The Week Ahead: A Look at the Rising Prices in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Share CoreLogic Home Prices 2017-04-23 Seth Welborn On Tuesday, S&P Indices, along with CoreLogic, will release the February S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI), a monthly measure of changes in the housing market.The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller HPI covers 20 metropolitan areas across the U.S., and is released on the last Tuesday of every month. The previous HPI, covering January 2017, showed home prices at a 31-month high.During January, home prices were up 5.9 percent year-over-year and 5.7 percent month-over-month.After January’s results were released, David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Down Jones Indices, stated that the uptick in home prices shouldn’t sound off alarm bells just yet.“Housing and home prices continue on a generally positive upward trend,” Blitzer said. “The recent action by the Federal Reserve raising the target for the Fed funds rate by a quarter percentage point is expected to add less than a quarter percentage point to mortgage rates in the near future. Given the market’s current strength and the economy, the small increase in interest rates isn’t expected to dampen home buying. If we see three or four additional increases this year, rising mortgage rates could become concern.”The upcoming indices may reveal rates continuing to rise, but even with the rate hike, housing should remain affordable for many middle-income buyers. According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American Financial Corporation, said there shouldn’t be a problem.“Even at the higher mortgage rate, for the majority of markets a median income can purchase more than the median priced house,” Fleming said. “Why is this? The house buying power that borrowers have, even with rates below five percent, still remains historically strong. It would take a significantly higher mortgage rate to erode the real, house-buying power adjusted, price of housing, even as nominally house prices grow at their current pace.”To view the full Index, visit us.SPIndices.com.This Week’s ScheduleFHFA Home Price Index, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFSC to Hold Financial CHOICE Hearing, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EST April 23, 2017 636 Views
November 14, 2017 627 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Perception is Reality in Home Values Appraisal Home Prices HPPI HVI Quicken Loans 2017-11-14 Staff Writer According to a Quicken Loans study published Tuesday, the gap between opinions of values from appraisers and homeowners continue to narrow. The study states that according to the Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), actual appraisals were 0.99 percent lower than homeowners thought they would be. According to Quicken Loans, homeowners estimate that their home’s values rose by an average of 0.99 percent over the actual appraisal value. Quicken loans goes on to state that this finding marks the fifth consecutive month that the value opinions narrowed. Additionally, the study found that the HPPI is currently the closest it has been to equilibrium since April 2015. Overall, Quicken Loans found that the trend is for homes in Western cities to have an appraisal value that surpasses the homeowner’s estimate. Dallas is a particularly noteworthy example of this, as the study found that appraisals there were as much as 3.13 percent higher than expected. Although this is the case for the West, Quicken Loans found that the opposite is true for homes in the East and Midwest, where home values are more likely to be appraised below the homeowner’s estimate.“Based on the HPPI, it appears homeowners in the markets where prices are rising faster than the national average—like Denver, Seattle and San Francisco—are continuing to underestimate just how quickly home values are rising, so the average appraisal is higher than the homeowner estimate,” said Bill Banfield, Quicken Loans Executive Vice President of Capital Markets.Quicken Loans goes on to state that despite appraisers and homeowners still continuing to differ, that appraisal values continue to rise. For October 2017, home values are up by an average of 0.71 percent while they are up 4.76 percent compared to October 2016.This is where home value index, the measure of home value change based on appraisal data, comes in. The Quicken Loans study said that the HVI showed values increasing at a steady pace month-over-month while increasing at greater amounts yearly. The 0.71 percent jump from September to October along with a 4.76 percent year-over-year jump illustrates this. Share
Effective 7 November 2017, AirAsia will relocate operations at Singapore Changi Airport from Terminal 1 to the new state-of-the-art, fully-automated Terminal 4, opening on 31 October 2017.All AirAsia flights scheduled for 7 November 2017 will arrive at and depart from Terminal 4. Departing and arriving flight schedules will not be affected by the move.Guests departing from Terminal 4 are advised to arrive 3 hours before departure to ensure sufficient time to move through the new terminal, while those arriving in Terminal 4 are advised to inform their loved ones of the change.At Terminal 4, AirAsia will deploy 19 check-in kiosks, 14 auto bag drop machines, two document check counters and two payment counters at Row 4, with group check-in services available at Row 5. Guests will be able to check-in at home via web and mobile, print their bag tags at our self-service kiosks and drop their bags at the auto bag drop machines when they come to the airport, or proceed directly to the gate if they have no check-in baggage.“This year, the focus in Singapore is to embrace Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST). We collaborated with Changi Airport Group (CAG) to automate and innovate our check-in and airport experience. When you fly out of Changi with us, expect a fully automated service with FAST from door to gate, which integrates seamlessly into our own innovations on mobile and web,” said AirAsia Singapore CEO Logan Velaitham.Terminal 4 can be reached via taxi, private hire cars, bus and personal transportation. Those using MRT services will need to head to Terminal 2 arrival hall and take the free shuttle bus service that will ferry guests to Terminal 4. The shuttle bus will be available every 10 minutes for 24 hours a day, every day of the week. AirAsiaairlinesChangi AirportSingapore
AgostinisaustraliaBisa PropertyCanberraEast HotelEast Hotel CanberrahotelsMuse Food Wine and BooksReview All images: Katrina HoldenJars of Jaffa and Strawberries and Cream lollies sit on a large bench with MAC computers for guest-use. A pink neon sign illuminated with ‘You had me at Pizza’ contrasts against the recycled timber paneled walls. A central atrium with a limitless sky-effect features comfy sofas, leather ottomans and a large spotted rug. A row of bikes line the entrance, tempting guests to explore the cycle-friendly surrounds of Canberra.I’m in Canberra’s fashionable Manuka precinct checking in to East Hotel — a family-owned operation by the Bisa family and opened in 2012. The hotel’s street frontage exudes a contemporary, chic vibe without being overly glossy or stuffy, which seems to reflect the clientele the hotel attracts.“Our guests don’t want to be fussed over,” says General Manager, Todd Handy. Having grown up in the US and with an extensive career working in several five-star hotels, including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Handy says the people that stay, and return to East Hotel want attentive, friendly service but they don’t like to have everything done for them.