific the chance to win a tour of their choice to explore the region with G Adventures – the small group adventure travel specialists. There are over 250 tours to choose from across Asia and Pacific, and the winner will receive a $5,000 voucher from G Adventures to spend on their favourite, plus $4,000 towards two return flights. To enter, simply tell us – in 25 words or less – where in Asia Pacific you’d like to go and why.ABOUT LONELY PLANETLonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed more than 148 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content on lonelyplanet.com, mobile, video, guidebooks in 14 languages and 11 international magazine editions, children’s books, lifestyle books, ebooks, and more. Visit us at lonelyplanet.com or join our social community of over 14 million travellers. Find us on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), Twitter (@lonelyplanet), Instagram (instagram.com/lonelyplanet) and Snapchat (@lonely.planet).Source = Lonely Planetlast_img read more

The Cayman Islands sets new record in first quarter arrival

first_imgAccording to data released by the Department of Tourism, the Cayman Islands welcomed 115,640 stay over visitors in the first quarter of 2015. The territory received 45,467 stay over visitors in March, the largest number of stay over visitors arriving to the island one month in its history.Demonstrating a 5.7% increase in air arrivals, the first quarter of 2015 has proven to be one of the best for tourism arrivals in the recorded history of the Cayman Islands and continues to meet the expectations of the Ministry and Department of Tourism.“This speaks to the efforts made by the Ministry and Department of Tourism in collaboration with our tourism partners to distinguish ourselves in ways that are welcoming and satisfying to our visitors,” said Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.The March total represented a 2.88% increase over the same month in 2014.“It is another great, positive beginning to the year, and we could not have asked for a better start to 2015,” said Director of Tourism Rosa Harris. “We are optimistic of the tourism performance which is measured by the growth in air arrivals. The Northeast region of the US continues to be our largest key market for visitation and our efforts to see wins from this market will continue throughout the year. We have excellent airline partners that service the Northeast and we feel there is more room for growth from this area.”last_img read more

Sandy Cuts Jobless Claims

first_imgSandy Cuts Jobless Claims Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 8,000 to 363,000 for the week ending November 3, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2012/110812.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected 370,000 initial claim filings. It was the third straight weekly decline and the fifth drop in the last seven weeks.The previous week’s report was unchanged at 363,000, the first time a previous week’s report has not been revised upward since April.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–fell a startling 135,000 to 3,127,000. The previous week’s initial report of 3,263,000 continuing claims was revised down to 3,262,000. The continuing claims report tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. This week’s data report may have reflected the impact of the storm that ravaged the East Coast, shuttering government offices and systems that process new claims and generate unemployment insurance payments. The drop in continuing claims–if not revised–would be the steepest since January 2011.On a longer-range trend basis, the four-week moving average of initial claims increased 3,250 to 370,500, and the four-week moving average of continuing claims fell 38,500 to 3,227,750, its lowest level since July 2008.The initial claims report has been unusually volatile for the last month, with wide swings in the seasonal adjustment factors used by the Labor Department to “”normalize”” the data. While this week’s seasonally adjusted data showed a drop in first-time claims filings, the unadjusted data showed an increase.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 20 was 5,077,231, an increase of 41,864 from the previous week. There were 6,835,604 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 20. According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,258,000 in October which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 718 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 7.05 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of November 6, 20 states have an aggregate $26.1 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, down from $27.1 billion one week earlier. Absent Congressional action, interest on those loans could lead to states increasing contribution rates required from employers.States reported 2,117,175 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 18,529 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. There were 2,9453,824 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 27 were in Oregon (+2,379), Indiana (+1,663), California (+1,139), Minnesota (+592), and Wisconsin (+589), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,782), Tennessee (-1,756), Maryland (-1,361), Florida (-1,141), and New Jersey (-1,080).center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-08 Mark Lieberman November 8, 2012 390 Views last_img read more

Analysts Examine Bigger Picture in CaseShiller News

first_img January 29, 2013 457 Views Analysts Examine Bigger Picture in Case-Shiller News Following “”S&P’s””:http://us.spindices.com/ calculation of a 0.1 percent decrease in prices in November, according to the Case-Shiller 20-city composite, analysis on home price data remained positive. “”[A]fter accounting for the normal slowdown in the housing market over the winter months, this actually looks like another 0.6 percent [month-over-month] gain,”” stated “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ Tuesday. [IMAGE] Similarly “”IHS Global Insight’s””:http://www.ihs.com/products/global-insight/index.aspx Stephanie Karol noted both Case-Shiller indices, when seasonally adjusted, posted increases for the 10th consecutive month. These increases “”are making a difference,”” she said. [COLUMN_BREAK]Karol pointed out higher prices are leading to increased household wealth; rising property taxes, which are benefiting local governments; and renewed opportunities for homebuilders. Household wealth rose by more than $1 trillion over the first three quarters of last year, Karol stated, citing information from the Federal Reserve. Over the same period, more than 1.4 million homeowners rose above water on their mortgages, according to data from CoreLogic. Both Capital Economics and IHS anticipate continued price increases throughout this year. IHS attributes the recent increases to three factors: job growth, diminishing inventories, and low interest rates. “”These three drivers will keep home prices moving up in 2013,”” Karol said. While Phoenix outpaced all other cities in Case-Shiller’s indices with a 22.8 percent price gain year-over-year in November, Capital Economics says these types of drastic gains “”are unlikely to be sustainable.”” The firm suggests prices will continue to rise but at milder rates. IHS pointed New York’s price decline as an “”eyesore”” in the recent Case-Shiller Indices. Foreclosures are playing a role in New York’s current market woes. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Homebuilders IHS Global Insight Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2013-01-29 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Secondary Business Increases at Freddie Mac

