April 15th, 2013
Just a five – hour flight away you’ll find spectacular beaches and a haven of peaceful relaxation. Guaranteed sunshine and the sparkling waters of the Egyptian Red Riviera await. Stay in the 5-star Hilton hotel. Hilton Sharm Waterfalls with unlimited food and local alcoholic drink. It is situated on the beach against the mountainous backdrop of the Sinai mountains. With numerous pools and areas to relax, and an exciting array of restaurants and bars with prices from just £34.50 per person per night till the end of June. Everyone can enjoy a week in this haven without breaking the bank. You’ll have access to the reefs and exotic marine life of the Red Sea. Enjoy an outstanding Fish meal in the old town where restaurants serve fresh fish that will dazzle to taste buds!
Hilton Sharm Waterfalls www.travelrecipes.co.uk/sharmhotel
February 11th, 2013
Whilst in Delhi we decided to take a sleeper train from Agra to Bundoveghor. We arrived at 5.30 am And our driver from the Kings Lodge was waiting for us. Tired but feeling excited about the safaris and the area, so couldn’t fall asleep. The area is so less populated and much more green than Agra or Delhi.
After 3 hours we arrived at the lodge to be greeted by Mr Kumar, the general manager and a hot cup of tea with biscuits, priceless!
The temperature is a lot cooler here and warm clothes are needed during January and February. The Kings Lodge has 18 lodges in rustic style with great comforts in remote forested areas. So delighted to come into a lodge with all the comforts of home, including tea and coffee facilities. Surrounded by exotic plants and trees, softly lit by scattered light fittings on the pathway to lead you safely to your chosen area. After a quick wash we sat down to a feast for breakfast and a roaring fire, magnificent.
Our guide to the safaris came to inform us about what to expect whilst going through the forest. The guides had excpetional knowledge about every tree, bird and the delightful monkeys, elephants, tigers, peacocks and spotted deers. The excitement driving through the forest in an open jeep is so exhilarating especially when you finally get to see a tiger!
February 5th, 2013
Now I’m not normally a theatre goer and my ignorance has really got the better of me, but I decided to do something different with my fiancee. I was browsing the theatre section on Travel Recipes and noticed alot of shows in the West End. I was thinking why not surprise her and book theatre tickets since it’s something that she has mentioned to me before. I decided to choose The Phantom of The Opera as it is something I have watched before on Dvd and also something I thought my fiancee would definitely enjoy.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it as I’m normally in to watching movies at the cinema, but I decided to be bold and give it a go. To my immense surprise, I actually really enjoyed it. From the moment we walked in and saw the stage to taking our seats and waiting for the production to start, there was a sense of anticipation in the air. Then, the curtains opened and the show had begun. Amazing!! From the acting, costumes, dancing, singing and the ever changing sets on stage, everything felt magical – as if I was transported in to this fascinating realm of fantasy.
At the end of the evening we both left the theatre amazed at what we had just witnessed and looked forward to planning similar trips in future. I have already booked The Bodyguard and this time, I am really looking forward to it as opposed to not knowing what to expect when I first went.
Booking on Travel Recipes was very user friendly as well. I simply went to the theatre section, chose the show I wanted to watch and then selected the day I was looking to go on. The entire process of booking my tickets took less than 5 minutes. Tickets are also sent via email and post, and arrive within a few days.
I really recommend it, and it is certainly a lovely occasion with your other half or for those thinking of something different to do. Check out the following link for amazing nights out at the West End http://travelrecipes.entstix.com/offers
February 5th, 2013
This is the first time since I have left the UK to have time to update you all on my incredible adventure.
Arrival on Mumbai was wonderful, my sister Dina met me and straight to a spa for total relaxation. It hits you hard when you arrive and see the slums as you are taxing down. I was shocked with the poverty and crowd. Its 20 times worse than Egypt, but the outings are nice. Unfortunately got very sick on the second day but recovered quickly due to the wonderful care of Dina.
