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Village Hopping in the South of France

We flew into Montpellier via EasyJet as they were the only airline offering direct flights from London – that’s literally the only time I’ll fly EasyJet these days. It was a balmy summer’s night when we landed and although it was an international flight, the smallness of the airport and[…]

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A Country Wedding at De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham

It’s hard sometimes to differentiate between the experiences you have at a hotel from the hotel itself. We went to the De Vere Latimer Estate in Chesham, Buckinghamshire for a wedding, and it’s difficult to separate the great time we had at the wedding with the experience of staying at[…]

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Review of the Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London

The Location At 306 metres tall, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and the Shangri-la Hotel at the Shard London is a 5 star hotel occupying the 34th to 52nd floors. It’s centrally located and very handy for public transport, being built literally on top of London[…]

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Review of Ibis Styles: Heathrow Airport Hotel

A sign of a good hotel is what they do when things go wrong. When we arrived in London after our flight from Iceland, we caught the free bus that let us off at the Ibis Styles Heathrow Airport Hotel, however, they had trouble finding our reservation. After a few[…]

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Hotel Klettur: Reykjavik Accommodation Review

Painted on the wall at Hotel Klettur: “Welcome to Hotel Klettur Klettur means a big rock. Or a cliff. If your name is Cliff Rock we will make you our guest of honor.” It’s always cold in Iceland – there’s nothing to stop the cold wind ripping across the island[…]

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Review of the Silica Hotel, Iceland

Arrival Our plan for staying at the Silica Hotel in Iceland was this: because we’d be flying overnight landing in the early hours of the morning, we’d spend the day at the Blue Lagoon with the complimentary Premium Pass, have lunch at the Lava Restaurant and then spend the rest[…]

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Lincoln City, Oregon: Whales, Ding Dongs & Fog

Day One We flew into Portland from Vancouver. We’d been pre-screened so the arrival procedure was shockingly quick in its speed. One minute we were on the puddle jumper, ducking because of the low ceiling, the next we were standing with luggage in hand beside the belt realising we’d some[…]

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Plaza Premium Lounge Review: Vancouver

I want to like the Plaza Premium Lounge in the US departures wing of Vancouver airport. It’s small and cosy and has a great view over the customs arrivals area. There’s a waterfall alongside the escalator greeting visitors to the airport as they get off their planes. But I must[…]

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Fun Things To Do in Vancouver on a 2 Day Stopover

Day Zero We got off the WestJet flight from San Francisco to Vancouver in bright afternoon sunshine and were some of the first of the plane as we’d managed to get seats on the 5th row because we’d checked in so early. As we walked through the airport it felt[…]

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