Day 1. Our first day in Vilnius, Lithuania and dinner at Mykolo 4

We'd noticed that Ryanair operated flights to Vilnius from our local airport so we couldn't resist the temptation of arranging a first visit to Lithuania.  The flight schedule was quite good with our outbound flight departing Leeds-Bradford airport at 4.00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and returning late evening on a Tuesday, giving us four …

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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event.  When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more. The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of …

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Day 3. A walk from Cambridge to Grantchester

It was our final day in Cambridge but as our train home wasn't until 5.00 p.m. we still had ample time to explore.  After gathering our belongings together we left our bags at the hotel for safekeeping and then wandered down the now familiar Hills Road into the city centre for some breakfast. As it …

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Day 2. A day trip from Cambridge to Ely

We planned to spend the day in Ely which is one of the smallest cathedral cities in England.  Located just 15 miles from Cambridge, trains are frequent taking only 15 minutes with fares as low as £2.30 for an adult off-peak return. Ely's imposing cathedral dominates the city's skyline and it took us around 10 …

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Day 1. A weekend in Cambridge

We had arrived in Cambridge by train the previous evening and checked into the nearby Cambridge Central Travelodge a short stroll away.  The hotel overlooks the central plaza of the Cambridge Leisure Park where there are several places to eat, plus two small supermarkets meaning that we didn't need to venture into the centre that …

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Leeds Light Night

One of the cultural highlights of the year in West Yorkshire is Leeds Light Night when, on two evenings in October, the city is transformed by spectacular light projections, interactive artworks and live music performances. This was the first time that I had an opportunity to attend the event, which has now become one of …

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Day 15. A visit to Stockholm Public Library before heading home

Our final day in Stockholm and just enough time before heading back to the airport to fit in a visit to the Stockholm Public Library in Odenplan. I love visiting libraries wherever I travel and what a delightful one this was. The library, which was designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928, is one …

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Day 14. Fisksätra in the Stockholm Archipelago

We made a leisurely start to our final full day in Stockholm with a forest walk through the nearby Solna neighbourhood and then a look around the shopping centre next to the Solna Centrum metro station. From the exterior, the shopping mall appeared quite small but once inside, we were surprised to find it was …

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Day 13. A day trip from Stockholm to Uppsala

An early start to the day and a chance to see a little more of Sweden by visiting Uppsala, Sweden's 4th largest city. Getting there was quick and easy as we took a bus to Odenplan station where we had been the previous evening. From there, we connected to a train to Uppsala. At the …

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Day 12. More sightseeing in Stockholm

We'd decided to spend the morning exploring the Östermalm district and had read about its famous old market hall which has been in existence since 1888. It's currently being renovated and until it's completion in summer 2019 the market has moved to temporary premises nearby. It was only a short walk from the metro to …

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