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Say It With Pictures: The City of Marseille, France

Have you ever visited somewhere that went completely above and beyond your expectations? Well, most recently, Marseille had exactly that impact upon me.

I had originally planned the trip to the market town as a family getaway to see the city but most importantly, to meet a relative that would be sailing on the Carnival Sunshine cruise.

Located on the south-east coast of France, a flight from London takes just 2 hours to arrive at the main airport (MRS). Upon arrival in the 2013 European Capital of CultureI was immediately taken aback. I’d previously visited Paris and Lyon, so I expected something similar to these cities. Yet, in my opinion, France’s second and oldest city offered a far more delightful and memorable affair. Continue reading Say It With Pictures: The City of Marseille, France

Mixed impressions at Alexanderplatz Apartments, Berlin

In August I visited Berlin with several friends for a chance to explore the city in warmer weather, particularly as my previous visit to the city had been during a much colder season!

Having booked the Hotel Amano for the first part of my stay, we then shifted to Alexanderplatz Apartments as we needed somewhere central, reasonably priced and suitable to accommodate the group. Continue reading Mixed impressions at Alexanderplatz Apartments, Berlin

Brunch for two at Cafe Massena, Paris

imageWhilst en route to the Marie Curie Museum in Paris (which turned out to be closed), we were seeking somewhere that would provide satisfying food at a reasonable price. We hadn’t eaten yet as breakfast at our hotel, Oceania Paris, was costly. So a stop off at Cafe Massena was much needed.

We found the restaurant purely by chance, it happened to be our stop on the T3 before switching to the metro,  so it suited us by being right by the station. Also, given that it was a little before lunchtime, it looked busy and the menu was extensive so we decided to try it. We didn’t look back. Continue reading Brunch for two at Cafe Massena, Paris

A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

imageOn my latest visit to Belgium, I arranged for my friend and I to stay at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre, just a short walk from Grand Place and the many sights to be seen around the local area. We were only staying for one night, so easy access to attractions from a central location was the priority.

First impressions of the hotel were good; we took the metro to the hotel which was a short trip and just a few minutes walk from there to the Bedford Hotel. Despite having limited access to the map on my phone (thanks to T-Mobile deactivating the roaming function), we found the hotel with ease running parallel to the main road, Boulevard Anspach.

As we had arrived earlier than scheduled, we arranged to store our bags whilst we started our sightseeing, returning later to check out our accommodation. Continue reading A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

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Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

On a trip to Paris in mid-2012, we had stayed at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, a mid-range hotel that we enjoyed. On this occasion for new year, we wanted something a little more comfortable.

We were staying for a slightly longer duration of five days over the new year, so sought accommodation with a pool and gym, yet still in a good location near to the metro. Oh, and we didn’t want to break the bank, particularly difficult with it being the holiday season…. in Paris. Luckily,  the Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles made this very easy. Continue reading A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, Paris

imageOn a recent trip to Paris, I chose to stay at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse for a boutique style hotel experience. Located in Montparnasse and a few minutes walking distance from Pernety and Alecia metro stations, it was an ideal place to spend a night. The ease of the location meant that it was an easy ride on the metro into the centre of Paris. Not only this, but the hotel also included breakfast, which was much needed after spending the previous day wandering endlessly around the beautiful streets of Paris. An added bonus was in the free WiFi which worked well, even for us on the 4th floor of the hotel. Continue reading Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, Paris