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Arctic Adventure: Svalbard

Mid-February, Visit Svalbard invited me to discover the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. Longyearbyen, the largest settlement (2100 inhabitants) on the island of Spitsbergen is located 1338 km (831 mi) from…

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The spectacular rise of Club Carlson

Pic: Deluxe room at Park Plaza Soi 18 Sukhumvit Bangkok (July 2012) Pic: Rooftop Pool Sunset at Park Plaza Soi 18 Sukhumvit Bangkok (July 2012) Back in March 2011, the Carlson Hotel Group (Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza…

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Business Class Deluxe room at Radisson Blu Cebu

Pic: Guarded entrance gate Radisson Blu Cebu, Philippines (Nov 2011) Pic: Hotel sign at entrance Radisson Blu Cebu (Nov 2011) For my first night in the Philippines, I booked a room at the number 1 rated hotel for Cebu City…

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Radisson Blu Bucharest

Enjoyed a one night stay at Radisson Blu Bucharest last weekend.  Had checked the hotel’s public areas on a previous trip and was overwhelmed by the impressive Bla lobby bar.  I stayed on a Family and Friends rate (see Bucharest planning for…

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Planning: weekend trip to Bucharest

Here’s the work flow I used to book my weekend trip to Bucharest, Romania. Step 1: Flight As I live near Brussels airport (BRU) I try to avoid booking flights departing from the low-cost Brussels South airport (CRL) which is…

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