“So we’ve really trained our staff with this in mind. They’ll approach our guests and offer to help with bags, but usually they have just driven from Sydney and they really just want to get out of the car,” says Handy.The service is what Director, Dion Bisa says her family’s company pride themselves on. Dion and her brother Dan, director of Bisa Property were behind the hotel’s build and incarnation. Their parents, now retired, were the first to open serviced apartments in Canberra — which has driven the philosophy behind East Hotel. The rooms feature the amenities of a serviced apartment which are popular with their frequent business guests who just want to feel at home while travelling for work, but also want the additional amenities and services found in a hotel.Leisure travellers are also a large portion of visitors — everyone from couples, girlfriends on a getaway to visit the many gallery exhibitions; and many families.“There’s not many places you can go with kids and where you know they will be welcome,” said Dion. That’s not the case at East Hotel. On this visit, I’m here without my kids and while I notice the other families visiting, the kids just seem to seamlessly blend in. That’s a result of the Bisa’s careful planning to ensure the kids are catered for. In the lobby, I notice some youngsters getting ready on their scooters for a neighbourhood exploration; I chat with a couple in the lift cuddling their 10-week old baby; kids are dining at the hotel’s Italian eatery Agostini’s, some enjoying the Mamma Mia one-metre long pizza; two tweens join their dad in the gym the morning I visit; and of course, a few of them have a good crack at those lobby Jaffas. In the kids’ rooms, they have access to Xbox360 Connect Games and even a child-appropriate mini bar! The goal was, explains Bisa, to have a restaurant that serves great quality food that parents are really happy to dine at but also caters for kids and makes them feel welcome. As General Manager Todd Handy adds, “If the kids are happy, the parents are happy”.The dining experience at Agostinis is certainly impressive. Many locals coming back for the food and service, not just the hotel guests. Everything is made on site and in-house. Walking past in the afternoon, you can see the staff hard at work kneading pizza dough or slicing charcuterie. Each dish on the menu has a recommended wine pairing. You must try the Beppo’s Blend, a wine contract-made by winemaker Bryan Martin at local winery Ravensworth whom Bisa describes as a “genius”. It’s a blend of sangiovese, nebbiolo and barbera and named after their nonno Beppo.Patriach of the Bisa family Joe is not forgotten — with Joe’s Bar named in his honour. It too has colourful furnishings, a cheese and charcuterie fridge, a whimsical ‘concrete curtain’, beaded chandeliers and more than 35 gins to try.Joe’s Bar. Positioned alongside the hotel (but separately owned) is Muse Food Wine and Books. It’s the logical place for breakfast and tables in small and large configurations means there are nooks for both couples and big groups catching up over their morning espresso as they plan their Canberra sightseeing strategies. Shelves bulge with beautiful books and wine bottles, while a rustic grand piano sits tucked in a corner. Muse Wine Food and Books. The hotel is ideally positioned to make the most of Canberra’s attractions. The National Gallery of Australia is a short drive away for instance, close to nearby science and technology centre and kids-mecca, Questacon. The hotel is currently offering packages on Cartier: The Exhibition which start from $270 for a couple for one night; and also family packages. The Cartier Exhibition, ending on 22 July, is well worth a visit. Read our review here. Travel Monitor MemosEast Hotel69 Canberra AvenueKingston140 rooms in total38 East Studios (31sqm)2 Kids studios/cubbies (31sqm)16 Luxe studios (43sqm)60 East one bedroom apartments (63sqm)20 Luxe one bedroom apartments (57sqm)20 East two bedroom apartments (interconnecting East apartment and East studio) (94sqm)20 Luxe two bedroom apartments (interconnecting Luxe apartment and East studio) (88sqm)Free wifi throughout the hotelPillow menusBabysitting servicesCheck out time: 12pmIn-room Nespresso machines24-hour gymNo pool but nearby is the Manuka PoolFree bike hire Bisa says that most of their visitors are from Sydney. “We’re really seeing a big increase in both families and couples that just want to escape Sydney for a weekend.”The Italian-style hospitality encouraged in staff definitely is noticed throughout the guest experience — at check-in, at Joe’s Bar and at Agostinis, the hotel’s eatery named in honour of Dan and Dion Bisa’s mother Marisa who grew up in Northern Italy.The brief of ‘fun’ for Agostinis interior was realised by designer Kelly Ross who Bisa loved working with on the project for her vision and wild, original ideas including a ‘concrete curtain’ in Joe’s bar.Dion Bisa and Todd Handy in front of the old family photo of the original Agositins bar in Italy. At Agostini’s, there are design cues to the family’s Italian heritage with a vintage Vespa taking pride of place near the kitchen, colourful geometric floor tiles, circular leopard-print dining booths and hand-dyed ropes hanging from the roof to represent hand-made pasta hanging to dry. The most striking feature would be the large mural enlarged black and white photo against one wall depicting an old Italian bar, also named Agositins. “Mum casually said to us one day that she remembers her family used to have a bar called Agostinis back in Italy when she was a child. This was after we’d already decided to name the restaurant Agositins!”
Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “Well, I sensed some frustration after the Green Bay game.He said ‘Coach I can do this, I can do this,’” Hortonexplained. “I said ‘Yes, but you also have to be able torun the defense. If you don’t know where to go you can’tdo what you’re supposed to do.’” Horton said Schofield is one of the key guys that theyhave to get going.“We found a way to get him on the same page. He’ll have awristband. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just kindof a cheat sheet.”When asked if Schofield is too prideful to wear it, Hortondidn’t seem to care about pride getting in the way. “Couldbe, but I tried to explain it to him though. I think heunderstands now. It’s a way for him to play faster on thefield.”Schofield was injured for much of 2010 but still made hismark. The Cardinals expect a lot from the linebacker andthey’re hoping the extra time he puts in to study the newdefensive scheme will give him more time on the fieldSundays. Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton feels goodabout the strides his group made last week against Seattlebut knows some things will have to change. “You have to add something,” he said. “You can’t do whatwe did last week for 16 games and be successful. You haveto come after people, and we are.”In saying that, Horton knows some guys are picking up thenew system faster than others. One of those struggling abit is linebacker O’Brien Schofield. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “When you’ve been playing football for so many years, I don’t care if you lose by one point or 50 points, if you step on the field you expect to win,” Dockett said. “Losing by one point and saying ‘Oh it’s okay we only lost by one point, it’s a moral victory,’ that’s a guy that I would never want on my team.”Dockett says that he sees maximum effort from everyone in his locker room and the Cardinals are still confident heading into every game.“We’re learning, we’re facing adversity in a major way,” Dockett said. “We just have to find a way to get ourselves out of the slumps, we have nine games left, all winnable games.”Dockett remains confident that the Cardinals are close to becoming a winning team again. “No team is beating us, we’re actually kind of beating ourselves and our effort is at an all-time high,” Dockett said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett believes his team is competing at a high level and has faith they will turn things around. “At the end of the day we have a lot of football left,” Dockett said. “We win one or two in a row and this whole thing will turn around but right now we’re just scratching for that second win.”The Cardinals are coming off a game in which they blew a 21-point lead and lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-27. It was their fourth loss by four points or less this season.
