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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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View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

This year’s birthday hotel! The attraction to this hotel that kicked off my month-long birthday celebrations, other than it looking scrumptiously comfortable, is that breakfast arrives in a bag each morning. Storage Drawers –  two on each bedside and lots of shelving plus two cupboards. Hangers – 18 including two soft ones. Two single open wardrobes […]

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Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

My favourite bank holiday in August is often spent in Scotland or on a UK road trip. It comes hot on the heels of the anniversary break in Lithuania and having also enjoyed the big adventure in Hong King earlier in the summer, another trip now seemed unnecessary. So we decided on some day trips […]

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View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

  I only found out a few days in that this is the oldest hotel in the city, and possibly the prettiest. Location In this quiet city, staying where the action is seems to have little effect on a good nights sleep. No buses come right into the centre of the old town but it […]

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Unspoilt Lithunia

Unspoilt Lithunia

  For our 5th anniversary celebratory break, we stayed in the capital Vilnius but also travelled out to Kaunas in this tiny but proud little country of 3 million. Observations I have never known a place with predominately female bus drivers. We didn’t go on any buses but noticed them driving about. Vilnius also provided […]

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Food & coffee in Hong Kong – the best and the rest

Food & coffee in Hong Kong – the best and the rest

    Good for coffee The Mixing Room is worth climbing the steps for and Café Sausalito which reminded us of one of our great coffee experiences in Sausalito, San Francisco. Accro is the one coffee geeks (like my bf) seem to pay a pilgrimage too. Plus Fuel Espresso and Pacific Coffee seems to be the […]

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