Colors: Yellow Color
Colors: Yellow Color

This work of literary nonfiction by Yannis Andricopoulos, former political journalist, author and co-founder of the legendary Skyros Holidays, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through history, politics and ideas on the strength of his own personal experiences in Greece and England, the countries he views respectively as mother and wife.

What could be more romantic than gazing up at thousands of stars with the one you love? From romantic retreats for two in a Dark Sky Friendly cottage to 'stars & spa' breaks and stargazing evenings, discover the wonder of the night sky this Valentine's Day.  To help you, we've rounded up some of the best ways to enjoy the skies above Northumberland in February.

Green is no longer a trend. For a growing number of responsible tourists, it's a way of life. Hotel ICON, a luxury hotel in Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui East district, follows this philosophy and has introduced a plethora of eco-initiatives to meet the expectations of today's eco-friendly traveller. From electric transportation options, to oxygen producing indoor gardens, Hotel ICON offers the very latest eco-innovations and technologies. Even guests who enter unconcerned by their carbon footprint will leave inspired to go green.

Tristan Auer, a prevailing force in the design world, famed for his stellar line up of work on the Hotel de Crillon and the Hotel Les Bains amongst others, has worked his magic on the renowned Cotton House Hotel on Mustique. Having been closed for two months for a full refurbishment of The Great Room and The Verandah Restaurant, this picture perfect Caribbean chic boutique hotel has been restored to it's rightful place at the heart of the island.

Love is in the air at luxury boutique The Sarojin, with the five-star resort revealing its 'Thai Rituals of Romance' to lure lovebirds this Valentine's Day. Designed to bring couples closer to Thailand, as well as to one another, those staying on 14 February can enjoy a day of cultural immersion as they discover ancient rituals and timeless Thai traditions of romance. During their day of discovery, couples will visit a traditional Thai temple to receive 'a Buddhist blessing of love' from a local monk.

In the traditionally busy sales period of January and February, people from the West Midlands are running the risk of missing out on holiday deals, such as low deposits, big discounts and free child places. New research by ABTA, The Travel Association, has shown that people in the West Midlands are less likely than the rest of the country to book holidays early. Only 20% of people booked earlier in 2015 than they did the previous year, compared to 29% nationally.

Leaders in world tourism will come together for the second time on February 4-6 in Istanbul. As part of the World Tourism Forum, 100 leading experts in the industry - will participate in the summit as speakers, with 7,000 attendees expected at the İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. A main topic on the summit agenda is Africa, the new market of the industry.

If the King of Bohemia, Charles IV, were alive today, where do you think he would go and what would he show tourists in Prague? In 2016 it will be 700 years from the birth of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1316–1378), one of the most eminent personalities of European history. Which places in Prague would His Royal Majesty show you, if he took on the role of your tour guide?

The glass viewing pod for British Airways i360, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, was completed on Brighton beach, making way for the last phase of construction before the world's tallest moving observation attraction opens this summer. The construction team attached the final segment to the 162 metre tower earlier this afternoon, forming a breathtaking futuristic glass viewing pod which is ten times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye and can hold up to 200 people. 

The Channel Islands Heritage Festival from 25 March to 10 May 2016 will celebrate a group of small islands with a big history, offering five weeks of family friendly events and activities across Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark. The 2016 edition will take a maritime focus, honouring the Islands' timeless relationship with their coastline and the seas, where children and adults alike can explore significant coastal sites, become immersed in centuries' old seafaring stories and experience naval traditions across the archipelago.

Turtle hatching remains an experience to be remembered in Seychelles - last week it was guests at the Constance Lemuria of Praslin who enjoyed this amazing experience. Constance Lemuria Seychelles has been working on strict conservation measures at the resort of Praslin and tourists recently were all treated to an experience that will be remembered as hundreds and hundreds of baby turtles made their way to the sea under the watchful eye of wardens.

Budapest Airport has announced that home-based carrier, Wizz Air, will be launching its 46th destination from the Hungarian gateway this summer. Supporting the advancement of the capital city airport, the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) has confirmed it will commence three routes during S16, adding another 880 weekly seats to the Budapest market. Enhancing existing links to the Northwest of the UK, Wizz Air will be starting a twice-weekly link to Liverpool from 23 March.