Exterior of Soria Moria Hotel, Oslo 2
Set in the hills on the edge of Oslo, Soria Moria is a large hotel with a conference centre in a quiet area of the city. Easily accessible by public transport – its nearest station is Voksenkollen metro stop – Soria Moria was an opportunity to stay in a quieter […]

Review: Soria Moria Hotel, Oslo


Boscolo Budapest exterior view 6
Home of the world famous New York Cafe, Boscolo Budapest is a five-star hotel set within a stunning 19th century building in the 7th district of Budapest. This wasn’t somewhere I’d selected (the visit was a present for my 30th) but it was exactly the type of place I’ve always dreamed […]

Review: Boscolo Budapest


A guide to visiting Gellert thermal baths in Budapest 21
A visit to Budapest isn’t complete without a trip to at least one of the city’s thermal baths. The art deco Gellert Spa and Baths are one of the most well known and are absolutely stunning, making them well worth a visit. Here’s a guide to what you need to […]

A guide to visiting Gellert thermal baths, Budapest



The exterior of Finse 1222, a Norwegian hotel located on the Bergen-Oslo line 5
Finse 1222 is a historic hotel located in the tiny hamlet of Finse which is on the Bergen to Oslo railway line. Located on the highest point on the line and named for its height above sea level (in metres), Finse 1222 describes itself as “a very different place” and […]

A stay at one of Europe’s most isolated hotels: Finse ...


Thon Hotel Munch, Oslo, Norway 6
Oslo has plenty of hotels but also plenty of expensive hotels, and as we were staying in some fairly pricey accommodation during our visit to Norway, we decided to go towards the more budget level for the majority of our stay in Oslo. We picked Thon Hotel Munch – part […]

Review: Thon Hotel Munch, Oslo


Travelling the Bergen to Oslo railway 9
Time and time again, the journey from Bergen to Oslo via train comes up in lists of Europe’s best and most scenic train trips. The line, which travels up through the mountains, takes about 7 hours and takes you across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus and is a journey […]

Travelling the Bergen to Oslo Railway



Smithills Hall, Bolton
Bolton may not be the first place you’d expect to find one of the North West’s oldest manor houses, but Smithills Hall is full of surprises. Located on the outskirts of the town (about a 10/15 minute drive outside of the town centre), Smithills Hall is a grade I-listed building […]

Smithills Hall: Bolton’s hidden gem


A guide to the must-see tourist attractions and things to do in Oslo, Norway 10
Artistic, fashionable and quirky; Norway’s capital Oslo is a great year-round destination for a city break or a longer stay. Whether you’re looking to take in some culture, get sporty or entertain the kids, Oslo is a place with something for everyone.  Here’s ten of the best things to do […]

10 things you need to do in Oslo, Norway


Five things you need to do in Bergen, Norway 10
Norway’s second largest city Bergen is a beautiful place and perfect for a weekend city break. It’s compact enough that many of its attractions are within walking distance of each other and it has plenty of quaint streets to explore. Here’s five things you need to do when visiting Bergen. […]

Five things you need to do in Bergen, Norway