In his sophomore campaign, Peterson fumbled/muffed seven kicks and lost possession on three separate occasions. To add insult to injury, he also failed to reach the end zone and finished with a disappointing 8.4 yards per return average.Although Jones didn’t imply that Peterson’s role would change because of the coaching change, he did say the former No. 5 overall pick will have to adhere to a new set of guidelines.“He’s an offensive guy on defense, but I’m just glad coach (Bruce Arians) told me I can use him,” Jones said. “He’s going to have parameters, they all will have parameters. Absolutely. You put your toes on the yard line that we decide and you make decisions.”When pressed by Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Friday as to what those parameters will be, Jones didn’t go into great detail.“Well I think goes back to not just Patrick, I don’t want to pick on a guy that’s a great player,” said Jones. “Because I’m excited to working with him. I think the biggest thing is learning the situational stuff coach Arians is going to teach this whole entire football team.“One, it’s a team game. Two, even if you have a lot of great talent, you have to know and play the situations.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jones did say the onus lies with him and the rest of the staff to coach Peterson up in that department.“I think you have to play situational football and put him in that in practice,” said Jones. “You have to make him understand that every ball can’t be a home run and every ball won’t be a home run. “So, particularly when you’re playing back there as we were in Pittsburgh with a starter, you have to protect the football.”Jones previously worked for the Steelers (2007-2012) as the team’s assistant special teams coach. However after he took over as the special teams coordinator in 2012, punt returner Antonio Brown actually saw his numbers go down (tied for 26th in average with 6.8 yards per return). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share LISTEN: Amos Jones, Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact During his introductory press conference Friday, new Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones gushed over the opportunity to work with punt returner Patrick Peterson. And why wouldn’t he be excited?As a rookie, Peterson took the NFL by storm tying a league-record for most punt return touchdowns (4) in a season. Not to mention, all four went for 80 yards or longer.Yet while Peterson dazzled fans in 2011 with his unique approach in the return game, which among other things included catching punts inside the five-yard line, 2012 wasn’t so kind to the former LSU standout.
Fun debate topic throughout the week: Is this the biggest regular-season game in the history of the Arizona Cardinals?My answer: Give me a month.Now I’ll spend the next few paragraphs defending why that’s not a “straddle-the-fence” answer.As it stands now, there will never be a game in the regular season more important than a Week 17 victory that puts a team in the playoffs. If memory serves, Jake Plummer and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Chargers in Week 17 to set up the playoff upset of the Dallas Cowboys. When winning or losing one game determines whether or not you’re a playoff team during the last week of the regular season, that’s the biggest game. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo If the Cardinals make it to the Super Bowl as a wild-card, that would prove Sunday’s game as a tad overhyped. I’m not picking the Cards to win at least two and possibly three road playoff games. Doing that, however, flies in the face of Sunday Night Football being even remotely important, especially if one of the wins is in Seattle.If the Cardinals play three post-season games at home, the biggest regular season game in the history of the Arizona Cardinals “was” this Sunday. Top Stories Obviously, it sounds like I just gave you an answer: The Seahawks/Cardinals game on Sunday night is not the biggest regular season game in Arizona Cardinals history. Well, that is the answer…for now.If the Arizona Cardinals win on Sunday, I think they’re going to the Super Bowl.If the Cardinals lose on Sunday, I think they lose to the Saints in the first round.This is not a Super Bowl guarantee. Any playoff team can come into University of Phoenix Stadium and beat an 8-0-at-home Cardinals team — I just don’t think they will. A win over Seattle on Sunday proves the UofP magic is real and adds to the players’ confidence when playing at home. Home games versus road games dramatically affect the play of a first-team quarterback, let alone a second-string, third-string or fourth-string quarterback.If you buy what I’m selling, no regular season game could possibly be bigger than Sunday. If one regular season game actually determines a Super Bowl participant, that’s the biggest regular season game in a franchise’s history.I stand firmly on the ground — not the fence — that there’s no way to tell whether or not this is the biggest regular season game in Cards’ history until we see how the playoffs shake out. I have to be right that the Cards won’t lose a home playoff game for Seattle/Arizona to be the biggest. A home playoff loss would prove earning home-field wasn’t as important as I thought it was. In that scenario, Sunday’s game would clearly rank below the win against San Diego in 1998. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been mostly down.It started with a broken leg suffered in the third preseason game of his rookie season, an injury that cost Cooper, projected to be the team’s starting left guard, the entire campaign. Slow to recover, he then came down with a turf toe injury late in the following training camp, setting him even further behind and low on the depth chart. Injuries ahead of him allowed Cooper to get into the lineup, and he appeared to play well in wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams. It was against St. Louis, though, where Cooper suffered a wrist injury, which put him back on the shelf for the rest of the season. Finally healthy, he’s made a switch over to right guard, which he said is not a problem.“I’ve been working at it in the offseason, been training out at O-line Performance with LeCharles Bentley, he’s helped me out quite a bit,” Cooper said. “Even just the mental space of switching over positions and understanding if I put in the work, I can do it.”The 25-year-old has most definitely put in the work, as has been noticed by head coach Bruce Arians. The coach said the difference in Cooper is “night and day,” as he’s done a great job redefining his body and getting himself in fantastic condition. On a personal level, you could say he is in the same boat. Once viewed as a great prospect, he’s now entering his third season as a pro without having made much of an impact. Cooper would seem to have a lot to prove — and he does — though the former North Carolina Tar Heel is not worried about showing the doubters what he can do. “More so prove it to myself and my teammates,” he said. “Everybody is going to have their opinions, and to some people I’ll never fulfill what they’re looking for.“As long as I’m performing to a level that I’m pleased with and my teammates and my coaches are pleased with, I’ll be just fine.” – / 12 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper said he feels a lot better now than he has in a long time.“So yeah, I’m excited about it, I feel pretty good,” he added Tuesday after participating in the Arizona Cardinals’ first day of organized team activities, or OTAs.It would not be accurate to say Cooper, the team’s first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2013 draft, has had an up-and-down career. Top Stories “He’s a natural athlete so it doesn’t matter right side, left side,” Arians said. “I’ll go in and watch the tape, but he’s been extremely — he’s got a smile on his face a lot, that’s a good thing.”Cooper is in a much better place now than he was this time one year ago, both physically and mentally.When asked if his lineman has gained a better sense of how to “gut out” injuries and play through them, the coach responded yes, but added that Cooper was legitimately hurt.“You can’t gut out broken bones unless you’re Jack Youngblood, then the coach gets sued these days,” he said, with a smile. “Back then it was cool. I think he appreciates being healthy.”If all goes according to plan, Cooper will slide into the right guard spot this season, solidifying it for the foreseeable future. The Cardinals have spent a considerable amount of resources to shore up the rest of the line, including big-money free agent contracts as well high draft picks.The goal was to build one of the best blocking units in the NFL, and right now, Cooper said the important thing is the group is building camaraderie and coming together. What remains to be seen, he noted, was whether or not they can fulfill their potential and be great. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
