Post Date Jun 27

Sometimes It Is All About Colour

Airplane

Why pick anything? Some people may think that a list of the good and bad, pros and cons, plus and minuses, that is how to make a decision. Weigh both sides or one thing against another. The right choice will come out on top if there are enough details. Slice the information and specifications small enough there should be a clear winner, right?

Scales of Justice

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Seems like too much work and really, it is biased by what gets considered. Not a fun way to decide anything. Really who wants to spend all that time combing through the details and judging on one little bit of information at a time. That is too much time being tedious. Maybe if you are working out the exact specifications needed to keep an airplane in the sky then this level of detail is a good idea. If you are deciding what to have for dinner, then let is go a little bit.

Airplane

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Nothing wrong with picking a car based entirely on the colour. A car is really a fashion accessory for most people so pick it like clothes, does it fit and do you like the colour. Gets from here to there and that is about all you need. Heading out on a vacation? Go to a pretty site like Hoot Holidays, fill in the basics and then pick a resort based on the colour. Could be the colour of the ocean, the room or cocktails at the swim up bar. You will never get anywhere making lists and weigh possibilities. Pick a colour and go make your own fun, it is you vacation isn’t it?

Cocktails

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The colour can guide you through some overwhelming decisions without resorting to some crazy hippie aura reading. Look at the thing and decide if you like it or not. Simple. Don’t stress the details. Most of these decisions are not about saving someone’s life. If they are then please look at more than the colour. Non life saving or preserving decisions don’t really matter which way you go. Pick a nice colour and don’t hurt too many people feelings along the way.

Colours

Photo Credit: EraPhernalia Vintage . . . (playin’ hook-y ;o)

Post Date Jun 21

Hotel Ushuaia: Are You Ready?

Post Date May 13

Away From Neighbours

Caravan

Living in a flat? How are the neighbours? Know everything that is going on in their lives? Well they probably know more than a thing or two about you too. It may not be a flat, coming on to nicer weather, the windows get opened and so does everyones lives. That serious talk about what school will accept Simon next year, who was responsible for the bill payment last month, or what does one really think about the mother-in-law. You know, those conversations that would be best left private but are not because everyone is so close.

Close Neighbour

Photo Credit: Chris Pattinson

A nice get away is exactly what’s needed. Not to some little hotel room where you have traded the neighbours for a different couple on noisy weekend away. Something where you can find some space and maybe a little fresh air for a change. Somewhere out in the country but without spending the family fortune or several mortgages on country home. Really what you need is the ability to move when the neighbours are becoming too close or familiar.

Country House

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A little class and a little budget. More than a tent but less than the manor house. More like a turtle with a home to go wherever the desire leads. This is when you start to notice those sleek 4 berth caravans making their way along the motorway. Comfortable and portable seems to be a nice solution to the neighbours. Room to stretch out. Solid roof to keep out the rain and a way to change location at will.

Caravan

Photo Credit: John Carver

Not for everyone, the country life. Nightclubs and fancy restaurants aren’t often near a caravan park but this is about having more of a portable home than portable life. Maybe it is not to your fancy and the concern is about the neighbours listening. Perhaps when a new caravan shows up in the neighbour’s drive it really is about them at all and maybe it is the other side of the fence or garden wall. Could be just the sign than a little getaway time for your self is in order too. Without all the drama.

Post Date May 2

What to do in Amsterdam This Easter Weekend

Cosmopolitan, Charismatic, easy-going, multicultural Amsterdam, these are the words I believe best describe this great city. I should also mention that it is oodles of fun whatever age you are.

Are you stuck on ideas of where best to go this Easter weekend? If so, Amsterdam could be your answer, and I’m going to give you a few ideas of things to do in my favourite city in Europe. The European coach company iDBUS have just launched their line between London and Amsterdam – so there’s never been as many ways of travelling between London and Amsterdam.

The top of my list of places to visit has to be Keukenhof gardens, just as you would top your ‘to do’ list with the Eiffel Tower whilst in Paris, or the Coliseum whilst in Rome, so you should top your ‘to do’ list with Keukenhof whilst in Amsterdam. Why? Because Amsterdam is famous for its tulips, and in Keukenhof you will find the most flamboyant display of tulips in Amsterdam. There is colour everywhere, and the smell in the air is divine.

Springtime is the best time of the year to visit; given this is when the flowers are in full bloom. The Easter weekend also sees the arrival of the Easter Bunny, who hands out some yummy Easter treats for the little ones and for big people too. There is a great maze which is really good fun, a children’s playground, and a petting zoo with lots of little furry things.

