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Why I Object to City Taxes on Hotel Prices

At the weekend I booked hotels for my forthcoming trip to France.I was irked by the fact that there’s a charge of 1 Euro City Tax per night per guest in both the Marseille and Nice hotels. Now France is not alone in charging this tax, also knows as a Tourist Tax and Bed Tax.

Review of Premier Inn Perth City Centre

I stayed on a Saturday night at the new Premier Inn Perth City Centre in mid November 2014. I paid £35 on the non-refundable rate. This was a good price for a Saturday night stay, as prices are usually quite a bit higher than for Sunday to Thursday nights.

Hackney City Farm in London

Hackney City Farm is in Hackney Road at the southern end of Haggerston Park, is a ten minute walk from Hoxton Overground station. It looked as though the goats were in love, as they only had eyes for each other. They seemed unperturbed by a chicken pecking around close to them.

Review of Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines Restaurant Edinburgh

We had Sunday lunch at Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines Restaurant in Edinburgh’s Fountainpark Centre at the end of October 2014. The restaurant had been recommended to our son, who lives in Edinburgh, by one of his work colleagues. I liked...Show More Summary

Review of Mumbai Square Indian Restaurant in Aldgate London

I saw a sign advertising the £10 buffet lunch at the Mumbai Square Indian Restaurant when I was walking back from Tower Gateway station to the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street. The restaurant is very close to Petticoat Lane and less than a ten minute walk from both Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of Broadway Market in East London

When I was staying at the RE London Shoreditch Hotel in Hackey Road, I took a walk to the nearby Broadway Market, a Saturday food market located between the northern bank of Regent’s Canal and the southern end of London Fields. Whilst...Show More Summary

Review of Traveldoge Edinburgh Central Queen Street

I stayed at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street on a Friday night (Boxing Day) in late December 2014. I paid £34 for a family room, booked in mid October on the Flexible Rate (which means you can cancel without penalty until noon on the day of arrival). Show More Summary

Visiting Floors Castle in the Scottish Borders

Floors Castle in Kelso, is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. It’s the home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. It was designed by the Scottish architect William Adam in the early 18th century.

Municipal House in Prague

I stumbled across the Municipal House (Obecní Dům in Czech) as I was walking around Prague. I detected several Art Nouveau elements in the exterior. The wrought iron work and stained glass above the entrance is gorgeous.

The Horniman Museum in London

I resolved to finally visit the Horniman Museum in south London when I noticed that I could get a direct London Overground train from Hoxton station, fairly close to the RE London Shoreditch Hotel where I was staying, to Forest Hill, where the Horniman is located. Show More Summary

A Morning in Lincoln’s Inn Fields London

I spent an enjoyable morning visiting the Sir John Soane’s and Hunterian Museum, both free to enter,  in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. Unfortunately, photography isn’t permitted in either museum. Sir John Soane’s Museum was built in as the home of Neo-Classical architect.

Should I Buy a Bratislava City Card?

If you’re visiting the Slovakian capital, it’s worth investigating whether abuying a Bratislava City Card would save you money. The card costs 10 Euro for one day, 12 Euro for two days or 15 Euro for three days. The only things that are free if you have a Bratislava City Card are:

Review of Tara Tari Buffet Restaurant London

I had lunch at the Tara Tair Buffet Restaurant in Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage in late May 2014. I had done some research to find a reasonably priced restaurant for lunch fairly close to my hotel, the Colonnade Town House in Little Venice. Show More Summary

How to Plan for a Stress-free Move Abroad

From June 2012 to June 2013, 320,000 people emigrated from the UK. This is a huge number of individuals seeking sun, a better quality of life, career opportunities or to be closer to family, all going through the complex process of emigration. Show More Summary

Review of Airbnb Apartment near Barbican in London

I searched the Airbnb peer-to-peer accommodation website for a 2 night midweek stay in London in early December 2014. My budget was up to £75 a night, as Airbnb had given me a £150 credit to try out their site. My search criteria were...Show More Summary

Finding a Good Deal on Accommodation in London

Finding a reasonably priced, centrally located and decent quality room in London can be a real challenge. I love visiting London as there’s so much to see and do. Much of it is free of charge, but accommodation can be a real budget buster.

Christmas Past at the Geffyre Museum London

As I was staying within a 30 minute walk of the Geffyre Museum when I was in London last week, I decided to visit to see the Christmas Past. Every year from late November to early January, eleven period rooms at the Geffyre are decked with festive decorations appropriate to the times. !

A Travelodge Stay Could Result in a £100 Parking Charge

A week after my stay at the Travelodge Stirling M80 at Stirling services, I received a £100 parking charge notice for exceeding the free two hour stay in the shared car park. I couldn’t understand why I received this, as I’d entered my car registration number on the monitor at check-in. Show More Summary

KLM’s #HappytoHelp Customer Service Initiative

KLM recently ran a #happytohelp customer service initiative. The control centre was located an office at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam operated by a 30 strong team on hand 24/7. The KLM #happytohelp offer of assistance to travellers wasn’t restricted to KLM passengers.

Another Example of Superb Service by easyJet

My easyJet flight from Thessaloniki, Greece on the 16th November arrived early at Gatwick, London. On that flight,I'd experienced an example of 'above the call of duty' service, whereby a flight attendant had retrieved a ticket withShow More Summary

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