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

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

Damien Harte, Birr Castle Butler and Tour Guide

Damian Harte, Butler and Tour Guide Birr Castle: Ten Questions

One thing you realise pretty quickly when you travel around Ireland is not only is it very very green, with very friendly people, it also has a lot of castles. Over the years I’ve lost count of how many castles I’ve visited in Ireland but after our Le Boat trip on the Shannon I visited oneRead More

Castle Island, Lough Key, Ireland on a LeBoat holiday

Beginner’s Self Drive Le Boat Holiday in Ireland 

“This is like a scene out of Disney’s Jungle Cruise!” Captain Zac was right. As we gently cruised along a narrow stretch of inky water surrounded by lush vegetation that was so very very green it almost looked fake, it did feel like we were on a Disney ride. Or perhaps in a Disney film.Read More