The perfect Christmas Weekend Getaway- 48 Hours in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is the ideal place for a city break – compact enough to explore by foot yet with multiple attractions worth exploring. I would actually suggest you visit Hamburg around November-December, to make the most of the citiy’s dreamy Christmas markets and get you into the festive mood. However Situated on the bustling river Elbe, Hamburg is the second largest port in Europe. However, the city is home to much more than merchant ships. Grand historic buildings, beautiful lakes and canals, a museum dedicated to chocolate and plenty of Christmas markets are just a few of the highlights a visitor can experience in this epic city. So if you are planning a brief weekend getaway to the German city in the North, be prepared for a busy itinerary. I actually lived in Hamburg’s rival neighboring town Bremen for a whole year, back in 2010. So it’s fair to say that I know Hamburg pretty well. Truth be told I have a bit of a soft spot for this part of the world. And this is why below I will be parting with my best tips, to help you make the most of your 48 hours in this beautiful city of the Hanseatic League.

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Why you should travel to Spain by ferry
Why you should travel to Spain by ferry

Mention the idea of a family holiday in Spain and most will immediately assume you’re travelling by plane. In fact, chances are that the vast majority of people planning Spanish holidays this year have every intention of flying. For most, ferry travel probably isn’t even a prospect that springs to mind. But given the way in which sea crossings have evolved so dramatically over recent decades, ferry travel has once again emerged as the option of choice for those looking to get the very most out of their holidays.

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If you are looking for a hotel one the South coast of Iceland, then your best option is probably Hotel Ranga. A slice of luxury in the middle of the Icelandic countryside, this hotel is perfectly located to serve as your home base for a couple of days while you take multiple trips around the southern part of the island. Travelling to Iceland has been a bucketlist item of mine for a long time, longer than this blog has even existed. Gary and I finally realised this dream for his 30th birthday. And what an incredible trip this was! We stayed in Iceland for five days in total and spent two nights at Hotel Rangá. From here we travelled all the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons. This hotel felt like a home from home to us and I am convinced that a stay here would certainly enhance your trip and experience. But now to the actual review….

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The oriental residence bangkok - The perfect place to stay for a shopping trip - bedroom 6

As we left the noisy and steamy streets behind us and entered the cool polished lobby of the Oriental Residence Bangkok, a sense of calm washed other us. After a long and turbulent trip around Thailand, we had finally returned to the capital and would be staying at the Oriental Residence Bangkok for the last two days of our summer vacation. Bangkok is a lively city and at times it can feel a little overwhelming. Choosing the right place to stay can make all the difference to your overall experience. Combining Eastern designs and modern comforts, Oriental Residence Bangkok oozes luxury and class as soon as the porter opens the doors for you. So if you’re looking for somewhere traditional, luxurious yet iconic to stay in the capital of Thailand, than look no further than the Oriental Residence Bangkok.

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Zeavola - Beach Front Suite 1
If you are intent on visiting Ko Phi Phi, then I highly suggest you stay in the North of the Island at Zeavola, the only environmentally friendly resort in the area.
 
I will admit it now, I was initially in two minds about visiting Ko Phi Phi Don. On one hand, I had heard and seen pictures of its famed turquoise waters, soft sand beaches and colourful long-tail boats. On the other hand I also read that tourism had destroyed the island and it was mainly a destination for moonlight party goers. 

 
So when I did finally decide to give Ko Phi Phi Don a chance, I was intent to avoid the main part of town and find something a little more secluded. After doing a little research, I realised that Zeavola Resort was exactly what we were looking for. 

 
The property is located on the northern tip of the island on a white sandy beach, far from all the other resorts that adorn the island. Lush jungle like landscaping surrounds and hides each individual hut. 

 
We were about to sleep in a tropical forest, with the ocean at our doorstep. It was almost like a scene out of a movie.
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