Luxury Treat At Thorpe Park Hotel

I have had the delight of visiting Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa before but it had been quite a few years ago. The quality was top notch then and today, its consistency in style and treatment is still as wonderful, if not better! Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa is in Colton, Leeds, just off the A1 so it is conveniently located, with Leeds and York being in reasoable driving idstance for day trips. It is a beautiful hotel, stylish, modern, impeccable service with lots of reasons to stay. In fact, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa are nominated in the World Luxury Spa Awards and after experiencing the spa to its full potential, I can easily see why. For my little pre-birthday treat, myself and my best friend Janine decided to take full advantage of what Thorpe Park Hotel has to offer!

The Hotel & Where To Relax

Before or after your spa day, you can have a cup of tea, afternoon tea, light lunch or a quick coffee break in one of their lovely sitting areas. Overlook the pool with an afternoon tea, or perhaps have a light lunch in this outdoor inspired courtyard sitting area, it's so lovely and airy in there! Lunches are available, and it would also make a brilliant place to bring a work colleague or have a quiet meeting, as the environment is incredibly chilled out whilst still keeping a chic vibe!

The Treatments

There is a huge list of treatments up in the spa. Check in to the spa is easy, you're given a lovely robe and slippers, and a wrist band that gives you access to your locker. We headed up for a taster session; we both opted for neck, shoulder and back massage, the treatment was 25 minutes long. You can pick and choose, and the list is endless, including beauty treatments which I was highly impressed with, and would definitely try out second time around! A pedicure would be heavenly!

The relaxation lounge can be taken full advantage of before and after your treatments, with hot herbal teas on tap and little snacks as well as magazines and lounges, chairs which are perfect for stretching out on, or even a nap, which is definitely what we felt like doing. The lady who did my massage was lovely, worked on the areas of my shoulders that were incredibly tight and knotty, and the environment was lovely and quiet, with a choice of two beautiful oils - I picked the fitness oil, perfect for tired muscles. I then retreated to this quiet corner with a herbal tea and chats with my best friend; it was an easy, relaxing experience.

The Pool Area

I've always been in love with the pool here. It has a beautiful Grecian feel, with tiles and ornaments, it is relaxing, clean and easy to get around. There is a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, including a lot of little areas to relax, nap or even work. It would have been a brilliant place for me to set up office for the afternoon. The sauna is a great way to start out to relax those muscles and a good way to end your spa trip too. The steam room is lovely, very hot and definitely clears your head and sinuses. The jacuzzi is very warm but not too overpowering with the bubbles - a great place to have a good girly chat! The details of the pool area are exactly what I love in a spa, miminal but classic.

You can easily spend a full afternoon alternating from pool to jacuzzi and then another stint in the steam room, all with a glass of prosecco or coffee - whatever takes your fancy, drinks are on tap! Saunas and steam rooms are renowned for being good for aching msucles and good for your circulation. Thorpe Park Spa is such a relaxing environment for seasoned spa goers or people who like to take things a little slower paced. There's no pressure, and the changing rooms have good facilities, with little areas to redo your hair and make up (a must after a spa trip), and good amenities.

This was a lovely day, and would be a wonderful treat for someone's birthday, to allow them to step out of their busy lives, and enjoy a little bit of luxury! I know it was truly a relaxing experience to remember, you could even kick it up a notch with an evening meal and overnight stay, where the pool facilites are complimentary.

If you would like to vote for Thorpe Park Spa in this year's award, then you can click here and support them!

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*My experience was kindly provided complimentary by Thorpe Park but all opinions are my own

Ultimate Corfu Guide

After a very succesful trip to Athens, using my Marco Polo Guide last year, I thought it was time to see how helpful their Corfu guide would be to a first timer in the city! Needless to say, this little pocketsize bible would be perfect for the ultimate travel companion if you're heading to this luscious island anytime soon!

Corfu is definitely a dream destination for anytime of year, although during autumn, winter, it does tend to close up for the year, and reopen in the spring time. Flights can be a little cheaper before June/July for a spring getaway and I think it's definitely worth seeing it when it's not completely overtaken by tourists!


