London Lite Friday, 31 July 2009 13 Travel Unwind in a yurt LOOKING for a change from soulless hotels? Then head to Andaluca and relax in a romantic yurt -- a luxurious Mongolian-style wood and canvas dwelling. The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel is offering 20 per cent off normal rates of 112 per night for a double yurt for bookings in the first two weeks of August. The yurts have private bathrooms, as well as an acre of private meadow. See for more details Eat out in Boston FOODIES should head to the States this summer for Bostons annual restaurant week, which takes place from 9-14 and 16-21 August. Savour East Coast cuisine at more than 200 restaurants. Fixed-price two-course lunches will be available for around 9, three-course lunches for around 12 and dinners for 20. See Fly with American Airlines ( from 546.10 return Bag a Belgian beer SAVOUR more than 400 of the finest beers in the city which boasts the largest range of labels in the world -- Brussels. With free entrance to the Beer Weekend, holiday from 166 per person, departing 4 September, including return Eurostar travel or flights, with three nights B&B at the four-star NH Hotel du grand Sablon. See Takingoff... TRIP ALONG CALIFORNIAS PANORAMIC COAST horse exhibits were also brilliant and well worth the 18 admission fee. BigSur THE next day we drove along Big Sur, an epic stretch of coast road that looks like a set for Top Gear. After stopping at numerous vista points we lunched at Lucia, overlooking a plunging cliff that sank towards aquamarine water -- you can sometimes spot whales while you sip your beer. The epic scenery is as sparkly as the stars that frequent the area -- Brad Pitt is rumoured to be house-hunting here, while Courtney Cox-Arquette and Reese Witherspoon are regular visitors. SanFran THERE was one more driving experience to tick off -- San Franciscos Golden Gate bridge. Sadly the famous fog swept in for the day and all we could see was the vast cables disappearing into cloud -- we couldnt even see the bay below. Instead, we checked into the Adagio hotel on Geary Street ( I ran to Nordstrums for an extensive retail fix, and in the evening we caught the tram to the Wharf and dined at McCormick & Kuletos ( overlooking the bay -- we could just about see Alcatraz as we tucked into seafood. Over our second bottle of ros we started plotting our next road trip -- there was talk of driving from San Francisco to Colorado but, on reflection, I think that the open road had gone to our heads. British Airways flies from Heathrow to San Francisco from 429 return,, 0844 4930787 Pacific ocean blue: Tracey luxuriates in the Big Sur view food-throwing festivals California dream: James and Tracey on Monterey Bay, top; in a Carmel bar, above outskirts of Manchester is how accurately you can throw it. Contestants such as this chap, left, get three attempts to knock over a pile of Yorkshire puddings. Its underarm throws only at this contest, thought to symbolise Yorkshire- Lancashire rivalry. 13 September IVREA CARNIVAL, IVREA, ITALY MESSIER than Venices carnival are the celebrations at Ivrea in the north-west of Italy, where the highlight is the Battle Of The Oranges. Teams on foot, representing the commoners, take on teams in carriages, representing the kings supporters. The three-day battle ends on Shrove Tuesday. 13-16 February INTERSTATE MULLET TOSS, ALABAMA, US EVER wondered how far you could throw a dead mullet? Of course you have. Competitors of all ages are welcome at this fish-flinging festival, with categories ranging from tots to veterans. Whoever lobs a 1lb mullet furthest over the border from Alabama into Florida wins. 23-25 April EILEEN STRONG index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html