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Make this year the start of these fun annual festive traditions you can do as a family.
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Chances are that if you ask mum what she wants for Mother’s Day her reply will be along the lines of, “having all the family together under one roof”. She loves those special moments that create long-lasting memories and experiences that will leave her reminiscing over the dinner table. With travel one of the best stories to tell, Trafalgar has listed their top travel experiences Mum will love.
Food – Italy
A haven for some of the world’s best food and wines, mum will be in her element as she indulges her way through Italy’s Piedmont region on a Secrets of Italy Hidden Journey. Sharing stories with local families in their homes, your mum will feel spoiled as she stays in authentic accommodation at the Albergo Dell’Agenzia in Pollenzo. Aside from exploring Europe’s largest open air food market in Turin and the food markets of Astola, she’ll uncover a town synonymous with sparkling wine in Asti where she’ll meet a local family on their wine estate for a beautiful Be My Guest lunch. The Nicola family will invite her to explore their estate and cellars where she’ll sample the region’s famous Spumante and Barbera d’Asti wines before sitting down with the family for a homemade meal.
Luxury – Ireland
Gracing her beauty on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, a luxurious stay at Red Carnation Hotel’s newly-refurbished Ashford Castle in Ireland will leave Mum feeling like the Queen. Dating back to 1228, the magnificent five-star property is one of Ireland’s most prestigious properties. Mum will dine like royalty in the George V Dining Room named after the Prince of Wales. The graceful setting is rich with twinkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers bestowing a grand sense of occasion. Relax and unwind to the soothing sounds of Ashford Castle’s resident pianist while indulging in exceptional dishes of acclaimed Chef Stefan Matz. This castle stay is available on the Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle guided holiday.
Culture – Japan
Eclectic cities, traditional villages, snow-capped mountains and coastal beauty are combined on this culturally-infused holiday. Mum will explore Japan like a local with an array of insider experiences including a sushi making demonstration and cooking class in the famous Ginza district. On the Splendours of Japan guided holiday, she’ll learn washi paper making in Gokayama, sample Japanese sake in Takayama and practice gold leaf painting with a local artisan in Kanazawa. In a special Be My Guest dining experience, she’ll be welcomed inside a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. Built in 1932, it is here she’ll taste kaiseki cuisine and learn local Japanese customs with her hosts inside their home.
Adventure – Hawaii
Hawaii is the perfect destination to leave your mum feeling refreshed, re-energised and re-invigorated with the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, each island brings to life a new experience. Go beyond the surf and sand at Honolulu and discover the lush tropical paradise of Fern Grotto in Kauai on the Hawaii Four Island Adventure. Trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island and see the sunrise from the summit of Mount Haleakala in Maui. Visit a local family on their working farm before being welcomed inside for a special Be My Guest experience using the farm’s fresh ingredients.
Music – America
Immerse mum into America’s Deep South to experience one of the biggest winter events at the annual Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday parade in New Orleans. On the 10-dayTastes and Sounds of the South guided holiday, she’ll gain a Cultural Insight into the life and music of Johnny Cash during a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash. Indulge in southern hospitality at the period homes of Joe Stone who will play the piano for you as you sip cocktails, before Esther Carpenter, once listed as America’s top 20 female chefs, invites you inside for a special Be My Guest dining experience. She’ll also learn about the home of Rock ’n’ Roll with a passionate Local Specialist in the heart of Tennessee and join in on the festivities with New Orleans’s locals on Bourbon Street.
If you thought Kim Kardashian’s toddler North West or Gwneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple had it bad, a forum recently emerged on Reddit revealing some of the strangest and most cringe-worthy baby names. Drawing over 18000 comments within 24 hours, the results were, ah, interesting, with names like Dick Wonderlicker and Pupinderjit among some of the worst.
“There is a girl in my school named Gennah Tyles. With a G. It’s like her parents wanted to name her genitals,” wrote one user, while another said: “Dikshit is a very common Hindi name.”
It seems some parents allow their obsessions to determine the name of their child, with one poor kid being called Britney Shakira Beyonce, while another was named Like after Facebook. ‘This very young couple, who had just had a baby, were so obsessed with Facebook they decided to name their child Like, I kid you not,” wrote a user.
Fan-girling wasn’t the only reason behind a name, with little Jammy being the result of a spelling error, “kids parents thought this was the correct spelling of Jamie,” while poor Abstinence seemed to be the result of a sexual error. “I predict she will be pregnant by 16,” wrote the submitter.
Boy Boy, Mor’a’mang and Obamaniqua – defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “A ghetto-fabulous African-American that loves president Barrack Obama” – were among some of the shockers, but Orgasm well and truly took the cake. “As the daughter of a labor and delivery nurse, I’ve heard an abundance of terrible baby names, but I’d have to say this is by far the worst! Sadly, I’m not kidding,” said the user.
Unlike Orgasm, some parents wanted to remind their children of how unique and amazing they were as opposed to how they were conceived, with the names I’munique and Mazen submitted. “My former stepsister named her kid “Mazen” because it was ‘mazen when he was born.”
But what’s in a name, right? Well according to one user, he went to school with a “little blonde boy with bright blue eyes” named Lucifer, who was apparently “a very creepy kid.”
While naming your child a silly name is downright cruel – school bullies go to town with that stuff, unfortunately – it can also be deemed child abuse. One New Zealand couple reportedly lost custody of their child in 2008 after naming her ‘Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.’ Seriously.
Some of the other outrageous baby names submitted, included: Airwrecker – an alternative way to spell Erica – Rage, Pud, Vejonica and Hellzel. A future note to parents: No child gets a thrill from having a creative name. Bob, George and Sarah will absolutely suffice!
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