Southampton Airport Magazine summer 2008 2008
Southampton Airport Magazine Late Summer
Fly to 4
Visit the beautiful cities along
Discover a differentthe south west coast
the popular resort
Walk through the narrow
streets and get in touch with it
varied and fascinating past
Escape this summer
with Southampton Airport
Visit this beautiful French city
The unspoilt beauty of Ireland
The latest news & events
WHAT'S ON IN OUR DESTINATIONS AIRPORT NEWS
W Welcome to the second edition of Breeze, our new look
passenger magazine for Southampton Airport.
We hope you like the fresh new breeze through images around the
Terminal. Recently over £3million has been invested to improve facilities for
our passengers including additional check-in facilities, baggage handling and
security systems. Our new Airport “Ambassadors” (page 5) will help make
your passage through the airport as easy, fast and friendly as possible.
The next couple of months will see the extension to the short stay multi-
storey car park take shape, delivering an additional 330 parking places in the
autumn. Please bear with us while work is in progress and alternative parking
arrangements are in place.
This edition of Breeze focuses on some great destinations for late summer.
You may be surprised to see a feature on Beijing and even more surprised to
learn you can fly there from Southampton for under £400…(page 35). Check
out what’s on at our destinations (page 6) as well as some fantastic events
here in Hampshire (page 24).
Southampton Airport welcomes a growing number of cruise passengers en
route to the UK’s busiest cruise departure port. See page 10 for an insight into
the Port of Southampton with its Director, Doug Morrison.
We’re also celebrating the great work of Southampton Airport staff, whose
community volunteering achievements were recently recognised at the
annual I-Volunteer awards ceremony in London. Our staff won three of the
seven awards, raising a further £24,000 cash for their charitable causes
Finally, I wish you an enjoyable journey and thank you for your continued 4 airport in focus
support of Southampton Airport. 6 What’s on abroad
8 fLiGht information
With best wishes 10 business Q&a
12 destination france
18 business focus
20 destination verona
24 What’s on LocaLLy
chris Butler, 26 fashion
managing director, southampton airport 29 destination cork
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Be sure to watch out for a number of
developments and improvements that will be
popping up around the airport this year, all of
which are designed to make travelling through
the airport a breeze.
“reaL time” traveL information:
An exciting UK first will see large screens
showing up-to-date rail, bus and highways
information in the baggage reclaim hall for
your onward journey.
increased and improved
Work has now begun on a 330 space extension
to the short stay car park which is situated just
a few steps away from the terminal building.
Also you may have noticed improvements to
lighting and surfacing which have now been
completed in the long-stay overflow car-park.
Catering units both in the terminal and the
for fast & easy check-in
departure lounge will be getting a fresh new Southampton Airport has invested £3 a faster, improved service. Incorporating
look. Upgraded menus, graphics, layout and million in new check-in and baggage the latest in security technology, the new
uniforms will transform the cafés and bars at facilities to make checking-in easier and system can also process double the number
the airport. The new ‘Neo’ outlets will have a faster for passengers. of bags per hour, which means speedier
quality, professional ambience and first-class Three additional check-in desks are joined service for the passenger.
fresh food. by a further ten Flybe self-service kiosks, Dave Lees, Director of Planning &
including two conveniently located on the Development at Southampton Airport,
retaiL choice: ground floor of the short stay car park, so said: “The thirteen new check-in facilities
WH Smith will be doubling its size in the now you can check-in before you’ve even will benefit the time-conscious passenger
terminal, offering greater choice in bright new reached the terminal! These developments by providing additional choice and
surroundings. have almost doubled the airport’s check- facilities for check-in. Together with the
in facilities – and don’t forget you can still baggage system developments, this helps
taxi: check-in online at home in advance. us to deliver the easy and fast experience
An enlarged taxi desk will create additional Behind the scenes, the baggage system has for passengers that Southampton Airport
capacity to meet demand at peak times. also been substantially upgraded to provide is known for.”
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traveLLinG is a breeze
With heLp of neW
ambassadors have the
freedom to move around
the terminal building,
meaning we can offer a
far more personal service,
and enabling us to go
the extra mile with every
Equipped with the latest mobile technology, move around the terminal building, meaning
local knowledge and a smile, a new team of we can offer a far more personal service, and
airport ambassadors have taken to the floor at enabling us to go the extra mile with every
Southampton Airport. passenger.”
Replacing the static information desk, they As part of an exciting trial the ambassadors
are able to move around the main terminal are using new iPod iTouch technology to
building providing a warm welcome and provide passengers with instant information,
immediate assistance wherever it’s needed. for example, train times, cruise ship
With the aim of proactively helping information, and even tourist attractions and
passengers with anything from flight enquiries weather forecasts for their destination.
to assistance with luggage, the team are So look out for the roving team in their
proving to be popular with travellers. distinctive uniform for an easy, fast and
Jodie Stevens, Airport Ambassador explains: friendly journey through Southampton
“Airport Ambassadors have the freedom to Airport.