first_img Share in Secondary Market January 24, 2014 434 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Service Providers 2014-01-24 Tory Barringercenter_img Freddie,Secondary Business Increases at Freddie Mac “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ mortgage business grew–albeit slowly–in December, capping the year with an overall negative growth rate.[IMAGE]According to the GSE’s “”December volume summary””:http://www.freddiemac.com/investors/volsum/pdf/1213mvs.pdf, its total mortgage portfolio grew at an annualized rate of 0.4 percent for the month, bringing the 2013’s average rate to -2.6 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]The portfolio grew in four out of last year’s 12 months and shrank in eight, including a streak of declines from July through November.As of the end of the year, the portfolio was valued at approximately $1.91 trillion.Total purchase and issuance volume grew in December to $25.4 trillion, its highest level since September.Single-family refinance purchase and guarantee volume was $10.8 billion, representing 50 percent of total purchases or issuances. Relief refinance mortgages comprised about 29 percent of refinance volume.Meanwhile, multifamily new business activity was $3.7 billion, bringing Freddie Mac’s yearly total to $25.9 billion.The single-family seriously delinquent rate was down to 2.39 percent, down from 2.43 percent, while the multifamily rate was up to 0.09 percent, its highest level since June.Freddie Mac reported 6,731 loan modifications in December and 83,188 modifications for the whole year.last_img read more

Over Half of Millennials Check Credit When Applying for Mortgage Loan

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Baby Boomers Credit Check Millennials TransUnion 2015-10-21 Staff Writer Although millennials are less likely than baby boomers to identify milestone life events that could affect their credit, over half them are checking their credit when taking out a mortgage loan.An online survey from Transunion of 1,136 U.S. consumers, ages 18 and up found that less than half of millennials surveyed are aware of major life event that could positively or negatively affect credit.Transunion determined that consumers of all ages are usually unprepared for life events when credit is needed because they do not check their scores before or after the life event.Approximately 49 percent of all respondents said they checked their credit when planning for or experiencing a milestone. However, 58 percent of those surveyed noted that they did check their credit score when seeking a mortgage loan, indicating that they were slightly more likely to check their credit when taking out a loan.“It’s important for all people to understand the effect of life milestones on their credit so they can put themselves in a position to reach personal and financial goals,” said Ken Chaplin, SVP at TransUnion. “This survey reveals that many people, especially younger adults, may not be prepared for how certain events, such as marriage, buying a home or getting a car could alter their credit scores.”The availability of mortgage credit to borrowers declined slightly in the second quarter of 2015, despite impactful federal efforts to expand the credit box.The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center reported in their Housing Credit Availability Index (HCAI) that mortgage credit availability decreased from 5.5 in the first quarter to 5.3 in the current quarter.However, the report notes that credit access remains above the all-time low of 4.6, which occurred in the third quarter of 2013.Effort to expand the credit box have been made on both ends and are “having an impact” within the mortgage industry.Click here to read Transunion’s full report. Over Half of Millennials Check Credit When Applying for Mortgage Loancenter_img October 21, 2015 519 Views Sharelast_img read more

MetaSource Announces New SVP of Mortgage Services

first_img October 12, 2016 495 Views MetaSource Announces New SVP of Mortgage Services Share Mary KladdeSalt Lake City-based mortgage quality control, risk management, and workflow automated solutions provider MetaSource has announced the promotion of former Titan Lenders Corp. CEO Mary Kladde to the position of SVP of Mortgage Services.In her new role with MetaSource, Kladde will be responsible for oversight and continued management of the company’s mortgage solutions and services portfolio.“When MetaSource acquired Titan, we knew we were getting much more than just complementary technology and services,” said Adam Östhed, President & CEO of MetaSource. “Mary Kladde’s extensive knowledge in this space positions MetaSource extremely well as we continue to grow our mortgage product-service line.”Kladde has more than 24 years of experience in the operational aspects of the mortgage industry. For 15 years prior to founding Titan Lenders Corp. in 2007, she developed a deep background in mortgage processes. Titan was acquired by MetaSource in March 2016.“To have Titan absorbed into the MetaSource family was one of the crowning achievements of my career. Being tasked with leading MetaSource’s next phase of growth in the mortgage segment is icing on top of the cake,” Kladde said. “As regulators continue to issue data-centric regulations on this industry, it is imperative that mortgage lenders leverage automation to improve their data management, and I look forward to communicating to the industry how MetaSource can help achieve these aims.”center_img in Headlines, News MetaSource 2016-10-12 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Home Values Gain Momentum

