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Wowcher’s Ways to Win Hearts in Paris


Some sceptics have questioned whether Paris is the City of Love, but when in 2014 part of the Pont des Arts bridge collapsed under the weight of thousands of ‘love-locks’ left by smitten sightseers, the city’s reputation as a love nest was only cemented. From hand-in-hand strolls along the Seine to admiring the city skyline from Sacré-Cœur, Paris exudes amour – and who are we to deny its romance? To ensure your trip isn’t ruined by a fatal bridge flop, we suggest you twitterpated tourists steer clear of weighing down the Pont des Arts any further with your tokens of everlasting affection. Instead, follow our step-by-step guide to charming your chéri or chérie.

(The) LO(u)V(r)E
Take away the U and the R and Louvre spells love – coincidence? We think not. Since the château opened its doors as a museum in 1793, it’s been full of loved-up couples fighting to impress each other with their grasp of the art within. From Greek sculptures to Egyptian antiquities, the Louvre’s collection spans from about 7000 BC until 1848. No trip to the Louvre would be complete without laying eyes on the enigmatic Mona Lisa, so usher your lover to the museum’s most visited masterpiece and astonish them with a few facts you’ve practised in advance (for example, the Leonardo da Vinci painting was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 by an Italian criminal, returned only in 1913. FACT). Our top tip of all? Regardless of their gender, tell your treasure their smile is more mysterious than lady Lisa’s could ever be, while you peruse the painting.


Smothering Heights
Paris is teeming with sweeping ooh la la-worthy views, and there’s no better way to smother your sweetheart than to tell them they’re The One atop one of the city’s many viewpoints. Why not express your torrent of affection over a ride in the Funiculaire du Montmartre, or if you prefer the panting, sporadic approach, as you ascend the 1665 steps of the Eiffel Tower? Our favourite spot from which to contemplate the city with a loved one is alongside the grotesque gargoyles of Notre-Dame Cathedral. You’ll look utterly ravishing stood next to the surly sculptures as you gaze 115 feet down at Jean-Paul-II square, with beautiful views of the rippling River Seine.

Satisfying l’estomac
For a city frequented by canoodling, kissing couples, a fair amount of onion goes into the haute cuisine for which Paris is celebrated. Could this sweet pungency be traced to that certain je ne sais quoi that makes the French so irresistible? We’re not entirely convinced, but you mustn’t leave without trying classic French starter soupe à l’oignon, a buttery broth of silky onions topped with bubbling cheese. If that doesn’t get your senses stirred, slurp up another French favourite instead: oysters. The delicious aphrodisiacal dish is rich in zinc, thought to trigger sexual potency. Casanova allegedly ate 50 oysters a day to fuel his seduction of a trail of virgin nuns. Need we say more?


Literary Love
If the real love of your life is literature, then grab your unsuspecting sweetie and follow in the wining and dining footsteps of writers that once graced the streets of Paris. Head to the Left Bank (southern bank of the Seine) to see the literary haunts of expat writers Hemmingway and Fitzgerald, along with remnants of the explosive jazz age. The Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood lines the Left Bank and was the core of the existentialist movement during the 1940s and 1950s, ruled by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Seated in the legendary Le Café de Flore from breakfast until dinner, the philosophers would draw crowds of intellectuals. Today the café is a tourist trap, where a croissant will cost you nearly the price of a checked-in bag on a Ryanair flight. But if your literary love is strong enough, you’ll shell out to soak up the artistic atmosphere of Le Café de Flore, leaving your luggage’s fate to the lobby boy you’ve affectionately named Pierre.

However you spend your stay in the City of Love, the most romantic gesture of all is to book a surprise trip to Paris for your lucky beloved. Make sure you look out for deals on Wow Go!

Fancy heading there yourself? You could win a 4* Valentine’s weekend in Paris for two including return flights by just clicking here!

Wowcherching’s Guide to the January Travel Rush!

The early bird catches the warm for a snip of the price! We like to call this one ‘Smug Seagull’

The early bird catches the warm for a snip of the price! We like to call this one ‘Smug Seagull’

The Ghost of Christmas Just-Passed has been haunting us for a few weeks now, and it’s high time we exchanged it for a dreamy, future Out of Office! Spirits aside, booking a holiday in January is a very practical move. It’s the perfect time to snap up a travel deal in the sale and secure your ideal ticket outta here, especially if you want to travel in peak seasons. Plus, imagine the success of your New Year’s health kick with the foresight of a bikini-clad you…

To help you go further with your budget, we’ve searched far and world-wide for the hottest offers about – and, in true Wowcherching style, you can earn cashback on every one! Plus, for every travel booking you make in January we’ll give you an extra 25% cashback bonus! See all our travel deals here.

