This is a fantastic hotel right in the centre of the city's swanky Golden Triangle district. A top class hotel at a pretty reasonable price, friendly staff and nice pool too.
Jalan Conway, KL
It's one of my favourite places in Adelaide. Great market real mix of food, smells, cultures etc.
All the food you could ever want. For eating try breakfast at Lucia's if you can get a seat - best breakfast in Adelaide (try the poached eggs) and the coffee's pretty outstanding too. On a Friday night the market is open late and you could try out the Asian food court where you can get dinner for under 7 dollars.
Head to Gouger Street for more upmarket (tho still impossibly good value) restaurants - Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Greek, Italian even fish and chips...
To be honest Harrogate is a dull yet twee Yorkshire town. The shops are like something out of 'Are you being served' and the town is chock-a-block full of the twin set and pearls wearing Yorkshire Tory set munching on cucumber sarnies in Betty's rip-off tea rooms.
But the Turkish Baths are a real gem - now restored to former glory, these council run baths consist of a series of progressively hotter rooms. You plunge in ice-cold water in-between hot room sessions. Take a book and spend a 1/2 day relaxing - you'll feel great after. You'll be so relaxed you wont even mind forking out 15 quid for tea and cake in Betty's afterwards. Check out the photographs on the way in of various early twentieth century 'health' treatments that wouldn't look out of place in Abu Ghraib. Thankfully times have moved on since then.
Takes place in March (so yes, a summer festival on this side of the planet!) in Adelaide's botanical gardens. Such a fantastic setting for a festival - chill under the giant fig trees listening to the best of Womad. A great atmosphere - one of the highlights of the year in Adelaide (ok that's not hard.. but believe me womadelaide is fantastic). Bring a sun hat and a rain coat and dance the day and night away.
So, you arrive in California by plane but you really want to get out of the city and visit some of the state’s amazing national parks, go trekking in the mountains and camp under the stars.
My top tip would be to hire your camping gear from this fantastic little shop in Berkley - you can get there on the BART or easily by car. They have everything you need at decent prices - tents, sleep mats, bear boxes(!), stoves, sleeping bags. So there’s no need to lug all of that gear over to the USA.
3049 Adeline Street, Berkley
OK, so it's nearer Wakefield than Leeds, but it’s still only an hour away from the city, so it’s great for a day trip. Some of the most fantastic British sculpture that you will see, set in beautiful parklands - a top day out.
Wow - this place is amazing. Who would have thought that a restaurant that from the outside looks like a newsagents and stuck in boring suburbs could be this fantastic. You must book in advance and you get offered either a 7pm or 9pm sitting - but do it because it’s worth it.
Quality food like this doesn't usually come this cheap - and given the name of the place, baked stuff is a bit of a speciality (and believe me those breads and biscuity pudding things are out of this world). It’s a case of bring your own with the booze - so get your self a fancy bottle of plonk and head there now.
293 Spen Lane, West Park, Headingley; tel: 0113 278 7255
Cute 'boutique' winery in the Adelaide Hills. Not like some of the massive wineries that abound in South Australia - lovely vino and restaurant serving sunday lunches. I will be back.
This beautiful conservation park is only an hour-and-a-half’s drive south of Adelaide. There’s great camping facilities and lovely walks down to impressive beaches (no surf though). The best bits are the kangaroos resting under the trees on a sunny day, and the views of Kangaroo Island. Lovely - well worth a visit.
Take a day trip out of Barcelona to the amazing Dali Museum in the town of Figuera. Its an easy (though rather long) train journey out of Barcelona - making it an excellent day trip destination.
The Museum is set in the town's old municipal theatre and it is an amazing spectacle - everything that you would expect from Dali and more. Dare I say, even those who usually detest art galleries will love this place. You will find many of Dali's paintings brought to life as sculptures in the amazing courtyard areas and well as all manner of weird and wonderful paintings and objects from the world's best known surrealist.
Once you have had your fill of Dali, there are plenty of shops cafes to wonder around and watch the world go by.
Figueras (Spanish), Figueres (Catalan)
This hotel is great fun - every room is themed/named after a film set in San. Rooms are a decent size, clean and stylish and you get breakfast (muffins and coffee) and free internet access included in the price. There is also an in-house cinema, but personally I though this was a bit gimmicky. The staff are amazingly friendly and welcoming. But best of all, it is really not all that expensive.
The Bijou is close to Union Square and all major public transport routes. The only problem is that we found that there was a lot of noise coming up from the street below, so I would recommend getting a room closer to the top of the building.
Hotel Bijou, 111 Mason St, San Francisco; tel: 415 771 1200; www.jdvhospitality.com/hotels/hotel/3
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