Countries, Europe, Sport

Let Israel’s Maccabiah Games begin

We all know the world’s biggest sporting events, the Olympics, the World Cup and no, not the one you’re thinking… let Israel’s Maccabiah Games begin.

And so we’re hailing the four-yearly Maccabiah which runs from July 14-28, a year later after the Covid hiatus.

With the Games including 10,000 athletes from about 60 countries.

And with five new sports for this year, including wave surfing, climbing, 3×3 basketball motocross and paddle.

Now there are those who will celebrate Britain never, ever, ever being slaves by throwing those who they did enslave a week of games in Birmingham from July 28-August 8.

Onto the Maccabiah Games now and it is an Olympics for Jewish athletes, has run from 1932.

And that’s just a couple of years after the first Empire Games, forerunner of the Commonwealth Games.

It is evident too that the Maccabiah still holds onto its original name.

The name Maccabiah is named for Judah Maccabee, a Jewish leader who defended his country from King Antiochus.

Modi’in, his birthplace, is also the starting location of the torch that lights the flames at the opening ceremony,

Teddy, steady go

History: The First Games

So let’s begin and the opening ceremony will take place at Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.

We can look forward to a crowd of 30,000 with the torches being carried by five athletes.

And we have Tokyo Olympic medalist Avishag Semberg; swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko; Paralympic swimmers, Mark Maliar and Iyad Shalabi, and Jewish-American baseball player Ian Kinsler.

And I know the question you’re asking… yes, the Games’ ceremonial torch will be kindled by Israeli Olympic Medalists Linoy Ashram and Artem Dolgopyat.

Now if you haven’t seen it before then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a world first this year.

Because all the games will be broadcast live all over the world via Pixellot.

And the Maccabiah will also host Paralympic Games in a variety of sports.

And competitions in the ‘Special Needs’ category for athletes with special needs.

The Land of Milk and Honey is also inviting us all to follow the Maccabiah and various events on Facebook,Instagram and TikTok.

How’s that for an opening?

Five alive: Maroon Five

There are some, of course (deluded, I’d say) who can take or leave sports and tune in only for opening ceremonies.

And you won’t be disappointed with this year’s Maccabiah showpiece.

Because the sponsors are telling us that it will be spectacular and exciting.

And we can look forward to it combining a rich artistic performance with hundreds of dancers and pyrotechnics. 

Take singer-songwriter Hanan Ben-Ari who will perform the official Maccabiah song, Carnival by Jordan (Jordi) Peleg and Ron Biton.

And the singer of the decade, Eden Ben Zaken, who will be singing an adaptation of Jehoram Gaon’s song, You Will Not Beat Me.

While The Next Star winner Tamir Greenberg will perform the song he wrote and composed to win the competition.

That’s Tell Me Where the Light Goes’, and as well as Maroon 5’s Memories as a salute to the historical sports heroes of the People of Israel.

Now this is all new to us but isn’t that the point of expanding our horizons and one of the great take-aways from any travel.

Tickets can be booked on the Maccabiah website.

Beach games

Yes, we heart you too: Netanya

Of course, the athletes’ competitions will be the main draw but beyond the events, Israel will go full party for the spectators too.

Because the Maccabiah, in cooperation with the Netanya Municipality will offer for the first time a huge sports complex for the whole family.

It’s all taking place at Poleg Beach from July 12-14 that includes an area for sports competitions.

And there will be activities for children, performances and food trucks with dishes from all over the world.

Night race

Israel beautiful: Jerusalem

And, of course, the Maccabiah want to create the next generation of champions so encourage everybody to get involved.

And hence the Maccabiah in Jerusalem night race will be held on July 18.

There will be thousands of runners taking part from all over Israel and the world.

And the race will pass the Science Museum, the Knesset, Hebrew University, the Rose Garden, the Cross Monastery and the Givat Ram Stadium.

With it all accompanied by lighting, music and a very special atmosphere.

And so participation in the race is paid and pre-registration is on the Maccabiah website .

Celebrate the diaspora

Hands across the oceans: The Games’ athletes

Now Israelis, much like Scots and Irish have a diaspora around the world.

