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The Dutch king and queen cut their Greece vacation short after facing backlash for traveling amid a partial lockdown

  • The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned home Saturday after cutting short a vacation in Greece.
  • “We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch king and queen said in a statement on Friday from the Royal House of the Netherlands after the trip sparked widespread backlash.
  • The Dutch government imposed a partial lockdown on Wednesday that closed bars and restaurants and discourages unnecessary travel.
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote that he “made the wrong assessment” about letting the royal couple travel, according to the BBC.

The Dutch king and queen returned home early from a trip after being seemingly travel-shamed for their planned vacation to Greece.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned to the Netherlands on Saturday after spending one day in southern Greece, where the king has a private villa, Reuters reported.

The Dutch royal couple left for their trip amid an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, which prompted the government to impose a partial lockdown last week that closed bars and restaurants for at least four weeks, according to the Associated Press.

While traveling to Greece from the Netherlands is permitted, the Dutch government discourages unnecessary travel as part of the new partial lockdown rules, according to the BBC.

Not long into their vacation, the royal couple was apparently made aware of public backlash about their travels that became prevalent in Dutch media, based on a statement they made on Friday.

“We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch royal couple said in a statement published Friday by the Royal House of the Netherlands. “We wish to leave no doubt that it’s necessary to follow the guidelines in order to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion over our vacation is not contributing to that.”

Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wearing sunglasses and a hat

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In response to the backlash targeted at the royal couple, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote a letter to the parliament saying that he was aware of the king and queen’s plans to travel, but that he “made the wrong assessment” about allowing them to go through with the trip.

Rutte wrote that he “realized too late” that the royal couple’s holiday “could no longer be reconciled with the increasing infections and the stricter measures.”

“This should have prompted me to reconsider the intended holiday. I bear full ministerial responsibility,” Rutte said in a letter obtained by the BBC.

In the Netherlands, the seven-day rolling average of daily new COVID-19 cases has more than doubled over the past two weeks, according to the Associated Press.

On October 6, the country hit a record number of new daily cases, reporting 9,155 positive cases that day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Since Saturday, the country has reported 8,149 new cases.

Representatives for the Royal House of the Netherlands did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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The Marylebone Hotel London review: A chic five-star hotel with the city on your doorstep | Short & City breaks | Travel

The Marylebone Hotel is found just minutes from Bond Street station and is perfectly situated in the heart of Marylebone Village. Its central London location makes it the perfect spot for anyone looking for a city staycation. There’s plenty to explore nearby on foot, from cute clothes shops to buzzing cafes, as well as the perfect stepping stone to elsewhere in the capital if you hop on a bus or the tube.

The five-star establishment exudes chic from the moment you enter and boasts charming and stylish decor.

Its eclectically-coloured lounge practically invites you to nestle in and enjoy a drink as you arrive – and its smart staff are very welcoming indeed.

I spend the night in one of the corner suites which is decorated in rather more muted tones than the vibrant public areas.

There’s certainly nothing neutral about the vista, though – the room offers excellent views over the chimney tops of the capital.

One can see all the way down the streets to the pubs and shops below (as well as peer into other people’s windows if feeling nosy).

READ MORE: Savoy Hotel: Look inside famous London hotel

Meanwhile, the striking marble bathroom houses a separate bath and shower (and plenty of privacy).

I rather take a shine to the miniature toiletries which come in all sorts of exciting scents, from rum to cilantro.

One lovely touch in the bedroom is the ‘welcome’ bag from Daunt Books, holding two coffee-table worthy tomes.

The original and iconic Edwardian bookshop is just around the corner and well worth an explore.

Rooms in The Marylebone certainly don’t come equal though, so if you want to splurge even more you can.


The hotel is known for housing some of the most spectacular suites in London.

Some of which them come complete with expansive retracting roof terraces, offering incredible views over the rooftops of Marylebone and Mayfair all the way to The Shard and beyond.  

Meanwhile the hotel’s brand-new ‘Loft Suite’ is a beautifully appointed one-bedroom apartment accessed by its own private staircase and complete with a kitchenette, marble bathroom and double incredible views.

What’s more, the living room can be separated from the bedroom and become a guest room with its own sofa bed and shower room.

The Marylebone Hotel’s restaurant 108 Brasserie & Bar is not to be missed.

It offers a chic European dining experience and has just launched a new dining menu.

I enjoy a juicy burrata with heirloom tomatoes followed by a perfectly-cooked ribeye steak.

The salted caramel brownie sundae made for an indulgent dessert.

A perk of the spot is that it allows guests to eat outside whatever the weather thanks to the heated alfresco terrace.

The restaurant is packed when we arrive and is clearly very popular as a stand-alone restaurant, by Londoners and visitors alike.

If you wish to work off the calories, you can head to the in-house Third Space Gym.

