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  1. 1. EOI Advanced cycle MAY 2011 EOI Topic Area: TravelREADINGSource:Timesonline http://www.101holidays.co.uk/top-10-holiday-destinations/ Top Five Holiday Destinations for British HolidaymakersLooking for holiday ideas? Our editors – The Sunday Times travel writers DavidWickers and Mark Hodson – have revealed their top 5 holiday destinations. These arethe most popular destinations with our readers, along with our own personalrecommendations.A. SpainSpain has long been a favourite of British holidaymakers, and it remains our numberone holiday destination. There’s a lot more to Spain than beaches. There are greatwalking holidays in Northern Spain and cycling in Catalonia. The rise of low-costairlines has benefited city breaks in places like Palma and Seville – both of which arerich in culture.B. FranceThe relationship between the British and French may have had its ups and downs overthe years, but our love of all things French shows no signs of abating. Among ourfavourite holidays are the beaches of the Atlantic coast, Corsica and the Ile de Ré. Youcan visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny, take a cycling holiday, a walking break or abattlefield tour.C. Great BritainNo list of holiday destinations for UK travellers would be complete without mentioningour own great country. Britain offers many interesting holiday experiences. You canrent a lighthouse keeper’s cottage or stay in a tipi in Cornwall, go boating on theNorfolk Broads or sleep on a luxury yacht moored in a harbour in Devon.D. GreeceHolidays in Greece are all about simplicity. Despite a recent profileration of five-starhotels, it is the whitewashed villas, the friendly tavernas, the hot sun and blue seas thatkeep us coming back year after year. Even Greek food is a masterpiece of simplicity,both traditional and healthy. It is the islands that attract the most visitors.E. ItalyAncient culture, great beaches, fantastic food and beautiful weather – it’s no surprisethat so many of us decide to holiday in Italy. For a taste of la dolce vita, head to thewonderful cities of Rome, Florence and Venice – for an extra dash of old-schoolglamour, travel there on the Orient Express. Beach lovers will be blown away by the500 miles of coastline in stunning Puglia, not to mention the traditional architecture andterrific food and wine.Oxford University Press España www.oupe.es Photocopiable Resources 1
  2. 2. EOI Advanced cycle MAY 2011Exercise 1Read the text and answer A, B, C, D or E.At which holiday destination …1 … can you visit an artist’s garden?2 … can you spend time on a boat inland?3 … can you eat simple, nutritious meals?4 … go on an old, elegant train?5 … see amazing old buildings?6 … can you stay in an unusual house?7 … can you visit museums and galleries without spending too much on a flight?8 … can you look around places where there was fighting during the war?Exercise 2Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct word from the box below. prior sensation overlooking openness muted lingers terraced mediatedWhy I love House-swapping.This wasnt the first time we had swapped our home with total strangers via a holidayexchange website. Our first try was at the start of 2009 in the home of architect Cedrickand his family – his chic Parisian apartment had African masks on the (1) _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ grey walls, and a rich pink bathroom. The following summer we exchangedwith Geraldine and her daughters and stayed in their light-filled, (2) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ Cornish home.But for this latest journey, now a home swap "graduate", I was looking for a way toexchange more than a place to stay. In an email to Nicola (3) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _to the holiday, I asked for names of children that ours could meet and hopefully havefun with. It worked. Two days after we arrived in France, we were perched with Nicolasfriends on wooden planks (4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a Languedoc village squarewatching a traditional dancing and bull blessing ceremony. In another encounter,neighbours Eric and Pascale invited us to dinner.Oxford University Press España www.oupe.es Photocopiable Resources 2
  3. 3. EOI Advanced cycle MAY 2011The internet gives us opportunities to share with people outside our immediate circle.What is interesting is the ease with which we felt able to trust this digitally (5) _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ encounter, sharing not only everything we own but also ourrelationships with friends and neighbours. In essence, we were temporarily swappingour lives.When I was travelling around East Berlin in 1990, I felt I was open to the world ... This(6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of connection "partage" is possible thanks to travel and themeeting of the other. Our exchange is the nouvelle experience for the all family. We leftthe barriers at home and we try to bring back this (7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ we had inthe other home. The kids have been transformed by language, culture, and sharingwith people.One of the ideals of a holiday is to have a transformative experience that (8) _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ long after you return to your daily