In today's society smoking is becoming more frowned upon than many other habits, and as an ex-smoker I am probabaly guilty of being over-sensitive to my ex-comrades who now continue to pollute the air. Yet whilst cigarette smoke now has me reaching for the air freshener, I have to admit to a certain appeal found in passing by someone who is puffing on a cigar. So it is with mixed feelings that I read about the Le Fumoir - the new smoking hangout in Geneva.
When the biggest ship built for the British cruise market sets sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton to the Mediterranean on 14th March 2015 it will mark a steep change in holidays at sea. Passengers will be able to participate in hands on cookery tuition under the expert guidance of P&O Cruises famous five culinary giants - James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar and Olly Smith.
Book the date on 20th March 2015 (9:41am) to see the total solar eclipse, when the Faroe Islands will be one of only two places in the world where this natural phenomenon can be observed from land*.
Carnival revellers in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba will be playing their part in helping the environment and powering their own hotel this year because while they are enjoying the spectacular parades, which reach their colourful and noisy crescendo on March 2nd 2014 in capital Oranjestad, visitors will unwittingly be playing their part in the island's objective of becoming carbon-free by 2020.
This autumn a team of six comedians will set out to conquer new comedic peaks to raise money for Save the Children and aim to set a new record by performing the world's highest stand-up gig. Rhys Darby, Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool, Simon Evans and Terry Alderton will be accompanied by 50 comedy fans as they take on the tough 9-day trekking challenge to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Cox & Kings, the world's longest established travel company, has partnered with Art Safaris in Africa to offer a collection of small-group holidays aimed at those inspired to paint and sketch the stunning wildlife and landscapes of Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. Whether a beginner or an experienced artist, Art Safari's professional team of tutors and guides will encourage guests to sit, look, observe and sketch the surroundings, using observation as a way of learning about the land, people and wildlife.