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

Top travel apps for planning and enjoying a trip

Twelve Great Travel Apps To Pack in Your Phone 

From planning your trip to making life easy in a strange land, having the right travel apps in your phone can have a big impact on your holiday experience. Here are a dozen that help make me an appy traveller. GoEuro  Comparing flights between cities is easy online. Comparing rail, bus and air transport optionsRead More

Star Flyer tall ship in the Med

Star Flyer Tall Ship Tales – Luxury Sailing with Star Clippers 

“Oh wow, look at that one! Who owns that?!” My friend Scott and I had finished walking part of the Cinque Terre and were relaxing in Portofino when we saw it: a huge white sailing ship with wind-filled white sails, cutting through the blue water. It looked like something out of a painting or storybook,Read More

View of Cannes from the five star luxury hotel La Grand Hotel, Cannes,

Le Grand Hotel Cannes, the Small Luxury Hotel on La Croisette

On the catwalk of Cannes that is La Croisette there are designer stores, luxury hotels, beach bars and restaurants where people watching is definitely on the menu. There is also a very long, very green lawn. Which seems so decadent when space is at such a premium on the hottest strip in this glamorous seasideRead More

Zurich city

Why I Love Drinking Water Out of Fountains in Zurich

The first time you see someone lean into a decorative fountain in Zurich, open their mouth and drink the water straight from the statue of a fish or some other creature, it’s a strange sight. You may think they’re risking a very upset stomach with such a move, but there’s no need for concern asRead More

Historic Nyhavn in Copenhagen, where Canal Boat tours start and end

I Love Copenhagen in The Spring Time

The sun is out. The cherry blossoms are out. And the people are most definitely out. As we walk along the water’s edge there are groups of friends happily sprawled on the grass, some with picnic blankets and drinks, others just feeling the grass beneath them with their smiling faces to the sun. The localRead More

Switzerland by Train, image courtesy RailEurope

Relaxing on The Rails: Loving Train Travel in Europe

As much as I love to travel there are some things I don’t love. Airport security queues and the old liquids and laptops out of bags, everything out of pockets and shoes off routine are up there on the list; worrying whether my bags are the right weight and how much it will cost ifRead More