first_img Home values and prices are projected to increase by April 2019, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index that was released on Tuesday. Nationally, CoreLogic said that prices increased by 6.9 percent year over year in April and by 1.2 percent on a month-over-month basis. It projected the prices to rise 5.3 percent by April 2019.Despite the potential impact of Hurricane Irma last year, the report indicated that home prices in Florida continued to surge, increasing 5.8 percent year over year and by 0.6 percent on a month-over-month basis. By April 2019, CoreLogic estimates prices in the Sunshine State to increase by 7.5 percent year over year and 0.8 percent on a month-over-month basis.“Florida continues to show price resiliency after Hurricane Irma in 2017,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO, CoreLogic. He said that home prices in Florida would continue their gains through the remainder of the year, but they were likely to be impacted if a significant storm made landfall again.In fact, home values in all 50 states across the U.S. increased year over year in April according to the report. An analysis of home values in the country 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock found that 40 percent of metropolitan areas were overvalued in April. When looking at home values in the top 50 cities, the report found that 52 percent markets were overvalued, 14 percent were undervalued, and 34 percent of the markets were at value. Washington led the surge in home prices with an increase of 12.8 percent. Idaho (12.4 percent); Nevada (12.2 percent); and Utah (11.5 percent) also experienced double-digit increases in home prices.When it came to the top metropolitan areas, the report noted that San Francisco and Las Vegas experienced the largest year over year change in prices at 12.3 percent. Chicago and Washington, D.C. reported the smallest gains at 3.1 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.One of the reasons for the surge, according to Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist, CoreLogic, is the failure of new construction to keep up with demand and replace existing inventory. “The best antidote for rising home prices is additional supply,” he said. “More construction of for-sale and rental housing will alleviate housing cost pressures.” Home Values Gain Momentum Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img CoreLogic Home Home Prices HOUSING Hurricane Inventory Prices Storm Supply 2018-06-05 Radhika Ojha June 5, 2018 595 Views last_img read more

Scenic released the following statement yesterday

first_imgScenic released the following statement yesterday, in relation to an appeal, filed by Scenic, concerning the Supreme Court decision relating to a 2013 class action against the cruise company.“The Court of Appeal judgment in relation to the class action of 2013 against Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours was handed down yesterday. The appeal, filed by Scenic from the decision of the Supreme Court, dealt with a number of matters arising from that Supreme Court judgment. The Court of Appeal has accepted a number of Scenic’s appeal arguments and was in fact not a total rejection of the appeal by Scenic. In a very detailed judgment, the Court of Appeal agreed with Scenic that the Supreme Court judgment contained various errors, in particular, in relation to the damages ordered against Scenic. Significantly, the Court of Appeal has dismissed a previously awarded component of damages and has ordered that the Supreme Court reassess the level of compensation to be paid. The Court of Appeal found the Supreme Court made an error in awarding a full refund, but rather found that any compensation to be awarded should take in account the value of the services Scenic did provide. Following the difficult and unforeseen events of 2013, Scenic responded and has already acted to ensure guests are fully covered by advising of any issues prior to departure where possible and introduced Scenic’s River Cruise Guarantee which refunds the portion of any cruise affected by these types of events.The proceedings are now back before the courts for the next stage of the process in which the Supreme Court will be required to reassess the compensation to be paid to guests in accordance with the judgment of the Court of Appeal.” Court of Appealcruise newsindustry newsSceniclast_img read more

In 1969 entrepreneur Michael Streat founded Bl

first_imgIn 1969, entrepreneur, Michael Streat, founded ‘Blue Line’ with just eight boats on the Canal du Midi in France. Blue Line would evolve into Crown Blue Line, one of three boating companies – with Connoisseur and Emerald Star – that bcombined decades of boating experience to form Le Boat in 2007.Now celebrating its 50th year, Le Boat is offering up to 15% off cruises for 2019, when booked before 21 February 2019. The offer is valid on all destinations, all 2019 departure months and all boats.Quote promo code LB50 when booking. bargeFranceLe Boatspecialslast_img

