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Some of the more memorable places we have visited are Churchill Canada watching the Polar Bears, doing a Cruise along the Alaskan Inside Passage , Berlin; Manhattan is a favourite of ours. Used to live in Germany on two occasions both different places, but near the Dutch border, I loved it over there but that was 20 + years ago.
Have lived in two places in Scotland, Norfolk & Suffolk, plus a few other places. Visited Peru, a few places in America & Canada, Iceland and several places in Europe. Next planned trip Las Vegas (Not a place I really want to go, more because I will be that way and can cross it off the map) and San Francisco.
I booked us into the Adlon as part of a surprise for my husband 50th birthday.
What an excellent choice of hotel and location. The room, the service, the restaurant and the overall ambience and style of the hotel all combined to give him the best birthday present ever.
Do not be put off by the Adlon being the 5th best hotel in Europe and 26th best in the world, your stay will be excellent value for money and you will leave feeling truly pampered.
The Adlon is located right in the heart of Berlin where you will find everything on your doorstep and extremely friendly people who will make you feel really welcome in their country.
Monschau, Eifel region. Germany.
The town is very picturesque, cobbled streets, rushing river and extraordinarily well-preserved houses that are centuries old, tucked into a peaceful, hilly landscape. The houses are richly coloured and ornate.
High above you on dolomite cliffs are ruins of two fortresses, the Burg and the Haller, visit them for outstanding panoramic views of Monschau and the surrounding landscape. You can see exposed volcanic rocks.
The Burg was built in the middle ages with a mixture of architectural styles. Monschau became prosperous in the 17th century from the cloth industry.
Polar Bears on the Tundra and Dog Sledding.
Visited during the last week of October 2007, we saw 12 bears a day, although some of our bears were along way off we did have quite a few come really close.
Would have like to have seen a bears right up on the buggy but no luck.
We stayed at the Lazy Bear Lodge, this is a very rustic hotel; its location is the 1st hotel in town. (The town isn't huge so no where is too far to walk).
It's adequate & clean, friendly staff and efficient service.
We stayed there as part of a tour for 4 Days, the accommodation is basic but adequate. The restaurant was a reasonable size, shame the lodge doesn't have a bigger area to sit around in, there is a room with seating for about 5-6, and the lodge does not have a bar so there is nowhere to have a drink or socialise.
Having said this, all credit to the couple who own the lodge, Wally did the building and the furniture so a lot of hard work has gone into the place.
Wally appears to be very busy with the build and many of his other jobs, he was our local guide both on the tundra (meals provided on the tundra were very good), and on a tour of the town, he was a very interesting and knowledgeable guide.
We arrived there on the evening of the 24th October & went on the Tundra on the 25th & 27th from about 7:45am – 4pm. We did a town tour of Churchill in the morning & dog sledding $95 each in the afternoon. Couldn't do the Helicopter as the weather was not right.
The tundra was beautiful, especially when it snowed, nothing much there, but natural. I really liked it. The tundra has lots of lakes, so on the second day the sea was out in the bay and depending on which side you looked out of the buggy we had golden shots from the bay side & silver shots from the Tundra side as the sun hit the water & snow.
Churchill is quite a small town but the bay was a great view ( if you like wild beaches, we had quiet a few alerts of bears in the town & our waitress saw a cub while waiting for her lift, luckily the mother didn't see her, but the have regular patrol to scare the bears away.
I would recommend you go late October time or early November; you will see more bears & hopefully get snow which puts the icing on the cake.
The Seaport is a place to eat or have a drink, even socialise with fellow travellers, it has two bars, one a Lounge and the other a large games room/ bar mainly used by the locals and some visitors.
The lounge is a dimly lit, but is a pleasant bar.
The hotel has three areas to eat; a cafe style diner, lounge bar and the restaurant, none of these areas are very big.
Unless you pre-book the restaurant you will not be able to get a table in the evening (as with other places in Churchill), this is a very busy tourist town during peak seasons.
