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Bye bye Grenada

It hardly seems a week ago that I posted on our aspirations for Grenada. These were more than met. The location, amenities and staff at the Spice Island Beach Resort were all superb. Though we only left the hotel twice, we felt we had experienced the island, particularly the Caribbean fusion [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

A typical day in Paradise

I have now settled into my routine. My day begins with an early morning walk on Gran Anse beach. I find such places best in the early morning with only a few dog walkers about. The beaches at Grenada are public and I assumed that over the weekend the loveliest one at Gran Anse would be full to [...]

February 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Spice Island Beach Hotel

The first couple of days on any vacation can be testing: the long haul flight, time adjustment, mosquito bites, sunburn, settling in can all contribute to this. It’s testament to this fine award-winning hotel that we are after one full day all fully acclimatised and content. Whilst the resort has [...]

February 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Grenada – flight and first impressions

I agree with Bob Tickler that British Airways (BA) have known better days as have their stewardesses. As we boarded the plane as part of long queue the stewardess confessed it was her first flight and showed us down the wrong aisle. The flight entertainment did not come on for 30 minutes into the [...]

February 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Jeanne Augier 1923-2019

Despite being 95 when she passed away the whole of Nice was shocked and saddened by the death of the owner of the Negresco Hotel, Jeanne Augier. The best hotel in Nice and once the whole Riviera was her fiefdom, she resided there till her passing. Royalty, artists like Picasso Chagall and Dali who [...]

January 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

From the moment we were greeted warmly at reception on arrival I knew I would like the Hotel Botanico. It’s an old fashioned hotel that majors on their service which is impeccable. It also has excellent amenities like 2 swimming pools, 3 superb restaurants and a more than adequate pool cafe, [...]

January 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second Day in Tenerife

This proved a full-on day which we all enjoyed. Breakfast was a buffet but with waiter service and a chef preparing omelettes. It was copious and I’ve grown to like the crispy Canary bread. We did not miss the screaming kids of the Lanzarote hotel but we did the pink vin moscato sparkler. After [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tenerife

Our journey from Lanzarote to Tenerife was no simple island hop largely because of the lack of signage in Canarian airports. The taxi driver in Lanzarote dropped us off at the international terminal – not the domestic one – though neither seemed marked. At the correct terminal we could [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I totally agree with my travelling companions in their aversion to buffets. Invariably the food gets cold, you have to queue behind a fat German and a brat in a Barcelona shirt, and even if you get a cooked hot meal it’s coolled down by the time you get to your table. By Monday we decided enough [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Jetwing Blue and Ministry of Crab

We transferred by coach from Kandy to Negombo, a coastal resort close to Colombo. It was the now standard hairy bus drive of overtaking in the opposite lane and hoping that the vehicle ahead would yield. Visually it was unattractive, the same old roadside corrugated iron shops, mainly selling food, [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

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