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Ryan Swope’s NFL career ended pretty much before it began.Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the former Texas A&M wideout fell in the draft due to a history of concussions in college.Unable to get back onto the field after suffering from concussion-related symptoms during the team’s OTAs earlier in the summer, the team decided to place the rookie on the reserve-retired list. “We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” said Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim in a press release. “But weighing all the elements — the medical information available, the particular position in the draft — it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan’s long-term well-being was the number-one priority and this was the best course to take.”Swope released a statement via his representation, Rep 1 Sports, on Twitter Thursday.“As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree. I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season.” 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Swope recorded 252 receptions for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns in college.last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by @AZCardinals Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Relax, it’s preseasonThe Cardinals are 0-3 this preseason and really haven’t looked particularly good in achieving that record.But everyone should breathe and perhaps relax with the knowledge that none of the games will count in the final standings.“It’s really, it’s the preseason,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said of the struggles. “I remember the Detroit Lions years ago when they went 0-16, they were 4-0 in the preseason, and the Patriots, when they went 16-0 in the regular season, they were 0-4 in the preseason.”Actually, those Patriots went 2-2 in the exhibition games, but Fitzgerald’s point is that the records in these games have no bearing on what is about to transpire.“So you can take some things, you can’t take some things from the preseason,” he said. “I think it’s important for us just to understand we have a good team, we have a group that can compete with anybody in the National Football League. We just have to do whatever we can to control our own destinies.”Fitzgerald said if there has been any panic in the streets over the preseason losses, he has yet to see and hear it. That concern, however vocal and prominent it may be, is normal, according to Arians. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It seems like a long time ago now that Bruce Arians left Arizona Cardinals practice for a hospital while suffering from stomach pain.It was actually just two weeks ago, on Aug. 16, and while there was definitely some concern that night, everyone soon learned that the 63-year-old was suffering from diverticulitis and would be fine.Arians returned to the field the next day, and since then everything has gone along as it all normally would. The Cardinals are not the only team that is legitimately thinking Super Bowl, of course, so they would not be the only ones feeling pressure if indeed it is there. But then again, given how little success the Cardinals have had in their history, it’s fair to assume that there is a certain level of tension coming into the season.After all, this seems to be the best team in the team’s history, so if it can’t win a championship…General manager Steve Keim has been in that role since 2013 but was with the organization for a long time before that, and his perspective on the Super Bowl hopes is that of someone who understands just how far the organization has come.“I really never have a chance — because of tunnel-vision — I don’t have a chance to sit back and pat myself on the back, or our players or our organization,” he said. “I’m more focused on building sustainable success, which is what’s important. And that’s keeping an eye on today and an eye on three years from now, which is part of my job.“But I think the thing that I take away more than anything is being here for 18 years, and thinking about coming here as a young scout and seeing one or two Arizona Cardinal hats around the Valley and being excited thinking there’s a Cardinal fan when today the area is littered with red. It’s Cardinal paraphernalia everywhere, and that’s given me a great sense of pride and that’s what it’s all about.” “Nobody wants to go 0-3. You always play the game to win,” he said. “But there’s more things to winning for us right now. It’s building that roster depth, especially with young players. Our starters have played, I don’t know, 45 (snaps), maybe less than that because I was taking them out early in this game because they played well, other than the turnovers, both sides of the ball.“So the injury to Mike Jenkins was terrible and there was no way in hell I was going to have another one.” And why wouldn’t it?“Great,” Arians said when asked how he was feeling Monday evening at the Fitz’s Supper Club 2016, a celebrity service and comedy night hosted by Dominick’s Steakhouse. “I’m 100 percent, and everything’s behind me. Just a little change of diet and we’ll see how everything goes.”Arians admitted it was a scary time for him, though. He did not know what was going on and hoped it was a kidney stone, which he could have gotten rid of. It being diverticulitis isn’t too bad because while it can be an ongoing thing, there was no other damage.At least, no damage to anything other than his eating habits.“They put me on a diet for 10 days, now I’m going onto a high-fiber, different diet,” the coach said. “So hopefully I can lose some weight doing it.”Arians joked that he hasn’t dropped any pounds yet but lost 30 over the summer, and now the doctors have taken him off  “my good diet.”As they say, all’s well that ends well. However, if Arians was a bit worried when it was going on, you can only imagine how his wife, Christine, felt.“Well, I knew right away it was diverticulitis; I diagnosed it from Georgia,” she said with a laugh. “Just from what they were telling me.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mrs. Arians said she doesn’t have to hide all the good food from her husband, who himself said it wouldn’t work even if she tried.“I know him way too well,” she conceded.Expectations? That’s coolMore than any other season, even more than the one following the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XLIII, the Cardinals could feel the weight of expectations.Entering the season, they are not only seen as a Super Bowl contender but in some eyes are viewed as the favorite to win the big game. They won 13 regular season games last season and reached the NFC Championship Game, so it’s not necessarily a surprising stance.Yet, while some may shy away from that kind of talk, the Cardinals — led by Arians — have embraced it.“We have a window to win a Super Bowl, and this is one of the years to do it,” Arians said. “It’s not a one-year window. You want those expectations; you don’t want to be on a team that hopes you’re 3-13 and getting better every day. I’ve been on those, too, and that’s not much fun.“This is a lot of fun coaching these guys. Expectations are great, and we love it. Is it pressure? No, it’s just expectations, and when you’re talented enough to fulfill the expectations, it’s fun to go to work every day.” Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

