Sunday 18 February 2018

Global village: Catherine jets into Jerusalem

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones
Ashford House Hotel
Holidays - the five mistakes to avoid have been revealed

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones joined husband Michael Douglas when he was presented last month with the $1m Genesis Prize - known as the Jewish Nobel Prize - in Jerusalem, Israel.

Catherine (45) and Oscar-winning Michael (70) were accompanied by their two children, 14-year-old son Dylan and daughter Carys, who is 12.

The Rebound actress and her family visited The Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, a segment of the walls surrounding the area called The Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.

Places to visit in Jerusalem include the Israel Museum, a national art and archaeology museum exhibiting art collections, Judaica and antiquities.

Hezekiah's Tunnel is a 2,700-year-old aqueduct (built about 701 BC), while The Mount of Olives is a holy site for Jews, Christians and Muslims, and is named for the olive trees which once blanketed the surrounding hillsides.

Sort out dry air with a humidifier

Getting a good night's sleep is essential if you're to enjoy your time on holidays. And dry air can exacerbate coughs and flu symptoms, itchy dry skin, congested sinuses, and chapped lips.

A solution is to add moisture to the air with a portable humidifier.

The Satechi USB Portable Humidifier works by filling an empty bottle or glass with purified water, and placing the humidifier into the opening of the container, while making sure the filter is submerged in water. You plug the humidifier into a USB port.

When used with cold water, the humidifier will act as a mister to cool you off.

When you add liquid fragrances or essential oils to the water, it acts as an aroma diffuser. It costs in the region of €30.

Ashford is top of the world's hotels

Iconic Ashford Castle has been named as the third best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure, the prestigious New York travel publication, in their World's Best Awards 2015.

In a list of 100 hotels - which featured no other Irish venue - Ashford was beaten only by The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India, and Hotel Castello di Casole, in Casole d'Elsa, Italy.

The magnificent property in Cong, Co Mayo, which recently re-opened after a multi-million euro restoration, was also named as the second best Resort Property in Europe.

The hotel sits alongside other opulent properties within the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, including the 41 Hotel (number 11 on the list) and The Milestones Hotel (number 66).

Five mistakes to avoid on hols has listed five travel mistakes which you can easily avoid.

1. Not doing research on your hotel or resort. The website may look awesome, but always check out user-reviews and user-photos for the real low-down.

2. Travelling at the wrong time. Avoid the high season or you'll pay premiums and have to deal with crowds.

3. Travelling outside of your means. It's recommended you don't spend more than three to five per cent of your salary on a holiday.

4. Borrowing money to pay for your trip. Don't take a trip your friends will envy if it leaves you in debt.

5. Not taking your time to book the trip. Research can turn up great deals.

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