Paris is no stranger to exceptional art, but really, WTF is that grass ball in front of the Town Hall?
That eye-boggling ball was a temporary installation that you’ll sadly never see tho’ there’s plenty more weirdness where that came from! And if you go there on June 21st you’ll also catch the annual Fete de la Musique, a huge, free musical celebration taking place all over the city.
p.s. that ball, aka Jardin Ephemere is 100 metres long. Not diameter, in length! Think about it…explanatory photo
June 21st is the date of the summer equinox so Stonehenge in England is the place for midsummer night madness with all sorts of druids, hippies and new age wackos celebrating the solstice…and you get to touch the stones for a change!
Vacation Ideas May – June 2016
Gather Ye Rosebuds…
May and June are arguably the best months for taking a holiday in the Northern Hemisphere as spring turns to early summer, the weather tends towards warm and sunny, kids are at school so families are out of the destination squabble, crowds around sights are limited, accommodation is at low cost and high availability, and staff are cheerful and energetic – unlike their exhausted and irritable August selves. Of course some brilliant destinations – such as India and Burma – are starting to get seriously hot and sticky while Southern Hemisphere favourites such as Australia and New Zealand will be chilling into late autumn but generally speaking if you can take a vacation during these months, do it, and avoid midsummer like the plague.
Locals relaxing beside the river while tourists run around the mass of sights and totter into the museums, such as the Uffizi which is no more than 20m from this point.
Low cost vacation destinations in 2016
This continent is still cheap or possibly even cheaper due to terrorist and migrant issues. The chance of being involved with the former is about equal to being hit on the head by a coconut while the latter has little impact on tourists now that Angela’s open invitation to immigration has been shown to be seriously flawed and police/military/intelligence services have upped their game considerably. And fences are being built. . .
Bugbog is currently based in Nice, France, and we read news of busted European terror cells and see regular military patrols but life in this gorgeous city has not been impacted at all, except for less tourists than usual. We wouldn’t hesitate to travel to any city in the Eurozone except easterly Greek islands.
Some of the most interesting and best value southerly European countries (the north will still be very chilly) are: Portugal; Spain (esp. Barcelona for Gaudi, Seville for very warm weather, beautiful environment; Italy (esp. Rome, Florence, Venice); Czech Republic (esp. Prague); Hungary (esp. Budapest).
Interesting tourist destinations with low-value currencies in early 2016 are China, Russia, Japan, Bali (Indonesia), Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Zambia, Morocco and Canada. If you care for a little risk Egypt is extremely cheap and wonderful in this season. Wow! Plenty of excellent choices there!
The Dominican Republic is consistently rated as the best value beach island in the Caribbean while Puerto Rico is supposed to be good value and of special interest to Americans as it’s practically part of the USA.
In Europe Greek beach destinations are cheapish (esp. Crete and some less known Aegean islands); Croatia is pretty, relatively undeveloped and Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island is gorgeous.
The Changing Tourist Map…Tourist targets this year have shifted dramatically from some previously popular vacation spots for a number of reasons.
• Terrorism is the number one concern so North Africa and the Middle-East are suffering tourism drop-off though it’s a unfair on wonderful, colourful Morocco, Jordan’s brilliant Petra or Bling-it-On Dubai, none of which have experienced any unpleasant incidents.
• The Zika virus is damaging visitor trade around Latin America and the Caribbean even though Zika is really a pregnancy issue; if you’re taking suitable precautions or not in the danger group there is no reason to fear Zika-carrying mosquitoes especially. Hate the little bu****s sure but do your best to avoid them for any one of many reasons – itchy spots, disturbed sleep, malaria, dengue, yellow fever, etc. Check Our Mosquito page.
• Europe’s ongoing migration issue is causing havoc in the east, with Greece and Turkey being the big losers, though southern and northern European countries – such as Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Croatia appear to be controlling the influx and limiting numbers so their visitors are not discombobulated.