Getting around Corfu has its benefits, it's usually very easy, although hiring a car can be the most beneficial way of seeing the island at your own leisure. Be sure to consult maps for parking arrangements before you go but you should be able to pick your car up at the airport and get exploring! Bicycles and motorscooters can also be rented because it's a very convenient way to get around! If you prefer to take the bus, be sure to make sure you know the times, by asking, as they can change often, but it is a cheap and cheerful way to get around from old town to the beach. Of course you can also take luxury to the next level and hire a yacht to sail around in, indulging in good food and of course, beautiful sunsets.


If you're looking for luxury then Corfu is the palce to be. There are beautiful hotels in the area, and some of the popular ones are the incredible:

  • Corfu Palace Hotel 5*****
  • Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive Resort 5*****
  • Marbella Corfu 5*****
You could also look at hiring a villa, there are plenty of beautiful villas to rent in Corfu which is ideal if you're with friends or a bigger group, you can enjoy a private pool and places to cook outdoors, and enjoy the sunshine. Grab a drink and then go off to explore! 

What To Do

Old Town Corfu is particularly popular with the sightseeing tourists, who would love to capture a bit of the culture as well as soaking up the beautiful coastline. It is unbelievably quirky and beautiful in the Old Town, and you do not need a map, have a little explore on foot, like most parts of Greece, the more you see on foot the better, especially to reach those beautiful high points for Instagrammable views. Views of the sea are beautiful, but well worth it, if you're looking to soak up some Greek culture and history.

There are outdoor activities, from hiking and a scuba centre, where you can hire equipment and go scuba diving in the crystal seas. For the more low key tourist, who isn’t so hyped for energetic water sports, the island boasts many museums, such as the Andivouniotissa Museum, which is €4 entry and open Tues-Sun 8:00am until 2:45pm; and there are plenty of other choices with a multitude of different cultures to learn about; with Corfu’s rich history and ties to Italy and France. In my Marco Polo Guide, I was able to pinpoint some of the best discovery tours in the area, there are plenty of walking tours, and of course you should look at Pantokrator, and the surrounding villages, and if you're looking for a little midweek adventure, you can head to the port and take a boat trip to Albania! My Marco Polo guide suggests it's definitely a full day trip.

Other attractions includ the Byzantine Museum, British Cemetery, Archeological Museum and of course, whilst you're there, you have to soak up a little bit of the shopping scene! In the old town you can find traditional gems, clothing and things for your home, including token presents. Don't forget to take home some of the incredible Olive Oil! It's lovely to stroll around and you'll be sure to find something of interest. Marco Polo also have an extensive map of the island to refer to which is so helpful if you find yourself off the beaten track! Take advantage also of Corfu's beautiful beaches, but top up your sunscreen as the summer months are likely to get very hot, and I always forget to top up and get horribly burnt! Not fun! 

Where To Eat

You will never go hungry in Corfu. Plenty of taverns but some top picks are Avli Restaurant, Taverna Bikolis and if you want to splash out a little on a special holiday meal, then the luxurious “The Venetian Well” is surely a good place to start, but looking at my guide, it gives me in depth info of restaurant etiquette and what is good to eat and a list of Greek food dishes to try! Needless to say, I'm a huge fan of Spanokopita so I always eat endless amounts of then when in Greece! 

Generally the Greeks are outspoken, friendly, family-orientated people. Will be there to help, and most often than not can speak standard English. You'll find in Corfu that English is widely spoken due to the heavy tourism but if you fancy speaking a little Greek then you should! "Kalimera" means good day and is a nice way to introduce yourself - it's a little bit of fun trying to speak some choice Greek phrases, and Marco Polo have pages of phrases in Greek including the Greek alphabet just in case you come across something you're not sure of! It can be tricky but generally fun!
Thank you Marco Polo for this wonderful guide that will sure be of help to anyone heading to Corfu. Not only that, but they have guides for just about everywhere in the world, and here's how we are going to celebrate!!!


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*This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own

East Asia Travel Tips & Ideas

East Asia is packed full of cultural highlights, wonderful food and some of the best scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world. If this is a part of the planet that you haven’t got round to exploring in much depth yet, that’s something you should aim to change as soon as possible. The sooner you get to grips with everything East Asia has to offer, the sooner you’ll fall in love with it. But before you rush off, here are some travel tips you’ll want to be aware of.