“He played very well,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Wetzel. “Earl did a nice job. So, that’s where we’ll start the week. See how it goes.”Watford has been down this road before. He started against the Buccaneers in Week 2 after Mathis was unable to go because of a foot issue.Now it’s an ankle problem for Mathis, who needs surgery and may be lost for the season, according to Arians on Monday. The team placed Mathis on injured reserve over the weekend.Watford played the entire second half against the 49ers.Wetzel, meanwhile, entered the game midway through the third quarter. He played 29 snaps at a position he had not lined up at since training camp. It also just happened to be his first NFL game action outside of special teams.“It was huge, not having practiced it even for a while,” Arians said. “I thought he stepped up as big as anybody has in a couple years.”Wetzel, a tackle at Boston College, is in his first season with the Cardinals after being signed to the practice squad last December. Since leaving college in 2013, he had spent time on the practice squads of both the Cowboys and Colts.It’s not clear how much time Iupati might miss. Linemen Earl Watford and John Wetzel prepare for the snap during the team’s training camp practice Aug. 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) “Mike Iupati has a sprained ankle,” Arians said. “I don’t know when he will return, but it was very good news that it was a sprained ankle.”Aside from Watford, rookie Cole Toner, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this year, is the only other guard on the roster.“He’s more than ready,” Arians said.The Cardinals did add Ulrick John from the Dolphins’ practice squad, but “he’s a left tackle, and we’ll look at him at right tackle. I’m anxious to see him on the field,” Arians said.The Mathis injury is big.Signed as a free agent in the offseason to help solidify the right side of the offensive line, Mathis sat sandwiched between two other new starters, center A.Q. Shipley and tackle D.J. Humphries.The Cardinals had Humphries in mind when this offseason they targeted Mathis, who was coming off a Super Bowl season with Denver and had played 11 years in the league. The team wanted some veteran experience next to a first-year starter in Humphries.That’s now gone.“I think D.J. has grown so much and has learned so much from Evan throughout OTAs this summer that he can handle it on his own now,” Arians said.Humphries played one of his better games against the 49ers. According to Pro Football Focus, Humphries surrendered only one hit and two hurries on 31 pass-blocking snaps, and he excelled as a run blocker. Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. – They experienced the most turnover from a year ago. Now five weeks into the season, there comes more change for the Arizona Cardinals offensive line.It’s not a matter of next man up, but next men up.John Wetzel and Earl Watford are expected to replace left guard Mike Iupati and right guard Evan Mathis, respectively, when the Cardinals host the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.Wetzel and Watford filled in when the two starting guards got hurt in San Francisco. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Offensive line-play is going to be key this week. The Cardinals are going to want to run the ball, but doing so against the Jets won’t be easy.Despite their 1-4 record, the Jets have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards (342), while only the Packers are stingier against the run in yards per attempt and yards per game.The Jets have also shown the ability to get after the quarterback. Their 12 sacks are tied for the eighth-most in the league with defensive tackle Leonard Williams leading the way with five.“Defensive line, this is by far the best defensive line, I think,” Arians said. “The Rams are different in their speed factor with Aaron (Donald) and (Robert) Quinn. But these guys are all big, physical — and a bunch of them. You’ve got Muhammad (Wilkerson) playing linebacker, so that’s a huge front when you have him out there playing outside linebacker.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share His ability to hurt teams as both a runner and a receiver in 2016 was reminiscent of Marshall Faulk, another former NFC West running back.That’s high praise for Johnson, but his numbers back it up. After growing his national profile in 2016, Johnson’s return to the gridiron in 2017 should be greatly anticipated.In fact, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks 2017 could be a historic year for Johnson.“Sky is the limit. I mean, 200-yard games every week. I’m serious. He’s capable,” Arians said the day after the 2016 season ended. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Su’a Cravens (36) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NFC West writers for ESPN unanimously voted Arizona Cardinals’ running back David Johnson as the division’s offensive player of the year.Johnson had a historic season, rushing for 1,239 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground. What’s more impressive is that Johnson caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns. His receiving yardage total was the second best on the Cardinals in 2016.Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, thought that Johnson could have some higher recognition if Arizona was better. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and added another 879 receiving yards. All told, he led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns. If the Cardinals were a playoff team, Johnson would probably be getting a lot of mention as a potential MVP candidate.The second-year running back still collected his fair share of accolades, as he was voted into his first Pro Bowl and was selected to be a first team All-Pro.Johnson may not have led the league in rushing, but Josh Weinfuss, who covers the Cardinals, notes that Johnson led the NFL in other categories.He set an NFL record for consecutive 100-yard games from scrimmage to start a season, with 15. On top of all that, Johnson was responsible for 36.1 percent of the Cardinals’ total offense — the highest percentage in the league.Even though he was not the only offensive standout in the division, Sheil Kapadia, who covers the Seattle Seahawks, thinks that Johnson was significantly better.Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (94 catches, 1,128 yards) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (107 catches, 1,023 yards) both had excellent seasons, but Johnson separated himself from the pack.Nick Wagoner, who covers the San Francisco 49ers, compared Johnson’s dual-threat ability to a Hall of Fame running back.
