Tuesday 20 August 2019

What are the most romantic things that happen to us abroad?

Global Village

Georgia Salpa and Joe Penna, who wed in Italy
Georgia Salpa and Joe Penna, who wed in Italy
Campervan crazy
Queen Letizia
Damien Hirst sculpture

Anna Coogan

Men are more likely to propose to a partner while away, according to a Travelchannel.com report on the most romantic things to happen to us overseas.

The next romantic thing which happens abroad is people getting hitched - with more people now deciding to have their wedding abroad, including Irish model Georgia Salpa, above, who wed in Italy.

And of course the ultimate romantic trip away is the honeymoon, with a growing number of couples now deciding to visit more than one exotic destination after saying "I do."

The latest romantic breakaway added to this list is the "Baby Moon" with expectant couples having a holiday before the arrival of their bundle of joy.

Crazy about owning a campervan

Which of us hasn't fancied owning a campervan and touring Europe in it? Campervan Crazy: Travels With My Bus is a tribute to the VW camper and the people who have actually followed their dream and bought one and taken to the road in it.

Authors David and Cee Eccles have been VW camper enthusiasts since 1976, when they took their first Split Screen on an epic trip around Persia, Afghanistan, Kashmir and India.

David has also been editor of Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine which is dedicated exclusively to the VW bus.

But what will appeal to readers are the interviews with owners who are passionate about their campers. It's published by Kyle Books, priced €22.50.

Walk the sculpture line in London

Damien Hirst sculpture

Damien Hirst sculpture

The Line is a new sculpture trail in London and leads walkers along three miles of waterways and features striking sculptures by Damien Hirst, Martin Creed and Gary Hume, among many other artists.

It runs between the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and takes in London's Royal Docks and the River Lea. It started with the idea of taking works of sculpture out of storage (works not currently on exhibition in galleries or parks) and putting them on public display.

It began with a crowd-funding campaign, and the proposal to release sculpture from warehouses raised over €195,000 in less than eight weeks.

The 12 works installed this year will be on loan to The Line for two years, and will be illuminated at night.

More info: the-line.org

Royal blazes trail to El Salvador

Spain's ultra-stylish Queen Letizia recently visited El Salvador and turned a lot of eyes towards the Central American country, with many now considering it as a possible holiday destination.

El Salvador is a small and highly-industrialised country, yet it is in the process of recovering from a protracted civil war in the 1980s between the country's small wealthy elite who controlled the economy, and the rest of the population who were struggling financially.

A developing society - many Salvadorans living in the US still support their families back home - it's definitely a destination for the more adventurous at heart.

A top attraction is Barra de Santiago which is El Salvador's most unspoilt beach, with its sandy expanse doubling as a nature reserve for butterflies.

Be really adventurous and try out water-skiing on the volcanic lakes of Coatepeque and Ilopango.

More info: elsalvador.travel

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