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Ghosts of wartime spies haunt Welsh hotels

The decorous world of Welsh hotels has acquired a new mystique with the revelation that MI5 chose them, against countrywide competition, as a bolthole for its most valuable wartime spies.

Secret double agents, whose deception of the Nazis was so effective that several were decorated by the Abwehr secret service, were scheduled to join hikers and retired couples at such nooks as the Swallow Falls hotel in Betws-y-coed if a German invasion force landed on the Channel coast.

Masterminded by MI5’s “Twenty committee”, named because the Roman numerals for 20 form a double-cross, the plan directed agents to the Snowdonia spa, and similarly quiet hotels, in Llandudno and Llanrwst. The operation was codenamed hegira after the Arabic term for the prophet Muhammad’s enforced departure in 622 from Mecca.

“Seven agents were scheduled to check in to these unlikely hiding places,” said Phil Chamberlain, whose study of newly released papers on the episode will be published in next month’s History Today magazine. “They were codenamed Gelatine, Dragonfly, Tate, GW, Mutt, Stork and Snow. For Snow, who was the first important German agent to be turned, it would have been a homecoming – his real name was Arthur Continue reading

The most expensive and luxurious hotels of Paris

In Paris about 40 hotels have the status of “Luxury.” We will tell you about the 7 most luxurious and fashionable hotels in the capital of France.

All these hotels are world famous, they stayed stars, writers, presidents, the Royal family. One of the artists wrote view of Paris, which would become a hallmark of the city. In other rooms were decided the fate of the world. Somewhere was written great novels, but somewhere in the shooting of okolonauchnyh movies. So she lived Princess Diana, and stayed here the hero of “the da Vinci Code”. And all of these seven hotels.

And, of course, all of these Paris hotels five stars!

HÔTEL DE CRILLON

It is a former private Palace. The Hotel de Crillon on place de La Concorde. next to the Park of the Tuileries. initially, the Champs elysées and between the presidential élysée Palace and former Royal Louvre.

The Palace was built in 1758 on the Royal street of Paris by king Louis XV. The hotel Palace began in 1909. It is the oldest luxury hotel in Paris. Continue reading

Unusual hotels of the world

A change of scenery is always fun. but you can change it simply unforgettable. Visit the most unusual hotels in the world. and your ideas about the banality of toppling over .

The French Alps will welcome you from the hotel … bubbles. Complex ATTRAP ’ REVES MONTAGNAC is surrounded by pines ( Montagnac — montpezat ), where you can enjoy nature. without fear of insects. damp at night and hot sun rays during the day. At the bottom of each elastic bubble with air — turf. between the “rooms” — transparent corridor. but fans of star-gazing will find an in-room telescope.

Swedish ICEHOTEL ( Jukkasjarvi ) recently celebrated the quarter — century anniversary to be exact. its the concept. since the hotel is rebuilt every year from the waters of the pristine river. not contaminated by industry. Every year the design of the rooms is different. but always with temperatures below — 7 ° C. this Sleeping bag. hat. thermal underwear — all of this you will provide at the hotel. and in the morning you will be treated to Sizzling cranberry juice. The bed is a deer skin. entertainment — even the walls . Continue reading

Hotels of Odessa
Design hotel Skopeli - Odessa A light summer breeze would open the curtain, and the room will look the first soft ray of the sun awakens. This is the start…

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Legendary hotels of the world
UAE. The Golden hotel "Emirates Palace hotel" – the hotel of gold Kings, tsars or sultans in children's stories often live in palaces made of pure gold. Let's be honest…

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Unusual hotels
The most unusual hotels in the world that you can pay online by Bank card As noted in a joint press release from the companies, travel segment in e-Commerce continues…

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