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Paris



Can I travel to France on holiday?



France encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.


In this blog however I will be focusing on the classic tourism location of Paris.


Eiffel Tower


After 3 months of being closed the Eiffel tower has re-opened, this includes the top floor that reopened on the 15th of July. The number of available entries for tours by the stairs and elevators is much less than usual, in accordance to regulations for reasonable limits on the number of visitors and avoid large groups of people. Due to this there are less tickets available for the tours everyday so it is recommended that you buy them online in advance of your trip. Further restrictions when visiting are that all visitors over the age 11 must wear a mask and it is asked that you try to maintain social distancing whilst on the tour.


Other large attraction such as the Louvre Museum, the Pompidou Centre and many more hold similar restrictions on numbers, mandatory PPE and social distancing.


In terms of cafes, bars and restaurants they are all open in Paris, with the financial times describing Paris as a “Giant Street party” as the cafes, bars and restaurants spill out onto the streets to allow for more outdoor seating. However, nightclubs are still closed and social distancing is still a priority to maintain.


Overall it would seem as if Paris would be a great place to consider travelling to during COVID, with the regular attractions now open along with the fine cuisine being back on display it would make for a great holiday, even with slight restrictions.

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Europe



Would it be possible to go interrailing over the next few months?


A few years ago I went interrailing with a group of three other friends, it was a great opportunity to travel to Western and Eastern Europe and visit an array of cities, my favourite being Budapest, a city I would recommend to anyone to travel to, not only because of the cheap food and drink but the architecture and ruin bars are so unique to the city. The trip that we went on was very organised, we had locations, hostels, transport and activities booked in advance, whilst this meant that we could not be flexible and travel somewhere unplanned on a whim it meant that we could keep a low budget and had no logistical scares. However, we met plenty of people who were travelling across Europe and the world like a true backpacker, i.e. their only possessions were a camping style rucksack, and they travelled wherever they wanted and stayed in places for as long as they wanted to, finding a job in a place they love for example if they wanted to stay for longer.

With the world slowly lifting out of lockdown, if someone where wanting to go interrailing they would most likely have to have a scheduled itinerary with everything booked in advance. Although this would be the most practical method to interrail post lockdown, there is still the danger of sudden changes in a countries border status, meaning that they may not be able to leave a country or enter their next destination if there was a second spike in coronavirus cases within that country.

In all, although interrailing was a valuable and unforgettable experience, I would suggest that people should wait for a while until travel destinations are more certain in a post lockdown world

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Turkey



With reports of prices for everyday goods inflating in Turkey, and tourist being charged over €40 for a kebab; it asks the question, will tourists put up with this tourism tax?


Understandably, countries where their economy relies heavily upon tourism have suffered massively from worldwide travel restrictions especially in the summer months. Consequently, it is of no surprise that prices of everyday goods in areas of turkey which rely heavily on tourism have skyrocket through the roof. However, will tourists accept this tourism tax? It may be unsavoury for many tourists' wallets, but because holiday goers are so desperate for a getaway in the sun this summer, they will pay way over the odds to finance the new found luxury of a summer holiday. But, with countries across the world seeing the opportunities of opening their borders to tourists quickly, there may be a place which does not inflate the prices in order to attract flocks of these desperate holiday goers.


With the price of a kebab in Turkey sparking outrage in the UK, there is plenty food for thought within other countries that are opening up their borders to tourists.

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Ibiza



As one of the most popular tourist destinations for people of all ages and interests, Ibiza is finally welcoming international tourists back.


The island just to the east of mainland Spain, offers some of the most scenic views, including picturesque sandy beaches and unmissable sunsets. Whilst Ibiza is famous for its nightlife, restrictions have been put in place for now, meaning all clubs which have capacity for over 300 people remain closed, and those that are allowed to open must not exceed 1/3rd capacity.


Additionally, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, anywhere that sells alcohol must be shut between 9.30pm and 8am. Even with these restrictions, due to the fact that tourists from the UK do not need to self-isolate on arrival, Ibiza is the perfect place for a get-away for anyone who is looking to go abroad this summer.


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Vatican



Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It's home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture.


Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the famed “Laocoön and His Sons” as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.


The pope proudly claimed that the worst of the Corona virus is over as the vatican received news that it had no corona virus cases left, one may ask what is it like to visit the vatican during a new era of social distancing tourism? In short, after 3 months of being closed the vatican's main attractions are now (mostly) open. Visitors to the museums must wear masks and undergo temperature tests before they go in.


As well as this one must book in advance in order to visit the attractions such as museums as there are limited spaces due to the limited capacity as apart of the Vatican's COVID measures.


The Vatican hopes to continue to ease restrictions and increase the numbers allowed however, the Pope warns how they must be cautious as to not act rashly.


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