Day 6. Our final day in Budapest

We enjoyed our final breakfast in the hotel's beautifully appointed restaurant before gathering our belongings together and checking out. Our stay at the Hotel Nemzeti M Gallery by Sofitel had been lovely with courteous and attentive service, delicious food and comfortable rooms. We left our luggage with the concierge to collect later in the day …

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Day 5. Having fun at Miniversum -Budapest’s model railway exhibition

The sunny weather of the previous days seemed to desert us as we woke to thick clouds and drizzle. It was fortunate then that we had planned some indoor activities for the earlier part of the day.   We started by taking Line 2 of the metro along to Deák Ferenc Square and from there strolled …

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Day 4. From Budapest to Szentendre

For our morning activity we decided to visit the small, medieval town of Szentendre which lies to the north of Budapest. Getting there was easy, first we took the metro line 2 to Batthyány ter station and then caught a suburban HÉV, H5 train to Szentendre. The town is located in Pest county, 19 km …

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The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. After a hectic festive period, my friend and I decided to unwind with a short break at the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa. This luxurious, country house hotel has been a landmark of the village of Bolton Abbey since the early 17th century. The former …

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Day 3. The Chairlifts and Caves of Budapest

We woke to another bright, sunny morning and after a leisurely breakfast we set off for a ride on the Zugliget Chairlift in the Buda Hills.  This chairlift is included in the Budapest Card, otherwise an adult return fare is HUF 1400.  To get there we took Bus 291 from Nyugati Railway Station, the journey …

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Day 2. Exploring Budapest’s historic castle district

Feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep we took the lift down to the Sofitel's elegant restaurant where we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast.  There was a varied selection of hot and cold dishes available from the buffet as well as an a la carte menu at no extra charge.  From this menu, I ordered poached …

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Day 1. A winter break in Budapest

We had stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Harlow Town, a twenty minute rail journey from London Stansted airport. The complimentary breakfast was quite good and the hotel convenient for taking the Stansted Express to the airport. The airport's railway station was just a short walk from the terminal and as we were …

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Day 4. A final day exploring Vilnius

It was our final day in Vilnius but we had plenty of time to explore more of the Lithuanian capital as our flight home wasn't until late in the evening. We'd managed to arrange a late check-out until 4.00 p.m. which was helpful and after a leisurely breakfast we wandered along the road to the …

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Day 3. A fun visit to the Vilnius Museum of Illusions and dinner at Senoji Trobele

We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Illusions on the edge of the old town. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m. with adult entrance tickets €10 (£8.73) and free for accompanied children under the age of 7. Please note that this museum is not included in the …

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Day 2. A visit from Vilnius to Trakai, Lithuania

The rain clouds of the previous day had cleared resulting in a dull but fine morning. We enjoyed a lie in and a leisurely breakfast as we had planned a visit to Trakai for mid-morning. Trakai was the former capital of ancient Lithuania and its 14th century castle was the summer home of the Lithuanian …

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