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Winter Cool


Cities in which to chill out -

Helping to get you in the mood


DUBLIN For literature, for music, for everyone

PLUS: Winter Sports / Panto Season / Insider’s Bordeaux



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HELLO! The adverts are on TV, the shops are fully stocked - there’s no doubt that Christmas is coming.

CONTENTS 3 WELCOME Editor’s letter and contact details

So we saw no reason to not join in the fun and have filled this issue with some seasonal fare - both from across Europe and closer to home. We love the traditions that go with the season, whether that’s a 200-year-old market in Barcelona, or the fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll panto at the Everyman theatre.


But when the post-Christmas blues begin to set in, think about cheering yourself up with one of our recommended city breaks. A bit of `me’ time never hurts!


Enjoy, Dave


Your latest Liverpool John Lennon Airport news

11 WINTER SPORTS What your star-sign predicts for you on the slopes



An insider's guide to Bordeaux

COOL CITY WINTER BREAKS Lisbon, Nice, Palma and Derry are our picks

Winter skincare tips

33 GIFT GUIDE Essentials for beating the chill

Between-meetings must-dos in Amsterdam

41 Q&A Editor: David Lloyd

Your holiday conundrums sorted

42 BERLIN Taking a tour without the wall



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A round-up of the region's best shows

Don't get lost before you set off

56 OUR DESTINATIONS Where to fly to from Liverpool John Lennon Airport


CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES Helping to get you in the mood

58 WHAT'S ON Liverpool's coming attractions


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News from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and beyond

New Route Riga

Eastern Promise Even more reasons to explore the beautiful cities of the Baltic There has been a double dose of good news from Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. It has announced a new service to link Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to Riga, the capital city of Latvia from next spring, and is adding further weekly flights to its existing destinations of Gdansk and Warsaw.

existing service to Gdansk, will now be operated three times a week on a year-round basis. Riga is proving popular as a value for money, city break destination for travellers on the lookout for new locations. It is currently European Capital of Culture, and with timings of flights from and to Liverpool, the service is ideal for passengers looking to get away for a weekend break.

“We hope that this route will be as popular as the other 43 in the UK network.”

The new flights to Riga will operate on Mondays and Fridays, commencing April 24th 2015, with fares starting from £29.99 one way (including taxes, charges and a small cabin bag). Having begun operations from LJLA in late 2004 and with flights currently operating to Warsaw and Gdansk in Poland, this new destination becomes Wizz Air’s third route served from Liverpool. Wizz Air has also increased its capacity to the existing routes from LJLA as it adds a third weekly service to Warsaw commencing March 29th 2015. Additionally, its



Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development at LJLA said: “Wizz Air has been a strong partner of LJLA since they launched at the airport. It is fantastic news that they are expanding here and shows their confidence in the Liverpool market, creating further links between Liverpool, Central Europe and East Europe. This latest addition to their Liverpool operations is a great destination for both business and leisure passengers.” Wizz Air’s Daniel de Carvalho said: “We are delighted to introduce a new service from Liverpool. We hope that this route will be as popular as the other 43 in the UK network. We also hope that this new service can contribute to strengthen business relations and tourism between both countries. Tickets are already on sale on

ROMANIAN ROVER The Carpathian mountains just moved a little closer Romanian airline Blue Air has announced a further new route to operate from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), with flights to the city of Bacau in North East Romania to commence in March 2015. This latest news comes just three months after Blue Air announced their inaugural three times weekly service to the Romanian capital Bucharest, which starts in December 2014. Situated in the historical region of Moldavia, Bacau is one of Romania’s cultural centres with a state theatre, museums and a symphony orchestra. Flights to Bacau will commence at the start of Blue Air’s summer schedule on March 29th 2015, operating twice weekly with departures at 00:40 on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Fares will start from just 42.90 Euros (approx £34.25), one way (including taxes and charges). New Route

32 SUMMER ROUTES IN RYANAIR’S 2015 SCHEDULE Ryanair has launched its Liverpool summer 2015 schedule with 32 routes and increased frequencies to Bratislava and Krakow. Ryanair’s Liverpool schedule will include: 2 routes with increased frequencies - Bratislava & Krakow 32 Liverpool routes in total

Mark Povall, Director of Air service Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: “The response to the launch of Blue Air’s flights to Bucharest has been very encouraging and the support shown by the region’s business community has undoubtedly contributed to the airline’s latest decision to already add further flights.” Gheorghe Racaru, Blue Air General Manager, added: “After the launch of the direct flights from Liverpool to Bucharest, the positive response was overwhelming and since then, the requests for flights to Bacau have increased. After careful analysis of the market, we are pleased to announce Blue Air’s second route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.” Flights can be booked on

122 weekly return flights

In Liverpool, Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

1.5m customers p.a. in total

“Ryanair is pleased to be the first airline in the UK to launch its 2015 summer schedule, with a total of 32 exciting summer routes to choose from including Bratislava and Krakow, which will deliver 1.5m customers p.a. at Liverpool.”

Ryanair will also continue to connect Liverpool with Europe’s major business centres, including a daily flight to Barcelona and 3 flights a day to Dublin.




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WINTER BREAKS TO SANTA’S LAPLAND Santa special is a magical break Liverpool John Lennon Airport is delighted to welcome its latest tour operator, Inghams, to the Liverpool market. The specialist tour operator has recently announced that it will commence a direct service from Liverpool to Lapland for Christmas 2015, allowing passengers from the Liverpool City Region to fly from their local airport. Inghams are experts at delivering award winning specialist holidays, with this year marking the operator’s 80th anniversary of running UK winter holidays. Their new service from Liverpool is part of a magical ‘Santa Break’ to Lapland for either three or four days. Situated on the Arctic Circle, in Finland, Lapland is well known for its amazing nature, arctic snow and awe-inspiring

Northern Lights. Seen as a perfect winter break for families, the destination offers children a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his elves, as well as a wealth of festive attractions to keep the whole family entertained, including Christmas dinner with Father Christmas, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile or husky safari’s, tobogganing, skiing, ice hockey and ice fishing. With all this to offer Lapland makes the ideal short break to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and whet their appetite for the winter season. The tour operator also offers free child places and fantastic low prices for early bookings. Santa Breaks can be booked via the website: or via telephone: 01483 345 579.

Welcome to the latest edition of Voyage, our Airport magazine. In the short time that I have been here at Liverpool John Lennon Airport I am already excited by the opportunities to capitalise on the hard work of colleagues in recent years that has helped to make Liverpool a convenient, relaxed and hassle free airport for the four million customers we have passing through here. Liverpool continues to out-perform most other UK airports when it comes to making sure flights operate on time, helping passenger journeys get off to a great start. In joining the Airport I aim to grow the business here and enhance the Airport offer for the region’s passengers, by increasing the choice of destinations, airlines and other operators to enable more passengers to be able to choose to fly from their local airport. Additionally we will invest in airport facilities to make the customer experience even more convenient and pleasant. We have already started to see more new departures featured from Liverpool, with Blue Air recently announcing a new service to Bacau in North Eastern Romania from next March. This latest development follows the airline’s decision to commence a three times weekly service from Liverpool to Bucharest in December 2014. Wizz Air will also start a new service from Liverpool next Spring too with flights to Riga, as well as increasing frequency on their other existing services.