ILTM International Luxury Travel Market Asia has

first_imgILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia has just wrapped up for 2015, after bringing together over 500 luxury travel buyers from 26 countries across the Asia Pacific, over 500 global exhibitors and 150 industry media. The success of the event has once again established it as the region’s annual home for the luxury travel industry.Now in its ninth year, the event in Shanghai is where the future of luxury travel experiences are created and launched for the benefit of Asian travellers. ILTM Asia delivers one-on-one appointments with buyers for the world’s finest hotels, travel experience companies and destinations. The four-day show has become one of the highlights of the global luxury travel calendar.Exhibitors were enthusiastic once again in their praise for the show. Wayne Hu, Deputy General Manager, Asia, Baha Mar Ltd. said, “We loved the fact that the buyers were all targeted, looking for a new island destination.  It really opened up opportunities for collaboration for of us, buyers were far more receptive than we anticipated, especially of a new destination such as the Bahamas. I thought the show was very well run, and the individual buyers spot on.  It was our first year and we will be looking at a bigger presence next year.”Ninna Haflidadottir, Director of Marketing, Iceland Luxury said, “It was our first visit to ILTM Asia and we were very pleased with our meetings and the level of interest. Our schedule was fully booked and gave us a great view of the Asian market which we found to be well informed and interested in Iceland. We’ve seen an increase in Chinese/Asian visitors over the past three to four years so it is important for us to come here to find out more about what their needs are.”Malcolm Fourie, Director, African Fairway & Safari said: “This has been a nice eye opener in identifying what is most definitely a market for us to penetrate. A lot of interest from Asian, Indian and Australian buyers, and Africa is clearly on their radar.”Julian Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director, LUX* Resorts & Hotels said, “The Chinese and Asian market is hugely popular for us not only for guests to Mauritius and The Maldives but now as we expand in China. ILTM Asia is once again the first date on our sales calendar every year!”Laurence Barreau, Director of Business Development, Accor Hotels said, “We have not been back for the last four years, but with 46 per cent of all our properties being in Asia-Pacific it is crucial for us. Since four years ago the quality of buyers is totally different – very professional, more concierge, more VIP services and they understand the true meaning of luxury. As a luxury brand we now have to be here as it is very good visibility.”Commenting on the week’s success, Director of the ILTM Portfolio, Alison Gilmore, stated, “We are thrilled with this year’s ILTM Asia. We have welcomed more than 200 Chinese buyers to the show and you can clearly see the increasing demands from Chinese travellers for experiential journeys to new destinations. We have exhibitors showcasing everything from polar expeditions to African safaris, and from the world’s finest luxury hotel brands to tea plantation retreats.”ILTM Asia returns to Shanghai from 30 May – 2 June 2016.  Further ILTM events in 2015/2016 are:ILTM Americas: Riviera Maya, 28 September – 1 October 2015ILTM: Cannes, 30 November – 3 December 2015ILTM Japan: Tokyo, 29 February – 2 March 2016ILTM Africa: Cape Town, 4 – 6 April 2016Travelweek Sao Paulo by ILTM: 3 – 6 May 2016www.iltm.com@ILTM_eventslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With over 3000 kilome

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith over 3000 kilometres of coastline, just 50 kilometres wide at its narrowest, Vietnam is a destination to be explored by ship – enter Ponant’s L’ Austral.The 132 cabin L’ Austral has three nine-night Vietnam voyages scheduled between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh during October and November 2016.This is an opportunity to experience the richness of this enchanting country with its diversity of topography and history, contrasts of agriculture and urban settlements, ancient temples and remnant colonial buildings.From rice fields to the infamous Cu Chi Vietcong tunnel network, exploring exquisite UNESCO World Heritage ranked Halong Bay or wondering at the Tombs of the Emperors on the Perfume River, the sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and tactile experiences that make up these PonantVietnam cruises will stimulate all five senses and leave you reeling.Overnight on board in Saigon to experience the vibrant nature of the city – and have time to take a trip to the famed Mekong River. Mooring virtually in the centre of Saigon, rather than over an hour’s road trip away as so often happens, provides for another extraordinary experience, an unforgettable transit of the serpentine Saigon River, only possible due to L’Austral’s compact size. Enjoy the convenience of a ‘city centre’ mooring to explore the restaurants and city shops as well as Notre-Dame Basilica, the Museum of Vietnamese History, Chinese Cholon district, Le Van Tam Park and the Ben Thanh market.Each voyage also includes a visit to Haiphong for access to Hanoi. Highlights include the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda. Da Nang provides the opportunity to visit Hoi An, a sleepy village where time appears to have stood still – another UNESCO World Heritage site.Onboard L’Austral, creature comforts prevail. Enjoy French luxury and ambience, and experience the difference small ship cruising offers; cool off in the swimming pool or enjoy spa therapy to ease tired muscles. An inclusive Open Bar provides guests the chance to relax with a beer, wines, champagne or, perhaps, a cocktail. Itinerary includes:Hong Kong, Haiphong (for Hanoi), Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Chan May (for Hue), Ho Chi Minh (two nights)Departure dates:Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh, nine nights, 26 October and 13 NovemberHo Chi Minh to Hong Kong, nine nights, 4 November (reverse itinerary)Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Viceroy Hotels Resort

