Archive - September 2012

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Purple Passport: All female cabin crew and hungry travellers
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Holidays help you live longer: Ikaria Greece
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Buried Treasure of the World
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Purple 10: Bizarre Items Found At Customs
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Goan Grub : Six of the best Goan Dishes
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Purple Hearts Goa Destination Guide
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A Night Less Ordinary: Nevada City Hotel
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Purple Passport: Barbie Cruises and love lockdowns
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Purple Haze: our favourite Disney songs
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Purple 10: Film Inspired Holidays

Purple Passport: All female cabin crew and hungry travellers

What money can’t buy? It’s not an all girl cabin crew.

You’ve got bags of money, you play for one of the most famous football teams in the world, and you’ve got it all, don’t you? Well it turns out there are still some crazy demands to be made out there.
The Barcelona football team has requested an all-female crew for its flights, but claim it’s not for the reasons you might thing. The club says the players prefer to be served by ladies, because male cabin crew are just too interested in their skills.
Barcelona’s sponsors, Turkish Airlines say male staff on flights are just too interested in the boys’ ball skills and so they’ve been given a red card because of their ‘extreme interest.’ The airline will hand pick the all-female crew from now on.

A cup of garlic and a cannoli dammit

We’ve two stories this week of travellers in foreign lands doing dubious things with food. First up eater.com reports a French man, who had a few too many and broke into a Florida Italian restaurant. Did he go for the cash register? Nope, he stopped short at the cupboard and at a cup of raw chopped onions. As you do.
Then there’s the story of an Irishman, who was so excited about Boston’s Italian pastries that he headed straight for a bakery on his first morning in the US. At 3.30 am, brandishing a knife, the man entered the premises and demanded a traditional pastry called a cannoli. Police were called and he was arrested before being granted bail at $2,000. Wouldn’t it have just been easier to buy one?

Lost: one camera underwater

The Mirror is trying to reunite a family with their lost camera after it was found at the bottom of the sea! A diver, Mark Milburn recovered the camera 30ft underwater off the Cornwall coast and was stunned to discover it was still working.
He found over 800 family snaps, some of which were dated just two days before. They also feature pictures of Star Wars theme park show, a steam train and some dolphins. We hope it can be reunited with its owner soon.

Give it a miss

Fancy a trip to Oslo? You might want to rethink that idea after reading this. A new study by Swiss Bank UBS has come up with the worlds most expensive and the Norwegian capital is right at the top.
The research compared the prices for 122 products in 58 countries like iPhones and Big Macs. It revealed Oslo was at the top, even though its residents aren’t the richest. The Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva both featured in the list, while New York City and London make the top ten.
Here’s the list in full:

  1. Oslo, Norway
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Geneva, Switzerland
  5. Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. New York City, United States
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Stockholm, Sweden
  9. Caracas, Venezuela
  10. London, England

Holidays help you live longer: Ikaria Greece

Holidays to help you live longer: Ikaria Greece

Do you fancy a holiday that not only boasts beautiful sunshine, but could actually help you live longer? Then head for Ikaria Greece.

A small mountainous Greek Island in the Aegean, the residents there tend to reach an average age of 90. The remote island has long been intriguing scientists, who have been trying to find out why there are more healthy people in their 99th year than anywhere else on earth.

Apart from sunshine, which does wonders, here are a few reasons Ikarians live so long.

