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Velia: Guide to the Greek and Roman Excavations

Yes, I know your objections to Naples. “But the crime!” you point out. Perhaps you mumble something about piles of garbage. We who know her counter with, “But she is a diamond in the rough!” So let’s let the camera speak, because the verbal argument is long and tedious. Consider Vesuvius Vesuvius, the only active volcano in Europe, is the focal point of Naples You can’t miss the volcano when you ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, China, Wikipedia, America, Chicago, Italy, Newcastle, Illinois, Naples, Napoli, Piazza, Pompeii, Hemingway, Campania, Positano

20 Films from the 2020 Venice International Film Festival - Quick Recaps

Cate Blanchett, President of Jury - Image courtesy of La Biennale ASAC - Photo: Andre Avezzù   (Venice, Italy) Many people expressed concerned about the dangers of attending a film festival during a pandemic. For me, it was worth taking a chance. I have worked with La Biennale di Venezia for more than two decades, and trust the institution to do everything in its power to maintain high standards. Cinema is such a crucial art form that it was imperative to demonstrate how a film festiv...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Germany, Frances Mcdormand, Italy, Middle East, United Nations, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Miami, Venice, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Garfield, Alex Gibney

WTO piracy ruling raises new doubt over #Saudi takeover of Newcastle | Financial Times

WTO piracy ruling raises new doubt over Saudi takeover of Newcastle | Financial Times:The £300m Saudi Arabia-led takeover of Newcastle United football club faces renewed scrutiny after the World Trade Organization ruled the Gulf kingdom was responsible for television piracy including the improper screening of English Premier League matches.The Saudi government had “infringed” international trade agreements because of the country’s involvement with beoutQ, an Arabic language network, the WTO said...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Newcastle United, Newcastle, World Trade Organization, WTO, Doha, Gulf, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Public Investment Fund

#Saudi takeover of Newcastle jeopardised by legal documents: Report | Middle East Eye

Saudi takeover of Newcastle jeopardised by legal documents: Report | Middle East Eye:New legal documents have been filed with the English Premier League (EPL) that raise fresh questions about the $368m takeover of Newcastle United Football Club by a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund. EPL lawyers are understood to be examining information said to establish a clear link between the Saudi government and the pirate broadcast of Qatar's BeIN Sports' output, including Premier League games, on the Be...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Premier League, Middle East, Epl, Newcastle, Guardian, Doha, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Amanda Staveley, Reuben Brothers, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Newcastle United Football Club

Encourage cycling and walking after lockdown, UK mayors told

Boris Johnson uses call with regional leaders to stress importance of keeping cars out of city centresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has told regional leaders to encourage people to commute on foot or by bike to help avoid a dramatic increase in car use when lockdown restrictions are partially lifted.The prime minister spoke on Friday afternoon to the “M9” – the group of mayors covering areas including Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and North Tynes...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Newcastle, Devolution, Transport, Local Government, Sheffield, Mayoral elections, Local Politics, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Birmingham

‘Isolation disco’ in Newcastle

Lockdowns around the world have spurred creative ways to fill the time, have fun, and stay connected while remaining safe in isolation. From group workout sessions on apartment balconies to entire neighborhoods coming together in song, social distancing has unexpectedly brought us closer together. In Newcastle, England, hundreds of residents joined in an “isolation disco” to party during the lockdown. Last week, the residents of South Shields threw a massive impromptu disco dance party to bo...
Tags: Travel, Rebecca, Newcastle, All, NEWCASTLE England, South Shields, North Shields, Bone, COVID-19, Self-isolation, Isolation Disco, Isolation Party, Billy Bone

Co. Down, Northern Ireland, tour

Ireland is often called the land of saints and scholars. Without a doubt, the most famous among these is St. Patrick, or Naomh Pádraig to give him his Irish name. A lot of mythology surrounds Ireland’s best-known saint and first bishop. For one, he probably didn’t banish the snakes from the Emerald Isle. For another, he definitely never dyed a pint of beer green in his life. But something we know is that in the fourth century, St. Patrick worked, lived, and was buried in County Down, Northern...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, John Lennon, Ireland, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, National Trust, All, Lewis, Patrick, Armagh, County Down, St Patrick, Newry, Columba, British Royal Family

Lewis and Clark-inspired road trip

When a plane touches down on a runway and you see a new place with fresh eyes, it’s easy to feel — even for just a moment — like an explorer venturing to a blank space on a map. The first travelers weren’t vacationers booking scuba tours but explorers intent on demystifying what was unknown to their own part of the world. While much of the world is pretty well mapped these days, it’s easier than ever to follow in the footsteps of those original pioneers with the help of our new series, Modern T...
Tags: Travel, Montana, US, America, United States, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa, Newcastle, Portland, Volcano, Nebraska, Kansas City, St Louis, Pacific Ocean, Continental

