Fishing boats, Jimbaran, Bali

Day 12. The fishing village of Jimbaran, Bali

We slept soundly until 8.00 a.m. it being extremely quiet despite the airport's close proximity.  Breakfast was again a peaceful affair as, apart from our first morning (Saturday), few guests seemed to be around.  JetStar cabin crew arrive daily on overnight stopovers and appeared friendly enjoying their mini-breaks in beautiful Bali. For our morning trip …

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Day 5. Our final morning in sunny Alicante

Our last day in Alicante had come around all too quickly and it was our final opportunity to enjoy some warm, winter sunshine. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and then gathered our belongings together so that we could check out of the hotel. Packing was slightly more complicated than usual as we had bought two …

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Day 4. From Alicante to El Campello by tram

After the previous day's high temperatures, it felt much cooler as we set off from the hotel and headed towards the Mercado tram/train station near the central market hall. Our planned destination for the morning was to the small town of El Campello which lies in Zone 1 with adult single tickets costing €1.45 (£1.30) …

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Day 3. From Alicante to Benidorm by tram

After enjoying a relaxing breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we wandered along to the Mercado tram/train station where we used a machine to buy two Zone 3 return tickets to Benidorm at €6.40 (£5.30) each. The Alicante to Benidorm tram route is on Red Line One, with services every 30 minutes. We took the 10.10 …

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Day 2. Exploring Alicante

Happy Easter to all my lovely readers near and far! I hope you're all making the best of things and planning on tucking into chocolate eggs and feasting on traditional roast lamb dinners and hot cross buns. I certainly will be! We've been blessed with some warm, sunny days here enabling us to relax in …

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Day 1. Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca

With travelling so often, I still have plenty of trips to write about that I haven't had time to publish previously, I hope you'll continue to enjoy reading these posts from the comfort of your armchairs and that they might provide some light relief whilst we are all holed up at home and perhaps some …

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The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

Hotel Review Location: The hotel is located in a central yet peaceful location in the Innenstadt district of the city, just an easy 12 minute walk from the central railway station. Arrival and check-in: The spacious entrance lobby is bright and airy with modern furnishings. Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and it was shortly after …

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Day 3. Cologne – along the Rhine

The hotel's restaurant appeared quieter than the previous morning but as breakfast is served between 7.00 and midday on Sundays, perhaps other guests were having a well earned lie in. We enjoyed tucking into a wide selection of healthy and perhaps not quite so healthy (but equally delicious) options to keep us going for most …

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Day 2. Exploring Cologne

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel we popped on our coats and scarves and wandered along to Cologne Cathedral which had been closed the previous afternoon as a service was taking place. Fortunately, it was open and we were able to admire the majestic interior with its wonderful stained glass windows. This UNESCO …

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Day 1. Cologne city break

I realise that travel is the last thing on our minds right now but we all need something positive to look forward to and escapism from the doom and gloom that surround us all. I'm continuing to blog as usual and hope you will continue to enjoy my posts. Stay safe everyone and do please …

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