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Where the travel experts go on holiday – Surrey 0

Where the travel experts go on holiday – Surrey

Ever wondered where the travel experts head on their hols? Tim Winkworth from the Family Adventure Company 1 (Have you checked them out? They re amazing) knows a thing or two about what to look for, so here are his tips for a brilliant break.

Morocco: Riad Arganier D or 2 This place is incredible 3 , only 20kms from Taroudant, on an orange grove nestling at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, so not a bad location! We always stay here when we go to Morocco, as it s just a few hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and with just 14 rooms it s the perfect family escape. The riad has a fantastic swimming pool (tick), berber inspired tent restaurant (tick), and a wonderful family friendly zen like atmosphere.

Thailand: Mae Taeng Valley to Elephant Nature Park 4 One of the most magical days 5 you ll ever spend with your children. Up close and personal (responsibly!) with around 100 rescued Asian elephants in this magical park approx 60km drive into the hills from Chiang Mai. Feeding them huge chunks of water melon and sugar cane, gently approaching and petting an elephant, and then bath time with your very own Asian elephant on the river that runs through the sanctuary.

Quite hard to put in to words to be honest. Italy: Anacapri We always suggest customers come here when they have free days on our Italian holidays 6 as it s just stunning. Anacapri is a little town on a high plateau above Capri Town the two places are linked by a zigzag road down the cliffs.

It s easy to get there by bus or taxi from Capri Town, but it feels a world away from the busy port where tourists arrive on ferries or glitzy Capri itself. Anacapri has a lovely villagey atmosphere, with locals sitting chatting or reading newspapers in the sun, and lots of interesting shops selling local produce. We loved wandering through the pretty whitewashed streets and alleys not quite sure where we d end up!

I d recommend Caf Michaelangelo, just off the main square, for some amazing gelato and people-watching. Also, don t miss the Museum of Villa San Michele, where you can see sweeping views of the entire Bay of Naples. Vietnam: Hoi An Lantern Festival Hoi An is always lovely but it become even more magical with the lantern festival, which happens once a month on the 14 th day of the lunar calendar.

We were really lucky that our trip coincided with it. All the electric lights in the town are switched off and the streets are pedestrianised. Both locals and visitors light tiny paper lanterns and place them in the water, where they join thousands of others bobbing down the river.

Lanterns are hung from trees and outside shops, there are dragon dancers in the streets and the smell of incense is everywhere the atmosphere is really magical. The kids were mesmerised by all the sights and smells it was a fantastic experience for them. If you re booking a holiday to Vietnam, it s worth looking at departures that work with the festival dates.

Hampshire: Alice Holt Forest 7 Set on the border between Surrey and Hampshire, Alice Holt forest is a wonderful place to take the kids, dogs, friends, anyone you know really. The forest has really well maintained foot and cycle paths, some magical woodland creatures set in the forest include a wooden owl and woodpecker and lots of areas for the kids to make dens or just run off-road. The best time to visit is early early morning.

We live really close by so are often there at 6 or 7am on a weekend. At that time, not only is it a great place to take the family, but with the sun dappling through the canopy and the birds in morning song , its one of the most beautiful places on the planet. To top it off, there s a fabulous cafe there, and a Go Ape, you can rent bikes, and big play area or the kids.

Heaven really. Sri Lanka: Cactus Lounge restaurant, Tangalle Sri Lanka is my favourite place in the world full of energy, colour, lovely people, amazing beaches, culture and history. Located on the point of a stunning beach in Tangalle, this restaurant looked nothing more than a shack.

But blimey, the friendliness of the owner, the simplicity of the food and the taste of the fish was like nothing I d ever tasted.

We also had the delight of releasing baby turtles into the sea to start their life a truly transcendental experience and one we ll remember forever.

familyadventurecompany.co.uk 8 References ^ Family Adventure Company (www.familyadventurecompany.co.uk) ^ Riad Arganier D or (riadhotellarganierdor.com) ^ This place is incredible (www.familyadventurecompany.co.uk) ^ Mae Taeng Valley to Elephant Nature Park (www.elephantnaturepark.org) ^ One of the most magical days (www.familyadventurecompany.co.uk) ^ free days on our Italian holidays (www.familyadventurecompany.co.uk) ^ Alice Holt Forest (www.forestry.gov.uk) ^ familyadventurecompany.co.uk (www.familyadventurecompany.co.uk)

Sigurdsson strike increases Norwich's relegation worries … 0

Sigurdsson strike increases Norwich's relegation worries …

Swansea provided the perfect pick-me-up for absent head coach Francesco Guidolin with a crucial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich. With Guidolin still being treated for a chest infection at a London hospital, first-team coach Alan Curtis took charge once more to oversee a victory which moves them nine points clear of the Barclays Premier League zone. Gylfi Sigurdsson settled the contest after 61 minutes with his sixth goal in 10 games, sliding home the pass of substitute Leroy Fer in a composed fashion, at odds with much of what had gone before.

Norwich’s position is looking increasingly perilous after an eighth defeat in nine games, and much of their good work in an even first half was undone when Swansea applied pressure after the interval. Gianni Infantino was among the crowd after travelling from the International Football Association Board meeting in Cardiff and the new FIFA president was served up a contest high on energy, but low on quality. Swansea’s morale had been raised by their shock midweek win at Arsenal which put six points between themselves and Norwich, but it was not translated into greater confidence on the pitch as passes were misplaced with increasing regularity.

The pattern was set by Alberto Paloschi’s mis-kick and, while Nathan Redmond warmed Lukas Fabianski’s at the other end from an acute angle, Norwich also found openings hard to come by. Canaries boss Alex Neil, however, would have been delighted by his side’s work ethic, even if Cameron Jerome and Robbie Brady overstepped the mark to earn yellow cards. Brady soon limped out of the action, although his pain would have been greater had Andre Ayew not headed over from Angel Rangel’s cross after the Norwich man had carelessly conceded possession.