For us bigger people there is an indoor Easter egg market, and three different pavilions holding flower shows, but perhaps best of all is the daily flower arranging show, which is a must for getting your creative juices flowing. If you are feeling more active you could even hire a bike and explore the surrounding tulip fields outside of Keukenhof.

Talking of bikes, hiring a bike to explore the city of Amsterdam would probably be my second favourite thing to do. Everyone in Amsterdam cycles, literally everyone. You will see mums and dads riding along with wooden contraptions of some sort to seat their children or sometimes even their dogs.

Should you decide to hire a bike there are a plethora of rental places, too many to name, but be rest assured that practically every neighbourhood has one. If you aren’t one for meandering around on your bike and prefer some structure to your day a lot of the hire shops also provide guided tours, a great way to get to know the city in 2hrs!

If however, you like to explore alone, two spots I would advise you do visit are ‘The Nine Streets’ (De Negen Straatjes), that intersect the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan distric . Here you will experience Amsterdam’s true café culture, and there are some cute little boutique shops, it’s nice to cycle along the river and over one of its many delightful little bridges.

The second best spot is the De Gooyer Windmill. This windmill dates back to 1725 and is the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands, more importantly however, it is also a microbrewery. A great place to sample some tasty brews and you can even opt to have a selection of 5 tasters that you get to choose, I highly recommend it – Enjoy!

If you prefer to explore by foot I suggest you check out some of Amsterdam’s street Markets this Easter, as they will all be open over the Easter holidays, some of the more famous markets include the Singel (floating) flower market on the canal, Albert Cypmarkt, Waterlooplein flea market, and Rembrandt Art Market. The latter is my favourite, mainly because you can stop off for afternoon tea at the fabulous Brasserie Schiller, a 100 year old Art Nouveau Building, experience the grandeur of it, and the Dutch specialities if you wish.

This is only a snippet of the things to get up to in Amsterdam, but if you do decide to venture there this Easter weekend, be rest assured that there will be plenty to do.

Post Date Apr 30

Nice: the French Riviera

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A holiday in Nice is the perfect city break and is different kinds of holidays all rolled into one destination. For this reason you can choose a place to stay checking or booking online thanks to accommodation listing sites such as venere.com and start to prepare your itinerary for the French Riviera to enjoy all of its aspects and attractions and have the best holiday of your life. Visiting Nice is every different kinds of holidays combined into one trip.

Let’s start from the basics. If you’re planning to go to Nice next summer, you want to relax and enjoy the sun and its lovely shores. The beaches are mainly pebbly and might not be very comfortable, but the view and the beautiful sea are worth it. Along the beach, there is the famous and inviting Promenade des Anglais, the symbol of the French love for life. Here there are the best and fanciest bars and restaurants in town, full of people enjoying their meals and drinks and chatting with their friends, while others simply prefer strolling, biking and rollerblading before going back home and ending the day.

Nice is an amazing place to visit for art lovers due to its extraordinary background and cultural heritage and it is not surprising that many artists and musicians from all over the world have chosen to live there to get inspired for their work, like Henri Matisse, who lived in Nice for 27 years. The Musée Matisse was built in his honour and is really close to the Hotel Regina, where the artist dwelled. The museum houses a significant number of his paintings and sculptures, but also photographs and books from his personal collection. In Nice, there is also the Musée National Marc Chagall, dedicated to the Belarussian painter who loved France and relocated there to develop his artistic style. In the museum you can admire his renowned interpretations of episodes taken from the main books of the Bibles, the Genesis and Exodus.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the Old Nice with its narrow streets and peculiar shops where you can find Provencal items, fragrant wines and products for the gourmets. Every morning, on Cours Selaya there is a very special flower market with stalls selling food, fruit, flowers of all kinds and for all tastes. Waking up so early to visit the market might seem like a nightmare, but the smells and sights there are divine! In the Old town, there are also nice restaurants and little stalls where you can taste the best typical dishes of the city like “socca”, a sort of chickpea crepe, the “daube Niçoise”, a stew made with beef, carrots, onions and herbs or the famous “pan bagnat”, a stuffed sandwich with tuna, boiled eggs, anchovies, artichokes, celery and olives… delicious!

If you have some time left before going back home, you should definitely take advantage of Nice’s geographical position and book some tour around the picturesque Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur region of France to visit some close cities such as Aix en Provence, Marseille and Valensole, with its famous and gorgeous lavender fields.