The Other Side Of Ibiza

I don’t think there’s a person alive whom hasn’t heard about Ibiza, Renowned for it’s international party status thousands flocks to the White Island for sun, sea and parties. But I bet you didn’t know part of the island is a UNESCO world heritage site?

Ibiza is a part of a 4 island archipelago of Spain, Located 150 kms south from the coast. With over 50 beaches, there is plenty more to see than San Antonio Bay!

When I travelled to the Islands back in 2012 I went with my then boyfriend for something a little different. Of course I had planned to see the inside of some of the most famous clubs in the world with their resident  world class DJ’s but I wanted to prove Ibiza could be a destination for all so here are my top tips to get something more from your travels in Ibiza.

 

Es Cana Hippy Markets –

In the small town of Es Cana, Club Punta Arabi  host the local markets every Wednesday. Like stepping back in time these markets have called Punta Arabi home for over 35 years! Perfect for a stroll around and with some fantastic eateries near by, Travel by public bus to make a day of it. Located just up from the beach, it’ll be hard to miss.

 

Sunset In San Antonio –

Even if you aren’t staying in San Antonio and have no intention of a night out you certainly can not miss the beautiful views this coast gives you of the sunsets. Located on the south west tip of the island it’s easy to see why there are so many bars offering sundowner prices and parties.

 

Port de Sant Miguel –

Located in the North of the island this pretty little fisherman sea side resort is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds and experience something a little more off the beaten track. With only 2 hotels in the area and a secluded beach front this resort is as picturesque as you can imagine. With some coastal paths to take you around the bay, you can get some pretty awesome cliff-side shots of the boats below and even take a walk to the hidden beach!

 

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Located only 4 miles from Southern Ibiza this slice of heaven is not what you would expect from its sister counterpart! If you are looking for pristine white sand beaches look no further! With very limited accommodation on the island you often find most there will be on a day visit from Ibiza. With ferries running most hours of the day and costing 34 Euros per person return, It is an inexpensive day trip out to see an island which could compete to something in Thailand for the brightest sand and clearest waters!

As the island is so flat, Bicycle hire is highly recommended just grab a bike and explore. With so many beaches to discover it wont take long for you to find your own private stretch of beach.

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Ibiza Old Town –

Interestingly enough the Old Town of Ibiza is that UNESCO world heritage site I was talking about before, The Dalt Vila – Literally translating into ‘upper town’ funnily enough is located on the hillside of Ibiza harbour. This treasure trove of shops, restaurants and cobble stoned streets in a breezy way to spend an afternoon exploring. The dramatic entrance over the cobbled pathway and drawbridge is a sight to be seen if nothing else! With whitewashed walls and colourful window shutters it made for some gorgeous photos for the album.

 

Best Time To Travel?

Shoulder season on the island is between April – June and again from Sept – Oct, Giving you the best prices but less guaranteed weather. Best for families and couples looking to avoid the summer time ravers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DisneyLand Paris

After starting to write my last posts on DisneyWorld Orlando I started to get the Disney bug, but without the funds for a spontaneous trip over to the states I started to look closer to home. Having not been to Paris since I was a child or Disneyland I figured a trip was a must!

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Packaging together EasyJet flights from Luton with a hotel from Superbreak the total cost including 2 days entrance into the parks came to £230 per person for the 4 nights.

Disneyland Paris is separated into two different parks Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park, the former not opening until 2002 almost 20 years after the first was opened in 1992. The Disneyland park is filled with all your favourite childhood rides like Peter Pan and Pinocchio however with the new introduction of the Studios has brought some more high thrill rides with it!

Disneyland Park

Who doesn’t love the magic of being a child again? My favourite out of the two parks really does make me feel like I’m 6 again! With 5 ‘Lands’ within the park… Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Adventureland and Frontierland there’s plenty to discover, and with each part having it’s own themes which have been portrayed very well!

