Category: Europe

A review: Hilton Hotel, Schiphol Airport

We spent the evening before our recent week in Tokyo at the Hilton Hotel in Schiphol Airport. We started our journey in Amsterdam as flights from there to Tokyo (via Helsinki) were so much cheaper than booking direct from London. Plus, judicious use of points meant it was a free hotel stay. So I really ...

A wander round sunny Barcelona

I’m once again in beautiful Barcelona, once again for work. But instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to race to morning meetings, I decided to come over the day before and work from here before tomorrow’s meetings. An excellent plan, even if I do say so myself. After working all the way ...

Significant Sitges Sun

I'm just back from a long weekend in Sitges, feeling every so slightly broken. This is purely due to sleep deprivation - a series of very late nights with friends, combined with early mornings to get down to the beach. Stereotypes abound when it comes to Europe, but one holds true when it comes to ...

A Dutch interlude

I'm sitting in Amsteram's Schiphol Airport, waiting for my flight back to London. I've been in the Netherlands since Wednesday, when I flew over for a conference.  Work-wise, it wasn't too bad. But I was a little sleep deprived (one night due to impressive thunder and lightning!) and survived off some pretty awful conference food. ...

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A night in the Frank Sinatra Suite

I worked in Dublin on Thursday and Friday and spent Thursday night at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, to the south of the city. I grew up in Dun Laoghaire, it's always nice to get back and spend some time by the sea. I had great plans to finish work early on Thursday ...

Sitges Pride, 2017

Well. That was an experience! Up until this month, I've associated Sitges with sleepy, relaxing afternoons on the beach and wandering through narrow streets hunting out decision Catalan nibbles. A very chilled out place. But spending a long weekend there during Pride was something very different! And if I'm honest, it was just what I ...

Catalan jalapeño madness

I spent Thursday and Friday working in Barcelona - a bit of a monthly routine for me and nothing out of the ordinary. But I did stay at a new (new to me, anyway) hotel and so was able to notice the little differences that make for a nice hotel stay.  Firstly, I had my own ...

Dinner at L'Avinyet, Sitges

Yesterday, after a long and relaxing day on the beach at Platja dels Balmins, we headed into central Sitges for drinks and dinner. We had a couple of drinks - and some excellent people-watching - sitting outside Parrots, then moved on to my favourite eatery here in Sitges: L'Avinyet. I discovered it last year with ...

Fairweather nudist tendencies

I've just spent a fantastic five hours lying in the sun at Platja dels Balmins, the beach next door to our hotel here in Sitges. It was bliss. Aside from the uninterrupted sunshine and the light, cooling breeze, I think it was the most civilised beach I've been to. Reflecting on it as I packed ...

Sitges sunshine

I'm once again in my favourite corner of Spain: Sitges. I've already written about why I like it, but today capped it all. After getting off our flight from Mallorca in Barcelona, we were out of the airport and on our way in a taxi in record time. Despite our flight being more like a ...