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I booked a 3 night stay in Prague through Easyjet, I did their holiday deal and got the transfer too. The transfer was easy and efficient, on the arrival and departure.

The hotel was the Gallileo Hotel, it was about 5-10 minute walk from Wenceslas Square and had plenty of restaurants, take aways and convenience stores close by, that were a little cheaper than in the main areas. A pizza from Johnny Pizza was freshly made and cost about £4.

Galileo Hotel
Galileo Hotel

The hotel has an older section, and a newer one, my room was in the newer section, and was very large. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower, that was powerful and hot. There was tea and coffee making facilities that were replaced daily, and also a fridge, but as my milk went off I don’t think this was actually working. There was a variety of things at breakfast, eggs, sausage, continental choices like cold meats and cheese, pastries and cakes, cereals and toast. There was a hot machines machine, and a cold drinks dispenser.

I tried the hop-on, hop-off bus for the first time and I have to say it was not exactly what I thought it would be. So we got onto a mini bus, and got take to the stop where you can change routes. We waited for about 20 minutes until the next mini bus came, but by that time, 2 more mini buses had stopped and unloaded people. So it was a race to the little mini bus. We then went passed about 2 more stops, and we are now at one of the highest points in Prague, by a huge stadium. We stopped here and got told everyone has to get off as it is their lunch. There’s a nice view, but after a minute of taking pictures, there really nothing else to do, no shops or cafes. Not really the place to dump a mini bus of people, even worse 2 more come along and do the same thing. So all we can do is sit around on the walls and wait. Fortunately it wasn’t raining. There was no indication of where they stopped and picked up from, so it was a bit hard getting back on one too. It cost about £20 and it was not money well spent.

The metro however is easy to navigate, cheap and quick. There are also plenty of trams, and I think these would be a better option in my opinion.

Prague itself is an amazing place. There is plenty of buildings to see, and they are so interesting. A lot of the roads and pavements are cobbled, so sensible shoes are a must. The Astronomical clock is the oldest working, and was build in the 1400s.

Prague clock
Prague clock

The Dancing House is worth a picture, and is a very modern contrast to the beautiful old buildings.

Prague Castle, isn’t really a castle, it is more of a complex, with churches and buildings to explore.


The Street Food in Prague is a must to try. There was a lot of venders in the main tourist areas, there was various different types of potatoes, I tried the potato on a stick with cheese and tomato sauce, it was excellent. I also tried a freshly made Trdelnik. Which was nice, it was fresh and warm, and tasted like cinnamon. I also had one with ice cream in, but I actually preferred the fresh one.

Street food
Street food
hot dog
Hot Dog
Beef Goulash
Beef Goulash






There was lots of nice cafes and restaurants too, and the menu is usually outside, and has it written in English as well as Czech. They are definitely worth a visit. As well as Costa, Starbuck, McDonald’s etc if you want something a little more familiar. I managed to spill an entire latte in one Starbucks, the staff were lovely and helpful, and replaced it with a free one.

waf waf waffle
waf waf waffle
potato on a stick
potato on a stick






Things to note –

Toilets: In most places you have to pay, in places like Starbucks you get a code on the receipt to let you into them. But keep some change just in case.

Plugs: European

Currency: Czech Koruna

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So Ibiza was somewhere I had looked at a few times, but never booked. This looked like a beautiful island, and I had heard good things about it, despite its reputation for being a party island.


It was a lot more expensive to go in September than I thought it would be, and I wanted a quiet part of the island rather than the party scene. So I went for the Sirenis Hotel in Cala Llonga. Right next to the beach this looked an amazing location and really is. It is quiet, but it is a village with shops and restaurants you aren’t in the middle of nowhere. A taxi to Ibiza Town cost about 20 euros. There is a bus and a ferry. But we couldn’t find the bus stop in Ibiza and the sea was so choppy we didn’t fancy a boat.

Sirenis Cala Llonga
Sirenis Cala Llonga

The ferry stops right at the bottom of the hotel, so it was really close. There are a few ferries that stop here, and will take you to various different places, you can pop round to Ibiza Town, or take a longer trip to the island of Formentera.

The Sirenis Hotel is made up of 3 blocks and it puts a lot of effort in, I’m not sure whether I’m just a snob, or just fussy but it just wasn’t as nice as I had hoped. It is clean and the staff are fantastic but it is just a fine hotel nothing more. The location makes it. There are 3 pools which is nice, 2 snack bars and 3 pool bars, and 2 restaurants to choose from for breakfast and the evening meal. 

