Thursday 23 February 2017

Global village: Queen Letizia relaxes in Mallorca

Cabo de Formentor in the Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Cabo de Formentor in the Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca
Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain recently went on her annual holiday to Mallorca. The glamorous Queen was accompanied by her husband King Felipe VI and daughters Leonor and Sofia. The family holidayed at Marivent Palace, their official summer residence on the Balearic island.

Mallorca is also a popular destination for Irish holidaymakers of all ages. Attractions include Bellver Castle, a Gothic masterpiece which was built for King Jaume II of Mallorca back in the 14th century. Port d'Alcúdia is Mallorca's biggest resort and offers a sandy shoreline where you can stroll and sunbathe, while the Old Town is full of great restaurants and bars.

The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range was what first brought tourists to Mallorca in the early 20th century and today the paths, terraces, walls and traditional constructions in dry stone are a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Tips for not getting fat abroad

Cnn.com has five tips on how not to gain weight while you're on holidays.

1. Control your morning meal. If you manage a bit of discipline and mindful eating over breakfast or brunch while on holidays, it sets the tone for the rest of the day. 2. Pack healthy snacks. If you're going on an all-day excursion and don't bring snacks, you're likely to be ravenous by your next meal. Or, if there aren't any healthy options available, you may end up eating food you normally wouldn't.

3. Food shop. Load up on things to make meals or to complement room service or restaurant meals, such as fruit, yogurt, popcorn, hummus, and healthy crackers.

4. Avoid the buffet. It's tempting to pile a plate at the buffet with pancakes, fruit, bacon, scrambled eggs, and a chocolate-filled croissant on the side. But you could easily pack in a day's worth of calories if you're not careful.

5. Take the long way. Whether it's walking to dinner or strolling to a museum, take a bit of a detour and burn off some calories.

How to travel in your armchair

Following his acclaimed How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read (2007), French academic Pierre Bayard has produced a guide to the art of armchair travel, entitled How to Talk About Places You've Never Been.

He takes readers on a trip around the world, giving them essential guidance on how to talk about all the fantastic places they've never been to but wish they had. Bayard describes concrete situations in which a reader might find himself having to speak about places, chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice.

Published by Bloomsbury.

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