It feels like an age since I’ve written a gluten free afternoon review so I thought I better rattle my dags and show you a little afternoon feast from a few months ago.  Rachel and I headed into London to try the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley…now this wasn’t my first visit (you can read my other review here from 2013…and I had visited again after this review but never blogged about it) but thought I would share my findings with you all as obviously opinions can change.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The sandwiches were okay…I would say that the gluten free bread was a tad thick for my liking BUT they were better than the pastry selection.  We were asked if we wanted more sarnies however we declined as Rachel and I are both sugar monsters.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

No scones…now this was never an issue before when I’ve visited the Berkeley Hotel for Afternoon Tea however I think there is a problem now.

Gluten Free Pastries

Now the pastries…if you offer no scones then I expect you to blow my cotton socks off when it comes to the pastry selection and The Berkeley failed…the mini cakes were very dry to the point that Rachel and I thought they might be stale…yes stale…you can put a glaze on it however if you wanted us to like it then you shouldn’t have overcooked it!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To quote my dad – even the birds would leave those cake alone for fear of having to walk home!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

While in the past, the pastries were free flowing and constantly replenished…this is now not the case so don’t expect to try one of each pastry which is disappointing considering the lack of scones and the dad affair of the stale cakes.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

However on a happier note, it was good to see that the hotel have made more of an effort when it comes to the gluten free pastry selection and trying to align it to the regular afternoon tea…this change I am rather pleased about.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To be fair, I really was disappointed with the pastries overall especially when you couldn’t eat the mini cakes as they were so rough…we did ask if there were any additional gluten free pastries and we were provided with a couple of mini macarons which were tasty (a saving grace to the pastry selection of the afternoon tea).

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Tea

I had a lovely cup of tea however I was disappointed that they didn’t replinish with hot water during our visit…for the price of the afternoon tea, I don’t expect to be drinking luke warm tea.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The tea room looks like it has had a little revamp and now can only be described as instagram worthy…while it’s very pretty, I just found it lacked a bit of soul and could be interchangeable with a few other hotel lounges in London.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Service

The service was okay, it’s definitely not up to the standards that you receive at Claridge’s Hotel which is a shame as they are part of the same group and some consistency would be fabulous…it wasn’t horrendous but I don’t expect to refill my own cup of tea.  For the price point that The Berkeley has targeted, I would expect my tea to be refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley – if you have cash to burn and are really wanting to try the Pret-A-Portea afternoon tea then definitely go…don’t let my review change your mind but do be weary if you’re gluten free.

For me personally, while I have recommended The Berkeley as a fun place for a gluten free afternoon tea in the past, I would no longer recommend as I thought it was overpriced for the quality that we received on the day.

G and I are off the Brown’s Hotel this coming weekend so it will be interesting to see if I still rate them as one of the best in London for gluten free afternoon teas along with Claridge’s Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Langham and the Intercontinental Park Lane.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The afternoon tea at The Berkeley starts at £52 per person plus 12.5% service charge.  You can learn more about the afternoon tea here on their website…FYI, the new Spring / Summer afternoon tea menu is out now.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

xx

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Weight: 96.0 kgs

“There are people,who the more you do for them ,the less they will do for themselves.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 20, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Ahhh so I went up this week but I can say with my hand on my heart, I’ve watched my weight fluctuate from 94 to 96 kilos in the last few days…it’s really interesting to watch and to be expected as my body is all over the place.

Shake Your Booty

Yeah so no exercise this week and I’m pretty much not allowed to do any exercise at the moment until I’m feeling better…doctors orders…and unfortunately I have to listen to said doctors.

What I’m Up Too…

Well this week didn’t really go to plan at all…I haven’t gone to work and I spent two nights in Bedford Hospital as I was pretty under the weather.

So my fibroids will be removed on the 30th of May and obviously me talking to my fanny (mainly to curse it lately due to the never ending period), Frida and Franca heard they were going to be evicted and decided to throw a huge arse party in my uterus…I lost a lot of blood (and I mean a lot…I was close to needing a blood transfusion…what an average woman loses to what they think I was losing is eye watering!) and had massive stomach cramps that forced G into taking me to the A&E on Tuesday evening.