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterViceroy Hotels & Resorts has opened a boutique property in San Francisco, located where Nob Hill meets Union Square. Hotel Emblem is inspired by the “Beat Generation”, San Francisco’s most celebrated literary and cultural movement of the 20th century that inspired millions to live boldly and uncensored.Hotel Emblem is a member of The Viceroy Urban Retreats. Ideally located in the Theater District, the 96-room hotel is a creative stage designed to inspire guests to think freely and stand out from the crowd.“Hotel Emblem takes cues from the biggest cultural movement in San Francisco history, and we know it will spark the city’s creative spirit,” said Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts. “The hotel is a destination that celebrates and embraces the path less taken to be bold and fearless. We are incredibly excited and proud to begin hosting guests this month, empowering them to live and love the unexpected.”Rooms are eclectic havens of bold colour and playful patterns, and guests will be inspired by poetry references that pay homage to the themes and personas of the Beats. Designed by San Francisco-based Studio Hatch, the guestrooms accentuate the architectural bones of the historic building while featuring contemporary furnishings and a boho spirit. High ceilings and expansive windows invite relaxation. With modern art and European-inspired furniture, the feeling is residential and intimate.At each custom desk, a French bistro chair sits in front of an inspiration board that allows guests to interact with Beat references such as photo-booth strips and scribbled notes from celebrated writers. The bathrooms have big personality, too, with graphic tiled floors and black stone vanities complete with Natura Bisse and ROIL by Amanda George bath products.Each room offers luxurious amenities including a pillow-top bed with high-thread-count luxury linens, 55-inch HD Smart TV with streaming capabilities, bedside and desk charging ports and a high-quality audio system with Bluetooth technology.Hotel Emblem is located at 562 Sutter Street in San Francisco. Introductory rates start at US$199/night.See www.hotelemblem.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Brits prepared to wait for last minute hol

first_img RelatedBrits prepared to wait for last minute holidaysMore than one million Brits left booking their summer holiday until the last minute this year in an attempt to save moneyFlights to Munich popular ahead of OktoberfestPeople of all ages are expected to book flights to Munich for this year’s Oktoberfest, the Munich Tourist Office has said.Brits are biggest in-flight drinkers, but vote to fly dry41% of British air travellers support alcohol-free flights Brits who have booked flights abroad spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries.This is according to a new survey by TripAdvisor, which also revealed that UK holidaymakers spend the least amount of time embarking on cultural outings.British tourists were found to spend an average of two hours and 53 minutes a day soaking up the rays, which compares to the Spanish average of one hour and 58 minutes.It was also revealed that, on average, Brits spend one hour and 38 minutes a day in the pub or bar, compared to Italians who spend just 49 minutes a day sampling the local brew.TripAdvisor spokesman Luke Fredberg said that Brits typically enjoy “sun, shopping and sangria” while away on holiday.”Although the survey shows we may not be the biggest ‘culture vultures’, we do place value on enjoying cultural pursuits as well as sun, on our holidays,” he commented.Brits were shown to spend an average of two hours and 17 minutes visiting museums and looking at local architecture, which compares to Spanish travellers’ three hours and 28 minutes.A separate TripAdvisor poll recently revealed that the overwhelming majority of Brits (79 percent) think there should be child-free zones on aeroplanes.Want to escape from little Britain this summer? Read our 10 Brit-free holiday ideasReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Bargain of the week Tenerife Fuertevent

