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Venice, Los Angeles

Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time your trip to New York to see tennis greats

New York is a city that is great to visit at any time of year. There are landmarks galore to visit, and whenever you go, you’ll never have enough time in one trip to see all the things that you wanted to.
But one great event not to be missed is the tennis US Open, which takes place in Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York every August.

The tournament is one of the four big international tennis events in the calendar year – and sits alongside the Australian Open in January, Roland Garros  (the French Open) in Paris in May and Wimbledon in the UK in June and early July.

This year there are some familiar names in the running for winner of the Men’s Singles at the US Open. If you check out different odds at sites like Paddy Power, you’ll see that Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win, followed by Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer. No matter which player you want to win, it’s definitely an experience to go to the US Open in person.
It’s the very opposite of Wimbledon in so many ways – which can feel a little formal and stuffy in its traditions.

At Flushing Meadows the dress code is definitely casual and the atmosphere is relaxed. Tickets are easier to come by too – in fact many British tennis fans have cottoned on to the fact that you can get the cost of the trip to New York and the seats at Flushing Meadows for a similar price that you could only get seats at Wimbledon for Centre Court or Court Number One.

The same players play at every international Grand Slam; why not enjoy an almost free trip to the Big Apple at the same time as you’re getting your live tennis fix?

Flushing Park Queens, New York
Flushing Park Queens, New York

Queensboro bridge, New York
Queensboro bridge, New York

New York County Courthouse
New York County Courthouse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What to see in Paris

Paris is the city of romance, culture and all things wonderful. It’s a city that appears on many people’s travel wish lists and around 27 million people visit Paris each year.

Everyone is so familiar with the French capital and what there is to see there that you almost don’t need to bother taking a guide book with you. The most visited tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, the Pompidou Centre, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées.

The great thing about Paris is that the main tourist sites are all within walking distance of each other, and although the city is busy at any time of the year, it’s a beautiful city to walk around. When you want a break from pounding the boulevards, though, you can always hop on the easy-to-use Metro.

There’s always something big happening in Paris, a little like any of the other major capital cities in the world. If you’re in Paris during May and June this year, you could get tickets to the French Open and potentially witness history being made. Rafael Nadal is currently the favourite at Betfair and other betting sites to win this, one of the four biggest tennis Grand Slams. If he does, he will have improved on his own record for the number of times a single player has won the same competition. Currently, Nadal is the only player to have won a single Grand Slam eight times, and this year, if all goes to plan, he will get his ninth victory at Roland Garros. Keep track on the latest odds at as the tournament gets underway.

Another big sporting event coming up in July is the finish of the Tour de France, the gruelling cycle race that covers much of France every year but always finishes on the Champs-Elysées.

Music lovers might want to time their visit to be part of Rock en Seine, one of the biggest music festivals in France. It takes place from 22-24 August this year and will feature groups such as The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys and Lana del Ray. And cinema buffs could book their trip to coincide with the International Paris Film Festival that takes place from 5-12 July. You may not get into the premieres but there’s the all night movie marathon at the Forum des Images or the Cine Karaoke where the audience is encouraged to join in and sing along to memorable movie scenes.

Whenever you go to Paris, you’ll be able to see some of the greatest sights in the world as well as participate in live events such as these.

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris

Musée d’Orsay and the Seine, Paris, France

Rolland Garros tennis match

Tour de France on Champs-Elysées