Day 1. Visiting historic York

We set off bright and early in order to maximise our time in York as there were so many things we wanted to see and do during our short stay. Arriving mid-morning at our riverside accommodation, the newly opened Roomzzz Aparthotel, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our room was ready so we dropped …

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The Boulevard Hotel Blackpool

Location The Boulevard Hotel is nestled between the beach and Pleasure Beach theme park on Blackpool's Ocean Boulevard in South Shore. It's a 25 minute gentle stroll along the seafront from North Pier, with trams running along the promenade at up to 15 minute intervals and taking only ten minutes. The nearest tram stop is …

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Day 2. Continuing our weekend in Blackpool

It was such a treat waking up in our stylish room at the beautiful Boulevard Hotel and drawing back the curtains to uninterrupted views of the Irish Sea. Heading downstairs we were shown to a window table in the restaurant from where we could watch the waves lapping the beach whilst tucking into our delicious …

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Day 1. Blackpool – for the perfect winter break

I've visited Blackpool several times but always either in the summer or during the autumn illuminations when the resort has been in full swing so I was curious to find out what it would be like to visit the resort out of season. Plans made, we were up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier …

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A guide to Moscow’s most beautiful metro stations

The Moscow metro is one of the most beautiful in the world.  It was created as a showcase for the Soviet Union, and serves as a living museum with its stations adorned with mosaics, marble statues and stained glass that document the story of the Communist state.  There are 12 lines and 223 stations on …

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Day 7. Our final day in Moscow

Our week in Moscow had flown by and although we hadn't seen one flake of snow which is so unusual for December, we'd experienced a fun filled week nonetheless. After enjoying a lazy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant where we'd been welcomed each morning by the friendly waiters and waitresses, we put the finishing touches …

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Day 6. Exploring Novodevichy and visiting more stations on the Moscow Metro

Our first stop of the day after breakfast was to the Vorobyovy Gory metro station located on a bridge over the Moskva river making it the only station on the network to have windows.  Vorobyovy Gory is often used as an exhibition space and during our visit there were displays of fashion items in circular …

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Day 5. Exploring central Moscow

After a leisurely breakfast we took the metro to Lubyanka to make a return visit to the Central Children's Store next door to the station.  It had only been open about 40 minutes and few people were about as we took one of the lifts to the top floor to visit the Museum of Childhood. …

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Day 4. The VDNKh Park, Moscow

After the previous morning's disappointing egg order, I managed to achieve success by showing the chef a photo of some fried eggs on my iPad. She seemed to understand, smiled, and then served up some delicious, runny yolks for me to dip my toast into. Eventually we were ready to embark on a day's sightseeing …

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Day 3. Moscow’s university and its magnificent metro stations

We enjoyed another leisurely breakfast in the hotel's executive lounge, which was lovely and quiet compared to the main restaurant across the corridor.  I started the day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice from a hand press which had a sign in front of it suggesting that it was good morning exercise.  After …

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