Central Warsaw

48 Hours in Warsaw

With cheap air fares, Warsaw is perfect for an inexpensive weekend break.  The Polish capital has much to offer with its picturesque old town, historical landmarks, museums and parks yet is often overlooked in favour of Krakow. Getting there: We took an early morning flight with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport, arriving into Warsaw Modlin 35 …

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Furth, Nuremberg

Day 3. Nuremberg Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600

Nuremberg's history is complex with its symbols of power from the days of the Holy Roman Empire in Germany to its dark Third Reich history as the 'City of the Nazi Party Rallies'.  On our final morning in the city we took a tram to to the south east of the city to view the …

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View from Nuremberg Castle

Day 2. Nuremberg Castle & Old Town

A leisurely breakfast in the stylish restaurant of Nuremberg's Leonardo Royal Hotel was a perfect way to start the day tucking into a varied buffet selection followed by omelettes freshly made to order.  After downing two cappuccinos we were ready for the day ahead and utilised our Nuremberg Cards by taking the metro, followed by a tram …

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Maxbrucke Bridge, Nuremberg

Day 1. A weekend in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria, southern Germany.  It's a city famous for its Imperial castle, half timbered houses and cobblestone squares, and somewhere I'd long wanted to visit.  One Friday evening a few weeks ago my wish finally came true as we took a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Nuremberg's Albrecht …

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Strandhill Lodge and Suites

Strandhill Lodge and Suites, Co. Sligo

Hotel Review Location: Strandhill Lodge and Suites is located in the small seaside resort of Strandhill, five miles west of Sligo Town, Ireland.  The town is a popular place to visit when touring the Wild Atlantic Way and is renowned for being a surfer's paradise. Arrival and check-in: The accommodation is located on a quiet …

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Yeats Country Hotel, Sligo

Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo

Hotel Review Location: Yeats Country Hotel is located in the village of Rosses Point on the edge of Sligo Bay.  The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is just 4 miles (7km) from the county town of Sligo. Arrival and check-in: The hotel commands an impressive location on an unspoilt headland with a large car …

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Day 4. Riding Lisbon’s trams and funiculars

Our stay in Lisbon was drawing to an end but we still had a few hours left on our final day for exploring more of this beautiful city.  After one final hearty breakfast in our hotel we took the metro to the Praca Restauradores for a ride on the Elevador da Gloria which links the …

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Cascais, Portugal

Day 3. Cascais and Lisbon

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we took the metro from the nearby Marques de Pombal station along to Cais do Sodre and from there transferred to the urban rail line for our train to Cascais.  As with our visit to Sintra the previous day, travel to Cascais is included in the Lisbon Card, making it …

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Belem Tower, Lisbon

Day 2. Sintra and the Belem district of Lisbon

After breakfast, we caught a train to the charming small town of Sintra from the beautiful Rossio Station in Lisbon's city centre.  Train travel for the 40 minute journey is included in the Lisbon Card making the card extremely good value.  Sintra is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Portugal's most …

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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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