Day 4. Our final day in Doha

It was hard to believe that this was our final day in Doha, the time having passed by all too quickly. We'd arranged a late check out so set off on foot after our leisurely breakfast to take a look at the National Museum of Qatar which opened in Spring 2019. It took around 25 …

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Day 3. Visiting the Qatar National Library and Aspire Park, Doha

It was 8.00 a.m. by the time we managed to rouse ourselves from our luxuriously comfortable bed, and on opening the window blinds were pleased to note that weather in the Middle East had returned to normal, following the previous day's heavy rain. After another leisurely breakfast on the Al Terrace balcony we sipped cappuccinos …

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Day 2. Exploring Doha, Qatar

We had slept for almost 11 hours managing to catch up on the lost sleep from our overnight flight.  We woke refreshed at 8.00 a.m. and then enjoyed a long, relaxing breakfast on the terrace of the hotel's Al Terrace restaurant enjoying the gentle breeze.  I started the day with a glass of freshly squeezed …

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Day 1. Qatar Airways Stopover Programme

A series of posts on my holiday to Doha, Jakarta and Bali which I visited in autumn 2019 and haven't documented previously. I realise that we can't travel right now but are all itching to leave our homes and start exploring again be it near or far, so for the time being why not sit …

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Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea

Hotel Review Location: Busan is South Korea's second largest city, situated on the south eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula and is noted for its beaches, mountains and temples. We had taken the Korail high speed train direct from Seoul arriving into Busan in 2 hours and 45 minutes. We were then pleasantly surprised to …

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Day 16. Singapore – Museum of Toys

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, 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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