Thursday Briefing: New & Noteworthy

photograph of Pula courtesy of Sphinx06
photograph of Pula courtesy of Sphinx06

A quick round-up of things we’re digging this Thursday morn.

1. Azerbaijan. After collecting a ton of Azerbaijan brochures at last week’s New York Times Travel Expo, we’re more excited than ever about the ex-Soviet republic. Now if we could just find it in the budget to make it to the 6th Azerbaijan International Travel and Tourism Fair, to be held in Baku April 18-20.

2. Czech Easter. Among the places in the Czech Republic with amazing Easter Fairs: Tel? on March 31 and April 1, Krom??íž on March 31, and Uherské Hradišt? on April 7. That’s in addition to the longish fests in Prague (on Old Town and Wenceslas Squares) from March 24 through April 15.

3. Jet2′s Accidental Star. Following the February 12 broadcast of a Jet2 commercial featuring “Dreamers’ Club,” a song by unsigned Leeds artist Micky P Kerr, the low-fare UK airline has been besieged by requests for the “ad song.” Now Jet2 has made the song available online.

4. Istria. We’re detecting an increase in attention to Istria, the Croatian/Slovenian peninsula at the top of the Adriatic. We’re gung-ho, having long felt that the region shouldn’t be sidelined by Dalmatia. We were happy to see Time Out‘s special Istrian cuisine feature in last summer’s European Breaks guide. With Pula (see photo above) now served by Ryanair and nearby Rijeka handled by easyJet, it’s time to plan a cheap break to the region.

5. Saxony. The eastern German state is home to Dresden, Leipzig, and Chemnitz. We’re not huge fans of the Saxony Tourism site, but think that the region is ready to be discovered by a broader range of visitors. Think castles, mountain ranges, exciting cities, and reasonable nightly hotel rates.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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