Arbois in Montagnes du Jura - het Franse Juragebergte - enkele fraaie streetviews

De provincie Gerona is de eerste Spaanse provincie bij de passage van de grens met Frankrijk.

Booking.com heeft een aanbod van meer dan 1.300.000 accommodaties over de hele wereld.

Rotterdamse burgemeester Aboutaleb bezoekt tentoonstelling in Osaka

Barack Obama to visit Australia this month. US President Barack Obama and his family are set to visit Australia this month (March) following a visit to Indonesia. This will be the president’s first official visit to Australia and will also mark the 70th anniversary of US-Australian relations.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he and President Obama will discuss defence, security and intelligence matters as well as the global economic recovery. www.australia.com

 

Explore Sydney on the run, New South Wales
Newly opened Scenic Fitness provides scenic running tours throughout the streets and past the sights of Sydney.  Each tour has its own personal running guide pointing out interesting facts and places of interest along the way. With a choice of many different routes ranging from 7-11km, Scenic Fitness provides a different view of Sydney while helping participants keep fit during their travels. Costs A$80 per adult (approx £40). www.scenicfitness.com.au

New Argus Apartments in Darwin, Northern Territory
 Centrally located in Darwin’s bustling city centre, the newly opened Argus Apartments is a 4.5 star rated property. The one-, two- and three- bedroom self contained apartments all offer luxurious private spaces, while the penthouses have real wow factor! Argus Apartments Darwin is also centrally located to the beaches, nature parks, art galleries, and vibrant nightspots. Day tours to Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park are all available – a must for bird and wildlife lovers. Standard one bedroom from A$149 (approx £75) and Penthouse from A$850 (approx £425). www.argusdarwin.com.au


Chapel Hill Cooking Classes, South Australia

Imagine cooking side by side with one of South Australia's leading chefs in one of the world's greatest wine districts at an award-winning winery. Chapel Hills offers everything from overnight a la carte cooking experiences through to hands on classes that follow the seasons. See, appreciate, learn and taste on "salt" tours or get the best out of game and poultry in All Things Fowl - all in a spectacular kitchen surrounded by mouth-watering views. A five-hour hands on cooking class, including lunch or dinner and wine costs A$170 (approx £85). www.theretreatatchapelhillwinery.com.au/cooking_school

Brisbane welcomes new Spicers Balfour Hotel, Queensland
This exclusive hotel, which from the outside will resemble many of the large and beautiful Queenslander homes of its inner-city Brisbane neighbourhood, is scheduled to open in May 2010. Accommodation will be in nine spacious rooms, each with their own contemporary European design. With a dining room, library, secluded courtyard, spacious verandah, roof top bar with city and Story Bridge views, Spicers Balfour Hotel is the ideal accommodation option. Rates start at A$295 per night (approx £150) with full breakfast. www.spicersbalfourhotel.com.au

New Luxury Homestead Accommodation in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Arkapena, a two-bedroom homestead, luxuriously renovated in the style of Rawnsleys' Eco Villas, with spectacular views of Chace Range and Wilpena Pound, will open to guests from April 1st 2010. Located on the 9,000 hectare Arkapena Station (neighboring Rawnsley Park), Arkapena has a private outdoor shower, alfresco entertaining area with barbeque and its own private in-ground swimming pool. Accommodation costs $A490 per night (approx £445) for two adults, including continental breakfast provisions, or $A590 for 4 adults (approx £300). www.rawnsleypark.com.au/main/accommodation

Eat green in Perth, Western Australia
 The Greenhouse is a new Perth CBD diner where sustainably and locally sourced tucker combines to delicious effect. Running the kitchen is prodigious youngster Matt Stone – formerly of Star Anise and Pata Negra – who’s walking the talk and making his own yoghurt, milling his own wheat and growing his own herbs. www.greenhouseperth.com

Luxury in Tasmania
Five-star hotel, Saffire, is set to open on 2 April 2010. Located at Coles Bay on Tasmania’s beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, the A$32 million hotel will include a world-class day spa and gym and will showcase Tasmanian fresh produce and exceptional wines in a fine dining restaurant. Saffire will cater for a maximum of just 40 guests, accommodated in 20 free-standing luxury suites, comprising of six Luxury Suites, 10 Deluxe Suites, and four Premium Suites. They will cost from A$1,000 to A$3,000 (approx £500 - £1,500) per suite per night. Each suite will offer magnificent ocean views, designer bathrooms, private decks, king size beds, separate lounge areas and state-of-the-art audio, visual and communications technology. www.saffire-freycinet.com.au

2010 Great Ocean Road International Marathon announced, Victoria
 Over 3000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes are expected to participate in the Great Ocean Road International Marathon which will be staged for the sixth time on the weekend of 15-16 May. The 45km marathon will begin in Lorne and finish in Apollo Bay and is part of the Festival of Distance Running which also includes three shorter races for runners of all abilities including a 6.5km, 14km and a 23km event. The Great Ocean Road is closed to all traffic during the marathon making it a unique opportunity to experience this iconic destination without vehicular interference. www.greatoceanroadmarathon.com.au

For more information about Australia visit www.australia.com