Pozzuoli - an Italian Gem Still Waiting
to Be Discovered
Pozzuoli is a well-kept secret in
the Bay of Naples. With ancient Roman ruins scattered
throughout, Pozzuoli is a delightful destination for
couples seeking out ancient Italian charm, with a good
dose of spa time.
Thanks to the unique volcanic area it rests on, the
Phlegrean Fields, Pozzuoli is a marvel of thermal
springs, mineral-rich waters and natural saunas.
This natural spa resort is complemented by a rich
history. Inhabited since the 2nd century BC, Pozzuoli
has seen a long, multi-chaptered life that is handsomely
assembled in its historical centre, Rione Terra.
A recent renovation programme has given the centre an
impeccable facelift, so that visitors can really
experience its ancient open-air beauty.
Its multifaceted journey cannot be better emblematized
than by its Cathedral. This 17th-century monument was
built over the 1st century Roman Temple of Augustus,
itself built on an older temple; the Temple of Jupiter,
Juno and Minerva dating back to the 2nd century BC.
The cathedral is today home to remarkable 17th century
paintings by artists like Giovanni Lanfranco and Jusepe
De Ribera, among others.
The town is also home to a Flavian Amphitheatre, the
third largest in Italy after Rome's Colosseum and
The Roman Mecellun is another archaeological treasure,
documenting what used to be a thriving ancient market.
Day trips to Naples are a simple affair; with the Cumana
railway taking you directly between city centres,
Neapolitan pastries and pizzas are just a 20-min dream'
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Tee Up at Austria's Highest Altitude Golf Course
Lech's winter's maybe legendary but at The Gotthard
hotel, summer Golfing holidays are becoming a firm
favourite with Golf Lovers. The stunning Alpine 9-hole
Golf course positioned 1,500m above sea-level has some
challenging holes to keep Golfers entertained.
Golfing at the highest level in the most exclusive
holiday region in Austria brings together a complete
package. As well as the relaxed and peaceful setting of
the Lech course, Golfers looking for variety are within
easy reach of 10 of the most beautiful golf courses in
Lech's partner Golf club Braz is accessible in 20
minutes and Golf clubs at Brand, Montafon and Rankweil
are only 40 minutes away. The Gotthard Hotel is able to
provide players with convenience and countless
opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
New and exclusive to hotel guests is the fabulous 3-hole
Golf Academy, positioned behind the hotel with a driving
range, putting green and practice bunker which, guests
can use for free. It is beautifully maintained and the
perfect place for beginners and advanced golfers alike
to practice their swing. Gotthard hotel guests may also
request a private booking with the hotel's Golf Pro –
Gotthard Hotel Golf Packages
Inclusive Gotthard Golf Service: caddy room in the
hotel, tee time reservation, golf shuttle to Lech Golf
Club (Zug), mountain railways and hiking bus for free,
20% green fee reduction in Vorarlberg
23rd June - 3rd October 2017
3 nights from £437 (€512) per person
5 nights from £691 (€810) per person
Gourmet breakfast and dinner
2 green fee at Lech (3 green fee for 5 night stay)
Guided walks with a hiking guide
1 green fee Brand, Braz or Rankweil (5 night stay only)
Golf Proficiency courses
23rd June - 3rd October 2017
(Minimum of 2 people)
7 nights from £1,075 (€1,260) per person
Imperial breakfast buffet and dinner
Golf proficiency courses at the Golf Academy with Golf
Pro trainer Michael Coventon
Driving Range Lech and free Golf balls
Underground garage parking lot
Free use of the wellness area
Walch and Friends Golf
30th August - 3rd September
Rich breakfast buffet for golfers
Diverse and delicious dinners
Bikes and e-bikes for free
Free use of the wellness area
25% green fee reduction at the Golf Club Lech
20% on all golf courses in Vorarlberg
Well located with top facilities amongst the alpine air
and mountain vistas, the Gotthard promises a peaceful
and refreshing golf holiday. Golf host at the Gotthard,
hotel owner Clemens Walch, looks forward to welcoming
and playing the first round with his guests.
For more information about the Gotthard hotel click on
Crown Princess Entertainment Programme
Princess Cruises has announced its full entertainment
programme on Crown Princess, one of its
Southampton-based ships. Crown Princess is sailing to
the Mediterranean and northern Europe from now until
September on seven and 14-night cruises.
Onboard activities will be launched such as a last night
of the proms celebration, a first for Princess Cruises,
and various themed activities including marking Shark
Week throughout July in partnership with the Discovery
There will be performances from guest entertainers
including Ria Jones, who has performed in leading roles
in numerous West End musicals; 'The Hollies' singer
Peter Howarth; and former winner of The Voice TV show,
A number of the main spring and summer sporting events
will be available to view both in guests' staterooms and
on the top deck 'Movies Under the Stars' cinema screen.
