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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Milan

Cityhotel Central Station Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 15 Milano, Italy True to its name, this place is a five-minute stroll from Milano Centrale Station. As you can see, I had a fairly large room, with a big window overlooking a…

Dollars and euros.

Unless they're living under a rock, Americans know that the US$ really sucks these days in Europe. About two years ago, the exchange was at about $1.20 to the euro; these days it's consistently hovering near $1.50. While there is nothing…

30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Linz, Austria II

Kleinmunchen Wienerstrasse 404-408 4030 Linz Stayed three nights (Jan-2008) I kept calling this place Le Petit Munchen for no reason besides the odd way that my limited French seems to effortlessly roll off my tongue in German-speaking…

Ta-ta Ryanair, ciao Wizz

Well, that was fast. Just six months after beginning service from Maribor, Slovenia's second city, to London Stansted, it looks as though Ryanair is abandoning the route. Bookings can still be made through 27-March. It's not a total loss.…

20 second cheap hotel advisor – Milan, Italy

Monopole Via Fabio Filzi 43 20124 Milan Stayed one night, 27-Nov-2007 Great location, just about a five minute stroll from the Centrale station. Roomy, nice, comfortable; breakfast left a bit to be desired, but best of all, I got it…

30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Lausanne

La Croisée Avenue Marc Dufour 15 Lausanne, Switzerland Stayed one night, 10-July 2007 If there's anything cheap in Switzerland, I have yet to find it. So La Croisée, at 110 CHF/night (66 EUR) has to be considered a good deal. A pleasant…

RyanAir finally lands in Slovenia.

As of Thursday 7 June, that is, with the long-anticipated service between Maribor (MBX), Slovenia's second city, and London-Stansted (STN). Three flights weekly - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I'm not a huge fan of RyanAir (although…

30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Vienna

Hotel Geblergasse Geblergasse 21 Vienna Stayed two nights, 30-31-Jan 2007 At just 34 EUR/night, I can't say enough about this place. The rooms were fairly basic but clean, the staff helful if a bit surly. But it was only 34 EUR/night, for a…