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www.basepoint.co.uk 2 the canal at singel & brouwergracht in amsterdam. picture courtesy of amsterdam toerisme &
congres bureau 3 view of frankfurt skyline. picture courtesy of www.german-tourism.de
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tattoo. picture courtesy of edinburgh & Lothian tourist board. 6 angers. picture courtesy of ian
(Day Nursery on site) murray 7 sydney harbour bridge
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airport cALEndAr oF EvEnTs
BATAILLE dE cAsTILLon show InTErnATIonAL FIrEworks compETITIon
bergerac, france hanover, Germany
18th July – 16th August August 30th, 13th and 27th September 2008
Bringing history to life in a spectacular light Five nations are set to battle it out in a
and sound show every weekend. Hundreds feast of explosive colour set against the
of professional actors, horses, cannons, stunning backdrop of Hanover’s broroque
special effects, music, pyrotechnics and Grober garden. The combination of food,
explosives create a thrilling re-enactment of drink, music, theatre, cabaret and of course
this historical battle over seventeen acres of fireworks make Hanover the place to be this
the original battle ground. summer.
BrussELs on sEA guErnsEy InTErnATIonAL AIr rALLy
brussels, belgium Guernsey, channel islands
18th July – 17th August 5th – 7th September 2008
Straw hats, barbeques and bikinis – not Exhilarating flypasts, impossible aerobatics
what you expect to come across in this and gripping air displays ensure essential
urban capital, but every year a tropical strip summer fun for all the family.
springs up on the banks of the Willebroek
Canal becoming the place to relax, have fun AuTumn dIppEmEss
and be seen. What’s more everything is free frankfurt, Germany
from live music to beach sports to sports 12th – 22nd September 2008
massages! Good old-fashioned fun to keep the whole
family happy. This gigantic fun-fair attracts
3 A TAsTE oF summEr 500,000 visitors each year, and opens and
angers, france closes with huge firework displays. There is
July - August 2008 even traditional apple wine served in rustic
Foodies will be heading for the tranquil earthenwear jugs for the adults.
Loire Valley throughout the summer as
Anger’s finest restaurants open their doors grEAT norTh run
to a hungry public keen to sample the newcastle, england
delicious local cuisine. 1st October 2008
Get your running shoes on and join the
EdInBurgh mILITAry TATToo 47,000 runners testing their bodies and their
edinburgh, scotland persererance in the largest half marathon
1st – 23rd August 2008 in the world. The thirteen miles from
The annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo Newcastle-upon-Tyne to South Shields
promises to go off with a bang. Over 800 has seen some famous faces in its history
performers and 30 horses will perform including Olympian Kelly Holmes.
amazing stunts and parades in front of the
majestic Edinburgh castle. The sights are 7
diverse – from the traditional haunting
music of a lone piper to exhilarating combat,
parachute and aerobatic displays teams
5 - don’t miss it!
EdInBurgh FrIngE FEsTIvAL
3rd – 25th August 2008
This famous, eclectic, arts festival is the
largest of its kind in the world. With over
3,000 drama, comedy, music and dance
performances in 280 venues you could be
entertained from breakfast time to the early worLdwIdEevents
hours. Flights available from Southampton Airport
with Air France and Brussels Airlines.
AmsTErdAm cAnAL FEsTIvAL
amsterdam, the netherlands sydnEy InTErnATIonAL BoAT show
16th – 24th August 2008 sydney, australia
This most unusual classical music 31st July – 5th August 2008
celebration sees a series of free concerts by A sun drenched haven for boat lovers. From
national and international talent performed jet-skis to yachts there is something here for
in the houses, gardens and rooftop terraces everyone from the adrenalin junkie to those
of canal side residents. And if this isn’t looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the
enough, the festival culminates in a water.
magnificent recital performed on a huge
floating stage. summEr X-gAmEs
Los angeles, usa
rock En sEInE 31st July – 3rd August 2008
paris, france Spinning, flipping, climbing, sliding and
28th-29th August 2008 generally defying gravity. More than 300 of
The highlight of the city’s musical calendar the world’s top alternative sports athletes
– this year’s bill is topped by REM, Amy compete for almost $1 million in a variety
Winehouse, The Streets and the Kasier of sports including skateboarding, BMX,
Chiefs. With such well-known stars the two moto-cross, competitive climbing and
day festival is proving popular with music wakeboarding. This has to be seen to be
fans from all over Europe. believed.
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from school in 1968. I worked in ports for the container terminal which will see an
Doug Morrison, Port administration for 11 years before moving to
the operational side as a trainee supervisor.
investment of some £150m.
At the same time, our ever-increasing cruise
Director for the Port of Within 10 years, I was responsible for all port
operations at Ayr & Troon. I became Port
business will continue to benefit the city
region, with employment and attracting
Southampton, talks to Manager in 1998 and was then promoted to tourism. You can look forward to seeing
the position of Port Director, Hull & Goole, in hundreds more spectacular cruise ships,
2003. I took control of Southampton in March from all the big names such as Cunard, Royal
2005. Caribbean and P&O.
Southampton cannot afford to stand still.
professional high point We need to grow existing business while
Business wins are always a highpoint for attracting new customers and trades to
the team and me, especially when it leads to the port. Southampton’s location, with its
name and role at Associated British an upgrade of the port’s facilities for future excellent transport links and unique double
ports (ABp)? business growth. tide, puts us in a privileged position, it is
Doug Morrison is Port Director for the Port therefore down to us to make the most of it.
of Southampton, one of the UK’s busiest and professional low point
most important ports. He also sits on ABP’s I try to remain upbeat no matter what
Holdings Board, and is responsible for Hams who are the significant people in your life?
happens. Southampton is very fortunate My wife Margaret, my daughter Lee, son Iain
Hall, a rail-freight facility in the Midlands, in that, due to its location, facilities and
plus two other ABP operations at Dover and and my new son-in-law, Dave.
supporting infrastructure there are always
Finningley. opportunities around the corner, making any
lows rapidly disappear. Favourite Tv?
company overview Any sporting event.