These include Premier League and Champions League
football, the Ryder Cup and Wimbledon tennis.
Pop concerts will also be on both the big and small
screen and feature the likes of Annie Lennox, Peter
Gabriel, Sting and Lady Gaga.
And several UK TV channels will be to hand for the first
time on a Princess ship - including BBC and ITV HD, Sky
News and Sky Sports News - as well as a host of recent
In addition, themed food and drink will be served to
mark special occasions and complement screenings. For
instance champagne, Pimm's and strawberries will be on
offer during Wimbledon fortnight.
Meanwhile the previously-announced speaker programme is
the first on a Princess UK ship and forms part of the
line's Encounters with Discovery series.
The Entertainment Schedule
Graham Gooch OBE (former England cricket captain), on a
7-night Scandinavia cruise, departs May 27th.
James Cosmo (actor in films including Braveheart and
Trainspotting), on a 14-night Baltic cruise, departs
Pete Best (original drummer for The Beatles), on a
14-night North Cape and Norwegian Fjords cruise, departs
John Virgo (former snooker player, current snooker
commentator), on a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise,
departs July 1st.
Terry Butcher (former England captain and football
manager), on a 14-night Baltic cruise, departs July 8th.
Paul Burrell RVM (butler to Diana, Princess of Wales),
on a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise, departs July 22nd.
Mike Gatting OBE (former England cricket captain), on a
14-night Mediterranean cruise, departs July 29th.
Sherrie Hewson (actor, presenter, broadcaster and
novelist), on a 14-night North Cape and Norwegian Fjords
cruise, departs August 12th.
Edwina Currie (former MP. Novelist and broadcaster), on
a 7-night Scandinavia cruise, departs August 26th.
Each speaker will host a 45-minute talk with questions
and answers, as well as a meet and greet session
including photographs and book signings. Some speakers
will also be judges on 'The Voice of the Ocean', an
onboard singing competition for guests, which is based
on ITV's 'The Voice'.
Pete Best says, “I'm really looking forward to being
with everyone on the Crown Princess. The guests are a
remarkable fun loving crowd - I've enjoyed their company
immensely and I hope they will enjoy mine.”
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Win a Week's Holiday to the
GK Beach Hotel in Crete!
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This is a super hotel,
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The swimming pool, restaurant,
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That said, the village of
Kalives is just a short stroll
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As car hire is included, you
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Free Dog-Friendly Holiday Guide
for South Devon
Three times British Travel
Award-winning holiday lettings
agency Coast & Country Cottages
is delighted to have launched
South Devon Loves Dogs, a new
dog-friendly holiday guide FREE
to download at
South Devon holidays aren't just
for people… this Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty is a
popular holiday destination for
dogs (and their owners) too!
With miles of unspoilt coastal
paths to explore, countless
dog-friendly beaches, and
hundreds of pubs, restaurants
and cafés that welcome
four-legged friends, this is a
wonderful region to discover
with your pooch.
This insightful one-stop guide
is filled with informative and
useful articles, with advice
from local vets and the National
Farmers' Union, not to mention a
'dog-friendly directory' of
South Devon eateries that
welcome pets, and contact
details of local businesses
those holidaying with dogs in
the area might find useful.
South Devon Loves Dogs has been
produced by the team at South
Devon based holiday lettings
agency Coast & Country Cottages,
who offer over 400 self catering
holiday properties exclusively
in this Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. Whether you are
visiting the area or live
locally, use this handy guide to
plan your next walk, to find out
accommodation, or for top tips
on finding 'doggie beer' in the
Karen Jones, Director at Coast &
Country Cottages, says, "We
created South Devon Loves Dogs
for visitors and local people
alike, to help showcase the
wonderful array of dog-friendly
businesses and holiday
properties we have here in South
Devon, as well as offering
advice and suggestions for those
looking for inspiration on walks
or tips on looking after their
dog on holiday."
Tina Doyle, Assistant Marketing
Manager adds, "It was a joy to
help create South Devon Loves
Dogs. The photography alone has
been wonderful to work on - the
images throughout the guide are
so breathtaking, with so many
photogenic dogs to choose from!
We are truly so lucky to live in
such a beautiful part of the
world with our pets."
To download the free guide,
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For more information about South
Devon Loves Dogs, or to discuss
holiday availability call the
locally based Coast & Country
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Discover Anne of Green Gables
Heritage in Canada
From May 12th, 2017 Anne of
Green Gables will be returning
to TV screens around the world.
