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UK weekly edition, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Next Month — Aug. 6-10Haugaladet, Norway: 54.97 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Haugesund.

Start with a visit to the authentic Viking village and history center at Avaldsnes to learn about the Vikings who lived there. Visitors can see a church dating to the Middle Ages, burial mounds, monuments and a reconstructed Viking settlement. For some holiday exercise amid natural beauty, take a challenging hike alongside the steep mountain-lined Akkarfjord to Langfoss Waterfall. According to www.worldofwaterfalls.com, Langfoss is one of the 10 most beautiful in the world, so don’t forget to take your camera.

For those who prefer a slow, relaxing stroll, enjoy the charming harbor and fishing village of Skudeneshavn, where holidaymakers can walk among the quaint sailors’ cottages before enjoying a cozy meal at a local cafe.

In Haugesund, visit Steinfjellet, a summit sitting more than 200 meters above sea level, for panoramic views of the city and the North Sea.

Visit the city’s long, pedestrian-only street, Skaregate, lined with more than 150 shops and stores. The bordering alleyways contain more shops with handcrafted goods.

Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants near the waterfront for popular, freshly caught seafood.

Three Months — Oct. 3-5Bordeaux, France: 52.86 pounds round tripFly from London Luton to Bordeaux.

Popular for its world-famous wines and gastronomic accomplishments, Bordeaux is the perfect location to indulge your vices.

First, stop at the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux to get 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.

Visitors new to the delicacies of wine can attend a two-hour class at the local wine school, L’Ecole du Vin.

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.

In the evenings, enjoy an opera, ballet or classical-music concert at the Grand Theatre, which was built on the site of a Roman temple.

Airfare prices include taxes and are courtesy of each airline’s Web site. Prices were verified as of Monday afternoon when Stripes UK went to press. Deals are not guaranteed to be available; restrictions may apply.


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