Monday 20 November 2017

Global village: Catherine chills in Mexico

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Dolphin Beach, Cancun, Mexico
Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones jetted out to Mexico for a break recently, taking her husband Michael Douglas along with her for some sunshine and relaxation.

The 47-year-old star and Douglas, 72, were accompanied by their son Dylan, 16, and daughter Carys, 13.

Factretriever.com has listed some interesting facts about Mexico. The chihuahua is the world's smallest dog and is named for a Mexican state. Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas Day, they receive gifts on January 6, the day on which Mexicans celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

Mexico introduced chocolate and chillies to the world.Actor Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican to win an Academy Award for his role in the 1952 movie Viva Zapata. Only 10 countries have a bigger population than Mexico.

Don't be caught off-guard on hols

You're on holidays and see someone you vaguely know coming towards you. Succeedsocially.com has some tips on how to handle a potentially-awkward social encounter.....

* Take charge and set a tone indicating that the interaction will be brief and very friendly. If you give off a vibe that how you're acting is a totally normal response to running into someone, which it is, then the other person will usually follow suit. As long as you go about things with a friendly demeanour, of course.

* Have an excuse for why you really need to get going. It will help you escape if the other person seems to want to talk longer than you'd like. Perhaps you need to pick something up for someone in your travel group - a child needs some aftersun, etc.

* When you have no choice but to talk to someone, and aren't likely to have a sparkling discussion, one of the better things you can do is just accept it and at least go through the motions with some positive energy. Act interested and once you've politely caught up, smile as you make your getaway.

Do you need to book that break?

As you plan your holidays for 2017, here are some travel quotes to inspire you.

"People don't take trips, trips take people." John Steinbeck

"A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else." Unknown

"Traveling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'" Lisa St Aubin de Teran

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

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