routine. As we learn to become a littleless precious about our separateness, swapping homes and lives may become anincreasingly attractive and popular adventure.Emily KasrielGRAMMARQuestion words1. Complete this text with these words and appropriate answers to thequestionnaire. did how never no nothing what where which who whyYour parents have sent you a ticket to fly to New York where they are planning tocelebrate their wedding anniversary. (1) . . . . . . . . . . . much is happening at work,you’ve (2) . . . . . . . . . . . been to New York and you’ve had (3) . . . . . . . . . . . holidaytrips for more than a year, so you’ve quickly packed a couple of large suitcases andheaded to the airport. You are now sitting on board British Airways flight BA 21, non-stop from London to New York, waiting to take off. The flight attendant hands you aquestionnaire. You decide to complete it.Oxford University Press España www.oupe.es Photocopiable Resources 3
  4. 4. EOI Advanced cycle MAY 2011(4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is your flight ______________________number?(5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ are you taking this Business or Leisureflight?(6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ paid for your flight? Myself or Somebody else(7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ you check in bags Yes or Nofor this flight?(8) At _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ airport did you ______________________board this flight?(9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ will you leave this ______________________flight?(10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _many flights have ______________________you made in the last 12 months? Adjectives2. Complete this text with these sets of adjectives in the best order. Add and orpunctuation if necessary. English older Italian Greek big plastic square little great outdoor European southern Spanish cheap carefree crazy happy sour twistedSome people like to talk a lot about food and restaurants they go to. I have a friendcalled Lee who lectures on (1) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _history at the university. He gets very excited when he describes a (2) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ cafe in Rome and ‘all the (3) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ people’ who work there. I also remember listening to an(4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ woman, who is a professor of(5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ literature, complaining abouthow Spanish dishes are served in some places with (6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ wine from (7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _boxes. When she speaks about it, her mouth becomes (8) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , as if she were reliving the terrible experience.PrepositionsOxford University Press España www.oupe.es Photocopiable Resources 4
  5. 5. EOI Advanced cycle MAY 20113. Complete this text using these prepositions. across along at by into past towards under with ofWhenever I see a newspaper lying on the ground beside a door, I think of Fred. A fewyears ago, Fred had to travel to a meeting and his flight was delayed for several hoursbecause of bad weather. (1) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the time he got to his hotel itwas (2) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ midnight. Once in his room, he felt really tired so hejust undressed and got into bed. (3) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ some point during thenight, he had to get up and go to the bathroom. He wasn’t really awake and it was verydark, but he could see a light (4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the bathroom door, so hewalked (5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the light. He opened the bathroom door and wentin. The bright light blinded him for a moment. As the door closed behind him, hevaguely wondered why there was a doormat on the bathroom floor. Facing him wasanother door (6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a number on it. It was number 325. Thatwas strange. Then he realized he wasn’t in the bathroom. He was in the corridor. Heturned to go back (7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ his room, but the door was locked.And he was naked. He heard voices coming from the far end of the corridor. What washe going to do? Then he noticed a newspaper on the floor beside the door (8) _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ number 325. He quickly grabbed the newspaper and held it in front ofhim as a man and a woman in dark uniforms came (9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ thecorridor towards him. The man said, ‘Good morning, sir. Having a bit of trouble?’ Theywere security guards. Fred explained his embarrassing situation and they unlocked thedoor for him. He thanked them as if they had just saved his life. After they left, heopened his door, made sure it wouldn’t close again, stepped (10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ the corridor and put the newspaper back on the floor outside number 325.Someone else might need that newspaper.Oxford University Press España www.oupe.es Photocopiable Resources 5

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