Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

European Waterways' L'Impressionniste barge holiday starts or ends at Escommes

A Canal Barge Holiday in Burgundy on European Waterways’ L’Impressionniste

It was decadent and felt slightly ridiculous but it had to be done. After all, when else would I have the chance to sip Kir Royale in a hot tub on a luxury barge slowly making its way through Burgundy? As I sat in the warm bubbles sipping bubbles and crème de cassis from theRead More

An Amsterdam Cycling holiday is a great idea for beginners

The Best Cycling Holiday for Beginners: The Netherlands

… This is a guest post by Mike McLeish of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat …   A phrase that struggles to strum up images of adventure is “health and safety.” Instead, the words conjure up images of rules, regulations and high visibility. None of that sounds particularly inspiring, except when talking about cycling. A countryRead More

Luxury cruising down the Rhine River on Uniworld's SS Antoinette

The Romance of a Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld’s SS Antoinette

As one of the most popular European rivers to holiday on, the Rhine has its fair share of river cruise ships. Which means there are times when ships need to tie up next to one another so passengers can pass through or over another ship to reach the riverbank. At these times it’s hard notRead More

Venice Simplon Orient Express train in Berlin Hauptbahnhof station for first time

Taking the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from London to Berlin

“If I had a magic wand and could make any travel dream come true what would you wish for?” When a fellow travel writer asked me this question in Myanmar I was momentarily stumped. A year earlier I would have wished for Antarctica or Machu Picchu but it had been a very special year andRead More

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spiritsRead More

Road leading to one of Phu Quoc’s beaches. image courtesy Motormanner

An Epic Vietnamese Motorcycle Road Trip

… This is a guest post by Laura Knight of Motormanner … Vietnam is a mix of old and new (as is much of Southeast Asia these days). You can travel to almost any part of the country, even random, ramshackle garages that sell petrol out of water bottles, and find perfect, high speed Wi-Fi.Read More

Eye see you at the Sanderson London's Long Bar

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Sanderson London and a Stylish Boutique Hotel Stay

I hadn’t expected Judy Garland to appear at an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea in central London, but here she was. Well, the memory of her, anyway. As I opened a child’s jewellery box to reveal sugar cubes inside a tiny ballerina started turning to the sounds of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I’d alreadyRead More

Rumpus Room Bar Mondrian London with view of St Pauls

Mondrian London, the Luxury London Boutique Hotel with a View

I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a Morgans Hotel lobby. It was the late ‘90s in New York, my friend was staying at Paramount, and when I went to meet him I just thought ‘wow’. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly well travelled at that time but I’d never seen anything like it.Read More

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Eurail Pass Travels, Seeing Germany by Train with Rail Europe

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of train travel. So when I was considering how to get from Basel to Berlin on my latest European adventures I decided to go train rather than plane. Sure, flying would have been faster, but it wouldn’t have given me the chance to see the German countryside going byRead More