ABP owns and operates 21 ports around the what keeps you going?
country, of which the Port of Southampton is Here at the Port we have an excellent Favourite film?
often regarded as the “jewel in the crown”. It workforce, and I am fortunate to have Recently, I enjoyed Last King of Scotland.
is the departure port for over 90% of the UK’s a committed team who share the same
cruise business, with over 950,000 passengers objectives as me. Favourite book?
and 256 cruise ship calls this year. We handle Difficult to pinpoint a favourite but a recent
in excess of 42 million tonnes of cargo what does the year ahead bring for ABp favourite is A Thousand Splendid Suns by
annually (7% of the UK’s entire seaborne southampton? Khaled Hosseini.
trade) and are the main gateway for Far East We have a number of exciting projects ahead
imports. We specialise in cars, containers and of us. To give you an idea of the scale of our hobbies & interests?
cruises but anything at all can be handled investments, here are some figures: we are Golf and football
here. As such, it is an incredibly varied and investing £19million in the fourth cruise
exciting place. terminal, £6m in a new facility for Channel
Islands imports and exports, £4m in the bulks For further information, contact:
professional Background terminal and £8m in the third multi-deck www.abports.co.uk
I have worked for ABP for my entire career, terminal for cars destined for export. On top www.southamptonvts.co.uk
joining the Port of Ayr & Troon direct of this, we have sustainable expansion plans Tel: 02380 488 800
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Want to visit one of france’s beautiful cities
along its southern atlantic coast but can’t
make up your mind where to go?
words ian murray
pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de bordeaux, office de tourisme
de La rochelle and office de tourisme de Limoges
1 bourdeaux. pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de bordeaux. 2,Limoges. pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de Limoges.
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W ell why not enjoy the best of many
worlds and take in more than one fabulous
destination in one trip.
With flights from Southampton to La
Rochelle, Limoges and Bordeaux, you truly
are spolit for choice. So why not hop on a
flight to one city and after enjoying the sights
pick up a car and set off on a journey of
But where to start?
There’s little you could want that La Rochelle
couldn’t offer. Creaking with history, it’s a
schoolboy’s dream, with cannons, turrets
and towers galore; a shopper’s paradise with
catwalk outfits at basement prices and nearby
plenty of gentle, sandy beaches to thrill the
Check out the sharks at the Aquarium, sniff
top scents at the Museé du Flacon or simply
stop and stare at the sheer wealth afloat at
Europe’s largest marina.
In fact, La Rochelle is reckoned to be the
most attractive and unspoilt seaside town in
France. Most of this is thanks to the foresight
of its Mayor in the 1970s, who saved the
17th century centre and waterfront from the
clutches of developers and banned traffic
from the historic old town - a policy which
caused outcry at the time but which is now
widespread town-planning practice across
La Rochelle’s glory is her harbour, flanked
by two impressive lookout towers, Tour de
la Chaîne and Tour St-Nicolas. In fact three
medieval towers in the vieux port are open
to the public. The Tour de la Lanterne is by
far the tallest with an angular Gothic spire,
which served not only as a nautical landmark
but also as a prison. Inside, it is covered with
centuries-old graffiti from British and Dutch
This is a place to discover on foot. Even in
summer, when thronging with tourists, it
has a wonderfully glamorous feel. Lunching
in the port under a cloudless sky, strolling
around its cobbled streets, snapping up an
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3 4 4
impulsive French bargain, make this one of Why not hop on If you’re feeling peckish, you’re spoilt
the most relaxed, enjoyable resorts to visit.
What’s more it’s so conveniently quick to a flight to one city and for choice. Les Halles, a covered market, is
perhaps the best place for local colour or
reach. after enjoying the sights shopping for culinary delights. Stalls are
Then there’s Limoges.
Limoges’ exquisite chinaware is famed the pick up a car and set laden with fresh cheeses, meat, fish, just-
baked breads and pastries, the aromas alone
world over, but it’s also a fascinating city in off on a journey of are enough to have you drooling at the mouth.
its own right. Packed with ancient buildings,
quaint old streets, museums, gardens and
adventure. The alleyways inside are full of atmosphere,
noise and bustle, a mouth-watering
galleries, it continues to be a Mecca for cornucopia of French life at its best.
archaeologists who are still unearthing And don’t forget the beer. This town takes
Roman relics. it seriously, until 1940 there were no fewer
This is the capital of the Limousin being a university town, boasts plenty than 49 breweries. There are still plenty to try
department and lies on the banks of the River of youthful joie de vivre. It’s always been today, the Brasserie St Martial on place Denis-
Vienne, 95 km north-east of Périgeux. The synonymous with luxury, even back in the Dussoubs brews seven varieties alone.