The premium gym offers a lovely pool where I

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Dutch king cuts short vacation in Greece after criticism

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and his wife cut short a vacation to Greece on Friday after coming under criticism for travelling during the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Dutch Royal family pose during an official photo session in The Hague, Netherlands July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool

“We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima said in a statement published by the Royal House late on Friday.

“We wish to leave no doubt that it’s necessary to follow the guidelines in order to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion over our vacation is not contributing to that.”

Though the king’s vacation in Greece did not break any of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules, including new restrictions introduced this week amid one of Europe’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks, the government has discouraged unnecessary travel.

“This is unwise and incomprehensible,” the ANP news agency quoted lawmaker Joost Sneller of the D-66 party, one of the coalition partners in Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s governing coalition, as saying of the King’s vacation.

Rutte had urged the nation in an televised address on Tuesday “not to test the boundaries of the rules.”

“You can go on vacation, but then go to the place where you’ve booked your cottage or hotel room and don’t move around,” the prime minister said. “If you do go abroad — well your options are limited as there are few countries that want to have us anymore.”

Willem-Alexander, who has a private villa in southern Greece, travelled by government jet, ANP reported.

The Netherlands reported nearly 8,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a record.

Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima issued an apology after a previous vacation to Greece, in August, after a photo was published showing them breaking social distancing guidelines on the island of Milos.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Toby Chopra and Chizu Nomiyama

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Weekend Getaways, Short Trips & Family Vacation Guides

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Pictures from a fun weekend getaway
getaways mean more vacations….

While many people dream of spending weeks on sun-drenched tropical beaches, a growing number of families or couples are recognizing the advantages of vacation or holiday fun in shorter doses.

Two-income households with a gaggle of kids in tow especially have little time to plan, budget and organize a long trip.

So it’s no surprise that weekend getaway trips are catching on across the country.

In times of economic hardship, it’s especially important for families to budget travel expenses without giving up the fun and adventure that a full-tilt vacation may provide.

Short getaways or long weekend trips include much less planning and, of course, the chance to get out of town at a moment’s notice.

Make Your Vacation Seem Longer – Take Weekends

By opting for longer weekends, many vacationers feel they are getting more, not less, vacation time. Spreading the traditional 14-21 vacation days over the four seasons also provides lots of opportunities
for a short family road trip, fall foliage or winery tour, winter getaways or extended stays at summer campgrounds, theme parks or winter holiday ski trips.

“It all
depends on your attitude,” says New York native Mary Donough
who, along with her husband and two kids have taken quick
trips around the NYC
metro area, Boston
and Washington
– even Cancun
and Bermuda.

“While long stay vacations are fun to plan, it’s so much more exciting to pack a few things, grab the kids and go, especially in the off-season. Once you find out how fun and affordable it can be,
weekend trips are the only way to go.”

For the best deals during peak season also look for US destinations that traditionally offer cheaper airfares, hotel room and meals – like Orlando or Las Vegas – for a complete travel package that won’t break the bank.

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Great Ideas for Budget Travel

about weekend getaways around the Web:

the Web, check out top sites offering more information on fast
and affordable weekend getaways, shopping excursions, ski trips
and hiking treks for families, singles, and couples:

Family Travel Network – Interests & Activities
– Use the left hand drop-down menu to access tips & advice on trips for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, winter and fall weekend getaways
and related family travel fun on a budget.

Weekend Getaways from 9 Major U.S. Cities – Smarter Traveler reviews of top locations around the U.S. offering cheap getaways with related tips on finding budget restaurants and attractions.

Cheap Family Weekend Getaways – Check out the Travel Channel for expert advice on how to save money at state parks,

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Short term vacation rental ban extended in Florida

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an Executive Order Friday extending the ban on short term vacation rentals in the state.

The ban will be effective until April 30 unless extended by a subsequent order.

The original order was issued on March 27.

Below is Executive Order 20-87:

(Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has cautioned against non-essential travel within the United States; and

WHEREAS, Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from out-of-state locations where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented and/or community spread · exists; and

WHEREAS, many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have resulted from individuals coming into the State of Florida from international travel and other states, posing great risk to Florida residents; and

WHEREAS, vacation rentals and third-party platforms advertising vacation rentals in Florida present attractive lodging destinations for individuals coming into Florida; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency. NOW,

THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1. Vacation Rentals

I hereby order all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(l)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order. This directive shall include the:

A. Rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment, as defined under Section 509.013(4)(a), Florida Statutes; and
i. Which· is rented for periods of less than 30 days or I calendar month, whichever is less; or
ii. Which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests; or
iii. Which is otherwise regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) as a vacation rental pursuant to section 509 .241, Florida Statutes.

B. This directive shall not include the following:
i. Hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient

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