Find you paradise in 2015.

If you’re not sure how Wowcherching cashback works, it’s really simple – just click through to a merchant via our website, e.g. Hotels.com, then shop as normal; any transactions you then make at Hotels.com will be tracked and before you know it, you’ll receive cashback in your Wowcher Wallet plus 25% bonus, all of which can be spent on Wowcher Daily Deals! 

Anything-anywhere discounts
Perhaps the most obvious kind of January offer is the good old fashioned discount; and, believe it or not, it’s perfectly plausible to book every aspect of your travel with a hefty chunk knocked off. For example, you could pick up flights in the British Airways sale via Netflights.com, stay in a hotel with up to 50% off courtesy of ebookers.com, and rent a car from Avis with up to 20% off. Or perhaps you’d prefer up to 50% off a sunny beach holiday, packaged to perfection, from lastminute.com; complete with a coach ride to the airport for a fiver thanks to National Express, or a train journey with 43% off from thetrainline.com. You get the idea…

Free days, nights and flights
Some might say the best things in life are free, and in the following instances, said people would be entirely correct. Disneyland Paris has taken its priceless experience to the next level, currently offering up to 2 nights and days free, plus free hotel and park tickets for the under 7s; and, for a limited time, Sovereign’s luxury holidays in paradise are even more irresistible, with up to 40% savings, free dining and room upgrades, and free child places.

When your time off has been approved, you’ve saved plenty of dollar, and your holiday is so booked right now. Pure happiness!

When your time off has been approved, you’ve saved plenty of dollar, and your holiday is so booked right now. Pure happiness!

Low deposits
Can’t fork out for a holiday following excessive (and justly so) Christmas consumption? Don’t worry, that’s exactly what low deposits are for! Pontins has a super low deposit of just £10 – perfect if you want to catch one of the £59 apartments before they’re snapped up! To help those of you feeling tent-ative, Eurocamp has a low deposit of £99, and the rest can be paid in instalments up to 12 weeks before you go. And the lowest deposit award goes to the awesome tour operator, Intrepid, at just £1! A single spare quid later, and you’ve secured your 2015’s most unforgettable experience.

Parting tip: don’t forget travel insurance – take cover from the moment you book!

Bon voyage!

Wowcherching x

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Wowcher’s Guide To: a Silentnight®

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Did you know that about a third of our lives are spent in bed? More specifically, that’s about 200,000 hours. While we can all agree that it’s time well spent, it’s important to make sure your bed is perfect for you. But how are we supposed to know which one that is? After all, we’re not just talking about old school sprung mattress anymore – we now sleep in a world of high-tech memory foam, latex, zone support systems and all sorts of fancy bits and bobs for the land of nod. Well, the handy Wowcher guide to the Silentnight® range of mattresses should be enough to put that question to bed once and for all…

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Comfortable Mattress
Aptly named, the Comfort is basically made up of a high density foam known as Miratex® (already sounding fancy, right?). What it does is support your body full from the very edge of the mattress – that means any fidgety sleepers out there (yeah, you!) can rest easy wherever they end up in the bed.
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Memory Foam
Now this one you should be a bit more familiar with. A big feature of Memory Foam is that it’s temperature sensitive, so it’ll mould to your body shape exactly each night. It may be a wee bit chilly when you climb into it, but overnight will warm up accordingly with your own body temperature. A great thing about the foam moulding to your body is that it will release any pressure on achy joints, forming a nice little groove for you.
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7 Zone Memory Foam
Now we’re talking, baby! The 7 Zoned Support system combines Comfort Foam and Miratex Memory Foam for the ultimate cushiony support. Plus, it’s specially tailored to what’s known as your support zones – these are basically 7 key areas of your body, ranging from your head and neck all the way down to your feet – and the 7 Zone Mattress is specially designed to support each and every one of them! Seven heaven…
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But what do all these mattresses have in common? Well, aside from your 5-year guarantee, there’s two big features that’ll make certain those forty winks are in the bag. They are:

Purotex® – Allergy UK approved probiotics will keep these mattresses fresh, healthy and dust mite-free. As you sleep, your body pressure will activate the mattress’ friendly bacteria to shoo off any harmful bacteria that may have crept in there. In a nutshell, those bed bugs won’t be bothering you any time soon!

Soft knit covers – these soft knit quilted covers will give you that little extra bit of comfort come bed time. You lucky thing, you.

