I doubt that there is anyone who uses the internet that hasn’t seen the image of the Glass Igloos nestled in the forests of Finnish Lapland? It was years ago when I first saw them, and I was in awe. How amazing would it be to stay in one of those and gaze up at the stars, or even the Northern Lights? I put it to the back of my mind. It was bound to be expensive and I’m not really a fan of the cold. The closest I ever got to a cold holiday was an unseasonal trip to the Dolomites, where it snowed a bit in September.
What do you look for in a hotel for a weekend city break? For me, I am at the point in my life where a cheap and basic hotel doesn’t quite cut the mustard any more. If I need a base to explore a city for a couple of days then I am looking for a convenient location, and a room that I can relax in. On a recent visit to Lille, I found the perfect combination of those things, which is why I think that the Hotel Carlton Lille is the perfect hotel for a weekend break.
California’s landscape is one of the most varied that I have had the pleasure to visit. From the dramatic coastline of the Pacific Coast Highway, the mountains of Yosemite National Park and the giant forests of Sequoia National Park, the sunshine state has a little bit of everything to offer. The other major landscape that I didn’t mention is desert, which makes up more than 25% of the state. The desert locations of Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park are pretty popular on West Coast road trip itineraries, but thanks to an epic road trip we once took, we managed to find time to explore the Eastern Sierra and the weird and wonderful landscapes that it contained.