Monthly Archives: February 2011

Choosing Lake District hotels – an appeal

I’m working on a new project; further details to be posted over weeks to come.

For now, let’s just say that it’s based around the central Lakes and I’m looking to compile a list of the must-stay hotels and guesthouses. The featured region? Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Keswick and Kendal.

These need to be the best of the best. The property doesn’t have to be super luxurious, or have a high-tech spa. But it does need to be a genuine stand-out option for service, food, comfort, style, views etc.

So that’s where you come in. Post your ideas below for the places I should check out and I’ll report back on my progress over the weeks to come.

In advance, thanks for your valuable assistance.

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Take a look at Tallinn’s dark side

First comes an opening salvo of disorientation. Then a frisson a cold, hard fear as I grope my way through the spirit-sapping darkness, blundering through a series of curtains into the night-blind murk of the inner womb.

My heart is racing now. Twinges of lung-squeezing panic grip me as I grapple with my more rational side to steady my staccato breath.

Then a voice in the gloom reaches out to me: “Hello, David. I’m your guide, Jürgen. Just walk towards my voice.”

I’m at the Ahhaa Science Centre in Tallinn, Estonia, to sample some early highlights from the city’s European Capital of Culture programme.

Dark Matters, a sensory-depriving art installation based on an idea by the German artist Andreas Heinecke, is one of the first headline-grabbing works. Blind people guide the sighted in a thought-provoking role reversal.

I posted a few weeks ago about my trip to Tallinn. If you liked this so far, you can read the whole story at Travel-Lists.

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