Filled with family favourite rides like Dumbo’s flying Elephants, It’s A Small World, Mad Hatters tea cups and pirates of the Caribbean there is plenty of family rides however for those looking for the big thrill rides will not be disappointed with choices of space mountain, Indian Jones, and big thunder mountain!

With plenty of free opportunities to meet the characters (for those avoiding the costly character dining) in this park you can meet the classics from Mickey himself, Winnie The Pooh and now you are able to meet the princesses in Fantasyland (check daily programmes for exact times)

A new addition to the park in conjunction with the STAR WARS franchise there is also a Jedi training academy you are able to sign up for… To register, report to Videopolis as soon as you arrive to the park, Sixteen guests between the ages of 7 and 12 years of age will be selected for each show (no adults allowed I’m afraid… I did ask!)

Walt Disney Studios Park

Taking you behind the scenes of some of the most famous Disney movies this park has the best of both worlds, with plenty of indoor attractions for those rainy days. More suitable for those with slightly older children and adults this park has lots of shows, participation shows that may require a longer attention span and larger rides.

 With special effect shows like the Armageddon and the studio tram ride, these are designed with those in mind who like to see how the action is created! Taking you on what may become a bumpy ride experiencing earthquakes and fire showing you the visual effects behind your favourite Disney action movies!

As I mentioned before the park is also home to some of the bigger rides aimed at those thrill seekers, Including my mums favourite ‘The Tower Of Terror’ along you to plunge 13 stories down the shaft of the haunted building. Another firm favourite is Areosmith’s Rocking Rollercoaster taking you from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds this G-force ride is one of my favourites with the best soundtrack!

Those with the time will love the interactive ‘Art Of Disney Animation’ a fun sketch along with some of the Disney animators! With the chance to learn how to draw some of your favourite characters you are even able to keep your drawing as a souvenir, Be sure to visit more than once to get a chance to draw a different cartoon every-time!

* Be sure to log onto http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/ to get your Disney kicks and help you plan your next trip in advance! *

My Favourite Sights In Prague

Having just returned from a wonderful four days in the city of Prague I thought I might share my top sights not to miss… Other than Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock.

Located in the capital of Czech Republic in the kingdom of Bohemia lies the beautiful historic town of Prague. Unfortunately famous for its stag weekend reputation it pleasantly surprised me on my arrival to have only seen the one group on what might of been the busiest weekend of the year, Easter Weekend.

Any illusions you might have of a weekend in Prague I’d like to help change, as this has quickly become one of my favourite cities!

Prague Castle

This world recording holding residence to past King’s of Bohemia is recognised as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is easily the biggest tourism draw to the city. Personally I am not one for a castle tour but we happily followed the masses on a tour. The views from Starbucks roof terrace is easily one of the best you will find and provides panoramic views out over Prague below.

If you time your visit right you will be able to see the changing of the guard, that’s right just like at Buckingham Palace this is quite a big deal. Crowds will gather to watch the guards leave their post, and if you are there for 12pm (lunchtime) you will be provided with entertainment from the fanfare ceremony that happens daily.

Once you have had your fill take a slow walk back to Lesser Town down the hill. A long road lined with shops, restaurants and cafes there is plenty to see and places to stop.

Nerudova Street

One of my favourite history facts is before street numbers and road names existed there was another way people recognised addresses, With house signs which happened to be pictures displayed on a plaque above the door. If you were looking for the bakers house, all you’d have to do is look the loaf of bread picture! I love this and think it would be amazing if this of been continued even to this day… I think my house would have an aeroplane plaque! 😉 The signs have been restored on some of the houses on this street located just below Prague Castle. Take a walk back to Lesser Town passing through and see if you can spot the house of two suns.

John Lennon Wall

Located just below the castle in Lesser Town, this monument to peace, love, art and John Lennon was created back in the 1980’s after his murder. Used as a way for young Czechs to show expression through the means of Art in anger to the communism. Western music was banned in the country and repenting against this they would write lyrics from the Beatles onto the wall.

What started as a portrait of John himself has now been lost underneath the layers of paint that have been covering the walls for many years. After trying to cover the wall with whitewash and rid the graffiti it has become impossible to cover it quicker than the artists arrive. Now left to be decorated as seen fit this massive tourist attraction will be ever changing with messages that still reflect the hopes from those in the 80’s, messages of peace and love.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery

Located within close distance of the old town this old Jewish Ghetto is home to one of the most beautiful, sobering graveyards I have visited. It is believed to be the largest recognised Jewish cemetery in Europe, where thousands of gravestones are lain in the small courtyard at the Pinkas Synagogue. The synagogue after communist regime was closed and the 77,927 inscribed names of the holocaust victims were erased, but these later were restored and now they cover the entire interior of the building.

Rooftop Drinking

With such a beautiful square it would seem a shame not to see it from above in all its glory! We decided to skip the queues to climb the clock tower, after all it’s what we came to see but we still wanted the vantage point it offered. I’d heard there were some rooftop bars in the Old Town and decided to check out the terrace at Terasa U Prince Hotel. With reasonably priced cocktails we treated ourselves to a sundowner and watched the sunset from the warmth of the heat lamps wrapped in blankets.

My tip is to give the food a miss and make this a pre dinner drink.

Petrin Hill

Located close to Prague castle this proud hill sits atop the terracotta roofs and golden spires of the city below and is popular for those looking for a walk away from the crowds or a perfect picnic spot. Easily accessible from the city using the the funicular railway (also known as a cliff railway or a cable attached tram for almost vertical climbs) for those not looking for something as energetic or a short but steep walk up the 327 meters. Passing through some manicured gardens, and through the memorial to the vitims of communism there is plently of opportunities to stop along the way and once you arrive at the top there are cafe’s and coffee shops. Trust me the view will be worth it!

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Petrin Look Out Tower

Don’t think the that’s the end of the fun once you’ve made the climb! You are able to get even higher! This mini replica of the Eiffel Tower sits atop of Petrin Hill adds another 60m onto your height for some clearer views of the city below. For less than £10 per person you are able to purchase a ticket for the climb up the 299 stairs to the observation deck at the top. There is an elevator which operates at an extra cost (free to pensioners and disabled guests) for those unable to make the climb after a trek up Petrin Hill.

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 Powder Tower

Dating back to the 11th century this Gothic tower is one of the remaining castle gate entries. Used as a decorative entry to the castle grounds rather than defensive means, it was used to store shotgun powder in the 17th century hence the name “Powder Tower.” A great example of the classic Gothic architecture of Eastern Europe this tower stands proud at the entry to Old Town Square and separates the new from the old. It is possible to climb to the lookout 44 meters above Old Town Square for a small fee.

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Cadburys World, Birmingham, England

I have fond childhood memories of visiting Cadbury World on school trips and family day trips alike… My clearest memory was just how much free chocolate you received! I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see this is no longer the case!

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After spotting a tweet from @Cadburysworld for an afternoon tea and entry deal I had to take them up on the offer. For £19.95 per person you were given entry to the factory tour and an afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes with tea and scones.

Read more about the offer here on their website

Rallying up a couple of friends to join me wasn’t difficult, especially after I showed them the sample menu online.

Part of the conditions on the offer is your tour must start after 12:30 and you must complete both the tour and start your afternoon tea before 3pm. It wasnt a problem for us as it meant we could have a slow start to the day and have time to pop into the Bullring for a spot of shopping.

Raring to go I had my carrier bag at the ready once we got into the queue for entry on the tour and was super excited when I counted three bars being added to the goodie bag and started drooling at those still to come.

If I’m completely honest, nothing has changed in the factory since my visits 20 odd years ago. Wandering about brought back great memories of visiting all those years ago and wanting to play on all of the interactive games set up to entertain you along your walk through.

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Telling the story of how the Cadbury family set up their business and built the town of Bournville really is interesting, however knowing know that cadburys has been taken over by Kraft Foods I found this to be a little sad knowing this no longer is the case and the Cadburys family no longer have any ties to the business. What was once a great British product has now been replaced by something that could never compare to the original standards.

Alas we completed the tour within an hour of entering and was disappointed to discover one of my favourite parts of the tour; watching the chocolatiers go about their day and watching the big robot arms moving the finally wrapped produce has now been removed. Rather than being able to watch the magic happen you now are separated by a non appealing metal wall where they have a few facts about Cadburys dotted about for you to read.

I was however glad to discover they hadn’t got rid of my favourite treat of the tour, a pot of melted chocolate! 😉

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Being able to rush through the tour due to the lack of it meant we were out in plenty of time to have our afternoon tea, which if I’m honest we’d been drooling over since reading the menu!

We were pleased to see they could cater for vegetarians with no fish (Only when pre booking and advising online) sitting down in an area dedicated to those booked with afternoon tea we were eagerly awaiting our lunch. Two large stands were delivered to the table and we were overwhelmed with how much there was. With 4 different sandwich fillings, scones jam and cream, and a choice of cakes and sweet treats they certainly offer you your monies worth!

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The Best Dining Spots In Prague

I have to admit I ate some of the best meals and snacks I’ve ever had while I was in Prague so I thought I’d share my recommendations from my dinning experiences! There certainly was a lot!

*Indian Jewel 

http://www.indianjewel.cz/

After spotting an advertisement for a lunch time special we decided to give it a try. For 109 CZK you could try their 2 course menu. With a different curry on offer each day with the deal it does mean you cant be fussy, but for £3 each you can’t complain! They mix up the days with a vegetarian then meat option the next. We dinned and had the Sag Chicken which was very tasty and within the deal you receive a portion of rice and a desert of Kheer; Saffron flavoured Indian Rice Pudding.

Both were very tasty, and for only £3 it is a bargain! This worked out as our cheapest meal/snack while we were travelling in Prague and considering it’s Old Town Square location it is a great lunch stop off!

(They also offer a 3 course dinner menu for only 399 CZK, £11 each. However this is an all meat dinner, And when I asked about vegetarian alternatives there didnt seem to be another option)

 

* Joy Burger

http://joyburgerbar.cz/

Oh my good God! This place is amazing! We had walked pasted twice before I gave in and we tried to get a table, with the choice of an hour and a half wait or perch on the end of someones larger my rumbling stomach got the better of me and we crashed crashed a group of young girls meal out.

The restaurant is casual dinning and perfect for a quick meal, lunch or dinner. But be warned there isn’t many seats and does fill up quickly so book ahead where you can.

Burgers were good value between 205 – 285 ck although they don’t come with Fries on the side and are purchased separately, we ordered a portion between the two of us and it was plenty with the massive burger each. Admittedly we spent more on the selection of dips to go with them than the actual Fries with Chipotle and refried beans….

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Located a moments walk from the old town square.

* Giovanis

http://www.giovanni-praha.cz/

We stubbled across this cutesy little place while wandering down all the little cobbled streets around the Old Town Square and was so glad we chose to dine here.

The menu is a selection of Italian dishes, although personally I don’t think I could of been tempted away from the pizzas after seeing them delivered to others tables and went straight to that section of the menu!

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Located right next to the astronomical clock in the old town square.

 

* Las Adelitas 

http://www.lasadelitas.cz/

After a day wandering we happened upon Las Adelitas after noticing a sign leading into a building, Hidden within an alley way in the basement this place can be easily missed. Having only just eaten we chose to eat here the following night and booked a table, Which we were lucky to have done as this seems to be the in place and was heaving, Which just added to the atmosphere! We devoured the menu and settled on Burritos and Flautas which were served as something similar to an enchilada. After a small issue with the arrival of mine (which the staff fixed flawlessly and professionally) we enjoyed what might of been my favourite Mexican, and thanks to the staff we were offered the chance to have a pudding free of charge.

I have to add a special mention as I thought the décor and atmosphere here really makes the restaurant something special, Having travelled through Mexico I really think they have grasped the Mexican vibes and was thoroughly impressed! Even if you are only after a tasty cocktail after dinner elsewhere this place is sure to please!

 

*Trdelnik – “tr-del-nik”

Okay so I had so many of these sweet treats I lost my mind a little, I think I tried one very time we walked past a stall! They are very moreish!

So you are probably wondering what I am on about right now… These sweet treats, Sometimes referred to as a chimney cake are hollow sweet pastry/bread rolls. They are made by rolling out thin strips of dough and are rolled around a wooden stick and then are cooked on coal fires then are lathered in butter, sugar, chocolate and often Almonds or Walnuts and served piping hot… Don’t trick yourself into thinking they are anything less than 600 kcals for something as little as these!

They are the perfect street snack as they rip apart in the spiral it is cooked and be torn into  bite-sized pieces. We found them in various different ways from Nutella in the middle to ice cream! All forms are mega tasty so don’t miss out on these!

 

My Top Things To See & Do In Amsterdam

After being lucky enough to spend a week in this beautiful city I wanted to share my top places to see and go while in Amsterdam!

The red light district

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I understand there is a lot to be said about one of the oldest districts in the city but it is not to be missed! Join on to a tour if your concerned about visiting in the evening but I don’t think it’s any worse than walking around any city center! Make sure you visit some of the local bars, but skip the coffee shops… Expect high prices for a dive shop.

  • one top tip is to visit the red lights secrets museum which shares knowledge from the sex workers and even gives you a chance to see how it feels sitting in the windows for yourself!

People Watch in Dam Square

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People watching is one of my favourite hobbies and having the tables set out facing the street must of been thought of by someone else whom is nosey! There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can get your fill and easily pass away the hours… Made even cuter with the blankets provided by the bars ect to wrap around your legs, it really helps tick off the cliché European city must do!

Check out a diamond factory

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There are a few open factories to the public as Amsterdam is well known as one of the worlds most famous diamond cuttings, Even with its own cut the ‘Gassan’ opens it’s doors to the public to teach you a thing or two about a girls best friend. The tours are usually free during 9am until 4pm and will teach you a little more about how a Diamond gets it’s grading and will show you what our little gems started out like. Check out the tours online here.

Canal Cruising

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Completely different to your usual river cruise I found the canal cruises really exciting! I am biased I suppose as I will always do a river cruise no matter the city I am in, but seeing Amsterdam from a completely different point of view was almost peaceful in comparison to the what can be chaotic streets above. With over 100 kilometres of waterways it is a maze behind the madness and will take you down streets you wouldn’t have passed otherwise.

We arranged our canal cruise as part of our hop on hop off bus route with city sightseeing and were able to combine the two for 48 hours. Book your city sightseeing pass here.

The Nine Streets

For some fun shopping avoiding the tourist trap that is Kalverstraat (just behind Dam Square, where you will find a million H&M’s and Forever 21) have a wander around the Jordaan district. Here you will find lots of independent shops, bars, coffee shops and restaurants. We spent hours one rainy afternoon ducking in and out of the shop while waiting for the clouds to pass. Check out the shops here.

Visit A ‘Coffee shop’

I don’t think there are many people who would visit Amsterdam without visiting a Coffee shop at least once… And I don’t mean for a hot drink 😉 We only visited one while in Amsterdam and chose to have a ‘space cake’ rather than smoke. There are coffee shops all over the city and are recognisable by a white and green sticker in the window, and means they sell marijuana. The most popular are the Greenhouse thanks to it’s famous guests, The Bulldog as this is considered the first ‘coffee shop’ most are located in the dam square and red light district areas, and generally your nose will point you in the right direction. Although not legal in the country these coffee shops some how escape the laws and are able to sell to the public, but by law these establishments are not allowed to sell alcohol… Personally I think this a responsible choice and theoretically means there is less alcohol abuse in the country.

