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23 Apr 19
Dapper Dave and Dinky Di

On Oceania ships the specialty restaurants are included in the price. All you need to do is book in advance as they are very popular. My favourite is Red Ginger, the Asian themed restaurant and we have eaten at it on three different ships. Each time it has been brilliant. I love it! We shared […]

23 Apr 19
Dapper Dave and Dinky Di

Yesterday from Bordeaux we took a tour to Saint Emilion, a grand cru wine village about 30 minutes from Bordeaux. The population is about 500 and it is all about wine. Very very old buildings are everywhere but the lower parts of many of the buildings have been very commercialised. If you look very closely […]

23 Apr 19
Dapper Dave and Dinky Di

After our beautiful brunch on Sunday we had a very lazy day, just relaxing as we cruised right up the Garonne River to Bordeaux. It’s a very wide river and apparently only about 30 ships will make it all the way up the river this year. The bridge opened up to let us pass underneath. […]

23 Apr 19
The Periwinkle

The sky was an endless misty pink, And the orchids mischievously wet blue. As I was pondering about my loved ones, Suddenly! My thoughts came across you. As you derived me from my callow wonders, Leading to the wee, magnetic moments we groomed. Promptly a smile flashed fussily on my face, Remembering how you nurtured […]

23 Apr 19
Skyscanner's Travel Blog
So, you’re planning a city break and want to stay somewhere fab (great location, great rooms, great style) but sadly haven’t yet won the lottery? No worries. We’ve trawled through the top-rated hotels in your favourite destinations and come up with some little beauties that tick pretty much all the boxes. 1. Hotel 7, Dublin – stay from £70 Photo credit: David Cantwell Photography  Opened in summer 2018, this may be a relatively new addition to Dublin’s hotel scene but it’s made a big impression in a small time. On the outside, it’s a handsome period affair, converted from a Georgian townhouse in a conservation area north of the River Liffey. Inside, it’s all 21st-century modern, with smart TVs and Nespresso machines in the bedrooms, allergen information on the restaurant menus and a choice of craft beers and gins behind the bar. You can walk from here to Temple Bar in 20 minutes and literary attractions such as the Dublin Writers Museum, Irish Writers Centre and James Joyce Centre are practically on the doorstep. Stay at Hotel 7 from £70 a night Fly to Dublin from £20 2. The Hoxton, Amsterdam – stay from £120 Photo credit: The Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam What’s not to love about the Amsterdam outpost of The Hoxton? It has buzzy communal areas, a good casual restaurant and interiors that mix vintage, contemporary and quirky to attractive effect. Then there’s the prime location on the Herengracht, smartest of the city’s canals and easy walking distance from all the central attractions. As is the Hoxton way, they keep prices down by ditching unnecessary frills and undesirable extras (so you won’t find a hotel pool or expensive minibars) and concentrating instead on all-important basics such as comfortable beds, smart bathrooms and friendly service. Stay at The Hoxton from £120 a night Fly to Amsterdam from £39 3. Posada Terra Santa, Palma – stay from £130 Photo credit: Posada Terra Santa, Palma Palma’s hotel scene has come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so and this boutique hideaway at the heart of the old quarter is one of the best recent-ish additions. A handsome conversion of a 16th-century mansion, Posada Terra Santa has just 26 rooms, all of them beautifully elegant and serene. There’s a rather nice roof terrace where you can soak up the sun and take a dip in the plunge pool, an attractive cellar restaurant serving up Mediterranean, South American and Asian fusion food, and a small wellness area with another dinky little pool, a sauna and a treatment room. Stay at Posada Terra Santa from £130 a night Fly to Palma from £26 4. Urso Hotel & Spa, Madrid – stay from £144 Photo credit: Urso Hotel & Spa, Madrid This chic boutique hotel has a central but untouristy location in between residential Chamberi and the trendy barrio of Chueca and Malasana. Behind the grand neoclassical exterior of the Urso Hotel & Spa is a calm and ordered world. Striking original features like the antique mahogany lift and beautiful stained glass are teamed with a neutral contemporary colour palette, and walking through the public areas is like stepping into the pages of a glossy design mag. The bar and restaurant menus feature produce from the Barceló market just over the road and there’s a basement spa with a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and a range of treatments using Natura Bissé and Sisley products. Stay at Urso Hotel & Spa from £144 