And all have enriched the globe with our traditions and added to the general lexicon.

And with the Maccabiah Games at last getting the broader recognition it deserves through this inaugural global broadcast.

We can immerse ourselves in yet more Jewish culture, spectacle and the achievements of Jewish athletes.

Let Israel’s Maccabiah Games begin…

And I suspect as well that they will have a more lyrical way of saying that too.

 

 

 

Countries, Europe, Skiing, Sport

Garmisch and G7 garnish

As Messers Biden, Johnson, Trudeau, Macron, Scholz, Dragi and Kishida gather in Bavaria, let’s look at Garmisch and G7 garnish.

Schloss Elmau is the fancy (of course it is) five-star pad where our leaders are staying while we struggle to pay our bills.

And you can check it out for yourself on their site.

Fancy specs

Schloss boss: The G7 leaders’ hangout

The specs have Schloss Elmau as boasting rushing streams in Elmau Valley, an Alpine nature reserve, 100 km south of Munich.

They flag up a casual Luxury Resort, Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway.

And recommend their yoga, tajiquan (no, me neither) and sports.

Writing’s on the wall: In Garmisch

While foodies are naturally more than catered for, readers with a phenomenal bookstores and classicos with the best concerts.

We checked out Schloss Elmau.

And whether because of our reputation or high heid-yins are staying there, it was booked out long-term.

Olympic champions

Skate away: Garmisch champions

And so we looked at the charming village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 15km west, instead.

Garmisch you probably identify with skiing and you would be right.

And it was Garmisch where the Germans went in 1936 to hold the Winter Olympics.

Ski royalty: The 1936 Games

You’ll see too the winners from those Games adorning walls in bar/restaurants.

And wonder too about whether you could leap off ski jumps as you pass by the village jump.

Gorge on the Gorge

Watch your step: The Gorge

For those who like the depths as well as the heights then Garmisch-Partenchirken has the Garganta de Partnach.

A natural monument for 110 years, the gorge i2,303 ft long and, in places, over 260 ft deep and there is constant running water.

So go before you enter… and I’m talking to you President Biden.

Better than the bike: Joe Biden

Partnach Gorge advise though not to visit until after Tuesday because of the G7.

While the G7 leaders live it up in Schloss Elmau you can economise.

By staying in a small double room at the Olympiahaus for £84, say overnight on October 3.

 

 

America, Asia, Canada, Central America, Culture, Sport, UK

Queer how offside Qatar is to the world

It’s become a fixture on the party and social calendar in the West but, of course, Pride is a revulsion elsewhere in the world, and in this World Cup year isn’t it queer how offside Qatar is to the world?

Now the football world (a different universe, of course) turned a blind eye to the Emirate’s discrimination and criminalisation of the LGBTQIA community when awarding Qatar the hosting of this winter’s World Cup.

Flagging up an issue: With Qatar

And quite what that’ll mean to LGBTQIA football fans who are wanting to follow their countries’ fortunes then we’ll try here to decipher.

While we all know too that of the hundreds of footballers, coaching staff and officials taking part not one will be LGBTQIA.

And that will get FIFA off the hook… and there won’t be anybody queer in that organisation either.

A word from the sponsors

Take that: The Qataris

Football’s World Cup is, of course, more than a sporting event.

It is a cultural, educational example and the tourist trip football fans have been planning for years.

So make of these welcoming words if you will from Qatari official Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Ansari

‘If he (a fan) raised the rainbow flag and I took it from him, it’s not because I really want to really take it to really insult him.

‘But to protect him. Because if it’s not me, somebody else around him might attack (him).

‘Watch the game. That’s good. But don’t really come in and insult the whole society because of this.

‘Reserve the room together, sleep together – this is something that’s not in our concern. We are here to manage the tournament.

‘Let’s not go beyond the individual personal things which might be happening between these people… this is actually the concept.’

Right, where do we start? The Major General’s assertion that he really wants to protect ‘them’?

Qatari protection

Sheikh it off: The Qataris

So, protecting them then would be not exposing them to a punishment of up to seven years in prison and a fine.