So there you have it, Wowcher’s guide to a Silentnight. Now you’ve got the perfect mattress in mind, why not pair it with the perfect bed? If only there was some sort of website where you could pick one up

The Wowcher Guide To Beautiful Cape Verde

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Somewhere between the shores of Africa and the beaches of Brazil lies an arrow-shaped archipelago. You’ve reached Cape Verde, a mirage of windswept wonders and soulful serenades off the coast of Senegal. Geographically speaking, Cape Verde keeps its own company. A former Portuguese colony, many are surprised to know this unspoilt paradise lies just six hours from the UK. Here’s our pick of things to do and places to see during your stay…

Music
From lively lyrics to melancholy melodies, music is the essence of life in Cape Verde. Salsa, bossa nova and coladeira are all celebrated and much-loved favourites. You can enjoy the sounds of the island in the bars, in the cafés and on the sidewalks – it enlivens every corner. And while year-round serenades are to be expected, there’s no time quite like festival season to experience it best. We recommend the renowned Sao Vicente Carnival. An African take on the Brazilian carnival, the street parades begin on 17th February. Visiting in summer? Fear not. The Baía das Gatas Music Festival will see you partying under the August full moon. A midsummer night’s dream indeed… Read more

Wowcher Does Wild Britain

The United Kingdom, our fair homeland, is a treasure trove to natural wonders both great and small. So whether it’s fossil hunting in Devon, pedalling across Welsh terrain or bungee jumping in Scotland, take the road less travelled with Wowcher Does Wild Britain… 

Cairngorms National Park
Established in 2003, Scotland’s largest national park spans an incredible 1,478 square miles of lattice wetlands, quilted fields and natural woodland. There are plenty of outdoorsy activities to cover, including mountain lodge-climbing, nature trails, cycling routes and water sports, as well as Britain’s first bridge-based bungee jump! Over 25% of the UK’s endangered species are found here, so it’s well worth booking a guided tour courtesy of Cairngorms National Park’s website. Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Beating The January Blues


Through beverage-clouded vision and a mince pie-induced coma, it’s hard to see an end to the merry festive period. But now the New Year’s celebrations have drawn to a close, it’s back to reality and worse yet – back to work. So how to up your mood, keep memories of the good times bright and kick yourself back to fitness? Read on for Wowcher’s guide to surviving January… Read more

New Year, New You!


“Nobody’s built like you, you design yourself” once preached Jay-Z. Whether you’re the master of reinvention or a serial resolution breaker, there’s no time like the present to conquer a new challenge, activity or personal project. Without further ado… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Sicily


Serene Sicily is often thought of as the smaller sister to Italy, but the oft overlooked Mediterranean island is in fact overflowing with culture, history and charm of its own. Check out our highlights below and see if you can be tempted to visit the home of Mount Etna, stunning caves and the world’s greatest view…

Taormina
A fascinating historical town based on the east coast of the island, quaint Taormina boasts a lazy pace of life from autumn to spring and a buzzing city centre come the popular tourist season. Within the city walls are plenty of unmissable attractions ranging from the spectacular Duomo cathedral to the ancient Greek theatre. Surprisingly well-preserved and superbly situated, the theatre site overlooks the coast and offers views for miles around. With efforts in place to regenerate the ruins, you can even catch a show on occasion and let your imagination run wild with thoughts of ancient actors and times long gone. When the historian in you is satisfied, take a dizzying cable car down to the picturesque coast…

With Mount Etna in the background,  Taormina's ancient Greek theatre  makes for a must-see site.

With Mount Etna in the background, Taormina’s ancient Greek theatre makes for a must-see site.

Mount Etna
A towering reminder of past eruptions, Mount Etna stands close to the city of Catania. Not only is the volcano extremely impressive to drive by, it provides tours, hiking and walking opportunities too. Those who set off to explore will get to grips with geography and learn plenty about lava tunnels and flow, eruptive fractures and much more from the on-hand tour guides and geologists. Many companies offer helmets and head torches, giving travellers a chance to explore the nooks and crannies of the volcano itself. It might not be your average beach day or shopping excursion, but we think exploring Etna is a pretty fascinating way to spend a day…

We definitely recommend heading to Castelmola, frequently described as the best view in the world.

We definitely recommend heading to Castelmola, frequently described as the best view in the world.

Castelmola
Frequently described as the best view in the world, the hectic journey to the mountain village of Castelmola was certainly a worthwhile one. The small civilisation is reachable only by a three-mile winding road set into the hillside, punctuated with blind corners, sharp bends and on-coming traffic. However, once you’ve reached your destination, the views of the coast and sea seem to stretch out for miles until the coast of mainland Italy emerges on the horizon. A further reason to visit Castelmola is the sweet, heady almond wine produced in the town. With the views rolling out around you and a glass of the delicious tipple in hand, you’ll think you’ve travelled right to heaven itself!

