Stewart Barker

Not going anywhere exotic this summer?

How to FAKE holiday selfies at locations around Britain that look foreign

  • Three has compiled a list of UK locations that appear to be foreign places
  • Examples include Brighton’s Pavilion masquerading as the Taj Mahal
  • The town of Portmerion in Wales stands in for Italy’s colourful Amalfi Coast

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It’s that time of year again – your Facebook feed is clogging up with photos of your beaming friends and their exotic holidays while you’re stuck in the office. With that in mind, a phone company has launched a wily mission to help people fake their smug snaps at various locations around the UK, which look rather more far-flung than they are. From the Scottish Highlands right down to the beaches of Cornwall, Three has curated a list of ten photo backdrops that bear an uncanny resemblance to landmarks including Italy’s Amalfi Coast and India’s Taj Mahal.

A sunny French get-away? Nope, it’s Cornwall’s St Michael’s Mount – just one of the UK’s photogenic spots that can masquerade as a foreign destination

The intended location in real life, the boast-worthy Mont St Michel, an island commune in Normandy, France

Locations on the list include the Norfolk lavender fields, which don’t look too dissimilar from the highly-desirable Provence Vineyards of France. And Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall, could pass, given the right angle, for the Loire Valley.

The pretty tourist town of Portmerion in Wales was suggested as a lookalike of Italy’s colourful Amalfi Coast. And Brighton’s stately Pavilion could, to the untrained eye, resemble India’s sprawling Taj Mahal. Danny Dixon, of Three, said: ‘It s easy to forget about the immense amount of beauty both natural and man-made prevalent across the UK that, if set in a more glamorous Discount Holidays © holiday destination, would probably get a lot more social media love than it currently does.

‘The list we ve created aims to celebrate some of these sites, while also providing people that aren t able to get away this summer with a fun way of tricking friends into thinking they ve jetted off abroad.’

Brighton’s stately Pavilion (pictured) could, to the untrained eye, resemble India’s sprawling Taj Mahal

The real deal: A white marble mausoleum on the south bank of India’s Yamuna river, which attracts seven to eight million tourists every year

The Norfolk lavender fields (pictured) don’t look too dissimilar to the highly-desirable Provence Vineyards of France

The vineyards of Provence, where foodies and wine connoisseurs flock to enjoy the region’s pricey delights

Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall (pictured), could also masquerade as the Loire Valley in France

The Loire Valley, otherwise known as ‘the Garden of France’ – a lush wine region located in the centre of the country

The tourist town of Portmerion in Wales (pictured) – not a far cry from Italy’s colourful Amalfi Coast

In reality, the Amalfi is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf in Southern Italy

UK LOCATIONS

Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall

St Michaels Mount, Cornwall

Norfolk Lavender Fields

Chinatown, Liverpool

Portmerion, Wales

Brighton Pavilion, Brighton

Wasdale Valley, Lake District

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Achmelvich Beach, Scotland

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales

AND THEIR FOREIGN LOOKALIKES

Loire Valley, France

Mont St Michel, France

Provence Vineyards, France

Shanghai, China

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Taj Mahal, India

Yosemite, USA

Mount Sunday, New Zealand

Porto Pomos,

Cyprus Gylmur, Iceland

Tour de San Luis: German Tivani wins stage five as big crash hampers peloton

Argentina celebrates 1-2-3 on podium on stage five of the Tour de San Luis; Eduardo Sepulveda retains overall lead but several names out of top 10 after crash

Tour De San Luis: German Tivani Wins Stage Five As Big Crash Hampers Peloton

Tour de San Luis 2016

German Tivani (Argentina) won stage five of the 2016 Tour de San Luis in Argentina on Friday, with a huge crash in the peloton injuring a number of riders. Tivani out-sprinted double Tour de San Luis overall winner Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) to take the honours. Making it an all-Argentina top three, Emiliano Ibarra (Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan) finished just behind the lead pair in third. Team Sky sprinter Elia Viviani riding for Italy in the race brought home the peloton for fourth place.

