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Roaming Around East Anglia – Felixstowe Beach Station And The Dolphin Hotel

Felixstowe Beach station closed in 1967 and I can remember seeing the station buildings in the 1960s.

I can also remember sitting in the car outside the Dolphin Hotel, drinking an orange juice, whilst my father was inside having a quick beer.

These days, I suspect that in many pubs the children would have been allowed into the pub.

My reason for visiting the area of Felixstowe Beach station was to investigate the possibility of using the site as a terminus for the proposed tram-train to Felixstowe.

I doubt it is a feasible plan.

March 4, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Roaming Around East Anglia – The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe

The Ordnance Hotel in Felixstowe is long gone and has now been replaced by a Premier Inn.

The Ordnance Hotel played a large part in my life, in that according to my father, I was conceived there.

It was rather strange to walk out of the front of the hotel and imagine in my mind, the view from perhaps in 1958, when we stayed as a family in the hotel.

In those days, you could still see the tide mark on the walls of the nearby houses, which was caused by the North Sea Flood of 1953.

March 4, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Roaming Around East Anglia – Cambridge Station Square

Cambridge station now has a station square with a hotel, a pub, several coffee shops, a convenience store and a taxi rank, which is a big difference from when I left Suffolk ten years ago.

It is so much better than the crowded space squeezed between the car parking.

As a pedestrian, I like it! I was able to walk to everything I would need like a coffee, some gluten-free snacks, a bed, a decent meal, bus or a taxi.

The only thing missing is a proper tram to take you to the City Centre.

How many towns and cities need a station square like this in the UK?

March 3, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Edinburgh Tourist Tax Could Be £2 Per Room, Per Night

The title of this post is the same as this article on the BBC.

Will it actually make any difference?

  • I looked up the price of two nights in a Premier Inn in the City Centre for next week and they want to charge me £263.
  • Glasgow was £137 and Stirling £105 for Premier Inns close to the stations.
  • Will the tax apply to Airbnb?

I do think, we’re going to see some innovative tourist taxes and rewards.

For instance, all hotels in Geneva must give you a voucher for a day’s free travel on public transport. This applies for everything from a camp-site to a five-star hotel.

Some hotels in Hamburg, do something similar.

February 1, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

My Hotel In Hamburg

These pictures show my hotel and my room in Hamburg; The Europäischer Hof.

My room was unusual in that it was a proper single room, with everything I needed.

Except one thing; a BBC channel for the News.

I have now stayed in Hamburg in two hotels, where I got a free bus, U-Bahn ans S-Bahn ticket.

The ticket covers the main city zones including the |Airport.

That is an idea I like.

October 14, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Don’t Stay In The Metro One Hotel By The Hauptbahnhof In Berlin!

The only thing to recommend it, is the distance from the station, but I found it totally unfit for my purpose as I wrote in A Hotel To Avoid.

I will not be taking any chances in future and will avoid Metro One hotels.

February 17, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

The Excelsior In Munich Delivers

When I pass through Munich on my long trips, I generally stay in the Excelsior hotel by the Hbf (Hauptbahnhof).

  • It is about a fifty metre walk from the station entrance.
  • The hotel dies old-fashioned service at a reasonable price.
  • The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
  • It has baths.
  • It does a proper cooked breakfast.
  • It is convenient for the trams.

Once I needed a phone charger, so they sold me one for a couple of euros from their large collection guests had left behind.

February 14, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Adding Insult To Injury

I still couldn’t get BBC World, but to add insult to injury, I could get a porn channel! Not that I’m bothered about this level of porn, but it wasn’t what I wanted to watch. Although, I did find it funny, that a guy kept his hat on, whilst on the job. It wasn’t because he was cold either, as the sun was blazing away!

February 13, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

A Hotel To Avoid

My hotel in Berlin is definitely one to avoid.

These are current anoyancies.

  • The television can’t receive BBC World.
  • The glasses are small thin plastic things in plsstic bags, that break easily. McDonalds provide better ones!
  • There is no plug for a laptop by the desk.
    That doesn’t matter as the desk isn’t big enough for a laptop.
  • The doors are heavy steel ones that are hard to open and hit you as you go through.
  • There is no place to put clothes

I shall be glad to leave tomorrow.

I will mot return or use another of this group’s hotels.

I’ll name the hotel, when I get back to Blighty and I have put my vitriol on Trip Advisor. I can’t fo that now, as I haven’t got my account details with me. You always forget something!

These are a few pictures I took.

In some ways for me, the non-existent glasses was worst.  Because of my stroke, I like to drink out of a glass, as I can’t use a straw.

This hotel is totally unsuitable for solo travellers like myself, who need to charge devices. It would also be terrible for a couple, as the average woman would have no place to put everything.

C would have gone potty.

If I were to give the average Premier Inn 7 out of 10, I would give this Metro One hotel by the Hauptbahnhof in Berlin, a score as low as one.

 

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments

Sheep In The City

I took this picture outside the South Place Hotel, just off Moorgate in the City of London.

I can’t remember ever seeing fleeces on outside seats.

But it was bitterly cold.

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment