Chris' Blog Post Map


Edinburgh: Athens of the North

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, the northernmost of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain. It has a long and varied history, with invasions from the Norse, the Romans, the French and the English. For a country so steeped in history, it still punches above its weight in both the[…]

Read More »

Review: Macdonald Houstoun House, Edinburgh

Houston we have a problem. Not really. Macdonald Houstoun House is a four-star historical mansion an hour from the centre of Edinburgh. We got off the bus at the main entrance to the property and walked down the picturesque tree lined driveway to the main entrance. Being an historic building,[…]

Read More »

Review: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket

Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket is a stone’s throw away from the Haymarket train station and equidistant from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre making it a perfect place to stay for conferences and seminars. It’s laid out like two lower case L’s joined end to end and there’s one thing[…]

Read More »

Review: The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s central suburbs each have different flavours of their own. The cosy Dean Village tucked away along the banks of the Waters of Leith was high on our list but the closest we could find accommodation was The Bonham, a stately hotel in a Georgian tenement block in Drumsheugh Gardens.[…]

Read More »

USA! USA! USA!

We headed over the ditch to America, staying two to three days at six locations. What was our favourite part of the trip? We still can’t answer. There were three parts which really stood out: Ballooning over Albuquerque. Pure magic. Grand Canyon. Awe Inspiring. Antelope Canyon. Stunning colours and a[…]

Read More »

3 Days in Las Vegas

Day One We flew into Las Vegas on what was almost a private jet, being a half full Embraer ERJ-145. A quick cab ride later we’d arrived at the Bellagio and set about getting checked in. After oohing and ahhing at the room we set out to discover the Secret[…]

Read More »

Review: Venetian Resort, Las Vegas

Our trek to the Venetian Resort from the Luxor should have been a cab ride. Should have been. If it was it would have cost a bit of money and we would have got there straight away. Instead we tried to save a little money by walking to the monorail[…]

Read More »

Review: Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas

We arrived at the Luxor Hotel by monorail, initially watching it go by twice as we failed to understand that there were two monorails; one going from Camelot, where we’d got on to the Mandalay Bay and back, while the other one going from Mandalay Bay to the Luxor. We[…]

Read More »