Limousin stretches south to the Dordogne sixth century one of its saints, Eloi, was And finally Bordeaux.
valley and includes the beautiful towns of a goldsmith, but it is the manufacture of Bordeaux is synonymous with some of the
Brive and Tulle. This is spectacularly beautiful porcelain and enamel that put it on the world world’s greatest wines but even teetotallers
countryside, wooded and hilly and dotted map in the 1760s. The trade and its proceeds will find the city and its surrounding
with the famous red-tinged Limousin breed have lavished wealth upon Limoges and countryside packed with appeal.
of cattle. There’s a handy mountain rail line given it an elegant beauty, just take a look at As the capital of Aquitaine, Bordeaux
linking Limoges with Ussel if you want to the porcelain mosaic fountains, small artisan became English through royal marriage and
explore the region, and although it is one of boutiques and delicate carvings in the Gothic stayed that way for several centuries. The
the quietest areas in France, there are plenty cathedral. links are still strong, particularly in the wine
of pretty villages well-stocked with hotels for The town also offers visitors a number trade and several fine museums spotlight the
travellers. of other pleasant surprises for lovers of art connection.
Historic heart of Limoges town is la Cité, and culture. High above the Vienne river, Bordeaux’s wines, grown on the riverbanks
charming to stroll around with lots of half- the Museé Municipal de l’Eveché houses of the Garonne and Dordogne, are some of
timbered buildings and cobbled streets. Gallo-Roman frescoes, rare examples of the best in the world. Without them, the city
Bizarrely, the most interesting and attractive Celtic writing and a collection of impressive might never have survived and wine remains
area concerns the trade of butchers, indeed Romanesque tombs. The massive Gothic 13th at the heart of this city’s raison d’être. It hosts
a road, museum and chapel are dedicated century cathedral is another must-see. Built in a wine festival each summer and is the base
to their art and it is all a great deal prettier Flamboyant style, the north transept is totally for tours of the world-class vineyards of St
than it sounds. Especially worth a visit is the overblown with elongated arches, clusters Emilion, Médoc, Sauternes and Graves. This
Maison Traditionnelle de la Boucherie, the of pinnacles, ornate windows and gallery. year, the tourist office has launched a new
museum dedicated to the prestigious butchers Just behind it is another old chapel, now a programme of excursions for wine-tasting at
who have wielded power here since the 1200s. craftsmen’s museum where some of France’s some of the most famous châteaux. Perfect if
Aside from its thriving porcelain industry, finest examples of carpentry, cabinet-making, you’re on a short break.
the town has more than 30 breweries and, metal and stonework are on show. Set on the River Garonne, which runs into
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Fly | Direct
Fly direct from
the Gironde estuary with its rich oyster
beds in the Bay of Arcachon, Bordeaux was Southampton
a thriving port until the late 19th Century.
Wine merchants’ warehouses still line the
quays of the Chartrons while their sumptuous 6 days a week
townhouses vie for grandeur with imposing
public buildings of the city’s 18th Century
As a university town and with a population
of 280,000, Bordeaux has a youthful
atmosphere and a great nightlife. The small,
elegant centre is particularly attractive with
La rochelle. pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de La rochelle. photo : francis Giraudon
plenty of good value places to eat, sleep and
shop. It has recently undergone extensive
reconstruction and now has a tramway
with three lines open. Line C goes from the
train station to the city centre (Place des for a stress free
Quinconces). The price: is €1.30 (one hour) and
€4 for the day. This ticket can also be used on start to your
bourdeaux. pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de bordeaux.
Beyond the town and its vineyards, are
Limoges. pictures courtesy of office de tourisme de Limoges.
the pine forests of Les Landes opening onto
the windswept sands of the Côte d’Argent
and Arcachon, an easy-going, unpretentious
resort-town, home to Europe’s highest sand
dune. Well worth a day-trip.
Which ever city you choose as your starting
point, you’re certain of one thing: a fabulous
break in a marvellous part of France.
& sylvain roussillon
for more details on all these destinations,
contact flybe on 0871 700 2000 or visit
www.flybe.com. alternatively visit your
local travel agent
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voted ‘one of the
Aurigny has been voted 4th best short-haul
airline in a new poll published by Which?
In a survey of 30,000 Which? members, the
publication looked at 71 airlines and asked
readers to rate each carrier for check-in,
cabin staff, comfort, cleanliness, food and
entertainment. In the short-haul category
Aurigny positioned 4th with an overall score
Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s Commercial
Director is delighted with the results: “This is
further confirmation that Aurigny’s customer
service policy really works. We have an
excellent team of staff in all areas and their
contribution to our 72% customer satisfaction
score has been huge.” Air France is financing a major
The survey awarded Aurigny five stars project run by GoodPlanet to
for its pre-flight service and four stars for its fight deforestation in Madagascar,
cleanliness, comfort and value-for-money. committing over 5million euros to the
scheme which will protect or restore
500,000 hectares of forest, starting July
Destruction of the forests accounts
for some 20% of manmade emissions
of CO2, and the project will save 60-70
million tonnes of CO2 being released
into the atmosphere.
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Esprit Ski will begin operating ski tours from
Southampton Airport in December for the
08/09 winter season. Specialists in family-
friendly snow getaways with family deals and
services including nurseries and ski-lessons,
Esprit Ski will operate a weekly Saturday
EAsTErn AIrwAys service from Southampton to Chambery.
rated uk’s most For further information or to make a booking,
punctuaL airLine visit www.espritski.com or call Esprit on
01252 618 300.
Eastern Airways has been named the UK’s
most punctual scheduled airline, taking pole
position after being second overall in the UK
Civil Aviation Authority data revealed
that over 89% of Eastern Airways services
departed within 15 minutes of the scheduled
time with any delays averaging just over 6
minutes (January to March 2008).