#Saudi Newcastle punt is not as silly as it sounds – Breakingviews

Saudi Newcastle punt is not as silly as it sounds – Breakingviews:Saudi Arabia’s enthusiasm for Newcastle United is less silly than it sounds. Riyadh’s wealth fund is mulling a deal to buy the English Premier League soccer club for around 340 million pounds. There are worse ways to spend the $30 billion the kingdom raised selling 1.5% of oil giant Saudi Aramco.There are plenty of reasons to be sceptical about the oil-rich country replacing retail tycoon Mike Ashley as Newcastle’s owner. Its $300...
Tags: Travel, UK, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Premier League, Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Newcastle, Mike Ashley, Riyadh, English Premier League, Mohammed bin Salman, Magpies, Uber Technologies, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

10 of the best fitness breaks in the UK

Wellbeing activities are now a popular part of a holiday, according to a new Abta report. From yoga and cycling to tai-chi and surfing, we pick 10 trips for all levelsDepending on experience and fitness, Saddle Skedaddle’s self-guided 140-mile coast-to-coast cycling trip is offered as a three-, four- or five-day trip. Via country lanes, cycleways and paths, participants head from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Tynemouth near Newcastle – from the Irish to the North Sea – through the Lake District, an...
Tags: Travel, UK, Fitness, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Newcastle, Top 10s, Short breaks, North Sea, Lake District, Cumbria, United Kingdom Holidays, Abta, Health And Fitness Holidays, Pennines, Whitehaven

It is called horse

Having the lowest population density of any country on Earth has always made Mongolia extremely appealing to Magdalena and me this is the reason why when living in Newcastle we often chose to go hiking in the invariably empty Cheviots the UKs least vi
Tags: Travel, Newcastle, Mongolia, Magdalena

Day 4 Swansea to Nelson Bay

Day 4. Was another day of 2 halves totalling 84 kms over 8.5 hrs 700 mtrs of ascent. The main morning ride was to Newcastle followed by an afternoon ride to Nelson Bay. After rain on day 2 hills on day 3 today was the trifecta of riders pet hates ie h
Tags: Travel, Swansea, Newcastle, Nelson Bay

The Great Thomas Cook Repatriation Begins, But Then What?

Going bankrupt in the United Kingdom is a whole lot different than in the US. Had Thomas Cook been based here, it would have most likely filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and tried to reorganize while still flying. But Thomas Cook is a UK company, and that means that when the 178-year old business ran out of financing options Sunday night, it effectively just disappeared as far as the public is concerned. The UK government is solely focused on picking up the pieces in the near term w...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Greece, US, Frankfurt, United Kingdom, Manchester, Newcastle, Ryanair, Gatwick, Croatia, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham

Uncertainty clouds #UAE businessman’s bid for Newcastle Utd | Financial Times

Uncertainty clouds UAE businessman’s bid for Newcastle Utd | Financial Times:Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of a United Arab Emirates’ ruling family, has announced he is in talks to buy English Premier League club Newcastle United, becoming the latest Gulf investor to show interest in entering European football.Newcastle was put up for sale by its owner Mike Ashley, the British retail magnate, two years ago and has been subject to a number of bids from several parties over that time...
Tags: Travel, Newcastle United, Newcastle, United Arab Emirates, Mike Ashley, Uae, Gulf, English Premier League, Ashley, Khaled, Newcastle Utd, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Direwolves & Castles: My Game of Thrones Experience in Northern Ireland

When I was planning my return to Ireland with Tourism Ireland, there was one experience I knew that I didn’t want to miss, a day living out my Game of Thrones fantasies in Northern Ireland. I’d seen photos of the special tour for quite a while, but it wasn’t until I found myself in County Down, Northern Ireland when I finally had the chance to participate. Even if you have just a passing interest in Game of Thrones, you’ll want to read on because the experience is about so much more than just a...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Thor, Destinations, Jamie, Ward, Odin, Strangford, Winterfell, Carlingford, County Down Northern Ireland

Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter

Loganair takes over five Flybmi routes from Aberdeen and Newcastle

Airline also expresses interest in running Derry-Stansted service
Tags: Travel, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Loganair, Derry Stansted

2.5 days in Berlin. First night

BerlinNumber one surprise.When we booked a three night January trip to Berlin back in October we didnt expect to discover that friends Ewan and Helen would be joining us on the same plane from Newcastle last night. Great to spend some time toget
Tags: Travel, Berlin, Newcastle, Helen, Ewan

