Travelling tips from my holiday to England, Italy and France

Having recently travelled to England, Italy and France on holiday  I thought I’d share some of my tips and experiences.

This was our basic itinerary:

  • Fly to London, stayed 1 night and then flew to Italy.
  • 6 days in Italy which comprised of 2 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Florence.
  • 2 nights in Nice, France and then back to London for 6 nights before heading home

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My awesome holiday in Phuket

For those that know me, I love traveling. So when I heard a whole bunch of my mates were heading to Phuket for 10 nights I jumped at the opportunity to join them!

We found a fantastic deal from Thompsons Tours for 10 nights, bed & breakfast, including flights from JHB to Phuket for R6900. That very same deal is still available from Computicket Travel for R7299pp.


10 nights, 10 mates, Baht, beer and beaches!

Phuket and the surrounding islands of Thailand are amazing. There is so much to do and see and it really does cater for everyone. From the couple of honeymoon who just want to chill and enjoy the sun and sand to the groups of friends who want to party!

I made notes every day on my iPhone  just to document the holiday. Makes for some good memories when I come back to read it! These daily notes might not make sense to all of you, but they do to all of us that where there!

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Leaving, on a jet plane…

I’m off to spend New Years in the Phillipines with my wife! We also going to be spending a couple of days in Boracay, an island off the coast of Phillipines. Its pretty much the same vibe as Mauritius, so I’m looking forward to just chill on the beach, drink cocktails and try and get a tan!

We also stopping off in Bangkok for some shopping as well as Singapore for some sight seeing. I’m planning on buying a couple of Apple Magic Mice (for myself and friends), a new lens for my camera, XBox games as well as clothes! I’ve heard electronics and clothing is dirt cheap in Bangkok, so going to burn a small hole in my credit card. I’m sure my wife is going to help me with that too. :)

There is free wifi at my hotel in Manilla, so I’ll post some pics and a short blog post or 2 if I have time.

So have a fantastic New Years party for those of you spending it with your friends and family. We will be in Manila with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and are sure to have a blast!

London and Dubai

I’m so over London. There really isn’t anything special about that place or the people. There is nothing majistical about it like Paris, or the feeling of awe like in Dubai. Grey and bland like the weather. That being said, I’ll be back, but only as a hub to get to other European countries and to stop off at Fulham Broadway to watch Chelsea play.

We did however visit China Town in London which was very cool – Chinese everything, everywhere! Had dinner in China Town and I couldn’t walk afterwards I was so full from it. So, Fulham Broadway and China Town I’ll come back for. :)


Dubai is just insane. As my cousin who we visited, says, “in Dubai they go big, go home or go bankrupt”. We stayed at the Holiday Inn right next to the Mall of Emirates which houses an indoor ski slope. Yeah, a ski slope in the dessert. The hotel was roughly the same price as London and Paris, but 10 times better. We took taxi’s everywhere, and at R3/km, its really affordable. One thing I was really disappointed about was not seeing any Ferrari’s! I saw tons of Porsche’s, Audi Q7’s, Range Rovers and BMW’s, but no Ferrari’s. We weren’t staying in the area where all the rich Arabs stay I was told.

The 2nd day we relaxed at the Wild Wadi Water Park right across from the Burj al Arab (7 star hotel). Tons of water slides which I went on over and over again while Karina decided rather to tan. One thing I noticed is Dubai loves to show off water – from the water park to every mall and hotel have water features. Where they get all the water from?

Our last day of holiday we spent shopping at the largest mall in the world, which is situated next to the tallest building in the world. Dubai Mall is the size of 50 football pitches, while the Burj Dubai is 818m tall. With electronics being so cheap, I bought Karina a Blackberry and treated myself to an XBox 360. We had to buy an extra bag to carry all the stuff we had bought back to SA! I took some really amazing pictures of the Burj Dubai and surrounding areas. Dubai really is breath-taking.

The last evening we spent with my cousin at his home braaing. A really fitting end to the most amazing holiday. I’ll definitely be back to Dubai and Paris, with London only seeing me for my beloved Chelsea.

Photos will be up soon. I promise.

The big game – Chelsea vs Blackburn

After almost missing the Eurostar thanks to me throwing away the wrong e-ticket at the Paris hotel, we arrived in London. We dumped our bags, got onto the underground and headed towards Fulham Broadway – the underground station at Stamford Bridge. We arrived really early, almost 5 hours before kick-off, but we really wanted to soak up as much of the atmosphere and awe of being at the stadium Karina and I only dreamt about one day visiting.

We spotted a couple of the players arriving in their flashy cars – most notably, Petr Cech in an Aston Martin DB9, Michael Essien in a matte-black CLS Mercedes, Michael Ballack in a white Audi S3 and Peter Kenyon (CEO) in a black Range Rover. We saw 2 Ferrari’s arrive too, but their windows are tinted black, so no one could see who they were!

We must of been the first 20 people allowed into the stadium (after officials etc) as there wasn’t a soul in the ground when we sat down. We really enjoyed just standing inside the stadium with these goofy smiles on our faces.

Taking on Blackburn, I was hoping ‘ol Benni Mcarthy would play some part of the game for them, but he never got an opportunity. He can be glad, because Chelsea gave them a footballing lesson and won 5 – 0. I was chatting to my dad before the game and I told him that Lampard would end his Premier League goal drought and score – he did that. Twice!

It really was one of the most amazing experiences watching Chelsea live. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend too, as all our main rivals dropped points!

Stamford Bridge stadium tour

The day after the Chelsea game, we took a tour of the stadium as well as PAID a visit to the Chelsea megastore. We took a walk through the stadium, saw where the away fans sit, sat in the press room, visited both dressing rooms and went pitch side to where the players sit during the game.

The Chelsea megastore is just evil. Karina and I spent over R3000 buying shirts, merchandise and presents there.

I’m still going to upload all the pics, so hang tight for that! There are so many to go through and need to select a decent snapshot of the holiday. :)