Showing posts from February, 2013

Austria: Reclaiming the Budget Skiing Crown

It’s hard to believe but until the seventies Austria used to pip France as the European skiing destination with the most visitors. Now, after a period in the doldrums the old Alpine rival is back. Alongside the resurgence of classic spots like St Anton and Kitzbuhel, the abundance of Ellmau ski deals and the attraction of family resorts like Soll and Alpbach are persuading more and more back to the Tyrolean slopes.

The reason: What made France pre-eminent, Austria has now imitated. They have a huge ski area, linked by cable cars and lifts, offering hundreds of kilometres of pistes of all different levels. That area is the Ski Welt, Austria’s largest interconnected ski zone.

One of the lower resorts in Ski Welt is Ellmau, the perfect place for families or newbie skiers and boarders to start. Slopes are accessible in the village itself, with plenty of gentle runs for beginners. Those with a bit more confidence can take the train up the Hartkaiser mountain behind the village. From the t…

Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt

Where? Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt
When? 22nd February 
The Abu Simbel Sun Festival at Aswan, Egypt is observed twice every year on 22nd of February and on 22nd of October, the dates that mark the emperor’s birthday and his ascension to the throne. Next to the Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel is perhaps the most recognized monument of ancient Egypt. The two temples built for the pharaoh Ramses II have been attracting visitors since Victorian times. During the Abu Simbel Festival crowds fill the temple at sunrise to watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone, illuminating the statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun with only the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness – remaining in the shade on these two days of the year.

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Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril, Jamaica

Where? Negril, Jamaica

When? 3rd - 6th February

The much-anticipated 21st Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash promises to be a rich cultural experience, steeped in Jamaica’s history, art and music.The event will start with the customary beach party at the Negril Beach Park and will continue the next day with a culturally charged ensemble at the MX3 Lawn. Included in the festivities are a tribute concert and "Wailers Reunion".