In the snack bars there are menus and it is table service which is very nice for a 3 star hotel. The food is freshly prepared so it comes piping hot, and a better option than going to the restaurant for lunch in my opinion. They also come round sometimes and take orders for drink while you are laid on your sunbed, again this is a nice touch for a 3 star.

view from hotel
View from hotel

A few things I did like was that the sausages at breakfast were “English breakfast” sausages, and the coke was actually coke. Sometimes it can be the little things that make a hotel more appealing. Overall the food was fine, it was cooked well and tasted ok, but it mainly seemed like a lot of sides and very few mains. It didn’t change much daily, and there was often 2 trays of the same thing I had beef and pork and the meat was very tender and pleasant. They seemed a little obsessed with tuna too. There just seemed to be a lot of tuna. I’m not a fan, so was disappointed with what I thought was ham pizza, but it turned out to be ham with tuna hidden under it. As I’m not a massive seafood fan I avoided the seafood paella but the vegetable one was great, a must when you are somewhere Spanish.

The room was clean, but small, which isn’t a problem as we didn’t spend a huge amount of time in it. We had a twin room and both beds were doubles which was very nice. Our balcony overlooked the beach so it was pleasant to sit on, and a real sun trap in the afternoon. The only thing it lacked was a fridge, and a kettle as it is nice to be able to make drinks in your room. From what I have read some rooms do have a kettle but none of them have fridges. The walls are very thin. There is a hatch between the showers and you can hear everything that is going on in the next room, while you are sat on your bed, and I mean everything!

The Beach

We took a taxi into Ibiza Town and wander around one morning, it was quite quiet and pleasant we wander into the old town, which was scenic and had fantastic views from the top.

Ibiza Old Town
Ibiza Old Town

The sea wasn’t freezing, and once the storms had passed it became very calm, and beautifully clear. You can see the little fish swimming around your feet, and it is only a few steps down to the beach from the hotel so really nice to pop there for a change of scene from the overcrowded sunbeds.


If you are quick in the mornings getting a sunbed overlooking the beach and sea is a must. To be laid in the sun overlooking a beautiful blue sky with not a care in the world is what holidays are about.

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So I was only going to do a few city holidays this year. But it turned out I can’t resist laying by a pool doing nothing, so I needed to find a cheap all inclusive hotel that would be warm in June. I turned my attention to the Greek islands and found a nice looking hotel, 4*, that was under £500. So I went to Chrissi Amoudia in Crete.

Chrissi Amoudia

Most of the rooms aren’t in the main hotel, they are little villas that make the complex appear to be a small Greek village and with plants all about it make it a very pleasant place to stay. I paid a little extra (£26) and got a room with a sea room. There was a small balcony, and the room was pleasant with a small bathroom just off the room. There was a fridge but no kettle, but I had seen this on the reviews so I bought a small travel kettle, cups and my own tea and coffee. 

The food was nice in the main restaurant. Freshly made pancakes were served at breakfast and other continental hot and cold food. With help yourself drinks, the way I like it. There was a balcony area that was undercover and gave stunning views of the sea, a great way to start your morning.

View of the restaurant
View from the restaurant

By the pool was a snack bar that opened about 10, where you could help yourself to drinks. From about 11 it started serving snacks. The pizza slices were so good. We ate there rather than going up to the main restaurant at lunch as they had pizza, chips, a pasta dish, a meat dish and soup with rolls, filled rolls and a small salad bar. In the afternoon they also served cake. There was ice cream available all day too, you just helped yourself.

The pool was large, although it was quite chilly. There was never a lack of sunbeds, as they use a large grass area around the pool to put the sunbeds on. 

The beach was about 10 minutes walk down a gentle slope. It was quite gravelly sand and the sea was quite rough. But it was a beautiful blue colour and nice to paddle in. There were water sports available if that was your thing. We also spotted a train that went on a little tour, although we never ventured on.


Not gonna lie, I did miss the private pool I had the year before. But this was a very pleasant hotel, and the weather was brilliant.