Worldhotels announces its new partnership with White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou and brings the grand total of affiliate hotels in Greater China to over 30 properties. As the very first hotel in China to join World Luxury, a fine collection of distinct hotels, White Swan Hotel is slated to become one of Worldhotels’ flagship hotels and a prevalent force in both the leisure and business markets.Situated on historic Shamian Island, White Swan Hotel recently underwent a three-year makeover and reopened in Q3 2015. The hotel is dressed throughout in white. White Swan Hotel first opened in 1983 on the premise of its late owner, Hong Kong tycoon, Henry Fok’s dream to own a hotel in China that was designed, built and managed solely by Chinese.The hotel also prides itself on its extensive collection of art and currently boasts over 2000 pieces prominently displayed in the hotel’s premises – including the hotel’s centrepiece, “Homeland Water”, which consists of a Koi pond, a man-made waterfall, stone rockery and a hexagonal shaped pavilion perched at the top of the fountain.Contemporary rooms with views of GuangzhouThe 520 rooms and suites of White Swan Hotel range from 60 to 90 square metres, many boasting views of the Pearl River or the city’s landscape. The rooms are adorned with wood panelling and accents, and are complemented by natural lighting. Deluxe rooms are equipped with an ensuite marble bathroom, overhead rain showers, deep soaking bath tubs and are stocked with designer bathroom amenities.The convergence of palatesJade River is White Swan Hotel’s signature Cantonese restaurant and a mandatory visit for food connoisseurs. Dining at Jade Restaurant is akin to having a meal at an old Chinese courtyard, with an oriental-inspired interior and ambience, and its Koi pond serving as a serene setting. Silk Road Grill serves up Mediterranean and other Western-influenced cuisines. The restaurant offers riverside views and features prime cuts and seafood in its daily menu. The dishes found in the menu of Flavours of China offer guests exactly what the restaurant’s name suggests, and promise the discovery of authentic provincial Chinese flavours and delicacies.A true landmark hotelThe hotel boasts a well-equipped, two-storey Fitness Centre and also a yoga room, which provides a view of the hotel’s lush green gardens and the Pearl River. With Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms, guests can be assured that their body’s wellbeing will be taken care of and pampered. A team of therapists is armed with an extensive knowledge in anatomy, aromatherapy and massage techniques.“Guangzhou is an up-and-coming leisure destination in South China and also an important traffic node for business travellers and we believe that White Swan Hotel is perfectly poised to cater to both divergent markets and more,” says Roland Jegge, Executive VP, Worldhotels Asia Pacific. “We are thrilled to be welcoming a property of White Swan Hotel’s calibre into our portfolio, and this latest addition is a tremendous vote of confidence for Worldhotels and the World Luxury collection of iconic hotels.”
Go back to the e-newsletterIt was the closest to an evening on the Amalfi Coast as Sydney can get. Sally Morgan of The Unique Tourism Collection and Annarita Aprea, Director of Sales & Marketing for the idyllic Italian hotel, Casa Angelina, hosted just five members of the media for an intimate dinner at Otto Ristorante on Cowper Wharf at Woolloomooloo.Over wine and the restaurant’s fresh, Italian cuisine, guests learned about this white gem, perched above the Mediterranean Sea in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano, which is only a 10-minute drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi.The property – which welcomes many Australians to enjoy all the magnificence and splendour of the Amalfi Coast and its surrounds during the beautiful European spring and summer months – operates seasonally and children from 12 years of age are welcome to visit.As a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Casa Angelina provides the timeless elegance of style and service. Accommodation includes 39 luxurious rooms and suites, as well as 4 exclusive Eaudesea rooms, almost at sea level.The gourmet restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo, showcases seasonal, locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine, while the poolside dining offers easy, healthy salads, pasta and other light dishes.Guests can dip into the heated indoor or outdoor pools and bask in the summer sun on the poolside deck.The spa offers a comprehensive range of beauty and wellness treatments, and guests can also wander down to the local beach for a drink from the seaside bar or head out on a trip on one of Casa Angelina’s private boats.The style of the hotel is distinctly contemporary and sleek, with a bright collection of modern art creating the feel of a private home. The whiter-than-white exterior and interiors come from a cocktail of 15 different shades of white, applied with exacting precision by the hotel’s painter, Peppe, who will often conduct daily touch-ups. This neutral interior allows the views to be the focus, from the sea to Capri and the town of Positano.Casa Angelina offers early booking specials for Australians ahead of its European spring and autumn 2018 seasons.The Spring Offer is available on bookings confirmed by 15 May 2018 for stays of a minimum of two nights in any room category between 24 March and 31 May 2018.The Autumn Offer is available on bookings confirmed by 15 October 2018 for stays of a minimum of two nights in any room category between 1 October and 28 October 2018.Exclusive inclusions are:15% discount on Best Available Rates (BAR)Early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability)EUR80 food and beverage credit (excluding mini-bar)Complimentary bottle of Casa Angelina Champagne and in-season fruit platter in room upon arrivalGo back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterBestselling author and TV host, Luke Nguyen, has been appointed global cuisine ambassador for Vietnam Airlines in a bid to further promote local culture and cuisine to the world.The three-year contract will see Luke develop eight of his own culinary creations that will be introduced on the Business Class menus of all flights departing Australia to Vietnam, as well as input into the current offering of 50 dishes served globally.Creating a dish that tastes good up in the air and appeals to both continents is no mean feat according to Luke Nguyen who is currently looking for new ideas to spice up the airline’s culinary offering.“Menu planning sky-high is very complex. We lose about 15 to 20 per cent of our taste at 50,000 feet and finding a food offering that has authentic Vietnamese flavours to suit different passengers isn’t easy. I look forward to the challenge.“The Vietnam Airlines collaboration is a very exciting partnership for me. I’ve always been impressed with how much pride they take in providing top-quality cuisine, so for my dishes to take off in such a big way is pretty special. I’m already dreaming up my next idea for the airline.”Le Hong Ha, the executive vice president of Vietnam Airlines, said: “As the national carrier, we always aim to introduce our passengers to a truly Vietnamese experience, and we are delighted to work with Luke Nguyen to bring this to life.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterCrystal President and CEO, Tom WolberFans of Crystal Cruises can join the company’s President and CEO, Tom Wolber, on two President’s Cruises planned for 2019 and 2020. The options include the 1 December 2019 “Panama Panorama” sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Caldera aboard Crystal Symphony and the 7 December 2020 “Icons of Southeast Asia” aboard Crystal Symphony for an extended journey from Singapore. Wolber will be joined by his wife, Sharon, and will welcome Crystal guests for onboard receptions, Q&A sessions and special shore excursions.