Harvey, get serious!

For those of you who are vaguely aware of Harvey Nichols (Harvey Nick’s) in London, you might recall them as being targeted toward a more upper-crust audience.  Perhaps a bit dry. But, if you haven’t had a look lately, you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re the playful type, no matter what your age. And the store has also…

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JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Packing hacks for adventurous women travelers

Oooh . .  I totally need this blender.  And I can’t leave without my stuffed muskrat collection. Responsible and ready for anything: it can be done, with our pick of the best products that help make traveling lighter on the planet – and your backpack. Take the essential items that will make your trip safer, more enjoyable, and won’t weigh…

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How old is old?

There are places in Europe that are well-known:  Rome, Paris, London etc. They’re all wonderful, but you really begin to fall in love with the hidden places. One such place is Wales – specifically North Wales, and even more specifically Llangernyw.  Here there is a church that has a tree, and that tree is special. This yew tree lives in…

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Ninety days is not enough

If you like Europe (we sure do) you may often find that when you visit for a long time, even ninety days (the current limit) might not be enough.  There’s just too much to do. Of course, you can maximise the rules by staying within the ninety day limit, take a rest for a short while, and then enter the…

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Oooh la LA

Near the famed Los Angeles intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the highly anticipated Thompson Hollywood is now welcoming guests, as of August 2021, who enter through a greenery-laden walkway, the first sign that this new hotel is something special. Featuring a bar, terrace and views of city, Thompson Hollywood is located 701 m from Capitol Records Building. Among the facilities of…

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You’re the boss

Don’t let the lack of a travel companion stop you from missing out on an amazing travel experience. For all sorts of reasons, you might be faced with the choice of traveling alone, or not traveling at all. Your partner, friends or family may not be able to take the same time off work or they may just not be…

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Yotel!

If you’ve been to London (or the Republic of Ireland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Australia) you’ll likely know Yo Sushi. A restaurant chain first started in London, Yo Sushi took the popular Asia-originated conveyor belt concept (you grab the plate you want as it passes) and tweaked it a bit for audiences in other countries. …

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At €29 per flight, how does Ryanair even make any money?

If you’ve flown Ryanair, you’ll know that it can be a mixed bag.  On the plus side, the prices are almost unbelievable:  how can anyone operate a jet aircraft (and all of its associated costs) with a €29 fare? On the more questionable side, some passengers feel like cattle (with the same amount of “love” from the cabin crew.) But,…

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We’ll meet again

This video is really special.  It’s London during World War 2.  You’ve probably seen similar, but this one is unique in that it lingers from scene to scene.  You literally feel like you’re on the streets on London, going about your business with other Londoners. The war, of course, was terrible, but watch the humans in the film – you…

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Fire up the engines

Slowly, but surely, travel is gaining speed.  More aircraft are flying, with more people on board.  Borders are opening, albeit with an air of caution.  One of the most anticipated restarts is cruising. But how do you actually restart such a monstrous travel industry, as well as firing up the ships themselves? Well, Norwegian (one of our affiliate friends) has…

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Shocking loos

What is a loo?  In the UK, it’s another name for the toilet. (It’s also called a bog, but that’s a different story.) Shocking?  Well, that brings up the question about why airplane toilets have power outlets.  Seems like a disaster waiting to happen. But read more here courtesy of BusinessInsider.com for an answer to this conundrum. If you can’t…

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The great ones steal

Always brash and cheeky, Pablo Picasso was never short on attitude.  And here is a humorous example of that modus operandi. His maxim that lesser artists borrow while the great ones steal is to be illustrated in Britain with a historic pairing of two artworks (David Sanderson writes). The National Gallery is collaborating with an American institution to show for…

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Thoughts o’ Palazzo

If you visit this site often – or even other travel sites – you’ll know that Venice is heaving under the weight of packed-like-sardines tourists, and rising water levels that threaten its very existence. Fortunately, there are those individuals who recognise the threat and are in a position to do something about it. The Anish Kapoor Foundation has bought and…

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Denial

By the time I realised that my drug use was killing me, I was institutionalised deep in the woods of Minnesota, at least a three-day drive from home, and without a car. My 1983 Corolla, including all my stuff, had been repossessed several months earlier. I was in a treatment centre at the unripe age of 23 as a result…

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High in the Spanish desert

This is for all 24×7 party people.  2022 is the year to look forward to, and Spain is the place – the Monegros Desert, Aragon, Spain, to be specific. Starting 30 July, 2022, the Monegros Desert Festival commences.  Of course there will be drinks, and music and dancing and, perhaps, nudity.  But the star of the show will inevitably an Airbus…

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Malaysia fantasia

What do you know about Malaysia?  Probably not as much as you should. Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richest nations in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there is high-tech infrastructure…

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Yes, but how good is the air conditioning?

Everything is relative, relatively. Some of us boast that we live in homes that were built in the 1950’s.  Your editor, for example, lived in a house from the 1800’s, and almost resided in another from the 1400’s.  That’s pretty impressive if you’re a history fan. But this all pales when it comes to places – still inhabited – that…

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Which way to the Shire?

If you’re lucky, you live near trees.  And if you’re even more lucky, those trees will be plentiful. But, if you’re really lucky, you might be able to find a rare habitat, one that would make Frodo feel at home – a tree tunnel:  high or low canopies of the trees that create a nature-made tunnel. If you’re not blessed…

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Controversy

With the benefit of hindsight, we can look back at things that raised the blood pressure of “the people,” but can now look back and wonder what all of the fuss was about. An example is Eileen Gray’s modernist villa E-1027, built  in 1929.  It resides on the Cap Moderne site.  (The Cap Moderne Association is a charitable body set…

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