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So Portugal gave me a little taster of a nice hotel. I was looking for a holiday on any of the Greek islands when I saw rooms with private pools, I was intrigued. I looked at a 5* on Rhodes and was considering it when I came across Bitzaro Grande in Zante. The price was a lot less, it was a 4* but had excellent reviews, which I read through and take in the bad and the good. I honestly think that some poeple look for things to moan about. It was also really close to Laganas Beach where the Loggerhead Turtles come to lay their eggs, the thought of getting a glimp of a turtle pursuaded me.  

Bitzaro Grande
The front of the hotel

The hotel was a couple of minutes walk from the main strip with shops and restaurants, and also only 5 minutes walk down the Laganas beach. It is a fine sandy beach with beautiful clean blue water. We took snorkelling equipment and an underwater camera and watched the little fish swimming around our feet.

Laganas beach
Laganas beach

There is no water sports on the beach, and you cannot dig or put sun umbrellas into the sand incase you hit turtle eggs, but there are pedalos. We hired one and managed to nearly get stuck as we looked for turtles (they send the little life boat out to check we were ok). We did see from a distance one come up for air a few times and then after peddling for what seemed like forever to get back in one swam under the pedalo (when we were pretty close to the shore). 

Look closely for the fish

Our room was very nice, the private pool, which was described as a jacuzzi was really a plunge pool, and big enough for 2 air bed to float about on. It was brilliant. The only criticism I would have for the room was there was no door on the shower and bath. Which if you are sharing with a friend or family, not a spouse, means one staying outside while the other showers. But there was loads of seating with shaded areas so it is comfortable. There was a double sunbed that is a suntrap, and the sun is on it from early morning until about 3.30pm

private pool
The private plunge pool
private pool
The pool at night
Outside seating
Outside seating






The food was fantastic in the main restaurant. The puddings where the best I have had in a hotel, it was the first time I actually looked forward to pudding.  I do read a lot of reviews before I book a hotel, and this one had a couple of bad reviews from people and I honestly don’t know why it was great. 

There were snacks from the pool bar. These were freshly cooked and again tasted amazing. We never went to the restaurant at lunch, we always ate from here. The only criticism I would have would be for the drinks (soft drinks) which came from bottles and although they branded, they were often flat. There was a fridge in the room so we would buy coke from a local shop and keep in there.  There was also tea and coffe making facilities. Having a private pool also meant that you could use your room more, for hot drinks and your own toilet which made the stay way more comfortable. 

The airport was really close to the hotel and the planes are quite low, but there wasn’t a lot and I enjoyed watching them go overhead. They also stop fairly early so they don’t disturb the turtles (or you at night). 

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I decided I wanted to go to Portugal, when I was looking for all inclusive holidays they weren’t cheap and I only went for 4 nights, and paid the same as I have for a week in other places.  This was the first time I actually organised and book the holiday myself. This was the first time I spend hours and hours looking into hotels, reading reviews and looking at pictures.

The hotel I stayed at was called Salgados Palm Village. I had a twin room, and I have to say it is still the nicest room I have stayed in. It had a separate living room area, and there was a little hallway between the bathroom and bedroom.

Portugal - Living room
Living Room

The balcony was the length of the the bedroom and the living room and you could access it from both rooms. The complex consisted of several blocks of rooms and as a result there was about 7 pools. Most were around the main area, but with a couple in between the buildings.

Portugal - poolside

They weren’t really deep, this is a problem I get being so short, a deep pool means unless you are swimming, you need to stay need the edge. They were a pleasant temperature and because there was so many they were never crowded. 

There was 3 different restaurants, a main buffet one, an Italian one and a grill one. There was food available all day from at least one of these. The sauces were branded, and it was little things like this that made this hotel stand out for me. 

Portugal - Outside the restaurant
Outside the restaurant

There was a large grasses area with an outside gym and a play area.

It was about a 15-20 minute walk to the beach. The hotel did have a little train though. The beach was beautiful golden sand, but the sea being the Atlantic was chilly. But you would not fault it for the scenery and amazing sunsets.

Portugal beach
The beach
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So next I went to Cyprus. We had booked Tunisia but due to a horrific event we had to change 8 weeks before. So we ended up going to Cyprus. The hotel, Smartline Protaras, was pleasant but they seemed to not want to put their air conditioning on in the hotel, and it was close to 40 degrees. This made for unpleasant meal times and I pitied the poor staff who were running around to get drinks and clear tables. I wasn’t a fan of ordering your drinks after you sat down. A nice idea but as they came from the very busy bar I had eaten before I got a drink. I like to have something to eat with my food so this became frustrating for me.