Apparently my body is fighting an infection (we still don’t know where and are waiting for more results however they think in my bowel), my iron levels plummeted (and I was taking 600 mg of iron a day at the time…the RDA is 14mg!) and I was losing to much blood so they hospitalised me to try and get the bleeding under control at the very least (I can’t have my operation if I’m bleeding and I’m still lightly bleeding now!)…the consultant thinks my fibroid is taking on another form in my uterus and you can feel it when you press onto my lower tummy area now; the easiest thing to do is to have them removed so I have my fingers crossed that the bleeding stops.

Let’s just say that morphine and paracetamol at times didn’t even touch the pain…I did get over my fear of dealing with the Women’s Clinic at Bedford Hospital on my stay so that is one silver lining.  I had two consultants that were lovely; the first one actually worked with my consultant from L&D so I felt I could trust her and the second consultant was flabbergasted when I told him that nobody from Bedford Hospital would be touching my fibroids…a crying distressed Kelly is even more blunt and to the point than normal however he took everything in his stride (including looking at my huge surfboard of a sanitary pad)…he went off to investigate who I had seen on my previous visits as he was disgusted with the way I was treated previously.

When I was having my first ever wheel chair ride (seriously the porter was such a speed racer but oh so lovely…his brother in law taught me how to pass my driving exam in England!)…we almost collided with one of the stupid doctors that I had encountered previously at Bedford Hospital…seriously that made me smile…I did want to stop and tell her…look bitch, my fibroids that you told me weren’t causing my heavy periods have just put me into fucking hospital…karma bitch…karma…and when karma really comes to get her I hope it really bites her fucking hard as she has caused me so much unnecessary suffering and for any other ladies out there that she has also caused unnecessary suffering to as well for not treating us…it’s doctors like her that give the NHS a really really bad name.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel however after 7 years of fighting to get here I now feel utterly exhausted…I keep telling myself that I am almost at the finish line…not long to go but that doesn’t stop the tears unfortunately.

As I’m not allowed to drive as I’m anaemic so feel rather light headed and constantly feeling chilly (my nipples are going to poke someones eyes out soon!), G has taken me out for a drive or two…we went to a plant sale yesterday and picked up a few plants and enjoyed a Ploughman’s and a Scone…all for charity so calorie free right?!  It’s little village events like these that make me realise that I don’t miss living in London one bit.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 20, 2017

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 20, 2017

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 20, 2017

So I’m signed off until to my operation…doctors orders…no more trying to be Wonder Woman because nobody is regardless of what people say.

Anyway enough of my babbling…time to finish watching Antiques Roadshow.

xx

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When we were looking for accommodation in Moscow, we decided to stick with a brand that we knew well and booked ourselves in the Intercontinental Moscow…so I thought I would do a little review of the hotel so you can see what to expect from your stay.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Location

The Intercontinental Moscow is probably best described as a business hotel and is located a good 10 minute walk away from Red Square.  To be fair, we preferred this as we were able to move around Moscow via an uber taxi with ease as we weren’t staying around the bottleneck area of Red Square where the traffic doesn’t move with any speed.  There are a few metro lines nearby so I don’t think you will be disappointed with the location and a number of local restaurants.

Pre-Arrival

I had made contact with the hotel about receiving an invitation letter so we could apply for our visa in London.  I made a booking (refundable in case we were rejected) and within hours I had my invitation letter for our visa.  It was super easy…just send an email with your booking number and the passport details of the people on the booking.  Check out my handy tips for travelling to Russia including a great website to help you fill out your Russian visa application form.

Check In

After what can only be described as a long journey from the airport…hello sitting in the back of a car for over 2.5 hours, we finally arrived and I was grumpy (5’11 in the back of a car isn’t fun!).  I had booked ourselves into a room with Club Lounge access as everyone goes on about how expensive Moscow is so I booked the lounge to cut our food costs while in the city…truly it’s not that expensive, maybe years ago but I thought it was cheaper than London!

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

^very swish lobby and smells gorgeous!

The check in was a breeze, all passports must be presented so they can register you as a guest.  That’s the easy bit!

