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Get a taste of Southern India in Chennai, a city with plenty of spice. Watch as rickshaws weave between the traffic, and kids cheer while playing makeshift games of cricket down alleyways – for a glimpse into the soul of this intoxicating country. Chennaites are famous for welcoming their visitors with open arms, and seeing the faces of the city’s cooks light up, when they notice your reaction to their delicious food, is a heart-warming experience. The food isn’t the only thing that’s hot here, and the fact that the weather rarely deviates from boiling means the presence of 1 of the world’s longest urban beaches is all the more appreciated.
Things to see
Start your visit at Kapaleeshwar Temple, to begin unravelling this colorful, beguiling city. You’ll see the tall temple – rising above the low market stalls around it – from a distance, but you need to get up close to admire its true beauty. Painfully detailed figures cover every inch of the building – which is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva – and these sculptures lend the temple a living, breathing quality. Kapaleeshwar Temple is just 1 of many magnificent religious buildings in the city, and the Cathedral of San Thome serves as a striking reminder of the city’s colonial past. Don’t be a Doubting Thomas – go and see the whitewash, neo-gothic style church – which sits above the tomb of Thomas the Apostle – for yourself. The charismatic chaos of the city contrasts dramatically with the peaceful vistas on offer at Marina Beach. Frothing waves ripple against a thick band of golden sand here, which stretches for as far as the eye can see. Watch as vendors sell flatfish behind the beach, whipped fresh from the waves and rough undercurrents of the sea.
Hotels in Chennai
Part of Chennai’s charm is its sensory overload of loud laughter, rushing people, and cooking spices. If you ever need any peace and quiet, however, your hotel will have you covered. Retreat into the shade of leafy gardens – to read books to the sound of gurgling water features – or head inside to swim underwater, in your 5 star hotel’s lake-like swimming pool. Chennai is a huge city, and there are hotels for literally every need – whether you’re a backpacker looking for a basic bed for the night, or you simply want a great value mid-range option, with WiFi and American television piped into your room.
Where to stay
Stay in the Alwarpet neighborhood, where you’ll dig into food with your fingers, and feel the sweat forming on your forehead as you eat delicious, but taste bud terrorizing, sambar sauces and shrimp masalas. The smell of roasting coffee beans wafts out of cafés in the central T. Nagar district, where Tamil Coffees are carefully prepared for thirsty locals. Enjoy the caffeine hit while browsing the busy market on Ranganathan Street, where you can barter for scoops of fluorescent spices, and feel the soft silk of elegant, jewel-colored saris.
How to get to Chennai
With the large Chennai International Airport nearby, the city is a great place to start or end a trip across India. The airport is 15 km from the heart of the city, and is connected via busses and trains. The busy Chennai Central Railway Station provides travel across the country – to places including, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata – and the almost 150-year-old redbrick building is something of a landmark in itself. Driving in Chennai can be a little hectic and frustrating, due to the congestion, so sticking to rickshaws or the metro is often a good idea.
Pizza lovers rejoice, and prepare your taste buds for a slice of the best food and drink Italy can offer, in the ancient city of Naples. Founded in 470 BC, the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed historical center is Europe’s largest, and it retains influences from its Greek and Roman past. Naples also benefits from a spectacular setting, with the snow-capped dome of the snoozing Mount Vesuvius over to the East, and the brooding Campi Flegrei volcano to the West. Like the Neapolitan ice cream it lends its name to, Naples is a layered city – with a flavor for everyone.
Things to see
For a great introduction to Naples, start at Piazza del Plebiscito. The open square is perfect for relaxing with a morning cappuccino, or sampling an ice cream cone from a wooden gelato wagon. Wander from the columned, San Francesco di Paola church down to the ocean for sweeping views of the city, harbor and mountains. If the sight of Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance captures your imagination, then leave the city behind and hike to the top, where you can look directly into its cavernous crater. On your way down, visit the World Heritage Site of Pompeii – which was famously destroyed by the volcano’s wrath in 79 AD. Tour the museum, and see poignant plaster casts of the bodies of people unable to escape the heat and ash, frozen in time. Roman artifacts from the site are also on display at Naples’ National Archaeological Museum, which is just a 5-minute walk from Naples Cathedral. If you’re in the city during a religious feast day, you’ll notice a lot of activity here. ‘The Blood Miracle’ ritual takes place 3 times a year, with lavish processions culminating in a passionate ceremony at the Cathedral – during which a vial of Saint Januarius’s solidified blood apparently transforms into liquid.
