The Ampersand Hotel Deluxe Studio Room

The Ampersand Hotel Review – Small Luxury Hotel in South Kensington London

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One of the toughest choices I face when traveling is where to stay.  I love staying at boutiques hotels but I also “fall in love” that I want to return to favorite properties so that’s the tough call – date a new hotel or go back to one of my old flames? In London, you’ve […]

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Art Surprises Abound at The V&A Museum London

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In all of my visits to London over the past twenty plus years, I’ve only ventured into two museums – the British Museum on a rainy day and the Tate Modern along South Bank at the end of the Millennium Bridge. I’ve been woefully ignorant of the many wonderful museum options in London such as […]

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Tower of London Tour with Context Travel – A Deep Dive Into History & Royalty

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The Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders) and the Ravens were all part of our Tower of London tour.  Each has a fascinating story to tell about the history of royalty, tradition and London and no first visit to London is complete without visiting the Tower of London. Seriously, if this is […]

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Visit Stonehenge Through the Moody Photos of Mom’s First Visit

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Of course on my first visit to London the itinerary included a visit to the mysterious Stonehenge.  Long a World Heritage site, the theories of the stones have abounded for the ages.  Religious, Spiritual, Astrological, Mystical, etc. From “This is Spinal Tap” to a variety of documentaries many have wondered about the stones in the […]

Waking Up Covered in Bug Bites Was Not My Idea of a Five Star Resort Vacation

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I had a normal Saturday at the hotel and never left the resort property. My morning started off with breakfast followed by time on the beach, lunch at the pool bar, time in my room relaxing reading a book on the comfy chair and then a spa massage before dinner at the restaurant. I happily […]

Give Up Your Airplane Seat? My 5 Tips to Consider Before You Volunteer

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Last week I was out at sea when the United incident occurred. When I reached port the next day, it was all over the news and I was surprised by all the mis-steps taken by the airline and local airport security.  I’ve always known that the airlines oversold the seats hoping to maximize the space […]

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Westin Milan – A Beautiful Room to Relax in Italian Luxury

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My stay at the Westin Milan was to be the luxury celebration to a month in Italy so I redeemed points for the weekend stay at the posh hotel.  After a month of mixed lodging from boutique hotels in Naples, a B&B in Sorrento and Venice to my amazing canal view Airbnb in Venice, I […]

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Solo Broadway: Review of My One Ticket to Hamilton, an American Musical

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about Hamilton on Broadway other than “it’s the hottest (and hardest) ticket to get” and something about the revolving list of actors playing the King.  I didn’t listen to the soundtrack, didn’t have the t-shirt or lament on Facebook about never winning the line lottery.  All I did […]

BA Arrivals Lounge Terminal 5 Shower

The British Airways Arrivals Lounge Shower at Heathrow T5

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There’s a first time for everything and I was doing something I’ve never done before at Heathrow – shower in the British Airways Arrivals lounge in Terminal 5. Usually when I arrive at LHR, I leave as quickly as possible to get to the hotel to shower and sleep in my attempt to deal with […]

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Take My Bags Please! Heathrow Luggage Delivery Service with AirPortr

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It felt weird leaving London Heathrow without my luggage.  I was on the Heathrow Express surrounded by many people with bags all trying to fit (trains were on a modified schedule that day) while I sat in my seat with a handbag and small backpack.  Thankfully my luggage wasn’t lost or delayed, in fact, it […]