London is a truly modern European city, with a sophisticated public transport network, rich cultural heritage, and so many trendy nightspots to choose from. But beneath its cool façade, London also has a dark side.
If you’re in the city this Halloween here are some of London’s spookiest spots.
The London Dungeon
Photo: Donna Rutherford
While it might seem like an obvious choice, there’s no reason to pass up the opportunity to visit this most famous of London’s attractions, where the past really does come alive in terrifying detail. Skilled actors in full period costumes lead you through a labyrinth of London’s goriest historical events, including the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and other more gruesome tales. There’s also special events in October, including séances, special late openings (adults only!) and more. See http://www.thedungeons.com/london/en/ for details.
Jack the Ripper Tours
The story of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, is still regarded as one of the most famously unsolved crimes of modern times. Thought to be a member of high society, Jack would stalk his victims and then slay them in the most brutal ways imaginable. Get up close and personal with this gory bit of local history on the Jack the Ripper walking tours. Most of them begin at the Whitechapel Tube station, before going to Durward Street, where the body of prostitute Polly Nichols, the Ripper’s first victim, was found. Plenty of great East London landmarks are on the route, including Spitalfields market and Brick Lane market on Sundays. It’s advisable to go later in the evening when the streets are quieter, and it’s easier to imagine the cramped cobbled streets being unchanged since Victorian days.
The Tower of London
Photo: Michael Ash
Built in 1066, the Tower of London served as a prison, torture chamber and location of the executioner’s chopping block. This prison was not for the everyday thief however; the Tower was meant for punishing those accused of treason, and its residents included monarchs and other high-borns as well as commoners. Today you can enjoy a special Tower Twilight tour led by the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) and take in some of the gruesome tales and spooky sights which make this location an unmissable gory treat. See more at http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/WhatsOn/TowerTwilightTours
City of London Cemetery
Photo: Nick Garrod
Located in the North East of the city, this cemetery and crematorium is one of the largest in Europe, and is designated Grade 1 on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens. The cemetery is also interesting because it has been in continuous use since its opening, and the social attitude towards the afterlife is reflected in the way the cemetery is laid out, ranging from Victorian to contemporary. As well as being a great place for a gothic picnic, the cemetery also has its share of ghostly phenomena – since the 1970s, there have been many sightings of an eerie orange glow emanating from one of the tombstones in the western section of the cemetery. Despite many investigations, no-one has ever found a rational explanation for this – there are no light sources outside the graveyard that could account for thisspooky phenomenon.
After all the jitters a nice scrumptious dinner and drinks awaits you at the Corinthia Hotel.
Food from Chile is not known for its glamour, however it is known to be simple, hearty and made from local ingredients. Although it is probably not as well known as some other South American cuisines, it certainly can be as tasty, if not more so. One of the best things about the food is that the country has different landscapes that shape the food, in the North it is mainly a high altitude desert and central and southern Chile is next to the sea, which means more of an emphasis on seafood in southern cuisine.. The food should be another reason to jump on a plane with LAN and fly to Chile, and here are some dishes that you must try whilst there.
Pastel de choclo
This dish is in many ways similar to a shepherd’s pie and it is made with ground corn (choclo) that forms the crust on top, as well as spices, olives, hard boiled eggs and some form of meat, this is usually minced beef or chicken. This is traditional Chilean comfort food at its best and is served in a paila, which is an earthenware bowl common throughout South America.
This is a pocket of flaky pastry that is filled with minced beef, olives, hard boiled eggs, roast vegetables and cheese. These are available almost anywhere and are a great snack to have when you need one. These are quite different to the Argentinian variety though and are usually bigger in size and flatter.
Chupe is a creamy stew that is normally made with seafood and vegetables, but it is a generic term and can refer to other stews made with other types of meat. The sauce is usually made with milk or cream, and a mixture of spices. This dish is similar to curry and is a great comfort food to have on a cool day.
This is a shellfish dish, with a type of potato flatbread/pancake and meat, which is traditionally made in a pit with hot stones and covered with Chilean rhubarb leaves in order to form pressure cooker like conditions to cook the food. It is also possible to make this dish in a normal pressure cooker or pot. The pancake or flatbread is known as a milcao and these can be found as street food in other parts of Chile.
On your holiday to Paris it doesn’t matter whether you are staying in a Premier Inn or couchsurfing with one of the locals, there is a museum near you and you should definitely visit it, there are so many that there really are no excuses. Read on to find out some great museums that you can visit on your next holiday to Paris.
The Louvre was and is quite possibly the largest and most famous art gallery in the entire world. It has everything you can imagine from artifacts from stone age times to Roman sculpture and all the way to the Mona Lisa. If you are planning to visit the Louvre ensure that you either go very early, so that you can spend some time in its two extremely large wings, or better yet spend two days looking at everything.
