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Tuesday, 21 September 2010



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Oh Ireland, the land of the leprechaun, Mystery, the black nectar in a glass and of course it's beautiful Fair city of Dublin. There are some very nice Dublin hotels varying from Deluxe to mid range  and cheap. So i thought i would write a review about three of them that may be of interest to the would be travelers amongst you.

The Merrion hotel
Merrion st, Dublin 2

This hotel is pure luxury and is classed as the top hotel in Dublin.You would not think so from the outside,but inside it's pure heaven. The building is a listed property and it has been restored to the modern building of today. Located opposite the Irish Parliament, about 5 Min's walk from St Stephens green and close to Grafton St Trinity college, Museums, Art galleries and Temple bar. It has 145 rooms and suites all decorated to the highest Irish standard and great care has been taken to retain all of the Georgian style features.Also you have the Cellar bar which is located in the 18th century wine vaults under the Georgian town houses which form the main house of the hotel. There are also two restaurants, Patrick Guilbaud's,which is a 2 star Michelin restaurant and the cellar restaurant which is for informal and fun dining with an Irish Flair. Prices per night in this hotel can be around 150 Euros,but that's what you have to pay for pure luxury.

The Gresham hotel
23 upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
This has been Dublin's landmark since 1817  and it maintains the elegance of that period. It has chandeliers and liveried doormen that greet guests in the oldy worldy style. All of it's bedrooms are large and have private bathrooms,voice-mail,direct dial phones,TV,hairdryer and garment press.The Aberdeen restaurant has a fantastic reputation and you can enjoy a chat with the locals over a pint of Guinness in the hotel bar.They also have a fitness centre and conference facilities.The hotel is situated in the centre of Dublin's main thoroughfare,O'Connell Street.Prices range from 40-70 Euros per night depending on the season.

Blooms Hotel
Temple Bar, Dublin

This is a lively City centre Hotel in the historic temple bar area,the hub of the city's nightlife and cultural activities. All rooms are en suite with all the normal extras.It has it's own nightclub and is located close to all the major shops,theaters,restaurants, Art galleries and Museums.The Hotel has 86 bedrooms,all decorated to a high standard.All floors are served by an elevator and there is a fully licensed bar with live music. Also dining at blooms can be an enjoyable experience again with traditional and classic dishes and lighter meals and snacks are available during the day. Prices range from 40-70 Euros again depending on the season.

So pack your bags one day and give Dublin a visit and i a very sure that you won't regret it and the trip will linger on in your mind forever.

Friday, 17 September 2010



When i was stationed in Germany, we went to Switzerland and then drove back through France and Belgium, but we never did make it to Paris. Sometimes i wish we had, because when you think of Paris, you think of romance with someone special in your life. So i thought i would write a short review of some nice Hotels in Paris city centre .


This beautiful hotel is situated in a famous area of Paris close to the Champs Elysee's area and you can't get more romantic than that. This is where the perfume houses, fine restaurants and trendy boutiques can be found. It's a lady's paradise and they will feel like they have gone the heaven. The hotel has large rooms with marble bathrooms and full facilities. The hotel has two outstanding restaurants and is a 5 star category hotel .


This hotel is located South of the River Seine not far from Invalides. The hotel is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. Mind you i would need a parachute with me before i went up that thing ha!. People report that there are many good restaurants and classy bars in the area. The rooms have recently been renovated and are medium in size and it is a great place to stay if you are on a budget holiday. The rooms have an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV and internet access. Meals, the hotel offers breakfast and a buffet every day.


The Grand hotel Dore, is a magic little hotel with cozy medium sized rooms and was renovated in 2006. The hotel got a high satisfaction rating in trip advisor  top 8%. It has a small sized lobby 1 lift and 6 floors. This hotel does not have a restaurant, however breakfast is served on the ground floor.Not literally of course otherwise they would not be in the top 8% ha!. It is a 3 star hotel managed by one of the oldest established families  in the hotel business  and it is close to the main city attractions.

So i hope one day you can find the time to go to Paris and for the kids Euro Disney is not that far away. What a day out for them that would be.      