And the possibility of death penalty if you are indigenous.

Of course this is for men because just like in Victorian Britain lesbianism wasn’t even considered thing despite upper-class society’s obsession with all things Classical where the Sapphists were chronicled.

Maybe here too Major General you might think.

About criminalising the people who would attack an innocent person simply because which sex they love.

And then what about their concession to gay visitors that they can ‘reserve the room together, sleep together’?

Well evidence this very year has shown that FIFA recommended hotels in Qatar are actively refusing to accommodate same-sex couples.

Or ‘these people’ as the Major General calls them.

Of course it’s not as if we hadn’t been warned.

Bla, bla Blatter

Out of touch: Sepp Blatter

That bastion of integrity, former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter had thought it all a big joke.

When he was asked about a lack of gay rights in Qatar shortly after they were selected in 2010… ‘They should refrain from any sexual activities.’

And the Qataris, naturally, must have seen this as a green light.

Because three years later the head of Qatar’s World Cup bid team, Hassan al-Thawadi, said that everybody was welcome at the event, so long as they refrained from public display of affection.

‘Public display of affection is not part of our culture and tradition’.

To which you can justifiably add… and particularly not when you’re holding hands with, or kissing, a member of the same sex.

American continental LGBTI army

The right path: Pride in West Hollywood

We can console ourselves somewhat that the next World Cup will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Where people are allowed to express themselves and love each other how they want.

Let’s hope too that by then there will be more than one openly gay professional footballer in the English league structure.

And that this is replicated throughout the country.

And that the sports whitewashing by Middle Eastern and Gulf countries who are buying up, or have bought up Europe’s biggest clibs, does not deter LGBTQIA players from coming out.

Now we’ll leave this heavy but necessary subject.

To get back to checking out where I can get my best Pride experience around here in sleepy North Berwick, near Edinburgh.

A Dutch of class

The future is Oranje: The Oranje Army

But before we go, big hats with feathers off.

To the Dutch politician who suggested that the Netherlands national team play in pink rather than their traditional orange, in solidarity with the LGBTI community.

We’ve not heard whether that this is being taken up by the Dutch football federation.

But having partied with the inclusive Oranje Army on the way to Rotterdam to see them play Greece a number of years ago…

We know the supporters’ only rule is that you love Total Football.

    

Asia, Countries, Sport

Football roads lead to Qatar

Football roads lead to Qatar this winter for my wee Scotland although the rest of the world wants Ukraine to win the play-off.

So there might be something about the old Jim Bowen Bullseye line ‘come and have a look at what you could have won’ about Qatar’s latest literature.

Sheikh on it: The Qatar World Cup

Only the Emirates state isn’t just for the World Cup… it can be enjoyed all year around.

Particularly with the sun-splitting temperatures.

Qatar kick-off

Football crazy: Qatar

The Al Bayt Stadium in the north of the country is where the action will kick off in December.

An oil city, but much more… the Ain Hleetan Well and the Al Khor Towers, the Thakira Mangroves, Purple Island and Al Farkiah Beach.

And last, but not least, the Al Khor Park and Zoo.

We’re going to Qatar: Scotland

Talking about all God’s creatures then you probably associate Qatar more with sand dwellers.

But Qatar is home to one of the largest whale sharks aggregations in the entire world.

White sharks

Spot the whale shark: Around Qatar

Now God may have had made us all but he left us to name them… hence the at first confusing whale sharks.

Our Qatari friends helpfully show us how to identify them.

They display distinctly dotted patterns.

Every day’s a school day

Fly high: Qatar’s locals

And the migratory phenomenon is a must-witness marine activity when in Qatar.

And even better news, although they have 300 tiny teeth they don’t eat us.

They prefer fish eggs and tiny plankton.

Whale sharks appear in schools of over 100-150 fishes at a time.

And the Tartan Army, Scotland’s football supporters, come in their hundreds of thousands.

So hopefully we’ll be there because football roads lead to Qatar.

