Day 1. The start of our Swedish adventure

We woke early and travelled to Manchester airport by train, arriving nice and early for our lunch time KLM Cityhopper flight to Amsterdam.  There were no other passengers waiting to check in at the KLM desk so thankfully it only took a few minutes to complete formalities and pass through security in Terminal 3. Before …

Continue reading Day 1. The start of our Swedish adventure

A fun filled day at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is one of England's premier agricultural events and takes place over three days in July each year celebrating the best of food, farming and rural life.  I hadn't had an opportunity to visit for several years so I was excited to be heading back to spend the day there.  The showground …

Continue reading A fun filled day at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A visit to the Piece Hall at Halifax

It was a long time since I last visited Halifax and hearing about the re-opening of its Piece Hall, I decided to take a look.  The town is located in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire, four miles from the M62 motorway.  It's easily accessible by train, my preferred mode of transport, and lies on …

Continue reading A visit to the Piece Hall at Halifax

Andover and the Mottisfont Rose Garden

I'd seen an article in a magazine about the Mottisfont Rose Garden and how beautiful it was in mid-summer so one sunny day we decided to visit.  The garden is in Hampshire and on our way we stopped in Andover for an early lunch and a little look around the market town. Andover is located …

Continue reading Andover and the Mottisfont Rose Garden

Day 17. The end of our South Korean adventure

Our five nights stay in Busan had come to an end and it was time to head back home.  As we weren't in a rush, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's 13th floor restaurant.  The Arban Hotel had exceeded expectations and I would recommend it as a good place to stay in Busan. …

Continue reading Day 17. The end of our South Korean adventure

Day 16. The Korean National Maritime Museum, Busan

We woke to the sound of heavy rain beating on the bedroom windows so it was fortunate that we still had one museum we wished to visit during our stay in Busan.  After a breakfast of dumplings, eggs, fruit and yogurt we set off for the nearby Seomyeon metro station with our umbrellas at the …

Continue reading Day 16. The Korean National Maritime Museum, Busan

Day 15. Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan Tower and the Oryukdo Skywalk

The hotel's breakfast selection varied from day to day and this morning we started the day with bowls of beef bulgogi, yogurt and fruit.  Feeling nourished we set off for the Gamcheon Cultural Village.  To get there we took a Line 1 train from Seomyeon station.  We then caught a local minibus from outside the …

Continue reading Day 15. Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan Tower and the Oryukdo Skywalk

Day 14. Taejongdae Park, Busan and a visit to Nampo, South Korea

I decided to try the Asian option for breakfast in the hotel this morning and started the day with dumplings and sweet and sour pork for a change which tasted good although probably better eaten for dinner. After several cups of coffee, we raised the energy to set off to explore Taejongdae Park in the …

Continue reading Day 14. Taejongdae Park, Busan and a visit to Nampo, South Korea

Day 13. Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea

Opening our curtains we were greeted with clear blue skies for our first full day in Busan.  Leaving our room for breakfast it seemed strange taking the lift upwards as the hotel's restaurant is on the top (13th) floor alongside the reception area. Stepping inside, the breakfast area was very attractive with large, sliding glass …

Continue reading Day 13. Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea

Day 12. Leaving Seoul and taking the Korail train to Busan

It was hard to believe that our stay in Seoul had come to an end.  There were so many interesting places to visit that our days sped by all too quickly. We enjoyed one last breakfast in the Holiday Inn Express Euljiro which had been an excellent choice for our stay in Seoul. Well equipped …

Continue reading Day 12. Leaving Seoul and taking the Korail train to Busan