Sheep provide the crowd scenes in a new video unveiled today (October 23) that celebrates the huge choice of fantastic road cycle routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
They were drafted in as extras along with a fish and chip van and a barking Border collie called Bonnie to appear in the four-minute film, which features commentary by national TV cycling celebrity Phil Liggett.
The video has been produced by North Yorkshire-based Fridge Productions for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and follows a group of riders as they cycle along sections of next year’s Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France route.
The film’s launch coincides with the confirmation in Paris today that the start of the Tour would be in Yorkshire, including the Grand Départ that will see the world’s top cyclists pitting their skills against each other through the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
Phil said: “Being a part of this film has reminded me of the wonderful cycling terrain in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The spectacular scenery makes for great rides and it will be an extra treat for the thousands of people who come along to watch the Grand Départ.
“Fantastic cycling in a fantastic part of the country – it couldn’t get any better.”
The video can be viewed by going to the National Park Authority’s website www.cyclethedales.org.uk
The Grand Départ Stage 1 will leave Leeds on July 5 for a breath-taking, 190 kilometre ride through the National Park to Harrogate. The route will go along Wharfedale, Bishopdale, Wensleydale and Swaledale, with climbs over Kidstones from Wharfedale into Bishopdale, Buttertubs Pass from Wensleydale to Swaledale and then out of Grinton towards Leyburn.
And on the following day the cyclists will skirt through the southern edge of the National Park as they ride past Bolton Abbey on their way from York to Sheffield.
The YDNPA is working hard with local communities and district and parish councils to wow the thousands of people expected to turn out for the event – which also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the creation of the National Park.
Local communities are busy preparing their own celebrations and the National Park Authority is offering grants to parish councils along the route to go towards the cost of staging Tour-de-France-related events.
National Park Authority Chairman Peter Charlesworth said: “It is really exciting that the route has been confirmed so that we can concentrate on making this a memorable event for the Dales and their residents and visitors.
“It has brought home to us how soon it will be upon us and the preparations that need to be made. We can see now that it really is going to happen and we will seize the opportunity to bring the maximum possible benefit to our wonderful National Park.”
“We are fortunate that this route will showcase all that is best of the outstanding landscape we are privileged to live in and care for.”
National Park Authority Chief Executive David Butterworth said: “It’s great news to have confirmation of the route. Along with colleagues in other agencies we can now continue with the detailed preparations to ensure that we put on a world-class event that will showcase Yorkshire in general – and the National Park in particular – in all its spectacular glory.
“Of course, this news also means that those communities that want to make the most of the event can get on with their preparations, and we look forward to helping where we can.”
Earlier this year the YDNPA launched a revamped Cycle the Dales website for cyclists and visitors wanting to explore the National Park on two wheels ahead of next year’s event. The website – at www.cyclethedales.org.uk – contains a huge range of routes along with downloadable maps and descriptions, and information about classic hill climbs and the Tour de France.
The National Park Authority has also been helping cafés, accommodation providers and tourist attractions by providing free bike stands and bike rings to install outside their premises to offer bike-friendly facilities for the increasing number of visiting cyclists.
Sustainable Tourism Officer Meghann Hull said: “We have had a fantastic response to the offer and all the equipment has been snapped up. We now have some basic cycle repair kits available that businesses can lend to visitors.”
Any business owner interested in applying for a kit can phone Meghann at the YDNPA’s Colvend offices in Grassington on 01756 751600. She can also be contacted for more information about the grants to parish councils.
For more information, please call the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Media Officer Nick Oldham (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or the Communications Team on 01756 751616.
All Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority media releases can be viewed online by visiting www.yorkshiredales.org.uk
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of 15 National Parks in the UK.
It is administered by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, which has two main purposes: “to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage” and “to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park”. In carrying out these purposes, the Authority has a duty “to seek to foster the economic and social well being of local communities”. The National Park Authority comprises 22 members, made up of county and district councillors and members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment to represent parishes or in recognition of their specialist skills or knowledge.
