Caxton FX & Hills Balfour Summer Party

By on Jul 15, 2014 in Lifestyle, MISC, SLTBLog, Sponsored Post, Travel | 2 comments

Tonight Mr V & I made our way to the Hills Balfour office in London, along with fellow bloggers, to meet with their client Caxton FX and find out more about what the cards they offer. There are three cards available: Euro Dollar Global Traveller The Euro & Dollar when loaded you “lock” in the prevailing exchange rate at time of purchase.  You can use them at any location that accepts Visa and you can even make cash withdrawals at ATMs without any fees payable to Caxton FX (please note the ATM provider may charge you a small fee). The Global Traveller is loaded with Sterling and can be used at 31 million outlets worldwide and the exchange rate is applied at the time the card is used.  The exchange rate is based on that days rate and there is a small commission of 2.75 percent.  There are no additional charges or fees from Caxton FX. To load you card Caxton FX have...

The Grand Canal & The Gritti Palace

By on Jun 28, 2014 in Cruise, Cruise Review, European Travel, Fine Dining & Apéritifs Review, Lifestyle, Luxury, SLTBLog, Travel | 3 comments

One of my earliest holidays, that I can remember, was to Venice when I was six.  I loved exploring the narrow passageways and admiring the range of Venetian masks that graced most shop fronts.  I have been back numerous times, however when the opportunity arose to sail into Venice – how could I say no. As we entered the lagoon the gentle tap on our cabin door announced the arrival of our Champagne breakfast – the only way to sail into Venice (unless you have a private yacht).  As Mr V and I poured our glasses of Champagne and relaxed as the sights of Venice slowing sailed into view.  We only had a few hours in Venice so would only be able to see a part of the city, especially as our ship was one of four in the city that day, so I decided to avoid the crowds do a whistle stop tour of the main sights with a leisurely lunch planned at The Gritti Palace.  Don’t worry we...

Lower Slaughter Manor – Perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds

By on May 5, 2014 in Accommodation, Hotel Review, SLTBLog, Travel, UK | 2 comments

Normally when staying in the Cotswolds we stay with my brother, however this time we decided to head a little further west and treat ourselves to a weekend at Lower Slaughter Manor and use it as a base to visit some National Trust properties in the area. We were welcomed at reception by the Duty Manager and given help with our luggage to our room in the former stable block. We instantly fell in love with the room; it was spacious, well-proportioned and sensibly laid out. The furniture was modern but exposed oak beams lofted ceiling reminded you of the age of the property. The bed was beautifully soft with a duvet you could get lost in. The roll-top bath was so inviting Mrs V just couldn’t resist it: We even started thinking about whether we could convert the attic space at home into a replica of it. After we had settled into our room we went to the main house for a drink before dinner....