Festival Review – Nozstock: The Hidden Valley, Herefordshire, United Kingdom

I love music festivals, but I never heard of Nozstock (July 20-22, 2018) until a friend told me about it this year at the beginning of this year. Nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, it is in a beautiful farmhouse near the town of Bromyard. Nozstock is led by the father and daughter of Pete and Ella Nosworthy. What began in 1998 as a modest one-step barbecue has evolved into a full-fledged festival with 11 stages and a varied program of music, comedy, film, traditional arts and even burlesque . Impressed by this year’s stellar cast (including Chase & Status and …

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Why stop in Iceland on the way to San Francisco?

Direct flights are the way to go. Why should you change planes for hours if you do not have to? On a recent trip to San Francisco, I changed my mind. Why? Last month, Icelandair, known for its generous 32-inch economy seat, flew its new Heathrow flight from San Francisco Airport to Iceland for a few days. In fact, it was a holiday in two countries. So I spent my time in the land of the midnight sun. READ ALSO: Questions and Answers: What to do during a long stopover in Reykjavik? The blue lagoon The blue and foggy waters …

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Summer, Mammoth Lakes, California, USA

Located in Mono County, California, Mammoth Lakes enjoys a secluded location in an Eastern Valley of Sierra Nevada, while staying in the center of everything. It is only five hours drive from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco and only two hours from Lake Tahoe. We drove five and a half hours from Newport Beach (about 40 minutes from Los Angeles) along the 341 km CA-203 beyond the Sequoia National Forest, Death Valley National Park and the forest. Inyo National Council. Imagine the sensational landscape along this route. We paused in the quiet, dusty town of Lone Pine (140 …

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A walk through Alderney, Channel Islands

If you really want to escape, Alderney Channel Island is definitely a candidate. It is not easy to access because the only connection is a flight from Guernsey, although it is planned to restart the ferry service. Do not expect bright lights and a big city, but wallow in peace, go for healthy walks and enjoy excellent seafood. The island is tiny, 4 km long and 1 km wide. As the most northerly channel island, halfway between France and England, it has always been of strategic importance. Its history as a fortress dates back to Roman times, but most of …

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