A museum that is situated on the banks of the Seine that is housed on a former railway station known as Gare d’Orsay and thus the name. This museum is focused mainly on French art dating between 1848 and 1915, and boasts the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world.
Some of the most famous artists that have pieces in the museum are Money, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. As you can see that this is a serious art museum and is possibly the best display of French works in existence.
The Centre Pompidou
The building of the Pompidou with its colour, exposed pipes and air ducts make it extremely distinctive in the Parisian landscape, and the building itself is just as famous as the works that it houses. The design itself is unique because it is almost like an inside out building with the workings of the building on the outside and the space for the gallery completely enclosed.
This modern art museum is in itself modern art, but houses the largest collection of modern art in Europe, with 50,000 works by 5,000 artists, there are only about 600 works on display at any one time.
The museum boasts great names of modern art, such as Dali, Picasso and Duchamp.
With the right tips and products, you’d be surprised how much space you can save in your bag. With these top six tips and some suggestions on handy solutions, packing for a trip will never be a hassle again. Here are some tips form seasoned travel experts Urbane Traveller.
Only Take What You Need
Only taking what you need on a trip can save a great deal of space, and you can now save even more with convenient and secure silicone travel bottles. These non-drip, squeezable products are made from a food-grade material and are ideal for containing travel-size amounts of important liquids such as shampoo, condiments, shower gel, body lotion, etc. Rather than stuffing a large bottle of shampoo into your bag, a small silicone travel bottle is a compact substitute.
Organise Your Belongings
Organising the contents of your bag will not only allow you to easily find what you want, but also present more space-saving opportunities. Products such as travel storage containers, pill boxes and cable tidies help a great deal in arranging important cables and SD cards, as well as small bits and bobs into their own compartments. Less clutter will give you a better idea of the space available for other items in you bag.
Remove That Space-Hogging Air
Air can take up a lot of space in a bag, so a compression sac will offer just the solution many have been looking for. To save as much as 80% in volume, compressions sacs in a range of sizes can push the air out of clothing such as jackets and garments with ease. They also function as a handy and durable zip-lock container, especially if you want to separate dirty laundry.
Thinking outside the box when you’re preparing to pack for a trip will allow you to pack items that would normally take up a lot of space. Cups, for example, are important for camping trips or hiking, so a collapsible cup that is leak-proof will prove invaluable. Made from silicone, you can use them by the fireside, on the bedside table or at work before simply collapsing them and slipping them into your bag.
Compact and Organisable Bags
Packing cubes are the ultimate solution for staying organised while saving space. In a range of sizes, you can compartmentalise your belongings so you know where to find items without disrupting the setup of your whole bag. With everything organised, seeing where to save space is also a lot clearer and the compact nature of these products means the contents are compressed, further saving space.
Wherever you can combine belongings in to an all-in-one solution, you’ll be well on your way to saving a lot of space. Many shower gels, for instance, combine as a body wash and shampoo. A particularly handy product in this area is the travel utensil set. It brings together handy cutlery such as a knife, spoon and fork, as well as a bottle opener and toothpick, all in to a compact container ideal for camping.
Advances in technology have meant that we are better catered for than ever in how we view sporting occasions. From user-selected camera angles to online streaming of select sporting events, there appears to be no limit as to how technology can help us appreciate the world of sport.
However, it’s still the humble photograph that can best capture the perfect moment of sporting glory. Something about the perfect composition, lighting and timing is able to swiftly communicate these spectacular moments in a way that becomes indelibly etched on the sports fan’s mind.
And the legendary sporting tournaments of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and Ashes cricket series are perfect for allowing such iconic images to flourish.
There’s something highly individual about the game of tennis, and it is this feature that can be best captured through the art of photography.
As the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are often thought of as being the pinnacle of a tennis player’s game, there’s always intense emotion that is ready to be documented through a perfectly timed photograph.
This year’s Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic managed to make a win over Roger Federer look relatively easy, but as evidenced by this captivating photograph of his 2011 Wimbledon semi-final win, the moment of victory will always be incredibly sweet no matter how successful the player. To follow impressive players like Novak Djovokic in upcoming tournaments, visit the Coral site for the latest tennis news and information.
And in terms of the actual gameplay, high-resolution camera technology is perfectly suited to capture the exact moment when the tennis ball hits the racket, as shown in this wonderfully documented image of Japanese player Kei Nishikori at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Every sport has its own idiosyncrasies that the professional photographer will be well aware of. Whereas it can be relatively easy for a photographer to feel a part of the action of a game of tennis, cricket poses a much tougher proposition.
The sheer physical distance from the edge of the playing field to the cricket pitch means that a telephoto lens must be used to capture anything beyond a few blurry white figures.
However, as this photograph taken at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2011 illustrates, sometimes the spectacle of a full sports stadium cheering on Chris Tremlett’s decisive delivery to complete England’s 3-1 Ashes victory is enough to transmit the atmosphere and excitement of this special sporting event.