“The President’s Cruise is a long-held tradition for Crystal, and one that I look forward to each year, as it is a fantastic opportunity to truly connect with our guests and enjoy our shared love of exploring the world with Crystal,” Wolber commented.Crystal Symphony’s 10-day “Panama Panorama” President’s Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale and spends overnights in Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Panama; and Caldera, Costa Rica, also transiting the Panama Canal. The voyage highlights the outdoor pursuits of the warm Caribbean region, as well as the Old World influences of Spanish settlements and historic sites.In 2020, the 15-day “Icons of Southeast Asia” President’s Cruise offers extended explorations of Thailand and Vietnam, staying overnight in Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam; plus calls in Ko Samui, Thailand and Sihanoukville, Cambodia, allowing for day trips to Angkor Wat. Guests continuing on the full 30-day “Grand Far East Asia Celebration” will spend two nights in Hong Kong and return to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi for overnight stays, plus an overnight New Year’s Eve celebration in Singapore with calls in Da Nang, Vietnam and Sihanoukville, Cambodia.‘Book Now Savings’ fares for the 2019 President’s Cruise begins at US$2,405 per person, while 2020 ‘Book Now Savings’ fares begin at US$4,099 for the 15-day voyage and US$8,929 for the 30-day voyage.Current Book Now Savings expire on 31 October 2018.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThe brand-new Ocean El Faro resort has opened in the Dominican Republic, located in Punta Cana on the beach of Uvero Alto with crystal-clear waters. The property offers 618 rooms equipped with all the amenities to guarantee guests the utmost comfort, first-class facilities and a wide range of services.It is the second H10 Hotels resort in Punta Cana, after the Ocean Blue & Sand, and in the coming months it will undergo a new project expansion phase to include the El Beso adults-only area, with another 293 rooms.The establishment features an interior design with a marked colonial style and owes its name to the lighthouse, built on the beachfront as part of the project, which offers spectacular views over the ocean and the hotel’s Beach Club.Upon arrival, guests are greeted by an imposing hall with high vaulted ceilings inspired by the architecture of a natural history museum. The space is presided over by a large whale skeleton and contains the Lobby Bar, front desk and a cosy Piano Bar.Ocean El Faro offers 10 restaurants – seven of them à la carte – specialising in Italian, Mexican, Asian, Caribbean and American cuisine, among others, as well as a buffet restaurant featuring international cuisine and another located next to the beach. The resort also has 13 bars, as well as an ice-cream shop and a Mike’s Coffee.There are four swimming pools and an artificial river that includes a bar area, so guests can enjoy a drink while enjoying the gentle current.The new Ocean El Faro has six classes of suites. Its Swim-Up Junior Suites stand out, located on the ground floor of the accommodation buildings and offering direct access to a pool from their terrace; as do the Rooftop Junior Suites, located on the top floor with a terrace, sun loungers and Jacuzzi.The establishment also has 26 Royal Masters Suites, spacious rooms that include a bedroom, a separate living room and privileged views of the sea; and 12 Swim-up Privilege Master Suites, which also have a private terrace with Jacuzzi and direct pool access.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterW Hotels Worldwide has this week opened W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.W Dubai – The Palm is the newest W Escape, the W brand’s playful spin on the traditional resort experience and is set to add a new beat to the already dynamic and pulsating city. With its electrifying style, evocative design and eclectic destination restaurants led by world-class chefs including Massimo Bottura and Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm will shine bright in the City of Gold.All 350 guestrooms and suites offer uninterrupted views and dreamy amenities. Curved walls are intricately tiled to glisten like the lights and colours of the sea at various times of the day, bringing the shoreline into each room. Modern graffiti adorns the walls of every room, featuring lyrics in Arabic from a popular song by Lebanese singer, Fairouz.After checking in, guests can check out the incredible amenities of W Dubai – The Palm, including the hotel’s multiple pools that sit in a wave-like pattern in the centre of the Escape to form the W brand’s WET Deck experience directly facing a fabulous beach with views of the Dubai skyline.The W brand’s signature AWAY Spa invites guests to ‘Stroll in and Strut out’, offering 10 treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, experiential showers, a hammam and a couples’ suite. Guests are treated to a design inspired by the underwater perspective of a pearl diver, where iridescent shells reflect the sunlight that peeks through the ocean above. Relaxing, social and surreal, the space also features a Beauty Bar for touch-ups and ‘Quick Fix’ treatments. Guests can sweat it out at FIT (gym) which boasts state-of-the-art equipment overlooking the WET Deck, beach and skyline views, featuring abstract art inspired by the graceful forms of both jellyfish and the parachutes of adventure-seeking skydivers.W Dubai – The Palm features six beverage and food destinations. Translated as “I will be right back”, Torno Subito is the first restaurant outside of Italy by global culinary genius, chef Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana has been feted as the “World’s Best Restaurant”.Pro snowboarder turned adrenaline-fuelled culinary master, chef Akira Back, brings his modern taste of Japanese cuisine prepared with a Korean essence to the Middle East for the first time at Akira Back.SoBe (short for South Beach) is an adults-only playground inspired by the eclectic and vibrant spirit of Miami. This is the only rooftop bar in Dubai where guests can watch the sun sink into the Arabian Sea with 360-degree views to watch as the Dubai skyline lights up each night. Serving up eclectic live DJ performances, imaginative cocktails and even tattoo artists, there will be nothing else like it in the city.LIV offers guests greener, lighter, fresher and brighter options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and was designed using only upcycled materials, meaning no new materials were created to build the venue.“We are excited to bring the W brand to Palm Jumeirah with the highly anticipated opening of W Dubai – The Palm,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “As our first W Escape in the region, W Dubai – The Palm combines the city’s unique allure with the brand’s bold design and dynamic lifestyle and gives it a locally relevant twist. With game-changing style, amplified entertainment and innovative culinary offerings, this W Escape will inject a fresh vibe into the local hospitality scene and offer the most sought-after luxury getaway for locals as well as global jet-setters.”More at www.wdubaithepalm.comGo back to the enewsletter
