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A vacation should be an experience that, from start to finish, is fun, exciting and special. Minibars and flat screen TVs just don’t turn me on anymore. I want to be wowed.
Luckily, I’m not alone. A number of hotels now offer a choice of unique designs and decor, ranging from romantically themed rooms to upside-down mirror suites. Some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Come with us on a tour of ten of the top theme hotels around the globe.
Comics Guesthouse, Rome
Something I’ll never tire of rubbing in the faces of my mainland counterparts is the plenitude of world-class museums in London that are completely free to browse. I briefly mentioned the subject in last year’s London A-Z, but it might have seemed too good to be true. It wasn’t.
England may have sold its National Health Service and education system along with any shred of integrity it hid behind, but the museums remain open and free…for now.
Here I’ll just cover some of the largest and most popular, but one day I might also follow up with a post dedicated to hidden gems and underrated novelties.
Europe might be full of foreigners, small hotel rooms and questionable border security, but one thing it really does have going for it is the depth and breadth of history throughout the continent. Like tropical rainforest is for plant and animal species, Europe is an area of immense cultural richness.
What follows is an introduction to UNESCO-listed attractions in Europe. In this post I’ll concentrate on the most famous ones. However, it’s definitely worth looking beyond the obvious to uncover less well-known destinations.
Let’s move from west to east, so it will feel a bit like we’re travelling forward in time.
Having fostered innumerable literary genii including Christopher Marlowe, John Milton, and the dictionary’s own Samuel Johnson, it’s perfectly fair that we finally allow London its own alphabetical compendium. Neither exhaustive nor completely reliable, what follows could quite accurately be regarded as the tip of the iceberg in terms of English attraction and intrigue. Nevertheless, it will suffice as an introduction to this most worthy of capitals.
A is for….
Aside from sharing a name with the Trotters’ hapless uncle in London-based sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’, Prince Albert was husband to England’s Queen Victoria who reigned, coincidentally, throughout the entire Victorian era. Following Albert’s death, his name was given to Albertopolis, an area directly south of Hyde Park that contains numerous attractions and architectural stunners, including the Royal Colleges of Music and Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the UNESCO listed Royal Albert Hall. The Albert Memorial stands across the road from here, just inside Hyde Park.
B is for…
The English have been drinking gin for millions and millions of years, even since before the invention of juniper berries.
From time to time I’m quite sure that you, like me, are just surfing the Internet trying to find some inspiration for your next trip; perhaps you’re looking for something that can leave you speechless, breathless, and completely astonished.
Some travelers base their decision on a friend’s experience, some of them search for images in Google to find something interesting, some may browse the travel blogs. My chosen method, however, is to search for amazing videos on YouTube and to draw inspiration from there. Having some experience in this, I really would love to share with you these fantastic videos about some destinations I think you shouldn’t miss.
All of these videos are made using a technique called ‘Time-Lapse’: recording whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that which will be used to play the sequence back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster (and thus lapsing). Okay, this is the theory; let’s enjoy the videos now!
London, capital of the civilised world, is a wonderful metropolis with an incredible number of places to visit and to discover.
To traverse this vast city, which is the largest urban area in the European Union, a dense and extensive public and private transport network is required.
Public transport provision is, in most cases, managed by the local public body responsible for transport in the city, TfL (Transport for London).
It is not always easy to understand how transit works in a city, and it can be a stressful experience at the best of times. This post is designed to help you understand London’s transport system a little better, to provide information and advice on how it works, and hopefully to prepare you for the exhilarating experience.
Ophidiophobics might be relieved to find that all Dublin hotel rooms boast a distinct absence of snakes in their bathtubs. How can we be so sure? The banishment of serpents from Ireland was one of the many great services to tourism performed by the legendary St. Patrick way back in the 5th century. Hence, the freedom to wash without fear is ritually celebrated in the form of Lá Fhéile Pádraig (St. Patrick’s Day), and is one of Irelands’ most popular exports. Particularly prevalent in Western Europe and the north-east USA, you don’t necessarily need to be on the Emerald Isle to indulge in such a worthy celebration.
You could, for instance, visit the centre of Catholicism itself. Rome’s St. Patrick’s Church, near Villa Borghese, opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1911 and is the place to first confess your sins and be purged before hitting the town for some serious celebration. Rome’s Annual Celtic Ball – a black tie event comprised of a champagne reception followed by dinner and dancing – will be held in Corsia Della Donne. Alternatively, you could participate in the ‘all-you-can-drink’ pub crawl for EUR 20, with a good helping of Irish dancing and singing thrown in. A few Irish pubs to try are Druids’ Den near the Colosseum, Flann O’briens in Via Nazionale, and Sholars Lounge near Piazza Venezia.
‘No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’
The birthplace of history itself, London is awash with attractions that each tells a tale of England’s heritage. From the disappearing princes in the Tower of London, to Shakespeare’s reconstructed Globe Theatre, to the bawdy story of Buckingham Palace, London can be a portal into the past that is well worth its weight in gold street paving.
This not only applies to tourist attractions, but also to the very rooms in which those tourists sleep. Now, suppose you’d like more from your hotel room than toiletries and turndowns; suppose you’d like the metaphorical skeletons to come out of the cupboard, tuck you in and tell you a bedtime story. Perhaps you hung out at the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney with Michael Hutchence, or shared a toast with Dylan Thomas in New York’s Hotel Chelsea, or saw Jacko dangle a fellow human being over Hotel Adlon’s balcony in Berlin. Now you’d like the opportunity to connect with a memorable event in London. What are the chances? Well, here are a few pointers that may spark your interest.
January is one of the coldest months of the year in many countries around Europe. After the holidays are over, many people get into their “winter blues” and just stay in door while it’s freezing cold outside. As an Israeli person living in cold Amsterdam and being used to the warm Mediterranean sun, I get myself a bit down when every morning I see only clouds in my window…
That is why I always make sure to keep one weekend free in January so I will be able to get some relaxation time myself Because away going to a sunny destination can be pretty expensive, (same as me and you, many people want to go lay in the sun somewhere sunny, and that’s how you get “overpriced” hotel rooms) I try to look around for a city which offers many cool activities to do inside. That is how London became one of my favorite destinations to visit.