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  • We’re bugged by a hotel chain’s response to our complaint

    Posted 2019-11-12 07:00:33 by: bossgate

    It offered budget deals but my daughter got more than she bargained forIn August my daughter and a friend stayed at an OYO hotel in Belgravia. On the second day they noticed bites and saw little bugs on the floor, wall and on their pillow, which appeared to be bed bugs. They went to the front desk to notify them and get a different room. The staff member said they couldn’t do anything and gave them a clean set of sheets. My daughter said the sheets would not change the issue as the bugs were in the room. They got no help and the person did not go upstairs to see the bugs.We have been trying to get a refund, and even have pictures of the bugs and bites, with time and location stamps to prove they were at the Belgravia hotel. They say they would only give us a 30% refund. They boast that they are the fastest growing hotel chain in the world. What a farce! Continue ...

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  • Cider, cheese and cool scenery: a car-free adventure in Somerset

    Posted 2019-11-12 06:30:31 by: bossgate

    Buses and trains make it easy to explore the coast and countryside around Weston-super-Mare and Taunton, and the only way to go to indulge in the West Country’s famous ciderThe train glides west. Uncompromising-looking grey clouds are shedding icy raindrops on to Bath’s spires and crescents and Bristol’s colourful terraces. But I’m hoping at least three things will warm this wintry West Country jaunt: cheese, cider and the scenery of Sanditon. Several scenes in ITV’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished “beaches-and-ballgowns” novel were filmed in Somerset and, arriving on the sandy seafront in Weston-super-Mare, I recognise the green slopes of Brean Down, a regular backdrop.Brean beach, one of Sanditon’s star locations, is a few miles south, and a cycle route from Weston opened in 2017. Given the weather, I opt to hop on the X5 bus (£7 Avonrider ticket), heading north to Clevedon, an elegant coastal town whose sea wall and marine lake also featured in the series. As I stroll by the sea, past the 150-year-old pier, rays of late-afternoon sunlight spill out of a rift in the clouds above Steep Holm, one of the distinctive islands in the Bristol Channel. Continue ...

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  • Look up for Northern Lights and Winter Nights in Churchill, Manitoba

    Posted 2019-11-11 19:22:07 by: bossgate

    The northern sky dims, but doesn’t stay dark for long. Bright stars start to wink from the cloudless expanse above. Then the sky ...

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  • The most beautiful villages in France revealed, from Brittany to Provence

    Posted 2019-11-11 19:18:45 by: bossgate

    These are officially among the country's most eye-catching settlements, recognised by the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ('most beautiful villages') ...

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  • BA reviews planes carrying excess fuel after BBC Panorama revelations it drives up CO2 emissions

    Posted 2019-11-11 16:45:15 by: bossgate

    It is reported that British Airways churned out an extra 18,000 tonnes of CO2 last year by carrying extra fuel on its aircraft in an industry-wide practice known as 'fuel ...

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  • Africa's River Nile is 30MILLION years old and six times older than previously thought

    Posted 2019-11-11 16:35:48 by: bossgate

    From studying rocks along the river and simulations, experts determined that the Nile's northward flow is maintained by movements in the Earth mantle ...

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  • From visiting Europe after Brexit to obtaining a visa for Egypt, the Holiday Guru solves queries

    Posted 2019-11-11 14:06:28 by: bossgate

    The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions. This week how to see The Goldfinch painting in the Netherlands and a query about a city guide to Dubrovnik are on the ...

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  • 10 cosy B&Bs, hotels and pubs for winter: readers’ travel tips

    Posted 2019-11-11 06:31:58 by: bossgate

    From sea lochs to gorgeous old villages, our tipsters recall magical stays, bracing walks and fine food accompanied by roaring fires and a comfortable bedThe Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is a former coaching inn on the edge of the Brecon Beacons national park, with the Black Mountains close by. We found the bar’s old-world feel of warm lighting and wood-panelled walls a welcome hiding place when the weather took a turn for the worse. To fully enjoy the wonderful colours of the local foliage at this time of year I’d recommend joining one of the leaf peeping trips the hotel runs. Last year we also took part in a foraging expedition, identifying wild plants and coming up with dishes using ingredients found a short walk from the hotel.• Doubles from £109 B&B, angelabergavenny.comKeith Continue ...

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  • Discovering Jerusalem's sacred sites - and Razzouk Tattoo, the oldest tattoo parlour in the world

    Posted 2019-11-10 19:30:32 by: bossgate

    The Scottish Mail on Sunday's Philip Lancaster visits Razzouk Tattoo, which has been tattooing Christian pilgrims since the year ...

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  • MailOnline takes the controls in a multi-million-pound British Airways Dreamliner simulator

    Posted 2019-11-10 17:56:43 by: bossgate

    EXCLUSIVE. MailOnline's Ted Thornhill took the first-officer's seat in a 787 sim at BA's Flight Training Centre at Heathrow. And was put through his paces by one of the airline's most senior ...

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