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Budget and Spend Carefully
A lot of the essentials in this part of the world are very affordable, so there’s no need to spend very much money. However, you will have to be very careful because tourists are often the main targets of scammers and thieves. Be sure to know some of the ways in which you can be conned. For example, agree a price with your taxi driver before you set off because that’s one way they get you. Budget everything and don’t fall into these kinds of traps.
As Well as China, Explore Macau and Hong Kong
China is the first country that comes to mind when you think of places to travel to in East Asia. However, there are a few interesting locations around China that are technically autonomous from China itself. Macau is one such example; it’s a former Portuguese colony with a fascinating cultural mix on display. The JW Marriott Hotel Macau is one of its finest hotels for first time visitors. Then there’s Hong Kong; a huge metropolis with a mythos entirely its own. Both are worth a visit.
Be Sure to Take the Weather Into Account
The weather conditions can vary wildly at different times of the year, and this is something that you should take into account before you plan your trip to East Asia. You don’t want to be caught in monsoons and storms. Research the weather in the locations you want to head to and see what the best time to visit is.
Sample the Street Food
Street food is a huge part of what East Asia can offer. As long as you make sure that you only eat the food that you see being made fresh in front of you, it’s perfectly safe to eat. There is all kinds of stuff on offer, so be sure to give it a try. Don’t stick to the fast food chains that they have all over the world.
Make the Most of What Nature Has to Offer
There are some stunning natural landscapes in East Asia, so don’t spend all your time looking around the admittedly captivating cities that this part of the world has to offer. Whether it’s Halong Bay in Vietnam or Stone Forest in China, you shouldn’t miss out on the natural side of East Asia when you visit the region.
Traveling East Asia is something you certainly won’t forget, so start making plans right away. You  I won’t regret it. However, don’t forget to make the most of the things that have been covered here because they’ll make your trip much more enjoyable and varied.

4 Luxury Snow Resorts For 2018

The beauty of the outdoors during winter is just incredible. There are countless spots to indulge in bathing in bubbling Jacuzzis, snow-sports, and seeing the crisp winter take beautiful shape on the mountains and hills, creating glorious snowcapped scenery. All very Instagram worthy, and definitely worth the travel to; and there is no reason to use winter as an excuse to hibernate. Although spring is appearing slowly but surely, here are some of the best destinations to take a snow trip, with epic scenery and plenty of luxury resorts to choose from.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is constantly raved about by Bloggers. It’s perfect volcanic backdrops with a plethora of spots to take photos and lots to explore. It is not just amazing for its scenery but it also has many ski resorts that you may not have known existed, which makes it a brilliant choice for both sightseeing, relaxing and sports. With mile after mile of untouched volcanic land and views that will take your breath away, you can check into the famous Blue Lagoon spawhich is a big hit with its beautiful blue waters, filled with volcanic mud that is good for your skin and wellbeing. The resorts of and Skalafell are the main resorts. Flights are relatively regular to Iceland, but usually fly from the main airports, you may not easily find flights from smaller airports. Reykjavik is also full of beautiful colourful buildings, quaint boutique hotels and little shops, and is still within driving distance of all the volcanoes.

Canada Destinations

Canada is renowned for its crisp cold weather but it is also undoubtedly a place that has been on my list for quite some time. It’s culture and it’s history is incredible, as well as all the little towns that look delightful, I can say that the top three places to visit for me are, Quebec, Alberta and Vancouver. Of course there would be maple syrup on tap (at least I hope) and copious amounts of luxury resorts, many of them nestled in the beautiful hillside. Visit Old Quebec, with a stunning castle and stay at the incredible Chataeu Frontenac. Alberta looks to be another favourite, with - in fact all the Fairmont resorts look stunning.

Fairmont Lake Louise - Photo: Eluxe Magazine
Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is situated in Japan, in fact it is a beautiful Japanese island. This stunning offshore magical hideaway, has enough sushi to feed a nation, plenty of floral backdrops for an entire month's worth of Instagram photos, and the rows of pink blossoms fill the crevasses of the land. It is also a volcanic island, so walking tours, treks, parkland, and exploration is the major asset to the island. For some luxury accommodation, the Hotel JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo is the place to visit, and because of its height, you're guaranteed a wonderful view from your room.

