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Newbiggin by the Sea on a Sunny Winter Afternoon

I visited Newbiggin by the Sea, in south east Northumberland, on a sunny afternoon in late February. The first thing that struck me was the good availability of good parking spaces on the attractive high street. From there, it was aShow More Summary

The Côte d’Azur Éclair: One of the Stars of Le Méridien Éclair Diaries

Pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini took a motorcycle tour around the Côte d’Azur in the south of France as part of the Le Méridien‘s ‘Éclair Diaries‘. Johnny was looking for inspiration for a new éclair that would embody the flavours of the region and bring a new twist to this traditional Parisian pastry. Johnny visited a candy maker, a […]The Côte d’Azur Éclair:

Photo Tour of Spitalfields Market London

Spitalfields Market is located a five minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, very close to the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street where I was staying. The market is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. There are different themes every day.

Visit the Institute of Sexology and See the New Staircase at the Wellcome Collection London

‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London runs until 22 September 2015. You’re not allowed to take photos in the Institute, but the video below gives an outline of the exhibition. Having worked as an...Show More Summary

Glass Exhibition in Perth Museum Scotland

I loved the ‘Dazzle: A Glossary of Glass’ gallery at Perth Museum. My favourite piece was a hare entitled ‘Glare’ by Rachel Mary Elliot.

Help Europe a la Carte Get 1 Million Pinterest Followers

On 18 February 2015, Europe a la Carte had just over 212,000 followers on the Pinterest photo pinning social network. As well as a being an easy way to admire beautiful photos, Pinterest can help you with travel planning. I thought why...Show More Summary

Should I Buy a Marseille City Pass?

I decided to investigate the Marseille City Pass in order to decide if I should purchase one for my forthcoming trip to France. I’ve found that you can’t generalise about the utility of city passes. You have to work it out for each individual city.

‘The Nether’ is One of the Best Plays I’ve Seen

When I was in London last week, I went to see  ‘The Nether‘ at the Duke of York’s theatre in St Martin’s Lane. I paid £11, including all fees and credit card payment charges, for a third price ticket with restricted view, booked on the website.

Review of the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street London

I stayed at the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street in London for two nights in early November 2014. I didn’t choose to stay at this hotel. I’m not a fan of Tune Hotels, as I think their business model of charging for supposed extras is flawed,...Show More Summary

Review of the Khublai Khan Restaurant in Edinburgh

I had lunch with our son Gary at the Khublai Khan restaurant in the Leith district of Edinburgh. I’ve eaten the evening buffet a couple of other Khublai Khan restaurants in Glasgow and Newcastle, but never had lunch there. The interior was large.

Walking Along Regent’s Canal from Victoria Park to Islington Tunnel

I’d already walked along Regent’s Canal from Mile End to Victoria Park previously, so I decided to walk the section between Victoria Park to the Islington Tunnel. I did this in two parts. In the morning, I visited Broadway Market and walked the relatively short section east to Victoria Park.

Glasgow Versus Edinburgh: Which Gets Your Vote?

There’s a long standing rivalry between the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh over which is top dog. Although Edinburgh is the Scottish capital, Glasgow is the country’s largest city. Reserve Apartments have entered the fray with their Glasgow vs Edinburgh infographic.

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Luxury holidays in Ibiza in 2015

Each year Ibiza gets better and glossier than the previous year; 2015 promises to be outrageous. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out and follow this guide on how to have the best luxury holidays in Ibiza complied by Bonder &Show More Summary

Planning a Two Centre Trip to Marseille and Nice in France

I’m off on a twin city trip to Marseille and Nice in France in April. Flights The return flights, outward with Ryanair from Edinburgh to Marseille and returning from Nice to Edinburgh with easyJet cost £95. Vieux Port Marseiille by Franck...Show More Summary

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

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