You can get a very good meal in the bar and prices are very reasonable, but be aware that in a place like Churchill, having to rely on plane or train to get their supplies, they will not have all menu items available all the time.
Glad I found this just before a visit a few years ago, took us about 3 hours & 13 miles, subway from midtown - then walk back up Broadway. Great views even if we did get a little wet (and then some, late June 2006).
Do you want to get away from the hustle of the city, do you like to walk.
You can take a Three Bridge walk starting in Williamsburg and ending up back on Manhattan Island from Brooklyn Bridge.
Take a subway downtown & get off near the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. Locate the subway to Williamsburg, just around the corner on Delancy Street.
Get the subway to the first stop in Williamsburg, locate the pedestrian walkway, then start a really pleasant walk back across the bridge, and ended up right back at the subway station, on Delancy Street, keep walking until you do a left turn on to Bowery.
Continue along Bowery until you hit China Town and the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, over the bridge, when you get to Brooklyn, come off a go back on yourself a little (crossing Pearl Street) then around the corner & you are looking at The Brooklyn Bridge.
Walk along the side of the roadway until you get to the pedestrian entrance, (you could do a slight detour either along Cadman Plaza or straight out along Clark street to the Brooklyn Esplanade).
Then it's a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan & City Hall.
If you want either take a subway back uptown, or walk back up to Midtown. The walk can take about three hours at a leisurely pace and it is about 13 miles if you walk all the way.
The first two bridges are not that good for unhindered photographs, but you do get some good views back on to Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Bridge is by far the best for views of Manhattan and Liberty Island.
If that's too much of a walk, why not try just the Manhattan & Brooklyn, or even hop on a subway to Brooklyn & then walk across the bridge, quite a short.
Another walk you can do, is to get the cable car to Roosevelt Island, walk up the island across the Roosevelt Bridge into Queens and then back across the Queensboro Bridge, again these bridges are not so good for photographs but it’s a nice little walk & does not take too long and you can spend some time walking out to the lighthouse on Roosevelt if you want.
Another good walk is the obvious Central Park; you can spend hours in there away from the noise and the crowds.
Try walking down some or all of the Hudson River, along the Marina, around Battery Park and round to Pier 17 by the Brooklyn Bridge.
How about a subway to Coney Island and walk the boardwalk to the other end of Brighton Beach.
There really are lots of places you can walk to see the many sights and get away from the crowds, and when you are in Manhattan you never feel unsafe.
In New York, there is so much to see and do.
Don't bother with the Empire State Building TOTR beats it hands down; you get to see the Empire & Central Park. There are three viewing floors, two with glass screens and the top one it's just you & Manhattan, not like the Empire where it's crowded & you view through mesh.
The Top of the Rock Observation Decks only re-opened late 2005.
This is nowhere near as crowded as the Empire State Building , and the views are far more superior than from the Empire.
Initially opened in 1933, it consisted of the 69th and 70th floors. It was originally designed to resemble the upper decks of a 1930s grand ocean liner, gooseneck fixtures, and large air-conditioning vents intended to look like the stacks on a ship's deck.
Top of the Rock is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of Rockefeller Centre (the upper decks 260 m above the street level you get an unobstructed, 360 degree view of New York City). Enter on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
Once up to the viewing decks, the first two levels have a low wall with large Glass screens which enable you to get great views and photographs, there are reasonable sized gaps between the screens to enable cameras to get clear shots.
The top viewing deck has no screens, just the wall and a fantastic view of Manhattan. Unfortunately you do not get an unobstructed view of the Chrysler Building, but you get a great view and an ideal photograph backdrop of the Empire State Building, and you also get an impressive view of Central Park, not to mention panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond.
Love it for lunch, yet to try it for Dinner.
We have eaten at the Boathouse on two visits to New York and will go again.
