SOFITEL GATWICK AIRPORT

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This is my go to hotel if I am flying out of Gatwick Airport before 12pm. I have stayed here a few times and will continue to. It is an established luxury hotel uniquely located within Gatwick Airport, directly linked to the North Terminal and minutes away from the South Terminal by Monorail. Sofitel London Gatwick is only 30 minutes by Gatwick Express from Central London. World-class service includes 518 luxury bedrooms and suites which are all 100% non-smoking, and various dining options all located around the soaring central atrium. The hotel has 11 meeting rooms, most offering natural light. 

We use them for their Park and Fly packages. And this hotel is a bonus as we just walk to the terminal and its a relaxing experience. This is a good start to any holiday leaving from Gatwick. 

AUGUST 2014 – MY NIGHT IN A 12TH CENTURY CASTLE

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Over the August bank holiday, we had a weekend away in the North East of the UK. This was my opportunity to stay in the first of what I am calling my unique trips. This was in a 12th Century Castle in Darlington. It took us over five hours to drive here from home and when we drove up – its a five minute drive from the A1(M). Its has an impressive driveway, reception, facade

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However, the castle room I had booked did not wow me.

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No ventilation in the room – made it damp and it was cold night in August. But I can tick the castle of my list !

AUGUST 2014: NEW PRAGUE TOURS REVIEW

During my weekend, I also experienced a tour with http://www.newpraguetours.com/ – this was the Kutna Hora Tour taking in the bone chapel and more. I experienced this with Michael. Looking back I think of this trip with good memories, due to the problems on the day.

It did not seem that organised. I had booked online from UK, weeks ago. We meet at 11am, and went to a restaurant to sort out the paperwork. We walked to the main train station to catch a train at 12pm – we catched it with 5 mins to spare. There were no spare seats on the train. It was a Saturday and people were taking animals on trains that I am not used to – ducks and hamsters. What they did have was kids carrraiges separate from the others. I though this was a good idea.

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We then joined another train to get to the Ossuary and then we arrived – it was amazing – well worth the money to see this. When would you even see anything like this again.

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We then moved by taxi to another site before we walked around before a late lunch at about 3pm. There were problems with getting out lunch as it did not arrived until after 4ish. So Michael decided with the group to spend long at St Barbaras and take the late train back to the city.

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However, Michael had said that he never taken a group back on the late train. And this was apparent, as he did not know the train times. And we ended waiting 45mins for a train. So we get on one train, and then have to change – except the next train is delayed. Michael bless him, he went out and got us snacks and drinks. He did his upmost best to look after us. As I said, its day I will not forget – it was funny looking back !

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AUGUST 2014: DISCOVER PRAGUE TOURS REVIEW

During my weekend in Prague, I experienced two tours in one day from http://www.discover-prague.com/

In the morning I did the http://www.discover-prague.com/en/tour/3/royal-walk-free-tour – this is a free tour. You walk around the city with a guide who tells you the history of the Czech Republic. This tour covers: Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Charles’ Bridge, Old Jewish Quarter, Old New Synagogue & the Golem, Powder Tower, Prague Castle & St. Vitus’ Cathedral, Art Nouveau Municipal House, Powder Tower, Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Wenceslas Square, St. Nicolas Church…and much, more.  Apart from being free, this is a really good tour. I lucked out, as I had the Aussie Ashley in Prague – due to love – he was very entertaining and it was really enjoyable experienceDSCN0806

Then straight after this tour finished after the two and a half hours I paid to join http://www.discover-prague.com/en/tour/5/prague-castle-tour

This was with an American called Angela – again this was a really good tour. This cost me CZK 300 – roughly £8.50. I saw and learnt more about Prague and its history. This tour covers: Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Hradcany, St. Vitus’ Cathedral, Strahov Monastery and Brewery, St. Nicolas’ Church, Domecek Gestapo/StB Prison, Wallenstein Palace, The Loreto, St. George’s Basilica, ‘Mozart’s House’, Novy Svet, The Black Tower, and much, more. The most beautiful thing I saw on that day, was St. Vitus’ Cathedral.

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In conclusion, I found the day very tiring. It was very hot over 27 degress and I ended walking for over 7 hrs – something I do not do in my daily life. These tours are worth doing, but maybe over a couple of days – my time was limited. 

PRAGUE AUGUST 2014; HOTEL SEVEN DAYS, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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We were very impressed with this hotel. It was five minute walk from Wenceslas Square. The interior was beautiful. We were given a large spacious room on the fourth floor. We arrived on a late flight so as soon as we landed we went straight to sleep. We slept so well, the rooms are soundproof and we were both impressed. We also had free wifi. Which is very important to me.

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Breakfast was included and this was not bad

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The hotel is beautiful – I would return and recommend this hotel for anyone thinking of visiting Prague

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