Review: Palace Hotel, San Francisco

I'm usually not a fan of historic hotels. It's often cramped and the 'hardware' not up to modern standards. For me the (usually) good service can not rectify those issues. So I was a bit hesitant to book the Place hotel in San Francisco but I have seen great reviews and I was not disappointed. […] Read on →

Today’s travel inspiration Zakynthos, Greece

Picture Source Zakynthos (Greek: Ζάκυνθος), also called Zante (its Italian name), is the third largest island in the Ionian Sea, located off the west coast of Greece. The island is named after Zacynthos, son of legendary Arcadian chief Dardanos. While Ios and Kos are associated with partying and Rhodes and Crete with families, Zakynthos is […] Read on →

Be the Squeaky Wheel Within Reason

Having a long background in the restaurant industry, I know that it's not easy being blamed for bad service when a number of things (e.g. miscommunication in the kitchen, servers calling out sick) could be responsible. That's why whenever I eat out and am confronted by a lapse in service, I'll usually give the benefit […] Read on →

Today’s travel inspiration Saint Petersburg

Picture Source Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петерб́ург Sankt-Peterburg;) is a world-class destination and Russia's second largest city, with a population of more than 5 million perched at the eastern tip of of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River. The city was formerly known as Petrograd (Петрогр́ад), and later Leningrad (Ленингр́ад). This is one of the […] Read on →

Is the Disneyland Hotel Worth It?

Sam Howzit I recently took a trip to Disneyland and stayed at the Disneyland Hotel for four nights. This is a preface to a larger trip report, and merely seeks to answer some basic questions. More to come in the future! Upon first glance, it may seem like a logical choice to stay at the […] Read on →

Today’s travel inspiration Capri

Picture Source The small Italian island of Capri is situated 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, a celebrated beauty spot and coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic until now. It is also part of Campania. Capri, known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a […] Read on →

Today’s travel inspiration Portugal

Picture Source Portugal, in Southern Europe, shares the Iberian peninsula at the western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction […] Read on →