“This tremendous achievement is down
to the sterling efforts of our pilots, cabin
attendants and ground staff,” said Chris
Holliday, Eastern Airways’ chief operating
officer. “Being on time is very important to
AIr FrAncE Wins With
our business customers and we always aim to
provide the most punctual service possible.” FLyBE – Quick, easy
‘Widget’, the award-winning new online
Eastern Airways provides high frequency
tool from Air France, has been described by
day return services from Southampton to
Travolution Awards judges as “innovative,
Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Aberdeen, Ten new Flybe self-serve kiosks allow you
slick, well-designed, convenient and fun”. It
as well as regular flights to Angers Loire in to check-in in moments, without joining the
allows passengers to register for the latest
France. main queue for check-in.
offers and information on destinations of
their choice, book flights, access destination
l Touch screen to begin.
guides, videos, weather forecasts in addition
l Select your flight.
to advance check-in and printed boarding
l To log in either:
- Type in your six digit booking code
- Scan your passport barcode in the reader
above the screen
- Place your credit card in the slot below the
screen and then remove.
Bournemouth to l Touch your name on the screen.
Southampton Airport l Confirm your seat number. You can change
Another way to get away
your seat at no extra cost.
(Subject to availability).
to Paris rport
Another l Answer the security questions using the
BLuE IsLAnds increases
fLiGhts to Guernsey
to Alic ampto to
l The kiosk will print your boarding card.
l Take any pre-paid* hold luggage to the
Channel Islands based airline Blue Islands is QBuster fast bag drop desks to
introducing an additional twelve flights per your right (1-3).
week to Guernsey from 10th July in response l Go straight through to security and the
to constant growth in passenger demand.
The additional flights run in the middle of
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successful morning and evening schedule.
Paul Sabin, Managing Director of Blue South West Trains and Southampton Airport
Islands says: ‘We are delighted to offer have partnered on a major campaign to It’s so easy, once you’ve used it you’ll be
passengers an additional choice of flight promote the incredible “train to plane” a convert for life. Flybe staff and Airport
times. We hope that our attention to customer connection at Southampton Airport Parkway Ambassadors are on hand to help if you need
service, teamed with Blue Islands fully - just 99 steps to check-in. Excellent rail links them. And remember you can also check-in
flexible fares, will continue to help stimulate mean fast access between the Airport and online before you travel, at www.flybe.com
the market bringing new customers to this numerous destinations including frequent fast
Channel Island route.’ trains to London Waterloo in just 66 minutes.
Pick up a train timetable from the Help Point
in the terminal, visit www.southwesttrains.
co.uk/airport or call National Rail Enquiries
on 08457 48 49 50.
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everyone knows verona of course.
immortalised by that bloke shakespeare as the
setting for his most famous love story
- perhaps the most famous love story ever told.
words ian murray
pictures courtesy of www.enit.it - the italian Government tourist board
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r omeo and Juliet were
fictional characters of course, but that doesn’t
mean you can’t seek them out if you decide to
visit this glorious city and region.
For the past two thousand years and
more, the city walls enclose a unique
and breathtaking range of artworks and
Recently awarded the status of a “World
Heritage Site”, Verona has delighted painters,
poets, travellers and celebrities for centuries.
Verona is a work of art in itself: a fascinating
cross-roads of historical periods and cultures
(both classical and Germanic), a blend of
both Nordic and “Mediterranean” influences;
the city is at the same time both ancient and
A walk through its narrow streets allows
you to get in touch with its varied and
fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman
origins, its prevailing medieval structure
dating back to the time of knights and castles,
its magnificent Renaissance palaces as well as
the impressive fortifications which protect it.
As far as the quality and the preservation of
its Roman antiquities are concerned, Verona is
second only to Rome.
Its luminous marble monuments will take
you two thousand years back in time: its
famous Amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre
Ponte and the Arco dei Gavi erected to
celebrate one of the most influential families
of the city.
You will be able to see the monumental
gateways which greet the visitor - Porta
Borsari and Porta Leoni and which testify to
the grandeur of the Roman Empire.
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A simple walk along Corso Cavour, Corso
Portoni Borsari and Corso Santa Anastasia
recently awarded the furniture of a typical fourteenth century
aristocratic household, enhanced by a wide
practically leads you along the ancient Roman the status of a “World range of medieval ceramics. Antonio Avena’s
Via Postumia which ended up in the Roman heritage site”, verona masterful restoration (carried out in 1935)
Forum, now Piazza Erbe.
Below street level, the fascinating remains has delighted painters, brought to life the elegant frescoes within, and
which highlight inlaid wooden chests, brick
of Roman villas and mosaics have come to poets, travellers and fireplaces, wooden staircases and landings.
light, giving a glimpse of the magnificence of
Verona’s Roman past. For a journey back in celebrities for At the far end of the courtyard stands Nereo
Costantini’s bronze statue of Juliet visited by
time a visit to the Scavi Scaligeri or the Villa at centuries thousands of tourists every year from all over
Valdonega is an absolute must. The rule of the the world.
Scaligeri transformed Verona’s appearance, Romeo’s house is situated in “Via Arche
with its fortifications, the beautiful Scaligere”. It is an authentic medieval house
Castelvecchio and its nearby Ponte Scaligero, which belonged to the 13th century Counts
Cangrande’s palace and other palaces of the and fortresses guard the city, and both civil of Cagnolo Nogarola. The latter were part
Della Scala Family (Lords of Verona), the and military architecture flourishes (Palazzo of the Della Scala entourage. The archway is
Domus Mercatorum and Piazza Erbe and last Barbieri and the Arsenal). gothic and is enclosed by crenellated walls.
but not least, their splendid intricate funerary But what of Romeo and Juliet? The Montagu family is said to have occupied
monuments, the “Arche Scaligere”. “There is no world without Verona walls”: these rooms. The façade bears an inscription
Even the period of Venetian domination the pen of William Shakespeare has lent with the famous words: “Oh Romeo, Romeo!
has left its mark on the city - the palaces of its Verona fame and immortality with his tale Wherefore art thou Romeo?...” “Tut! I have lost
nobles, the artworks of its great painters in of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montecchi myself; I am not here: This is not Romeo, he’s
the Castelvecchio Museum and the churches (Montagu) and Juliet Capuleti (Capulet). some other where.” (Act 1, scene 1)
of the city. The Renaissance Palaces of noble The story of their tragic love is set in two Live the love story of Romeo e Giulietta.
families line the streets - Palazzo della Gran precise locations - Juliet’s house and the tomb. Visit www.julietclub.com
Guardia, Palazzo Pompei, Palazzo Maffei, the The Capulet House, best known as “Juliet’s
“Loggia del Consiglio” and the Domus Nova House”, dates back to the thirteenth century.
in Piazza dei Signori (“Lords’ Square”). It is tower-shaped and belonged to the Dal
The figure of a great architect dominates this Cappello family, whose coat-of-arms is visible
particular period, that of Michele Sanmicheli above the inner archway of the courtyard. traveL InFormATIon
who designed the gateways to the city - Porta The brick façade is decorated by elegant
Nuova, Porta Palio, Porta San Zeno and Porta gothic windows standing on either side of the for more details contact inghams on
Vescovo. During the period of Austrian famous balcony on which Juliet is said to have 020 8780 4433 or www.inghams.co.uk.
domination, Verona becomes the lynch-pin of spoken to Romeo. alternatively visit your local travel agent
a perfect defensive system of fortresses and The house has several storeys and tickets
walls known as the “Quadrilatero”. Bastions can be bought to visit it. The interior contains
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hampshire dAy’s ouT
2 TwEnTy20 cup FInAL souThAmpTon InTErnATIonAL
rose bowl, southampton BoAT show
26th July 2008 mayflower park, southampton
To the dismay of the traditionalists this 12th – 21st September 2008
shorter version of the domestic game seems to The largest on-water boating display in the
have taken the world of cricket by storm. With world and a mouth watering must see for all
the top four teams battling it out to become boating enthusiasts. Along with the latest
Twenty20 champions spectators can be sure of marine innovations, there will be lots of
a day filled to the brim with excitement. interactive fun to be had with ‘Try-a-boat’
and ‘Try-a-dive’ exhibitions, and all just a few
JImmy cArr minutes travelling time from the airport.
mayflower theatre, southampton
27th July 2008 AnImAL wIndFEsT
The hilarious Jimmy Carr returns to sandbanks, poole
Southampton for one night only. With a show 12th – 14th September 2008
set to include never heard before material, The UK’s premier wind and kite-surfing
the British comedy award winner is all but championship. Featuring a vast array of
guaranteed to put on a riotous show. exciting sports including windsurfing,
kitesurfing, wakeboarding, biking and
volleyball, and all topped off with a fabulous
cowEs wEEk beach party.
cowes, isle of Wight
2nd – 9th August 2008 porTsmouTh And souThsEA FEsTIvAL
One of the U.K’s longest running and most castle field, southsea
successful sporting events. Over 100,000 9th – 12th October 2008
spectators and 8,500 competitors from world A mud free British music festival is a rare
class professionals to weekend sailors come thing. Held in a tent big enough for 8,000
to enjoy a week of nautical fun. There is people this local festival is certain to be fun
1 the start of the rolex 2007 fastnet race, cowes Week. picture a fantastic mix of competitive sailing and whatever the weather. Featuring local and
courtesy of Lloydimages 2 Luke jefferies, 9, from hedge end, on parties. So come and soak up the unique
the beach on the opening day of the southampton boat show international talent there will be rock, indie
3 twenty20 cricket at the rosebowl atmosphere. and dance music, and a family fun day too.
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When visiting another country the temptation is to
go straight for the capital, however, as the second
largest city in the republic of ireland, cork city is well
worth some exploration.
words Gemma bradnack
pictures courtesy of www.tourismirelandimagery.com
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ituated in the Southwest corner, it
is the principle city of one of the most scenic
counties in Ireland, County Cork.
The city is a pedestrian’s paradise. Divided
by the River Lee, it is a maze of bridges and
hilly streets, and in a city notable for its
impressive buildings, it is the best way to soak
up its charm.
Marvel at the French Gothic architecture of
St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, and visit the tower
of Shandon Church, which dominates the
skyline of the north side of the city.
You can also experience the grandeur of the
City Hall, a relatively modern building that
plays host to several concerts, festivals and
functions in its fine concert hall.
Meandering through the streets the voices of
the local Corkonians accompany the beautiful
sites with their distinctive accent. As the
most talkative of the Irish, you cannot but
feel welcome as you experience the county’s
thriving culture. As Ireland’s Jazz capital,
Cork hosts its jazz festival in October this
Yet, whilst County Cork is often recognised
as the ‘festival centre’ of the Southwest, it is
also well known as Ireland’s gourmet county.