Thursday, 12 August 2010


I just thought i would write a short review about fishing in Canada,something dear to my heart. The nice thing about getting to Toronto by air is that there are many CHEAP FLIGHTS TO TORONTO
That will not cost you an arm and a leg to get there.
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Ontario has 250,000 lakes and miles and miles of rivers and people from around the globe come to experience some of the finest fishing in the world. There are a wide range of fishing possibilities in Ontario but the most overlooked are the areas in the residents own back yard. Any lake river or pond, may be a place to catch that monster,or the one that got away (or did it really ha!).
In the Greater Toronto area, there are more than 50 public waterways, with public access to many freshwater species. One of the many places to go is on a short boat ride from downtown Toronto. That is to some of the Toronto islands and at certain times of the year you may be able to catch that monster pike you have always dreamed about. Made a mistake once by putting my hand into a pikes mouth to get the hook out without wearing a glove and the thing bit me. Well, to shouts of *?*$*$? thing that hurts, i had to toddle off to hospital to get some stitches for a deep cut. No wonder they call the Pike the freshwater shark.
The GTA, puts more than one and a half million fish into the lakes, rivers and pond every year for the urban angler.The majority being within the Lake Ontario watershed. Rivers that run into the Lake,such as the Humber,which is also a river in the North of England, and the Credit are stocked with Brown and rainbow trout, Chinook,Coho and some Atlantic Salmon. They can be caught along riverbanks,from areas along the Lake Ontario waterfront or out in a boat. Most of these places are not to far from your hotel or guest house.so get  Cheap flights to Toronto  
and enjoy fishing in an anglers paradise.



I just thought i would take some time out and write a short review of three out of the way places that you can find with Orlando holidays .


Located in central Florida at the head of the Everglades, between Orlando and Kissimmee on the South orange blossom trail. This is a magic place of mini prehistoric monsters and it's totally different than all the other attractions you would see in Orlando. I first bumped into a wild Gator In Belize, at least i think it was. It had a pointy snout and teeth and it didn't half make my backside tweak when i saw it. They have very neat and interesting displays about different types of alligators and crocodiles and it's the only attraction around where you can See the true Florida. Kids are fascinated by the great shows they put on at Gatorland.


Located in the heart of Disney world at the contemporary resort marina. This is another magic place where you can go para sailing or take a trip around the seven seas lagoon. Start of with a delicious breakfast at the wave and then of you go para sailing and up in the air you can see all of Disney and downtown Orlando. The prices can be a bit high, but it's well worth it for this once in a life time experience. You can also go on a jet skiing tour through Disney, seeing everything from Space mountain to Cinderella's castle and the helpful guide will stop and answer any questions that you have on the way.


Located at Seaworld drive Orlando, this is a tropical oasis paradise,where you can swim with the dolphins and there is other fantastic wildlife and snorkeling. Again it can be expensive, the breakfast is minimal, however the lunch menu is great everything is included even beer if you want it. But the best things are the interaction with the animals. Kids love petting the rays and swimming with the Dolphins. Also the can feed the birds and rays and the beautiful tropical fish and you can also get a tour of the shark reef, but i would not advise watching Jaws before you do that. The whole day can last from about 9 am - 3pm, so it's well worth a family day out and it keeps the kids totally entertained

Tuesday, 10 August 2010



When i was in the military i was stationed in the South of England and London was only about an hour by train from where i was stationed. So quite often i would hop on the local train and spend a long weekend in London.
If you know what you are looking for you can find hotels in London city centre centre, that are very cheap and nice places to stay. So i thought  i would write a short review about two of them.

DAYS HOTEL WATERLOO.                                                     
Kennington Road  Se17bj  London United Kingdom

This is a great family orientated hotel with 162 en suite rooms, also it has a cafe, bar and lobby plus WLAN Internet access. The bar and lounge are open 24 hrs a day and is a great place to relax with good company.
The nice furnished rooms have en suite bathrooms with a power shower, i tried one of those once, got the setting wrong, thought i had set it to warm but set it to cold. That was a shock and a half i can tell you that.You get tea and coffee making facilities, TV with free view and sky channels a nice double bed and you can regulate the heating settings yourself.

The hotel is only a ten minute walk from Waterloo station, standing across from the imperial war museum, this central locate hotel is great for the west end theatres, shopping and most other things that go on in a capital city like London. The city airport is about 15 kn from the hotel and Heathrow airport about 29 km away.
Now this is the best bit, prices start at only £58.25 per night.

THISTLE CITY BARBICAN.                                                        
Central Street Clerkenwell  Ec1v 8ds London United Kingdom

This is a 6 storey main building and a 5 storey neighbouring building , built in 1968 and renovated in 2000. It is situated at the edge of London's square mile and close to the Barbican centre. The hotel has 463 bedrooms including executive and superior rooms and wireless internet is available.

The rooms have en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, a direct dial telephone satellite cable TV, Intenet accesess, a fridge, central heating and a hire safe. The hotel has a health and leisure club and swimming pool. Also there is a gym for sports enthusiasts.

The hotel is located close to the town centre and is near the underground network as it is called in London. Most othe places in the world it is called the Metro. There are plenty of shops, bars and nightclubs in the area and the hotel staff can give you all the info on the local area that you need.

Prices start from £84.39 per night, which again is a fantastic price for a hotel in one of the most expensive city's in the world.

Well, i hope this has been a little help to any would be travellers to London and you can always get more info on the net.