Advantages: Great range of well cared for animals Disadvantages: No hippos, everythings in Dutch
...paths for the average English tourists.
'The biggest African safari park in the Netherlands' say the posters proudly as we bite our tongues and don't dare to ask if it's actually the only African safari park - the good old English reserve suggests it might be a bit rude to ask.
Why are we there?
My husband and I have been invited to an anniversary celebration. Our Dutch...
Advantages: small, good public transport Disadvantages: not that many attractions
..., more expats than any other city in the Netherlands. Consequently people are very used to speaking English. I've noticed that a lot of English speaking people will simply start a conversation in English, but personally I think it's polite to at least ask first. (?Spreekt u Engels?? is the correct Dutch sentence). If you are travelling in a couple/group however, and a waiter, for example, hears you...
Advantages: Comfortable, clean, not far from station or city centre. Very high standard of rooms. Disadvantages: Poor TV reception, terrible tea at breakfast!
...The Mercure chain owns two hotels in Bristol. One is the Brigstow in Welsh Back, a busy area for nightlife right beside the river. The second is the Holland House Hotel and Spa, only five minutes walk from the Brigstow but in a quieter spot on Redcliffe Hill. Choosing the quieter option, I stayed for a Saturday night at the four star Holland House in July 2009.