We loved every minute of our six week home swap in Australia

"Gerry and Andrea’s spacious bungalow was ideally situated for visiting the numerous vineyards in the Hunter valley region. It was also quite close to the coastal city of Newcastle and within reasonable driving distance of Sydney. For anyone who likes wild life (as in animals) the birdlife is abundant and stunning, kangaroos are numerous and, if you're lucky, you may see koalas and wombats. We even had monitor lizards in the garden, one about eighteen inches regularly came to drink out of ...
Tags: Travel, UK, Australia, Newcastle, Sydney, Yorkshire, Brisbane, Andrea, Gerry, Singleton, Singleton Centre, David Sheena Yorkshire England, David Sheena, Gerry Andrea

Six of the best UK New Year’s Eve parties

See in 2019 amid pyrotechnics, Vikings and beach frolics – then crash in a hotel after the partyWhy go Those with young children will welcome Newcastle’s earlier, family-friendly celebrations. Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, is holding interactive sessions on traditions around the world on New Year’s Eve (£5pp, 11.30am and 2pm). Then the fun starts outside the Civic Centre, with a DJ at 5.30pm and fireworks set to music at 6pm. Adults can go on to one of the area’s many ...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Life and style, Newcastle, Day trips, City Breaks, Short breaks, New Year, Vikings, United Kingdom Holidays, Christmas And New Year Holidays, Sage Gateshead, Grey Street Hotel

3 days in Malaga

Our journey to Malaga was very good. The Easy Jet flight time was under 3 hours from Newcastle and we were surprised at our progress at both airports through check in security and passport control. Malaga airport is very big and spacious but when we arriv
Tags: Travel, Newcastle, Málaga

Thanks Fred

Our 9 day cruise started in Newcastle. This was on the good ship Balmoral with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Our first port of call was Bremen after a calm and pleasant North Sea crossing. Bremen is a lovely city. The centre was spacious for pedestrians with la
Tags: Travel, Newcastle, North Sea, Fred Olsen, Bremen, Balmoral, Fred

4 Reasons Why Service Apartments are Better than Hotel Rooms

A lot of regular travellers in the UK and abroad now prefer to stay in serviced apartments rather than in hotel rooms, but what are the actual reasons that made them shift? Are serviced apartments really better than hotel rooms or are they just a buzzword in travel right now? As it happens, quality serviced apartments really do have a number of advantages over hotel rooms and we will discuss some of these next.   They are More Economic for Groups   Both big families and corporate groups fin...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, UK, Newcastle, Hotel Rooms, Grainger Street, River Tyne Check

Where to go in Maine for lobster

When fall starts creeping into winter, it’s time for lobster lovers to visit Maine’s coastal towns. Sure, the weather can get a little dicey (the average temperature in November and December hovers around 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit), but that’s what sweaters are for. Bundle up and head north because late October, November, and December is the end of lobster season. “A lot of people in the industry start to ramp up in late October because the lobster have mostly molted, so they aren’t hiding and...
Tags: Travel, Food, Maine, Newcastle, Portland, Jack, New England, Matador Network, Damariscotta, University of Maine, Becky, Kennebunkport, Wiscasset, Eventide Oyster Co, Mark Murrell, Maine lobster

Best international ferry rides

Ferries don’t always come to mind when we think of international transit. For some, they’re just those boats that take tourists to the Statue of Liberty or shuttle them around the Sydney Harbor. For others, they’re nothing more than commuter vessels. But cruising between countries is a great way to travel when you’re sick and tired of airport security or simply prefer the scenic route. In many cases, ferries even represent the quickest or cheapest way to get around. Keep these international c...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, UK, Sweden, China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Unesco, Malaysia, Ferry, Morocco, Italy, Netherlands, Amsterdam

Tips for renting cars abroad

Renting a car when you travel is one of the best ways to give yourself ultimate freedom. Rather than restricting yourself to a single town or city — or relying on potentially confusing, inconvenient public transportation — a car allows you to come and go as you please. It gives you the flexibility to cover more ground, make last-minute alterations to your itinerary, and beat your own path through unfamiliar territory, which often leads to more unique experiences. Renting a car is not, however...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, London, Italy, Newcastle, Venice, Iceland, Car Rental, In Transit, Car Rental Abroad, Renting A Car Abroad, Cambridge Leeds York the Lake District

In The Blink Of An Eye

The astute among you will have notice that I have managed to write the best part of 5000 words in my last two blogs on Newcastle without barely touching on the defining feature that identifies and is the reason of the city. The River Tyne flows through the
Tags: Travel, Newcastle, River Tyne

Britain’s Most Beautiful Buildings

Britain is renowned across the world for having some stunning architecture and some of the world’s most iconic buildings. There are some magnificent examples of restoration of historic buildings, as well as some amazing new designs. Here are some of the best and unusual building designs in Britain: Durham Cathedral Across the UK there are some wonderful religious buildings and Durham Cathedral is arguably the most impressive of all. Built in 1093 with a tower height of 218 feet, it is one of th...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, London, Wales, Britain, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Brighton, Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh, Building, Travel Blog, St Paul, Durham Cathedral

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