Day 2. Manila – our first impressions of the capital of the Philippines

We had just over two hours to stretch our legs whilst in transit at Hong Kong airport. As it was early morning many of the airside shops and cafes had not yet opened so we settled for McDonalds where we had some hot drinks and took an opportunity to catch up on the news on …

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Day 1. Flying Cathay Pacific to the Philippines

It was a bright, sunny morning as I left my home to begin the first leg of my holiday. I met up with my son and we enjoyed a leisurely meal together in the centre of Manchester before continuing on to the airport by train from Piccadilly station. We had arranged to stay at the …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Day 11. Seoul Olympic Park and a walk up Naksan Mountain

I remembered watching the 1988 Olympic Games on television never expecting that almost 30 years later I would be exploring the Seoul Olympic Park. We took the metro to Mongchontoseong station on Line 8 and entered the Olympic Park through the World Peace Gate.  This colourful entrance was built as a sign of peace and …

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Day 10. Jongmyo Shrine & a visit to International Horticulture Goyang Korea

We set off on foot this morning to the Jongmyo Shrine which was located not too far from our hotel.  Admission to the shrine is included in the palace combination ticket (10,000 Won / £6.98) which we had purchased earlier in the week.  The shrine houses the spirit tablets of the Joseon Dynasty and was …

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