Cheap seats: Airfare bargains to Cork, Bordeaux and Vilnius
Here is a sampling of airfare offerings gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Later this month — Sept. 22-24Cork, Ireland: 70.88 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Cork.
Begin your visit at the Church of St. Anne Shandon with the church’s clock tower, locally known as the four-faced liar because each of the four faces show a slightly different time. Visit the Jameson Heritage Centre to learn the history of and taste Irish whiskey or explore the Cork City Goal, a castle-like building used as a prison in the 19th century. Learn about this port city’s history with a visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills.
The Old English Market, open every day except Sunday on the Grande Parade, is where you can find fresh fish, meat, vegetables, herbs, teas and more. Observer Food Monthly rated it one of the top 10 markets in Europe.
Take a side trip five miles out of the city to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. Tradition has it that kissing the stone gives visitors the gift of eloquence.
Next month — Oct. 19-22Bordeaux, France: 80.46 pounds round trip
Fly Easyjet from London Luton to Bordeaux.
Popular for its world-famous wines and gastronomic accomplishments, Bordeaux is the perfect location to indulge your vices.
Make your first stop the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, where you can find maps, vineyard guides and information on the 57 districts of the six great families of Bordeaux wine. Then board the Ville de Bordeaux, which offers river trips to the vineyards for tours and wine tasting.
Sample delicious cuisine such as eel fricassee with lightly browned garlic and parsley or tricandilles, pork tripe seasoned with garlic and fresh pepper, at one of the many fine restaurants that line Bordeaux’s elegant streets. Don’t forget to try the 100-year-old Bordeaux aperitif, red or white Lillet.
Six months from now — March 23-26Vilnius, Lithuania: 81.50 pounds round trip
Fly Lithuanian Airlines from London Gatwick to Vilnius.
Visitors walking the medieval layout of Vilnius will be surrounded by amazing examples of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical architecture.
Start with a visit to the Gates of Dawn, built into the city wall back in the 16th century.
A wooden chapel was built into the gates and now houses the picture of the Holy Mother of God, which is thought to have miraculous powers and is one of the most noteworthy Renaissance paintings in Lithuania.
In town, visit the Europos Park, which is an open-air museum, with more than 100 sculptures from various artists of the world.
Be sure to bring your camera to the Gediminas tower of the Upper Castle, which features a magnificent panoramic view of the city center.
— Heather Klinglesmith
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web sitewww.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.