 

Countries, Europe, Sport

Col du Granon and Le Moore de France

Now he was mon dernier mot on cycling, so I’d ask my old newspaper colleague Richard Moore about The Col du Granon and Le Moore de France.

Richard Moore lived for cycling, and his family, and the press pack at Le Tour de France will be the lesser for his absence this year.

Moore the merrier: Richard Moore

Proud Scot Richard rode and wrote.

For Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

Where he was coached by King of the Mountains Robert Millar who inspired his award-winning book In Search of Robert Millar.

A Millar’s Tale

King Robert: Robert Millar, King of the Mountains

Pony-tailed Robert went off the radar after his exploits and despite his many contacts Richard admits (spoiler) at the end of the book that he couldn’t find him.

Rewind to the same sports desk years before and I was scanning a picture of Millar with another fabled writer Jeff Connor.

Jeff, who has spent a Tour in Millar’s team writing about them, pointed out how he thought Millar’s upper body shape looked oddly different.

Queen Philippa: Philippa York

Alas, the observation never led to further investigation… we were probably distracted by a deadline.

But the moment came back to me when a story landed on my desk about Millar, that he had transitioned into Philippa York.

Call of Col du Granon

Dust in its wake: No other cyclist in sight

All of which peregrinations returns me to the focus of today’s travel blog Col du Granon.

A stage of Le Tour arrives at the summit of the pass on July 13 and leaves Briancon the next day.

Our amis in Serre Chevalier Valleé Briancon bill their region as A Unique Mountain Destination.

And that it is… with the Climbing World Cup also coming down the tracks.

Here comes the summer

Been there, done that: Le Pic du Midi

Throw in white-water rafting (tick), mountain-biking (tick), trail running (tick) and of course cycling (tick).

And it’s clear to see that Serre Chevalier Valleé Briancon doesn’t sleep in the summer.

Situated in the Hautes-Alpes department, Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region, you’re on the Italian border.

Now in life there are those who bluff it… on Le Pic du Midi (see picture).

And whoever takes the stage in Serre Chevalier Valleé Briancon next month there will be a spirit hovering this year.

At the Col du Granon and Le Moore de France.

 

America, Countries, Europe, Ireland, Sport, UK

Touchdown LA

The eyes of the world will be on the Super Bowl tomorrow so let’s play a little game of stadium spotting… and Touchdown LA.

The magnificent SoFi Stadium is led-lighted up like a Christmas Tree so the world can see it from the air.

And while we, of course, always look out of our windows for iconic landmarks, us sporty types also target sports stadiums.

LA is my Playday

What an Angel: Jimmy in LA

Los Angeles: Now the first thing that we look out for when we fly into the City of Angels is the Hollywood sign.

Alas it is not so easily spotted up there in the hills meaning SoFi monopolises your view.

Cartoon fun: Simpsons

You can, of course, rectify that with a 8.8km walking trip up to the Griffith Observatory.

As long as you didn’t sit yourself down next to a passenger who was sick into her bag, gave it to you and passed on a 24-hour bug.

London calling

Wembley way: And Scotland are winning?

London: With 22 football grounds in the English capital you’d think you’d have a choice of viewing from the air.

You can see a good bunch of them, Wembley, the Emirates, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Stamford Bridge and the Thameside Craven Cottage.

More surprising is the ground outside of the capital in Watford.

And its red and yellow seats… very Harry Potter which is pertinent seeing you can visit Harry’s world there.

As the Hertfordshire town houses the Warner Bros. Studio London.

The other is in LA… and yes, I missed that too because of that passenger’s virus although I will be back, and obvs with Attraction Tickets Direct.

In Dublin’s air city

Green for go: At the Aviva

Dublin: And, of course, Irish sports fans will be converged in Paris today for le rugby et Les Bleus v Les Vertes.

For those of us who visit the Irish capital, or were lucky enough to live there for 13 years you’ll see their marvellous Aviva Stadium.

Which I will again tomorrow… and my heart is leaping.

The Cruyff turn Amsterdam

Bird’s eye view: How Cruyff changed football

Amsterdam: And this is really what they should call the pilot’s move as he flies into Schiphol Airport in Clog City.