Arrived in Delhi, very similar to Cairo. Exhibition and business opportunities much bigger than UK. So on the last day I get introduced to a safari company who want representation in the UK and insists that I have to visit the safari lodges in Central India.
The sleeper was a huge adventure and very tough. Toilets so unclean. I had to think 10 times before going, so had to not eat or drink. We then arrive at 5:30 am to be met and driven for 3 hours to the lodge. Hectic but a beautiful place not like the rest of India. We never saw tigers though. Everytime the tigers had just left the area we entered. Very organised safari. It is freezing here at night the temperature drops to 3 degrees. So when we went on the Safari at 6 am it was hell. Wrapped in blankets and wearing my suitcase the suffering continued till 8 am.
Again back to Delhi for one night before my journey to Rajashtan – the remainder of the golden triangle. Jaipur is lovely, again very similar to Egypt. Beauitful ancient palaces and the old city is pink. Everything pink. I am staying in an old palace with butlers doing everything for me…which makes me feel I have stepped back in time. I am on the go all the time. Today we went to another city called Pushkar and back again in one day. But I get to have my dinner in my lovely Mahri suite. Where Maharaj used to stay. Except that its freezing. I have a young boy at my beck and call. The minute I step out of my suite and say hello, he jumps to attention! Even carries my room key, runs to the kitchen gets my coconut water. infact today I had four butlers attending to me…hahha.
The food here is special! No one cares about health! it doesn’t exist. Everything is swimming in oil and butter. If you ask for grilled, it still comes with oil. Their bread here is magnificent and the naan is beautiful very thin and you can have it without any butter…shocking.
I have to pack now for my next trip. Visiting Mumbai again for 4 hours, to see Dina then connecting for Kerela. Jeremy just called so he will arrive in a few hours and I will arrive in the afternoon tomorrow insh.
Not sure how to pack domestic flights here are so strict!
Miss you all very much. I honestly feel as if I have entered a different time zone…at least 60 years back.
Amal on her incredible India adventure xxxx
December 1st, 2012
A brilliant performance by Heather Headley. Great voice! Last night she was brilliant. A great singer and an excellent match for Whitney! I was not too impressed with her bodyguard on stage – Lloyd Owen. I felt he was wooden and did not move or act with ease. However because the rest of the cast were very impressive the Bodyguard is must to see. The dancing will have you wiggling and tapping your hands and feet. The costumes were breathtaking and little Fletcher was adorable and funny. The last act had everyone clapping and cheering a group of male dancers commanded the stage with gymnastic moves that made everyone’s eyes pop out! A standing ovation was so well deserved for Heather’s voice touched everyone in the audience. Heather has been a duet partner to Andrea Bocelli and has been featured in many of his American and international tours, including his “Live In Tuscany” PBS special, and his “Under The Desert Sky” live concert DVD. She also made cameo appearances in the movies Breakin’ All The Rules and Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. She was the spokesperson for the March of Dimes and led their “I Want My 9 Months” campaign, and also serves on the board of Directors for the Catalyst Charter Schools in Chicago.
October 30th, 2012
Went to this restaurant called Circus right off the Covent Garden’s tube stops and man did it exceed expectation. If you haven’t heard of this upscale restaurant/bar then you have been missing out. Imagine amazing entertainment right in front of you while eating one of London’s best meals. If not right on top of your dinner table just a few feet away performers show off their trapeze skills to pure flexibly and muscles. I don’t want to give away some of the acts so I will just tell you it will blow your mind. An act of around 5 minutes happens around every 30 minutes or so. It’s perfect because you can enjoy every second of your meal and relax while anticipating the next act.
One may say it’s a little pricey but if you think about the exceptional service, food, and performance no money can be worth the experience you have. I can promise you it’s like no other environment you have been to before. It is has a modern and professional look with a twist. Highly suggest it for a birthday or special occasion because if you live in London and have not yet experience this one of a kind place now is the time to do it. On weekends after the dinners are over it opens as a fun bar/club making for a perfect night out. Just like this amazing restaurant/bar there are tons to do in London and if you’re looking for great deals visit Travel recipes website to see what’s in store for you. The theater breaks are unbeatable and must see shows.
