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Hotel Siroco, Malaga 15/10/2009

Winter Sun

Hotel Siroco, Malaga When we decided on a winter break we choice the Hotel Siroco in Benalmadena as we always wanted to visit Gibraltar and this Costa was nearest. We arrived at the hotel about 6pm and checked in, the process was very slow as only one person was on duty and it is an extremely busy hotel. We paid 19 euros for a safety deposit box for one week 2 euros a day plus a deposit of 5 euros. Then with key card in hand we headed for room 408. The Room The room had two single beds pushed together to look like a large double situated between a large headboard with had bedside tables on it. A light was situated over the bed and a picture was above the bed. The room had laminate flooring in dark wood to match the doors. The wardrobe were hidden behind to two large sliding mirrors and the rail was so high I was unable to reach it myself. There was a shelf in the wardrobe but not drawer space in the room at all. Extra bedding could be found here. The room was air conditioned but also had a radiator for winter heating plus a smoke detector and fire escape route. Also in the room was a dressing table, chair, TV with some satellite channels, telephone and another mirror. The safe was hidden behind the curtains and a door led to the balcony which had two chairs and a table. A luggage rack completed the room furnishings. The Bathroom The bathroom was lovely and fresh with beige tiles on the walls it had the usual sink set in marble with large mirror behind it, bath ,toilet, shower and bidet. ...

Las Arenas Hotel, Benalmadena 15/10/2009

Fantastic Hotel

Las Arenas Hotel, Benalmadena When we decided to make a return trip to Benalmedina we opted to go to the four star Hotel Las Arenas as it was recommended by friends. It is slightly further out just opposite the Castle Bill Bill and when you cross the road it’s a flat walk all the way to the marina which is away from the large hills on which many of the other hotels are located. Reception On arrival check in was swift and at this time we opted to pay for a safety deposit box we were then handed the safe key and card key to room 524 and pointed in the direction of the lifts. On looking round reception it was laid out with tables and chairs and also had a grand piano, a small bar ,toilets and computers with internet access. There is a large board telling you about entertainment available during the day and at night. The whole area was laid out for wheelchair access and the ramps came in handy for the able bodied who had luggage it was certainly the most disabled friendly hotel I had ever stayed in. There were three lifts that serviced the six floors and though they were small you never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for one. There was a luggage room for late departures, Room The room was your usual Spanish hotel room with twin beds with nice yellow and blue covers with curtains to match and bedside tables with drawers and shelves which had the phone on one. The wardrobes had mirror doors and lots of shelf and hanging space and this is where the safety deposit box was. Other furniture ...

Metropark Hotel, Hong Kong 06/04/2008

Excellent Hong Kong Hotel

Metropark Hotel, Hong Kong When trying to decide on a hotel for our trip to Hong Kong we did a lot of research and opted for the Metro Park Hotel in Causeway bay rather than its sister hotel in Kowloon. This was mainly due to its location in a quieter part of town and its superb transport links. The hotel is roughly three quarters of an hour from the airport and the bus to the airport stops at the door of the hotel, as our transport was included we did not use that option. It is well located too with the MTR station being just along the road, the trams passing the end of the road and the bus to Stanley also just a short walk away. The hotel also runs free transport to Causeway Bay shopping area and also Wan Chai for the conference centre and star ferry. The hotel has car parking on the ground floor and you enter the reception on the first floor by lift or escalator. The reception is always well manned with at least three people on at any one time so check in was very quick. When booking our holiday we asked for a harbour view room and were told none were available however on check in I chanced it and asked if this was possible. Certainly we have already allocated you one came the reply much to our delight so remember it pays to ask. We soon had the key card to room 1016 in our hand. The Room The room was not large but perfectly adequate, the double bed had a large blue headboard ,lovely white linen with extra cushions and pillows and a beige valance which matched the curtains and toned in with the ...

Sol Magalluf Park, Majorca 02/02/2008

Winter Sunshine

Sol Magalluf Park, Majorca When we decided on a week away in January we chose the Sol Magalluf Park hotel as it came highly recommended, and we certainly werent disappointed. The location of the hotel is just behind the famous Magulluf Strip of infamous depending on your point of view however in January this is not relevant as most of the clubs and bars were closed. On arrival check in was very efficient with three members of staff behind reception and soon we had the key card to room 516 in our hand plus a card which was to be shown in the restaurant as we were half board and we were pointed in the direction of the lifts. The hotel has 422 rooms on 10 floors and 4 lifts which is fine when the hotel was only half full but I think it might be a problem when the hotel is full. The Room It was a typical Spanish hotel room which had a two single beds put together to look like an extra big double between to bedside cabinets which held the phone and the usual picture over the bed. The bedspread and curtains were in a light cream patterned material and the floor was tiled. There was air conditioning/heating plus a ceiling fan which when put to its highest setting was like a force ten gale. The built in wardrobes had full mirror doors and one had the safety deposit box in it which had a charge payable at reception I think it was about 15 euros with a small deposit back. On the desk was the television which had limited satellite channels., and over the desk was another mirror plus under it was padded ...

Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong 07/01/2008

Disney Hong Kong Style

Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland is situated on Lantau Island where it was built on reclaimed land. It was opened in 2005 and covers approximately 100 acres though expansion plans are in the pipeline this is the smallest of the Disneyland resorts. It is very easy to get to from Hong Kong as the MTR runs there with the last leg of the journey from Sunny Bay station being on a Disney themed train with Mickey windows and hand pull also in the shape of Mickeys head which the children loved. It is laid out like most Disney parks you enter and arrived first at the Main Street USA Attractions here are the Hong Kong Disneyland railroad which can take you a tour round the park with one stop in Fantasyland. Main Street vehicles that tour up and down Main St The Disney Story this tells you all about disney and the creation of the park. Animation Academy where you can learn to draw your favourite characters from Disney City Hall where guest relations are located as well as park information and toilets There are also a few cafes , restaurants and shops in this area. Adventureland Attractions available here are the Jungle River Cruise which is a feature in most disney parks and very enjoyable they have two queues one English speaking and the other Chinese so we had no queue which was great. Rafts to Tarzans Treehouse then Tarzans treehouse itself which is an interactive playhouse. Festival of the Lion King was on in the theatre of the Wild and was a very good show. There is also a ...

Peak Tram, Hong Kong 18/10/2007

The Pride of Hong Kong

Peak Tram, Hong Kong When on our trip to Hong Kong one of the thing on our to do list was a trip to Victoria peak to take in the marvellous view and ride on the famous peak tram. The History The tram has been in existence since 1888 when it was officially opened by the Governor and in these days the wooden tram was powered by coal fired boilers. It was not till 1926 that it was changed to electricity and the enlarged carriage could carry 52 people. After the second World War the all metal tram was introduced and increased in size to carry 62 passengers, then 11 years later a fully enclosed carriage was introduced made of aluminium and able to carry 72 people. However in 1989 it was modernised introducing new technology and new trams that could carry 120 passengers. Today The peak tram is a double reversible funicular railway which these days is fully computer controlled and I am pleased to report has100% backup to ensure the tram will stop on the steepest part of the track even when fully loaded. The trams run up and down the 1.4 km long track every 10 to 15 minutes and rise to 396m above sea level. It is open daily from 7am right up till midnight for visitors to enjoy the night views of the light show. Our trip after spending time on the peak ,where we had arrived by bus was just the downward journey. On entering everyone scrambles for a seat on the left hand side to get the views most of the way down unfortunately we were not quick enough even though we had been first in the ...

Island Cruises 22/06/2007

On the Crest of a Wave

Island Cruises Last year when on holiday we incorporated a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas just to see if we would like the whole cruise experience. It was a great success though a bit more formal than we would have liked, I mean who packs an evening dress and tiara (I kid you not) when you are on your summer holidays. So when booking this year we opted for a more relaxed cruise with Island Escape for 7 days round the Med, billed as the cruise for people who don’t do cruises. We had a very early start to catch the 8.30am flight from Glasgow to Palma Mallorca. The flight was on time and very smooth so after a very long trek through Palma airport we eventually retrieved our baggage. We were met by a representative for Island Cruises who gave us labels to put on our cases which also now had our cabin number on, plus literature about the cruise and some forms to fill in. Then we were shown to our bus the whole process was very fast and efficient. Within fifteen minutes we were at the port and ready to board. In the embarkation hall drinks were handed out as we waited to check in ,again this was so efficient we had not even finished our drinks when our turn was called. At this point you register your credit card and that is the last time for a week you need to handle money except when in port, everything is charged to your card. We had booked early and were upgraded to all inclusive at roughly £700 per head on diamond deck inside cabin, my son and his fiancée opted for a lower deck and were ...

