Day 1. A short break in Istanbul, Turkey

In readiness for our morning flight from London Gatwick Airport we had stayed overnight at a Travelodge in Crawley. This proved convenient as buses depart from near the hotel (Bus 10) to the south terminal taking only 20 minutes with tickets from the driver costing just £2.50. We arrived at the airport at 7.25 a.m. …

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Day 4. Girona’s Jewish Quarter

We woke to leaden skies and thundery rain - not what we were hoping for on our final day in beautiful Girona. Still, it was a good excuse for a long, relaxing breakfast as there was little point in hurrying outdoors. By 10.30 a.m. the rain had eased slightly so armed with our umbrellas we …

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Day 3. Girona’s Museum of Cinema and an afternoon on the Costa Brava

Sun streamed into our bedroom as we drew back the curtains and after a long, lazy breakfast we were ready for another day of sightseeing. Our first stop of the day was just a short walk away at the Museum of Cinema, standard admission €6. We'd already had the pleasure of visiting the Cinema Museum …

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Day 2. Exploring Girona

We had slept so soundly it was difficult making a move, but after turning off the alarm clock several times we finally managed to rouse ourselves, coming to life with an invigorating shower followed by a delicious breakfast in the restaurant of the Doubletree by Hilton. Set up for the day, our first stop was …

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Day 1. A short break in Girona

We'd arranged a short break to the Spanish city of Girona with a lunchtime flight from Bournemouth Airport on Dorset's south coast. It was our third time using this airport and it's always a pleasure as there are plenty of airside facilities and no queues. Our Ryanair flight departed on time with a full load …

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Day 14. Our final day in Palermo, Sicily

Our final day in Sicily began slowly with a leisurely breakfast on our shady balcony. As our British Airways return flight to London wasn't due to depart until 20.30 we had arranged a late check out, enabling us to have access to our apartment until late afternoon. We started the day with a stroll along …

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Day 13. Sferracavallo, Sicily

Wondering where to visit on our final full day in Sicily, I came across some photos of Sferracavallo which appeared to be an idyllic fishing village nestled below some rugged cliffs, so we decided to head there. It's located 13km north west of Palermo in the Capo Gallo Nature Reserve. It's quite close, but very …

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Day 12. Trapani, Sicily

We woke to yet another hot, sunny morning and decided to spend the day in the port city of Trapani. Getting to Trapani from Palermo is by Segesta Express bus and this service departs from the left hand side of the railway station. Return tickets cost €14.10 each and do not need to be purchased …

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Day 11. Mondello, Sicily

A lazy start to our Sunday morning with a relaxing breakfast out on our terrace. Feeling ready to set off, we wandered through Palermo's historic quarter, passing the vast Teatro Massimo and continuing along to the newer part of town with its designer shops. Soon, we arrived at the Teatro Politeama in the Piazza Ruggero …

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Day 10. Monreale, Sicily

Our plan for the morning was to visit the small town of Monreale which sits perched on a cliff top above the city of Palermo. Getting to Monreale is quite easy as AMAT Bus 389 departs from Piazza Independenza taking just 20 minutes to the hilltop town. When travelling on Italian buses it's necessary to …

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