Cutty Sark

Day 2. Exploring Greenwich & Docklands

After feeling refreshed following a good night's sleep at the StayCity Aparthotel we utilised our apartment's kitchen to prepare some breakfast and with a dishwasher on hand we soon had things tidied away and were ready to go out.  After popping our key cards in the express check-out box in the entrance lobby we jumped …

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Greenwich Old Royal Naval College across the River Thames

Day 1. A weekend in Greenwich

I had a spring in my step as I boarded an LNER early morning train between Leeds and London Kings Cross.  Using public transport and travelling by train is something I do constantly but alas not in these strange times so I was excited to be taking my first journey for over four months. I'll …

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Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Malham is a small village at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is an idyllic little place.  Nowadays hill farming and tourism are Malham's main activities with a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes dotted around the village.  Located at the upper end of the River Aire valley, the area has …

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Green World Grand Nanjing Hotel, Taipei

Hotel Review Location: This Taiwanese owned, Japanese style hotel opened in early 2017 and is located approximately 40 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. We took the MRT airport line direct to Taipei Station from where we connected to a service along to Sonjiang Nanjing station located just five minutes walk from the hotel. Step …

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The Coldstones Cut, Pateley Bridge

The Coldstones Cut is said to be Yorkshire's biggest and highest piece of public art work.  It was created by Andrew Sabin and overlooks the Coldstones quarry on Greenhow Hill just outside Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. Perched at a height of just over 500 metres above sea level it can be freely explored by …

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Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Silsden

Silsden canal walk

Silsden is a former mill town located in the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire.  This small town was a centre for textiles and nail-making and at one time was home to more than 200 small forges.  We'd decided to visit so that we could enjoy a walk along a short section of the Leeds & …

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Canal boats, Basingstoke canal, Odiham

Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1794 to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge.  Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel between the docks in East London and Basingstoke allowing goods such as flour, timber and coal to be transported.  It was never a commercial success and from the 1950's due …

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River Aire, Gargrave

Exploring Gargrave

The picturesque village of Gargrave is located four miles north west of Skipton in North Yorkshire.  The A65 runs through the village linking Leeds in West Yorkshire with Kendal in Cumbria on the edge of the English Lake District.  Gargrave has its own railway station on the Leeds to Morecambe and Carlisle lines enabling walkers …

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Addingham weir, River Wharfe

A walk around Addingham

The village of Addingham is situated between Skipton and Ilkley and just one mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Bolton Abbey making it an ideal starting point for numerous walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dales Way long distance path starts in nearby Ilkley passing through the edge of Addingham along the …

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Qatar Airways Aircraft

Day 14. The end of our Indonesian adventure

It was to be our final day in Bali and it began with a relaxing breakfast out on the hotel's terrace.  Our last opportunity to order from the egg station which had served up perfectly poached eggs for me each morning and delivered them to the table. As we'd arranged a late check-out until 3.00 …

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