Indeed, Jemma Watkins from Bristol got in touch after reading the article, and her feelings seemed to echo those of women around the world.Jemma says:“The main problem, my dear Sam, is the matter of toiletries. There is no way that the bare minimum of lotions and potions I need to make myself fragrant and beautiful can be decanted into miniature bottles and squeezed into a 1 litre Ziploc.Then there’s the issue of tweezers, nail scissors and other sharp grooming instruments. I’ve lost count of the numerous bits of metal that have been confiscated from me over the years. I mean, please, what am I going to do – pull your hairs out one by one until you ground the plane?So for ladies like me, whose choice of plucker is an expensive one (I like Tweezerman – even the finest eyebrow hair can’t get past those bad boys – but they cost around £18), hold luggage is the only way to go.”However, veteran light-traveller Yvette Stanton, co-author of the Enjoying Travel with Kids blog, got in touch and confirmed that packing for multi-week trips with hand luggage only was not only perfectly feasible for the ladies, but the entire family!Here’s Yvette’s advice:Sam has put out the challenge for girls to be able to pack everything you need for a 3 night long weekend into a standard hand luggage only. Can it be done? Of course it can!I regularly travel domestically within Australia for work with only hand luggage, and last European summer my family of four, including me, travelled to Europe from Australia for a three week holiday with carryon luggage only. Therefore it certainly can be done!My bag contents do look a little different depending on whether it is for a business trip or a family holiday. I pack it all into a Kathmandu 40L Jet Pack wheelie travel bag, which converts to a backpack. This fits with most airline’s carry-on requirements. For future holiday trips, I’d like very much to ditch the wheels and just have a backpack – but that’s the future, so we’ll leave it there for the time being!This is what I would take for a holiday trip of 2-3 weeks for temperatures of 15C up to 40C.NB: Items that would be worn or in pockets while flying are not included in the total weight.BAG: Kathmandu 40L Jet Pack wheelie travel bag, which converts to a backpackSubtotal weight: 2940gESSENTIALS: Passport (for international travel)Insurance informationTravel tickets, documentsCredit cardsTravelex Cash Passport (international travel)Subtotal weight: 0g (all carried on person)CLOTHING: (all clothing quick dry and in neutral colours)two pairs zip off pantsone skirt (dressy enough that I can wear it for any business appointments)two polyester t-shirts (suitable also for sleeping in)two short sleeve polyester/nylon/spandex blouseshat1 pair socks3 pairs underpants1 long sleeve thermal top (can double as long sleeve T)1 lightweight polar fleece cardigan/jacket2 brasswimming costumecomfortable sandalsSubtotal weight: 1317gACCESSORIES:water bottleDigital SLR camera, extra lens, extra lithium batteriesearplugseye maskinflatable neck pillowpen, notebooknetbook computer (with scanned relevant guidebook pages, also to be used as a travel diary)travel adaptors (international travel)plastic cup, plate, cutlery, bowl (we often self cater)mini travel towel1L rollup bottlemoney beltuniversal sink plugmini umbrellaelastic washing lineSubtotal weight: 2007gTOILETRIES: 1 x 75ml shampoo bottle2 x 75ml conditioner bottles1 x 100ml sunscreen tubedeodorant sticksafety razormedication (and copy of prescription)small bar of soaptoothbrush, toothpastehair brushhair elasticsSubtotal weight: 630gTOTAL weight: 6.9kgYou’ll note that I do not take a hairdryer or makeup. For business trips (which for me are domestic only) I would take these items, but be able to leave at home several items that are only for holiday and international travel, to counter for the additional weight.My clothes would be different, but again be light weight, wrinkle-free, quick dry. My make-up kit would be mascara, eyeliner, two eyeshadow colours, face powder, and lipstick. I also take a small 20ml bottle of eye-make-up remover, decanted from the original bottle.The rest of the make-up I wash off with soap and water. (Sacrilege!) I don’t use moisturiser either (more sacrilege!), but if I did I’d put enough for the time away in a small travel-sized container – the sort you can get from a pharmacy – and take that.So, you see that it can be done!Yvette Stanton is the co-author of the Enjoying Travel with Kids blog. She and her husband John enjoy travelling with their kids. They espouse the principles of travelling light even with kids, and enjoy sharing their tips for doing so. Yvette is also the author of three step-by-step books on historical embroidery published by Vetty Creations. Yvette usually travels either to research historical embroidery (combining the trip with a family holiday) or to teach others embroidery skills. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map I recently wrote about the joys of travelling light and flying with just hand-luggage, but the ladies at Skyscanner H.Q. were sceptical as to whether the one-bag way of packing was really possible for the female of the species. RelatedKLM hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size does your hand luggage have to be be go on board a KLM flight? What liquids can you take in your cabin baggage, and what other items are restricted? Here’s everything you need to know about KLM hand luggage allowances and restrictions, plus a few tips on avoiding…Carry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…Turkish Airlines cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceFlying Turkish Airlines and need to know what their hand luggage and checked baggage allowances are? Here’s your essential Turkish Airlines baggage guide, plus tips on how to pack smartly so you can avoid paying for excess baggage.
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11. Get contemporary at Museum Ostwall The place to come for a slice of contemporary culture in Dortmund, this museum is dedicated to art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Permanent exhibitions include Expressionism and a look at the experimental Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s, while the past fifty years are also well-represented with names like Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys and Martin Kippenberger on display.Opening times: Sat to Weds 11am – 6pm, Thurs & Fri 11am – 8pm (closed Mondays).Location: Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse 2. Price: (Permanent collection) Adults €5, Concessions €2.50. Temporary exhibitions may charge more. 2. Uncover past glories at Zollern CollieryWhilst now it’s a hi-tech hub, Dortmund was once a giant of steel and coal. Get a handle on faded glories of the industrial Ruhr region, with a visit to this LWL (Landscape Association of Westfalen-Lippe) Museum in a former colliery. Zollern Colliery, more closely resembles a stately home, with an elaborate red brick frontage and doorway that’s worth the visit alone for Art Nouveau enthusiasts. Behind the grand facade lies a different story about the hard realities of life down the mine, with sensory exhibits and interactive activities for the kids.Opening times: Tues to Sun & public holidays, 10 am – 6 pm.Location: LWL-Industriemuseum, Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage, Zeche Zollern, Grubenweg 5.Price: Adults €4, Children €2. 3. Pay your respects at SteinwacheFind some historical context at the particularly moving Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Steinwache memorial museum. On the site of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious prisons, the Steinwache houses an exhibition about Dortmund during the Third Reich, honouring the 66,000 people incarcerated here between 1933 and 1945, many of whom were tortured and killed. Guided tours are available if you book three weeks ahead – telephone 0231-50-25002.Opening times: Tues to Sun & public holidays, 10am – 5pm.Location: Steinstr. 50 Price: Donations welcome. 