The Great Yorkshire Show

After enjoying my visit to the Great Yorkshire Show last year I was even more excited to return to Harrogate once again to attend the 161st agricultural show. This three day event is one of the biggest in the English calendar and showcases the best of British farming, food and the countryside plus lots more …

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum s a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.   Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we …

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Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

The weather forecast was good so we planned a visit to Upton House and Gardens near Banbury in Warwickshire.  Arriving around 2.00 p.m. on a glorious summer's day the main car parks were already full but we were directed to an overflow parking area in a field which was only a short walk from the entrance …

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Day 16. Our final day in lovely Singapore

We were up shortly after 7.00 a.m. so that we could make the most of our final day in Singapore.  Breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe had been good all week and it ended on a high with my favourite roti prata and bread and butter pudding both being included in the morning's selection.  Reluctantly …

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Day 15. Sentosa and the Singapore Botanic Gardens

We made an early start to the day as it was our intention to travel over to Sentosa Island before it started getting busy. After our breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe we took the MRT to HarbourFront station and then followed signs for the Sentosa boardwalk. Visitors to the island can reach Sentosa by …

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Day 14. Walking the MacRitchie Trail and visiting the National Museum of Singapore

I helped myself to some nasi goreng at breakfast but the hotel's version was made with salted fish which had a distinctive strong flavour which didn't appeal so I moved on to some curry puffs and french toast that was more to my liking. Breakfast over, we picked up some bottles of water and headed …

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Day 13. Mt. Faber and Sentosa Island, Singapore

After spending the previous day on the tranquil and unspoilt island of Pulau Ubin, it was a change of scene with a visit to Sentosa, dubbed the island of fun!  From our hotel we took the MRT from Somerset on the North East line over to HarbourFront station as the Singapore Cable Car runs from …

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Day 12. Pulau Ubin Island, Singapore

At breakfast this morning along with my usual yoghurt and fruit, I sampled some fried carrot cake.  This tasted quite good but I'm unsure how it gets its name as it is neither a cake nor does it contain carrots!  It bears no resemblance to the sweet carrot cake popular in the west but is …

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Day 11. The Fullerton Heritage Tour and Singapore’s Civic District

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe where we were tempted into sampling many Asian delicacies, we took the MTR to City Hall station.  Just outside the metro station stands the anglican St. Andrew's Cathedral so we started our day there as we were slightly early for our planned activity. The cathedral was …

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Day 10. Singapore’s cultural enclaves and a visit to Supertree Grove

After a good night's sleep, we were interested to find out what breakfast would be like.  Although the Orchard Grand Court is a serviced apartment, it also offers guests the option of an inclusive breakfast in its Crystal Cafe.  Unlike the apartments which have a contemporary feel, the Crystal Cafe is a traditionally furnished restaurant …

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