  1. Eat your greens Ikarians obviously listen to mum’s advice about eating their greens. There are over 150 varieties on the island, and most of what they eat they grow themselves. There are lots of veggies and beans and little meat and sugar. As well as that, their diet is dipped in extra virgin olive oil, which holds lots of natural antioxidants.
  2. Goats Researchers found that most of the people aged over 90 have been drinking goat’s milk almost every week. It’s easier to digest than cow’s milk and is said to be high in a hormone called tryptophan which reduces stress.
  3. Herbal teas the Ikarians are famous for their herbal teas which contain ingredients to lower blood pressure and even reduce the risk of dementia.
  4. Walk this way Ikaria is a mountainous place – so by default residents get lots of daily exercise by simply walking around, strolling to meet a friend for coffee, or heading down to the beach.
  5. Siesta Ikarians love a nap. A little mid afternoon snooze is said to decrease the chances of a heart attack and make you look and feel younger. So, not only are Ikarian’s a healthy bunch, but good looking to boot! Sleeping-in is a big priority too; people don’t really begin to start their days until around six in the evening.
  6. Laidback That phrase, ‘so laidback they are horizontal’ could have originated here. They don’t wear watches and there’s no hurry… anywhere. If you ask for the time, you won’t get an answer as most Ikarians don’t know, or care. Even other Greeks know it as a laidback island. If for example, you go to a restaurant be prepared to wait… and wait… and wait. If the baker doesn’t want to open up, then he won’t until he is good and ready.
  7. Hot Spring Ikaria has radium bearing hot springs that have been in use since way back in the 4th century BC. It won’t turn you into Superman, but a dip is likely to relieve joint pain and skin conditions, keeping you feeling fit and healthy.
  8. Dancing the night away Ikarians do love a party. Make sure you go to one of  the famous feasts, where you can drink the special wine which Homer called “Pramnios oinos” and where you can learn traditional Ikarian dances.

Book a cheap holiday to Greece with ABTA member Purple Travel today.

Buried Treasure of the World

Ahoy there! It’s Talk like a Pirate Day and at PurpleTravel we’re all wearing our eye patches, wooden legs and cussing parrots. So listen maties, we got you a list of the places aroun’ them there seven seas that treasure has been hidden.

Yo ho ho…

OAK ISLAND TREASURE
Treasure: Unknown/Pirate Hoard
(Canada)

Oak Island, just off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia, is probably the most excavated site in the world for buried treasure, and yet, it has still failed to deliver up the goods.  The story begins in 1795, when Daniel McGinnis and a friend noticed a circular depression in the ground, as if a pit had been dug and then filled in again.  They dug to a depth of 9.1 metres, believing that something of value must have been buried there.  Initially, they discovered a layer of flagstones followed by traces of pickaxes on the rocks and some stories suggest that they found platforms of logs at 3 metres intervals.  Their story spread and was quickly linked to the missing treasure of Captain Kidd and even the notorious Blackbeard – Edward Thatch (Teach). Over the following centuries the pit has been excavated many times, even by Franklin D. Roosevelt.  However, the pit is claimed to be ‘booby trapped” and has regularly flooded. The most alluring clue found so far was a code inscription on a flat stone which, when translated, apparently stated: “Forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried.”  The deepest excavations reached 72 metres and over the years some six people have died trying to find whatever is buried on Oak Island.

 

 

PAUL KRUGER TREASURE
Treasure: The Kruger Millions
Lost: 1900 – Current
Est. Value: 250,000,000.00

Gold coins, ingots, gold dust, silver ingots & coins. (South Africa)

During the Second Anglo-Boer War, the descendants of the Boers realised that their capital, Pretoria, would soon be captured by British troops. They commandeered as much gold as they could from government reserves, banks and the mines and minted many thousands of new gold coins. Much of this gold is believed to have travelled with the Boer President, Paul Kruger, as he journeyed eastwards towards Mozambique to escape the advancing British.  He departed, by ship, for France on the 19th of October 1900.  The gold remained behind, hidden somewhere in the bushveld of the North Eastern Transvaal.  It has never been found.

TREASURE OF THE SAN MIGUEL
Treasure: Spanish Treasure
Lost: 30 July 1715
Current Est. Value: 2 billion
(Florida – USA)

