City Breaks

Explore off-the-beaten track around Hicksville, New York

Traveling east through Queens along East Jericho Turnpike, you’ll cross into Long Island and merge on to the Northern State Parkway. In a few short miles, you’ll arrive in Hicksville, Long Island. Hicksville is hiding a few offbeat attractions that you can explore during your next visit. 

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Virtual Realms

Hicksville is home to Long Island’s first virtual reality arcade. Virtual activities range from fun games like Fruit Ninja suitable for kids aged seven years and up to the more sinister zombie and combat challenges targeted to mature gamers. Virtual Realms is easy to find on the east side of Hicksville on South Oyster Bay Road. There are plenty of accommodations nearby if you need a place to spend a few nights in Hicksville. 

Long Island Puppet Theatre

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If you’re traveling with toddlers from three to five years old, head to the centre of town and visit the Long Island Puppet Theatre. Little ones can sing along to stories like Puss in Boots or enjoy the Princess Tea Party. Reserve seats for your favourite show ahead of time since the theatre gets booked for private parties too.

The Hicksville Gregory Museum

Everything about The Hicksville Gregory Museum is a bit offbeat, including its location. The museum is housed in The Heitz Place Courthouse which is over 100 years old. Over time, the courthouse served as the original Village Hall, a jail, and the local World War II draft headquarters. Today, The Hicksville Gregory Museum offers eclectic collections of fossils, butterflies, minerals, and dial telephones.

I.FLY Trapeze and Aerial Arts

If you’re visiting Hicksville in warm weather, you can reach for the sky at I.FLY Trapeze and Aerial Arts in nearby Eisenhower Park. Experienced trapeze artists will teach you to fly on a trapeze bar at this outdoor trapeze venue just five miles from Hicksville. If you’re not quite ready to grab the bar and fly, try watching first. Check out one of the evening trapeze shows to see the professionals at work. 

Cradle of Aviation Museum

If you ever wanted to see Navy fighter jets or an Apollo Lunar Landing Module up close, you’ll find them not far from Hicksville in Garden City. You can stroll through the history of modern flight at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Don’t miss the Jet Gallery, Planetarium, and Firefighter’s Museum. End your day of exploring with a spin on the 100-year old Nunley’s Historic Carousel next door.

Prefer trains to planes? See the restored Locomotive #35 in the display yard of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. This museum’s founders are on a mission to educate visitors on the history of The Long Island Railroad and the rail’s impact on town residents. Check out the Visitor Centre to see the plans to restore the Historic Landmark Presidential Train Station.

Long Island is home to plenty of beaches, parks, and restaurants. As you travel across the island, plan a stop in Hicksville to enjoy a few unusual activities you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Festivals around the world

Living in the UK, when I think about festivals I think Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading and Leeds, then Notttinghill Carnival, Isle of Wight and the Wilderness festival. However, they not only take place all over the UK but all over the world.

Festivals Around The World

Festivals around the world

It’s amazing how many different types of festival there is. Cheese, fairy, music, woodland, carnival, LGBTQ, snow and ice, Holi, Mardi Gras, ballon, bulls just about anything you can think of there is a festival for it. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite festivals around the world.

Coachella

Coachella has to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. Every year my social media goes crazy with celebrities attending Coachella, seeing their outfits and who is performing. Coachella has been growing in popularity of the last few years, it has some of the biggest names in music performing. Coachella takes place in Indio California.

Dubai international Jazz festival

Jazz is a very popular across the globe, and each year Dubai is home to it’s famous international Jazz festival. It takes place in February each year over 3 days. Thousands of fans attend each year to see their favourite Jazz artists. Dubai is so easy to visit now, Destination2.co.uk have a fabulous range of great holidays, why not getting booking for next years Jazz festival.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany each year. Starting towards the end of September until the first weekend of October, it lasts 16-18 days. Each year millions of people attend the fun fair and beer festival. Oktoberfest now takes place in cities across the world, but nothing compares to the original home of Munich.

Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is probably the biggest festival in the world. Taking place during February or March over 5 days to mark the Catholic lent celebrations. Over 5 million people attend each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. It’s home to the worlds best Samba dancers and is known for it’s spectacular show stopping outfits full of colour. It is also home to one of the biggest parades in the world. If you want to visit a carnival like no other then Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the place to go.

Snowbombing

For the lovers of the snow then Austria’s Snowbombing festival is the place to go. It’s not all about music and snow, why not try Yoga up on the mountains, or pop to a spa. Austria’s Snowbombing is a fabulous festival for a group of friends, who love skiing in some of Europe’s best ski resorts, but who love music. With amazing headlining acts each year. Next year is due to be the best yet for their 20th anniversary festival.

Have you been to a unforgettable festival? Please let me know which ones you would recommend.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Nothing beats Christmas in London

You spent last Christmas in Paris and the one before that in Berlin. You don’t know where you would like to go to spend the cold but buzzing Christmas season this year, but you would still like to get away.

Christmas In London

If you like to experience a shopping spree like no other, followed by some mulled wine in a cosy pub, then look no further: London is your next destination. Cobbled and picturesque streets, gorgeous Christmas lights and seasonal weather will make you want to pack the beautiful coat you have just purchased and head to the capital of the United Kingdom and the cultural capital of the world!

Here’s how to travel in style:

The Hotel

Finding accommodation in one of the busiest cities in Europe is sometimes challenging, with many hotels being extremely overpriced and others far from the city centre. Moxy London Stratford offers you a unique experience at a great price. This modern hotel in the East of the city is perfectly located with the beautiful Olympic Park just a few minutes walk away and great transport connections to the town centre.

The Restaurant

Fancy trying some great food but don’t want to splash the cash? Head to the centre of town and venture into Chinatown, London’s Chinese quarter. With plenty of restaurants to choose from, this area will become one of your favourite spots in the city if you are a lover of Chinese and Asian food. Try Jen Cafe for a cosy restaurant with homemade food that includes dumplings and BBQ pork. The cafe will enamour you with its great cuisine and nice staff.

The Pub

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” said Samuel Johnson, and he is right! With the thousands of pubs this historic city boasts, there is one to suit every taste. Rustic, modern, minimalist…choose your pick! The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead is known for being one of the city’s oldest pubs. Established in 1585, the likes of Byron and Dickens were once its clientele. Head there for some great ales and lager!

The Shop

London is known for the exquisite shopping you can do whilst visiting the city. Oxford Street, the town’s main commercial hub, tends to be quite crowded in the run up to Christmas, but you might just beat the crowds if you are up early and head there before everyone else does. Selfridges, close to Bond Street Station, sells everything from perfume and makeup to clothes and accessories. The price tag ain’t cheap, but if you fancy treating yourself, this is definitely the place to go.

If you are planning an escapade this Christmas, make London your destination. Its wonderful architecture will captivate you and its narrow streets will make you want to get lost in the city’s buzzing and electrifying fabric. If you would like to shop for bits ‘n bobs and have a chin wag with a local, book that trip…now!