Madison Square Garden 23/04/2007

Mad Mad Madison Square Gardens

Madison Square Garden On our recent visit to New York one of the things on our' to do' list was a visit to Madison Square Gardens. Whether you are a sports fan or not most people have heard of this great entertainment centre. History I fact there have been four Madison Square Gardens ( MSG from now on). The First Garden 1 (1879- 1890 ) Garden 1 was situated at Madison Square; 26th Street and Madison Avenue. It was a building without a roof and was named MSG by William Vanderbilt in 1879 and was used for horse shows, dog shows and circuses. Boxing events were also staged there. Garden 2 ( 1890- 1925 ) Garden 2 was constructed on the same site as Garden 1 it was designed by Stanford White and contained an 8,000 seat main arena, a 1,500 seat concert hall, a 1,200 seat theatre plus the world's largest swimming pool. It was built in the Spanish Renaissance style and was topped by a 32 story tower and roof garden in which stood a gold statue of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt. It mainly hosted sporting events like boxing and wrestling but also bicycle races and horse shows. Garden 3 ( 1925- 1968 ) Garden 3 was built in just 249 days at 49th street and Eighth Avenue under the watchful eyes of promoter Tex Rickard and architect Thomas Lamb. Known now as the Old Garden it opened with a six-day bicycle race. It continued for 43 years to be America's premier sports and entertainment showplace. One very famous event to take place here was when Marilyn Munroe sang happy birthday to John F Kennedy ...

Edison Hotel, New York City 15/04/2007

The Big Apple

Edison Hotel, New York City I am just back after a fabulous if not cold trip to New York where we were lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Edison. I would like to share my thoughts on the hotel with you. The Edison hotel was built in 1931in true Art Deco style it is situated on 228 West 47th Street just half a block from Times Square and one block from restaurant row. A few steps in either direction and you can enjoy the great theatres of Broadway so the situation of this hotel is perfect. From our bedroom window we could see Times Square. Check in We arrived at the hotel by taxi from JFK airport and were immediately greeted by the bellboy who retrieved our cases from the taxi and set them down in the lobby for us he then left just as quick and did not wait for a tip. The desk was long and well staffed I did not have to wait and handed over our hotel voucher and after a couple of signatures I was given the card keys to room 2118. We were on the 21st floor of this 22 storey hotel. I was then shown where the lifts were and wished a nice day. There were a row of lifts servicing the 22 floors ( 6 I think ) and 1 came in seconds. There was a security guard at the entrance to the lift area and key cards had to be shown before entry was permitted though it has to be said I never really saw this being strictly enforced. The Room (2118) I unlocked the door and ahead was a small passage that lead into a large corner room. It was very bright as sun streamed in three large windows. And together with the ...

Marks & Spencer Dutch Shortcake Biscuits 09/03/2007

It Takes The Biscuit.

Marks & Spencer Dutch Shortcake Biscuits I decided to take a shortcut through Marks & Spencer the other day, that was a big mistake there were so many tempting treats just begging me to buy them. One of those that caught my eye was a twin pack of dutch shortcake biscuits for only 99p. I have no will power and the said biscuits were soon in my basket winging there way to the till. Once home I settled down with a cup of tea and opened my packet. The Packaging The packets are not large and hold 9 biscuits with a lovely picture of my tempting treat on the front at the top. The lower part of the pack is an olive green colour with Marks & Spencer dutch shortcake written on it. It also has a best before date which was not until November 2007 as if they would last that long. It also gives storage advice to once opened store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Once opened the biscuits are contained in a white partially corrugated paper to prevent any breakages. It packet opens easily with a tear here to open instruction which I didn't discover till I got to the second pack doh! Taste Test These biscuits are a shortcake base which is three swirls from a piping bag baked till golden brown and when cool half dipped in delicious Belgian Chocolate. The texture is crisp and light, not prone to breaking into crumbs. I nibble the corner just so as I can review this, it's a chore but someone has to do it. The taste is really delicious and leaves a buttery aftertaste in the mouth. The chocolate is not too thick, just ...

Asda Peach and Apricot Jam 05/03/2007

Its Just Peachy.

Asda Peach and Apricot Jam When I visit Europe apart from duty free there is always one other thing on my shopping list and that's Peach Jam. Why is that you ask, well try and buy a jar here its well nigh impossible. That is till now. I was scouring the shelves of Asda looking in the off chance as I always do when there it was Peach and Apricot Jam. Not just peach I know but at 56p a jar well worth a try the added bonus was it was in the Good for You range. Sad I know but I could not wait to get home and try it. The Jar The jar has a bright blue lid and the label had a picture of Peaches and Apricots on the front. It holds 320g and the best before date is on the side of the lid. It has the word NEW under the name so I certainly hope they continue with this flavour and it is as popular with others as it is in our house. The Food Facts The good for you range has 50% less sugar and 0.1g fat in 100g and only 122 calories per 100g which is a third of the jar, even I am not that greedy. So on an average 15g tablespoon there is nil fat and just a trace of salt and only 18 calories. Woo Hoo it just gets better and better, tasty and good for you what more could you want. The Taste test. When you open the jar you can smell the peaches right away. It is a very natural looking jam, no lurid colours plus you can see the lumps of peach. I would say the Apricot is blended to make the jam base and the fruit is lots and lots of diced peaches. It is a lovely consistency not at all stodgy and spreads really ...

