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Notes from the travel supplements [Aug. 13th, 2017|04:34 pm]
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But first, a sidelight on the subject from the Guardian news section: a recent report on the changes in British holidays over the last 20 years - with thanks to [personal profile] durham_rambler for remembering the magic word which allowed me to track down the article online: the information comes from the ONS (and here's the ONS report itself, which clarifies what is meant by words like 'average'). I read the headline, "Britons shunning two-week holidays in favour of short breaks" and thought it confirmed my suspicion, that these days it's all about the weekend break - but no, although these are now more popular than they were in the 1990s, the real growth is in the ten-day holiday. Which makes our Easter trip to Europe bang on trend - as was our choice of Germany as a destination! Another surprise is that Spain is by far the most popular destination (that may mean, overseas destination - I'm not sure), and has about doubled in popularity in the period we're looking at: I'd have guessed that package sunshine holidays had shifted from Spain to Florida, with the help of Disney resorts, but no - or perhaps that had already happened when the baseline was drawn. Yesterday's travel supplement notes that Barcelona is suffering from tourism overload, and blames AirBnB, cruise ships and the Olympics. So that's all interesting.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, an article about hill forts begins "As a nation, we’re not very good at appreciating our prehistory. We can just about take in Stonehenge, but prefer our history to start with the Romans – more manageable and all written down." Speak for yourself, sir! The article is linked to a new online atlas of hill forts, which is rather fine. If you search the Guardian for 'hill forts', the top result is this rather more sceptical article (but its main reservations seem to be about the terminology</a>.

We could go to West Jutland and see the Vikings.

I probably won't take an island holiday in Croatia, not even for the pleasure of tasting a wine called grk - I'd be more tempted if it didn't rely on cycling (and scooters) to get around.

But we are plotting a few days in France in October, since we have an engagement in London: time to make some decisions about that...

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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-08-13 08:53 pm (UTC)
That Hugh Thomson seems a bit hipsterish about hill forts. "I liked Badbury Rings before they were cool," kind of thing - but you can't grow up in Wessex without having a pretty strong sense of prehistory, it seems to me: it's all around you. (No doubt other places too but I speak of what I know.)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-08-14 02:01 pm (UTC)
The country is littered with Maiden Castles. And "we can just about take in Stonehenge" is pretty grudging, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: desperance
2017-08-14 06:12 am (UTC)
Grgich wine is rather fine, so I'm fairly sure it's all about letter-order.
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[User Picture]From: desperance
2017-08-14 06:12 am (UTC)
...and a minimum of vowels, obviously.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-08-14 01:59 pm (UTC)
And Nh he said to Mrs Nh, as they sat down to dine:
"Oh, we don't care where the vowels get, if they don't get into the wine!"
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