STRICTLY BUSINESS Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has launched a Business Class Partnership to help students at nearby Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) be better prepared for future careers and life when they finish their current education.

The partnership has been co-ordinated by the Business in the Community organisation. Employees from the Airport Company will be working through a number of initiatives with students across all years.

However as Christmas rapidly approaches, it is this time of year when passengers choose to fly from Liverpool for a Winter or Christmas break or to visit friends and relatives and in this issue of Voyage there are examples of the great destinations you can get to from Liverpool be it in search of some Winter Sun, Winter Sports or perhaps a City break. On behalf of everyone at the Airport, may I wish all of our customers season’s greetings and we look forward to seeing you at the Airport soon. Andrew Cornish CEO, Liverpool John Lennon Airport



From Caravanners to Wedding Planners and Canapés to Candy Canes, at EventCity you can experience it all! Home to some of the UK’s most extraordinary events and exhibitions, and with hundreds of shows throughout the year to choose from, there’s something for everyone at EventCity.


NEW FOR 2015...

EventCity offers all-year-round entertainment, but with magical events to suit all ages, Christmas at EventCity is sure to spark the seasonal spirit in us all!

Triathlon Show (20th Mar - 22nd Mar) Following two amazing years as the Bike and Triathlon Show, the 2015 event will expand into four shows under one roof - Swim Expo, Bike Expo, Run Expo and Tri Expo - each with its own dedicated exhibition area and programme of features. The event will appeal to anyone who competes in triathlon, running, swimming and cycling events, as well as those who want to try a sporting challenge for the first time.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas (14th Nov - 16th Nov) With over 300 exhibitors, celebrity and industry experts, plenty of ideas and inspiration for the home this Christmas plus live entertainment, there’s something for everyone at the Ideal Home Show. From festive furnishings to New Year Home Improvements, sumptuous gifts to the finest foods and Christmas tipples, plus must have gadgets and seasonal fashion trends, you’ll find it all under one roof! Winter Wonderland (13th Dec - 4th Jan) The UK’s largest indoor Winter Wonderland for the whole family to enjoy! With huge attractions including the Sooty Show, Circus, a special visit from Santa and all the fun of the fair including over 30 rides, make the whole families Christmas wishes come true with a magical trip to Winter Wonderland this holiday season. Vintage Bizarre Manchester (20th Dec - 21st Dec) If you are into your vintage, you can’t afford to miss the first ever Vintage Bizarre on December 20th and 21st 2014. Home to the best traders in vintage and retro fashion, accessories, textiles and homewares!

2015 AT EVENTCITY In 2015, EventCity will welcome back some its most successful event organisers for a second year, some for a third! The Caravan and Motorhome Show (15th Jan - 18th Jan) Start the season inspired with a trip to the North’s biggest indoor leisure show, with over 200 exhibitors showcasing what’s new in the world of motorhome holidays! With so many products on offer it’s the perfect opportunity to compare layouts, interiors and specifications and to take advantage of some superb show-only discounts. Cake International (6th - 8th Feb) Cake International - The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show makes a welcome return to EventCity, Manchester this Spring! Attracting cake enthusiasts, renowned industry experts and professional cake decorators and sugarcrafters from across the globe, who share a passion for all things cake there is no better place to be inspired. Boasting the world’s largest display of competition pieces, and an unrivalled range of supplies, exciting features, Workshops and Demonstrations, plus so much more, you’re truly in for a treat this year.

There will also be plenty of inspiration for those that simply love one of these disciplines as a way to wind down or as part of a healthier lifestyle with their families. Visitors will be able to get hands-on with the most desirable kit for serious cyclists, swimmers, runners and triathletes. With a packed programme of live features, all the top names and best brands will be on hand with expert advice, showcasing their latest ranges at this exciting event. Yoga Show (15th May - 17th May) The hugely popular OM Yoga Show is the perfect introduction to the ancient Indian practice of yoga, renowned for relaxing the body and de-stressing the mind: the perfect counter to today’s modern world. There are plenty of opportunities to try out a wide range of yoga in the free open class sessions, whether you have been practicing for years, or you are trying it out for the first time. Maybe you would like to learn how to do a handstand, or even shake your chakras. Perhaps you have been meaning to try hot yoga. You can find all this, and much more, at the OM Yoga Show. A showcase of exhibitors will provide you with a fantastic range of yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, super foods and retreats, and so much more.

GETTING THERE EventCity is conveniently located directly opposite the Intu Trafford Centre, close to the M6, M62, M56 and M60 and is easily accessible by car and offers FREE PARKING. For satellite navigation use: M17 8AS. For more information on EventCity including latest tickets, news, events, directions and offers visit: or follow us on Twitter @EventCityUK

What’s happening? EventCity is Manchester’s biggest event venue – hosting a fantastic variety of shows that offer something for everyone. Check out what’s-on in the run up to Christmas and into 2015...

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20th - 21st DECEMBER 2014

With 30 fun fair rides and the Sooty Show, the UK’s largest indoor Winter Wonderland is a wish come true.

If you’re into vintage, head here. Home to the best traders in vintage fashion, accessories, textiles and homewares.

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Some of the most popular events are coming back again next year. 20th - 22ND March

6th - 8th FEBRUARY

15th - 17th MAY

Yoga Show The North’s biggest indoor leisure show, with over 200 exhibitors showcasing what’s new in the world of motorhome holidays.

With demos, workshops and special guest appearances by Mary Berry and Mitch Turner. Three days of cake heaven what more could you want?

With free open class yoga Four shows under one roof, sessions for all levels, accessories each with its own dedicated area and features. If you’re into and much more, this relaxing Triathlon, running, swimming or show is the perfect counter to today’s hectic lifestyle. cycling this is the show for you.

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YOUR STAR-STUDDED WINTER SPORTS GUIDE Unsure what shape your slopes should take? Consult the heavens. Yes, we know, it’s not the most scientific of methods. But, this winter, why not take some astrological inspiration before you head off to the snow, and choose a winter sport that’s written in the stars…



Taurus Traits: Whether it’s physical pleasures or material comforts, Taureans love to indulge in excesses. You’re practical and dependable, and a touch risk averse. But you’re also loyal, hard-working and generous. Ideal holiday: The winter sport that you’d most enjoy? Shopping! Yes, you can pootle about on the lower pistes in the morning, but afternoons, for you, is all about hitting the streets, not the slopes. Situated under the watchful eye of the world famous Matterhorn, Zermatt is a handsome, bustling resort with as many activities off-piste as on. You can shop for Christmas gifts for your loved ones on Bahnhofstrasse, indulge in fine Swiss jewellery (and chocolate) and enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re caring for others. Fly to: Geneva with easyJet

Pisces Traits: You’re a dreamer. You’re sensitive, soulful and creative. And you’re a bit of an escapist - preferring to make your own way in the world. Not for you the must-visit hipster resorts - you’re happiest surrounded by nature, alone with your thoughts.