The Ajax stadium is named after the Netherlands greatest-ever player after which this move was named.

The late Cruyff was iconic in his white and single red stripe Ajax top and Oranje national shirts.

And if you can board a bouncing train with the Oranje Army down to Rotterdam where Cruyff played latterly then all the better.

The Camp Flew

Bear hug: With Messi the bear

Barcelona: Cruyff is as big a hero in Barcelona as Amsterdam.

After reviving them as a player with his total football.

And as the architect of Barca’s Tiki-Taka football, taken to new heights in the Catalans Messi-inspired teams of the Noughties and Tweens.

I first saw Barcelona from the cabin of a cruise ship (as you do).

So I saw the city from the air in a helicopter.

I expressed my wonderment to the pilot about the stadium below.

Only for him to tell me that that was the Reserve Team’s ground and that the Camp Nou was coming up.

So if you’re flying into the City of Angels for the Super Bowl.

Or plan to visit in the future look out for the SoFi stadium… because it’s Touchdown LA.

 

 

America, Countries, Europe, Skiing, Sport

A broom to sweep the Alpine bar

You trudge the peaks to the top of Europe only to be handed a broom to sweep the Alpine bar.

This broom though is a curling accessory, you have a stone in hand and a circle on the ice rink to target.

It’s not what you’d expect when you are escorted through the curtain of the Ice Bar.

At the top of the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland.

But you’ve got a Swiss dram (yes, really) at the bar.

To warm and energise you for your initiation in the ancient Scottish game.

Ice bowls

Sweep crack away: The Curling

Aye, ice bowls, as it is sometimes dismissively referred, was invented (as everything is) in Scotland.

When an ice skating religious minister glided across Duddingston Loch…

Well, that can’t be proved definitively.

Scottish style: The Skating Minister

But do check out the Henry Raeburn painting at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

Curling has us in our grip every four years when Scots Olympians take over Britain and our curlers swap their Saltires for Union Jacks.

Alas, just like golf which we also gave to the world, the world learned to do it better.

As evidenced in Beijing just now.

A Scottish gift to America

Stone me: And a bullseye

And we’ve struggled recently to replicate the success of Golden Girl Rhona Martin from the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.

Unsurprisingly as the Scottish footprint is all over the States the Americans are among the world’s leading curling nations.

And news comes to us from winter sports centre Lake Tahoe of how much more they put into the game and all winter sports.

With 17 of the US team calling the base in the Nevada/California border calling Lake Tahoe its home.

Learn to curl

Dark Destroyer: Curltime Jimmy in Switzerland

Helpfully the good folk of Lake Tahoe are offering help to curl and saying you’ll be able to show off on the next Zoom meet.

The rest (to get out there) you’ll have to ask your friendly neighbouring travel agents about.

Drams are made of this: Whisky in the Alps

Now, if you’re lucky enough to live in Scotland then you will be able to take your first baby steps in winter sports.

I’ve done it myself and yes with my old friends in Ireland Topflight for Schools, it has led me to the Winter Olympics.

Bavarian Games

Get your skis on: Channeling the 1936 Games

Albeit Hitler’s 1936 Games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.

Where pictures of the winners adorn the walls of the showpiece restaurant in the town.

A page in history: German Olympic winner

And the centrepiece is the ski jump.

Maybe better sticking on firm ground (or ice).

Hand me a broom to sweep the Alpine bar.

 

 

America, Countries, Sport, UK

Women football ban

In a previous life I scribbled about saaacer but the women football ban never came up then.

Nor years earlier when I dated Bostonian Carol at university in Aberdeen who left the foot in with all the men she tackled.

On the football pitch you mucky devils!

While any adolescent Scot from the early 80s will identify with the rite of passage film Gregory’s Girl.

Although we in our all-boys school could only have dreamt of a keeper like Dorothy.

If we’d been allowed to play football competitively rather than on the playground. 

Michelle and Matthews magic

Prize girl: Michelle Akers

I confess too that I wasn’t as star-struck as I should have been when I met American soccer legend Michelle Akers, also in the Granite City.

