• Review: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

    Review: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

    Stayed: 1 night, 23 – 24 April 2016 Room: 3911 (Superior Shard Room) Price Paid: £435, booked through Secretescapes.com Breakfast: Included That feeling, when you’ve done something that you normally wouldn’t do – like, spend this kind of money for a night’s […]

  • 48 Hours in Lisbon: What To Do, Where To Go

    48 Hours in Lisbon: What To Do, Where To Go

    Lisbon is a great city to spend a long weekend in. It is small enough to be explored in 48 hours but not too bland and boring to leave you with nothing to do. Not only that, there’s something for […]

  • Pastel de Nata - known as Portuguese Tarts elsewhere in the world - it's addictive.

    Hunting for Portuguese Tarts in Lisbon

    For Easter, we decided to skip the drizzly cold English weather (because Easter always rained) and spent it in sunny warm Lisbon, where we could get by with a light jacket and the southern European sun provided the much needed […]

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    Travel To Iran: Your Questions Answered!

    With the International sanctions lifted in Iran, more and more people are considering a trip to explore this fascination country that has been shrouded in mystery and bad press. However, Iran has always been a tourist destination, being a part […]

  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage (Image credit: William McPherson)

    Trailing Shakespearean Ghosts in Stratford upon Avon

    On yet another rail journey we left from London Marylebone station, through beautiful country scenes of Warwickshire to arrive at historic town of Stratford upon Avon. Easily reached from London by train, Stratford upon Avon make a great weekend escape for […]

  • The Fantastic National Railway Museum in York

    The Fantastic National Railway Museum in York

    I am not a train nerd. I really am not. I don’t know the ins and outs of a train engine, I can’t tell the difference between a R class steam and RC 4 electric, and I certainly do not […]

  • The Viking Invasion of York!

    The Viking Invasion of York!

    It was the year 866AD. The Vikings sailed from the Scandinavian region under the leadership of Ivan the Boneless, arrived and captured Northumbria Eoforwic. They didn’t like the name, so they renamed it a Viking name Jorvik. Today, this city […]