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Weekend Trip to Wales

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Time to get a little bit of London air out of my lungs with a weekend trip out to Wales. I had to catch the EastMidlands Train to meet up with my friend Lil that would be driving us the rest of the way. It was a little bit scary being on the highway on the left side of the road and having  roundabout just in the middle of a highway but the scenery was amazing.

We went ahead and took the toll road instead of driving through Birmingham since it was Friday and lunch time. As you can imagine, traffic is horrible at that time. But the rest of the journey was breathtaking. I missed taking a picture of the Welcome to Wales sign but you didn’t miss that you were in Wales with all the signs now in Welsh. Talk about a pretty hard language to learn but we were on a mission.

We were going to climb Snowden. The odds were against us from the start. Apparently the Snowden Marathon was going on so part of the road was closed to get to the path. Then the rain came plus add some gail force winds at about 40 degree weather and it was like the mountain was saying go back to the Bed and Breakfast.

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But we carried on. Even one local told us we were crazy for going up the mountain, however we took the easy walking path that takes about 7 hours round trip and is 10 miles. The first half was a little wet with the rain coming down on us but it was still amazing to walk along with sheep and small horses. Halfway up there is a little cafe that only takes cash and you can check in on your phone since there is still service.

After a 20 minute break it was time to now hit the tougher part of the journey. Not going to lie, I thought I wasn’t going to make it. But the people that are coming down from the summit give words of encouragement as you pass them and even times. Now the times they give is based on coming down not going up so be prepared to double that time to get an actually estimate of how much time you have.

The wind tends to pick up at you get up in elevation so get your mittens, hats and scarves out. Soon, you see a sign saying summit and an arrow and your hope of making it through is renewed! And then it happens. You see the dial from below and let out a pretty bad curse word because to get there, you have to climb some narrow rock steps and your legs are on fire and you just don’t know if you will physically make it.

Your this far away from summiting a mountain that people use to train for Everest as well as being the highest peak in England. You find a couple of M&Ms for that little boast and you make it up to the top.

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All that we can see at this point is fog. There was no visibility! However there is a gift shop. Yes there is a gift shop. So we stopped for a hot cup of tea and to buy a shirt that we climbed Snowden. Then it hits me. We have to climb down. Not going to lie there was a tear shed at this point. So after a 30 minute break we started the journey down. Now this is where I can say the weather was playing with our mental capabilities but we needed to insert the hand warmers in the gloves because we have lost all feeling in out fingers. Rather than do this inside in the nice warm building we completed that process outside in the freezing gail force winds. I was able to get my package open but Lil was a little frustrated and tried to bite into her’s. That did not work. I’m pretty sure I heard her scream in frustration until I was able to get it open and into the gloves. Those were the life savers and well worth the 2£ for them.

The journey down was a lot easier and we were able to get better pictures when the weather cleared out later in the day. A couple words of advice if you think you can climb a mountain. Be prepared! Take the easy path unless you have climbed mountains in the past. People have lost their lives by being unprepared or untrained. I work out 6 days a week and run every day and I struggled with the easy path. It’s the incline that will get you.

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Now there is an option to buy a train ticket to take you up to the top and back down, so you can still summit the mountain no matter your level of abilities. It depends on what you are up for or able to do. After, we headed back for dinner. Now, for such a small town in the mountain, you apparently need reservations for dinner so try to pre plan that portion because we didn’t and almost ended up buying food from the gas station before we found a place.

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The next day we headed up to Conway to visit the castle. Which is a proper castle! I’ve been to Buckingham and Windsor but there is something about visiting what you picture a castle to be from medical times with the stone and dungeon. Tickets weren’t that bad and we had a great opportunity of visiting the food festival that was going along in town.

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Not going to lie I bought a lot of cheese again. I tend to purchase cheese like it may never be in the grocery store again. We left a little early since I had a train to catch back into town and wanted to take the super scenic route of back roads and small towns. It’s truly how I pictured England to be. I know that London has so much to offer and most people tend to just stay in the city and visit the museums and main attractions but England is so much more than that. Get to the country and try to find the overpass that is just for cows, get a picture of a Welcome to England sign, or even climb up towards heaven where the air is fresh (yet cold).

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Loving London #travel

England may be on most people’s bucket lists, but covering quintessential London can easily be one all on its own. Few other cities in the world come close to the tradition, romance, history, and contemporary excitement of this vast city of seven million souls and even more adventures waiting to be had. Meet Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Sumatran tiger cubs at the zoo, or try to catch a glimpse of the growing Royal Family. Be the one to make a Beefeater crack a smile at the Changing of the Guard, checking the schedule against Big Ben, or ride the London Eye to confirm if London Bridge is, in fact, falling down. Enjoy afternoon tea after a day in botanical Kew Gardens, browsing posh department stores like Harrods, or at the longest shopping street in all of Europe: Oxford Street. An extensive mass transit system makes sure you get to all of these, as well as the street markets, designer boutiques, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, West End theaters, and the infinite list of brilliant ways to fall in love with London.

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Some of our favorite London Hotels

51 Buckingham Gate

This hotel has 86 lavish suites with fully-equipped kitchens and luxurious amenities. Indulge at the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant and relax at the exclusive Spa at 51.