If you haven't booked a table you only have to wait about half an hour.
We find the meals very good quick & hot, service good & quick and do not think it is expensive.
The restaurant looks out over the lake so a nice atmosphere, I have recommended to lots of friends.
If you don't book, which we haven't yet, just turn up and be prepared for a little wait.
There is a bar where you can get a drink whilst you wait, they give you a coaster that vibrates & flashes to inform you that your table is ready.
We have only visited for lunch; it cost us about £80 for both of us for a three course lunch and coffee. We will do a dinner next time and will book for this.
Whilst we were there the first time on a Sunday, while eating lunch, Gerry Springer and family came in to dine and ended up a table away from us.
When on holiday we always manage to spot someone.
So far in New York we have come across John Lithgow, Stacy Keach, Gerry Springer, Pussycat Dolls, & U2.
Getting off the plane in Toronto I saw Bruce Greenwood, saw Melanie B (Spice Girls) in Totonto & in Dublin we came around a corner & almost bumped into Barry McGuigan.
Great place to get away from the noise & crowds
We have walked various parts of Central park, for short walk & really long ones and haven’t see a lot of it yet. On one visit we walked for about 3 ½ hours and went back the next day for an 1 ½ walk, on all our visits we have a good walk, there is so much to see, The two ice rinks, Harlem Mere, the reservoir, Hans Christian Anderson, Alice in Wonderland and much much more.
If you love New York, you love to go back, we have been every year since 2003 except once, can't think why we didn't go that year.
We last went in March 2007, and before that June 2006.
Last time we went I thought that's it for a while might leave it a few years; well don't think so now I'm back.
I love to cook & after visiting China Town and viewed all the sea food, a regular farmers market, and the food market in Grand Central, I fancy getting a self catering apartment next time so I can do a few of my own meals, maybe make a picnic & go to Central Park, weather permitting.
Half Island Circle Line Cruise. You get great views of the Manhattan Sky line.
Excellent close views of the Island from the Hudson River, Battery Park, Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty up the East River to the UN where it turns around for the return trip. The boat passes under Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges.
I love this tour & have done it twice, next time I would like to do the whole island tour & a dinner cruise.
For the great photograph opportunities do what we did.
As you enter the boat go straight up & out on to the open deck, if you can, get in to the right corner, behind the inner cabin.
Stand there for the entire trip if its photographs you want.
When you set off you sail closely down the Marina side of the island, every one is on the left of the boat clicking away, don't worry you will get your shots on the way back up if you stay where you are.
After a little while you start to approach Liberty, (you do get quite close).
By now people realise where you are approaching and try to get to where you are, hey you have prime position!
You eventually pull away and turn into the east river, passing under the Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges.
Now still being in what I think is the best place to be, your view is the UN building, the bridges, Pier 17, Battery Park etc on the return journey.
Cocktail Bar in Grand Central station
Atmospheric and relaxing bar, my husband and I went here on a Sunday night, it was quiet and not too busy, the bar does not stay open too late on a Sunday.
The bar is pricy but we really liked it, do check your bill though, in Manhattan they are supposed to add a service charge to parties of 6 or more, but we had it added to our bill this night.
We visited the bar again later in the week with our daughter and her partner, the bar was a lot busier this time, and as we had not booked a table we were told we could get a drink at the bar until a table became available, we did not have to wait very long though.
You do not have to dress up, but don?t expect to walk in, in jeans and trainers, (or as a colleague from work did, tried to get in wearing snow boots).
For the best free view of the Manhattan Sky Line do the free commuter ferry to Staten Island (Terminal at Battery Park) and back again (nothing to see there so get the next ferry back unless you want good photograph shots of the island, then leave the treminal & walk off to the left a little). Great views of lower Battery park etc and you pass the Statue of Liberty quite close. So if you are on a budget then this ride & view cost you nothing.
