Entrance to Gdansk Shipyard sign

Day 4. Gdansk Shipyards and Amber Museum

We started off the final day of our weekend in Gdansk with a short tram ride to the European Solidarity Centre which was constructed alongside the historic shipyards.   It is free to enter the building but tickets are required for the permanent exhibition 30zl (£5.55). The exhibition begins with the widespread strikes of August 1980 …

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Day 3. Oliwa, Sopot & Gdynia – Poland

It was a bright, sunny morning just perfect for our planned trip to the neighbouring towns of Oliwa, Sopot and Gdynia.  As they are located close together it's very easy to combine a visit to all three by taking the SKM train from Gdansk Glowny station.  Our Gdansk Cards included the use of transport in the …

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National Maritime Museum, Gdansk

Day 2. Exploring Gdansk

Our day began with a visit to the National Maritime Museum along the historic riverside.  A combined entrance ticket 35zl (£6.50) can be purchased to include the museum ship Soldek moored alongside. Entrance is also included in the Gdańsk Card. The museum located in three restored old granaries is devoted to Gdańsk's role as a Baltic seaport …

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Long Market, Gdańsk

Day 1. Gdansk City Break

It was another early morning start for our journey to London Stansted airport for our 8.25 a.m. Ryanair flight to the Polish city of Gdansk.  We managed to catch up on some sleep during the flight and it seemed no time at all until we were touching down into Lech Walęsa airport at 11.30 a.m. …

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Leonardo Hotel Entrance, Chester

Leonardo Hotel Chester

Hotel Review Location:  The Leonardo is a recently opened hotel located within Chester's historic Roman walls.  It's just a 15 minute walk from the railway station which has frequent connections between London, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.  It's also just 10 miles (17 km) from Liverpool John Lennon airport for guests arriving from overseas. Arrival and check-in: We …

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Midnight Sun Yllas, Lapland

Summer in Yllas, Finnish Lapland

I was recently invited to visit two of Finnish Lapland's top summer destinations, both of which are high above the arctic circle.  I've just published an article on Levi and now I am turning my attention to the equally beautiful village of Ylläs located one hour away by car. Getting there: I flew with Finnair …

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Midsummer in Levi, Lapland

Summer in Levi, Finnish Lapland

Lapland is well known as a winter destination and famed for its ski tracks, viewing the Northern Lights and of course for the magical experience of visiting Father Christmas in his snowy cabin.  However, did you know that Levi is an absolutely beautiful place to visit during the summertime when the sun never sets and …

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Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

Day 4. A walk around Bratislava city centre

Our Bratislava city break was drawing to a close but with a late evening flight back to the U.K. we still had a full day of sightseeing to look forward to.  We started off by visiting the Blue Church located quite close to our hotel in the eastern part of the old town. It's known …

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Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Day 3. A walk around Vienna

Whilst staying in Bratislava we seized the opportunity of spending a day in Vienna as the two capitals are located close together.  To get there we took a CityLink train from Bratislava central station (standard tickets €14 return).  Surprisingly there were no ticket machines on the station concourse resulting in a lengthy queue at the …

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Devin Castle View, Bratislava

Day 2. Devin Castle, Bratislava

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the Danubia Gate Hotel we set off for a day of exploring the city and its surroundings.  We began with a look in the Old Market Hall as each Saturday it offers a wide range of fresh produce, food and drink between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.  It had …

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