It boasts some of the best seafood and
shellfish, reflecting the Mediterranean
influence of old Spanish fishing boats that
visited the local harbours long ago, along with
the more traditional dishes such as Irish stew,
made with only the best beef and pork.
These mouth-watering meals are to be found
in an endless list and range of restaurants in
Cork City, from friendly, local, family owned
pubs to award-winning gourmet restaurants
offering the best in fine cuisine.
Or why not learn to cook it all yourself
outside of the city in Skibbereen’s ‘Island
Cottage Restaurant and Cookery School’?
If you enjoy a more active holiday, then the
choice remains just as endless. The county
plays host to some of the most picturesque
golf courses in Ireland, such as Charleville
Golf Club, which although 40 minutes from
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it boasts some of
the best seafood
and shellfish, reflecting
influence of old spanish
fishing boats that
visited the local
harbours long ago
Cork City, is situated at the base of the 021-4309090. Rolling Meadows to the sea, will serve as your
Ballyhoura Mountains and undoubtedly a From the lively centre of Cork City, to the guide as you explore this delightful County.
treat for the eyes. sweet tranquillity of Mizen Head, County While the lively arts and music culture will
Nearer the coast, however, take advantage of Cork is a study in contrasts. make your heart beat faster, the beautiful
the miles of sand and coastline on a horse- As Cork is the largest county and city in scenery and world-class dining will give you
riding adventure, taking in the view of the Ireland, there is certianly no shortage of plenty of reason to kick back and relax.
North Atlantic. Or take to the water itself things to do and see. Explore the Regions and There are more than sixty towns and large
in the array of water sports provided, be it see how each in its own way, is so different, villages in County Cork.
kayaking, sailing or deep-sea diving! yet perfect — you won’t be able to pick your Each one is individual and unique. Each
There is no better way to see Cork City favourite! has its own special places of interest, original
than the “Hop On, Hop Off” Tour. See all of County Cork is situated in the South West of things to do and see, and welcoming places
Cork’s famous sights such as the Cork City Ireland, it is the largest of all the Irish counties to stay. In fact, so alluring are they that many
Gaol, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the Crawford and in many ways the most varied. well-known artists, writers and actors from
Municipal Art Gallery, City Hall, the English Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast around the world have made their homes
Market, City Library, the Triskel Art Centre, with the wild sandstone hills of the west, and here.
Cork Opera House, St. Anne’s Church, the above all there is the magnificent coastline Actor Jeremy Irons, and the director of
Shandon Butter Museum, the Custom House, scooped and fretted by the Atlantic into great Chariots of Fire, David Putnam, have both
City Library, the Courthouse, Museum & bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky fallen for the charms of Skibbereen and
Fitzgerald Park, & Elizabeth Fort. With a ticket headlands and long soft golden sands. settled there. Nearby, in Ballydehob, poet John
that is valid all day, you can get on and off as One moment you are in the midst of a world- Montague and painter William Crozier have
often as you wish. A complimentary map and class shopping expedition, and the next, you second homes, while soccer pundit, Eamon
discounts off certain admissions is included. are pausing to absorb a spectacular seaside Dunphy has chosen Castletownshend as his
For more information on the best way to vista. All of which makes County Cork a haven of West Cork tranquillity.
see the city of Cork, contact the Tourist Office unique and delightful area to visit. The Rivers Across the county in Ballycotton, Angela
on the Grand parade or Cronin’s Coaches on Lee and Blackwater, flowing through gently Lansbury (of Murder She Wrote fame) owns a
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WorLdWide connections BEIJIng
1 the forbidden city, beijing 2 tiananmen square, beijing 3 the olympic stadium, nick-named the bird’s nest
With the olympic Games being staged in china this
year all eyes have turned towards its capital city beijing.
words ian murray
lways a city of mystery, excitement, west, the Great Hall of the People. In the
adventure and culture, Beijing is middle of it stands the Monument to People’s
now closer than ever for Hampshire Heroes, to the south of which is Chairman
visitors thanks to links from Southampton Mao’s Memorial Hall.
International Airport. The Palace Museum, former home to the 24 2
The attractions of this amazing city are Ming and Qing emperors, is also known as
numerous, but some always spring to mind: the Forbidden City. Completed in 1420 during
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Ming Dynasty, it occupies a total space of
the Palace Museum. more than 720, 000 square meters. Apart from
Tiananmen Square lies at the cross-section the complex of palace buildings, the Palace
between the central axis of Beijing. When Museum houses over 1.5 million items or sets
it was first built in the 15th year of Yongle of relics.
(1417), it was called Chengtian Gate. It was Ancient architectural relics and other
twice destroyed in the Ming Dynasty, once cultural relics fall into 25 categories, which are
by lightening, once by war. In 1651, or the 8th further divided into 69 sub-categories. Those 3
year of Emperor Shunzhi’s reign in the Qing used for government affairs and daily life are
Dynasty, the Emperor named Fulin had it displayed in their original places; such works
rebuilt on a large scale and changed its name of art as porcelain, paintings and calligraphy,
to Tiananmen. Imposing and magnificent, it jewellery, clocks, stone drums, and bronze
stands out among ancient city gates in China. wares are kept in special halls. There are also
Tiananmen was the place for important halls for short-term exhibitions. The museum
ceremonies during the Ming Dynasty and is open to the public all year round.