In 1712 AD, Spain began to assemble one of the world’s richest treasure fleets.  By 1715, it consisted of five ships of the Nueva España (Mexico) fleet and six ships of the Tierra Firme (Main Land) fleet. Significant amounts of silver, gold, pearls, emeralds and other precious items were loaded at Vera Cruz, Cartagena, Nombre de Dios and Portobello. A further ship, a French merchantman, the Griffon, also joined the convoy. As a further defence against pirates and privateers, the fleet waited until just before the hurricane season before setting off from Havana. A storm destroyed the entire fleet just seven days after leaving Cuba, with thousands of sailors falling to a watery grave. Over the next four years, the Spanish salvaged about half of the treasure, but even today, items of treasure still occasionally wash up on nearby shores. Seven of the ships have been located, but only a small percentage of the treasure has been recovered. The San Miguel, a Nao class vessel, has yet to be found and is believed to have separated from the fleet the day before the storm struck.  Carracks are lighter than Galleons, and were often used to carry treasure as they stood a greater chance of outrunning storms and privateers – the purpose, after all, was to get the treasure home.  The San Miguel is likely to be one of the richest treasure ships yet to be found.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR TREASURE
Treasure: The Treasuries of the Knights Templar
Lost: 1307 – Current
Est. Value: Billions

Gold and silver ingots, coinage, jewels, jewellery, gold & silver plate, land deeds, religious relics, weapons, documents and records, Middle Eastern trophies and artefacts, valuable curiosities and royal regalia held as securities. (Location Unknown)

The Knights Templar were once the wealthiest and most powerful military order in Europe, formed to protect those on Christian pilgrimage. They invented an early form of banking, which made them even richer, but they became unpopular with people who had borrowed money from them. By 1291 AD, the Knights Templar were forced out of the Middle East, their popularity further depleted by those who owed them money such as Phillip VI the King of France. On Friday the 13th of October 1307, with the permission of the Pope, Phillip VI, the key leaders of the Order based in France were arrested and tortured into confessions of devil worship.  Phillip VI seized their lands and raided their treasury, but found it much emptier than he had expected. Across the rest of Europe, the remaining Knights hid their portable treasure, under threat from the Pope who had called for their arrest.  The vast treasure of the Knights Templar largely disappeared and has never been found. An equally intriguing mystery is what happened to the majority of Knights who were never arrested; several thousand men and their flotilla of ships simply vanished.  In particular, 18 ships that had been berthed at La Rochelle, France, on the night of the 12th of October 1307 set sail under the cover of darkness just before the initial persecutions and passed out of history.

THE LOST FABERGE EGGS
Treasure: The Imperial Fabergé Eggs

Peter Carl Fabergé and his brother Agathon were Russian jewellers of French ancestry, based in St. Petersburg. Famed for the extraordinary quality, in 1885 Tsar Alexander III (commissioned them to produce the gold and enamel ‘Hen Egg’ for his wife, the Empress Maria.  Fabergé was made ‘Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and over the next 33 years, 52 eggs were made for the Russian Royal Family, along with a further 15 for other private buyers. The 1917 Russian Revolution toppled Tsar Nicholas II, who was executed along with much of the royal family in July 1918.  Fearing for his safety, Peter Carl Faberge abandoned Russia travelling first to Latvia then Germany and finally Switzerland where he died in Lausene in 1920. The Fabergé eggs and many other treasures of the Royal family were confiscated and stored in the vaults of the Kremlin Armoury.  Some were sold to raise funds for the new regime.  Over time eight of the original 52 Imperial eggs have vanished and their whereabouts remain a mystery to this day. In 2007, just one egg, ‘The Rothschild’ was sold at Christies Auction House for $8,9 million.

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Purple 10: Bizarre Items Found At Customs

Anything to declare? Take a look at these weird items found at airport security.

Tiger Cub Pidgeons Alligator birds fish Human Skulls Holy Water Seal Head Corpse

Goan Grub : Six of the best Goan Dishes

Like the country itself, Goa food is a mix of east meets west, being both spicy and flavoursome. Its strong history has influenced its food dramatically, meaning dishes are frequently divided into two groups: Goan Hindu cuisine and Goan Catholic cuisine.

Hindu cuisine is less spicy, less oily and centres around ingredients such as lentils, gourd, pumpkins, shoots, bamboo and root vegetables. Goan Catholic cuisine on the other hand, is highly influenced by Konkani, South Indian, Portuguese (who colonised the area in the 18th and 19th centuries), British and Saraswat cuisines, focusing mainly on onion or garlic flavours, with plenty of seafood and meat. However both cuisine types share a reputation for taste and freshness, with presentation being paramount as Goans often share their food with neighbours.

