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The Lord Mayor’s Flotilla in London

I was in position on London’s Waterloo Bridge on Sunday 10 November 2013 to take photos of the Lord Mayor’s Flotilla which was due to pass soon after 8.30am. I thought that the bridge would be mobbed with spectators, but there were only about ten of us. Show More Summary

Review of Art’otel Berlin Mitte

Our son Simon stayed in the Art’otel Berlin Mitte for two nights in October 2012, redeeming his Club Carlson Reward Program points to pay for his stay. Here’s his review. “I wasn’t familiar with the Art’otel brand before but having previously...Show More Summary

Gandhi Sculpture in Tavistock Square: Today’s Walk 10 November 2013

On Remembrance Sunday I thought it fitting to feature a photo of the Gandhi sculpture in London’s Tavistock Square in the hope that any potential future conflicts can be peacefully resolved. Gandhi Sculpture in Tavistock Square: Today’s Walk 10 November 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Themed Clock in Bethnal Green Tube Station: Today’s Walk 9 November 2013

As I walking along the platform at Bethnal Green Tube Station in London the themed clock caught my eye. It was originally installed in the 1940s but given an overhaul in 2009, Themed Clock in Bethnal Green Tube Station: Today’s Walk 9 November 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Vineyard, Palms and Amorous Squirrels: Today’s Walk 8 November 2013

I paid my first ever visit to Islington in north London today. I came upon Canonbury Square, described as the most beautiful square in London by the Evening Standard in the 1950s. The Square has been home to several well-known writers...Show More Summary

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh

I finally visited the Royal Observatory Edinburgh during the Doors Open Days in September 2013. I reckoned that the Observatory would be one of the most popular venues, so we set out from Berwick upon Tweed early with the intention of getting to the Observatory by 10.30 at the latest. Show More Summary

Street Art in Cambridge Heath Rd: Today’s Walk 7 November 2013

As I was walking down Cambridge Heath Road on my way back to my humble lodgings at the Travelodge London Bethnal Green, I spotted some street art.depicting a couple; both had two triangles and one circle as facial features. Street Art...Show More Summary

Thanks for Saving my Moussaka easyJet

I believe that positive, as well as negative, traveller experiences should be reported. I recently had a very positive traveler experience when returning to the UK from Greece, where the state of travel is in some degree of disarray, possibly as a result of the current economic situation. Show More Summary

Face to Face with James Bond: Today’s Walk 6 November 2013

Today’s walk around the World Travel Market at London’s Excel brought me face to face with Daniel Craig in his James Bond persona. Unfortunately, it was a wax model, albeit a very realistic one. Face to Face with James Bond: Today’s Walk 6 November 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders

After finally visiting Greenholm Tower in the Scottish Borders, we decided to do a slight detour on our drive to Galashiels to stop at Smailholm Tower. It was badly signposted, with signs at junctions rather than a bit in advance to give you time to signal and turn. Show More Summary

Sculpture of Nike in Royal Arsenal: Today’s Walk 4 November 2013

After this morning’s rain cleared, I set out to explore Woolwich, in south-east London. I enjoyed walking around Royal Arsenal. The former site of the armaments manufacture has been developed in a trendy residential area with a couple of museums. Show More Summary

Thames Barrier and the O2 Arena from Woolwich: Today’s Walk 3 November 2013

After disembarking from the Woolwich Ferry, I took a stroll along the Thames Walkway, heading west towards the Thames Barrier. Behind the illuminated Barrier I could see the roof of the O2 Arena (which I always think of as the Millennium Dome) and the Barclays HQ and Citi Tower in Canary Wharf. Show More Summary

The Scott Wilson Memorial Sculpture in Glen Prosen

http://www.myplaceawards.org.uk/galleries/2013-gallery-of-entrants/scott-wilson-memorial-sculpture.aspx   The Scott Wilson Memorial Sculpture in Glen Prosen Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog. Show More Summary

Tips on Saving Money for Travel

If you’re keen to travel more, then you need to find ways to save up the cash to pay for your trip(s). You’ll either need to spend less or earn more. if you can manage both, all the better.  Below are my tips to help you save money for travel. Show More Summary

Don’t Book on Booking.com Without Clicking on the Room Description

I booked a single room at the Bruce Inn in Falkland for £45 for one night on the Booking.com site. When I checked in last week I was taken aback to discover a shared bathroom. I didn’t launch into rant mode, I thought I’d better check...Show More Summary

Photo Tour of the Museum of Fire in Edinburgh

We visited the Museum of Fire in Edinburgh during the Doors Open Days in September 2013. I’ve walked past the building in Lauriston Place on many occasions, assuming that it was still an operational fire station. Me at the Museum ofShow More Summary

Abseiling Down the Forth Rail Bridge

On Sunday I stopped in South Queensferry to watch abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge. It was a charity event with a real fun atmosphere. Friends and relatives of the abseilers were cheering them on and waiting with champagne to celebrate their feat. Show More Summary

Is Ferry the Smarter Way to Travel?

With air travel sometimes being more of a hassle than a pleasure, the ‘Smarter Way to Travel’ game highlights the benefits of travelling by DFDS Seaways. The game emphasises that although ferry may not be the fastest way to travel, it’s out ahead on entertainment and relaxation per mile. Show More Summary

Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie: Today’s Walk 27 October 2013

As I woke up pretty early this morning and the clocks had gone back for one hour, I decided to go for a walk around Blairgowrie before breakfast at the Royal Hotel. Wellmeadow, the garden square in the town centre, was looking magnificent...Show More Summary

Review of Summers Restaurant in Perth, Scotland

We had High Tea at Summers Restaurant in Perth in mid July 2013. It cost £10.95 per person for a main course, a selection of toast, scones and cakes plus unlimited tea or coffee. Exterior of Summer’s Restaurant in Perth We decided to...Show More Summary

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