Took the Train from Marylebone Station in London which takes about 2 1/2 hours
It was not a pleasant trip since that day on May 6 had many delays on this route.Every time a Train was cancelled I got off at a new stop and then a new Train was cancelled.At that point I made many new friends who faced the same issues so it was not a totally negative experience.
When I finally arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon after making some good bets on where I should get off and which Train I hoped would actually arrive I was greeted by old style English hospitality.
The Taxi driver would not take a tip and even carried my bags into the Hotel to the Reception area which was not easy to find.
I chose the Arden Hotel since they recently joined Hyatt and as a result I could use Hyatt rewards to get 2 free nights.
The Hotel was old and very charming that charm of course comes at a cost no Elevator.
I was taken to a room with a short group of steps with the wonderful lady at reception taking my bags to my room.
It had a great view of the Avon river and the Royal Shakespeare Company right across the street.
In the Bathroom was a old tub that is larger then many rooms in London or New York City.
It was late afternoon so I quickly went to take a walk to get a feel for the area.I also had booked 2 shows at the RSC so I had very little time to take a quick view of the area.
All in all the 2 Days were great I got out of London got some fresh air visited a lovely and charming city with people who are lovely and charming.
This is not only a great day trip from London but a nice place to stop for a few days.
Have been staying at the Atlantis Hotel in Santorini……… and Wow what a view.The view from my balcony is so beautiful it is difficult to have a desire to leave the room.
But this Island is a pleasure to explore and you can do it for very low cost.The central bus station on Fira has a group of buses that go all over the Island and they are new and have Air Conditioning.The rides are around 2USD to almost any part of the Island.
You also can take many long walks that can give you great views as well.
The Atlantis Hotel does not have an elevator so you have to reserve long in advance if you want a room on the first floor.
This property is a good value and since it is in Fira facing the Aegean it has fantastic views.
The rooms are basic but have a Fridge and Air Conditioning that actually works.
It costs about 20USD to take a Taxi from the Airport to the Hotel.
After leaving Ushuaia our ship headed up the Coast of Chile to an area that is wild and unspoiled and often beautiful although it is often hidden by clouds and rain and high wind.
It is an area that gives you the feeling you have been transported to another Planet it carries a feeling of mystery of something alien.
The trip took 2-3 days before we reached Puerto Arenas we did not stay long since high winds did not allow for safe passage to the port so we continued to
Puerto Montt a very beautiful and unique area that is also very young geologically.It has had the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history some as high as 9.6 which occured in 1960 known as the Great Chilean earthquake.
Like New Zealand which also has a very active land area these areas have enormous beauty while they can be potentially dangerous.So that Ying and Yang adds to their appeal.These Pics will give you a feel for the place.
The best way to accumulate Rewards quickly are with sign up bonuses for various credit cards with the main Banks and American Express.
The problem is the Reward programs are being devalued more often and with a greater impact to members of the programs.
My opinion outlined in a previous post is you need to model your Rewards portfolio in the same manner as an Investment portfolio.In that sense no matter where you travel and whatever Airline you use you will have a strategy to Travel at low cost just by using your Rewards.
The issue is the Big Guys either Marriott or IHG or Hyatt or Delta or United or British Airways or American keep raising the bar on the use of their currency then why bother at all in this Rewards Jamboree.
At this point the only logical answer is plan a trip and either use the Rewards you have now or plan a trip sign up for the bonus from the program or programs you think will work best and use them in a short time because they are losing value as I am writing this post.
All the major Hotel programs are watching each other lower the value of their programs where it stops no one knows.
After leaving Alesund I flew with Norwegian Air to Oslo and then flew to Gatwick.
From London you take the Train from Kings Cross to Cambridge and from there to Duxford for the Museum.I decided to go on Sunday since a Shuttle picks you up near the Train station and takes you to the main entrance of the Museum.
The Bus is about 3 USD and runs about 3 times a day it is No. 132
It is a lot of fun to be close to the Aircraft that fought all through World War 2 and even watching them in action if any are being flown that day.
Make some time when you are in London and you can experience the Museum and Cambridge.