You should read… Insider’s Guide to Goa

While the techniques and recipes of Goan cuisine have changed several times over the years, the primary ingredients have remained the same. Coconut features heavily in many of the dishes, along with more unusual ingredients such as breadfruit and papaya, which give a distinctive flavour. In general, Goans have a very diverse serving of food types ranging from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef, and numerous vegetarian dishes.

Technique is equally important to producing the famous taste of Goa food; if you visit any rural area, the locals can be seen cooking in the clay pots on firewood – the source of the smoky flavour of many Goan dishes. Over time, cooking methods have been blended together and allowed to simmer, producing an authentic selection of delicacies. Here are our pick of the six best Goan dishes:

Sorpotel

This pork-based dish is perfect if you like your food to be spicy. Pieces of boneless pork are first parboiled, then finely diced, before being cooked in a sauce infused with two types of chilli, turmeric, cumin, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, vinegar and onion. You’ll typically find sorpotel served with sanna, a rice and coconut cake that often accompanies Goan meals instead of bread. Sorpotel usually tastes better on the 2nd and 3rd day, after it has had time to mature.

 

Fish Curry

Fish curry

As you might expect from its coastal location on the Arabian Sea, seafood is a staple part of the Goan diet. You’ll find all manner of fish curries on the menu, with many featuring a coconut milk sauce. Xitt coddi is a yellowish-red curry, due to the presence of chillies and turmeric in its sauce, while Ambot Tik can be served with either fish or prawns, and has a sweet and sour flavour.

 

Chicken cafreal

Chicken cafreal

Chicken cafreal consists of fried or grilled chicken in a spicy coating, often served with a green salad or some plain rice. This specialty is heavily influenced by the Portuguese, with the marinade used on the meat strongly resembling peri-peri sauce. This sauce is made from coriander, lime, green chillies, peppercorns and mint.

Khatkhate

Khatkhatem

This is a mixed vegetable curry, featuring carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and French beans in a sweet and sour curry sauce. A vegetarian’s favourite – this dish is a hotpot of rich flavours.Enjoy Khatkhatem with steamed rice to allow the various spices to come through as you enjoy your meal.

Bibinca

Bibinca

One of Goa’s most famous desserts, bibinca first appears to be a layered cake, but when you take a closer look, you’ll discover its layers are thick pancakes made from egg, coconut milk, sugar and ghee. Cooking a perfect bebinca is considered an art form and a huge amount of patience is needed to prepare it correctly. The next layer can only be added once the previous layer has been cooked in the oven until it has a light fudge consistency. Bibinca can be eaten hot or cold and is traditionally served at Christmas.

Feni

Feni

Feni is a kind of liqueur made from either the juice of a cashew fruit or the sap from a coconut palm. The best-quality feni is distilled at least two, and normally three, times, making it quite strong, but don’t worry, you don’t have to drink it neat, it’s often served with a mixer like tonic or lemonade. The word ‘feni’ derives from the word ‘fenn’, which means froth. In fact, a good feni, when poured in a glass produces a little froth, which is an indication of the superior quality of the product.

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Purple Hearts Goa Destination Guide

The home of vibrant markets, stunning scenery, spectacular sunsets and erm… cow beaches? Here’s our insider guide to Goa, the perfect winter sunshine holiday destination.

This is the Purple Travel cheat sheet for Goa, it’s right on the western edge of India and known under many guises, including ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and ‘Tourist Paradise’. A former Portuguese colony, it’s home to soaring temples, endless beaches and an eclectic mix of Indian and Portuguese traditions, architecture and food. As you can imagine, holidays in Goa are more than just about beaches and sunshine (although they are near perfect!) they are also about indulging in the unique history and rich culture of this beautiful part of India.

