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If you're planning a stay in any of the hostels in Paris it probably means you'll be involved in some serious sightseeing. But as you dash in and out of museums and galleries, don't forget to take some time out to indulge in something else the city is very famous for - its café culture. The café-bars of the French capital are renowned throughout the world, and there is good reason for that. Sitting quietly sipping coffee in a Parisian café is one of life's great pleasures! As is well documented, however, the city's café culture is quite unique, and it pays to be aware of some local etiquette.

Sit and Sip

On first glance, in high-profile places, coffees can appear a little expensive. But when you consider you'll be able to take your time, relax, read, write postcards or just watch the world go by, it doesn't seem all that bad. You'll never feel rushed and can sit at a table for an hour or two without a waiter batting an eyelid.

No Smoking

As in any public place now in France (including all the hostels in Paris), smoking is not allowed in cafés. There are, however, usually some open-air tables where you can still light up. If you're offended by the smell of smoke, stay inside and choose a table that won't be affected by travelling fumes.

Grab a Bite

Most cafés in the city also serve snacks, so you can enjoy delicious pastries for breakfast, and soups, baguettes and other light bites at lunchtime. You can often also order a simple three-course meal special.

Not Just Coffee

Although the word café means coffee, the cafés in France are actually called café-bars. This means they serve all kinds of drinks, both hot and cold, and you can order anything from water to beer or wine.

Service Charge

Service and taxes are always included in the price on the menu and there are no hidden additional charges. Obviously, if you want to leave an extra tip that's up to you, but bear in mind something will already have been included in the price.

The Parisian Way

The idea of sitting in a Parisian café evokes images of romance and 'times gone by'. The culture originated when life in the city was much more leisurely and people could afford to spend plenty of time whiling away the hours. That luxury is no longer available for the normal person, and in the past 50 years, there has been a huge decline in the number of cafés in the city. It could even be argued that the culture now relies for the most part on tourists and visitors staying in the hotels and hostels. In Paris today, for locals, the pace of life is such that a coffee break is short and sweet.

While traditional cafés may be in decline, they certainly won't disappear, especially if visitors do their bit to preserve them. Find the best café (there's any number within walking distance of all the hostels in Paris), then just sit back and enjoy! It's the Parisian way, after all.

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The Turkish region of Cappadocia is famous for its amazing rock formations, history and outlandish beauty. The weird spires and towers of rock have been formed as a result of the erosion of the soft volcanic rock which covers the region. There are fabulous, varied walks which wind their way through this fascinating region. Historical sites include the troglodyte homes and churches, buried towns and other early Christian artefacts, weaving a rich tapestry that well deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status. All in all, this is one of the best places in Turkey for a hiking holiday - perhaps even one of the best walking destinations in the world.

There is no single well-known trail here. Instead, pedestrians are free to choose from a whole range of walking delights. There are a number of varied and surreal valleys around Goreme that provide some of the best walking. Goreme is at the centre of a whole cluster of attractions now within the Goreme National Park and so is a good place to use as a base for your explorations.

Amongst the highlights near Goreme is the Rose Valley - a dramatic tumble of rocks leading down from the Ak Tepe shoulder to Cavusin. From the fabulous viewpoint at Kizilcukur you make your way down ladders and through tunnels, making your way down through and between strange rock formations. In the lower reaches, it is a good idea to cut up onto the low ridge that lies between the Rose Valley and the Goreme plain and walk along the Goreme facing side of the ridge to the south-east for a bit to see some particularly bizarre rock formations and some fascinating rock houses.

Another lovely place to walk is the Zelve canyon complex. This is an open air museum so you are unlikely to find you have the place to yourself, but there are a lot of sites here all crammed into a relatively small area. Walk deeper into the three canyon branches here to escape from the coach tours. The ruined churches here beneath towering cliff faces are of special interest.

From the fascinating Goreme Open Air Museum, head into the Valley of Love or the Valley of Swords. For breathtaking views, you can climb higher on the ridge path above Love Valley. Climbing to the summit of Ak Tepe is also a fantastic idea for spectacular views.

These are just a few of the many valleys and ridges you can explore while on a walking holiday in this area. It is a good idea to take your time and explore a little further afield too if you have the time. A pair of lovely valleys, for example, are found at Soganli, south of Goreme, and around 50km from Goreme is Ilhara Valley, perhaps one of the loveliest valleys, or canyons, in Cappadocia. Here you will find a lot of churches and a monastery hewn from a rock wall.

If you tire of walking, a hot air balloon ride over this area is also very highly recommended.

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If there is one thing that holidays to Sardinia promise it's the opportunity to enjoy the inviting beaches. Whether you're alone, with your partner, or with your family, there's a beach that will tick every box and become one of the highlights of your time on this lovely island.

Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu
Cala Mariolu can be found in the province of Nuoro and is perfect for those looking for an energetic adventure. The low, rocky seabed plays host to an amazing array of sea life, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling, while the nearby hillsides are perfect for exploring, climbing and trekking.

One of the best things about this beach is its seclusion. This does mean Cala Mariolu is a little difficult to get to and it can require a fair amount of planning beforehand. But for many visitors on their holidays to Sardinia, this makes for an adventurous and cultural experience, and the boat trips to the beach is a wonderful way to see the rest of the area. It also means that visiting Cala Mariolu is a very peaceful experience and the beach is often virtually deserted.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda

Spiaggia di Tuerredda
If you're planning to spend a full day at the beach, Spiaggia di Tuerredda should be top of your list of choices. Its beauty and extensive facilities makes it the perfect day trip for anyone on holidays to Sardinia.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda is often said to have a similar appearance to beaches found in the Caribbean. The water is renowned for its crystal clear appearance and the beach is one of the best when it comes to sand quality. The clean water is ideal for swimming and scuba diving, as the temperature remains cool and is extremely refreshing after a few hours of sunbathing.

The facilities of Spiaggia di Tuerredda offer a café and restaurant, car park, beach equipment and the opportunity to rent pedal boats and canoes. Once you are there you can relax and enjoy the fact that everything you need is within walking distance.

Cala Goloritze

Cala Goloritze
Often regarded as one of the best snorkelling beaches for visitors on holidays to Sardinia, Cala Goloritze is a small, secluded beach, which has been described as 'a taste of paradise'. The dazzling blue waters can be seen from miles away and are a delight to swim in, thanks to their cleanliness and mild temperature. The beach itself can only be reached via boat or hiking, making it extremely peaceful and somewhat of a secret. Some visitors enjoy hiking along the scenic route of the old mule trail, which presents astonishing sights of caves, rock arches and botanical beauty. Taking a dip in the heavenly water after hiking is a well-earned treat.

Oasis di Bidderosa

Oasis di Bidderosa
The Bidderosa Nature Park is an expanse of forest including five amazing beaches. These beaches are largely untouched due to the protection of the park, making them an incredible place to visit for those who want to feel at one with nature.

The turquoise waters and gleaming white sands make the area a very popular choice with visitors, but the many beaches resolve any possibility of overcrowding, and during the quieter months there is a chance you could have an entire beach to yourself. The surrounding forest makes for a gorgeous backdrop, complete with a wide range of birds and cycle paths. With a visit to Oasis di Bidderosa you can get delightfully lost in the beauty that holidays to Sardinia can offer.

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