Fly to Madrid from £28 5. White House Hotel, Istanbul – stay from £111 Photo credit: White House Hotel, Istanbul If the name makes you think you’ll be getting a monochrome urban look, think again. The White House Hotel takes its design cues from the Ottoman Empire, so there’s a fair bit of bling going on, with throne-like armchairs in the bedrooms and lavish use of gold leaf throughout. Doesn’t sound hip enough for you? Look at the bigger picture – the location puts you within easy walking distance of many key attractions (including the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar), there are knock-out views from the roof terrace and the hotel gets consistently stellar reviews from previous guests. Stay at White House Hotel from £111 a night Fly to Istanbul from £99 6. Six Senses Maxwell, Singapore – stay from £133 Photo credit: Six Senses Maxwell, Singapore In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Singapore came joint first (along with Paris and Hong Kong) as the world’s most expensive city. Resign yourself, then, to the fact that good hotels don’t come cheap – but that’s not to say you can’t find a bargain, or treat yourself to a night in something a little more upmarket. The highly-rated Six Senses Maxwell in Chinatown is made up of several heritage shophouses given a glamorous 21st-century makeover by French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia. Rooms are luxurious, there’s an excellent in-house library of 3,000-plus books and one of the city’s best hawker centres is just over the road. And – nice touch – they have an ice-cream cart that’s free for guests. Stay at Six Senses Maxwell from £133 Fly to Singapore from £428 7. CitizenM Times Square, New York – stay from £189 Photo credit: Citizen M, Times Square For those with access to a magic money tree, there’s no end of fabulous (but alarmingly expensive) places to stay in New York. For the rest of us, stuck in the real world and limited by budget, things are a tad trickier. Hurrah, then, for citizenM Times Square. Its guest ratings are high, it has a cool rooftop bar and central Midtown location (handy if you’re planning on catching a few shows), and it comes with all the citizenM staples: fun décor, friendly staff and rooms that may be small but have super-comfy beds, power showers and a MoodPad to control TV, temperature and lighting. Stay at CitizenM Times Square from £189 a night Fly to New York from £203 8. Hotel Britania, Lisbon – stay from £69 Photo credit: Hotel Britania The Hotel Britania is just off Avenida da Liberdade, the grand Champs-Elysées-style boulevard that runs through central Lisbon, earning it a big tick for location. It’s no slouch on the character front either, having preserved all the original Art Deco features dating back to its opening in the 1940s. Expect acres of marble, lashings of lacquered wood and gleaming chrome, and a bar that wouldn’t look out of place as a Poirot backdrop. Rooms are a good size and continue the retro style but come with added mod cons such as wi-fi, flat-screen TVs and Molton Brown goodies in the bathroom. Stay at Hotel Britania from £69 Fly to Lisbon from £33 9. Kvosin Downtown Hotel, Reykjavik – stay from £144 Photo credit: Kvosin Downtown Hotel Base yourself in Kvosin Downtown Hotel and you’re in prime position for making the most of a Reykjavik city break. The hotel, housed in a renovated 1900s building, is about as central as it gets, facing the cathedral, just round the corner from the parliament building, and super-handy for all kinds of bars, shops and restaurants. The interiors have Scandi-chic good looks and the good-sized rooms have Icelandic toiletries in the bathroom, artworks from local artists on the wall and, in most cases, a kitchenette that will come in handy if you want to save money on the odd meal out. Stay at Kvosin Downtown Hotel from £144 a night Fly to Reykjavik from £41 10. Le Relais Montmarte, Paris – stay from £134 Photo credit: Le Relais Montmartre If you loved Amélie, there’s every chance you’ll love Le Relais Montmartre. The hotel is in the middle of the villagey neighbourhood of hilly cobbled streets, pretty old houses and unexpected windmills that served as the film’s location, and the bar that Audrey Tautou’s character worked in (Café des Deux Moulins) is just round the corner. The bedrooms are cosy but comfy and have a country-hotel charm, with floral fabrics, traditional furnishings and painted rafters. Downstairs there’s a lounge with an open fire and arty coffee table books and a tiny terrace where you can have breakfast when the weather co-operates. Stay at The Relais Montmartre from £134 a night Fly to Paris from £49 Now you know where you’re staying, book your flights below: Find your hire car Download the Skyscanner app All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 23 April 2019.
23 Apr 19
APKMB.Com

