Hubbie is not happy at the Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

The Antisocial Traveller – is it just me?

I can still remember her name. Ena. From Ireland. She was the sort of girl who had the enviable charm of being at ease with everyone she came across. The confines of the rickety chicken bus made friendly chatter amongst passengers inevitable, and thanks to it being Independence Day in Guatemala, we were taking a rather long detour on our way to the markets of
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Sunrise over Mount Merapi from Borobudur

When it’s ok not to haggle

I’m writing this whilst sitting on a magic carpet. It doesn’t match our living room decor, is too short to cover the whole floor, and does nothing for the feng shui of the place. Yet this faded Berber rug has lain here for years serving as both a memory and a lesson. It was our very first purchase secured through the medium of haggling, and
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Executive Suite at Hotel D Strasbourg

Suite dreams at Hotel D Strasbourg

Where city breaks are concerned, country-boy Hubbie has one rule. If I’m to convince him to join me then the accommodation must be pretty much out of this world. If he knows we’re going to sleep in splendour then he’s up for almost anything, including swapping his beloved mountains and lakes for architecture and canals. Hotel D in Strasbourg was next on our latest European adventure, and
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Petite France, Strasbourg

Surprised by Strasbourg

Strasbourg surprised me. To begin with it’s in France, not Germany! The city doesn’t feel French at all, and with it’s architecture, cuisine and name, Strasbourg bears more resemblance to its sister towns across the German border, a mere 4 kms away. Historically Strasbourg has changed hands on numerous occasions, being in German possession after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 until the Treaty of Versailles passed it
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Our deluxe room (no. 107) at Hotel Le Colombier, full of beams!

A unique sleep in Colmar at Hotel Le Colombier

You may know by now that I’m kinda fussy when it comes to where I stay on my travels. I’ve been known to choose our entire destination based on some quirky accommodation gem I’ve discovered, and sometimes even because I’ve fallen in love with a particularly lovely bathroom I’ve seen on a website. Yep, some of our trips have been simply because I like the look of
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