The Northern Lights tops Brits’ must see lists beating destinations like the Great Barrier Reef and Egypt’s Pyramids.
Seeing the Aurora Borealis in Norway is the number one must-see holiday destination, according to research from TravelSupermarket, with 37% of respondents mentioning it.
Visiting the Egyptian pyramids was second at 35% and a road trip down Route 66 in the US was third with 33%.
32% of those questioned said walking the Great Wall of China , while 31% said experiencing an African safari and 30% said taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Strip.
Going on a cruise in the Caribbean was seventh with 29% voting, closely followed by seeing the Taj Mahal in India at 28%.
Ninth was riding a gondola in Venice which attracted 27% of people and tenth was diving in the Great Barrier Reef at 24%.
TravelSupermarket’s resident travel expert, Bob Atkinson said: “Ten years ago African safari’s and road trips down Route 66 were appealing because they were so far away, but now we’re seeing destinations much closer to home, like Norway, become a popular choice because people have decided it’s something they must see, instead of choosing long haul destinations because they’re perceived to be once in a lifetime opportunities.”
Families with grown children in search of a celebration including music, food and wine in an exotic location may consider Thomson Family Adventures’ latest entries based in Baja California, Mexico.
Jan. 18-20, 2014, the company is offering a program based on attendance at the Todos Santos Music Festival at the Hotel California. The festival was created by Peter Buck of the band REM.
Performances by local and international musicians will take place at night and during the day Thomson has assembled a program of activities, including cooking lessons, grey whale watching, horseback riding, surfing, hiking, beach lounging and swimming with sea lions at La Paz beach.
The nine-day trip is priced from $3,490 per person.
Then in May the company offers a program for attending the GastroVino Festival in Todos Santos, focusing on food and wine.
Activities include a VIP dinner and welcome reception, a day of food and wine tastings and a number of other possibilities, including cooking lessons from notable chefs, meetings with winemakers, dining in local restaurants, surfing, hiking and horseback riding.
The eight-day program is priced from $3,090. Dates are May 24-30, 2014.
Hurtigruten partners with local Norwegian businesses to expand culinary offerings on its Coastal VoyageDecember 3, 2013 on 2:50 pm | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Norway | Comments Off
Tromsø, December 2013 – Hurtigruten is expanding its culinary commitment by partnering with small Norwegian businesses, ensuring local produce is incorporated into every element of the on-board dining experience. For 120 years award-winning Hurtigruten has been sailing the scenic coast of Norway, striving to provide guests with an opportunity to experience the country in a truly unique and meaningful way. Local interaction has always been an important factor in that regard and through the use of the company’s culinary offerings, Hurtigruten’s guests can enjoy meals made with fresh ingredients from the regions visited by the ships.
Hurtigruten and its partners, Innovation Norway and Matmerk*, have committed to investing in small businesses in the local – and often rural – communities that line the coast of Norway. This mutually beneficial relationship will enable local companies to grow their businesses and will provide Hurtigruten with a consistent year-round supply of local ingredients, which will result in even more authentic dining experiences for guests. More than 200 local suppliers have already registered their interest and a number of new and exciting food and beverage products are being considered. Hurtigruten expects to announce its first partners in early 2014.
Suppliers will be selected first, followed by the development of seasonal menus. Each on-board dinner menu will be tailored to the seasonal delicacies of the regions in which the ships are visiting. For example, as part of the new winter dinner menu, travelers can expect to dine on a seasonal seafood buffet in the North Cape and baked ox breast with winter root vegetables in Kirkenes. Regardless of the time of year, travelers can enjoy fine dining – particularly at dinner – in a casual atmosphere.
The coastal voyages run year-round between the UNESCO-listed harbor city of Bergen and the Norway/Russia border town of Kirkenes. The fleet of 11 modern ships visit 34 ports of call during the seven-day northbound and six-day southbound sailings, and twice each during the 12-day roundtrip.
Hurtigruten also sails to the most remote of destinations – including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen – as well as Europe in the spring and fall. The company’s fleet of intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.
Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website, www.hurtigruten.us; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.
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*Innovation Norway is an instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Matmerk is an independent foundation that helps to enhance the diversity, quality and value in Norwegian food production.
Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French PolynesiaPaul Gauguin Cruises 11100 Main St., Suite 300 Bellevue, WA 98004 800.848.6172 800.848.6172, ext. 6276 (group sales) http://www.pgcruises.com and the South Pacific.
With Scotland being named No.3 in Lonely Planet’s top 10 Destination Countries for 2014, it seems it is now more than ever high time for tartan. With properties across the length and breadth of the country, from the Isle of Skye to the northernmost climes of the Moray Firth, Bespoke Hotels has something to suite all tastes. Whether you’re after chic, stylish cities, historic castles, world-renowned bars and famed malt whiskies, or a spot of the country’s most famous sport, the perfect base is available for excursions north of the border.
Stonefield Castle, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute
Built in 1837, Stonefield Castle is a stunning example of Scottish Baronial architecture with original furnishings and 60 acres of woodland gardens. Set on the shores of Loch Fyne, just two miles from the quaint fishing village of Tarbert, the hotel is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery on the Mull of Kintyre peninsula.
Stonefield boasts 32 individually decorated bedrooms with spectacular views of both the loch and castle grounds, along with an AA Rosette awarded restaurant featuring locally (and we do mean locally) sourced produce as well as a wide range of regionally produced whiskeys. To cap it off, there are 5 golf courses located within an hour of the estate, not to mention the possibility of dolphin sightings in the neighbouring waters.
Two night stay, incl dinner, bed & breakfast, as well as drinks and cream tea on arrival from £109 per person.
Reservations: 0843 178 7141
Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Carnoustie, Angus
Overlooking the world famous Carnoustie golf course, host of the Open Championship as recently as 2007, The Carnoustie Golf Hotel is heaven for fans of Scotland’s most famous sporting export. The iconic building houses 75 luxury bedrooms, including 10 suites offering spectacular views of the championship course, as well as cutting edge spa facilities ideal for recharging the batteries after a day on the links.
What’s more, for those who wish to take a break and stray from the fairways, a number of attractions are within easy reach. Glamis Castle, childhood home of the Queen Mother, Captain Scott’s renowned ship Discovery, as well as the famed whisky trail sit amidst miles of unspoiled Scottish coastline and rugged, mountainous terrain.
Two night stay, incl dinner, bed & breakfast, as well as drinks and cream tea on arrival from £129 per person.
Reservations: 0843 178 7109
Tigerlilly Hotel, Edinburgh
Located on George Street, in the heart of the capital’s ultra fashionable shopping and entertainment district, just a stones throw from sites like The Royal Botanical Gardens and breathtaking Edinburgh Castle, this luxurious boutique hotel is a captivating juxtaposition of traditional Georgian facades, mirror mosaics and revolving glitter balls.
Named “one of the coolest 65 hotels in the world” by Conde Nast Traveller, The Tigerlilly boasts 33 individually designed rooms, a restaurant serving everything from sea bass to sirloin steak, and a glitzy cocktail bar.
Two night stay, incl bed & breakfast, from £160 per person.
Reservations: 0131 225 5005
Gleddoch House Golf Hotel & Spa, Langbank, Renfrewshire
Seated triumphantly amidst 360 acres of stunning highland terrain on the banks of the River Clyde, The Gleddoch House Golf Hotel & Spa is equipped with 70 en suite bedrooms, a restaurant serving traditional Scottish fare, extensive spa facilities, not to mention an 18 hole championship calibre golf course.
Once the stately home of a famed shipping baron, the hotel is located in close proximity to Loch Lomond, arguably Scotland’s finest, as well as the vibrant, stylish city of Glasgow. However, the year round natural beauty of the area is such that you may want to stay right where you are and simply take in the stunning scenery of the Renfrewshire Hills and the Clyde Estuary.
Two night stay, incl dinner, bed & breakfast, as well as drinks and cream tea on arrival from £109 per person.