Swansea full-back Neil Taylor became the third player booked in a frantic first period which included Wayne Routledge failing to get his shot away when the Norwich goal appeared to open up. Norwich did manage an on-target attempt in the final minute of the half when Steven Naismith laid the ball to Jerome and Fabianski pushed his 20-yard effort to safety. Swansea’s response saw a swift attack which ended with Ayew tumbling under Timm Klose’s challenge inside the area, although referee Craig Pawson correctly adjudged that the Ghanaian was looking for the foul and contact was minimal.

Paloschi was taken off at half-time, with Curtis pushing Ayew up front and Modou Barrow introduced on the right. The move had the desired effect as Swansea started to enjoy greater possession and territory and Norwich’s growing anxiety resulted in bookings for Ryan Bennett, Russell Martin and Redmond. Barrow and Ayew both fired over the top before Swansea finally found the bit of quality they had been striving for just after the hour mark.

Jack Cork freed Fer down the right and the Dutchman’s slide-rule pass allowed the unmarked Sigurdsson to pick out the bottom corner from 14 yards. Routledge almost added another when he was thwarted at the near-post by John Ruddy and the Norwich goalkeeper excelled himself late on when he acrobatically tipped away Sigurdsson’s free-kick. Norwich almost claimed a point when Routledge’s poor clearance fell to Redmond, but the winger’s shot went a yard wide and Fabianski held on to substitute Patrick Bamford’s near-post effort right at the death.

TWEET OF THE MATCH “Fantastic effort once again @NorwichCityFC fans” – former striker Iwan Roberts (@iwanroberts) said above a picture of a full away end, but the Canaries could not give their travelling army a win. PLAYER RATINGS Swansea Lukasz Fabianski 6 (out of 10) Angel Rangel: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Ashley Williams: 7 Neil Taylor: 6 Leon Britton: 6 Jack Cork: 7 Wayne Routledge: 7 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 8 Andre Ayew: 6 Alberto Paloschi: 5 Substitutes Modou Barrow (on for Paloschi 46mins): 7 Leroy Fer (on for Britton 55mins): 7 Bafetimbi Gomis (on for Ayew 82mins): 6 Norwich John Ruddy: 7 Ivo Pinto: 5 Russell Martin: 6 Timm Klose: 5 Robbie Brady: 5 Jonny Howson: 5 Gary O’Neil: 5 Wes Hoolahan: 5 Nathan Redmond: 6 Steven Naismith: 5 Cameron Jerome: 6 Substitutes Ryan Bennett (on for Brady 26mins): 5 Patrick Bamford (on for Naismith 64mins): 6 Dieumerci Mbokani (on for Jerome 64mins): 5 STAR MAN Gylfi Sigurdsson. Took his sixth goal in 10 games with real aplomb.

Produced a measured finish into the bottom corner but his all-round play stood out as he provided calmness in a frenzied environment. Went close to adding a second with a late free-kick. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Swansea’s winner was a rare moment of quality in a contest which was often too rushed and failed to find anyone to put their foot on the ball.

Routledge showed tenacity to win the ball in the left-back area and a length-of-the-field move ended with Fer’s slide-rule pass setting up Sigurdsson for a measured finish. VIEW FROM THE BENCH First-team coach Alan Curtis was in charge of Swansea again with Francesco Guidolin still in hospital with a chest infection and what a job he has done in the Italian’s absence. Curtis has overseen victories over Arsenal and Norwich to move Swansea nine points clear of the drop zone.

While Swansea’s position is improving, Norwich boss Alex Neil seems incapable of engineering a recovery to stop the Canaries returning to the Championship after one season. His side only carried a goal threat during the final 10 minutes when risks were taken. MOAN OF THE MATCH The game was a showcase for the Premier Legaue as the head of world football Gianni Infantino dropped by while attending the International Football Association Board meeting in Cardiff.

But FIFA president Infantino and Football Association boss Greg Dyke saw little in the way of entertaining football before their departure after 70 minutes.

In fact, the game only improved in the final 20 minutes after all the dignitaries had left.

WHO’S UP NEXT Bournemouth v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, March 12) Norwich v Manchester City (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, March 12)

Home Security | Merrimack Valley's Premiere Single Family … 0

Home Security | Merrimack Valley's Premiere Single Family …

There are a lot of things you can do to raise the security of your home from installing better locks to defensive landscaping. A more active approach is to install an alarm system. There are a few companies that offer an actively monitored home security systems such ADT 1 .

The real benefit is the piece of mind with a security system. You have to remember that an alarm system will not keep someone out of your home, but it does act as a deterrent. The signs and stickers that are provided with the systems actually can help deter a break in passively.

This is a viable option for those who do not want to spend the monthly fee. The job of the alarm system is to do one thing: alert. When on vacation, a business trip, at work, or even out to the store your home gains a certain level of protection.

You can be alerted while away by a phone call from the provider or by the alarm when you are sleeping at night. Sounds pretty good so far right? The cost should be the next topic then.

You have to pay for a service, after all there has to be someone to call you 24/7 /365 and they have to gather information from you very quickly when needed. Outside of any one time installation fees if they apply, the monthly cost is around $30-50 and the price can go higher. There is one more thing to keep in mind while in consideration of this purchase, a discount on homeowners insurance.

You can save to the upwards of 20%.

Assuming insurance is around $800 a year, you could save $160 of that and bring a $360 a year security bill closer to a $200 annual piece of mind.

References ^ ADT (www.adt.com)