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Wenger Link 16″ Laptop Backpack Review

The Wenger 601072 Link 16″ backpack is a great business style bag. It’s designed for traveling in mind, having one of those pass through sleeve on the back of the bag, for sliding over the tow handle of your towed luggage.

The material is a nice thick polyester that looks really durable, and it looks like it could withstand a good amount of rain. The bag also has some really nice leather touches on the shoulder straps and the grab handle of the bag.

Compartment wise, there are 4 main compartments. Firstly, a padded laptop compartment which within it, there is a pocket to hold a tablet such as an ipad. I should mention that backing of the tablet pocket has a nice velvety feel to it (for scratch protection I assume). Second compartment – the main storage one. It has a padded base that you can fold up or down depending if you want to keep shape of the width of not. It’s a really good size, can definitely get a pair of jeans and a couple of tops in there easily. On the top of this compartment, there is a small zipped netted pocket which you can use for electronic device cables. The front zipped compartment – this has a smartphone sized pocket, again backed in a velvet material, several card type pockets and a pen pocket. There is also zipped compartment here for you to store you’re important things like your passport. Lastly, there is a zipped pocket on the top of the bag. I thought this was solely for a pair of sunglasses but it’s actually quite deep. It would probably take 3 pairs of sunglasses in there. For me it’s s quite handy for storing items you need quick access to.

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verall, I’m really impressed with the build quality, it looks amazing. It certainly looks like it was built to last, my previous backpack – Samsonite Guard 2.0 only lasted 5 months and it started to tear at the seams – definitely not going to buy a Samsonite backpack again.

Please check out my video on YouTube which shows you the backpack and the various compartments – https://youtu.be/r1aH2i1jaU4.

Auchrannie House Hotel Review

Situated in a town called Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Auchrannie Resort it is known as too is a family owned hotel that is very child friendly.

We were staying for 2 nights in a Spa Resort Double room. Check in was very straightforward, no fuss. We had asked for a travel cot for our little one and that was already in the room.

The room had a fridge which provided complementary water and milk stating it will be replenished everyday. The tv was a really nice modern flat screen with all the digital channels working! The only gripe I would say is, the window curtains don’t really blackout the light – not useful having a very young child. The room was very spacious even with our cot in it. The sofa could turn into a sofa bed if required. The room had a massive wardrobe meaning you could unpack the suitcase and place it inside too.

The toilet was in good condition, decent shower and a heated towel rail, useful for drying our swimming gear! Towels and complementary Arran Aromatics toiletries were provided – nice.

Just a note, our room. 101 didn’t have a good wifi signal, a little disappointed with that but surprising too as it was close to the reception! You really need wifi as in that bit you don’t get a mobile data signal either.

The resort had 2 pools, we only went to one located near the spa. It had a splash pool with some waterfall feature, brilliant for a 2 year old. The pool was pretty warm, not freezing like others we’ve been to. You can ask for floats and arm bands which they happily provide use off free of charge.

The restaurants were fab, we had a meal in both Cruize and Brambles Seafood restaurants.

My dessert from Cruise, amazing toffee sticky pudding.

Breakfast is served in the Cruize restaurant for those staying in the Spa Resort. The breakfast itself is very decent being a buffet service with quality Ayrshire bacon and farmers sausages,the hash browns were to die for!

There is a soft play at the resort too, free to use for hotel guests. It has two main sections, one for 0 to 24 months, mainly a play area with a slide into a ball pit. The second section for 2 years and above, a decent size structure full of the stuff with a big slide! There are also a few car types rides too – you have to put coins into these. Part of the soft play is a little outdoor park type thing – slide, climbing frame etc, good to use on a nice day. Here is out wee man doing his thing!

I hope this brief review is useful for you, I would definitely revisit his place. I loved how the resort had so many things quite close to each other. The staff was amazing and we couldn’t ask for any better hospitality.

Aliathon Holiday Village in Paphos

We’re having our holiday here as I blog about this here. We flew with First Choice and when you land and do to the reception point, we gave our names and we received our hotel pack, so we were virtually checked into the hotel at the airport. The transfer to the hotel via coach was only about 20 minutes, you just need to see your luggage off the coach and go to the hotel reception to hand in the filled in form you received from the airport and you get your room key cards. We were then whisked into a golf buggy along with our luggage by the porter, we can see the hotel staff were really friendly already.

A tip here, make sure you specify any requirements upfront before you arrive as they do really deal with it. We only asked for a pool view room which they accommodated for us, however we didn’t specify a high floor so we got a ground floor room. They checked our requirements, and right enough it didn’t mention we wanted first floor, but we managed to change the room the next day though so they are very accommodating, albeit it is easier to do in March which is still pretty quiet here, the hotel is only about 50% full.

This is the view from our apartment 1205 in the fishing village.

The fishing villa apartment is great, they have the living area and the sleeping area separated, so great when you’ve got kids. When they go to bed you can still watch TV in the living room!

The bedroom is a good size with an additional patio door to the balcony. Facilities in the apartment includes a safe, hairdryer, TV in bedroom, drinking glasses, kitchen sink, cooker, oven and travel cot on request. 

The gym is great, plenty of free weights! I was the only person using it just after 2pm.

In the evening there is children’s entertainment in the main indoor stage, they have the entertainment team performing a live show that children can dance and interact with.

 

Hotel Saint Dominique

We visited Paris recently in August and we stayed in this little boutique called Hotel Saint Dominique on 62 Rue Saint-Dominique. It’s located within the 7th arrondissement of Paris and you could actually see a bit of the Eiffel Tower from outside the hotel. In fact, we loved the location, 10-15 minutes walk to the Eiffel Tower and it was only a few minutes away to the nearest metro station.

We had a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel looking out onto the courtyard. It was probably better that way because the front of the hotel is on a relatively busy road so it meant it was a bit quieter during the night.

View looking onto the courtyard
View looking onto the courtyard

As I said at the beginning, the hotel is pretty small but I guess its like that for most Parisian hotels. The room we had was a strange shape, it had a long hallway which adjoins the bedroom on one end and the bathroom at the other.

Front door and main hallway looking into the bedroom
Front door and main hallway looking into the bedroom

We had to unpack the suitcases because the bedroom was pretty small. So the suitcases went under the bed and we lived out of the wardrobe. This wasn’t a problem, the wardrobe had plenty of space for the week we stayed for. The room had a pod type coffee machine which we used a few times, they do resupply the pods everyday.

Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom

Overall, my wife and I totally loved the hotel. The staff were nice and helpful when we need directions. Every morning on the way out the hotel the receptionist would ask us if we were heading out for the day, so that they could do house keeping.

We had breakfast most mornings at a bakery/cafe next door to the hotel called Le Moulin de la Vierge, it was fantastic with plenty choices of pastries and hot food. (A month or two after the holiday, we say the same bakery feature on one of those short videos on Ready Steady Cook!)

Swissgear GA-7343-06 Cobalt Laptop Backpack Review

I gave a quick review of the Swissgear GA-7343-06 backpack in July 2103. A year and a half of using it now, the exterior of the bag is still in perfect condition! The only thing to mention is the stitched on label from the velcro strap inside for the laptop compartment. The label was worn and dangling, so I tore it off. The strap itself is fine though.

Here was the video that shows the features of the bag.