Review: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Oh the relief when you’ve flown long-haul and you finally reach your destination. For me in Montreal, this meant the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont — which sitting literally on top of the city’s central station, smack bang in the middle of the downtown area and seemingly within walking distance to everywhere of note was surely the perfect location for a first-time visitor. I arrived in my room to discover that I had actually had four rooms, which for the sake of factual accuracy I should really refer to by its proper name: a suite. A bowl of fruit, a welcome card…

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Travel luxuries: little things I won’t leave home without

I feel like I’m away more often than I’m home at the moment, and my suitcase is constantly being unpacked and repacked. I like to think I’m practical packer most of the time, but there are some things I just need to have with me to help me on my various travels. Here are a few of the luxuries I can’t leave home without. Snowsports and winter trips There are friends, there are best friends, and then there are those you’re inseperable from. Let me introduce to you to Fosy. Mine is currently tucked away in the back of my…

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Yazzing out at the Viceroy on opulent Yas Island

Blue eyed, dressed for every situation, Moving through the doorway of a nation… …is not exactly an accurate description of my appearance as I arrived at Abu Dhabi airport, but bear with me while I attempt to tenuously link my stay at a five-star hotel to a new wave band from 30 years ago. We sped down the city’s bizarrely empty highways until we reached Yas Island and the taxi driver pointed to a glowing fluorescent blob in the distance. “That is your hotel,” he said. All bleary-eyed off an eight-hour flight I squinted at the blob. “Blimey… hotel is…

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