Ideal holiday: One of the latest trends in snow sport, the Snowscoot involves participants riding a modified scooter down the slopes. If high adrenalin on the slopes is your thing (and we think it is) this half-bike half snowboard is for you. Try it out at Orcieres 1850 - a great high altitude resort for beginners right through to advanced skiers and snowboarders who want to ski or surf off the beaten track. You can take lessons before you go at Manchester’s excellent Chill Factore.

Ideal holiday: Cross-country skiing allows you to wander off the beaten track, and take things at your own pace. Hemsedal, just two hours from Oslo, is Norway’s second largest ski centre, with huge stretches of groomed tracks and mountain routes through stunning surroundings - chances are you’ll have much of the day to yourself, tramping through your very own winter wonderland. Utterly blissful.

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Fly to: Oslo with Ryanair

Traits: Headstrong, exuberant and full of zeal, Aries have a burning desire to make things happen, try something new and be an early adopter. And your reserves of energy are practically unlimited.



Gemini Traits: Sociable Geminis love to interact with others and love getting under the skin of a place: keen to learn as much about the world around them as possible. You’re skilful and talented, but you don’t like repetitive tasks. Ideal holiday: You’ll thrive in a resort that offers a little bit of everything - to keep that dual personality of yours happy! Set in the heart of the French Alps, La Rosiere offers two great ski bowls - one in France and one Italy. It also benefits from above average snowfall, and the widest possible array of winter sports action, from ski to snowboard, Alpine forest walks, ice skating, snowkiting… really, boredom isn’t an option here. And the great nightlife will appeal to the party animal in you. Fly to: Grenoble with easyJet



Traits: Creative, ambitious, positive, self-confident and independently minded, Leos love nothing better than a big get-together with friends. There is no such thing as self doubt in the Leos world either. You’ll throw yourself into new challenges with a gusto bordering on

devil-may-care. And your zest and energy are quite infectious… Ideal holiday: You want to pack as much into your days. So head to lively St Anton. Here, skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are all world class. And the nightlife? Out of this world! Yes, St Anton is what you’d call a great all-rounder. But, because of

that, it’s also very busy, sociable and welcoming of all abilities. Reliable snowfall and challenging skiing coupled with plenty of opportunities for intermediates and off-piste fun for little ones makes this vibrant resort a safe bet right for gregarious Leos. Fly to: Innsbruck with easyJet

Traits: For you, it’s all about family and home. You’re truly at your happiest when life is tranquil and harmonious. To Cancerians, sheltering and providing every comfort to your loved ones, and enjoying sense of peace is the most important tick-list on any holiday. Ideal holiday: Avoriaz, just 90 minutes from Geneva, is the perfect family skiing destination. Compact and car free, its pretty pine-clad lodges and hotels are the perfect place to hunker down in, with a roaring fire and your loved ones around you. Outside, snowy paths lead to the excellent Village des Enfants, the child-care hub right in the centre of the village, with lots of toddler activities and special children’s slopes, indoor and outdoor pools. Fly to: Geneva with easyJet ISSUE 5


Aquarius Traits: Down to earth, keen to meet others, and a stranger to boredom, Aquarians love nothing better than staying up til the small hours, putting the world to rights. With a good sense of humour, Aquarians love to let their hair down, and enjoy every minute of their holiday.

adding snug pubs - great for late night conversations - ice rinks, cinemas and more chilled-out evening activities. That said, this is still one of the liveliest places to head for those who seek as much fun off, as they do on, the slopes. Sociable Aquarians will love it here. Fly to: Geneva or Grenoble with easyJet

Ideal holiday: Sauze d’Oulx is for you. The town has a deserved reputation as a place that’s as lively at 2am as it is at 2pm. Yes, it’s a lively party town, with clubs, bars and gigs pulling in a young and up-for-it crowd. Yet in recent years, it's taken great strides towards presenting a more all-inclusive welcome,

Virgo Traits: With a meticulous attention to detail, Virgos are critical, exacting, and always like to get the job done. No fuss. No hysterics. A Virgo is analytical, dependable, hard working and efficient. As perfectionists, they like to stick at a task until they nail it. But you’ll never catch them bragging about it. Ideal holiday: Skiing is perfect for you. Stick to the slopes all week and master the trickiest pistes of Chamonix. This elegant resort has access to some of the best runs in the Alps. From the off-piste excitement of The Vallée Blanche, with its high plateau wilderness, to the five family and intermediate resorts Grands Montets, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, La Flegere and Le Brevent, there are adventures around every corner. Hike or ski your way across the mountain tops, take the Aiguille du Midi cable car from the valley floor to the summit at 3842m. Fly to: Geneva with easyJet



Scorpio Traits: Power, position and money motivate Scorpios to leap out of bed every morning. They’re ambitious, daring, passionate and filled with aspiration. Put simply, Scorpios don’t have the word 'fail' in their dictionary. They’re here to get the job done. And they’ll keep doing it until it is. Perfectly. Ideal holiday: The fast and furious rush of snowboarding is perfect for you. Straddling the Andorra mountains, and the micro state's

principal route, the resort of Soldeu is a compact place, with excellent snow records. With most activities above 2000 metres you'll not find it difficult to find fresh powder for a touch off off-piste activities too. It's a fun, likeable place, with none of the pretentiousness that can afflict the Alpine resorts, so if you're after a good natured break where snow is practically guaranteed, and the snowboarding community is vocal and vibrant, this is just the ticket. Fly to: Carcassonne or Barcelona with Ryanair or easyJet

Sagittarius Traits: Sagittarius love physical exercise, and are full of energy. Extroverts, sociable and enthusiastic, they’re risk takers who are inclined to push themselves ruthlessly. They’re bright, passionate people whose can-do attitude is infectious - if a little bit daunting at times. Ideal holiday: You live for going ‘off piste’ (in life, and on holiday too!). Livigno is a good choice for you. It's Europe's highest permanently inhabited village, and has access to miles of off piste and forest tracks, creating an area of peace and solitude throughout the year. Use up your boundless energy stores exploring over 40 kms of cross country trails, where snow is almost guaranteed until March. The ski resort is above 1500m, so skiing to and from your door shouldn't be a problem either! Fly to: Innsbruck with easyJet