Colorado, USA

Colorado is undoubtedly the heart of America, and during the winter it becomes a magical wonderland. Colorado is brilliantly located with many other attractions and cities nearby such as Denver, and to the west, Salt Lake City and to the east, Kansas. Beaver Creek is one luxury area of the state that has a huge influx of tourists and it's not to be missed if you happen to be looking for a beautiful winter break. The Park HyattBeaver Creek Resort and Spa is a beautiful 5 star hotel with an outdoor pool. For the ultimate in American luxury, then Aspen is the place to visit and it has a lot of places to shop which would definitely be a huge hit for me, shopping whilst you're abroad is definitely one of the most exciting things to do! 

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So there are some of my favourite picks for the coming year, whether you want volcanic beauty, something a little more rustic, or a place with history, these destinations are definitely the ones to have a little lust over. 

Alicante - The City With So Much

As we slide into 2018, and reflect over the year passed, I felt what better time than to talk candidly about health, travel and general life. In January, I took a little trip to Alicante, a little for work and a little for pleasure, and had no idea what to expect. Having only ever been to Barcelona before, I did a little research and believed Alicante was usually heavily saturated with British tourists and loud bars. I was very wrong.

Granted, this was off season, however I cannot asy I encountered many Brits at all, and in addition, did not feel that the English language was widely spoken much at all. However, they could speak basic and got by, with a friendly attitude towards tourists. I want to share with you some of my favourite photos of the trip, as well as sharing some of the things I got upto in the city, as well as some little places of interest to feast your eyes on and get the walking shoes out for, if you should find yourself in the city.

Alicante is in southern Spain, not too far from Benidorm, yet also a world away from it also! Pleasant traditional streets, friendly locals, clean, sunny and a long beach, it has so much to offer. I stayed at the Sercotel Spa Porto Maris Hotel. Nice, simple, but the highlight was the balcony view - if you are wanting to stay at this hotel, it's worth the extra money to wake up to the sea every day. If the sea brings calmness to your anxiety, then this is what you should look for when you're booking your next getaway. I was absolutely blown away by the view, it was exactly what I needed in the morning and sat replying to business emails was also a very delightful prospect. There are many hotels in the area, The Melia hotel is just next door to the Sercotel Spa, and it is a little step up in luxury, but if you're wanting a more modest family friendly holiday resort kind of feel, then Sercotel is the best bet.

The beach is lovely and long, and I imagine in summer it's heaving. The waters are crystal clear and perfect for a swim most time of the year - although it was particularly cold in January, but I did still see people swimming, for a little health kick, despite the icy waters. There was no real evidence of water sports, but we spotted a few boats, there is of course a marina on the water, where you can hire a boat if you should wish, but mostly they are inundated with larger yachts!

Places You MUST See

Barri Vell Santa Crue

You cannot help but amble towards the area of Barri Vell Santa Crue, it's a little area in the centre which resembles a tiny little Spanish village, very traditional and out of the way of traffic, and there are some seriously Instagrammable spots! At first wander, it had a very similar feel to Plaka in Athens, with a large castle at the top of the hill and a rock formation, it felt just like Athens, however, a totally different culture and vibe. Read about my Ultimate Athens guide here. Just like in Plaka, people live there, so although it is a tourist area and you're free to roam, try to keep quiet if you can just out of respect for the residents of the area.

Santa Barbara Castle

The castle is situated on the top of Mount Benacantil, and this place is stunning. It has three different enclosures from three periods, including 14th, 16th century and 18th century and there is lots to see. It is incredibly windy up there, so hats aren't advisable but the ruins are incredible. You can drive up by car to the ruins and park up, or you can go up in the elevator for €2. The entrance is on the main road opposite the beach, there's a large tunnel going inwards under the rock formation, which you can't really miss if you're looking for it. Get your tickets at the machine and a member of staff will check them and operate the lift for you. At first it looks a little daunting and strange but there's usually a few stray people around, it's a popular spot in the city. There's also a cafe with incredible views, a perfect little pitstop for a coffee and slice of cake!