first_img RelatedBargain of the week: Tenerife | Fuerteventura | PaphosBargain of the week: Tenerife | Fuerteventura | PaphosBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteTop 16 attractions and things to do in TenerifeTenerife is known for its holiday resorts, Blue Flag beaches and vibrant nightlife scene but the island’s natural landscape and great climate offer a great deal beyond this. With volcanoes, Spain’s highest mountain peak, water sports, whale watching, natural parks and caves, Tenerife is a great weekend destination for the… Last weekend the UK enjoyed a glorious heat wave. In a haze of barbeques, beer gardens and sunburn, the hot weather came – and went.With temperatures already plummeting, next weekend is set to be considerably cooler in the UK. But if you got a taste for the heat and now want more, Skyscanner shows you where you can find the same soaring temperatures just a short flight away.**London temperatures in Tenerife, Spain (from £65 return)**Did you enjoy London’s balmy 24C last weekend? Then try Tenerife where it will be at least that warm over the next few weeks. Deemed the ‘island of eternal spring’ the hot sun is balanced perfectly by pleasant sea breezes, and with 270 km of coastline to its name, Tenerife is a beach-lover’s paradise with white sand, volcanic sand and secluded cove beaches to choose from.Birmingham to Tenerife from £65 returnLondon Stansted to Tenerife from £71 returnEdinburgh to Tenerife from £84 returnSee prices from other UK airportsEdinburgh temperatures in Faro, Portugal (from £24 return)If you enjoyed Edinburgh’s unseasonal 25C last weekend and now want more weather like that, head to the Algarve in Portugal which boasts over 300 days of sunshine and over 100 sandy beaches. Popular with sun lovers, water sports enthusiasts and golfers, Faro is also known for its great gastronomical offerings.Edinburgh to Faro from £43 returnBristol to Faro from £24 returnBirmingham to Faro from £42 returnLondon Stansted to Faro from £56 returnSee prices from other UK airportsWelsh termperatures in Cancun, Mexico (from £338 return)Wales saw temperatures hit a rare 26C last weekend, but Mexico’s Cancun can offer you that as well as warm seas, white sand and scuba. Cancun claims the bluest waters of the Caribbean as well as fine beaches and plenty of water sports, and is also known for its lively scene after the sun goes down. With no shortage of pumping nightclubs and bars it’s not surprising the Cancun is so popular with party animals.Bristol to Cancun from £338 returnGlasgow to Cancun from £342 returnEast Midlands to Cancun from £342 returnLondon Gatwick to Cancun from £409 returnSee prices from other UK airportsManchester temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (from £185 return)Manchester was the UK’s hottest spot last weekend experiencing a scorching 27C! If you got a taste for that kind of weather and now want more, head to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt where temperatures are currently hovering in the high twenties – and that’s just in the morning! Set on the Red Sea and renowned for its excellent dive sites, sandy beaches and nightlife, Sharm is a popular spot for British travellers who like it hot! Birmingham to Sharm El Sheikh from £185Manchester to Sharm El Sheikh from £199London Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh from £204Newcastle to Sharm El Sheikh from £217See prices from other UK airportsPrices correct at time of writing but subject to change. Click on the links for the latest price.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

