45 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Istanbul

Sphendon Hotel Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk no:46 Istanbul, Turkey That is the view from one of the two small rooftop terraces. It’s taken with a zoom but yes, this budget hotel is really that close to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. Pretty nice, no? The rooms were a bit …

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Wandering Earl wanders into Slovenia

I just came across a blog by traveler Wandering Earl, who set off on a three-month trip to Asia in 1999. He’s still on the road 4,294 days later. He arrived in Ljubljana a few days ago via rail from Vienna, so check out his blog and say ‘Hi’, ok? …

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Germanwings coffee

Isn’t really all that good. But how important are onboard purchase to these low budget carriers’ bottom lines? According to a story in its in-flight magazine glorifying its bistro selection, GW sells, on average, 400,000 to 450,000 cups per year at €2.60 a pop, totaling €1,040,000 to 1,170,000 ($1,458,420 to …

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SAS strike in Paris

Stumbled onto this on my way out on Sunday evening (19-Jul) at about 7 pm, striking SAS workers at De Gaulle’s Terminal 1. Day 4. Definitely livened the place up. Those who are down on the French for their language skills will be happy to know that half the signs …

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Ljubljana to and from – budget flight reference

I spent most of the day booking my European summer travel –again, lots!– and as has become custom, was again frustrated by the lack of budget carriers that operate out of Ljubljana’s Pučnik airport. (Currently, there’s one.) So, when going by train –always choice No 1– wasn’t an option, I …

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30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Athens

Attalos 29 Athinas Athens, Greece This is the view from the rooftop bar of the Hotel Attalos, just a few steps up from the sixth floor. Nice, no? As big cities go, the 48 EUR/night price is right. It’s two stars, which are enough if you don’t spend too much …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Stuttgart

Mercure Hotel Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt Teinacher Strasse 20 Bad Cannstatt There’s nothing cheap or budget-minded about this place, so I’ll spare you (and me) much of these 30 seconds. At about 140 EUR/night, it’ll work for business travelers (or for those who aren’t paying themselves). WTF is up with hotels these …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Lausanne

Hotel du Marche Rue Pre-du-Marche 42 Lausanne When I’m on the road and paying my own way, the only rule I’m guided by is to find the cheapest room available with a private bath. Hostel days are behind me. In Switzerland though, nothing is cheap, and rules are meant to …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Paris

Hotel De La Paix 19, rue du Gros Caillou – 75007 Paris I liked this place! Located on a pleasant and quiet street in an otherwise fairly lively neighborhood –a couple minute walk from the Parc du Champs de Mars, and perhaps 10 to the Eiffel Tower– it’s about as …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Rome

Hotel Luciani Via Milazzo, 8 00185 Rome, Italy Luciani is one of the dozens (or perhaps hundreds?) of little hotels that appear in every nook and cranny near Rome’s Termini (main) train station. A tiny room, Spartan bed, old bedstand, barred windows and rickety closet gave this place the feel …

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