Libra Traits: Librans like a crowd. Their natural inclination to be group leaders, team-players and party starters sees them at their best when they’re setting itineraries, or inspiring others to have a go. Represented by Scales, Librans are happiest when they see harmony around them. Ideal holiday: You’re best seeking out a place that has something for everyone. Pretty little Scheffau is a perfect spot for beginners, intermediates and those who want to sample a little bit of everything. With its picture perfect setting beneath the slopes of the spectacular Wilder Kaiser mountains, the town is linked to the massive Ski Welt circuit, which, with 250 kms of runs, is by far Austria's largest ski zone. The town's position makes skiing to neighbouring resorts, such as Soll and Ellma, both delightful alternatives for a day's excursion. Fly to: Salzburg with easyJet

Capricorn Traits: You’re a diligent soul: hard working and committed to getting things done. You like to plough all your efforts into everything you do, and tend not to be over-ambitious. You’re sensitive, sensible and secure - and rarely take impulsive decisions. Ideal holiday: You’ll take to snowshoeing - it’s easy to learn, poses little risk of injury and is a great way to exert energy during the cold winter months. Clip on a pair of snowshoes, and enjoy plunging into the fresh powder, and getting a great cardiovascular workout at the same time. The learning curve is much shorter than that of skiing or snowboarding, too. Try the pretty, well connected resort of St Wolfgang - perfectly suited to families, beginners and mixed-ability groups. The area is well criss-crossed with cross country trails and, just a short drive away, there are many more gorges, forests and valleys to explore. Fly to: Innsbruck with easyJet ISSUE 5



Blogging the World Tim Pike is a Bristol-born communications specialist who runs Invisible Bordeaux, a guide to some of the lesserknown sights, stories and landmarks to be enjoyed in and around the city he now calls home.

Why did you start the blog? When out cycling in and around Bordeaux, I would regularly spot unusual sights, places and stories that I thought deserved more ample coverage on the web than they were getting. I also felt the need to show potential visitors that there is much more to Bordeaux than its (justifiably) world-famous wine! Where would you recommend visitors head to… … get a sense of history? Cour Mably is a charming cloister which dates back to the 17th Century although its Dominican convent roots go back further still. Over the years the surrounding buildings have been the head office of a political party, turned into military accommodation, a library, a museum and they’re now the regional chamber of accounts and an exhibition centre!



… eat with the locals? Proceed with confidence to Place du Marché des Chartrons, a quiet, scenic square where there was once an indoor market, and spontaneously take your pick from one of the many restaurant terraces on the basis of what you see on the handwritten chalkboard menus. … escape the bustle of the city? That would have to be a toss of a coin between the peaceful oyster-farming ports of Arcachon bay (Gujan-Mestras or Lège, say), and the wide open spaces of the Médoc wine-growing area, where the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. … have a night to remember? Aim for the student hub that is Place de la Victoire, with bars and restaurants on all sides, or else the trendy night-spots of Place Fernand-Lafargue, the city’s square-thatnever-sleeps... and now the location of Bordeaux’s first fish and chip takeaway!

… take in a view they’ll never forget? Early evening, head westwards to Arcachon and down to the Atlantic coast. There is nothing quite like taking in the sun setting over the ocean when perched more than 100 metres above sea level at the top of Dune de Pilat (also spelt Pyla), Europe’s highest sand dune. You have to earn the view though as the climb to the top can be strenuous! … try something that is very authentically “bordelais”?

features not only flowers (hence the name) and a curious artificial mountain stream, but also eleven individual gardens that recreate the atmosphere of various cities that are twinned with Bordeaux. Over the course of a short walk you can feel you are being magically transported through Munich, Madrid, Québec, Los Angeles, Casablanca and elsewhere! … take in a concert? Bordeaux boasts a dynamic live music scene with three venues in particular putting on some top-class shows: Rock School Barbey, Krakatoa and Rocher de Palmer. There is a strong tradition of

the opening acts being local outfits, and there’s a wealth of talent in the area with bands to look out for (or to go googling for) including April Shower, I Me Mine and Be Quiet. … get romantic? Go for a meandering night-time stroll through the tiny side-streets of the city’s oldest quarters, around Place du Parlement and Place Saint-Pierre, finishing up on the waterfront where you can strike a pose in front of the floodlit façades on Place de la Bourse, or splash around in the shallow waters of the unusual Water Mirror feature.

… be awe-inspired? One of the most recent additions to the Bordeaux skyline is Pont Chaban-Delmas, Europe’s largest lift bridge. The structure is 425 metres long and its four pillars each measure 76 metres. Try and be there when the 117-metre central lift span ascends to let a cruise liner or tall ship through. These occasional occurrences provide one of the city’s most desirable photo opportunities! Website:

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The ubiquitous delicacy is the “canelé”, a rather delicious pastry with a soft custardy centre and a thick caramelised crust. However, if you really want to impress the city’s bar staff, order a bottle of “Cacolac”, the locallyproduced chocolateflavoured milk drink! Then consume and enjoy… … be surprised? In the “Lac” district, to the north of the city, the spacious Parc Floral ISSUE 5


SKIN DEEP Once the temperature drops and a biting wind picks up, it’s time to give some more thought to your daily skin care routine. Winter can be a tough time for skin, causing dryness and chapped lips, so make sure you’re well prepared to go the extra mile to keep your skin glowing and healthy. Here are a few tips for protection and care to see you through until Spring.



At the start of the day, try to reduce the time you spend in the shower and also turn the temperature down. It might be nicer to stay under a hot shower on a cold morning, but the result will be the stripping away of natural oils. Before you get outside it’s time to protect against the elements and, particularly, a drying wind. Use a suitable moisturiser for your skin type every morning. It may be that the one you use is a little heavier than normal but ensure it still works with your skin type. As part of your routine, try to use an exfoliator once or twice during the week. This will help remove dry or flaky skin and help moisturiser work more effectively. Lips are very vulnerable in the cold and are prone to chapping and splitting, which can be uncomfortable and painful. Using a moisturising balm will help, but also you should create a protective barrier by using Vaseline or a similar petroleum jelly-based product which has the added benefit of sealing moisture in.

It’s important to look after yourself internally to keep your external appearance in tip-top shape. Feet, especially heels, can also suffer from cracking and it’s worth investing a little time in looking after them. Use a pumice to smooth away any calluses and apply a thick moisturiser to heels on a daily basis. Sleep in cotton socks to allow the moisturiser to absorb fully. It’s important to look after yourself internally to keep your external appearance in tip-top shape. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, and also look after your diet. Keep topped up with healthy fats from avocados, fish and nuts, plus vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, red and yellow peppers, kale and broccoli. At the end of the day make sure you’re sleeping in something that doesn’t irritate the skin. A natural fabric like cotton is ideal, or cotton flannel for the colder nights ahead. ISSUE 5


Innsbruck Christmas market Maria Theresien Street



Packed stores, frantic shoppers, that item you desperately wanted no longer in stock... many things can make Christmas shopping a less than pleasant experience. But a short break to a charming European city might help restore some of the festive magic. Across Europe many cities become a little more magical at this time of year as the stalls, lights and street entertainment combine to make their squares and streets a winter wonderland. Here is our guide to some of the best and most interesting activities to be found just a short flight away.