Once a hotspot for hippies in the 60s, Goa’s glorious beaches and wonderful atmosphere has seen it become a firm holiday favourite, with over 2.5 million people visiting every year. Towards the end of September, monsoon season finishes up, leaving lush greenery, around ten hours a day of warm sunshine with little humidity, temperatures averaging 27 degrees and endless sandy beaches to perfect your tan. This carries on through to early March, meaning it’s a great choice for Christmas or New Years too. Throw in great prices, you’ll get a decent dinner for two with some local wine for about a tenner, while there are more budget friendly hotels and apartments than you can shake a stick at. Trust us the ten hour flight from the UK will be worth it. Find out all about this amazing country in our Goa Destination guide.

Goa’s loosely separated into two parts: North and South. The general rule is that it’s a bit busier in the north, maybe because it’s where the capital Panaji is. Plus it was the first part to be developed, when hippies arrived in the early 70s. The Southern part of the country is known as a more relaxed, laidback holiday destination.

North Goa

Anjuna with a weekly flea market, regular Saturday night bazaars and an alternative feel, Anjuna Beach has got plenty on offer. At sunset the beach is filled with entertainers from jugglers to fire-eaters, a great place to start your night out.

Candolim One of the quieter beaches in the Northern part of Goa, Candolim is not exactly empty, but tends to be on the quieter side. There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby to keep your energy levels up for all the sunbathing.

Calangute is known as the queen of Goa’s beaches. It’s a really busy, bustling beach with lots of people. You’ll find plenty of children happily plotting sandcastles, while the surrounding bars and beach clubs mean it’s a great place to relax after a heavy night out.

Vagator The cliffside beach is split in two, between Big and Little Vagator Beaches and these are home to some of the best beach parties you’ll find in all of Goa, from trance to techno, hippies and backpackers, it’s a spot for all walks of life and certainly a place to make some new friends as you dance the night away.

South Goa

Agonda Beach Regularly topping the best beach in Goa lists, Agonda is clean and out of the way. It’s beautiful and secluded so it’s ideal for couples looking for a quiet day relaxing on sand. There aren’t so many food options around, so a sunset picnic sounds like a gorgeous option to us.

Cansaulim offers a really relaxed atmosphere. It’s a quiet, clean stretch close to two airports, so it’s perfect if you want to escape to the sun last minute. The sleepy villages nearby combined with the hotels and resorts mean you’ll never be short of options.

Betalbatim Great value on the shacks that edge the beach, while the peace and quiet is only interrupted by the odd bird or dolphin. Betalbatim has a friendly atmosphere that gets people returning year after year.

Colva A perfect mix of sun, sea and sand, Colva is known for its natural beauty. The 20-odd mile stretch of white sand and sparkling ocean leaves plenty of room to grab a lounger, a good book and take advantage of the sunshine.

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Cow beach well, we couldn’t talk about Goa with talking about Cow beach. Bikini clad tourist happily mingle with bulls and heifers. As you do.

Things to do

Family break Many of the hotels dotted along the coast of the Arabian Sea are fully kitted out to make sure you and your little ones get the most out of it. Every conceivable activity is on offer, from Kid’s Clubs, crocodile watching, waterslides, swimming pools, beaches, GoKarting, or cruises. Sounds like a handful for your little handful.

Grownups getaway If you’re after a more grownup approach to your holiday, then a spa break is a pretty decadent way of doing it. Ayurvedic therapies will reunite your mind and body harmony. Failing that, you’ll at least find yourself feeling more relaxed than when you arrived.

Silent discosThe Silent Noise headphone parties in the south of Goa, see clubbers dance the night away – without disturbing any of the neighbours. It’s also some of the best fun you’ll ever have. Two or three DJs play the night away and each clubber has their own headphones so you can tune to whichever song suits your mood. It might sound weird, but when you make eye contact with someone dancing to your song, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

Goan Carnival A yearly procession of colours and costumes, the Goan Carnival lasts for three or four days every year and we’re talking night and day. The legendary King Momo comes to life and takes over to create a riot of music and dance. It’s perfect timing if you’re planning ahead, the 2013 carnival kicks off on February 9th.