Basilica Of Santa Maria 

This is a very famous gothic church in the city and it's absolutely a true gem of a building! The outside is intricate and full of design; it's truly something you need to look at. It's a true treat for those who love history and it's just off the street of Calle Jorge Juan. It was built over the remains of a mosque and  there has been some significant Islamic influence over the years, with Tunisia and Algeria just across the water.

Archaeological Museum of Alicante 

For information about the museum, you can click on the link here and you can find out about the methods of archaeology as well as the history of the city. Alicante also boasts an archaeological site, which can be viewed, for a small fee.


There are plenty of places to eat. Alicante is full of little bistros, of all cuisines, and plenty of fish restaurants, especially on the little promenade by the harbour, just off the Plaza Puerto Del Mar.
There are plenty of Tapas restaurants and all are found just off the main road, in the centre down the little small sidestreets. There are so many! A few of my favourites, include the following, The Melia restaurant on the ground floor, La Crispeta, Taberna To-Bar L'Atelier, Casa Julio and Teatro Bistrot.

Overall, Alicante is cheap and cheerful with some little surprises along the way, and it's all good. Thankfully flights to Alicante are frequent and all year round from the UK. It's safe to say I would love to return to Spain for more adventures, but for now, I'll be remembering those gorgeous mornings waking upto the incredible sea views.

For more information on Alicante and what to see there, click here!

Dakota Deluxe Hotel

Dakota Deluxe Hotel is a brand spanking new hotel in the centre of Leeds; and I for one, being a true Leeds girl have always yearned for a hotel that is central, luxurious and has a brilliant bar and area to work in if I am ever in the centre of town. Somehow, when I'm writing, I enjoy the comfort of a hotel over a coffee shop. I was delighted to check out the hotel, and it's moody lighting and stylish sultry decor did not disappoint. It immediately created a warmth and comfort that some hotels just cannot offer. The low mood lighting already made me feel cosy, and ready to crawl up into their comfy fluffy sheets.

The Hotel

Dakota hotel Leeds is the main new hotel outside of Scotland, and Leeds is the perfect place to bring Dakota! It is a 4 star luxury hotel, with great amenities, wonderful style and friendly staff. They call themselves the 'new modern classic'  and a 'luxury hotel that Leeds deserves' and I don't think there is a better phrase to use, that really resonated with me. It's taken Leeds a long time and effort to bring itself to be the brilliant city it now is, with brand new bars, and offices, it's truly the city of the moment. The hotel has a bar and restaurant, perfect for single business trips, couples or to visit with friends. The whole place has a chic vibe, almost masculine but didn't feel overdone, it was tasteful, and moody, dark but by no means dreary, and felt very homely. They have fast complimentary Wifi which is just a dream for people on the move!

On the first floor, the hotel has a beautiful bar area, which you can access straight from the street which is a brilliant idea, and makes it more welcoming to the people who find going into hotels a little imposing - always remember, the best bars and restaurants can sometimes be found inside hotels!  The bar is large, plenty of places to sit, and during the day it makes a great work space. The velvet chairs were big hit for me, makes everywhere feel much more lush, and the hotel is literally less than a ten minute walk to the train station so it makes it a brilliant pit stop for commuters.

The Room

The room was a generally good size. I personally prefer a medium sized room; it feels cosy and a true home away from home. They offer suites also, but I was in room 311; a standard double room that overlooked the city. The bed was very comfy and had a small work area and a separate table with two chairs. It also boasted two large full length mirrors which will be a big hit for any female! The TV screen was huge, wide screen with an extensive choice of Sky Channels. The colours of the rooms were muted greys, whites, browns, and wood and wool textures, that create a really luxurious vibe. The room comes with drinks facilities, an ironing board, hairdryer and slippers. Little added bonuses like this always make your stay so much easier.

The Bathroom

The bathroom was my ultimate favourite style. Modern, white, black, clean, and very easy to navigate. The shower has a rainfall effect, so soft on the skin, easy to turn on and off and the heat was very easy to alter also; there's nothing nicer than standing under a hot shower after a long day and battling the cold winter weather outside! The one thing I always look at is the toiletries, and here at Dakota they have their own bespoke toiletries which was super cool and smelled very good indeed. There was a ring light next to the vanity which was perfect for make-up touch ups!


