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Pride & Politeness

Pride & Politeness

It’s hard not to compare other countries to the UK when I travel. Mostly what I notice is the cleanliness in other places. After three decades of travelling, I realise, it’s not because they spend twice as much as us on cleaning the streets, it’s because people don’t litter as much. It all comes down […]

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View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Location Berwick-upon-Tweed is a tiny town just into the English side of the Scottish border and this traditional B&B is right in the middle of it. Or rather to just one side as the car park (and our room) looked out to the stunning Berwick Bridge over the River Tweed. Parking Included on site and […]

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View from the Room: Hilton Garden Inn, Aberdeen

View from the Room: Hilton Garden Inn, Aberdeen

Location Incredibly central, next door to John Lewis, which, as it happens is the only ugly building in this fine Granite City. From here you can walk everywhere and even the beach is only about 25 minutes’ walk. Parking There is very limited parking and if you grab a spot, it stays yours for the […]

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When Airbnb replaces a hotel

When Airbnb replaces a hotel

I’ve been an advocate of the Airbnb lifestyle from before it was conceived. From my very first international adventure to New York way back in 1989, I wanted to experience the city like the locals. So I found an apartment via the Sunday Times small ads to stay in and I went back there next […]

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View from the Room: Stirling Highland Hotel

View from the Room: Stirling Highland Hotel

“Not many schools get turned into hotels, but not many hotels have an astronomical observatory on their roof’” This is one of those dream-come-true moments. Tucked away below the castle, we stopped by this grand hotel a few years ago when in an effort to get away from the dullness of staying in Fort William. […]

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Toronto – an international city

Toronto – an international city

The weekend I spent in Toronto over from New York in the early 1990s doesn’t really count so this is really my first proper visit. On landing at our Airbnb and stepping out onto Bloor St West, I realised that this, the last stop of our Canadian adventure, is by far is the most diverse […]

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View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

This is the hotel we chose after what we expected to be a glorious overnight train journey from Montreal. That trip in itself surpassed our expectations but it was still lovely to have all this space after being on a train – even one with wonderful observation decks and  a delightful restaurant carriage. Location – […]

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Where immigration is supported and encouraged” Tim Horton – 35 branches Second Cup – 4 I was feeling pretty wistful after our overnight Ocean train from Montreal so Halifax seemed like the big cherry on top. A long weekend is plenty in this pretty little city on the edge of Nova Scotia with a population […]

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Montréal to Halifax: the best 22 hours on a train

Montréal to Halifax: the best 22 hours on a train

The Ocean From the time I’ve learnt that that trains run travel through the night and I can wake up with the sun as I arrive at my final destination, I’ve been hankering to squeeze my overnight bag into a cabin. When searching for a way of getting out into a chunk of Canada I […]

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Returning to Montreal

Returning to Montreal

Number of Tim Hortons: 92 Number of Second Cups: 19 approx. My first visit since 2009, far from being a favourite place, Montreal is one to see if passing. And passing we were on the big  month-long Canadian adventure. I especially wanted the bf to see Montreal’s creativity and quirkiness. And it’s Frenchness, as he […]

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