2 Visit the Salt Mines in Wieliczka Precious crys

first_img2. Visit the Salt Mines in WieliczkaPrecious crystals were found at Wieliczka as early as the 11th century and the salt mine here is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument. Take the Miners’ Route and you’ll don a grey boilersuit, descend into the darkness and find out how to dig for salt. Take the Tourist Route to see the jaw-dropping underground chapel, carved from the salt.Opening times: 9am-6pmTickets: You will need to make reservations for visiting the Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine at least 2 weeks before the planned visit. 84 PLN per personAddress: Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland 4. Go underground in the Historical MuseumHidden beneath the Sukiennice is Krakow’s past, literally. Descend from the square into the Historical Museum’s Rynek Underground exhibition, four metres below current street level. You’ll explore the recently excavated merchant stalls that predate the cloth hall above you and see the remains of an 11th-century cemetery, where many of the corpses were buried with bricks in their mouths or stabbed through the heart to prevent them coming back as vampires. Yes, seriously.Opening times: 10am–5:30pmTickets: 19 PLNAddress: Rynek Główny 35, 31-011 Kraków, Poland 3. Stroll Krakow’s Town SquareSquares don’t come grander than this. Rynek Glowny is Europe’s largest medieval town square and its vast expanse (some 40,000 square metres) of flagstones is encircled by stately townhouses and lofty spires. The loftiest belong to St Mary’s, which dates from 1220, while the medieval Sukiennice cloth hall stands assured of its commanding position over the square with its imposing colonnades and Belle Epoque café, long a meeting place for the city’s elite though now more a tourist haunt. Search for cheap flights to Krakow1. Wawel Castle, KrakowStep into a Polish history textbook at the Wawel, the hill where for over 500 years Polish kings were crowned, housed and buried. Enter the fourteenth century Gothic cathedral to see their tombs, stroll the State Rooms and lavish Royal Apartments to discover how they lived and visit the Armoury for a hint at their powers. Most of the crown jewels were plundered by the Prussians in 1795 but you can see the dainty coronation slippers of Sigismund August, who was just 10 years old when he was crowned.Opening times: 9am-4.45pm-5.45pm (depending on season. Closed on major holidays)Tickets: 4 PLNAddress: Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, Poland 5. See Krakow’s Jewish QuarterKrakow’s Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, was once a headily vibrant place, with a flourishing community. This perished at the hands of the Germans in World World II but they did not destroy the buildings and synagogues that today are once again home to an energetic community – and some of the city’s best nightlife. Cafes and bars abound here; try the bohemian Café Mlynek by day and head to retro-funky Alchemia by night.Address: ul. Szeroka 24, Krakow 31-053, Poland 12. Find the Franciscan ChurchOnce you’ve learned all the skills and techniques in the Stained Glass Museum, see them in play at the Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow) in the Old Town. This Church contains the famous ‘God the Father’ from Stanislaw Wyspianski, and a kaleidoscope of colours too. Just remember your camera. Opening times: 7am-8pmTickets: FreeAddress: pl. Wszystkich Świętych 5, 31-004 Kraków, Poland 13. Picnic in Planty ParkPlanty is known as the ‘lungs of Krakow’. It was once part of the city’s thirteenth century defence fortifications, but now it’s been transformed into a 52 acre lush, botanical garden. Take a bottle of wine during spring or summer and enjoy Poland’s sunshine. Opening times: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Planty, 30-001 Kraków, Poland 14. Take photos at Zakrzowek GorgeThis is an old limestone quarry, that’s now been filled with water. In the summer it fills with locals too, as the city dwellers from Krakow catch the 5 minute taxi ride to the park. There are hiking trails around the water, but we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay by the lake all day long. Opening times: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Zalew Zakrzówek, Kraków, Poland 6. Pay homage to SchindlerA humble enamel factory on the city’s outskirts would be an unlikely tourist site. If it weren’t for Oskar Schindler, that is. The factory he took over in 1939 is today a living historical monument, where you can see his former office and the very place where he saved the lives of hundreds of Krakow Jews from the gas chambers. The modern museum here tells the life stories of some of those he saved, as well as walking you through a reconstructed Krakow replete with scenes from history and confronting you with a ‘Hall of Choices’. Few museums are as evocative, or as challenging.Opening times: 10am–6pmTickets: 21 PLN for an adult, 16 PLN for a concessionAddress: ul. Lipowa 4, Krakow 30-702, Poland7. Let them eat cakeKrakow loves cake, and there are sweet treats on seemingly every corner in the city centre. Sink your teeth into towers of pink cream sandwiched in flaky pastry at Michalscy Cukiernia or tuck into cupcakes of all shades and flavours at Cupcake Corner. Want to sit down awhile? Head to Bunkier Café in the city’s Planty Gardens where transparent walls bring the garden inside even in winter and the cakes are laid out enticingly in the glass cabinet.8. Go on a pub crawlIn 2010 the Father Bernatek bridge straddled the Wisla river for the first time and opened up the ultimate Krakow pub crawl. Start on the Podgorze side where Drukarnia Jazz Club has typewriters on the walls (Drukarnia means Printhouse) and a laidback New Orleans vibe, before moving on to CAWA Café & Wine for, you’ve guessed it, a glass of vino. Then head across the bridge to Kazimierz and Mostowa Art Café for microbrews and homemade vodka. 9. Become a Pinball Wizard at the MuseumHaven’t ever visited a Pinball Museum before? Now’s your chance. After all of the epic architecture and walking tours in Krakow, the bright lights and games make a welcome change of scenery, especially for families and teens. Plan to spend 2-3 hours glued to the machines in this museums cellar. The tickets are good for re-entry all day, so you could definitely visit after popping into the local breweries too. Opening times: Noon–11PMTickets: 40 PLN for a regular, 20 for a concession, 7 for children and 100 for a familyAddress: 15, Kraków, Stradomska, 31-068 Kraków, Poland10. Stroll Lost Soul’s AlleyLost Soul’s Alley isn’t for the faint hearted. Even as you walk down the alley to the venue, you’ll feel the tension building inside – what’s on the other side of the door? An adult’s horror house, worthy of 30 minutes of screams and scares. If you’ve ever visited any of the escape houses (and enjoyed it) give this one a try. It takes a minimum of one Polish vodka to recover. Opening times: 12–8PMTickets: 20 PLNAddress: Florianska 6, Krakow 31-021, Poland11. Visit the Stained Glass MuseumIf you’re looking to recover from the excitement of Lost Soul’s, the tranquil studios of the painters in this museum make the perfect place. You’ll be taken through the glass workshop which has been here since 1902, and meet some of the makers too. It’s a particularly memorable experience if you carry it in the context of all churches in Poland too – the technique for glass painting hasn’t changed since the Middle Ages. Opening times: 12PM-6PM, closed Sunday and MondayTickets: 32 PLN for an adult, 24 PLN for a studentAddress: aleja Zygmunta Krasińskiego 23, 31-111 Kraków, Poland 15. Run, walk or cycle along the Wisla RiverThe Wisla River divides the city of Krakow in 2, and thus it’s one of the best ways to see the city on a budget too. Rent out a bike or run off a few of the meals you’ve indulged in along the river side – or enjoy a few more drinks whilst walking the river banks. There’s even a beach for the hotter summer days. Opening times: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Wybrzeze Helskie, Warsaw, PolandHow to get to Krakow:There are direct flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Belfast. You can also catch connecting flights from Cambridge, Aberdeen, Exeter, Dundee, Newquay, Norwich, Inverness and Glasgow. Search for cheap flights to KrakowWhere to stay on a city break in KrakowIf you’re looking for a hostel:Hostel Deco, Krakow, has options for every budget.If you’re looking for a hotel:Hotel Columbus is within a 10 minute walk of the Old Synagogue and Galicia Jewish Museum, and it’s not too pricey.If you’re looking for luxury:If you want 5-stars, why not live like royalty at the Bonerowski Palace?Search for hotels in KrakowLooking for cheap flights to Krakow? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more