A First Class Indian Adventure Part 7: Temple Running In Madurai

For the penultimate leg of our trip we flew south to Madurai where we immersed ourselves in the stunning Meenakshi Amman Temple, visited the beautiful remnants of the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and took an Indian history lesson through the eyes of Gandhi. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 7: Temple Running In Madurai

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

They say that true luxury is doing the simple things well. To some that may mean a marble bathroom, high thread counts or Michelin starred cuisine and whilst I love all these things this was not the luxury on offer at Our Land. Instead we were surrounded by nature on our own little island in the Alleppey backwaters where three times a day we’d be served the most exquisite freshly cooked and caught South Indian food. All simple and executed to perfection. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

Whilst we had a bit of a nightmare stay at the Aloft, being able to get online again was invaluable as not only did we discover the preventable reason for the hotel messing up our station pick up, but more importantly we were able to check up on our train departures. Booking the leg from Coimbatore to Kochi had been a bit of a nightmare … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Train: Limited Express Thunderbird 29 Kyoto to KanazawaDepart Kyoto Station: 16:10Arrive Kanazawa Station: 18:26Seats: Car 11, Seats 5C and 5DTrain: 683-4000 series Top Speed: 100 mph (160 km/h) We finally hauled, harried, pulled and dragged our way to the platform and unlike the perfect organisation of every other train we took in Japan this felt like chaos. As per usual the platform was littered with … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

We arrived super early for our shinkansen at Odawara and were fortunate enough to get all our seat reservations sorted for the rest of the trip, result! We waited for a while before boarding our bullet train to Tokyo. Train: Kodoma 640 Odawara to ShinagawaDepart: Odawara Station 11:42Arrive: Shinagawa Station 12:09Seats: Coach 12 (Seats Unknown)Locomotive: Shinkansen N700 Top Speed 177mph (285 km/h) And Train: Keikyu … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Our flight landed around 20 minutes late into Narita and we were glad to be on our way and off the plane. With us already being behind schedule the wait to get our passports stamped with tourist visas and pick up our baggage felt endless. In the end it didn’t really matter as we still had plenty of time to pick up our Pasmo cards … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 2: Lake Bled

For once it wasn’t too hard to get up, and after a proper powerful shower we headed down to the basement breakfast buffet. On offer at Rooms and Apartments Jana were a solid selection of breads, coffee, teas, hams, pastries, cereals and even a few hot items. Whilst it was not the nicest breakfast room in the world and the Nespresso machine refused to work … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 2: Lake Bled

A Cheapskate’s Weekend in Prague Part 3: Hotel Courtyard Prague Airport

Hotel: Courtyard Prague Room: Studio Room 605 Status: Marriott Gold Despite the late hour we were warmly and proactively welcomed in English and immediately we felt right at home. We’d been upgraded to a studio room on the 6th floor with an airport view. I’m assuming they don’t get many Marriott Golds on a Friday night in Prague as the lady checking us in was … Continue reading A Cheapskate’s Weekend in Prague Part 3: Hotel Courtyard Prague Airport