Praca dos Restauradores

Day 1. Lisbon City Break

In search of some winter sunshine we decided to head south and spend a few days in Lisbon.  Our flight with Ryanair departed from a quiet Bournemouth Airport mid-evening and as it was very late by the time we had cleared immigration in Lisbon airport we opted to take an Uber into the city centre …

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The Abbey Hotel, Donegal

The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town

Hotel Review Location: The Abbey Hotel is located in the charming small town of Donegal in north west Ireland on Donegal Bay.  It overlooks the pedestrianised Diamond (main square) surrounded by attractive small shops, cafes and pubs.  The hotel is also ideally positioned for guests arriving by public transport as Bus Eireann operate regular services to the …

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Poznan Old Town Square

Day 4. Poznan Old Town

It was our final day in Poznan and at last the sun had decided to put in an appearance, enhancing the beauty of the tall and colourful former merchant's houses surrounding the Old Town Square.  Many of these buildings were reconstructed following heavy damage during the Second World War and are exact replicas of the …

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Poznan Houses

Day 3. Poznan Palm House and Lake Malta Ski Slope

It had been snowing throughout the night leaving a glistening white blanket covering everything as we ventured outdoors.  After walking down to Wroclawska we caught Tram 5 to Park Wilsona so that we could visit the Palm House.  This park is located in the Lazarz district and dates back to 1834 when the city's first …

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Snowy trees in Poznan, Poland

Day 2. Exploring Poznan, Poland

After a hearty breakfast in our hotel we took Tram 3 to Citadel Park in the Kmieca district, just north of the city centre.  There had been a light sprinkling of snow overnight which had given the park a winter wonderland like appearance.  The park sits on Winiary Hill covering 89 hectares and was a …

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Poznan Christmas Market

Day 1. Poznan – a Polish winter city break

To coincide with the introduction of Ryanair's new route between Manchester and Poznań we decided to check out another of Poland's city break destinations.  Poznań is the capital of the Wielkopolska region and noted for its Renaissance Town Hall as well as being being home to Poland's oldest cathedral.  Our flight the previous afternoon departed …

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Day 9. Lough Erne & Castle Coole – Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

The final day of our road trip had come around much too quickly, a sure sign that we'd been enjoying every minute.  Going down for breakfast at Belmore Court & Motel was one of the best as we started with cereals, fresh fruit, cheese, pastries and yoghurt. If this wasn't enough we then moved onto …

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Enniskillen Castle

Day 8. The Fermanagh Lakelands, Northern Ireland

Staying overnight at the Yeats Country Hotel had been a good option for exploring the Sligo section of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Breakfast was served in the restaurant and seated at a window table we were able to take in the sea views whilst setting ourselves up for the day. After bidding our farewell to the …

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Strandhill Beach, Sligo

Day 7. Sligo Oyster Experience

Starting the day in Strandhill, Sligo we drew back the curtains to beautiful views across the bay and after enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet we checked out of Strandhill Lodge and Suites.  Leaving there, we took the car the short distance down to the beach where we were pleased to find free parking. It was …

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Day 6. The Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal

We slept soundly in our beautiful suite at the Abbey Hotel and feeling refreshed,  headed downstairs for breakfast in their Market House restaurant.  After being tempted with an array of hot and cold dishes we were ready for the day ahead and a morning stroll around the attractive small town of Donegal. Our walk took …

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