In an almost too-perfect setting, Innsbruck sprouts a wide selection of markets in the run-up to Christmas. You can choose between the traditional market in the medieval Old Town which this year comes with a Fairytale and Giant’s walk, a Tyrolean market at the appropriately named Marktplatz complete with 14 metre Swarowski crystal tree, or the grandeur of Marie-Theresien-Strasse Innsbruck’s main shopping street - and its vivid illuminations.

A treat in itself is to take the funicular to Hungerburg where a range of culinary temptations await or enjoy a mini concert amongst the stalls of Wiltener Platz. All this in the shadow of snow-capped mountains will make it a Christmas to remember. The markets run until January 6th. Fly to: Innsbruck with easyJet and Ryanair


Festive breaks don’t immediately scream `Barcelona!’ but for genuine seasonal history it’s hard to look past the city’s Fira de Santa Lucia Christmas Market. This has been a feature since the 18th Century and now boasts more than 300 stalls and a lifesized Nativity scene. It’s different from many of the markets across Europe at this time of year as it has its own look and feel rather than the Alpine style we have come to associate with Christmas markets. It also follows the curious Catalan tradition of selling the Caga Tio, a decorated log with a smiley face and jaunty barretina hat that is literally a gift `pooper’. If you need a conversation starter for your Christmas party - this would be it! Fly to: Barcelona with easyJet and Ryanair


From December 4th, Jersey comes alive for La Fete de Noue - or Christmas Festival as it translates from Jersey Norman French - which features street theatre, a spectacular float parade, brilliant lights and more across the whole island.

This event is followed by a host of seasonal activity where you can discover local traditions from Christmases past on a guided walk, visit the parish church of St Peter to see more than 100 decorated Christmas trees or enjoy

music and decorations from the Regency period on a candlelight tour of a Georgian House brought to life by costumed actors. During December nearby Normandy is celebrated with Le Marchi Nourmand

offering a variety of French flavoured goodies including biscuits and saucisson dry cured sausage with the market setting up home in St Helier for four days from December 11th. Fly to: Jersey with easyJet ISSUE 5


The Lithuanian capital is beginning to forge a real reputation for the quality of its Christmas entertainment organised around a number of locations in the city. The Cathedral square is the place to head to for the spectacular 25 metre high Christmas tree, together with nightly fireworks, acrobatic entertainment and a special 3D fairytale filmshow, shown three times a day projected onto the Cathedral walls. This is based around Lithuanian folklore and is an enchanting way to spend some time. The square is also home to a seasonal village hosting handmade pottery and glass, jewellery and sweets - making it ideal for an

unusual present or stocking filler. Look out for the many straw figures dotted around. Straw is a key component of the Lithuanian Christmas tradition and is scattered under the tablecloth before the family feast on December 24th. Fly to: Vilnius with Ryanair

If you want festive flavour in France, then head for the capital and the Christmas village set up in the stunning surroundings of the Champs-Elysées. More than 150 chalets are situated between the roundabout of the Champs-Elysées and the Place de la Concorde, offering handicrafts and produce from across the country. Free shows are held daily in the presence of Father Christmas which makes it ideal for youngsters. Also, look out for the Grand Palais des Glaces event at the nearby Grand Palais on Gen Eisenhower Avenue, just a short stroll from the Champs-Elysées. This makes most city winter ice rinks pale into insignificance. Held under the cultural centre’s magnificent glass dome it features a massive skating area with a fabulous light show and DJs ( presentation). Fly to: Paris with easyJet 24





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Palma The Mallorcan capital, is stylish, sophisticated and full of things to do in winter. The old town is the focus of the town’s Christmas celebrations - the Müller markets, found off Plaza Major, offer a nice selection of gifts, with made-inMallorcan produce especially tempting. The Three Kings Fair returns this December, bringing with it plenty of food stalls and other handicrafts around Placa Espana, with others in Placa Major and along the Ramblas. At Midnight Mass (Misa del Gallo) in Palma cathedral, traditional Balearic carols are sung.

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A visit to La Seu, Palma’s soaring Gothic cathedral, is a must. Built above the harbour to intimidate would-be invaders, this magnificent sandstone building is one of Spain’s finest Gothic churches. Inside, the 700-year-old rose window is best in direct sunlight when all the colours across its 12-metre design are illuminated.

As day changes to night, many of the busy bars and restaurants in La Rambla, Placa d’Espanya and Placa Major shut up shop and the focus shifts to the roads off the Paseo Maritimo. Try Cafe Verona (C/ del Convent de Santa Magdelena). This bar does great snacks and a reasonably-priced set menu. At night, La Cueva (C/ de Apuntadores) is, as its name suggests, a cave: actually a very popular tapas and Cava bar which makes for a welcoming retreat.

Shopping A lot of the shops in Palma still close for a siesta between about 1pm - 4pm or 5pm, and then open again at 8pm - 8.30pm. El Corte Ingles (Avinguda Alexandre Rossello) is something of an institution in Spain - the perfect place to get everything you need under one roof. Son Vivot (Pl. Porta Pintada 1, near Placa d’Espanya) is foodie heaven. All the foods and drinks made under the Mallorcan sun are on the shelves of this speciality shop.

Nice Nice is especially seductive at Christmas - this chic south of France town enjoys a mild climate, and a magical atmosphere. Walk the Promenade des Anglais The blue waters of the Baie des Anges set against the white buildings and green hills are classic French Riviera. Nice has never really been a family resort. Its golden age is better symbolised by the extravagant architecture of the domed Hotel Negresco - built around 1900, and still outranking its modern rivals.

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Explore the Old Town Underneath the cramped streets and tall, hillside buildings lie the remains of the ancient Greek trading port, Nikaia, where Nice has its beginnings. Tourist trains provide effortless sightseeing, trundling visitors up the slopes of the castle hill. Windowshopping in the cool of the day through the narrow alleyways provides a glimpse of Nice’s traditions. Spice and herb stalls; yellow and blue Provencal pottery; brasseries offering fresh Socca - nearly, but not quite, a pizza - the fish market in Place St Francois, and the flower market in Cours Saleya.

Shopping The Christmas markets take over the central square, Place Massena. In a wintery setting which includes an ice rink, big wheel and enchanted fir forest, chalets offer madein-France goodies. Nice is the shopping centre for the eastern half of the Riviera. ISSUE 5


Don’t Miss Almalfa is the medieval warren that clings to one of Lisbon's steepest hills; at its summit, the Castelo de Sao Jorge offers the most spectacular views in the city. Across the main shopping area rises the equally hilly Bairro Alto. This ancient bohemian quarter sleeps during the day but comes alive at night with music thumping from every doorway.