Reservations: 0843 178 7120
Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Ross-shire.
A magnificent, storied structure in the heart of the Highlands. Dating back as far as the 12th century, Tulloch Castle has long stood as the seat of Clan Davidson, looming over the nearby town of Dingwall and the Cromarty Firth. Venerable halls and painstakingly restored ceilings await guests, along with the chance to recline beside the castle’s roaring hearths and grand old fireplaces. There’s even a dose of the supernatural in the form of the oft-cited castle ghosts and spiritual figures, for those that don’t frighten easily.
Alongside the 250 year old great hall, the hotel features 20 uniquely furbished bedrooms, a restaurant serving authentic highland fare and a bar well-stocked with the finest Scottish malts. Furthermore, access to the Moray Firth offers visitors the chance to spot the ever more frequent pods of dolphins, while the nearby Cairngorms offer breathtaking mountainous terrain.
Rooms from £79 per person bed & breakfast, based on a two night stay in a twin room. Reservations: 0843 178 7143 http://www.bespokehotels.com/tullochcastlehotel
The Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside, Banffshire
Built in 1893, The Craigellachie Hotel, situated near Elgin near the beautiful River Spey, contains 26 en suite bedrooms and an AA Rosette awarded restaurant. It also plays host of the world famous Quaich Bar, which is positiviely brimming with nearly 700 whiskies for guests to enjoy and become familiar with via tasting sessions conducted by the hotel.
Set at the heart of the malt whisky trail, midway between Aberdeen and Inverness, The Craigellachie provides a gateway to the rugged, breathtaking terrain of northern Scotland, as well as the 52 nearby distilleries. Exceptional salmon fishing is to be had in the nearby Spey River, while Loch Ness, Ben Aigan Mountain, and a number of historic castles are all within striking distance.
Two night stay, incl dinner, bed & breakfast, as well as drinks and cream tea on arrival from £129 per person.
Reservations: 0843 178 7144
Bespoke Hotels was formed in 2000, and has grown to encompass over 97 properties under management worldwide, having acquired the Oxford Hotels and Inns portfolio in December 2012.
Ranging from specialist golfing hotels, to award-winning spa resorts and chic city centre properties, the group prides itself on a diverse roster and a unique, individualised management style.
Do you dream of fulfilling your inner cowboy and riding Western style against a backdrop of stunning landscapes? Would you like to get away from it all and share a few days with friends experiencing together riding across inspiring landscapes. Or would you like to indulge in ultimate luxury combining staying in a world-renowned hotel with day or half day long rides across breath taking scenery?
Liberty Trails horseback safaris provides all the answers for unique and unforgettable experiences and they are available here in the UK.
Liberty Trails is based on Dartmoor, widely regarded as England’s last remaining wilderness, where there is acre upon acre of space, peace and solitude dotted with dramatic tors, winding streams and ancient woodlands. Ride out onto the moors and you could be in America with its awe-inspiring vast open spaces.
Few people have experienced the high moors, where cattle graze in the summer, or wandered the ancient tracks which lead to simply breath taking parts of the moor which are abundant in their beauty, but at Liberty Trails riders can enjoy this space, peace and solitude.
Proprietor Elaine Prior said: “I have lived on Dartmoor for most of my life and it is breathtaking in its beauty. It is most extraordinary country with incredible light, amazing sunrises and sunsets. There’s such an abundance of natural beauty and its here, in England, right on our doorsteps. If you can jump on a horse and enjoy a sedate canter and you’d like to combine this with staying in delightful accommodation then a trip to Devon to experience this is a must.”
Liberty Trails guided riding trails are already famed, and its bespoke holidays are providing another pull for equine enthusiasts with the desire for a memorable break in stunning surroundings with horses for company.
There are three very different holiday options, catering for different budgets, and with each, guests can either bring their own horses or ride horses which will be provided, and all are for three nights stays with two full days riding across the moors.