Because England great Sir Stanley Matthews was there with her.

All of which reminiscences have been sparked by today’s woman’s FA Cup final.

When they will reflect on the first showpiece, between Southampton and Scots Stewarton Thistle, (more a back pitch) 50 years ago.

Male chauvinists

Team of all talents: The Dick, Kerr Ladies

Still it must have felt like Wembley where Arsenal and Chelsea will compete today for the players in 1971.

The women’s game in the UK quite amazingly and disgracefully had been in abeyance for the previous 50 years.

And not because it wasn’t popular, though that shouldn’t matter either.

Tens of thousands turning out to see the lassies play.

No, because the chauvinistic chiefs of the FA banned women’s football in 1921 stating that it was ‘quite unsuitable for females’.

Despite the legendary Dick, Kerr Ladies and St Helens Ladies playing before 52,000 the previous Boxing Day.

Female pioneers

Equal pay: How the times have changed

The FA were perhaps worried that their women would swap their pinnies for boots.

But the Dick, Kerr Ladies were not to be put off.

And they took on a US tour and played men’s teams over there.

Whether that inspired the grandmothers of Carol Terry or Michelle Akers.

They did start an American revolution in women’s saaacer.

And that has made them the force in the game though the English are now catching up.

Football family

Yanks very much: US superstar Megan Rapinoe

I’ll maybe give Carol some thought if I do return to Beantown next year after 34 years away.

When I hope to revisit Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, and the Celtics, their basketball team.

In the absence of a Boston team, I’ll adopt NWSL champions Washington Spirit from DC out of east coast solidarity.

Out of respect for Carol.

As no self-respecting Bostonian, or friend, would plump for a New York side (in this case Gotham).

So on My Sporting Weekend as I watch the Women’s FA Cup final I will reflect on the women football ban.

And did I say that I have the pinnie on today while The Worker, she’s out in the field?

 

 

Adventure, Countries, Europe, Sport

Tirol-blazing

Ja, it’s the Austrian region that lends itself to trend-setting, or Tirol-blazing if you please.

Little did I know when I waved Auf Wiederseshen to Tirol a couple of years ago that they (and the rest of the world) would be thrown off course.

And that a full, proper ski season would have to wait until 2021. But there it is.

Now we all know that the Austrians love a rule or two and so without further ado over to them to set out the regulations.

Der rules

Like an Alpine skier: In the Austrian Tyrol

*No general restrictions on opening times for bars and restaurants, no general restrictions on ski lift capacity, no general social distancing.

*Ski resorts must apply the 3G Rule (ie all visitors must prove they have been tested, vaccinated or have had and are recovered from Coronavirus.

•Apres-ski locations will be subject to the same rules as nightclubs. From Level 2 these venues will impose the 2G Rule (access only for people who are vaccinated or have had and are recovered from Coronavirus).

*Christmas markets where food and drink are served will be subject to the 3G Rule (does not apply to Christmas markets without food and drink).

*Further measures above and beyond Level 3 will be targeted mainly at unvaccinated people.

*Everyone who gets vaccinated now can be sure of having access to all areas this winter (ski lifts, restaurants, concerts, cinemas, etc).

Now without any more shilly-shallying, some hotels and chalets.

Alpine hand

Exclusive Chalets at St. Anton am Arlberg. © Arlberg Photography, Privat Chalet St. Anton

Golden Marmot and Silver Fox: Exclusive chalets at St. Anton am Arlberg
Two new, exclusive luxury chalets are opening in St. Anton am Arlberg.

The Chalet Golden Marmot – with three apartments for eight to ten guests each and a small spa area – is located just a few metres from the bottom station of the Nasserein cable car and the entrance to the Arlberg ski area.

The sister chalet, Silver Fox, will also open its doors in December:

The three apartments – each with a spacious living and dining area – are perfect for a cosy get-together around the fireplace with your family or group of friends.

You can also relax in the sauna of the in-house spa area.
www.chalet-stanton.com

Solden this too

The Skybar THE VUE in the new Hotel “The Secret Sölden”. © Zuchna Visualisierung

It’s time to reveal some secrets: The Secret Sölden
An opulent golden entrance, copper-coloured metal panels: “The Secret Sölden” attracts all eyes even from the outside.