Visit the Conomerie

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Fancy giggling like a school girl at the sight of a condom? Head to this superstore where size doesn’t matter, and can make your favourite condoms to order to your own size? This quirky and funny shop is located just off dam square near the red light district. Even the window display draws in the crowds, with a statue of liberty and a zebra condom. Check out their website here.

Anne Franks House

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Again this is not something that should be missed while in the home city of the famous Anne Frank. After hiding from the Nazis in the annex of her fathers office this space is now open to the public and you are able to step behind the bookcase and take the narrow staircase to where she was a prisoner in her own home.

To avoid the long queues it is advisable to pre book on-line before hand, however when I tried to do so the website kept advising the dates I wanted to travel were not on sale. We arrived an hour before they stopped allowing entry and walked straight in.

I-Amsterdam Sign

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Located behind the Rijksmuseum this now iconic sign-age has been instagramed a thousand times, but join the masses with your own photo. This is also the location for one of the outdoor ice skating rinks in the winter, which the second I saw I had to get on. I love an outdoor rink… Nothing feels more like Christmas is coming.

Amsterdam Sex Museum

Probably the most random of museum i have ever visited… Spread over three house in a labyrinth of staircases this museum is the oldest of its kind, with an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects, recordings, photographs and even attractions. For the 4 euro admission it is a strange attraction to visit, but when in Dam and all that!

Do A Free Walking Tour

Arriving into Amsterdam we had no clue where anything was and with the knowledge you get from the tour guide is valuable. We did a tour with Amsterdam 360 and you can read my separate post on them here.

Take A Day Trip

If like me you are planning on staying in Amsterdam for a longer break why not get away from Amsterdam for a day and visit another Dutch city? You can jump on a train from Centraal station and visit the smaller towns of Delft which is famous for its blue and white painted pottery or how about The Hague? Home to the Dutch parliament & Noordeinde Palace. Both are a little more interesting than the better known Rotterdam which is more of an industrial city with very little to sightsee or wander through.With both cities only less than an hours journey they can be easily visited within a day trip with a direct train from Amsterdam.

Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum

Not being a huge fan or art paintings I wasn’t sure how I would get on at Van Gogh, But I knew I couldn’t of been in the city and not visited. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed myself. We decided to do the multi media guided tour which was an upgrade of another 5 Euros and I personally think was worth the money. Had some interesting facts and I prefer to be told about the paintings while looking at the rather than having to read the plaques next to them! 😉

Hiring A Bike In Vondelpark

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Wish my bike had been as cool as this!

I was a little too nervous to run a muck on the streets of Amsterdam so as an alternative we decided to hire out bikes in the city central park of Vondel. A rainy afternoon seemed like the perfect time and covered in our waterproofs we hired bikes for an hour and explored.

Why I Love Reykjavik 

  

Words can not begin to explain how greater time I had while I was in Icelands capital city! 

I have always wanted to travel to Iceland but found every time I looked it was more expensive that I expected! However for this trip I did my research and found great deals online on websites such as Expedia & Icelandair whom offer cheaper deals from London.

Our trip through Expedia was 4 nights in the new skuggi hotel with return flights from London Luton, came to less than £300 a person… Bargain! Although unlike Icelandair who offer excursions as part of the package we had to book these separately. I booked my transfers, blue lagoon, northern lights and golden circle trips directly through their website, personally I do think they monopolise the tours in the area leaving very little scope for smaller firms however when putting a search together this will be the operator you will come across constantly, if you prefer something a little more personal (rather than 80 seater coaches) there are a few companies I would highly recommend as alternatives…

  • Icelandaurora.com – if you are looking to get print worthy shoots from your trip I would highly recommend this company, the guides are also photographers and can help you take the perfect shot. Travelling on a smaller group ensures more time at each sight and the ability to have a little say in the evenings plans.

