Archive for 'Press Trips'

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Leeds Castle, the prettiest castle in England?

Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by .

If you stop thinking for a minute, and try to picture an English castle, what does it look like? A noble property, surrounded by a moat and only accessible by a drawbridge, with imposing stone towers and lavish gardens, perhaps? Because that’s exactly what the Leeds Castle looks like. A picture perfect portrait! I was [...]

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Review of Palmers Lodge Hillspring in London

Posted on 26. Jun, 2012 by .

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The promise of a boutique hostel in London is always appealing. When Palmers Lodge Hillspring offered me a night at their latest property, I was really curious to try it out, considering that I am normally not a hostel person. Palmers Lodge Hillspring The hostel reminded me a bit of the Camden student hall I [...]

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Who knew Ireland was so… Irish?

Posted on 22. Jun, 2012 by .

It seems like Ireland’s reputation follows her everywhere, and even precedes her most of the time. As they say, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, and that applies to Ireland as well. Let’s see what are the most commons Ireland clichés, and what I have noticed about them. After spending a week in the country with Shamrocker [...]

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Living Like a Londoner with Citybase Apartments

Posted on 17. Jun, 2012 by .

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I couldn’t believe my luck when I opened the door to my Citybase Apartments flat. Or should I say most-luxurious-apartment-I-have-ever-dreamed-of.  Here’s a review of my stay at Citybase Apartments in London. Citybase Apartments location Citybase Apartments has tons of properties scattered around London, but I was lucky enough to be booked at 10 Pembridge Gardens in [...]

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Living Like a Londoner with base2stay Kensington

Posted on 16. Jun, 2012 by .

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To say I was excited to try out base2stay Kensington is a bit of an understatement. I’m a big fan of comfort, affordable luxury and hotel rooms with a kitchenette, and that’s exactly what I got at base2stay. I have to be honest and say that things started off extremely well when I opened the door and [...]

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Where to stay in Paris: Wilson Opera Hotel

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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During my recent stay in Paris, I had the chance to be invited by Elegancia Hotels at one of their best hotels, the Wilson Opera Hotel. After my stay at the Seven Hotel in February, I was giddy with excitement to experience another amazing hotel. Located in très chic 8e arrondissement of Paris, it’s a stone [...]

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What to do in Auvergne: Vulcania

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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Very few people know that there are volcanoes in France. Volcanoes, not volcano, because it’s actually a chain of 48 different cones and domes. The chain is about 40 kilometers long, and is located right in the heart of the country. The reason why you’ve never heard of them? They’re dormant, and have been since [...]

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Channeling Harry Potter at Oxford’s Christ Church College

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .

As a rather UK-obsessed person (shocking, I know - you had no idea, right!), it’s only normal that this level of obsession also covers iconic British things, such as tea, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Middleton, Colin Firth, Union Jacks and such. Oh and Harry Potter. Especially Harry Potter! The carefully constructed world of the young wizard takes [...]

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Discovering Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by .

Visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace was something I have wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to do (you’d think a year in the UK would have given me ample time, but I guess I got sidetracked). Needless to say I was extremely looking forward to this stop on our daytrip, and I [...]

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Living Like a Londoner with New York Habitat: My Experience

Posted on 27. Mar, 2012 by .

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When you plan your London getaway, one of the first things to look into is the accommodation - it’s such a large chunk of the budget! And I have definitely outgrown hostel dorms, which only makes this task harder for me. But luckily, that’s where New York Habitat came in handy - they offered me [...]

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Traditional English Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu

Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 by .

One of the items in my ever-growing bucket list was to have a taste of the famous English afternoon tea for myself. Even after living in London for a year and visiting several times, I never actually got the opportunity to try it. So needless to say that when Radisson Blu Hotels offered me a [...]

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A Wax Figures and Peacocks Day at Warwick Castle

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

When Grayline invited me on their Oxford, Stratford and Warwick tour, I knew I was in for a treat. I was especially looking forward to Warwick Castle, who has the reputation of being one of the best castles in the UK. I couldn’t wait to find out if it was true! The first part of [...]

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Where to Stay in London: Tune Hotels

Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by .

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During my recent stay in London, I had the chance  to be invited by Tune Hotels, a hotel chain that recently opened two locations in London: one in Westminster, and another near Liverpool Street. While both are ideal base for those who wish to be in London for the Olympics or Reading Festival, I stayed at the [...]

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Catalonia’s Messiest Culinary Tradition : Calçotada

Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by .

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All I knew about Calçotada is that it was a Catalan tradition, and that it was messy. Very messy. And indeed, it was! But that’s the whole fun of it – if you don’t want to get your hands and face dirty, there’s no point in doing it. You have to let your inhibitions go [...]

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M’encanta Catalunya, a Photo Essay

Posted on 10. Mar, 2012 by .

To wrap up this series of posts on my trip to Catalonia, I decided to stop talking and let the pictures do their work. No words could possibly describe the state of bliss I was in at the time, and the wonderful souvenirs I will forever cherish. Without further ado, here are is a few [...]

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