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23 Apr 19
Peter's Tech Blog

Amid the recent Boeing 737 Max Aircraft crashes, it was revealed that on multiple occasions a sensor was giving faulty readings and triggering a system on the aircraft to prevent stalling. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose dive, when one was not necessary and not safe to make. Since the faulty sensor […]

23 Apr 19
The Hipster Historian

A few years ago, I had the chance to have a brief stint at a dream job — being an attendant of the dead for a funeral home. Though this job wasn’t for long, it gave me so many experiences that I will never forget. This is one of them. In these true short stories, […]

23 Apr 19
Leia's Second Life

  Jinx : CenTEENYtaur – FF2019 Jinx : Spe’ Edition FF Arwenae – CenTEENYtaur – FF2019 Dinkies Pawcraft Sorceress – Designs by Isaura –   FF2019 Dinkies brown tabby kitty mesh avatar -Designs by Isaura-  FF2019

22 Apr 19
Lee & Brenda's Travels

Lake Mead to Ash Springs, NevadaSpent 5 days boondocking at Lake Mead. It was really nice to be able to see the lake, even though it was too low to spend much time down there. We went down one day and took a quick dip. Dinky was not impressed until he realized how cool it […]

22 Apr 19
The Occasional Techie

A post on /r/linux actually put a smile on my face the other morning. Someone was calling on folks to stop asking for the elimination of user choice on Linux. While the request fell on deaf ears, it was music to my ears! It almost felt like somebody was reading my posts, and felt moved […]

22 Apr 19
English

Ryan Voth Auto-Bibliography February 18, 2018 Botching the books             If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest reader. Of the twenty years on this planet, 18 and a half of them, I’ve spent resenting to read for school, let alone never reading one on my own.  As a disclaimer, English and Writing have never been […]

22 Apr 19
Michael Sparacio - Student Journalism Blog

Michael Sparacio COMJOUR333 2/13/2019 Winter storm results in dead air on KRKO radio If you were tuned in to KRKO 1380, Everett’s Greatest Hits, on Feb. 12 between the hours of 6am and 9am, you likely noticed an audio oddity. On a typical day, Tim Hunter, the station’s morning DJ, does his comedy bit and […]

22 Apr 19
Writing and All that Jazz with Andrew Iriana

I just finished watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for the third time and the sheer bliss of the first viewing hasn’t went away. It’s an amazing tribute to comics, runs the gamut of animation styles and excelling at all of them, and reminded me that superhero movies can be good in a time when so […]

22 Apr 19
Pinoytrend.net

Singer Leah Navarro criticized President Rodrigo Duterte who’s missing in action after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit NCR and several provinces in Luzon yesterday. In a series of Tweet, Navarro said that while many problems are happening in the country, the President chose to sleep than to show his presence to the people. “Earthquake in […]

22 Apr 19
merlinspielen

(For National Poetry Month I write a daily stream-of-conscious poem. Spontaneous single edit – it will be ugly! Poem #22.) you were the one parabolic amplitude moonrise falling two by two cumulonimbus stratified just like dreams rarefied courtesy now then take a bow spin my head then lead me on you were the one we […]