October 18th, 2012
It’s all about going back to your family roots and seeing where your history lies. It’s an inspirational feeling seeing the culture that your family continues to live out every day even though we moved to the United States. Going there last weekend was so much fun because everyone is in such cheerful moods you can’t help but be happy. There is live music everywhere you go and you hear the pride in the lyrics and you see it in everyone’s faces. Ireland is a land of traditions and beauty; from the coastal cliffs to the green roaming hills it’s always taking your breath away. Ireland has been through so much and yet the people live on with smiles on their faces and poetry in their hearts.
“All day I hear the noise of waters
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going
He hears the winds cry to the water’s
The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.”
- James Joyce
Book your hotel in Ireland to experience its greatness.
October 15th, 2012
A quick weekend in Barcelona is the way to go. Stayed at the backpacker’s hostel which has nice staff with a quiet small setup allowing for a relaxing stay. Got in on Friday night and took a cab into the city to meet up with friends. Was worried with my Spanish skills being so nonexistent but everyone is so nice and helpful you really have nothing to worry about. Once with all my friends we headed out to L’Ovella Negra. It’s a fun bar with an amazing atmosphere. Perfect place to sit around and catch up with friends that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a huge set up with rows of tables to accommodate the large crowds. The bar has different rooms where games are being played along with a dance floor down stairs.
On Saturday morning my girlfriend and I met up with all our friends and took the metro to a restaurant along the Marina and had huge paellas. The staff were fun bringing a round of shots as we were celebrating a girl’s birthday. Not sure if the locals loved us because we were laughing and having such a good time but that was the last of our worries. While it was raining most of the day, we were able to walk the main stretch of La Rambla, witnessing the famous architecture by Antoni Gaudi, and the Sagrada familia church. The sites are amazing and breathtaking, making Barcelona a spot everyone has to visit. While the clubs don’t get busy till 1 or 2 in Barcelona we decided to go back to L’Oveella Negra before heading out to Opium and Sutton. The two clubs were unreal and after closing, you can just walk out on the beach and hang out till the sun comes up. Sunday by far was the best day slowly moving but reenergized by hanging at a café and drinking some coffee for a couple hours. We made the best decision to rent bikes and were able to see all of Barcelona. It was a perfect day with the sun shining and the blue water glistening we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We rode along the boardwalk with the people watching along was fun but then it suddenly hits you that you’re in this amazing city called Barcelona.
October 11th, 2012
One of the world’s greatest locations! La Jolla in Spanish means “The Jewel”. It is the Jewel of America’s finest city, from world class shopping to one-of-a-kind dining. Each day there is something new waiting for you. I have spent the last 20 years residing in La Jolla and it’s driven a deep passion for the ocean and everything else nature has to offer. La Jolla is known for its warm weather, amazing coastal landscape, and vibrant sea life. La Jolla offers some of the world’s best diving similar to what is found in spots like Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The list is endless for all the things La Jolla has to offer. When you grow up in one of the world’s Jewels you strive to find destinations that can exceed this realm of beauty. Traveling around Europe I have seen exceptional sights such as the shores of Ireland to the beaches of Spain. I am anxious to see what else the world has to offer and see if I can find all the hidden Jewels. We need to get out and see the world and there is no better time than now.
August 10th, 2012
One World untied in sports…great fun for all
The world watches in harmony!
All nations together in one arena
To win a medal or two
We all cheer together we know
Its ONE WORLD
Enjoy the games and love the sport
So cheer out loud for a few more days
Lets all unite in prayers and love our teams
GB has won the greatest praise
For indeed they are masters of a few games
So come everyone lets hear you cheer out loud
For the Olympics are coming to an end!
Lets not be sad for its taught us that we are
untied in ONE WORLD.