Yes, it's been a year since we got that phone call. After waiting almost 4 weeks from the end of the competition til they finally announced the real winner of the 365 hotel nights at the Radisson Blu - anywhere in the world.
We want to thank you all who supported us, voted for us and shared our story. It is thanks to you that we won this fantastic price! And we have made good use of it too!
The beautiful old town in Riga. And they've got fantastic chocolate as well! Well worth visiting :)
We started out by going just the two us (yes, without our 5 little elves) to Riga in Latvia, a beautiful medieval city in the Baltics. Inga went with a few colleagues to Copenhagen - and of course they stayed at the legendary Royal Hotel Copenhagen, designed by Arne Jacobsen, and to Dusseldorf in Germany where she met old friends from her years in Germany.
Here in Iceland we have a Radisson Blu as well, and the girls have made good use of that, celebrating their birthdays with sleepovers at a nice hotel downtown. It was a big moment when the oldest daughter went on the bus with her friends girlfriends with their little bags to stay at the Radisson Blu 1919 hotel in down town Reykjavik. And it inspired our 9 year old to do the same on her birthday a couple of months later. Looks like we might be starting a trend here ;)
We have been looking throught photos and brouchures to find the most interesting Radisson Blu hotels we would like to try out, and one of the must dos is Radisson Blu Berlin with the world's largest aquarium - 6 stories high! There we met with good friends from Copenhagen who spent the weekend with us.
Our 5 little elves exploring the Adriatic ocean.
Our big trip was then this summer, an Adriatic roundtrip. We stayed at three different Radisson Blu resorts, the geothermal spa resort in Galzignano di Terme, near Venice in Italy, in Split and our favorite, the Radisson Blu Sun Gardens in Dubrovnik. We got Inga's sister and her family to join us as we were exploring the Adriatic coast, four adults and seven children.
Fantastic view at the resort in Dubrovnik.
In total we have visited 8 different Radisson Blu hotels in 6 different countries in this one year, invited over 20 of our friends and family to stay with us and spent almost a third of our nights. We look forward to our future visits to the Radisson Blu hotels. Some very exciting new hotels have been opened additional to the fascinating selection they have already. We haven't decided were to go next though. Any ideas?
With regards from the elves in Iceland
Hjörtur and Inga