The new Netflix series hits the
screens for an 8 part series.
The story is set on Prince
Edward Island, in Canada.
Brush up on your Facts
Anne of Green Gables
was first published in 1908 and
sold 19,000 copies in the first
It went into 10
printings in its first year and
was translated into Swedish in
1909. It has since been
translated into more than a
It is believed that
more than 50 million copies have
been sold worldwide
The term 'Anne of
Green Gables' is currently a
registered trademark, owned
jointly by the province of
Prince Edward Island and the
heirs of the author, Lucy Maud
Montgomery. Producers of Anne
related products outside of PEI
pay a royalty to the family
while Island producers make Anne
items royalty free.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
was born on the north shore of
Prince Edward Island in 1874 and
raised in Cavendish by her grand
Montgomery saw the
coming of the telephone,
wireless radios, cars,
airplanes, motorized tractors,
silent films and talking movies,
she lived through WW1 and the
beginning of her views about
culture and about women changed
with those of her times.
The story of Anne
spanned a series of 8 novels and
other books included Emily of
New Moon, Jane of Lantern Hill,
Pat of Silver Bush, The Story
Girl. Many of her works went on
to be adapted for film.
Each year hundreds of
thousands of visitors from
around the world visit the sites
which inspired the settings for
L.M. Montgomery to create the
tale of a red haired orphan ,
Anne of Green Gables.
In Poland, Montgomery
was something of a wartime hero.
Polish soldiers were issued with
copies of a Montgomery novel to
take to the front with them in
The Blue Castle was made into a
musical in Kracow in the 1980's
and its performances were sold
out. Today, there is a L.M.
Montgomery School in Warsaw.
In addition to the Green Gables
House, several museums and sites
invite visitors to learn more
about Anne, and a Musical
Version of the story runs in the
summer at the Charlottetown
Where to find your Inner Anne
Start your day in
Cavendish at the setting of
Anne's story: Green Gables
Heritage Place, located in
Prince Edward Island National
Park. Explore the preserved
gable house that inspired the
Author, Lucy Maud Montgomery and
walk the grounds including the
Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane.
Visit the site of
Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish
home where the author's
relatives still reside.
Spend the afternoon
at Avonlea Village - a recreated
rural community based on the
village where Anne lived.
Visit New London with
a visit to Lucy Maud
Montgomery's birthplace. Here
you can see a replica of the
writers wedding dress and
scrapbooks containing some of
her stories and poems.
Visit the Anne Gables
Museum at Silver Bush. Peruse
antiques from the authors time
and don't miss Matthews Carriage
Ride around the Silver Bush
Property, past the Lake of
Head to Gateway
Village in Borden – Carleton,
where you can dress up as Anne
herself, for a replica photo at
In Bideford you can
view the Bideford Parsonage
Museum, where a 19 year old
Montgomery lived. Today it's a
museum with multiple themes;
PEI's ship building past, the
contributions of parsons and
ministers to PEI and of course,
Lucy Maud herself.
Visit the Lower
Bedeque Schoolhouse, where L.M.
Search for the
perfect Anne souvenir in
Charlottetowns many gift and
Treat yourself to a
performance of Anne of Green
Gables – The Musical ™ at the
Confederation Centre of the
Arts. This is Canada's longest
running family musical and runs
from June to September.
How to Book an Anne Inspired
Charlottetown is accessible
through a short flight from
Halifax, Nova Scotia, served by
direct flights from the UK. Tour
operators who have Prince Edward
Island packages include:
For information on Canada as a
holiday destination visit
Sixtyplusurfers Holiday Review
The Swan, Lavenham
By Simon Fine
The beautiful village of Lavenham sits in the
heart of Suffolk, between Bury St Edmunds and
Sudbury. It is one of the finest examples of a
medieval village with more than 300 ancient
buildings, many of which are listed as being of
architectural and historic interest. Arriving in
the village on a sunny spring afternoon we were
quite blown away by the stunning architecture
lining the high street. In the heart of Lavenham
we soon found The Swan Hotel & Spa, with its
15th century half timbered exterior.
We parked at The Swan’s convenient secure car
park opposite the hotel and entered through huge
wooden doors. The oak beamed interior was full
of character with several comfortable lounge
areas which we passed through before being
warmly greeted at reception. The Swan has 45
individual bedrooms which are reached via
characterful staircases and corridors which
required me to lower my head at various
A friendly porter carried our cases to our room.
He explained that the hotel was originally
several properties which have been knocked
through over the years. Our room was stunning,
with a king-sized bed, luxury bathroom and a
cosy lounge area with table and chairs.