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Lisbon Portugal’s ebullient capital is fast becoming the smart choice for a valuefor-money weekend break. The city’s Christmas fair (30 Nov - 8 Dec) is popular, but there are still plenty of wonderful Portuguese tiles, produce and linen, craft items and food stalls to enjoy. But, as it’s Portugal, forget the mulled wine - here it’s all about cherry liqueur, egg custard tarts and grilled sardines. Check out avenue Da Liberdade for a fantastic Christmas light display.

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The proximity of the sea means Lisbon offers a unique variety of fish and shellfish - normally accompanied by excellent Portuguese wines. Dining here is to appreciate the influence of other cultures - from Latin America to Goa - and all ports of the Portuguese conquistadors. Bacalhau (salted cod) is an acquired taste and, as most is imported from Norway, it’s hardly an authentic local delicacy - but it's the national dish! Try O Cantinho do Bem Estar (Rua do Norte 46, Tel 213 464 265) - a cosy, homely place serving great fish and delicious pastries.

Shopping Rua Garrett and Rua do Carmo - are smart streets leading up from the main square (Rossio). Buy clothes at Zara, Mango and Ana Salazar. Buy glass and china at Vista Alegre (20-23 Largo do Chiado) and at the nextdoor Torres & Brinkman. Rua Augusta is the prettiest shopping boulevard festooned in colourful paper lanterns at this time of year. Quite magical.

Derry Still buzzing after its hugely successful tenure as a European city of culture last year, Derry has a new-found swagger to its step. This Christmas the walled city will be bustling with shoppers and sightseers as its winding streets play host to a Christmas market, craft fair and all manner of seasonal shenanigans, including a huge ice rink at Ebrington shopping centre. Derry’s a compact, humanscale city - with a lot of sights packed inside its 17th century walls. Ireland’s only remaining walled city, Derry elegantly fuses history (the city celebrated its 400th birthday last year) with family friendly attractions, great dining with invigorating strolls along the Foyle river. Plenty, in fact, for a reviving winter break. Visit magnificent St Columb Cathedral - a beautifully light

and welcoming repository of the town’s history, built in 1633. Grab some great city views from the ancient ramparts, or stroll across the landmark Peace Bridge - which arcs its way into the heart of the city’s Christmas celebrations in the newly opened Ebrington Square. The square - larger than London’s Trafalgar Square, is a natural hub for the city’s ebullient, year-round cultural offer. It’s also a great place to start your explorations. The streets leading off from here feature some of Northern Ireland’s best new restaurants. Try Browns of Bond Hill, focusing on the freshest local produce. But no visit to Derry (especially at Christmas time) is complete without a browse around the oldest independent department store in the world: the wonderfully idiosyncratic Austin’s. Actually, some might say no visit is complete without the perfect pint of Guinness - and who are we to argue? You’ll find that at Peadar O’Donnells bar, on Waterloo Street. Sláinte. As they say in these parts. Fly to: Derry with Ryanair







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The Jordaan6 Not a single place to visit but a collective neighbourhood that packs in plenty of character. Perhaps the beating heart of the city, it was originally a working class district but is now much more boho with speciality shops and galleries amongst its narrow streets.

Rijksmuseum1 Whatever your schedule, a visit to the Rijksmuseum should be the first stop on the list. Now fully refurbished it can show off its staggering collection of Dutch art including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Franz Hals and Vermeer to their full effect. Open from 9.00am-5pm daily.

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Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder 5 Translated as Our Lord in the Attic, the building looks like a regular canalside house, but inside is a well preserved 17th century home, complete with a hidden church used by Catholics during the Reformation when they were forbidden from holding their services in public. Its attic and those of neighbouring properties were converted.

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Flower Market 4 Don’t bother to buy a ubiquitous clog with a single bulb inside that many stalls aim at tourists, just enjoy the colours and aromas of this extensive market which features row upon row of cut flowers in buckets, and a bewildering variety of blooms. A stop for the senses.

An ideal place for a bit of people watching if you sit outside, or catching up with the news inside at its reading table. A Grand Cafe in the literal sense; classically decorated it has an oldfashioned glamour and the reason you probably went in the first place a decent menu.

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Begijnhof 3 Just off Spui square is a quiet enclave of gabled buildings which represent a link to the city’s past. The Begijnhof dates back to the 15th century when it was created for lay nuns. An original medieval timber frontage still survives.

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To get a passport outside of the usual renewal procedures, you must book an appointment at a Passport Customer Service Centre. One of these is actually in Liverpool. After this appointment you’ll be able to get your passport either within a week or the same day depending on the service chosen and if you’re application is accepted. The Premium service costs £128 for a standard sized passport renewal and your passport will be available four hours after the application is accepted and you must go to the Passport Customer Service Centre to collect it. The Fast Track service is £103 for a standard-sized renewal and will be delivered to your home within a week of the application being accepted.

Know before you go Whatever your travel-related conundrum, talk to us at Voyage magazine and let us help you on your way... We like to get away between Christmas and New Year and possibly take in the New Year celebrations somewhere abroad. Is there anywhere that does New Year’s Eve differently? If you’re a fan of pyrotechnics then it might be worth heading south, and taking in the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Italy and, particularly, Naples. They like their fireworks in Naples so expect the whole place to be lit up as we move towards 2015. The city is renowned for having one of the best displays in the country, with a main display over the Castel dell’Ovo. In addition, the main square, the Piazza del Plebiscito, hosts a huge music concert.

I’m travelling to Paris in the New Year and, as a vegan, I’ve heard I might struggle to find places to eat. Is this true? The situation is certainly improving. It’s true the grander restaurants might be off-limits, but there are a number of cafés and diners where you should be perfectly fine. Try the excellent Le Potager du Marais (22 rue Rambuteau 4e) where you can expect to find a menu bursting with vegan treats - many of which will also be gluten free - or Saveurs Végét'Halles (41, rue des Bourdonnais) which has a large number of vegan dishes to go alongside its extensive vegetarian menu.

What is the maximum size bag I’m allowed to take into a aircraft cabin? These is no, single definitive answer - although many passengers are in favour of a standardised size. The best advice is to make sure you check the allowances carefully before you go. Most 'regular' cabin bags are sized by airlines at around 55x40x20cm, but this isn’t standard across them all and weight allowances also differ.

An alternative might be Salzburg where you could find yourself dancing the Blue Danube waltz in one of the city squares as the chimes go off. The city’s official fireworks are launched around the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

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Out of the shadow For more than 28 years, Berlin was a city divided by a wall. Today, only a few reminders of the former division between East and West remain in the city. Fly to: Berlin with easyJet

Berlin is rightly proud of its transformation from Walled City to World City. The 25th anniversary of the 'fall’ of the wall that divided the city passed on November 9th - an occasion which changed the lives of its residents forever. It also marked an incredible thaw in the Cold War that had separated Eastern Europe from the West. Now is the perfect time to visit one of the great European cities and reflect on the immense changes that have taken place in the quarter century since that momentous occasion.

