Chris' Blog Post Map


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[…]

Read More »

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[…]

Read More »

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[…]

Read More »

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[…]

Read More »

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[…]

Read More »

Iconic City Sightseeing in San Francisco

Day One – City Sightseeing San Francisco Arrival We roll off the plane in San Francisco, surprisingly highly functioning given the paucity of sleep we’d been able to get on the Air NZ flight from Auckland. Our gate is the one closest to passport control and we look longingly at[…]

Read More »

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus San Francisco Review

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to Hop-On Hop-Off San Francisco bus tours, and they all seem to have a stop at Union Square. It’s a little amusing seeing them all accosting tourists as they pass the corner, staff dressed in their respective company-coloured jackets. We went on the[…]

Read More »