P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:17:12    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH With the present shopping season now in full, purse-melting swing, everyone is seeking out Yuletide bargains. For some, the US is an alluring destination for stocking up on cheaper last-minute goodies for loved ones. But you don't need to cross the Atlantic: eastern Europe's Christmas markets are magical and cheap flights mean they're now on the doorstep. So forget New York, try Krakow instead. ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Adam Hill NEW ONE-2-ONE DATING! NOW WITH TEXT RESPONSE See ITV1 p391 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:11:43    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH Outdoor Christmas markets are a colourful tradition across eastern Europe, offering loads of unusual gifts in a beautiful Yuletide setting. Cities such as Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia play host to hundreds of stalls with food, textiles, ornaments and glassware among the presents you just won't find anywhere else. And you will certainly find bargains - prices are generally lower than the UK. ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— National Events has moved to 366 0800 Flights Europe See p204 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:16:02    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH Because of the falling dollar, New York might seem appealing for a spot of Christmas shopping, but customs limits how much you can bring back to £145, without paying tax. Take off to snowy markets in new EU members such as Poland and find a host of bargains and there's no tax limit. Roman Gozdzikovski of the Polish Tourist Office says prices for locally made goods are around 25% lower. ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— Dream holidays 170 ITV1 Life Assurance - Low Rates ITV1 p386 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:12:20    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH If a last-minute Christmas shopping dash is called for, then eastern European cities have great markets. Natascha Lloyd, 35, has a German mother and has visited many traditional continental European markets. "You get crispy air, snow, tasteful decorations, live music and the smell of gluhwein (mulled wine) everywhere. At night all the lights make it magical." ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— National Events has moved to 366 NEED A HOLIDAY? TURN TO p266 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:16:23    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH Christmas markets in eastern Europe run until at least December 22, with some going on into January, offering good quality - often handmade - toys, decorations and foodstuff of all kinds. And (eletext travel editor Tina Banerjee says they're worth a look. "With flights to eastern Europe relatively cheap at the moment, it makes sense to think about doing some shopping at Christmas markets." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— World of Work 690 GET A BRAND NEW SEAT IBIZA FOR PENNIES? SEE p684 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:12:53    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH There are several Christmas markets just a couple of hours from the UK. Although Latvia is said to have had the first decorated Christmas tree, in the 1500s, Riga's market in Dome Square only restarted three years ago. At Bratislava in Slovakia you can enjoy potato crepes while sipping your mulled wine and doing your shopping or perhaps you'd prefer perusing the stores at Krakow in Poland or Vilnius, Lithuania. ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— National Events has moved to 366 FOCUS ON THE FOOTSIE p511/512 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index
P341 Teletext 341 Dec11 23:17:10    —————————  ————  ————————————— HEAD EAST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DASH And if you can't get as far as the airport, some UK cities are having their own German-style markets this year. Shopper Marion Fleming-Froy enjoys the Frankfurt market which has come to Birmingham's Victoria Square for the past four years. "The decoration is greenery and white lights," she says. "When the night drops, the impression is beautiful." ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— West End theatre 333-5 TV PLUS NEWS AND FEATURES p130 Drinks Comics Racing Hol Index