The Wienermobile. Really

The Wienermobile. Really

If you’re American, you might not be as gobsmacked by this as I am. To me, it comes into one of those only-in-America categories. But the Wienermobile – for that is what the vehicle you see illustrated is – really is a thing. I admit that I had to go...
Stay With Prince Charles At The Castle Of Mey, Scotland

Stay With Prince Charles At The Castle Of Mey, Scotland

Heir B & B is what the press are calling it. Snigger. But no, Prince Charles isn’t actually about to place Buckingham Palace on Airbnb – but he is creating ten new guest accommodations at the Castle of Mey in the wilds of Scotland. The prince’s...
Larabanga Mosque, Ghana

Larabanga Mosque, Ghana

Here’s a mosque that dates back for hundreds of years. It’s said that the mosque was built in 1421 by Ayuba. Ayuba was a trader who was spending the night in Larabanga because he was travelling across the Sahara. The story goes that he was given...
The Beach Hut Bandwagon

The Beach Hut Bandwagon

Although shelters and huts can be found on beaches throughout the world, the beach hut remains an icon of the British seaside. In some British beach locations, they have evolved from fishermen’s huts or even from bathing machines – that nineteenth century...
Don’t Be Insulted By Airbnb’s Price Tips

Don’t Be Insulted By Airbnb’s Price Tips

Yes, if you host on Airbnb, the company is going to send you ‘price tips’. And so many hosts are insulted by these… ‘My nightly rate is $150 per night and Airbnb tells me to reduce it to one-third of that – how dare they?’ Well...
Film Locations: Schilthorn Piz Gloria, Switzerland

Film Locations: Schilthorn Piz Gloria, Switzerland

James Bond’s arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hiding out in his mountaintop retreat in Switzerland. It is inaccessible by any means other than a scary helicopter flight. But Blofeld is a criminal mastermind and his goal is a simple one – world...
Welcome To Las Vegas: The Sign

Welcome To Las Vegas: The Sign

You probably didn’t know that May 5th is designated as Betty Willis Day. In fact, it may be that you’ve no idea at all who Betty Willis was. But I’ll bet you know one of her pieces of design work. Yes, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Graphic...
The Sunrise Izumo

The Sunrise Izumo

I’m seriously in love with travelling on sleeping-car trains. And the Sunrise Izumo can take you almost 600 miles across Japan. It’s an excellent way to travel and the sleeping facilities are excellent. We’ll talk about the cabins in a minute but...
Air Travel: The William Shatner Triangle

Air Travel: The William Shatner Triangle

So, I’ve read about this. The William Shatner triangle. Every aircraft has them, or so its said. I invariably forget to look. I get stuck in to my book or a film and I forget all about looking for the ting. Can you look for me next time you fly? I’d really...
Hitler Died At The Hotel Eden, Argentina

Hitler Died At The Hotel Eden, Argentina

Thought that Hitler shot himself in his Berlin bunker in 1945? Not according to Argentinian legend. Hitler escaped from Berlin and made his way to the Hotel Eden in La Falda, Argentina. The hotel had originally been built by a German national and by the time of the...
SUP PuP Paddleboard in Fort Lauderdale

SUP PuP Paddleboard in Fort Lauderdale

Right. Imagine this. You awake in your delightful apartment that’s right on the canal in Fort Lauderdale. Take your freshly-brewed coffee onto the pleasant dock to watch the sun rise (if it’s early enough) or the leisurely water traffic sail by. When...
Vising the UK: Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Vising the UK: Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge is an amazing sight when stationary but once it moves – to allow river traffic to pass under it – it’s quite astonishing. You can see how it does so in the time-lapse video below. In many places in the world moving...
Short Term Rentals: Host or Landlord?

Short Term Rentals: Host or Landlord?

When you’re booking accommodation, do you want to stay with a host or a landlord? If you offer accommodation to others at your property, do you consider yourself a landlord or a host? What’s the difference? Let’s see what the dictionary has to say....
Museo de Arte Popular: Mexico City

Museo de Arte Popular: Mexico City

In this context, ‘popular’ refers to folk art – art and creative activities that are traditional to the people of Mexico. The museum opened in 2006 and it’s located in an old firehouse that was designed in the 1920s by architect Vicente...
Scotland: Explore the Glasgow Underground

Scotland: Explore the Glasgow Underground

Did you know that the Glasgow Underground system is the third oldest metro in the world? It opened in 1896. The oldest, of course, is also in the British Isles, the London tube which is a great granddaddy in comparison, having opened in 1863. By the 1970s though, the...
Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Lido

Swimming is one of the most popular forms of exercise and these days, more and more people are enjoying the benefits of swimming outdoors. In England. Yes, although many people in other countries seem to think that Egland is always cold and always raining (it...
Modern Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Modern Diner, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

In 1939, Roland Stickney designed a prefabricated diner in the form of contemporary streamlined railway trains. These were put into production and were made until 1949. Only two are still in operation and one is the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI. Typical of the trains...
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa was (is) a Swedish wooden warship that sank on its maiden voyage. This happened in the full view of onlookers. It was an extremely beautiful ship although not as much care was taken with its seaworthiness as its extravagant exterior. However, shipbuilding...
Stoosbahn, Switzerland

Stoosbahn, Switzerland

Forget those hair-raising rides at amusement parks and funfairs. Riding on the Stoosbahn, the steepest funicular railway in the world, will certainly get the adrenalin going. The video below gives you just some idea about the ride. It’s not just that the...
Visiting London: Regency Cafe

Visiting London: Regency Cafe

As the man in the video says ‘these are proper English chips – none of yer poncey French fries’. The super-stylish frontage – those wonderful tiles and that fabulous font! – could be the work of a modern architect but it is original to...
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