Travel: Global Village
Updates -- from the tropical island of Mauritius to the troubled state of Egypt.
BEAUTIFUL Rosanna Davison has been tweeting pics from her holiday on the stunning island of Mauritius, and we're not the tiniest bit jealous of her escape to tropical sun, sea and sand.
She jetted off to the sun-drenched island in the Indian Ocean for her family's annual post-Christmas holiday -- and back to the place where this time last year her longtime beau Wes Quirke proposed to her.
The De Burgh clan has taken family holidays in Mauritius since 1995, and who knows, maybe Rosanna will surprise us all by throwing a fabulous wedding on one of the island's sandy white beaches.
Rosanna is bang on trend too by holidaying in Mauritius, as the island has made it into CNN Travel Top 10 Tropical Destinations for 2014.
The model and nutritionist is lapping up the sunshine on the idyllic island, and it seems many more of us will be doing the same this year too.
The CNN Travel Top 10 Tropical Destinations are: 1. The Bahamas, 2. Barbados, 3. Cape Verde, 4. Chile, 5. Dominica, 6. Latvia, 7. Lithuania, 8. Mauritius, 9. Palau, 10. Uruguay.
READ LIKE AN EGYPTIAN
THERE may still be some concerns about travelling to Egypt in the coming months, yet for those with a hunger for more knowledge about the country, author Peter Stothard's book may well be perfect for filling the void.
Stothard is the former editor of The Times and current editor of The Times Literary Supplement, and found himself stranded in Alexandria in the winter of 2010 after his flight to South Africa had been cancelled.
He set out to explore a nation on the brink of revolution; a suicide bomb had gone off outside a Christian church just before his arrival, and the first stirrings in Egypt of its own version of the Arab spring were being felt.
Stothard was guided on his journey by two native Egyptians, and he traced his own life-long interest in the history of Cleopatra, and his repeated failure to write the book about her that he had always wanted to.
- Alexandria, by Peter Stothard, published by Granta Books, price €36.50.
SMALLS WAY TO HIDE CASH ON HOLIDAY
THE whole point of going on holiday is to relax and recuperate, and the last things you want to be worrying about are pickpockets and thieves as you sunbathe on a beach in Malaga or soak up the sights in Barcelona.
So why not stop the thieves in their tracks? The Clever Travel Companion first set out to solve this holiday dilemma by launching a range of underwear with pockets just the right size for a passport and cash.
These pockets in undies are also designed to discreetly store credit cards and other travel documents.
After the initial success of the underwear with pockets, the company decided to expand its product line and now also sells long johns with pockets for all those traveling to cold destinations.
Two other new additions to the product line are T-shirts and tank tops with a pocket on the stomach area should you want an alternative to hiding cash other than your underwear.
IT HAS to be the year to visit Riga, what with the Latvian capital being officially unveiled as 2014 European Capital of Culture this weekend.
To mark the occasion, a human chain transferred books from hand to hand from the old National Library of Latvia to the new Gaismas Pils (Palace of Light) National Library.
Riga is home to more than one-third of Latvia's population, and in recent times large-scale restoration projects have been carried out on many of its old buildings. Most famously, Riga is home to the largest concentration of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture in the world. It's reputed to have one of the most sparkling nightlife scenes in Europe.
Its cultural programme this year will include performances by the world-renowned Latvian choirs, opera staging, modern art performances, popular music concerts and a considerable number of art exhibitions.
Riga shares the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 with Umeå in Sweden.