After a lovely night's sleep, I was up and out early, definitely too early, but not before I headed down to the lower floor for some delicious food. Breakfast included a hot choice of food and a cold continental buffet with juices, yogurt, fruit, cheeses and gorgeous croissants! The restaurant itself is incredibly stylish, carrying on with the sultry theme, the art work is colourful and it's a nice welcome pop of colour. The staff are very friendly, and hot food is ordered by your waitress. I opted for the Eggs Florentine but there is a large choice of food, and most definitely something for everyone. I also chose some cranberry juice, an English breakfast tea and some delicious sweet pineapple; everything was fresh and delicious. This also becomes their main restaurant at night, and undoubtedly I will be back to test their restaurant food. I have high hopes!

Overall, I rated my stay very high. It is truly the hotel that Leeds did need and deserve, with a nice social vibe but also brilliant for businessmen and women, and really enhancing the city centre. Nearby are many of the trendy bars, next door there is Greek street, which is one of Leeds famous stretches for new restaurants and bars, and a short walk to the main shopping area of the city. It's made me see Leeds in a whole new light, and this for sure has given me a new found love of the city. To book your stay at Dakota Deluxe, click on the link here! It would make a lovely stop for mother's day, a long day of shopping and then a chic stay at Dakota!

*I was a guest at Dakota Deluxe Leeds however all views and opinions are my own.

Copenhagen Stays - Ibsens Hotel

During my stay in Copenhagen, I had the chance to stay at the Ibsens Hotel, part of the Arthur hotels chain. I was going to stay at their Kong Arthur Hotel, but they were undergoing restoration work. Ibsens Hotel is actually only a 3 star hotel. It is in a good location, central and within walking distance to the sights, and near to the river, which is a fantastic site to be seen! Especially in January when the river is frozen it looks incredible.

The Hotel

The hotel itself is very artsy, the entrance is artsy, modern, art-deco feel, small and intimate. Friendly and accomodating staff, and even though we checked in early, the room was ready. Based on a street, a lot of the rooms have street views, some have views into a small courtyard. Street rooms are great, but of course, naturally a little louder. The hotel offer a lovely service, known as Cosy Hour, which is in the evening and you can pop down to their bar and indulge in a free glass of wine! What a perfect idea! They have a little library/games area which is cute and nice to work in. It really brings the word Hygge to life!

The Room 

The room was a reasonable size, with large windows, and a comfy double bed. However it was lacking in a few of the mod cons, and the room was incredibly cold. Only a radiator that didn't quite cut it for the January sub zero temperatures. The bathroom was sadly quite outdated, with a wet room, and basic ameneities, but it would make very good value for money if you are wanting to have a stop in Copenhagen. The room had a lot of potential, pretty artwork on the walls, small mustard coloured bedside tables and long cream drapes. Staff were very hospitable which made things a little easier and were willing to give us another room, but we opted for the one we already had due to its size and view.

The Restaurant

The Italian restaurant attached to the hotel was very chic and stylish! It was named La Rocco. A little expensive but that is Copenhagen in general and for the quality of food it was worth it. I opted for a vegetarian pizza which was gorgeous! There are plenty of restaurants in the area if you wanted to try something else, nearby a sushi bar, but there is plenty of food inside the hotel and a bar area of the hotel which serve food, drink and coffee.

The Breakfast

The breakfast was traditionally Danish. It had a particularly Danish slant on all food, or known as a nordic buffet! Danish cheeses and pastries. There were no hot food options, but a good selection of hot teas, herbal with lemon and honey which warmed you up. Nice selections of yogurt, and cereal, including healthy seeds and nuts, which I sometimes find to be lacking in other hotels. Four selections of juices and smoothies, and a genral pleasant atmosphere!

I would say the friendly staff and location made it a lovely choice as it is only a 10 minute walk to Rosenborg Castle. I would like to thank Arthur Hotels for this stay. If you would like to book your stay here then click here!

*I was a guest at Ibsens Hotel but all views and thoughts are my own.