Mike

The Hoover Dam

We visited The Hoover Dam as part of our trip to Las Vegas. We hired a car and drove to the dam, which is about a 40 minute drive. The dam spans the states of Nevada and Arizona, and crosses two time zones, which confused us as we headed afterwards into Arizona! It was built in the 1930’s during the great depression and had three key objectives: 1/ To provide water for irrigation to the states down river. 2/ To…

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Airport Lounges – Are They Worth It?

We have a simple rule for airport lounges – If we have two or more hours to kill, particularly with a flight delay, we go straight to the nearest lounge! The benefits of getting onto decent Wifi, having some peace and quiet away from the crowds, and being able to eat and drink what we want, far outweigh the cost of using a lounge for that kind of time period. In fact, we’ve often saved money – have you seen…

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Decent Internet While Travelling

For us, maintaining a decent internet connection while travelling, is business critical. Not only do we have to continue to answer emails and run our business, but we also need to be uploading images and video of our travels all the time. Most hotels these days offer Wifi, but it’s not reliable, and the upload speed is usually appalling. Using hotel Wifi also means we’re out of touch when travelling between them or just out and about. Data roaming and…

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Premier Inn Gatwick Review

We route into and out of Gatwick several times a year, and the flights often involve an overnight stay. We started using the Premier Inn there a few years ago, and the hotel has delivered a consistent service for us during at least 25 visits over the last few years. One of my pre-requisites for an airport hotel is that it must be directly accessible from the airport, rather than requiring a bus trip – I don’t like being at…

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Changing Currency In Morocco

The currency in Morocco is the Dirham. At the time of writing 100 Dirham is worth about €10. Notes are available in 200, 100, 50 and 20 Dirhams. What’s unusual about the Dirham is that it’s a “closed” currency, so you can’t just pop into your local travel agency or bank and change money for a trip to Morocco. You can only buy and sell Dirhams in country. On arrival at any of the airports in Morocco, you will see…

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Platea Madrid – Top Restaurants In One Place

We were recommended to visit Platea Madrid by some friends. If you enjoy good food, you need to go too! Think for a moment about those food halls large shopping centres sometimes have – the ones where you sit at tables in the centre, and then order your food from different restaurants around the outside. That’s exactly how Platea is, but the difference is instead of fried chicken, burgers and the like, you’re surrounded by top calls restaurants and bars.…

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Franschhoek Motor Museum

Reading up about the Wine Region around Franschhoek, Julie spotted the fact that there was a classic car museum in the area, so we planned to drop in a check it out. The town is pretty small, so what I was expecting was a small collection of cars, probably owned by a keen local winemaker who had made a bit of money, and sunk some of it into a little hobby on the side. I thought we might spot some…

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Flying Qatar Airways to Cape Town

We had been planning a trip to Cape Town for some time, and once we knew the overall plan, we got to the airline decision. I’d wanted to fly Qatar for ages – they’ve built up a great reputation, won many awards and call themselves “The five star” airline. Qatar are relatively new to the international scene, but they have a super modern fleet and they use the incredible new airport at Doha as a hub – you fly there,…

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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has the largest population of all The Canary Islands. The island is broadly round, with a diameter of about 50KM. The island is quite mountainous, reaching up to almost 2,000 Metres. Its a little like a “Mini Continent” with dramatically different micro climates, ranging from cool and damp inland in the winter, to hot and almost desert-like in the south in the summer. The North East corner of the island is home to Gran Canaria’s capital of Las…

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