The first option is Horse Safari Party when friends can gather in a holiday cottage with two days of unforgettable guided riding on Dartmoor and the exclusive use of high quality stables. They can relax in the evenings and enjoy a private supper party with food freshly prepared and help themselves to the breakfast bar in the mornings before heading off on a ride.
The second options allows guests to opt ride Western style across the moors. The price starts from £450 and is based on four people sharing the cottage.
The third option is considered the ultimate Dartmoor experience and involved three nights at the renowned Gidleigh Park hotel. Gidleigh Park is home to the much loved two Michelin starred celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE and offers one of the finest dining experiences in the UK. Staying there is also a five star experience of exceptional luxury.
At the end of each day’s ride guests will be taken back to Gidleigh Park to enjoy three different dining experiences including a light supper, à la carte dinner and the acclaimed eight– course signature menu.
Prices for the three night stay for two people start from £4,030. The package also includes early morning tea or coffee, newspapers in your room and cooked or continental breakfasts and full afternoon tea on arrival.
Each break is tailor made to suit the individual, whether it be the Horse Safari Party or the Ultimate Dartmoor Experience. Whatever the option memories that will last a lifetime are a certainty.
THANDA WINS WORLD TRAVEL AWARD FOR THE 5th TIME
Thanda Private Game Reserve is thrilled to have once again been recognised as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Ceremony. Voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, this impressive accolade recognises the commitment to excellence, which Thanda has demonstrated in the last twelve months.
The prestigious event took place on the evening of the 30th November in Doha, Qatar, where Sphamandla Shabalala, Manager of Thanda Safari Lodge was presented with the award before an invited audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and the international media. The 5th consecutive time to have won this particular award, Thanda has regularly been distinguished at the World Travel Awards for its exceptional accommodation offering, superb guest service and warm Zulu welcome.
Situated in the heart of Zululand, Thanda is the essence of the ultimate luxury safari experience comprising 14,000 hectares of spectacular wilderness and offering excellent game-viewing opportunities, together with a strong community and conservation commitment. Recently refurbished, Thanda Safari Lodge comprises only nine luxury bedrooms that boast breath-taking views of the surrounding game reserve. The suites each have their own spacious lounge area and master bedroom and vast bathroom. They also feature a thatched, elevated sala (outdoor deck), a heated splash pool as well as a private boma for an intimate dining experience. Guests staying here enjoy numerous activities too, from Big Five game drives and specialised bush walks, to Zulu cultural tours into the rural community and photographic safaris, further enhancing their African experience.
Sphamandla Shabalala says: “We are very proud to once again be judged as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. This sought-after award gives our staff the recognition that they deserve from committed service and going the extra mile all year round. It is therefore very rewarding that the travel industry appreciates that Thanda offers an exceptional, authentic and memorable experience. As one of only two Luxury African Safari Lodges in the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World group, totalling some 430 world-class hotels, Thanda continues to wow our guests who return time and time again.”
Celebrating its historic 20th anniversary year, World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Described as the ‘Oscars’ of the global travel and tourism industry, the annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.
Prices start from ZAR6250 per person per night sharing and includes luxury accommodation, all meals & local beverages, in-room minibar, Wifi and laundry. Safari activities also included are 2 game drives per day with professional guide and tracker as well as guided bush walks with specialist walking guides.
More about Thanda
In addition to the Thanda Safari Lodge, the reserve comprises Villa iZulu, the luxurious safari residence of the Swedish Olofsson family that sleeps up to ten and is available on an exclusive-use basis. Its large heated swimming pool and beautiful, fully fenced garden make it a definite favourite for families. Boasting its own helicopter pad, it is also inclusive of its own chef, butler and waiters, treatment therapist along with a private guide and tracker. Villa iZulu is ideal for celebrities or guests wanting privacy and exclusive, discreet pampering. For guests seeking a pared-down safari experience reminiscent of a bygone era, the rustic Thanda Tented Camp offers 15 tents and a rim-flow pool, shared boma, lounge and bar areas.