Along the Wall Take a trip back in time at the Mauermuseum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, focusing on the many different and often original ideas that people tried to escape East Germany by crossing the Wall. Next door is the famous former border crossing known as Checkpoint Charlie. Afterwards, continue your tour of discovery at the Blackbox Kalter Krieg, the first museum in Germany dedicated exclusively to the Cold War. The museum also illustrates the role that Germany’s division played in the larger international conflict. Then head off to the nearby asisi Panorama - Die Mauer for a glimpse of life in the divided city in the final years of the Wall’s existence. When you’re in the city it might be worth checking out one of the Apps dedicated to the wall and Berlin’s divided history.



Berlin Wall Berlin Wall is an audio-visual guide using more than 100 videos to document life in the time the Berlin Wall was built and after. The app takes users along the former path of the Berlin Wall to historic sites including the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie. Additional background information and videos are included. Download for £1.99: iTunes App Store

Die Berliner Mauer Today, only a few reminders of the former division between East and West remain in the city. This app shows the former route of the wall on an interactive map. Additional photos, videos and informational texts are included for especially historical spots along the Wall such as Checkpoint Charlie. In “Discovery Mode”, you can explore German-German division on your own or follow one of the suggested tours. Free Download: iTunes App Store

Berlin Wall Art The Berlin Wall Art app reconstructs the Iron Curtain with the last and most complete photo collection of the Berlin Wall. GPS positioning is used to show where the 330 photos were taken shortly before the Wall fell. Four different tours offer glimpses of what was once the graffiti-covered West Berlin side of the Wall. Download for £2.49: iTunes App Store + Google Play Store

Mauerschau - Virtuelle Touren durch die geteilte Stadt Through eyewitness reports, archive photos and historic video material, this app makes it easier to visualise life in a divided Berlin. The app offers various tours through the German capital, stories about political divisions and the construction and eventual opening of the Berlin Wall. Free Download: iTunes App Store

Exploring the capital Trabi Safari gives you the chance to take the wheel of a Trabant, the legendary East German car, while enjoying a guided tour of the city. Drive through the city in a colonnade of Trabis and get an impression of just how much the city has changed in just a quarter century.

He's behind you That time of year? Oh yes it is. Get ready for lots of audience participation, gags too corny for Christmas crackers, and Dames firing off some fruity double-entendres as we present the region's pick of the pantos. Photographer: Gill McGowan (, taken at a workshop with Welshot Photographic Academy ( Model: Rob Stevens, who is appearing in panto this season as Nurse Nora in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs� at the Thameside Theatre, Grays, Essex (

The Empire, Liverpool Ray Quinn returns to the Empire in the title role of Aladdin after last year buckling his swash for a stint in Peter Pan. A major draw in his home city, The Dancing on Ice champion will be accompanied by a clutch of other homegrown stars including former Brookside favourite turned West End musical leading lady Claire Sweeney as The Genie of the Ring, Leanne Campbell as Princess Jasmine and the irrepressible Pete Price as the Emperor. There’s no doubt this will be a massively popular show for the Christmas period and one well worth planning a family day or night out to. Get your ticket information from www.atgtickets. com/shows/alad din/liverpool-em pire. Prices start at around £10. December 13 January 4

The Everyman, Liverpool The award-winningly refurbished Everyman theatre brings its muchloved Rock ‘n’ Roll panto home as Little Red Riding Hood ventures deep into the wood and encounters the Big Bad Wolf! If you haven’t had chance to visit the Everyman since its extensive, multi-million pound re-fit then there’s no better time to do so. The theatre’s panto has legendary status and you can expect music, mayhem and much more. November 29 - January 17



The Brindley, Runcorn The Brindley has been growing a reputation for the quality of its pantomime and this year is promising its most spectacular production. Heading the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn (How Clean Is Your House and I’m A Celebrity Get Me out Of Here) starring as Fairy Liquid. She will be joined by Hollyoaks actress Melissa Wells and Liverpool’s own Charlie Griffiths in the role of the Wicked Queen. Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) is £60.00, and there’s a Panto VIP Experience costing £25 for adults and £20 for children which includes a signed programme on arrival, ice cream at the interval, plus a meet and greet/photo opportunity with a principal cast member. VIP tickets cannot be booked online, so contact the box office on 0151 907 8360 or for general sales. December 13 - January 11

Southport Theatre This year’s show at the Southport Theatre is a debut for one of the country’s leading pantomime producers Imagine Theatre. They will be bringing former Coronation Street star Ken Morley to star alongside Hi-5’s Emma Nowell and Kay Purcell from Waterloo Road in Sleeping Beauty. The quality of the production is underlined by the BAFTAaward winning scriptwriting due of Ian Lauchlan and Will Brenton. To contact the box office call 01704 500036 or email The theatre is offering deals including a meal and a top priced ticket for less than £20. Check out the offers at www.southport December 12 - January 3 46


Clwyd Theatr Cymru Jack and the Beanstalk is also this year’s panto of choice at Mold, but their Rock and Roll panto will be delivering the story in a very different way. Jack’s adventures will be accompanied by a footstomping soundtrack which includes Mercy, You to me Are Everything, Reach Out I’ll be There and Lady Marmalade.

Theatre Clwyd has long been renowned for the quality of its panto and you’ve no excuse for missing it as it will be on for almost two months from the end of November. Ticket information can be obtained from www.clwyd or by calling 0845 330 3565. November 28 - January 24

Theatre Royal, St Helens There’s a strong cast filling out the roles in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal - with a good quality regional flavour to boot. The legend that is Linda Nolan headlines, joining former soap regulars Nick Cochrane (Coronation Street) and Kurtis Stacey (Emmerdale) plus Waterloo Road regular Abby Mavers in this seasonal favourite. As well as her career as part of the Nolans singing group, Linda also has extensive stage experience notably in the West End production of Blood Brothers, and hit the headlines again when she took part in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother. It won’t cost you a golden egg, either, to watch Jack climb the titular beanstalk as tickets start at just £7. More details are available at or 01744 756000 December 5 - January 11 ISSUE 5


DUBLIN The shortest of hops gets you from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to that most welcoming of cities, Dublin. Romantic, poetic, boisterous, charming, friendly...the list of adjectives to describe the place can run on and on. It’s proximity makes it ideal for a weekend away or, if you’ve got plenty of energy, a day trip. But with so much to see and do, it’s worth picking a theme for your trip - you can always nip back and see the rest another time.

