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The Cuddly New Face of Ryanair

Ryanair has decided to adopt a more customer friendly approach to passengers, which I experienced on a flight from Edinburgh to Gran Canaria in early December 2013. For me, one of the most significant changes was being able to take two...Show More Summary

Review of Mercure Perth Hotel

I stayed at the Mercure Perth Hotel in Scotland for one night in November 2013, on a complimentary basis, when attending the Perth Chocolate Festival. The hotel is in the city centre and has a free car park for guests operated on a first come, first served system. Show More Summary

A Bad Week for UK Travellers

It’s been a terrible few days for UK travellers, with storms causing massive transport disruption on Thursday 5 December 2013 and flight delays caused by a problem with UK air traffic control on Saturday 7 December 2013. We were delayed...Show More Summary

Review of Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport

We stayed at the Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport for one night in December 2013. I booked the room through the Superbreak site. It cost £86 for a double room including full breakfast and up to 15 days parking. Unfortunately, we couldn’t...Show More Summary

Street Art in Europe

Here are my photos of street art in Europe. By street art I mean paintings/drawings which are on public display in the street, both officially and unofficially. Antwerp, Belgium I spotted this painted junction box when wandering around in Antwerp. Show More Summary

Review of Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel

We stayed at the Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch, near Pitlcochry in Perthshire. on a Saturday night during October 2013. I had a 10% discount code for Hotels.com which brought the price of a double room including breakfast down to £76. Show More Summary

25 of My Favourite Photos of London

Here are twenty five of my favourite photos of London, all taken by me over the last seven years during various visits to London. Neal’s Yard Emirates Air Line passing above the Crystal at Royal Victoria Docks Nuclear Dawn Mural in Brixton...Show More Summary

Review of Best Western Queens Hotel Perth

We stayed at the Best Western Queens Hotel Perth for one night in October 2013. I found the lowest price of £62 for two guests including breakfast though Booking.com, using the HotelsCombined price comparison site. The hotel is located in the city centre opposite Perth railway station. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London

The V&A Museum of Childhood is located in Bethnal Green in east London, quite a way from the main V&A Museum in South Kensington. As I was staying at the Travelodge London Bethnal Green, a five-minute walk from the Museum of Childhood,...Show More Summary

Things You Need to Disclose to Your Travel Insurance Provider

Before April of this year, the rules of disclosure for holidaymakers (and anyone else buying consumer insurance) were laid down in the rather archaic Marine Insurance Act 1906. This placed the duty firmly on the customer to tell insurers...Show More Summary

Newburgh Bear and Salmon

On our drive from Perth to St Andrews we had a stop in the Scottish town of Newburgh, which lies on the southern bank of the Firth of Tay. As we walked toward the Sailing Club, we spotted a bear and tree trunk etched out on a hill. The Newburgh Bear first appeared in 1980 […] Newburgh Bear and Salmon Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Ice Sculptures in Perth: Today’s Walk 24 November 2013

I’ve been at the Perth Chocolate Festival tin central Scotland today. I spotted several ice sculptures as I walked around the city. My favourite was the snowman. Unfortunately the princess was headless. I assume she was beheaded after her slim neck melted. Show More Summary

Review of City Marque Albany Apartment

I stayed in a standard City Marque Albany studio apartment in London’s Bloomsbury for one night in November 2103 on a complimentary basis. It took me around ten minutes to walk to the apartment from King’s Cross station. There was aShow More Summary

Perth Chocolate Festival 22-24 November 2013

The Perth Chocolate Festival will be held from 22-24 November 2013. I’ll be heading to Perth, in central Scotland, on Sunday 24 to attend the interactive talks and workshops and have a browse at the Chocolate Market. It’s a free event, so why not head to Perth this weekend for some chocolatey fun. Show More Summary

Review of City Marque Albany Apartments

I stayed at the City Marque Albany Apartments in Bloomsbury for one night in November 2013 on a complimentary basis.It was very handy for my morning departure from London Kings Cross Station. You get into the apartment by using codes for both the main entrance and the door into your apartment. Show More Summary

Don’t Miss the Spectacular Lord Mayor’s Show in London

I attended the Lord Mayor’s Show in London for the first time in November 2013. It’s an annual parade, dating back to the 16th century. which celebrates the inauguration of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. It’s a hybrid of traditional British ceremony and a global themed carnival. Show More Summary

I’m Fed Up of Irresponsible Dog Owners: Today’s Walk 20 November 2013

I’m sick of irresponsible dog owners. Look at the big dog turd that was on Spittal Prom this morning. It’s a disgrace and a health hazard. These dog owners don’t care who steps in their dog’s dirt. It’s ridiculous that you can’t fully...Show More Summary

Greek Train Travel: A Cheap and Nasty Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test the Greek national train operating company Trainose. My sons and I were traveling from the capital Athens to Thessaloniki overnight, then changing trains for getting to Serres in the north-east where my parents live. Show More Summary

Boar in a Pram: Todday’s Walk 17 November 2013

I did a double take as we walked past a boar wearing a pirate’s hat in a pram sitting outside an antique shop in St Mary’s Street, just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Boar in a Pram: Todday’s Walk 17 November 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Leaderfoot Viaduct: Today’s Walk 15 November 2013

This morning we decided to make the most of the continuing autumnal colours and mild weather and have a day out in the Scottish Borders. On the return leg of he journey we stopped at the Leaderfoot Viewpoint, where three bridges span the River Tweed. Show More Summary

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