Have you seen the all new Globe Trekker Store?

 Have you seen the all new Globe Trekker Store?
It’s all change here at Globe Trekker – we have a brand new shop!

Take a moment to browse our stunning back catalogue of episodes that are now available on DVD and as high quality Download – no shipping fees! – plus your favourite Globe Trekker merchandise – all in a stop bright and breezy new shop.

To celebrate, we are offering a whopping 15% off of our best selling title of 2015 and 2016 – Building England. 

Osterly House, interior, from Building England Part II

Osterly House, interior, from Building England Part II

To whet your appetite, we have an exclusive clip from Part II in which Judith tours the grandiose Osterly Park. Located on the western outskirts of London – it’s a Tudor manor house magically transformed by the architectural star of the day, the Scotsman Robert Adam, in 1761, and designed specifically for the function of the 18th century: grand entertainment.

Artistic Traveller – Osterly House from Pilot Productions on Vimeo.

Lights, Action, London!

Lights, Action, London!

Once again, London displayed its reputation as a city of intrigue and wonder as a cacophany of light beamed across the city.

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Over the course of a chilly weekend in January, throngs of visitors  flocked to wander the streets and join the hunt in and around the city’s central spots to seek out luminary gems.

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Luminous fish kites hovered above the popular shopping district of Regent Street, gigantic flowers resembling triffids swayed in the gardens of Leicester Square, and a series of mannequins formed by netted structures set in various poses; flying above or seated atop rooftops in St.James, near the Piccadilly Arcade.

lumiere5Elsewhere, blinking match stick men shifted rhythmically towards and away from the crowds, the sonic effects of Elephantastic and her baby elephant swinging in her trunk reverberated through the crowd whilst Westminster Abbey was intricately lit by light that integrated with its structure entitled called ” The Light of the Spirit.”

Lumiere was presented by Artichoke, the production company who brought London to standstill with The Sultan’s Elephant.

Thanks to Neda Dorudi for the images

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Where’s the Party At? NYE Most Expensive…

Where’s the Party At? NYE Most Expensive...

Where’s the most expensive spot in the world to celebrate the end of the year (and the beginning of a new one, of course)? Boxing Day sales may be rife, but they’re only in order for us to save money for a special NYE. If you’re in or heading to the UK to ring in the New Year, maybe you’d like to shop around using this interactive planner thanks to hotelsdirect.co.uk to work out which city fits your budget.

 

 

 

Feature image by On.My.Bigfoot, Flickr creative commons

13 Destinations of Christmas

13 Destinations of Christmas

Did you catch our social media countdown of 13 fantastic destinations that are ideal for visiting at this time of year? Here’s the complete list!

PS Hope you had a lovely Christmas and here’s to a brilliant 2015.


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THE GLOBE TREKKER 13 DESTINATIONS OF CHRISTMAS

New York, for its festive spirit and gorgeous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Read our Globe Trekker guide here.

Image: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City by Caruba, Flickr creative commons

Image: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City by Caruba, Flickr creative commons

 

Whistler, Canada, it’s a wonderland with all the winter snow fun you can imagine, nestled in one of the prettiest spots around. Read about Canada here, and Whistler here.

Whistler Village at Christmas, image by Andrew Smith, Flickr creative commons

Whistler Village at Christmas, image by Andrew Smith, Flickr creative commons tinyurl.com/q437xn7

 

London, England – what’s better than shopping in London? Shopping in London under the Christmas lights of Oxford Street! And London’s a little like New York – it’s always a good idea (especially if your favourite Christmas movie is Love Actually). Here’s a city guide, if you’re on your way soon.

London Christmas Lights Oxford Street - image via VisitLondon.com

London Christmas Lights Oxford Street – image via VisitLondon.com

 

Bruges, Belgium – a medieval gem brimming with Christmas market and chocolatey delights! Want to go? Read our guide.

Dec 16 Christmas in Bruges Image by Mark-Spokes.com Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Bruges, image by Mark-Spokes.com, Flickr creative commons

 

Puerto Rico, especially in San Juan – here they have one big festive party from early December until well into the new year – no scarves or jackets in sight! Go travelling – read more.

Christmas in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Domenic Scaturchio Flickr creative commons

Christmas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, image by Domenic Scaturchio, Flickr creative commons

 

Sydney, Australia – for those of you dreaming of a Christmas in the sun, or rather, summer; imagine enjoying some wine with a Harbour Bridge view – it’s Christmas, but not as you know it. Here’s our city guide.

Sydney, image by Sarah Blinco

Sydney, image by Sarah Blinco

 

Germany, particularly Cologne, which boasts traditional Christmas markets lining either side of the oh-so-romantic Rhine. Read more on this delightful destination.

Christmas in Cologne, image by Mic-Plc, Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Cologne, image by Mic-Plc, Flickr creative commons

 

Rome, where faith and tradition take center stage at this time of year; even if you care little for organised religion, a Christmastime mass here can be moving, and Rome is always a wonderful place to get lost in. Gain further insight – read here.

Christmas in Rome, image by Valentina_A, Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Rome, image by Valentina_A, Flickr creative commons

 

Paris, with its romantic streets and boulevards strewn with fairy lights and pretty pop-up markets. It is love. Get lost in Paris here.

Christmas in Paris, image by Herve Bry, Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Paris, image by Herve Bry, Flickr creative commons

 

Lapland, where Christmas fantasies abound – reindeer, snowy backdrops; there are towns here with Santa villages too! Read here to learn more about this lovely location.

Christmas in Lapland, image by Timo, Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Lapland, image by Timo, Flickr creative commons

 

Santa Claus, Indiana – doesn’t get much more Christmas-festive than this place. It tickles our fancy so we dropped it into our countdown. Here’s a little more on the town. Of course, if you want to hit the road and explore more of this fantastic country, take a look at our guide here.

Santa Claus, Indiana, image via santaclausind.org

Santa Claus, Indiana, image via santaclausind.org

 

Amsterdam, home of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas), a Dutch character who looks suspiciously like someone else we all know; he arrives in Amsterdam on December 5 to bring all of the good children gifts, but returns again on the 25th. Amsterdam twinkles at Christmas, and is certainly a beautiful place to visit at this (or any) time of year. Here’s our special guide.

Christmas in Amsterdam, image by Eric Meyer, Flickr creative commons

Christmas in Amsterdam, image by Eric Meyer, Flickr creative commons

 

But the most festive place of all to be…..?

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(Image by Ali Elangasinghe, Flickr creative commons)

 

 

…and Happy New Year!

Compiled by Sarah Blinco.