From December 2021, the exclusive apartment resort with 44 residential units will reveal its secrets.

The Secret Sölden is not a classic hotel but instead it aims to impress with an innovative overall concept.

And an open-house approach. LA‘ LIV – the living room of the house – will be the heart and central meeting point.

Breakfast buffet in LA‘ LIV or undisturbed breakfast in your apartment? You choose!

Guests can also help themselves to a fine selection of snacks as well as drinks throughout the day.

In the evening, LA‘ LIV transforms into a chic restaurant.

But that’s not all.

The absolute highlight during your stay at The Secret Sölden will be the spectacular sky bar THE VUE with a glass ceiling.
www.the-secret-soelden.com

Zillertal have that

Hotel Berghof in Mayrhofen © Ing. Thomas Buchberger

Beautiful new spa area at Hotel Berghof in Mayrhofen
This season, winter sports enthusiasts can also look forward to two further, freshly renovated hotels in the Zillertal valley.

The first one is Hotel Berghof in Mayrhofen:

Since the summer, the new garden SPA has a rooftop sunbathing lawn (adults only and suck it up kids).

And a spacious wellness landscape with an indoor and outdoor pool, children’s pool and family saunas await guests. www.berghof.cc

Kristall clear

Hotel Kristall in Leutasch. © Barbist Architecture

The classic one with a new look: Hotel Kristall in Leutasch
Hotel Kristall is a traditional establishment which has been in this beautiful spot in Leutasch on the Seefeld Plateau since 1973.

And it has been run by the Pfeffel family since 2004.

In 2021, the hotel is being fully renovated with these new features.

The hotel lobby and bar are being redesigned and expanded, the restaurant will shine anew.

And an additional floor with rooms and suites is being created.

“But our highlight is the new Sky-SPA with a heated outdoor pool, panorama sauna, indoor and outdoor lounging areas and panoramic view of the Wetterstein mountains and Hohe Munde,” says hotelier Bernhard Pfeffel.
www.hotel-kristall.at

America, Countries, Sport

Walking in Vegas and Memphis

And WC Handy will still look down on him… Rainy Days and Songdays celebrates Tyson Fury as he goes Walking in Vegas and Memphis.

The Gypsy King has become as big a headliner in Vegas as Celine Dion, Elton John and The Osmonds (yes, really).

The World Heavyweight champion brought the house down when he adapted another American classic in the ring after defeating Deontay Wilder, who really ought to have had the home fans in the palm of his destructive hands.

Memphis history

That’s Handy: In Memphis

Now we’ll forgive Tyson for being disorientated.

And not quite knowing his surroundings after Wilder put him on the seat of his pants during the fight.

Because WC Handy was an Alabaman, who made his name in Memphis, Tennessee, as the Father of the Blues.

A couple of feet: Off of Beale

Tyson would be a thousand miles away though if he had touched down in the land of the Delta Blues.

The Delta being the juncture in the Mississippi.

Although we will give him his Beale (Avenue) in Las Vegas which we stumbled upon in Neon City.

Although the Beale which Marc Cohen was referring to was Beale Street in Memphis.

On the Strip

VIP: With the Rat Trap

Mind you Vegas can recreate anywhere in the world in their own image.

Head down the Strip and you will almost think you have been transported to Paris or ancient Egypt.

And an anecdote here to prove my point.

Jetlagged on my arrival in Vegas I laid down on my triple bed in The Palazzo in the afternoon.

And against my better judgment I fell asleep.

Only to be woken up by a call from our host Tryphavana to say the party was sitting down for dinner at the Venetian.

The Grand Canal

The one in.., Vegas

Wiping my eyes, still in sleepy mode, I passed by gondolas on the Grand Canal.

And walked through to the restaurant and an Italian feast.

Looking up I saw a fresco of the Creation of Adam.

Sure, Vegas can recreate the world in their own image.

So go ahead, me and Tyson Fury love Walking in Vegas and Memphis.