The Custom House at sunset, Dublin, Ireland

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GETTING AROUND Getting to and from the airport is straightforward enough with direct bus and coach links from Arrivals to the heart of the city. The Airlink bus charges 6 euros one-way, or 10 euros return. If you want an entertaining overview of what the city has to offer, then a hop-on, hop-off bus tour provides a diverting way to get around the main attractions accompanied by a lively commentary. Good deals allow children under 14 to

LITERARY DUBLIN As a country Ireland is justly celebrated for its literary heritage and Dublin itself is one of only seven UNESCO Cities of Literature world-wide. A stimulating day can be spent touring some of the notable locations across the city which was home to such luminaries as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and WB Yeats. Yeats is celebrated in an award-winning exhibition at the National Library on Kildare Street which is open daily and free of charge, while perhaps the most famous single literary work - the highly decorative 1200-year-old Book of Kells - is available to view at Trinity College. Adults 9 euros. A complete change of atmosphere is guaranteed if you choose to take the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl which takes place each evening from Thursday to Sunday in the winter months. It’s one of the most highly regarded walking tours and starts from The Duke Pub on Duke Street. Book in advance at the Andrew Street tourist office. Adults 12 euros.



travel for free with a fare-paying adult (www.dublinsightsee If the chilly weather doesn’t put you off, Dublin is superb for taking pedal power to see the sights. With 120km of cycle lanes, and 450 cycles available under the city’s dublinbike scheme, as well as private operators, there's plenty of choice. A three-day dublinbike card is just 5 euros and the first 30 minutes’ hire is free (

DUBLIN FOR FAMILIES You can plan a packed itinerary around family-friendly activities across the city from a world-famous brewery tour to the story of a legendary mythical character. Guinness is one of the most famous brands in the world, and the Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate is the country’s leading tourist attraction. Set over seven floors it blends industrial heritage with contemporary touches to create a fascinating look

behind the scenes of a brewing icon. Family tickets are 42.50 euros (around £34). Dublin Zoo, located in Phoenix Park is a hugely popular attraction that is home to more than 400 animals with many new arrivals courtesy of its involvement in an international breeding programme to protect endangered species. Look out for special workshop events during your visit. A family

ticket for two adults and two children is 46.50 euros (around £36). A fascinating guide to Irish mythology is contained in the National Leprechaun Museum which takes visitors on a journey from the first leprechaun sighting in the 8th Century to the present day. You could even find yourself in a leprechaun-sized world looking for the elusive pot of gold.



DUBLIN FOR SHOPPING If you’ve built in some time for a decent browse, then Dublin offers a wide variety of retail choices - from department stores to independent traders. Make your first stop to the city’s very own Antiques Quarter centred around Francis Street. This was established as a Quarter just over a decade ago

when the well-established traders got together to promote their area. Francis Street has been a byword for quality craftsmanship for hundreds of years and is the place to go for a special or unusual gift. There are also a number of galleries and good quality restaurants to make a visit to this part of the city something more

than just a shopping run. For department stores with history you can’t look further than Clerys on O’Connell Street and Arnotts on Henry Street. Both date from the middle 1800s which gives them an outstanding retail pedigree and they remain a hugely popular choice for both locals and visitors.

DUBLIN BY GUIDE Dublin is chock full of sites of historical interest, and getting on a guided tour is often the quickest way to learn all about them. Kilmainham Gaol on Inchicore Road is one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe and a tour here covers some of the most fascinating stories regarding the struggle for Irish independence, plus the plight of ordinary men, women and children within its walls. Access is by guided tour only, which lasts one hour.



Dublin Castle was originally built in the 13th Century and has functioned as a military fortress, a prison,

treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Now it is used for State receptions and the Presidential inauguration. A 45-minute tour will take in the State Apartments, Chapel Royal, Undercroft and Heritage Centre. The truly marvellous Casino Marino, was designed by Sir William Chambers for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont. It is one of the finest 18th century neoclassical buildings in Europe The Casino - which means "small house" - contains 16 beautifully decorated rooms you'll be taken through on a 45-minute tour.

SPORTING DUBLIN Dublin is a city with a vibrant sporting culture whether that’s the traditional games of Hurling and Gaelic Football, Rugby Union at the Aviva Stadium or Horse Racing at Leopardstown. If you can manage to score a ticket for a home Ireland international in the RBS Six Nations then there’s no finer weekend to be had anywhere. Take the Dart from Tara Street to Lansdowne Road and follow the crowds. The aftermatch celebration or commiseration will be worth it, too.

The Christmas Festival at Leopardstown from December 26-29 is a feast of top-class racing with Ladies Day at the Lexus Chase on the 28th a real highlight (www.leopardstown. com). Book tickets online for 22 euros (around £17). But if you want to get your sporting kicks indoors, head for Metro Golf on South Lotts Road. Up to four people can play one of 52 courses in one of their outstanding simulator bays. Food and drink also available (

DUBLIN NIGHTLIFE One of the many legendary aspects of the city is the quality of its pubs, clubs and bars. Whether you’re heading for a packed out Saturday night session in Temple Bar, or looking for a more sophisticated cocktail lounge, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find what you want. And if you don’t find it at first, there’s plenty of fun to be

had looking for that perfect venue. Upstairs@Kinara Kitchen is home to some of the city’s finest cocktails under the guidance of mixologist Paul Lambert (www.kinara and has the added bonus of being above a restaurant specialising in Pakistani cuisine. If you fancy some traditional music to go with your pint, then head for The

Cobblestone pub on North King Street. Excellent live music sessions every night of the week will send you home in fine fettle. For clubbing in unusual surroundings hit the Cellar of The Church. A converted landmark church at the junction of Mary Street and Jervis Street, as party venues go it’s got something for everyone.




to our airport... Don’t get lost before you set off! Check out our floor-by-floor map of Liverpool John Lennon Airports’ ample selection of bars, shops, rest areas and private lounges.





Subject to change. Correct at time of going to print – November 2014

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Liverpool is rarely without something special to see or do, and here’s our selection of what’s currently hot in the city.

The Velvet Underground and Nico 1967 Album cover design by Andy Warhol


Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London



The Ice Festival returns to Chavasse Park bringing a touch of the winter wonderlands to Liverpool ONE. The covered ice rink is always a big attraction, but if you find standing up on the ice a little tricky, head instead for the 30m real Ice Slide - just £4.50 for three slides. If it’s a warm drink you want, then the Apres Cafe Bar is for you, but for something a little colder and with a kick, then try the Real Ice Bar, chilled to -3°.

Tate Liverpool brings together more than 100 works for the first major solo Warhol exhibition in the North of England. Included is the Marilyn Diptych and an evocation of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable `total art’ environment which surrounded performances by the Velvet Underground.

Until February 8th 2015 If you want something more reflective in the build-up to Christmas, then step back in time at Speke Hall and experience one of the carol concerts in the Great Hall. These take place on the 6, 7, 13 and 14th of December with local choirs providing the singing, and minced pies and hit drinks available after the performances. You’ll soon feel your spirits lifted.


The title might be Frozen, but you’ll be feeling all warm inside if you visit FACT for its singalong version of the Disney film which has swept all before it for the last 12 months. Give your vocal cords an airing on December 21. FACT has a whole host of Christmas themed films scheduled for December including such absolute gems as Elf, Die Hard, Gremlins, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone and the evergreen It’s a Wonderful Life. 58



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