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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Virgin Atlantic moves into short-haul with Heathrow slots

Virgin Atlantic moves into short-haul with Heathrow slots

Virgin Atlantic has announced it has been offered all of the Heathrow short-haul remedy slots available following International Airline Group’s acquisition of bmi.

VW camper ends production after 63 years - Christian Dalera

The Volkswagen Kombi camper van will finally be killed off after 63 years of continuous production; the last Kombi will be built December 31, 2013.

The nine-seat Kombi, introduced in 1950, is currently sold exclusively in the South American market as the T2, and made solely in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Italian Job Voted Best Film by Classic Car Fans

Italian Job 1969 - Christian Dalera
As a fan of both classic cars and Italian architecture, I couldn't agree more with the results of a recent online poll which invited classic car fans to vote for their favourites in six categories: classic motoring movie; classic car in the movies; classic motorcycle; car chase, favourite classic in television; and the classic they would most like to see featured.

Valletta selected as European Capital of Culture

Christian Dalera
Malta’s capital city, Valletta, has now been officially selected as European Capital of Culture 2018.

Alex Incorvaja, director UK & Ireland commented:  “We are all proud citizens of Valletta and are delighted to have won the accolade of becoming one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture in 2018.

JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ Limited Edition Collection design by Porsche...

Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Boeing Dreamliner 787

787 Dreamliner - Christian Dalera
Boeing and Qatar Airways today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.
The airplane, the first of 30 787s ordered by the Doha-based airline, is also the first to be delivered to an airline in the Middle East.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Spain South Coast train would pay for itself in 13 years

THE creation of a high-speed passenger and goods railway link along the coast from Almeria to Algeciras would generate €677 million worth of business per year.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Disused Spanish airport finally takes a film set for Pedro Almodovar - Mail Online - Travel Chatter: The hottest holiday gossip

It was built as the privately-run rival to Madrid Airport, but the Ciudad Real transport hub - built to the south of the capital - closed after just three years and became a symbol of Spain's spiralling economic crisis.

Disused Spanish airport finally takes a film set for Pedro Almodovar - Mail Online - Travel Chatter: The hottest holiday gossip

Paramount Pictures plans £2bn Hollywood-inspired resort in Kent to rival Disneyland Paris

Developers have revealed plans to build a huge £2billion Hollywood-inspired entertainment resort in Kent.
Paramount Pictures has given permission for its name to be used for the proposed development on the Swanscombe Peninsula in a move that is expected to rival Disneyland Paris.

Paramount Pictures plans £2bn Hollywood-inspired resort in Kent to rival Disneyland Paris | Mail Online

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Christian Dalera holiday spotlight: why Barbados is my Caribbean favourite

I have had the good fortune to stay in Barbados twice, and I cannot recommend it enough.
The first time I flew into Grantley Adams International from London for a week-long cruise around the Caribbean. While the natural beauties of islands such as Aruba, Grenada or St Lucia are probably more striking than Barbados, the latter makes up for it with an excellent infrastructure, amazing hotels and restaurants.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Spotlight on Paris, luxury capital of Europe

Paris - Christian Dalera

Paris is as well known for luxury, fashion and shopping as it is for romance and culture. Yes there is the very intellectually cool left bank to visit Shakespeare and Co for a novel, or the numerous cafes surrounding the St Sulpice, but Paris really comes into its element when you go shopping.

Dubai land of luxury - spotlight Burj Al Arab

Christian Dalera - Royal Suite - Burj Al Arab
LUXURY: Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab (Arabic: Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.

World Class Luxury Travel - Switzerland

Zermatt in Switzerland - great for skiing and snowboarding (and the delicious vin chaud of course!).

Visit the Maldives Islands

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Monaco - Luxury Travel

The Principality of Monaco. The home of so many things - extravagance, super yachts, Grand Prix races, Celebrities - this principality is the most famous of them all.
In true style and in key to its glitzy personality this programme is drenched in more luxury than any of our others!