There was a group of 12 of us and we were those people that got up at 6 to put our towels out. But we were not the first out there. 

Cyprus - pool bar
The Pool Bar

There were snacks during the day. They had to be ordered from the bar and I sat for a hour for a plate of chips that never came. It was a shame that they took so long as the food was amazing when it did eventually get out to you. The food at lunch and in the evenings was again very good. My nephew, who is fussy always found something he liked. 

There were a few shops and restaurants down from the hotel as you headed towards the small beach. 

Cyprus - poolside

The beach was quite same, the sand was quite dark and I was surprised the sea wasn’t as clear and blue as I had seen in other part of the Mediterranean.

There was a bus stop just outside the hotel where you could catch a bus to the next town, you could also walk to it along a walkway adjacent to the beach. 

Smartline Protaras Hotel
The Hotel

It was pretty hot when we went, the car steering wheels were melting in the cities, and when our coach trip back to the airport had no air conditioning for a hour and a half journey it was pretty unpleasant. I did email our travel company about it but heard nothing back.

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The first “sunny” holiday I went on was to Majorca. When we landed it was a little cloudier than I was anticipating. But not really knowing what to expect and being excited for my first All Inclusive holiday I ignored it. We stayed at Belvedere Hotel about 20 mins away from the airport. Our room was clean with a balcony where we could see the sea, see the hills, and watch the planes coming and going.

View from the balcony
View from the balcony

Within about 20 minutes of being there we decided to try out the snack bar by the pool. It was quick, efficient and with varied  choice of food that did change a bit each day. It served things like chips, burgers, hotdogs, chicken nuggets and toasties. In the afternoon there was also freshly cooked pizza from their pizza oven. It was amazing pizza. 

The food in the restaurant was nice, lots choice and there was served until quite late, which was great if like us you fancied a late evening snack.

The pool was freezing, and we stuck to the “hot tub”, they were warmer than the main pool, but far from hot.  The sea was much warmer.

Belvedere Hotel
Belvedere Hotel

The walk to the beach was down hill, and took about 10-15 minutes, and was effort on the way back. But the sea was warm, clean and inviting. The beach was beautiful and golden. It was close enough to plenty of shops if you wanted to explore. There was also a bus put on by the hotel that took you to Palma Nova, and also stopped by an aquarium. We went on this one day as it was raining, in Majorca, in August. 

Majorca Beach

I was also ill for a couple of days which didn’t make this the best first all inclusive holiday, but it was somewhere to start. The thing I learnt from this holiday was that the hotel is everything.

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A Ski Trip

So my first real time abroad was over Christmas in 2008. We went to Borovets in Bulgaria. I discovered that I was not a natural skier. When a group of small children are asking if you are ok and if they can help you, while you are trying to get back up, you know something has gone wrong. The snow however was amazing.

Snow in borovets
Snow in borovets

Forests of tall snow ladened fir trees to stroll through while you have snowball fights and stop to make snow angels.

Snow angel
A Snow Angel

The hotel was not amazing. But the locals were. They were so friendly, shouting encouragement as I gripped onto the pole of the ski lift trying to keep my balance.

Snow in Borovets
The bottom of the ski slope

It was fantastic, despite eating mostly chips and toast at the hotel (the food was not the best I have had). The restaurants during the day saved us though. Great food to keep us going, and plenty of hot chocolate to warm us up. Definitely a different kind of Christmas.

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Introductory Blog

Just thought I would do an introductory blog to what the other blogs will be about, although they might change overtime.

I grew up in a large family so we never had a lot of money but we always went on holiday to Devon or Dorset. It was always on the beach and often in a tent.


The South West coast of England is wonderful to me, with golden sands and clean seas. Cornwall has amazing blue sea and waves if you want to bodyboard or surf.


I was (and still am) a little afraid of flying, that combined with no spare money meant that I didn’t travel far, other than the south west coast of England. I didn’t go properly abroad (not sure Republic of Ireland counts) until I was 28. That was a skiing holiday and I was not good. I might blog my experience another time.

I first went on a “sunny holiday” when I was 33. I have now caught the bug to see other places, but I also like a great hotel. I travel with siblings and often with my cousin. I am happy to admit I am lazy on holiday and I do lay by the pool a lot. So a great hotel is essential. So thinking about the blogs I plan to write I will cover my trips, and include reviews of the hotels etc. Hopefully you will find them helpful.

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