Unfortunately the check in got a bit heated as my club lounge access was removed without my permission and we were upgraded to a suite (more about this later).  This wasn’t handled very well by the individual checking us in so in the end G asked to speak to the Duty Manager…surprise surprise that was who was checking us in.  I ended up leaving the check in desk as I was losing my cool as I felt like we were getting right royally ripped off and G handled the rest of the process.

In the end we were provided with the Club Lounge Access and the room upgrade.  I was over the hotel at this point and we hadn’t even got to the room!

Ambassador Upgrades & Club Lounge Access

Each Intercontinental hotel offers it’s loyal customers different upgrades; there is no consistency so it can make choosing the room that you want for your stay a minefield especially when staying at the Intercontinental Moscow.

I’m a Spire Ambassador (all through my credit card / loyal customer spending habits – no blogger bollocks here folks!) so I have certain expectations of what I will and won’t receive during our stay just like any other paying guest staying at this property.

I booked a King Club Room for two persons and was upgraded to the Moscow King Suite HOWEVER in this upgrade I lost my Club Lounge access which I had paid for and this frustrated the hell out of me…basically I would now need to pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Now if you’re a regular Intercontinental Guest you will understand that if you get upgraded to a Club Room you rarely ever get free access to the lounge (it’s very rare indeed!) however at the Intercontinental Moscow you do – so at the time of our booking, if you booked a night in the Superior Room; you were then upgraded to the King Club Room which included Lounge access.

Now that Club Lounge access is only for one person; you have to pay for the second guest as well.  Confused, yes so was I as the Ambassador program does state that a “single room rate for double occupancy”; my interpretation of this would be that it would include club lounge access for both people staying in the room – it doesn’t…why it is for only one person per room is beyond me as most Club Rooms gives access to 2 people.

The Intercontinental Moscow doesn’t have many categories in the hotel so it makes it difficult to provide upgrades so don’t go looking for a suite as you are unlikely to get one.  If you book a Club Room then you should have the choice of a room upgrade to the Moscow King Suite possibly or you can have free entry to the club lounge for the second person.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

^^The Ambassador gift included fresh fruit (actually good quality fruit as it can be quite manky at a few properties), unlimited water and a ceramic bear.

Room

We stayed in the lovely Moscow King Suite which was a lovely space for our 4 nights at the hotel…with a spacious lounge area including desk…

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

…a bedroom with power points right by the bed and the ability to turn off all the lights in the whole suite from your bed (trust me this was a high point…have you ever stumbled around a room trying to turn off every lamp that the night service team have turned on to provide the perfect amount of mood lighting…I normally stub my toe at this point on a large piece of furniture)…

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

…and let’s talk about bathrooms…now remember this hotel is probably more business orientated…it was huge and quite lush…

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

…honestly the best power shower I’ve had in a hotel for a long time and we both used that bath as the mean streets of Moscow really do hurt your legs…and it came with a little duckie!

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Ohhh yes, the main attraction….each room comes with gas masks as modelled by G!

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

^^Only in Russia!

Club Lounge

G and I (or my family) have stayed at a number of Intercontinental properties over the years (I will name them all for you – Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis, Willard in Washington DC, Mark Hopkins in San Fransisco, The Venetian Las Vegas, The Palazzo Las Vegas, Intercontinental Lisbon, Intercontinental Porto, Intercontinetal Anthenaeum Athens, Intercontinental Vienna, Intercontinental Malta, Intercontinental Park Lane London, Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu, Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam, Intercontinental Warsaw, Intercontinental Berlin, Intercontinental Frankfurt, Intercontinental Dusseldorf, Intercontinental Hong Kong…and a few more than are no longer Intercontinental properties…so I know this brand well…the links are my hotel reviews)…and I can safely say with my hand on my heart that this is one of the best lounges we’ve seen at an Intercontinental hotel in a long time.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

The food was overall fantastic and that was including the gluten free items; the breakfast was a fabulous buffet and then you could order a number of other items from the menu if you felt there was still a gap that needed filling…I was a huge fan of milky rice porridge for breakfast.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

G had explained that I was gluten free and they were super helpful (a reason why we don’t stray often from the IHG brand as their gluten free knowledge is outstanding!)...I was told what I could and couldn’t eat.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

^^I could eat all this!