(Possibly the most expensive of the tours on offer, however if like my travel partner your aim is the perfect shot it is definitely worth paying the extra)

  • Car hire – there is no real benefit to having the guides on the tours, having your own car gives you the opportunity to visit the surrounding ‘golden circle’ route at your own pace, with free parking at most of the sights and at the blue lagoon if you are comfortable driving in a new country I don’t think you could regret doing it alone… Our hotel staff were more than happy to suggest driving and parking spots where we might catch the best views of the lights within 15 ,ins of the city centre, which would still be visible on the same nights the tours go ahead!
  •  Floating tours.com – this one I might suggest for those looking for something extra special, maybe celebrating a birthday or spoiling yourself to something romantic this company take you to a secret lagoon in small groups for you to chill under the stars, have a massage and enjoy the more rustic surroundings than that of the more popular blue lagoon, and being a evening tur during those dark winter months your even have the chance of spotting those elusive northern lights

I don’t think there’s a single person I can think of whom I wouldn’t recommend this to, any one with young children (maybe avoiding the winter) to a hen do I think would enjoy the trip alike…I don’t think I’ve ever fell in love so quickly with a city other than my second home in Sydney! Everything feels very quaint and precious, the small town surroundings make it very easy to be come comfortable and settled quickly… And less likely to be come lost 😉

The options of things to do is endless, from picturesque city strolling to day trips into the majestic unknown, Spas and hot springs and endless eateries where else could you end the day watching the auroras borealis? 

Everyone I’ve know to visit Iceland has always said how much they have loved the country, and after my great experience I think I’m overdue a 2 week stint with a road map and a hire car and see this beautiful country for more than just Reykjavik.

Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik. A Hotel Review

I’m not sure I even know where to start talking about at this fantastic hotel!

The location of the hotel is approximately 45 minutes away from the airport, a street behind the busy commercial Street with the Fjords behind you and a 24 convenience store next door!

The hotel is only a few months old, so everything looks very fresh and there has been a lot of attention paid to the details of this modern boutique hotel.

We had a twin/double room on the third floor, which is slightly on the small side but still has floor space around the bed, a desk & chair, clothes rail & shelves.

Personally though for me the best parts of the room are the lush bathroom with rainfall shower (with constant hot water) and the rooms balcony, which one night we sat out and watched the northern lights dance over the city.

The breakfast at the hotel is plentiful with scrambled eggs, bacon & porridge for hot choices. Then you have your cold cuts & cheese, cereal, Skyr, and pastries. They even have mcvities caramel digestives! 😉

The hotel staff were fantastic and always happy to help, and are a true representive of the Icelandic people as a whole.

They offer free car parking in an underground site & offer free WiFi throughout the hotel. They also have one of the highest rated bar areas in the city with an array of beverage choices.

Personally I don’t think you could find a better choice of hotel to stay!

360 Amsterdam Tours

I love a city tour, learning the history and culture from a local and learning a way around the city.

We found a leaflet for a free tour with 360 Amsterdam Tours at the coffee club in dam square and decided to join on. Their office is next door so waited for the 1pm tour and met our guide Sergio. They run the tour in a multitude of languages so you need not worry.
please note, although the tour is advertised as free the guides will expect to be tipped for their services and time.

The tour can last up to three hours (well ours certainly did!) and Sergio did a great job of taking us through the city and explaining more about the history of the city. His stories were fantastic, and he has a lot of passion for his job.

The tours run everyday at 11am 1pm and 3pm

After enjoying our day tour so much we decided to book onto the red light district tour. As a repeat customer you are given a €2 from the advertised price of €14.50.

The tour runs daily at 8pm

The tour was very insightful, and the tour guide has a lot of respect for the sex workers and does their best to enforce this upon the tourists and show a different side of the sex trade. As prostitution is legal in the Netherlands it is interesting to hear the ins and outs of the profession.