Hotels in Naples
Whether you want to sample Southern Italy’s finest service, or are visiting on a tight budget, Naples’ hotels cover the whole spectrum. Chink wine glasses on a balcony, overlooking the impossibly blue Mediterranean, before heading to your 5-star hotel room, where you can swim into a sea of soft pillows. If sharing a friendly beer in a social hostel is more your style, Naples has you covered, and you can enjoy Wi-Fi access, and a comfortable bed, without denting your wallet. Mid-range hotels provide all the basics, along with air-conditioned rooms and huge flatscreen televisions – perfect after a long day exploring.
Where to stay
Stay in the historical center to sink your teeth into the city’s main sights and restaurants. If you think margarita is a boring pizza choice, just take a seat at one of the area’s restaurants to have your opinion shattered. Nothing beats the simple taste of browned mozzarella, plump cherry tomatoes, and a drizzling of freshly pressed olive oil – especially when tasted in the birthplace of pizza. Don’t forget to wash it down with a shot of Naples’ own sour Limoncello liquor. Hotels located around Central Station are generally cheaper than the center, or you could choose to stay outside the city, in the pretty new town of Pompei.
How to get to Naples
Naples Airport serves the city and offers limited trans-Atlantic flights, alongside a comprehensive selection of European routes. A cheap bus service links the terminal to the city center. If you’re already in Italy, Napoli Centrale train station is well connected, and long distance bus services are readily available to help you hop between cities. If you’ve rented a car6, you can drive north to Rome, along the A1, in around 2 hours.
This project involved providing text that could be mixed and matched to provide custom destination guides depending on the visitor’s departure and destination cities. It was written while working with PureContent.
Departing from Copenhagen
Whether you’re travelling from Denmark or Sweden, there’s a high chance you’ll find yourself heading to Copenhagen Airport to commence your journey. As the biggest airport is Scandinavia, there are regular flights from Copenhagen to a variety of destinations. Copenhagen airport sits on the island of Amager, and is linked to Sweden by one of the longest road bridges in Europe. The Øresund Bridge was prominently featured on the popular TV show, The Bridge, and it costs approximately 45 Euros to cross it by car, or 10 by train.
If you’re travelling by car to the airport for one of the flights from  to , you’ll find plenty of parking on your arrival. Pick up and drop off parking is free for 15 minutes, and prices for full days start at 50 Danish Krone, which converts to approximately £5.50. You can also save 5% if you book the parking online. Terminal three sits above a railway station, meaning you can get to the airport without needing to bring the car. The airport is linked to Copenhagen city centre via bus also.
Copenhagen is a great place to start a journey. Be sure to take some time visiting the city centre before your flight. Copenhagen has everything; beautiful architecture, sweeping parks and scenic beaches. If you’ve only a little time to kill before one of the flights Copenhagen offers, you can take advantage of the airport’s free Wi-Fi. You will have to register for it through the Copenhagen Advantage Scheme, which will also give you the chance to save money on parking, bar and restaurant bills.
Landing in Shanghai
As the showpiece city of China’s rapidly growing economy, Shanghai is a fascinating destination for visitors to explore. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is one of two major airports serving the city, and is located eight miles from the centre. Booking your flights to Shanghai from with Ebookers.com is the best way to save money. You can also look for accommodation and vehicle hire using our simple website and innovative tools, bundling them into one simple package.
Arriving passengers from the many flights Shangahi Hongquiao International Airport offers are served by a variety of transport links. Terminal Two is directly connected to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. You can catch high speed train services into Shanghai from the station, and access to the Shanghai Metro is also available from the terminals. Local bus services run to and from the airport, and there is also a large taxi rank.
