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British Tourist Released

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

The BBC reports that two British tourists who were kidnapped in Egypt while on their way to a beach resort have been released. According to the AFP news agency, the pair, thought to be a husband and wife aged 51 and 49, were travelling by car from Cairo to the popular tourist hotspot of Sharm el-Sheik when they were seized by gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula. The Bedouin kidnappers told reporters they wanted the release of four people held over arms trafficking. It was also reported that an Egyptian military intelligence official said the tourists had been freed just hours after their kidnapping. The official added that the British couple is safe and in a security building in Ras Sidr in southern Sinai.   He explained that the couple was freed after police promised the Bedouin they would release...

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Thomas Cook Job Cuts

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

U.K. travel agent Thomas Cook plans to close down 195 retail travel agencies, which will result in the loss of approximately 2,500 jobs. “It is never easy to make decisions that impact directly on our people, but we also owe it to our customers to shape the business effectively and ensure that when they book their holiday with us, our administrative costs are as low as possible,” said Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser. He went on to say “Even after these changes, we will still have one of the largest retail networks in U.K. travel.” Thomas Cook currently has 15,500 employees and these cuts would mean a 16% reduction in their workforce....

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Wonders of the World – Stonehenge

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013

If you want to dive into ancient history of England, Stonehenge is certainly a place to start, as without doubt it is Europe's most famous prehistoric monument.   You've seen the pictures… of a "mysterious" circle of upright stones in Southern England on Salisbury Plain, as well as pictures of modern day Druids holding ceremonies as the sun come up during the Summer Solstice, or you may have read accounts of Merlin moving the stones by magic.  Whether it's fact or fiction you've been reading… doesn't it make you want to go?  Most authorities say that it was built in stages starting from about 3000 BC, however research into and about the monument is ongoing and new discoveries, details, and theories are turning up all the time.   Maybe it's because people think it is or was a place...

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Munich Oktoberfest

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013

Every one must have heard of Oktoberfest, which is Munich’s Bavarian beer festival and fair.  Oktoberfest is so famous that communities in the U.S, Europe and even Asia have created their on version of this historic annual event.  However we think most know about it and really want to go… but do not know what to expect.   So WhichHoliday,tv has visited this festival, to research, so that our viewers have a greater understanding of what all the fuss is about.  It was the best research we have ever undertaken, thank you for the opportunity. So here are a few pointers; Firstly, are you planning a trip for October?  Well if so you're going to miss it, or most of it.  It starts the third Saturday in September and is over by early October. In addition the festival only...

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Munich Beer Halls

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Why not get into the "spirit" in Munich?  For both beer and food, try Munich beer halls, they are definitely not for tourists as local families hang out in these traditional venues. And they give you a taste of Oktoberfest all year round. If you try to sit at a table with a sign in the middle that says "Stammish", you will be moved as they have been reserved for ‘regulars’.  The rest of the tables are often "family style", and you're expected to share the table.  If you see a free space, ask if the seats are taken and squeeze in.  (Ask if they're "Frei" – just like in zimmer frei for rooms available).  However do not do this at a table with that "Stammish" sign, as locals are very protective of their table.  They come to the...

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The Delight Of German Beers

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trying German beers, even if you are not attending the Oktoberfest is part of the fun of travelling in Germany.  Germans and Belgians would probably argue about who has the best beer… and the Czechs, at least those from Pilsner, might join in the squabble.  But we're not going to argue with anyone, we'll just enjoy it where ever we are.  And if you're enjoying a trip to Germany you might as well enjoy a German brew.  Making beer in Germany is highly regulated.  The brewers must adhere to something called "Reinheitsgebot".  This is a "purity order" that dates from 1516.  They must use only water, hops and barley malt when they are making their beer.  The law has been updated and Yeast now can be used… it hadn't been discovered in 1516!  Sometimes sugar can be used too....

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