SUSIE BLYTHE RUTZ
EITC SENIOR CONSULTANT & CO- OWNER
BINTAN & EUROPE – JULY/AUGUST 2019
1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
Singapore (Grand Park City Hall)
Club Med Bintan
Madrid (Erik Vokel Apartments)
Seville (Cathedral Suites)
Granada (Alhambra Palace)
Barcelona (Hotel Alma)
Sicily (near Syracuse) Private Villa
Puglia (Ostuni) Private Villa
Rome ( Una Hotel )
Copenhagen (Scandic Front)
Gothenburg (Hotel Eggers)
Stockholm (Frey Hotel)
Oslo (Saga Hotel Apartments)
2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?
Singapore & Bintan with my husband and 3 year old and a few other couples and kiddies!
Spain & Sicily with hubby & son and hubbys family
Puglia with my son & hubbys family
All the rest solo with my son.
3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?
We flew Emirates Business Melbourne to Singapore and Singapore via Dubai to Madrid
I have flown them a few times now and I still really like them. Service is good, people are nice, bar is great and seats I find comfortable and I fit (I am 6ft).
Their lounges are always great and we found everyone every helpful along the way, especially with a 3 year old.
Granada to Barcelona and Barcelona to Catania was with Vueling. They are a Spanish low-cost carrier but were totally fine. Very similar to our Jetstar.
Catania to Bari was with Volotea – a small low cost carrier but has some very handy routes around Europe. People, planes etc were all totally fine for the short flights.
Rome to Copenhagen was with Norwegian Airlines, again I have flown with them before, another low cost carrier but with no issues
Stockholm to Oslo was with SAS ( Scandinavian ) would compare to something like a Qantas Domestic flight here.
Oslo to London – British Airways in Club Europe which is just a bit of extra leg room and a seat blocked in a row of 3 – still nice on a short flight. Crew on this flight were brilliant! I have to admit we hear crappy things about BA – mainly on their long haul services but I couldn’t fault this short flight!
Then London to Melbourne was with Cathay Business Class. Again I have flown Cathay before and continue to rate them, Staff were great and all helpful with a toddler. Food, seats & lounges all very good and thankfully not affected by the riots.
4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
The Alhambra ( Ah-mazing and I now have a brilliant guide to refer you all to!)
Puglia including dining at Grotta Palazzese
Touring with the georgous Amy from Luxe Travel in Rome – she is truly brilliant!
5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
Was a tad hot in some spots……
6 – BEST THING YOU ATE/DRANK?
Chorizo in Seville!
Gelato of course!
Wine of course!
Just about everything really
7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
Just about everywhere really..….. Still desperate to go up further north into Scandinavia
Would love to go back to Copenhagen just to eat & shop for a few solid days.
8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?
I used packing cells this time and yes they live up to the hype, so organised and keeps everything in its spot!
If you can afford it, pay for conveniences – takes a lot of hassle out of a lot of travelling. Private tours, transfers, first class trains, business class air (yeah, I know its $$) , priority boarding etc etc.
Most European Airports have express security lanes for families – brilliant, highly suggest borrowing a kid to save some time… kidding… not really.
Whilst travelling with toddler through Europe (or anywhere for that matter) is a different experience and tiring at times I still loved it and so did my son.
Some pics below but most highlights can be seen on our insta @eitravel
Above – Bintan beach days, Plaza D”Espana Seville, Rhonda, Spain
Above – Alhambra – I have way to many more pics
Above, Ortigia, Alberobello, Cave Restaurant,
Ostuni, Barcelona, Rome Aquaducts
Above, My Sammy in Taormina, Copenhagen, Grotta Palazzesze
Above, Streets of Stockholm Old Town. Oresund Bridge (Copenhagen to Malmo), Myself & Amy from Luxe Assoc on the Appain Way!