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Airline Review: Air Canada

Airline Review: Air Canada

Air Canada is the world’s 15th largest and Canada’s largest full service airline and is a founder member of the Star Alliance Flight Air Canada: London Heathrow-Halifax, Nova Scotia – Economy Class Website Booking was done for me so no need to use the website. Check-in Check-in at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 was efficient, friendly and with plenty of staff so very little waiting time. Return leg check-in was at St John, New Brunswick for a flight connecting in Halifax. This too was very personal and friendly – flight only took 22 passengers. At the airport The wait in boarding lounge was a little too long. On the plane It is not often I give a second chance when a flight is bad. After all you do not get a second chance to make a first impression. However, the outward flight…

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Ferry Review: Brittany Ferries Armorique

Ferry Review: Brittany Ferries Armorique

My wife thinks that Brittany Ferries are terrific. We crossed from Roscoff to Plymouth on 17:45 ferry the day Andy Murray played Roger Federer in the Mens Singles Final at Wimbledon and on board it was shown live. I, of course, would not be swayed by such blatant underhand tactics to obtain a decent review (though if the British Grand Prix was on…). Launched in 2009 the Armorique is the newest ship in the Brittany Ferries fleet and was designed specifically for the Plymouth-Roscoff route. From the moment we arrived in the garage or car deck we were politely told where to go. “The stairs marked C or if you’d prefer the lift…” I have travelled to Europe from the United Kingdom on countless occasions and have come to expect a utilitarian style of service and layout. One look at…

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Coffee Tugo: a suitcase mounted cup holder

With the budget airlines encouraging, nay forcing, us to travel only with what we can carry on to the plane it has become increasingly difficult to juggle all the travel paraphernalia in the waiting time between check-in and boarding the plane. Buying and transporting a coffee around the terminal is a disaster waiting to happen. Travel documents in a pocket, carry on case occupying one hand and a coffee in the other you arrive at duty free. Each time you want to look at something you let go of the suitcase and one-handed pick up the item. Even worse when looking for something to read you either juggle one-handed with the book or magazine that refuses to stay open or you put case and coffee down. At the till you fumble, again one-handed, with boarding card and money or plastic….

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La Gelatiera

La Gelatiera, Covent Garden, London I associate sorbet with fruit flavours, cool and refreshing and ideal for a sunny afternoon or as a light and refreshing course in a multi-course meal. Chocolate is one flavour I did not associate with sorbet… until that is I discovered La Gelateria. La Gelateria is not, as one would assume, in Florence, Rome or Naples but in Covent Garden, London. Blink and you could miss it as you walk down New Row, a lane that is fast becoming a centre for foodies wanting a quick bite. The tiny outlet is all bare wood and pastel shades. Into the space they have squeezed two tables with chairs, a serving counter and of course the display freezer. All the gelato is made on the premises and you begin to wonder where until you notice a large…

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Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee, Borough Market, London Where coffee is concerned I find that that where there is a crowd there is good coffee. On this premise Monmouth Coffee at  Borough Market has to be good. There always seems to be long queues especially on those days when Borough Market is open. Directly opposite the entrance to the market its wood and brick decor is very much in keeping with the vernacular architecture of the area. Open to the street like many of the market stalls around the beans are displayed and served direct to the street. Coffee is served over a counter inside. Whether it is beans or a drink you are after be prepared for a wait as there are often queues. Inside there long wooden tables with bread rolls and jams in the centre. For those wanting to consume…

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Airline Review: Germanwings

Airline Review: Germanwings

Flight: London Stansted – Cologne/Bonn Germanwings is classed as a budget airline and is owned by Lufthansa. Cologne is one of its hubs and from there the airline flies twice daily not only to London Stansted but also to Manchester and Edinburgh. The majority of passengers flying from the UK on this route are business travellers. Booking The website is easy to navigate and is in English and a choice of other languages. The e-mail containing the ticket confirmation was unfortunately in German which for the first time flier on a budget airline can be a little daunting as you have no idea what the terms and conditions are. I had to return to the website to check luggage allowances and policy on hand baggage. Check-in Check-in can be done online. At the same time you can also choose your…

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