Turkish hammams are like temples to relaxation | istockphoto

A Turkish treat for two – a luxury hammam indulgence

April 22nd, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 1

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a metrosexual man, but I’ve grown to enjoy a certain amount of pampering. I’d never had a Turkish bath and had certainly never been massaged with honey so wasn’t sure what to expect – except perhaps to get sticky!

Iceland's volcanic dust cloud grounds us all | Dreamstime

Grounded? No, there’s plenty to see here

April 16th, 2010 in Flying by Sarah Lee 0

The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and subsequent travel chaos has taught those of us in the UK one thing – we are indeed living on an island and if we want out our options are limited, especially when planes are grounded and our airspace closed. Thankfully this is rare else I fear we’d all go mad.

The Langham's pink and bronze patterned hints were found on centuries old wallpaper uncovered there

Pretty in pink: The Langham’s new look

April 15th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 0

When a hotel has an £80m refurbishment you expect it to be something special (god only knows what the £200m Savoy will be like), but The Langham is the first of London’s hotel refurbs to the party. Last night I attended a bloggers’ event held by hotel recommendation site Gekko at The Langham.

The house featured in The Sound of Music, Salzburg

The sound of Salzburg

April 13th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 0

I was not a dedicated fan of the film but I had to try The Sound of Music tour, in Salzburg. According to our guide Jurgen, the film wasn’t popular in Austria: “We don’t know it that well and just don’t see why there’s so much fuss,” he said. Some might agree, but The Sound of Music tour is the most popular in Salzburg.

Goats. Up a Tree!

Goats Climb Trees – a walk on Morocco’s wild side

April 13th, 2010 in African travel by Sarah Lee 2

I thought it was a great name for a band. Goats Climb Trees would undoubtedly play some sort of indie rock, like Arctic Monkeys. But then our guide told us that in Morocco goats really do climb trees. We made sure we got photographic evidence of this great spectacle.

Bring your change or cross your legs on Ryanair flights

Ryanair’s toilet charge: it’s enough to make me sick

April 10th, 2010 in Flying by Terry Lee 5

Ryanair is set to go ahead with plans to charge for using toilets on board their planes. Well for me there is low cost and then low standards, and they’ve just hit rock bottom. I can only see an increase in air rage as people without a coin have their dignity trampled on when nature calls.

Celebrity Equinox at Meyer Werft shipyard

Steady as she goes – a cruise ship conveyancing

March 11th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 4

There’s a fair few cruising posts on this blog this week, but with Celebrity Eclipse winding its way down the River Ems right now I couldn’t resist mentioning it here. Last year I went on the same journey (known in the cruise world as a conveyance) on Eclipse’s sister ship Celebrity Equinox.

One of NCL's fabulous carpets, Garden Cafe

NCL Jade's magic carpets

March 9th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 1

I grant you – this is a pretty unusual post. Some might even say bonkers. But I just had to share the joy that is Norwegian Cruise Lines’ interior decor.
On a recent cruise aboard NCL Jade I couldn’t help but take photos of the many wild and exuberantly patterned carpets throughout the ship.

Norwegian Jade's bridge

View from the bridge

March 9th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 0

One of the great things about being a travel journalist is that sometimes you’re admitted to places few travellers get access to. One of these is the bridge of a cruise ship. I’m lucky enough to have been on the bridge of three ships now and it is a great experience – a chance to see what goes on while cruisers are relaxing on the sundeck.

Aboard Norwegian Jade

NCL Jade – a whistle-stop tour

March 8th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 0

Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) ship Norwegian Jade is currently running itineraries from Barcelona to Morocco and the Canaries. I’ve just come back from a trip aboard Jade, here’s my fleeting tour of its main public areas (Blue Lagoon restaurant, the atrium/lobby, pool area — complete with performer Pablo Rodriguez, and pool bar).