The website is under some minor adjustments following a restructuring of content in March 2016. As of Jan 2018 I am slowly moving all the content of this site to http://shanemcdonald.ie/category/places-and-travel/

Holiday & Vacation Packing Checklist

One of the most stressful things you have to do before you even get into the car to head to the airport, is packing for your holiday or vacation. This handy list might help you before you start packing and it might help you ensure that you don’t leave home...
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Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London

Every year I head to London with Friends and have done so for the past few years, with 2015 being the 5th year. Initially we stayed in budget hotels and quickly found that for a few extra pound per night we could stay in a very nice and comfortable hotel. In 2014 we...
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The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

This is a B&B review of the Hampton’s luxury B&B in Kaikoura, New Zealand Kaikoura was the first stop after visiting the very friendly city of Christchurch. We spotted The Hampton’s Kaikoura on the Booking.com app which is one of my first-calls...
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Hotel on Davenport, Hotel Review – Tauranga, New Zealand

Hotel on Davenport was booked as our 2nd last stop in New Zealand. The area around Tauranga is wonderful and we should have spent a bit more time here and also around Mount Maunganui which is very scenic. We arrived at Hotel on Davenport around 4pm on a Saturday. The...
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Review – La Frontiere, Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne, New Zealand

If you intend visiting Gisborne when in New Zealand then I highly recommend La Frontiere, a luxurious modern self-contained studio, set on an avocado orchard and farmland, and is about 5 mins drive to Gisborne city centre. This was one accommodation which we were very...
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Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square – Christchurch, New Zealand Hotel Review

Having flown 12 hours from Hong Kong to Sydney in business class with Cathay Pacific, we arrived at Sydney airport for an unavoidable 8 hour layover before flying to Christchurch. Unfortunately our flight was delayed by about 90 minutes and we didn’t arrive in...
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Hotel Review of Elysees Mermoz Hotel, 30 Rue Jean Mermoz, Paris

There seems to be a Joe Bonamassa theme about some of our hotel visits and this one is another. This time we were going to the Paris concert in April 2012 and booked the Hôtel Élysées-Mermoz based on good Booking.com scores and also just a 15-20 minutes to the venue,...
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Hotel Review of The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

Having planned a tip to the UK in March 2014 the search for accommodation in London needed to be found. I knew of 2 very good hotels, the Blakemore Hotel and the Park International however these were not as central as I would have liked. I found some excellent...
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Hotel Review – Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK

In October 2012 Joe Bonamassa played Birmingham, UK and we traveled from Ireland to UK to attend the concert. Having booked the tickets I needed to get some quality accommodation near the NIA venue. I did a quick search and the Hyatt Regency came up a few times in the...
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Bishopstrow House – Hotel Review

We booked a 3 night stay at Bishopstrow House as a touch of luxury following 4 days at the Pop-Up Hotel at the Glastonbury Festival. The hotel is easy to find and since we left the Glastonbury festival at 9am we arrived well ahead of check-in but this was not a...
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My 5 Things to Do in Christchurch, New Zealand

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The Ever Useful Holiday & Vacation Packing Checklist

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Cathay Pacific Business Class - Review

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