After reading reviews about the rooms on this site & being booked into a standard room, on arrival asked if we could upgrade to a Club Room without even seeing the standard rooms.
The Club Room was as pictured on the web site; the bedroom was of ample size for two, with two double beds. The bathroom was a little on the small side but okay. The room was clean and the hotel was very well presented.
Its well worth paying for the Club Room as you get a complimentary breakfast (hey guys don't forget to leave a tip for the staff in there they are helpful & pleasant), and evening Hors d'Oeuvres, and obviously the more people to a room the better value it becomes!!
You couldn't want for a better location; depending on your room you can see Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, 7th Ave & Hudson River, and everything a stone's throw away.
It’s has a large foyer with a Starbucks, a Sport Bar & Grill, a Breakfast room & Bar. From the club room/bar you can get a great view of the Hudson River).
Would definitely stay there again & recommend to friends.
Having stayed at this hotel for 9 days l have no complaints what so ever.
This is a clean hotel well sized rooms and well located and friendly staff.
We checked in a little early and as a party of four in two rooms found one was not quite ready and asked to wait 20 - 30 minutes. We were to have rooms next to each other but when we went to get the keys to the second room they had given it to some one else, so full of apologies we were given a larger room very nice (but the room we had booked would have been plenty big enough size wise).
The breakfast was as described pastries and coffee, which there were plenty and lasted the whole time, and you can take coffee back to the rooms just ask for coffee to take away they don't mind.
Would recommend this Hotel gladly. Having said that two years ago stayed at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers literally just around the corner a little more expensive but if I went back I think I’d prefer to stay there, similar size and quality of rooms, but a more modern busier hotel with plenty of areas for coffee, meals & drinks. Pay a little more for a club room and you get free breakfast (plenty of choice) and horderves.
If you don't like busy then go to The Michelangelo.
My husband booked a Romantic Break for us, we stayed in a room with a double Jacuzzi (he had the choice of the Jacuzzi either in the bathroom or the bedroom & opted for the latter).
All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.
The room was quite a large room with a fireplace, flat screen T.V, Tea/Coffee/Chocolate & Biscuits replenished daily. The bathroom had the usual shower etc, with more than ample toiletries again replenished daily.
In the bedroom behind a sliding door was a large wine fridge (came in very handy), and a double Jacuzzi, with an attached T.V and Radio, all operated from either the Jacuzzi itself or a remote, there was also ambient lighting within the alcove.
During our stay there was a Christmas Party on both nights (we heard no noise from either of these parties), also there was a large group staying that did not affect us at all at meal times, in fact the restaurant was pretty empty every time we used it! (In the reception area there is an information board that tells the ?Group? what time their breakfast is), so if you think this may create a busy period avoid breakfast at this time.
Breakfast had a great choice, cold meats & cheese, cereal, juices and fruit, croissants, pastries, jams, honey, marmalade and marmite, cooked to order choices (scrambled eggs, fish etc), full English, toast, tea & coffee. Everything served hot and quickly, more available if you wanted. Certainly no problem for large appetites.
Full English consisted of two eggs (fried or poached), two rashers of bacon, a sausage, half tomato, beans, mushroom and hash brown). The evening meal had a good variety of choices and a large wine list.
We can not fault the hotel and had a pleasant stay and will certainly recommend to friends.
There is a small outdoor pool, a sauna & sunshower tanning unit and a gym within the hotel. This is a pretty part of Devon.
Having stayed on Oahu, and briefly visited The Big Island, I would recommend Hawaii (I would not recommend Waikiki as I feel this is far too commercial).
Hawaii is a beautiful place with so much to see, the scenery is fantastic. The Big Island has 11 of the 13 climates and the scenery changes with the blink of an eye.
The beaches vary so much, from clear sandy beaches, rocky beaches, calm waters, surf. Sunshine & Rain showers, idyllic.
With a chain of 132 islands there is bound to be something for everyone no matter what your interest or budget. The people are really friendly.