13. Visit the German Football MuseumCan’t get enough of the Bundesliga? Germany is world-renowned for its premier football players and this museum dedicated to the beautiful game is a must for any soccer fan. The museum effectively builds the same sense of excitement you get on match days, greeting visitors with its huge outdoor LED displays, footballing mementos from famous matches of years gone by and, of course, a recording of the German national anthem. The exhibitions are well-laid-out and tell the story of German football at national and international levels, and brings things right up to date with information on how Germany nurtured home-grown talent in more recent times, leading to a spectacular win at the Rio World Cup in 2014.Opening times: Tues to Sun 10am – 6pm.Location: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1. Price: €12. How to get to DortmundRyanair and easyJet run non-stop flights to Dortmund from London Stansted and Luton airports respectively, with a flight time of around 1 hour 15 minutes. Dortmund Airport, also known as Wickede Airport, is a fairly small airport 13km from the city centre. Alternatively, you can fly into Dusseldorf Airport and travel onward to Dortmund (around 1 hour by train); this gives you more flight options from the likes of Manchester and Birmingham airports.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Take it slow at Wasserschloss Haus RodenbergSat in quiet Aplerbeck just outside of Dortmund (catch the U-Bahn to Aplerbeck station), the foundations of this picturesque building go back to the 1200s, but it was later transformed into a seventeenth century ‘water-castle’. It’s defensive moat remains, enclosing pretty gardens and the gabled manor house that now houses an adult learning centre and a restaurant. Settle with a stein under the linden trees of the beer garden and watch the rest of the world rush by.Opening times: Sun to Sat 11.30am – 12am.Location: Rodenbergstraße 36, Aplerbeck. 15. Take a trip to CologneGet to know a rather different Rhineland at Cologne, the oldest city in Germany and founded by the Romans, no less. A gilded skyline of spires, a medieval Aldstadt and one very famous Christmas market have all made Cologne a popular city break destination in its own right. If you’re coming from Dortmund, it’s just an hour and a half on the train, leaving you plenty of time to explore the gorgeous Gothic Kölner Dom (cathedral), see some top-grade artworks by the likes of Rembrandt and Monet at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and cruise along the Rhine with a glass of local Riesling in hand. Read more about beautiful Cologne, in our guide to the best things to see and do. 7. Eat at the Alten MarktIf you’re looking for somewhere old school to go for a pint and a bite to eat, head to Zum Alten Markt in the city’s old market square, also a pleasant spot for al fresco drinking on warmer days. Pay homage to hearty German fare by tucking into pfefferpotthast (spicy beef and onions stuffed in a roll daubed with mustard) and get stuck into a Hövels Original, or three. There’s a good atmosphere when the football’s on and don’t miss the Markt’s moose, which escaped from Dortmund Zoo in a blizzard in 1957, but sadly got hit by a brewery truck. The moose lives on, appropriately watching over beer drinkers in this traditional German hostelry.Opening times: Mon to Thurs 10am – 1am, Fri 10am – 3am, Sat 9am – 3am, Sun 11am –11pm.Location: Markt 3. 4. Be a culture vulture at Konzerthaus DortmundTake in some high-brow entertainment at the magnificent Dortmund Concert Hall. There are regular classical concerts by the likes of the Berlin Philharmoniker, as well as more contemporary music shows. Book your tickets online or at the box office and grab a pre-show drink at the Stravinski restaurant – they also have an affordable lunch deal every day for €7.15 (see the menu for today’s special). 12. Go outdoors at HengsteyseeHengstey Lake is a reservoir on the Ruhr river, between Dortmund, Hagen and Herdecke and makes for a perfect day trip from Dortmund. Flanked by the Ardey Mountains to the north, the woodlands in this area are known for their bird and waterfowl populations, while out on the water itself, you can canoe, sail and pedal(boat) to your heart’s content on a summer day. There are cycle and hiking tracks running for 6.5km around the lake, and serious cyclists can take the trail all the way up to the Emperor Wilhelm monument at Hohensyburg. It’s in the mountains, so you may be out of puff when you reach the top, but the reward is an incredible view of the confluence of the Ruhr and Lenne rivers running into the reservoir. 8. Admire St. Reinold’s ChurchRestored in the 1950s after suffering severe bomb damage during WWII, St. Reinold’s has represented the spiritual heart of Dortmund since the first church was built on this site, way back in the tenth century. You can still admire its medieval Romanesque style, with its long lancet windows and dome-and-spire bell tower, originally built in 1443. There are regular organ recitals on Wednesdays at 6pm and expect a flurry of concerts and events in 2017 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Dortmund Bach Choir. 10. Refresh in the RombergparkDortmund’s Botanischer Garten Rombergpark is a tranquil nineteenth century arboretum and botanical garden, designed with romantic landscaping in mind, complete with carefully placed lakeside lodges to pause for a spot of contemplation. Its greenhouses are chock-full of flora from all over the world, and the bloom of colour and greenery in the spring and summer provide a welcome contrast to the industrial vibe of downtown Dortmund.Opening times: The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The plant nurseries are open (April to Sept) Sat, Sun & holidays 10am – 6pm; (Oct to March) Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am – 4pm.Location: Am Rombergpark 49B. Price: (For the plant nurseries) €2.50. 5. Go shopping on KleppingstraßeAs the saying goes, Saturdays are for shopping, and if you’re a sucker for retail city breaks, then you’re in luck. Dortmund is the fourth most popular shopping destination in Germany (after Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt) so max out your cards on the Kleppingstraße, the perfect place to pick up an impressively expensive gift for that special someone back home, or yourself. 14. Go carting at DASA – Arbeitswelt AusstellungBrought the kids for a weekend break? Take them to this playful, hands-on museum about how humans and technology interact, and they’ll soon be scrambling into (virtual) heavy-goods trucks and helicopters, chatting to robots and having a go on the ‘DASA-Drom’, a hectic cart ride through a mocked-up warehouse that’s a lot more fun than it sounds.Opening times: Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm.Location: Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25. Price: Adults €8, Reduced (6-17yrs/students/disabled) €5. 9. Climb the FlorianturmGet an introduction to the city from on high, at Dortmund’s landmark Florian Tower. Standing over 140 metres tall in the Westfalenpark, the viewing platform offers sweeping 360 views over the urban sprawl and surrounding countryside. You won’t even have to make the climb yourself, as the lift will do all the hard work for you, but be prepared for queues in the summer.Opening times: Weds to Fri 2pm – 6pm, Sat, Sun & holidays 12pm – 8pm.Location: Westfalenpark, Florianstraße 2.Price: (Park and tower) €5.50 until 6pm, €4 after. Search for flights to Dortmund1. Visit WestfalenstadionTo most football fans, the name Dortmund means just one thing. Borussia Dortmund, who reached the final of the Champions League in 2013, where they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the first ever all-German final. Step into one of the top attractions in Dortmund, the mighty Westfalenstadion (or Signal Iduna Park, to give it its official name) and you’ll appreciate why it’s known as ‘Bundesliga’s opera house’. This famous stadium boasts a whopping 80,000 capacity; 25,000 of the seats are in the Südtribüne (South Bank) – the largest terrace in Europe. If you’re in Dortmund for a longer break, take the stadium tour, including a visit to the stadium prison.Opening times: Tours between 11am and 6.30pm on non-match days; (see website for times and dates).Location: Strobelallee 50.Price: Adults €12, Concessions €8.