Thanda is steeped in Zulu history and the Zulu culture is embraced throughout the guest experience. It is Thanda’s longstanding and integrated relationship with the local community that makes a stay here exceptional. Furthermore, its strong conservation commitment not only combines support for local and national wildlife programmes, but also invites guests to participate in its own biodiversity and wildlife protection initiatives constantly being carried out on the reserve, all combined to ensure a very worthy and truly unique, memorable stay.
2014 itinerary showcases African gems like Victoria Falls, Botswana’s Rivers and Kruger National Park
GLENDALE, Calif. – Veteran African travel outfitter Great Safaris is launching a new unique travel experience in 2014. On their new African Elephant Safari and Cruise trip travelers can visit the Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, cruise the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers on a luxury cruise boat and explore South Africa’s Kruger National Park atop an elephant.
Great Safaris guests will spend two nights at the Elephant Camp, luxury tented suite, at one of the largest waterfalls in the world Victoria Falls. Situated within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi Gorges, Elephant Camp offers up breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls spray. The Elephant Camp is a luxury and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow close-up encounters with wildlife.
Heading on a river cruise through Botswana, travelers stay aboard the Zambezi Queen for three nights. This river cruise boat is unique in that it’s a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African. The Zambezi Queen is all about pampering, indulgence and superior comfort.
Floating down the great Chobe River guests will see the natural wonders synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness. These waters divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with wildlife, this National Park sprawls across the lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world. Along with the elephants, leopards and lions, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable and giraffe can be spotted all from your own private, air-conditioned suite.
Travelers fly down to South Africa to Kruger National Park, with an overnight in South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg. Guests will make Camp Jabulani their base camp as their explore one of the most famous African game areas in the world. Camp Jabulani is a perfect translation of the African bush, seamlessly blending classic and elegant interiors. The accommodations are fit for princes and kings, but warm enough to make the most down-to-earth guest feel completely at home. Camp Jabulani’s personable staff aims to indulge, spoil, pamper and entertain, but most importantly, to share with them the story and the experience of the elephants at their camp.
Twice daily game drives put you within touching distance of lion prides, unpredictable buffalo and herds of elephant. Highly qualified and knowledgeable guides will take travelers to the best areas of the park and even take guests on a night safari on elephant back, the ultimate safari experience.
With weekly departures in 2014, the land costs for Great Safaris new Elephant Safari and Cruise itinerary is $6,995 per person, sharing accommodation from January through March and $7,495 per person, sharing accommodation from April through December.
About Great Safaris:
Great Safaris is an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with seven fully-staffed on-site offices in Africa. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventurous travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. For more information please visit Great Safaris’ web site at www.greatsafaris.com. Great Safaris is a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime award, and a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and ARC.
Markets, street food, fine dining or raucous family feasts. Whether one travels to eat, or is a foodie sizzling away in the kitchen, they will find plenty in Lonely Planet’s The Food Book: A Journey through the Great Cuisines of the World to satisfy their lust for new flavors, textures and aromas.
The Food Book is a one-stop culinary reference providing insights into the culture, history and essential dishes of over 40 countries. Packed with beautiful food and destination photography, it profiles culinary traditions from all over the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Exploring each country’s essential produce, defining dishes, and culture of preparing, eating and celebrating with food, The Food Book is the perfect gift for foodies and travelers alike.
The Food Book profiles France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana.
To celebrate the launch of The Food Book, Lonely Planet is hosting a ‘World Eats’ Instagram competition. Many travelers take photos of their meals while on the road—now they can share and win something for those photos! Between November 5th and December 17th, 2013, anyone who adds the hashtag #lpworldeats and @lonelyplanet to their Instagram photo will be entered into the competition. We also ask that they include a geographic location and basic description of the meal. Their photo will be displayed on the World Eats website at www.lonelyplanet.com/lpworldeats , where all photos can be perused and voted on. Six weekly winners will be chosen to have their photos posted on the LP Instagram channel (to be showcased to over 80,000 Lonely Planet followers), and will receive a copy of The Food Book. One grand-prize winner, selected from the six weekly winners, will receive $250 worth of Lonely Planet books of their choice.
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