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Marketing professional with a passion for travelling the world.

Tips for visiting the ‘Sovereign State’ – Dubai

As part of a one week trip, I wanted to explore two cities – Amsterdam and Dubai. A two day trip to Amsterdam, followed by continuing the flight on to Dubai for a remaining five days as part of KLM’s multi-destination booking feature. Continue reading Tips for visiting the ‘Sovereign State’ – Dubai

NH Museum Quarter, Amsterdam, Netherlands

En route to Dubai to visit friends, we decided to stop off for two nights in Amsterdam allowing us a chance to explore parts of a city that neither my partner nor I had visited before.

We decided upon the NH Museum Quarter hotel as it was most suitable for our budget whilst offering the comfort that we were sure that we would need to see us through the remainder of our trip! Continue reading NH Museum Quarter, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lalla Nezha Cookery Class, Marrakech, Morocco

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As I have a keen interest in food and experiencing spices from different continents, it only seemed right to enjoy taking part in a cooking class whilst I was in Morocco.

After some research online I came across details for Lalla Nezha, a woman that seemed to offer a fantastic way of not only providing a recipe but also customing this to suit personal taste and offering complete guidance from start to finish. As I was seeking a truly authentic experience, she appeared to be the best choice – I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Continue reading Lalla Nezha Cookery Class, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco – 3 days – 2 people – 1 objective – EXPOSURE!

In search of a diverse, culture filled break from the UK, I arranged a break to Marrakech in Morocco, North Africa for my boyfriend and I for a long weekend getaway.

Flying with Ryanair from East Midlands direct to Menara Airport (following a two hour delay!)  we arrived in the early evening and were immediately taken aback by the heat of the country. There were cashpoints immediately located in the airport, making it easy to withdraw our cash in the first instance. As we left the airport, we were greeted by a line of taxis, each bartering for our business. When we found one that seemed more familiar with our destination – Riad la Maison Rouge – we loaded our baggage and headed off into the night of Marrakech.

We arrived at the riad within around 30 minutes darkness was taking a full hold of the night. After settling into the riad, we decided to make the most of what remained fof the evening. The riad manager provided the directions and we set off for the main square, Djemaa el Fna. Continue reading Marrakech, Morocco – 3 days – 2 people – 1 objective – EXPOSURE!

Staying in the Medina at Riad Maison Rouge, Marrakech

View in Riad Maison RougeMy boyfriend and I stayed at Riad Maison Rouge as part of a break to Marrakech in search of sunny weather and good food to maximise the bank holiday break in the UK.

On first impressions, the Riad is tucked away in the back streets of the Medina, making it a little tricky to find but the locals or a good taxi driver can happily show you the way in exchange for small change.

Once inside you’re in a completely different world to the humid exterior. A cool inner-courtyard with lemon trees will welcome you with an open styled roof where we were seated whilst the Manager ran through our booking and served us mint tea which is absolutely delicious. Continue reading Staying in the Medina at Riad Maison Rouge, Marrakech

The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

In April 2010 I arranged a two-night break to Dublin courtesy of a cheap flight with Ryanair seeking a change of scene from home 🙂

Having decided upon the destination, I was looking for a hotel that would meet my needs by being:

  • Relatively close to the main areas itinerary – primarily Temple Bar
  • Central enough to view key sights on my itinerary – Guiness Factory and Jamesons Distillery
  • Offered a pool AND gym (at the time I was keen to develop my swimming ability!)
  • Within reasonable budget to not break the bank during the stay – essential!

After much browsing via a preferred provider, I decided upo the Camden Court Hotel which at around £50 per night offered all the facilities that I needed and was not too far from the main attractions of Dublin. Continue reading The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Hello and welcome to the Ad-lib Traveller blog. I started this blog as a way to share my travel experiences with like-minded people across the world. Ultimately, I see the blog as a way to share my own experience but also to learn and share inspiration with others.

As the first post, I decided upon the name “Over the Rainbow” which yes, does have everything to do with the familiar Judy Garland song or more recently, Eva Cassidy. Continue reading “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Movenpick Resort Taba, Egypt

Movenpick Resort, TabaI spent one week at the Movenpick Resort in Taba, Egypt as part of a winter sun getaway.

Upon arrival at the resort, my friend and I were greeted and had our luggage taken aside whilst we checked in at reception. We were then escorted to our room with a member of staff helping us with our bags.

After checking our room and ensuring that we were comfortable with switches for the air conditioning and other functions, we were happy to offer a tip for what was already proving to be a good experience. We were booked into a Standard twin room which offered two comfortable double beds, balcony and full sized bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Continue reading Movenpick Resort Taba, Egypt