Jokes 02/03/2007

One for the Ladies ( sorry guys)

Jokes One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweat- shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?" He yelled back, "University of Oklahoma." And they say blondes are dumb... --------------- --------------- --------------- -------- A couple is lying in bed. The man says, "I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world." The woman replies, "I'll miss you..." --------------- --------------- --------------- -------- "It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbours would think if I mowed the lawn like this?" "Probably that I married you for your money," she replied. --------------- --------------- --------------- -------- Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man? A: A rumour --------------- --------------- --------------- -------- A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands. The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger... Whoosh...immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love ...

Sonic Brush HEAD 4 05/02/2007

Gleaming White Gnashers UPDATED

Sonic Brush HEAD 4 I was delighted when the postman delivered a large box, and I discover I had won a prize in an Internet competition. What was my prize? A toothbrush! But not just any old toothbrush a Philips Sonicare Quadpacer Family pack available to buy at Boots for the princely sum of £149.99. Yes that's right it is a very expensive toothbrush. So what do you get for your money? 2 Handles with ergonomic, non-slip grips 2 Brush Heads compact size 1 Brush Head ultra compact size 1 Charger Base Travel Case First step to getting started is to charge the unit for up to 21 hours to ensure it is fully charged. It will then last for two weeks before charging is necessary again which makes it ideal for taking on holiday. There is a recharge indicator feature Low Charge and the indicator light flashes rapidly for 60 seconds and 5 beeps will be heard. Charging in Progress the indicator light flashes slowly when the handle is receiving a charge in the charger base. Full Charge then the indicator light is constant when the handle is in the base unit. The toothbrush is very easy to fit together by aligning the notch on the handle, the brush head then attaches. Then screw the nut and this holds it firmly in place. It is larger that normal electric toothbrushes and has a clear plastic cover which protects the head when not in use. It comes with an easy start feature which helps you get used to power brushing this gradually increases the power until the 12th brushing when you ...

Globespan 01/02/2007

UP,UP AND AWAY

Globespan When I was given a holiday as a Christmas present I was thrilled. My husband explained it was a last minute idea and we would be flying with the no frills airline Globespan. We had booked a trip to Canada with them several years ago but then they put us on an Air Transat flight so this would be my first flight with them. After the wind, wet and then snow we had had since New Year I would have flown on a motorised broomstick just to get away. We arrived at Glasgow airport in plenty time for our flight and were pleasantly surprised to find the check - in not only open but with no queue. The weight allowance on this airline is 15k for luggage and 5k for hand luggage. This is not a lot if you are going for more than a week and we had been advised to take a case each as they did not always double the capacity for two people sharing. I was surprised that even our hand luggage was weighted. Check in was very smooth and soon we were heading upstairs with boarding cards for seats 17e and f a window and a middle seat. When the flight started to board we were surprised to find it already half full then we were told the flight had started in Edinburgh and touched down to collect the Glasgow passengers. The configuration inside the plane a 737-600 was three on each side with a centre aisle. As we settled into our navy leather seats the hostesses went through the safety instructions and pointed out exits and toilet location. There were two toilets to the rear of the plane but I ...

Tobago, Palma de Majorca Nova 29/01/2007

SUN ,SEA AND SANGRIA

Tobago, Palma de Majorca Nova As many of you know I was lucky enough to be given a holiday as part of my Christmas so I thought I would share with you where we stayed. We left on the 19th of January for one week half board in the three star hotel D'Or Tobago Palma Nova Majorca. The hotel is on nine floors and has 198 twin/ triple rooms catering for approximately 416 people when full. It is situated on a slight hill 50 metres from the beach and every room has a sea view there are no rooms to the back of the hotel. I believe the area we were in is actually Torre nova which is on the hill between Palma Nova and Magaluf. . The Reception On arrival we went into a very large and airy reception area which was painted yellow and had lots of green sofas, glass coffee tables and potted plants the mirrors on the walls and pillars made it seem even larger. There were statues of lions and kneeling oriental women which gave it quite an exotic feel. Check in was quick and efficient by uniformed staff. I wanted a safety deposit box for which I paid 21 euros paid in advance actual cost was 12 euros and I got 9 euros returned on departure. I was given the key card to room 506 plus an information leaflet about the hotel and also a card which we had to show at mealtimes to prove we had paid half board. The reception was manned 24 hours a day and all areas of the hotel were covered by CCTV there was also a mail box and two telephone boxes plus the usual stand of leaflets showing you things you can do in the area. There ...
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