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel

Experience luxury in the heart of London at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel. Located in London’s Mayfair neighborhood, close to the West End theatre district, this historical hotel was opened in 1929, and was restored to become a JW Marriott Hotel in 2008. Despite its central location, this hotel is in a world of its own behind the original Lutyens wrought-iron gates. Lavish guest rooms and suites offer both style and convenience so you can make the most of your London stay.

Hilton Waldorf

The Waldorf Hilton enjoys one of London’s most enviable locations as it bridges the West End and the Square Mile, providing an excellent base for accessing the main financial district in the day and the popular cultural hub of Covent Garden and Theatreland in the evening.

All newly refurbished rooms include wall mounted plasma screen televisions, latest hi-tech shower and a specially designed sleeping experience.

The May Fair

The May Fair is a luxury hotel that was opened by King George V in 1927. It offers 400 bedrooms and suites, a luxury spa, a fine-dining restaurant, the May Fair Bar, and a casino. The rooms offer complimentary WiFi, 24-hour room service, and turndown service.

The Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury is a boutique hotel located on Great Russell Street in the heart of 18th-century Bloomsbury, near the British Museum. 153 rooms offer free WiFi, turndown service, and coffee makers.

 

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3rd Night Complimentary at Baglioni Hotel London

3rd night free is valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2015

A touch of Italian luxury style in London…  Situated at the heart of Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, the Hotel overlooks Kensington Gardens and enjoys wonderful views of Kensington Palace.  A charming mix of light and space…elegance and atmosphere.  An “International Luxury Hotel” where it is possible to enjoy the characteristic traits and charms of the “Italian way of life”.

 

The unique design of bedrooms merges sophisticated Italian taste with a warm contemporary feel.  A place for discerning travellers who appreciate culture and art.  The hotel has 67 rooms – including superior, deluxe and executive rooms – and 50 suites, 20 of them with fireplace – junior, superior, deluxe and two presidential suites – with exceptional views of Kensington Palace and gardens.

 

Baglioni Hotels has launched Moreno at Baglioni, the new restaurant led by the acclaimed Italian Chef Moreno Cedroni.

 

All 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • in restaurant
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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Overview of Bulgari Hotel & Residences London #travel

The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, pays tribute to Bulgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noble manufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design.  The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, with Squire and Partners as the local architect, coupling the Bulgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology.  Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel and residences are made exclusively for Bulgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.


The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bulgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps inspired by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues right through the hotel into the restaurant and bar with hand crafted Italian detailing such as two stunning solid silver Bulgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece.
Il Bar is the heart of the hotel’s social scene and the perfect place to enjoy La Dolce Vita with an Italian apertivo at the bar, whilst in the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Cigar Shop rare and vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.


From Il Bar a sweeping silver staircase guides guests down to Il Ristorante, where they can enjoy menus incorporating the finest Italian cuisine and wine designed to complement the stylish and lavish atmosphere.
Open to exclusive members and guests of the hotel, the spacious Bulgari Spa, spread over two floors of the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone.  Highlights of the spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, replete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 82ft (25m) swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 1,600sqft (150m²) fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art, gymnasium.


The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, celebrates its silver screen heritage with a luxurious 47-seat screening room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 200 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The screening room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.
Also perfect for business matters, the business centre at the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests.

 

All 2014 & 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Welcome Amenity
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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Special Offer at 51 Buckingham Gate London

51 Buckingham Gate

51 Buckingham Gate, a 5* Westminster Hotel By Buckingham Palace,  has a very special Virtuoso offer,  for bookings made from today until the end of August for stays during  July 15th to December 15th 2013 (valid for new bookings only).

All Suites five Star Hotel offering; separate living rooms, fully-equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant and a stunning award-winning Courtyard garden.
51 Buckingham Gate offers an ideal home away from home experience and perfectly cater for families with children’s amenities as well as five star services throughout.

Kings Junior Suites £205.00 ex vat

Kings Deluxe Junior Suites £255.00 ex vat

Kings One Bedroom Suite £330.00 ex vat

Kings Three Bedroom Suite £1205.00 ex vat

 

Falconers One Bedroom Suites £380.00 ex vat

Falconers Two Bedroom Suites £650.00 ex vat

 

Minsters Deluxe Two Bed £1455.00 ex vat

Presidential Three Bed Suite £3705.00 ex vat

 

Jaguar & Cinema Suite £4705.00 ex vat

 

Above rates include our fantastic Virtuoso amenities:

  • Daily English breakfast served either in the Library or via In-Room Dining
  • Complimentary one-way airport transfer (for stays of 3 nights or more)
  • Tickets to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace
  • Afternoon tea for two
  • 12% discount at Taj Khazana, luxury lifestyle boutique
  • 20% discount on any signature treatment in the Spa at 51
  • Butler service
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Complimentary upgrade, subject to availability upon arrival
  • Complimentary use of the gym, sauna and steam room
  • Complimentary evening reception in the Library 6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Terms and conditions apply and offer is subject to availability.

Address: 51 Buckingham Gate, London, Greater London SW1E 6AF, United Kingdom

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