Beep, beep! Fiftysomethings, like your impossibly youthful looking Travel blogger, spent half their childhoods watching Wile E. Coyote chase the Road Runner.
And Bugs Bunny (a bit smart ass for me). I loved Sylvester, Tweety Pie, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck though.
I haven’t a Scooby why I haven’t got to Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi before.
Although I do know why I missed out on Warner Bros. Studios Tour in Hollywood… I say, I say, I say I do know.
I reckon it was the calamari in Venice Beach which turned me green. Almost put me off it, almost!
Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi should be on your to do list if you stop off there on your long-haul.
I’m collecting mosques (Istanbul) Wham bam, thank you Hamam (and Sarajevo) Sarajevo – the Scot that was heard around the world.
And the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque looks like one I need to get down on my knees on their magic carpet to give thanks for.
Book a two-night stopover in Abu Dhabi and get your second night free. Visit www.etihad.com.
Now I’ve also found something else interesting in my inbox. Ten nights in Phuket’s 4* Baumanburi Resort & Spa with Escape2 http://www.escape2.ie two free nights in the 5* Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort.
Prices from €1149pp. Offers based on travel in February. Other dates available.
Sheikh it up TUI
It’s often the trips that you pass up, or are passed up for you, that stick in the mind.
Such as the invitation to go out to Sharm El Sheikh which came around a few years ago.
And which I kindly gave to a colleague.
Such were the instabilities then that a couple of weeks later Sharm El Sheik was hit by a terrorist atrocity.
With all such things the people on the ground in the industry are also victims and it is good to see that TUI http://www.tui.co.uk and Red Sea Holidays http://www.redseaholidays.co.uk have reopened its market there from the UK.
Fire and ice in Iceland
It doesn’t look like it is good breeding ground for modern beat combo music but there are good vibes coming out of Iceland.
AWAL and Icelandair will include an ‘A World Artists Love’ showcase at Iono on November 7 at 8pm.
I’m told Millie Turner (UK), Joesef (UK), Yaeger (Sweden), Warmland (Iceland), Joipe x Kroli (Iceland).
The festival’s big headliners are Of Monsters And Men who the Son And Heir only interviewed recently when they came to Dublin.
And the Irish are flying the flag too with Dundalk’s Just Mustard. Dublin’s Pillow Queens and AE Mak who are also from Dundalk.
Icelandair packages to Airwaves start from €293 including flights from Dublin to Reykjavik and a festival pass. https://www.icelandair.com/en-ie/vacations/city-breaks/iceland-airwaves/.
And also visit http://icelandairwaves.is for the full line-up and other news.
The fountain of youth
Pet hate… commentators who try to make a name for themselves by throwing out controversial opinions.
Such as The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not all that and that Big Ben is just a bell (it’s actually the Great Bell but I’ll let them off that) and that they were underwhelmed by the Trevi Fountain.
On my first trip to Rome, a surprise 40th birthday gift from La Scary Una, she was most excited to show me Trevi Fountain.
And so as we turned into piazza after piazza I gasped at the fountain before me which she was only too pleased to tell me was not the Trevi Fountain.
Aer Lingus who have launched a ‘November deals to gorgeous cities’ offer, among which is a five-star city break in Rome.
You’ll get return tickets Dublin to Rome with three nights at the 5-star Radisson Blue Es Hotel.
You’ll be paying a discount price of €2286.80pp. Visit http://www.holidayswithaerlingus.com. And here’s some Rome love for you… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/04/see-rome-on-e50/.
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