Top Tips for Expat Christmas Giving
17 December, 2008 22:24
Top Tips for Expat Christmas Giving
Article sponsored by HSBC
Sending gifts home from far off locations can be a real nightmare for expats. So, what’s the best way to get presents to friends and family at Christmas? HSBC Bank International has looked at some ways to make sending christmas gifts home a little simpler at this busy time.
To help celebrate the Christmas season the Bank is also giving expats a chance to win £1000 of gift vouchers for Amazon.com to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting the Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009. (More)
Top 10 European Ski Resorts
Planning a ski vacation but not sure where to go? This article features some ski resorts that are popular amongst both, professionals and hobby skiers alike. From the most spectacular views to the places with the best runs, least waits and deepest powder, read on to find out more about some of the top ski resorts across Europe. (More)
Festivals in Europe this December
Christmas is in the air. Let’s get into the spirit of the season and see what else is happening all across Europe in December.
Clothesshow, Birmingham, England
5th December – 10th December
Calling all fashion addicts! This is the world’s largest fashion and beauty event. Expect world class fashion shows, designs, labels, hair stylists, models, celebrities and endless opportunities to shop. The highlight is the Fashion Theatre, a catwalk show featuring over 40 models and dancers from around the world. (More)
Festivals in Europe this November
It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter but that’s no reason to stay at home. Here’s what’s happening in Europe this November.
Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
18th November – 22nd November
This is for literature and music lovers. Crossing Borders is an annual event that brings together theatre groups, authors, musicians, artists and bands. Best to get tickets in advance. For more information, check the link below. (More)
Festivals in Europe this October
Autumn Festival, Normandy, France
19th October – 30th November
The Autumn Festival in Normandy features top productions in theatre, dance and music. It presents 60 performances in cities including Dieppe, Rouen and Le Havre, as well as smaller towns like Le Grand-Quevilly and Montivilliers. Highlights of this year's event include homage to all things Argentinean with a carte blanche to Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus.
18th - 26th October
If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the place to be. This is Europe’s most popular chocolate festival and has made Perugia the chocolate capital of Europe. For nine days, this town transforms itself into a huge open-air pastry-shop dedicated to chocolate lovers from all over. But not only do you get to indulge in chocolate, you’ll also learn everything there is to know about the "food of the gods". Give in to your sweet tooth, head for the Eurochocolate. (More)
Festivals in Europe this September
From music to fashion, yachts to seafood, there are loads of festivals happening all across Europe. Here are some of the top ones to watch out for.
Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland
8th – 31st August
Concerts, opera, theatre, ballet, dance, orchestra – the world-renown Edinburgh Festival has it all. Performances take place in six major concert halls and theatres and a number of smaller venues as well. The best occasion to savour the classics. (More)
Top Summer Festivals in Europe this August
It’s summer, it’s sizzling and it’s time to party. What better way than with some of the hippest, funkiest parties and festivals all over Europe this August.
Aste Nagusia (Semana Grande)
10th – 17 August (dates to be confirmed)
This party offers visitors nine days and nights of non-stop entertainment. Semana Grande boasts of a week of varied events. From bull fights to fireworks competitions, music concerts to street entertainment, beauty pageants to theatre shows, sporting events to regatta, there’s something for everyone. (More)
Top European Festivals this July
The sun is shining, the hem lines have risen, the beaches are packed and the holidays have begun. Summer is here and there are loads of festivals happening all across Europe. Here are some of the famous ones.
Barcelona Summer Festival
1st June – 30th August
Popularly known as the Grec, this festival takes place in a Greek-styled amphitheatre near Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium. It is one of the most famous art festivals in the world. It hosts well-acclaimed dance, theatre and music performances ranging from contemporary music and performance arts to classical and traditional acts. Popular among local and international visitors. (More)
Dining with a difference
We’ve all had those dinners we’ll never forget. Maybe it was the delicious food, the incomparable company, the superb service or the stunning setting… either way it was a meal to remember. And here are five more unique dining experiences from across Europe you’re not likely to forget in the near future. (More)
Top Spring Festivals in Europe this June
Spring is in full bloom and summer holidays are just around the corner. For those of you who are looking out for fun ways to spend this June, here are a couple of my favourite festivals all over Europe.
of Music and Dance, Granada, Spain
20th June – 6th July
Set against the jaw-dropping architecture of the Alhambara, the international festival of Music and Dance is a must visit for anyone who loves music with a generous helping of exquisite architecture. The city of Granada comes alive during the festival and the streets are filled with guitarists, Flamenco dancers and music lovers from around the world. Music ranges from the classical to world music. Definitely worth a visit. (More)