With homemade pizzas more often than not enormous and baked in authentic brick ovens in front of you, it would be easy to dine on them alone if the menus weren’t packed with other delicacies such as locally-sourced seafood.

With pizzas more often than not enormous and baked in brick ovens in front of you, it would be easy to dine on them alone if the menus weren’t packed with other delicacies.

Dining
While travelling to major tourist sites is a key part of any holiday, experiencing the local cuisine is just as important when seeking out the true flavour of Sicily. With homemade pizzas more often than not enormous and baked in authentic brick ovens in front of you, it would be easy to dine on them alone if the menus weren’t packed with other delicacies such as locally-sourced seafood. We’d recommend tucking into flavoursome swordfish seasoned with fresh Sicilian lemon – a bonus if you’re dining with a sea view! A staple lunch dish also not to be missed was arancini: a hot, battered ball of risotto, cheese and vegetables. Healthy, perhaps not, but tasty? Extremely!

The warm Mediterranean Sea and stretching beaches characterise Sicily, so why not get up close and personal with a boat trip?

The warm Mediterranean Sea and stretching beaches characterise Sicily, so why not get up close and personal with a boat trip?

Take a boat trip
The warm Mediterranean Sea and stretching beaches characterise Sicily, so why not get up close and personal with a boat trip? We recommend embarking from the holiday town of Giardini Naxos in the east of the Sicily where the surrounding beaches, caves and snorkelling hotspots are easily accessible by boat, and plenty of locals are keen to take travellers on afternoon trips. Then, after admiring the volcanic rock cliff face and eerie caves, don your snorkelling equipment, jump in the crystal clear waters and surround yourself with colourful fish who’ll show no fear as they swim up and around you.

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It Takes Two To Make Christmas Go Right…

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50% off in the Black Friday sales, giant Cyber Monday discounts and 2 for 1 offers in various shops… Christmas today is as much about good will and merriment as it is doubling up and making our money go further in the month of December. And that’s not where the association with the number two ends – there’s turkey and stuffing, pigs and blankets and let’s not forget two turtle doves, eh? Christmas is certainly not an event we want to do solo and never by halves. Make sure you go full steam ahead into everyone’s favourite festive event of the year…

Double Up Your Layers
It’s likely that you’ll get cold over the next month or so. With Christmas markets popping up everywhere from Budapest to Birmingham, more time spent outside is more time to feel the Christmas thrill but also the Christmas chill. Whether you’re having a mulled wine in the open air or trying to keep steady on a pair of ice skates, a few extra layers of winter woollies are vital to keep you feeling merry this winter. Why not grab yourself a pair of knitted mittens with a fur trim to avoid frosty fingers ruining the day? Don’t stress over footing a huge bill however – with cosy fur boots in short, medium or tall, we’ve got plenty up our sleeve to keep you snug without your bank balance suddenly halving in size.

Chic, classically styled and oh-so-cosy, these faux fur-lined boots will be just about perfect for the chilly months ahead...

Chic, classically styled and oh-so-cosy, these faux fur-lined boots will be just about perfect for the chilly months ahead…

Cosy Up…
We’ve all been there over the Christmas period (and sometimes after a Saturday night stint at the local curry house) – you dress in your best, indulge in a feast to put all others to shame, and end up uncomfortably bulging over your new skinny jeans. Why not go cosy from the very start and swap that stiff denim for a pair of stretchy jeggings that are as comfortable as they are stylish (not to mention capable of moving with your expanding sides)? We can’t think of many better excuses to double the indulgence this yuletide. Once the dining has been done, Wowcher’s handy dish drainers are here to ensure it is cutlery rather than your finances that are out to dry.

Just the Two of Us
Christmas is always better with double the numbers. So whether you’re a party of two or responsible for toddlers, babies and grandparents spilling out over the doorstep, make them feel loved – even if they already have what they need. For the person that has everything, why not double up on photo merchandise and get them a pair of mugs that’ll be there to support their caffeine consumption throughout all the seasons of the year? With Carolina Herrera 212 fragrances for men and women on Wowcher this winter, make couples and family members feel doubly as loved with a fragrance they’ll love almost as much as they’ll love the giver of the gift.

A perfect stocking filler for Christmas, Carolina Herrera 212 EDT for women or men was created by the Venezuelan-born fashion designer to represent the style and attitude of men and women in New York City.

A perfect stocking filler for Christmas, Carolina Herrera 212 EDT for women or men was created by the Venezuelan-born fashion designer to represent the style and attitude of men and women in New York City.

So there we have it – doubling up is far more fun than going solo (and if it’s fun you’re after, a certain body stocking and bullet set are sure to provide hours of entertainment, if you catch our drift). Why not multiply your Christmas enjoyment without doubling the spend?

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