The Shanghai Lujiazui skyline is an unforgettable sight. Dominated by skyscrapers, it will leave an impression on even the most seasoned of traveller. Viewing the city from the heights of one of the buildings in the World Financial Centre is a great introduction to the vast destination. Shanghai comes alive at night, and the other worldly Pearl Tower is lit up with an amazing light show. A walk along The Bund is the best way to experience this, or you could take a cruise along the River Huangpu. Book your flights from  to  today using Ebookers.com.
This article was written as a press release for Sheffield International Venues, while working for a Sheffield PR company. It was published on the National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s website.
Sheffield selected to host World Championship
Hundreds of the world’s best skaters will soon be heading for Sheffield, as the city gears up to host the 2011 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Tickets are now on sale to see many of the athletes who starred in Vancouver’s Winter Olympics, including Great Britain’s Jon Eley, who narrowly missed out on a medal at the games. He’ll join a collective of over 200 skaters from 34 countries, who will be competing between March 11-13.
The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) will host the exciting, fast-paced event at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. It is the first time the Championship has been held in England for 10 years.
NISA chief executive Keith Horton said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see the world’s best short track speed skaters from Asia, North America and Europe.
“We have a commitment to bringing sporting events to this country to show that our facilities are up there with the best in the world. We are very much looking forward to working with the city of Sheffield and our partners once again.
“NISA has assembled an experienced organising committee who are already working hard on the entire pre-event organisation. We are confident that these championships will be of the highest standard possible and will be most memorable for everyone involved.”
Ken Pendrey, director of operations and chair of the organising committee said: “I’m confident that this World Championship will be a most exciting and thrilling event for not only the home spectators, but for the millions of Short Track fans from North America and Asia who will be watching the event on live TV.
“The Motorpoint Arena itself is a fantastic place to hold this prestigious ISU Championship and I’m positive that it will provide all the facilities necessary in making this event a huge success.”
With a capacity of 12,500, the Motorpoint Arena is Sheffield International Venues’ (SIV) flagship facility.
The world-class venue is firmly on the touring schedules of major international artists and hosts a huge number and range of concerts, ice shows, sports, exhibitions and theatre style shows every year.
All major NISA events are held in Sheffield with the ISU Junior Grand Prix coming up at iceSheffield from September 29 to October 3. The event sees all the best junior figure skaters from around the world competing in mens, ladies, ice dance and pairs disciplines.
The European Figure Skating Championships will also be staged at the Motorpoint Arena in 2012, which is the third largest figure skating competition in the world.
Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV said: “It is a credit to both the SIV team and the city that NISA chooses our venues so often for its international events. The first-class facilities on offer at the Motorpoint Arena will provide an excellent venue for a competition of this calibre.
“It’s another opportunity for SIV to have a positive economic impact on the city and will also be a boost to Sheffield’s tourism industry attracting hundreds of skaters, coaches and families from around the world.”
The championships will be supported by the event’s funding partners, The City of Sheffield, Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward, Yorkshire South and Lottery funding support through UK Sport.
Ticket details for the European Championships are yet to be confirmed, but to purchase tickets for the ISU Junior Grand Prix, visit www.jgp2010.co.uk.
This Bed and Breakfast description was written as part of an overhaul of the content on the booking site, Enjoy Bed and Breakfast.
Close to Knightstone Harbour, this lodge has beautiful sea views and a welcoming, homely feel.
Victoria Lodge has stunning sea views of the water front, located close to Knightstone Harbour. The interior is traditionally decorated, with large windows to the front of the house making the most of the picturesque views. Kim, your host, will make you feel at home. The spotless bedrooms are all Ensuite, with Flatscreen TVs and tea/coffee making facilities provided. There are some private parking spaces on site. Make the most of your seaside break at Victoria Lodge and spend time on the beach, or hop in the car and explore the wonderful Somerset countryside. Also nearby is the Grand Pier, with rides and attractions to suit all ages. The SeaQuarium, North Somerset Museum and the Helicopter Museum are also nearby, as is an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.
A hearty, traditional cooked breakfast is served daily in the dining room between 8am and 9am. A continental option is also available, and quality ingredients are used to ensure guests enjoy their meal.
This article was published in the Sheffield Star newspaper for a weekly column called ‘Mr Intrepid’. The articles were covering the various under the radar sports and venues in the city of Sheffield.