Who doesn't want to stay in luxury? On a train? Falling asleep to the clickety-clackety sound as you speed through darkened countryside, awaking to a rich breakfast served by liveried staff members on silver trays... HOLD ON - that's the Orient Express. The Caledonian Sleeper is a different kind of luxury: practical comfort. Let me … Continue reading Caledonian Sleeper – Luxury Hotel Train – Classic Room FULL Review! London to Glasgow
The only lounge open at Terminal 2 in early summer was the Plaza Premium offering and access was available to Priority Pass users or those paying dirty cash (from £27). **Note: video report is linked at the bottom of this post** I was flying in business class with Icelandair and was sorry not to experience … Continue reading Why this lounge was a let-down! The Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2 – LHR T2
You may wonder why I'm showing you a picture of my (dusty) VW Golf. Indeed and you'd be right. This is just opposite my office at Queen's University in Belfast. I've gotten sick of paying WAY over the odds for a car parking space at Belfast City Airport. When you're away for a couple of … Continue reading Back to Belfast Hotels – Ibis Queens Quarter – a homely hotel at a humble price!
The entirety of the green/amber/red list travel regulations can be a mysterious faff. Here's why: The rules change at short notice (updated at least every 3 weeks in the UK)The rules are slightly different in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales. You need to gather together information from a range of different sources (your government, … Continue reading Green List Travel Guide: This man’s experience…
This was *such* a fun trip to take and vlog to make. I have been posting some travel videos over the past few years and the timing and content was (cough) *ramshackle! They've been for fun and that's cool. When I watch something, I do appreciate some structure, some speaking and some quiet moments, so … Continue reading British Airways E190SR – first post-lockdown flight! Belfast City to London City – Trip Report!
So there I am, amidst the research and trying to write and attending conferences on Zoom (yah-boo!) and suddenly it's over four months since Christmas. Four more months at home, shuttling around, making deals with myself that it'd just be for a few more weeks. I was burning, not quite out, but the candle was … Continue reading How I spent a week off my PhD
Last weekend saw me toddling over to Glasgow to see Strictly the Show with me old chum, Lynsey. Little did I realise when I was booking that my arrival a day ahead of schedule would see me spend Brexit day in a wee hotel off George Square in the centre of Glasgow. The day started … Continue reading Two Days in Glasgow
So is it worth it? The lowdown on the Virgin Upper Class Clubhouse... After visiting friends, collecting currency and a jolly time in London, it was time to spend far too long in the Virgin Clubhouse at London Heathrow. The Process There are particular steps to follow to GET to the Clubhouse. Virgin has tried … Continue reading Lounge: Virgin Clubhouse – LHR Heathrow
Landing in London Gatwick, it was straight on to the Southern service (despite their recent strikes, I got lucky with a fast service). The dark tower on the left was my old workplace - beside the rather more glamorous Gherkin! There was just time to meet this rascal, Michael, for a catch-up! With a … Continue reading London: Visiting old friends…