Berlin moves to relaunch Checkpoint Charlie 23 years on

Christian Dalera - Checkpoint Charlie 1963
Checkpoint Charlie 1963
Checkpoint Charlie is once again home to the Berlin Wall and the Cold War. Two new attractions aim to cater for tourists hungry for information about the historic site at the heart of the German capital.
The Cold War “BlackBox” is a temporary exhibition installed by the cash-strapped city government until a museum can be built there. Across the road is a fascinating panorama of the Berlin Wall by the German-Iranian artist Yadegar Asisi.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Spoleto - steeped in history

 About 10 years ago I spent a week in the small, ancient mountain town of Spoleto, there for the wedding of a friend. Spoleto is an ancient city in the Italian province of Perugia in east central Umbria on a foothill of the Apennines.
Spoleto was situated on the eastern branch of the Via Flaminia, which forked into two roads at Narni and rejoined at Forum Flaminii, near Foligno.
An ancient road also ran hence to Nursia. The Ponte Sanguinario of the first century BCE still exists.
The Forum lies under today's marketplace.
 Located at the head of a large, broad valley, surrounded by mountains, Spoleto has long occupied a strategic geographical position.
It appears to have been an important town to the original Umbri tribes, who built walls around their settlement in the 5th century BC, some of which are visible today.
 The first historical mention of Spoletium is the notice of the foundation of a colony there in 241 BC;[1] and it was still, according to Cicero colonia latina in primis firma et illustris: a Latin colony in 95 BC. After the Battle of Lake Trasimene (217 BC) Spoletium was attacked by Hannibal, who was repulsed by the inhabitants.
During the Second Punic War the city was a useful ally to Rome. It suffered greatly during the civil wars of Gaius Marius and Sulla.
The latter, after his victory over Crassus, confiscated the territory of Spoletium (82 BC). From this time forth it was a municipium.

Palermo - A city of contrasts

Norman, Arabic, Romanic, gothic, baroque architecture in grandiose or derelict structures. If you can avoid it do not drive in Palermo. The other drivers could give Mother Teresa road rage.
Do the tourist visit bus, otherwise you'll miss a lot of the amazing architectural delights which are quite literally tucked away here and there between buildings.

Stunningly composed video about Venice!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Rome in 1 minute!

This 1 minute video highlights the stunning architecture and sights of Rome.

To the visitor what stands out is how world famous monuments - unlike, say, Paris -  are tucked away between narrow streets as everyday life surrounds them as it has done for 1000 years.

Lonely Planet writes that Rome may no longer be caput mundi (capital of the world), but Rome is an epic, bubbling-over metropolis harbouring lost empires. One visit and you’ll be hooked.

Rome has a glorious monumentality that it wears without reverence. Its architectural heirlooms are buzzed around by car and Vespa as if they were no more than traffic islands.

The city bombards you with images: elderly ladies with dyed hair chatting in Trastevere; priests with cigars strolling the Imperial Forums; traffic jams around the Colosseum; plateloads of pasta in Piazza Navona; sinuous trees beside the Villa Borghese; barrages of pastel-coloured scooters revving up at traffic lights as if preparing for a race.

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Christian Dalera - Rome in a flash by ChristianDalera

Discovering Venice

Venice at the time of Palladio was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe.
Venetian Gothic is a term given to an architectural style combining use of the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine and Moorish architecture influences. The style originated in 14th century Venice with the confluence of Byzantine styles from Constantinople, Arab influences from Moorish Spain and early Gothic forms from mainland Italy.

Source: Wired Tourist

Mapping Contemporary Venice

Mapping Contemporary Venice - from the city of today to the Venice of the future was a collateral event of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in 2010.
It is a process, launched and promoted by Venice International University and Moleskine, involving intellectuals, designers, architects, artists and students, aimed at creating a new visual representation of contemporary Venice and its possible projections into the future.
Source: univiu

Stunning! Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, Italy

Doubleback VW camper,