Thursday 22 August 2019

California dreaming with Coachella

Global Vilage

Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

Anna Coogan

EVERY young thing who fancies themselves as the next big thing – be it musically, as a model or a media personality – takes themselves off every year to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field, in Indio, California.

Taking place this year over the weekends of April 11 to 13, and April 18 to 20, the marquee acts include Outkast, Arcade Fire and The Replacements, and the electronic selections include Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Cajmere and Darkside.

One of the most celebrity-heavy festivals during the calendar year, last year's line-up of famous faces who attended the palm tree-lined music festival included Kristen Stewart, left, Alexa Chung, and AnnaSophia Robb.

Coachella is a music festival with a heavy emphasis on art installations, and light displays at the gigs around the festival site are considered spectacular.

Round-trip transportation between LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and festival onsite camping and hotels is available this year.


Clooney and pal visit Africa's extreme zone

If TANZANIA is good enough for George Clooney, right, then we consider it well worth contemplating as a far-flung sunshine destination for intrepid travellers.

Clooney, 52, has been photographed on a wildlife safari in Tanzania with his new girlfriend, British barrister Amal Alamuddin.

The Monuments Men star looked debonair in stylish safari gear with his arm around his new squeeze, high-flying lawyer Alamuddin.

Alamuddin, 36, is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, and represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to Sweden.

So now we know who Clooney is currently romancing, the question is why he chose Tanzania as a place to woo his new love interest?

A land of geographical extremes – Tanzania has the highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lowest point, the lake bed of Lake Tanganyika, and the largest lake, Lake Victoria – of the African continent.

Kendwa beach on Zanzibar, with its white sand spilling into the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, is considered one of the best beaches in Africa.


How to relax and keep a cool head on holiday

HOW many of us could have done with a cooling hat during last summer's heat wave? If travelling to a hot climate – or indeed on the off chance we might get another sizzler this year – you may well want to consider the merits of a HyperKewl Cooling Ranger Cap.

This incredible hat slowly releases water to cool down your head to up to 20 degrees cooler than surrounding temperatures, and for up to 10 hours.

So you know that advice you received about wearing a woolly hat to keep the cold out in winter – well, this cooling hat works in the opposite way, and keeps the heat out in the summer.

And if it's 25 degrees out, your head will be a cool and manageable 15 degrees.

So how does the cooling hat work? You soak the hat with its HyperKewl fabric inner and water-repellent taslan liner under a running tap – and you get 5-10 hours of cooling relief per soaking

It works best in hot, dry climates, yet works well in humid climates. It's recommended that you order a size larger than usual. Costs approximately €20.


South America made accessible by guide

Sometimes a package holiday just won't do the trick and for adventure-hungry travellers keen to take on South America, a guidebook well worth sourcing is the South American Handbook 2014.

Now in its 90th edition, and published by Footprint Travel Guides, it offers insights into paying a visit to the Inca ruins, to what it takes to delve into tropical jungles, or to take yourself off to the vast open plains of Patagonia – enabling you to escape the crowd and discover the continent for yourself.

South America is home to the world's highest waterfall, the longest mountain range and the largest rainforest and so it would be very easy to allow this exciting continent to overwhelm you.

This essential handbook is packed with glossy photos but also plenty of details with recommendations of places to eat, drink and stay.

It's been described as the guide which doesn't leave "many stones unturned". Available in Easons for €36.50.

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