The club lounge offers a full breakfast, soups for lunch and a rather delicious dinner with drinks.  I would happily pay for club lounge access at this property again…if you’re pondering about it, my advice would be to do it especially if you have a food intolerance.

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

Polina and her team were fantastic; on our last day in Moscow, we received a phone call telling us that we needed to leave the hotel earlier than planned for the airport as the traffic was really bad…thankfully we made it just in time for our flight.

Facilities

If you are after a hotel with a pool then the Intercontinental Moscow isn’t going to be for you as they don’t have one unfortunately however they do have a sauna to use and G used this a few times and said it was great.

Concierge Services

We used the Concierge service a few times in reception and they were always helpful which is what you’re looking for as a guest on holiday.  As we had Club Lounge access, we gained a lot of information via Polina and her team.

Overall Experience

While the check in left a bit to be desired and the confusion over the upgrade situation for Spire Ambassadors or just Ambassadors in general at the Moscow property…the hotel is really lovely, the staff friendly and the food…well there were no complaints from me on the gluten free front!

Personally, I feel that the Intercontinental brand has dropped it’s standards at a few properties recently so it’s lovely to see an Intercontinental property bucking the trend.

You can stay at the Intercontinental Moscow starting from 45,000 points…booking directly through the IHG.com website guarantees you the best rate however if you find it cheaper elsewhere then IHG will give you the first night free…it’s worth spending 5 minutes having a quick look as I’ve stayed for free before!

Russia Travel Inspiration - my hotel review of the Intercontinental Moscow; one of Moscow's top hotels and situated 10 minutes away from Red Square. The Intercontinental brand is always fantastic when it comes to gluten free food and this property is no different. Pop on over to the blog to read more about this luxury hotel in Moscow.

xx

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Weight: 95.3 kgs

“Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 19, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Wasn’t expecting a 500 gram weight loss this week…G has bought me McD’s fries twice this week and I’ve eaten a bag of eskimos…yes a whole bag of eskimos as I was feeling a bit down on Friday while my uterus was hosting a party…it’s the first time I’ve actually taken a day off work due to my fibroids in my 7 years of dealing with them other than my 2 week sick leave after my operation in February (and a few half days when I returned to work).

Shake Your Booty

I managed to do my Tracy Anderson dvd and a few strolls on the treadmill at the beginning of the week however it all went downhill from Thursday…I’ve got my fingers crossed that things settle down and I can at least enjoy another stroll or two next week.

What I’m Up Too…

Today, we went out for afternoon tea at a little vintage tea room as it was the one year anniversary of G’s dad passing away…I’ve said this before but G’s dads death has really changed me.  I still remember the conversation I had with G’s mum a year ago today…G’s dad was always making sure his family had a roof over their head due to his own upbringing as he was bought up by a single mum who was transported up to Bedfordshire due to the Blitz…they had a little house on a farm where his mum worked however one day the farmer lost the farm in a card game and they were evicted by the new owner.  Someone in the village found them somewhere to stay that night and his mum went to work each day to provide for her son…G’s dad would come home each day from school and started the fire and dinner…he never wanted his boys to come home to an empty house like he did and they never did.

It really made me realise how materialistic and pretentious I was.  While I still like a few things here and there…who doesn’t; I realised that I didn’t need as much crap as I currently own to live and that I wanted to change.  I’ve made some big changes; I don’t buy as many clothes or shoes as I once did and I’ve survived…G and I are happy with a holiday inn hotel rather than a fancy pants 5 star hotel and I prefer to spend time with my loved ones than to worry about my blog or social media accounts (you never get that time back so remove the phone from your hand and make eye contact!)…these are just a few of the changes I have made.

I read a great blog post this week and the quote below has really stayed with me especially in this day and age of social media and full time bloggers –

“It takes so much energy to impersonate what you think others want you to be.  It’s so tiring to keep up an appearance or role.  Why not drop the effort to impress or hide?  Honesty is exciting.  Want more stamina and kick in your life?  Stop propping up something that doesn’t stay up on its own.”

Anyway enough of my babbling…time for some sleep.

xx

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