Qing Dynasty, when imperial edicts were With first class hotels, an amazing food
issued for coronation of Emperors. Tiananmen culture, and the exuberance of the capital
has witnessed many important events in city of the world’s most populace nation: who
China’s modern history. could resist Beijing! Passengers have the choice of 2 flights per
To its east is the National Museum; to its But it’s not all history in this one of the day to Beijing when connecting in Paris
world’s most important capital cities. Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Food in Beijing is superb as you would Air France has been flying to China for
expect. As well as the traditional teahouses, over 40 years. On board flights to China,
the restaurants in the capital are first class and Air France serves both traditional menus
the attractions offer a marvellous array of dishes, especially as well as special dishes designed and
prepared by Chinese chefs. Lead in fares from
of this amazing city are the Mandarin cuisine, including of course the
famous Peking roast duck. Southampton-Beijing start from £377.80 per
numerous, but some Beijing has a flourishing nightlife with person including all taxes.
always spring to mind: clubs, bars and restaurants springing up to
accommodate all tastes including the famous
tiananmen square, the Beijing Opera. traveL InFormATIon
forbidden city and the So whether it’s the old or the new Beijing you
seek, or a mixture of the two, there’s ample for more details contact air france on
palace museum reason to head off to the Chinese capital from
Southampton International Airport.
0870 142 4343 or www.airfrance.co.uk.
alternatively visit your local travel agent
Air France flies to 4 destinations in China;
Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong & Shanghai
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competition AIr FrAncE
a pair of
aris has so much to offer – no wonder it’s
one of the most filmed, photographed
fêted and painted cities in the world.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic
getaway, a cultural break or a gourmet’s
delight, Paris won’t disappoint.
The City of Light is packed with history
and culture, picturesque buildings, boutique
hotels, attractive pavement cafés and
riverside walks, bustling markets and elegant
Away from Paris’s busy centre, discover
mediaeval Chartres, Chantilly and
breathtaking Versailles as well as the thrills of
Air France operates 18 flights a week from
Southampton direct to Paris Charles de
Gaulle, and onward connections to its global
network. For further information visit www.
airfrance.co.uk call 0870 142 4343 or visit your
local travel agent.
how To EnTEr:
For your chance to jet off to Paris, simply
answer the following question online at
How many flights per week
does Air France offer to Paris
TErms & condITIons: 1. Closing date for entries
Wednesday 1 October 2008. 2. A prize winner will
be selected at random. 3. No purchase necessary.
4. Taxes included. 5. Flights subject to availability,
non-transferable and non-refundable. 6. No cash
alternative. 7. All travel must be completed within 12
months of competition closing date. 8. By entering the
prize draw all participants will be deemed to have
accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and
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1 katie bridgland hr coordinator with work experience students 2 mike barringer at the opening of sophie’s place at Winchester county hospital 3 marathon runner jason sugden.
AwArd wInnIng voLunteers
£24,000 won For LocAL chArITIEs And proJEcTs
t Southampton Airport we are proud of Academies Trust and improvements in treats around 400 sick children every single
the time and effort our staff contribute GCSE exam results have been demonstrated month. The judges said, “This man continues
to their local communities. Last year throughout the duration of the partnership. to astound us every single year.”
almost a quarter of our staff volunteered Each year, over twenty initiatives are Mike Barringer, Airside Operations Manager
their time to a cause or charity. The BAA generated, many supported by funding from at Southampton Airport, commented:
Communities Trust, BAA’s own charity, the BAA Communities Trust, these include “I’m absolutely astounded to have won the
recognises this through it’s annual I-Volunteer Enterprise Days with a Dragons’ Dens style I-Volunteer Awards for a second time. The
Awards. These awards are for staff across all finale, a full work experience programme, and £5,000 prize can now fund 40 sick children
seven BAA airports: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, regular public performances at the airport. and their families to have a 3 day rest-bite
Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Southampton The £5,000 prize money has been invested in holiday in the New Forest, and I would like to
and Stansted, that have made a special a minibus to transport pupils to extra circular thank the Trust for making this possible.”
contribution to others. activities such as school trips and sporting
This year Southampton Airport won a activities.
staggering three awards out of a possible most supportive manaGer:
seven, winning £24,000 for 25 local projects fundraisinG individuaL: JAson sugdEn, AIrporT FIrE sErvIcE
and charities! Here is a summary of our mIkE BArrIngEr, AIrsIdE opErATIons Jason was nominated by no less than five
extraordinary winners: Mike submitted an entry for his fundraising colleagues as a supportive manager. He is
work for The Sophie Barringer Trust, which he a keen volunteer and fundraiser himself -
voLunteerinG team: and his wife Lin founded in 2003, following and ran the London marathon last year.
AIrporT-wIdE TEAm the diagnosis of their daughter Sophie with His nominees praise his support for their
Southampton Airport has developed a Wilm’s Disease. This cancer of the kidney, fundraising and volunteering activities, as
strategic partnership with local Bitterne Park claimed the life of Sophie in 2004, aged just well as the way he uses these activities to
School, which involves more than 90 staff 6, and Mike and his team have continued to build team spirit at work. One said “ As I
from across the airport, including Gayle raise over £100,000 to help many other sick decided whether or not to not to jump out of a
Callaway, Head of Human Resources, in a children. This year, Mike and the charity have plane, my station manager used all his skills
governors role. opened a new children’s assessment centre to persuade me it was the right thing to do!”
The partnership is now recognised as at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Jason donated his £5,000 prize to Cancer
best practice by the Specialist Schools and Winchester called ‘Sophie’s Place’, which now Research UK.
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