Dudhsagar Falls a tiered waterfall just a couple of miles from the capital Panaji, it’s known as one of the most beautiful in India. Surrounded by legend, the story goes that a beautiful princess used to live nearby and enjoyed bathing in her birthday suit, drinking ‘sweetened milk’ from a ‘golden jug,’ honestly, this is how it goes. One day she found herself being watched by a prince. To cover her modesty, threw herself under the jug of milk. It’s said it is that sweetened milk that pours down the mountain today.

Eat in Goa Goa is, naturally enough famous for its seafood. Fish based curries and rice are the staples. Add a dash of coconut and some local spices and you’ll find the intense flavours and delicious aromatic dishes Goa prides itself on.

Find the best cheap flights, hotels and package holidays to Goa from Purple Travel

A Night Less Ordinary: Nevada City Hotel

In this semi-weekly series, we scour the world in search of the most weird and wonderful hotels. From cave hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected. This week, go back in time at the Nevada City Hotel.

What’s the gimmick? Located just one mile west of Virginia City, the Nevada City Hotel began life as a stage stop in the 1860s. Today, the stage station is the front portion of the hotel, while the back is comprised of buildings from Yellowstone Park.

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Why stay? The hotel itself is a two-story log cabin with a sitting parlour and cowboy-style saloon in the main lobby with a full espresso bar. Period antiques and knotty pine emphasise the western décor, creating the feeling of stepping back in time. Stay here to immerse yourself in late 1800s cowboy land – you’re sure to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time.

The Wow Factor: There are 10 guest rooms in the cabin, but for a little more cash, guests can stay in one of the authentic Victorian suites, which feature 1860s Victorian antiques, polished burlwood furniture, balconies and private baths.

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Room rates begin at $90.00 for two. Victorian suite rates begin at $125.00. Additional persons in rooms are charged $7.50 per person. The tax rate on rooms is 7 %. 

Purple Passport: Barbie Cruises and love lockdowns

50 Shades of I don’t care

It might be this year’s biggest literary hit, but 50 Shades of Grey is also the most put downable book. According to budget hotel chain Travelodge, around 7,000 copies of the EL James penned bestseller have been found discarded in rooms. The first release in the saucy collection, is the first non chick lit or celebrity biography to top the list in a while, in 2009, it was Katie Price’s autobiography Pushed to the Limit.

Other books on the ‘Left Behind List’ include The Millennium Trilogy – lead by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo makes up the rest of the top ten, along with the Hunger Games trilogy and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Barbie’s hitting the high seas!

If you’re a mum or dad to a ten year old, then be prepared to get into the Barbie Cruise Experience. Royal Caribbean International has teamed up with toymaker Mattel to offer the ‘Barbie Premium Experience’ right across its network of ships.

That means pink tea parties, fashion shows and rooms. Youngsters will be able to take part in themed activities like the mermaid dance class or fashion design workshop. The pink themed holiday even includes as many Barbie related keepsakes as you can possible imagine. Think Barbie blankets and pillows, toiletry bag and toothbrush. It’ll launch in January 2013.

Love lockdown

Authorities in Rome are going against its image as a romantic city, by ordering the removal of dozens of love padlocks on an ancient bridge.

Couples from across the world have been declaring their enduring love, by placing padlocks on the Ponte Milvio Bridge in the city. Once locked in place, the key is dropped into the water, symbolizing young love and never ending romance.

However now bosses in the city say the rusting locks are causing irreparable damage to the ancient bridge and have started using the decidedly unromantic bolt cutters to take them down. Somehow we can’t see it putting off young love just yet!

Mini crime spree

Staff at New York’s JFK Airport were arrested this week, after allegedly stealing over 100,000 mini-bottles of alcohol meant for on board passengers.

The micro crime spree was uncovered after a nine month investigation known as ‘Operation Last Call’. It’s reported the staff had specific access to secure areas and they bribed security with pilfered bottles that they then sold on the black market.

Purple Haze: our favourite Disney songs

To celebrate our focus on all things fun and cartoony this week, we thought there was no better way to kick off PurpleHaze than with some of our Disney favourites from Balloo, Timon and Pumbaa and all the gang. Sit back, turn the speakers up and just try to stop yourself from singing along!

The Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book

Hakuna Matata from the Lion King

Friend like Me from Aladdin

Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid

Theme from Beauty and the Beast

Purple 10: Film Inspired Holidays

Whether it’s a sun soaked beach, and American road trip, or Middle Earth, films have the power to inspire, so why not let them. We’ve put together our top 10 favourite film inspired holidays, so you can live like a movie star, even if it is just for a while. Let us know in comments below if we’re missing any important film inspired holidays!

  1. Hollywood! Does it really need any explanation? Tinseltown is the motion picture capital of the world, and you can barely take a breath before seeing a famous film studio, a Kardashian or a Lohan, or a Star on the Walk of Fame.
  2. New York, New York The city so good they named it twice. NYC was the famous setting (and fifth character) in the Sex and the City series. Carrie was always talking of it like a loved up teenager. There are tonnes of themed tours to choose from where you’ll be taken on a whirlwind visit to some of the show’s most famous settings. There are stops for Cosmos, a visit to the famous Magnolia bakery, Aidan and Steve’s bar Scout and as many designer shops as you can think of.
  3. Tunisia For any Star Wars fans, Tunisia will already be familiar territory. It’s where George Lucas chose to locate Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tattooine. You can visit lots of parts of the set which is still intact, while Luke’s home has been lovingly restored by dedicated fans. Tozeur and the salt lake of Chott el-Jerid are chock-a-block with familiar scenes, while the Jedi battle between Qui-Gon and Darth Maul in Episode I was filmed nearby. The less said about that though, the better!
  4. New Zealand if you’ve ever fancied seeing a real version of Middle Earth then New Zealand is the place to go. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was brought to movie life here by star director Peter Jackson. The countryside is filled with lush, rolling green hills, epic waterfalls, snow capped mountains and stunning sunsets. You’d have to be an orc to want to miss out on that!
  5. Bali The story of a woman finding herself after divorce resonated with fans all over the world in Eat Pray Love and it’s Bali setting could be the reason why. Julia Roberts playing Liz Gilbert’s epic journey finishes in the exotic and glorious surrounds of Bali really struck a chord with audiences.. Part meditation, part healing, part sun holiday, Bali is a serious escape from the norm. It also helps that the star gets it on with Javier Bardem’s gorgeous Filipe.
  6. Forks, Washington State One for the twi-hards. Forks is where Bella and Edward first met and fell in love. If that means nothing to you, then a Twilight themed holiday won’t be for you. But the town is certainly making the most of its new found fame with DIY guides and unofficial tours. Check out a 1956 chevy, painted red and referred to as Bella’s truck.
  7. Benidorm, Spain If you like the sun, sea and shenanigans of the tv show Benidorm, then you’ll love heading to the place itself to indulge in a little of the same. It’s the quintessential Brits abroad type of place, where holidaymakers can unwind on the lovely beaches and in the lively bars of the popular Spanish city.
  8. Florida Could Orlando be the ULTIMATE kids movie destination? We, of course mean kids of all ages. From the Magic Kingdom to the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter and everything in between, you’ll never be sort of things to do. And while, they might not be actual shooting locations, it’s a great choice for re-enacting your favourite Hogwarts moments.
  9. St Vincent/the Grenadines These Caribbean islands are about as idyllic as you’ll get, with perfect white sandy powder soft beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and the odd palm tree to shade under. Perfect for pirates to find hidden treasure and Jack Sparrow to get deserted with Keira Knightley. Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here and, what with all that gorgeous tropical scenery and sunshine, we can only imagine what a tough shoot it must have been!
  10. Skopelos, Greece get your Abba tunes out, slip into some shorts and sandals and head for Skopelos. The gorgeous Greek island was the luscious backdrop to fun Meryl Streep led Mamma Mia. We can just imagine lazily strolling down cobbled streets, past whitewashed houses humming Voulez Vous to ourselves…

Bonus point! Las Vegas to go relive the movie The Hangover, but remember… what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

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