A First Class Indian Adventure Part 6: Selling Sea Shells By The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

For the next leg of our Indian adventure we flew from West to East, for a luxurious stay at the sleepy beach town of Mamallapuram with its stunning Shore Temple and exquisite stone carvings. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 6: Selling Sea Shells By The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Introduction, Context and Planning Although I took this trip back in 2014, 2020 marks 10 years since my first visit to India and if it weren’t for the current pandemic I’d be in the process of planning another Indian adventure as we speak! I started the planning for the journey that follows at the beginning of 2011 not long after we returned from our initial … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home

It was time to say farewell to Japan and begin our close to 36 hour trip home. Even if we were flying directly back to London it would have taken around 18-19 hours from the hotel lobby to opening the door to our flat. Instead we had 18 hours spread over two flights in the world’s best business class and three hours in Y back … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Check out from My Stays was effortless and we made the short walk to the station stopping off at Donq to pick up some breakfast to take on to the shinkansen with us. Train: Kagayaki 506 Kanazawa to TokyoDepart Kanazawa Station: 08:48Arrive Tokyo Station: 11:20Seats: Car 5, Seats 16D &16ETrain: E7 Series Shinkansen Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) It was a calm and straightforward two … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

We started the day with breakfast at the station from the ‘French’ bakery DONQ that we’d been eyeing up the night before. Whilst Anne-So went for some classic French options with her coffee I went for a more colourful collection of Japanese buns. Both food and drink were rather good and we made a note to return the following day. Before getting our coach I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour

We checked out very easily from the Okura and got the metro to Hakata station. Not having all the time in the world we spotted Seattle’s Best Coffee and ordered a breakfast set. Apparently hot dogs are a popular breakfast item in Japan and who am I to argue! The food was well packaged for our trip on the shinkansen to Hiroshima. In the end … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

We jumped on the bus outside the Renaissance and two stops later arrived at Heathrow Central. It was then just a short stroll along the travellators to Terminal 3. We were quickly checked in as for once there was no queue whatsoever. Security was the same, a minimal wait and straight through. We also realised it was our first time travelling from Terminal 3 not … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 5: Last Day In Ljubljana

Truth be told we were exhausted from the previous day of sightseeing and face stuffing so enjoying a good nights sleep was an easy enough affair. After getting washed and dressed it was time for breakfast. We popped into the wonderful looking lifts and walked past reception, the barbers shop a handful of conference rooms and into the sister uHotel (as it is now called) … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 5: Last Day In Ljubljana

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 4: Ljubljana

Our morning started off with the now customary basement breakfast buffet at Penzion Kaps. Whilst I enjoyed eating from the decent spread, I would later find out again that there was something in my selection that did not agree with me at all. Once again I would find to my distress that it would be the second lunch in a row where I had the … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 4: Ljubljana

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 3: Lake Bohinj

We had agreed on an early start in order to spend the bulk of the day at Lake Bohinj, but honestly being on holiday and getting up at 7 AM felt like hell so in a welcome change from the norm I slept in till 7:30 AM whilst Anne-So got ready. Around a quarter past eight we popped down to the basement for the breakfast … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 3: Lake Bohinj