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Destinations Travel Show

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Cannot believe it’s a year since our last pilgrimage to the show, I must say there were less stands than last year which was a bit disappointing, but that said we did pick up some useful ideas for our future travels. It seems that all shows which were big in the past are getting smaller and smaller. take the ideal home exhibition for example which used to be a huge event but is now a shadow of ts former self

Our accommodation for the trip like always was the trusted Travelodge chain, we stayed in the Snaresbrook Wanstead lodge which was very good, and the location was perfect just a few minutes from the underground station to the centre of London, and as we booked in advance we got a very good rate

The next day we decided to go into London again and visit Harrods in Knightsbridge, now its been a number of years since I was last in Harrods and that was just a flying visit so this time we thought we would have a real look around, well that look around turned into a five hour visit it was just amazing to have a look at all the ware’s for sale you can buy absolutely anything with some amazing prices as well for example just plain good old English fish & chips  in the fancy food hall was £29 far pricier than Rick Steins restaurant in Padstow Cornwall. We came across a cup & saucer which was very nice and I would have liked until we saw the price a snip at £2020 for a set of four just mind blowing, but there was a bargain to be had at a nearby Kitchen design shop, a really nice range cooker reduced from £74000 to a mere £48000 so just goes to show what bargains can be had if you shop around.

For reviews of the various hotels we have stayed in just visit my Tripadvisor page for details

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Devon 2012

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7th January

Well it was off to an early start to our travels this year courtesy of the Firefighters Charity, before I  go to talk about our trip I must give praise to the charity they do a wonderful job looking after Firefighters both serving and retired (I have been out of the service for 13 years) and if there are any firefighters reading this post give them a look if you need help they are wonderful. We stayed at the charity’s property in Devon, Harcombe house in Chudleigh Devon, the house stands in some 300 acres of land and in the grounds there is 28 three bedroom bungalows for rent or for firefighters who need recuperation, they also have an excellent state of the art rehabilitation centre providing all kinds of physio treatment on all levels.

9th January

The first place we visited was the town of Exeter really nice town with lots of good bars and restaurants, some great architecture especially the cathedral, whilst we were there I got to use the excellent curry finder app on my iPhone to hunt out a good Indian restaurant we found an excellent Indian restaurant called The Ganges an excellent place to eat read my full review on my Yelp page.

11th January

Today it was off to Cornwall, we booked Travelodge in Newquay as we were travelling right down to Lands End. We booked a room in their winter sale at the bargain price of £12.00 a bargain in anyone’s book. Our first stop was Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor a nice pub hotel dating back to 1750, the pub is steeped in stories about smugglers and the rum trade and was the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s book entitled Jamaica Inn The pub is just what you would imagine low ceiling’s timber beams and a very large inglenook fireplace with a roaring fire, the perfect setting for a good hearty breakfast which was enjoyed by all. Now the last time we visited Jamaica Inn was about 30 years prior to this visit, back then as I remember the Inn had a resident parrot in a large cage in the main entrance area, and when I spoke to the proprietor about the parrot he informed me that in fact he is still is alive and living with one of the staff and is in fact approx 80 years old, amazing apparently he had to leave the pub as his language became a bit too colourful a great story I’m sure you would agree.

Our next stop was Lands End

Now Lands End as the name suggests is the southern most tip of England, though some would argue that the Lizard Point is, but Lands End is probably the most well known. It is a spectacular piece of coastline with some great coastal walks, there is a hotel and attraction complex tea rooms shops etc “Lands End Landmark” but the greatest thing to see in my opinion is the coastline itself. On the day we visited the weather was perfect, clear blue sky’s plenty of sunshine, it was so clear in fact we could see the Scilly Isles of some 28 miles away so a perfect day to visit the area, also as it was January, no crowds we could not ask for more. We left lands end and drove along the coast road to Newquay which was our next stop, we thought we would book somewhere about half way as the journey to Lands End is some 100 miles from our base in Devon. Once again a Travelodge bargain at £15. (Read my review on my Tripadvisor page). Newquay has grown somewhat since the last time I visited with lots of building work going on, mainly apartments no doubt for holiday lets, Newquay is also the favourite haunt for Stag & Hen weekends as there are many bars & nightclubs, but we had no problems as it was January but maybe this is one to watch out for if you are going in the summertime.

12th January 2012

Up bright and early, breakfast then onto our next stop which is the home of Rick Stein the celebrity chief. Padstow now Padstow is a lovely picturesque fishing town on the north Cornwall coast with lots of quaint shops many restaurants and some fantastic beaches a must visit. Top tip  have a Cornish pasty whilst you are here, they are first class. Next stop Port Isaac a really picturesque fishing village dating back to the eighteenth century it is also the filming location for the TV series Doc Martin, it has lots of quaint cottages and couple of nice pubs, but the only thing is that most of the cottages are rental property’s which is a shame really as what was once a no doubt thriving fishing village is now just becoming a tourist attraction but I suppose the same can be said lots of pretty seaside villages, but well worth the visit.

Well that’s about it on this trip the remainder of the week was spent relaxing at Harcombe house which like I already said is a wonderful place, we could noy have asked for better weather , the sun shone most of the week just perfect. Our next trip is to the Destinations Travel Show at Earls court London so watch out for the story of that trip, then in March we are off to Morocco to visit the city of Fes (or Fez as some people spell it) and Rabat, so watch this space.

Travelodge Docklands

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Its 2:30 pm and we have just arrived at the travelodge so far so good, hotel has a nice restaurant and bar area which we are currently using. Car parking is a very reasonable £5 for twenty four hours which is good for London.
Just got into room and just as you would expect from a Travelodge it does the job. (See my review on bobrouse Trip Advisor) Now off to Canary Wharf to explore, have a drink and plan our weekend

London 2011

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Well it’s off to London for the weekend, it’s our first trip of the new year. We are booked in at the Travelodge Docklands for two nights, and on Saturday we are off to the Destinations travel show earls court. So should be a good weekend I will post pictures, locations and info off our travels so follow us on our trip and ask any questions if you want. I will post reviews on Yelp of any restaurants we visit, and supply regular updates via twitter. So join us on our travels to the big city.