There was lots of space to store our belongings
plus a lovely TV and tea & coffee making
facilities. We had a perfect panoramic view of
the High Street.
Taking advantage of the late afternoon sun, we
decided to explore Lavenham. The most striking
feature is the period architecture, with rows of
timber framed cottages, many colourfully painted
and at quirky angles. Lavenham is a truly
The high street boasts numerous antique shops,
galleries and boutiques where it was tempting to
spend a great deal of time and a few pounds too.
There are also a number of welcoming pubs and
highly rated restaurants and tea shops.
The Swan offers a fine dining experience in
their AA two rosette Gallery restaurant which
features a magnificent high timbered ceiling, a
minstrel’s gallery, exposed brickwork and an
impressive fireplace. It felt like the height of
self indulgence. The imaginative menu offers a
potential five courses, for those with appetites
We settled on three courses, starting with brown
crab, sweetcorn, coriander and popcorn for me
and globe and jerusalem artichoke, hazelnuts and
hen’s egg for my partner. Both were beautifully
presented and subtly flavoured. Our main courses
were similarly delicious and a little
adventurous. My partner chose venison haunch,
honey blackberries and celeriac whilst I
selected halibut, tandoori spice, pineapple and
For desert we selected a delicious banana cake
with custard and an indulgent chocolate
creation. Definitely a restaurant to dress up
for, it was quite simply one of the most
memorable meals we have ever enjoyed in the most
luxurious setting imaginable. Plus the service
was warm, friendly and highly professional.
For indulgence of a different nature, The Swan
features the Weavers' House Spa which offers over
30 different treatments including facials,
manicures and massages. Overnight guests have a
complimentary two-hour session with use of the
facilities including the sauna, steam room,
outdoor vitality pool and relaxation lounge.
Weavers' House Spa
is a wonderful, modern facility
providing total comfort and relaxation.
Following a lovely night’s sleep in our super
comfortable bed, we wandered down for breakfast,
which was also served in the Gallery Restaurant.
Unlike many hotels, breakfast at The Swan is
served to your table throughout, with no need
for guests to leave their seat to serve
The breakfast menu was extensive and catered for
all tastes. As well as the traditional full
English, which I can confirm was absolutely
delicious, The Swan offers a Garden Breakfast of
sautéed sweet potato, char-grilled artichoke,
mushroom, tomato and a choice of fried, poached
or scrambled egg.
Also on offer were pancakes, eggs benedict,
smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, kippers,
cereals, yogurts, fruit, freshly squeezed juices
and a selection of their sensational homemade
toasted breads and more! While I tucked into
Suffolk pork sausage and cured Suffolk bacon, my
partner thoroughly enjoyed the meat-free option.
Lavenham is ideally placed to explore the
beautiful county of Suffolk, currently bursting
with spring colour with vast yellow fields of
rapeseed flowers and trees heaving with blossom
and fresh new green leaves.
There are many walks in the area, whilst the
picturesque villages of Clare and Cavendish are
a short drive away and the bustling towns of
Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury offer an attractive
mix of modern shops and historic places of
We spent an afternoon exploring Lavenham’s
finest building, The Guildhall, a spectacular
timber-framed building, set in the historic
Market Place, built around 1530. Over the
centuries The Guildhall has served the community
in many ways, and is now a National Trust
During our stay, we visited Kentwell Hall in the
pretty town of Long Melford. Kentwell Hall is
one of England’s finest Tudor Houses. It also
features a walled garden, a magnificent moat
house and several lovely woodland walks.
We loved strolling around the gardens and
particularly visiting the farm and stables which
are home to several Suffolk Punch horses, goats,
pigs and donkeys. But the highlight of our visit
was the newly born lambs which had cuteness in
We also loved our visit to Gainsborough’s House,
which is a museum and art gallery at the
birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury.
Gainsborough was one of the greatest painters in
the history of British art and the House
features a collection of his work, both
portraits and landscapes.
When we visited, there were also fascinating
exhibitions of the works of Constable and
contemporary artist, Julian Perry. The House is
managed by The Gainsborough House Society and
offers many exhibitions, courses and events.
At the rear of the House is a beautiful historic
garden which we thoroughly enjoyed, with its
gorgeous swathes of tulips and centuries old
We had a memorable stay at The Swan. It is a
special hotel with a fabulous team who know how
to look after their guests.
Lavenham is a beautiful village surrounded by
many places of interest.
To book a stay at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel &
Spa and treatments in Weavers’ House Spa call
Tel: 01787 247 477.
Rooms start from £185 per night for two sharing
including a full Suffolk breakfast; dinner from
the a la carte menu is from £39 per person for
For details about visiting Kentwell Hall please
For information about Gainsborough's House click