Stage four winner Eduardo Sepulveda1 (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) retained the overall race lead, sitting three seconds ahead of Dayer Quintana (Movistar). Dayer s older brother, Nairo, moves up to third at 42 seconds.

Clasificaci n etapa 5 / Stage 5 classification: 1.

Germ n Tivani 2. Dani D az 3. Emiliano Ibarra #TourdeSanLuis pic.twitter.com/fP9ucEpiJd23

Tour de San Luis (@TourSanLuis) January 22, 20164

Tivani, Diaz and Ibarra had all been part of the day s escape group alongside Ramiro Cabrera (Uruguay). The latter was dropped with 25km to go, leaving the trio to fight it out for stage honours. Diaz attempted to launch a solo move within the final 3km, but was reeled back in to set up a three-way sprint.

The peloton had been held up by a crash at the 30km-to-go point that involved a large number of riders, and the impetus to chase down the escapees was lost. Movistar reported after the stage that its riders Nairo Quintana, Daniel Moreno, Adriano Malori and Marc Soler had all been injured in the incident. Malori was taken to hospital after reportedly being knocked unconscious. Etixx-QuickStep confirmed that Rodrigo Contreras who started the day in third place overall was also caught in the crash, and was taken to hospital with a knee injury.

>>> Can you guess what Vincenzo Nibali gave Peter Sagan before stage four in San Luis? (video)5

The 2016 Tour de San Luis continues on Saturday with stage six from La Toma to Merlo. The 159.5km route features a first category climb to the finish line, providing the last real opportunity for the general classification contenders to show their hand. The UCI 2.1-ranked race concludes on Sunday, January 24.

Results

Tour de San Luis 2016, stage five: Renca to Juana Koslay, 168km
1. German Tivani (Arg) Argentina
2. Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
3. Emiliano Ibarra (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan at same time
4. Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy at 1-34
5. Lucas Haedo (Arg) Jamis at same time

Overall classification after stage five
1.

Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
2. Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3 secs
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 42 secs
4.

Miguel Lopez (Spa) Astana at 51 secs
5.

Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica at 1-06

References

  1. ^ Stage four winner Eduardo Sepulveda (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ #TourdeSanLuis (twitter.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/fP9ucEpiJd (t.co)
  4. ^ January 22, 2016 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ >>> Can you guess what Vincenzo Nibali gave Peter Sagan before stage four in San Luis? (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Mud and glory: 2016 British cyclo-cross national championships in pictures

Andy Jones presents a selection of his images from the 2016 cyclo-cross national championships in Shrewsbury (January 9-10)

Liam Killeen claimed his maiden British cyclo-cross title in Shrewsbury on Sunday, overhauling defending champion Ian Field over the muddy course. Nikki Harris regained her national title in the women s race after fighting back to catch and pass defending champion Helen Wyman.

>>> Liam Killeen and Nikki Harris win British national cyclo-cross titles (full report)1

Torrential rain in the weeks leading up to the race in Shrewsbury Sports Village saw the course turn into a quagmire. Helpers in the pits were kept busy as they attempting to free mud-clogged equipment.

Several of the course s corner were rendered extremely slippery, and riders were forced to dismount and hold on to fence posts to prevent slipping over.

For a full report and list of results, visit our 2016 British cyclo-cross national championships report page2.

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Maddi Smith, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Tim Gould, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Corner, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Finish, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Trophies and legs, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Tim Gould, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Tim Gould, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Ben Tulett, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Ava Oxley Szilagyi, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Ben Tulett, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Chris Young, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Rob Jebb and Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Rob Jebb and Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Support for Lewis Askey, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Maddi Smith, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Megan James, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Pit crew, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Emile Alexander, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Liam Killeen wins, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nikki Harris wins, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

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Mark Donovan, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Credit: Andy Jones

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Iain Paton, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Liam Killeen and Ian Field, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Tim Gould, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Mud And Glory: 2016 British Cyclo-cross National Championships In Pictures

British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

Nick Craig, British cyclo-cross national championships 2016

References

  1. ^ >>> Liam Killeen and Nikki Harris win British national cyclo-cross titles (full report) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ 2016 British cyclo-cross national championships report page (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)