Day 4. From Budapest to Szentendre

For our morning activity we decided to visit the small, medieval town of Szentendre which lies to the north of Budapest. Getting there was easy, first we took the metro line 2 to Batthyány ter station and then caught a suburban HÉV, H5 train to Szentendre. The town is located in Pest county, 19 km …

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Day 3. The Chairlifts and Caves of Budapest

We woke to another bright, sunny morning and after a leisurely breakfast we set off for a ride on the Zugliget Chairlift in the Buda Hills.  This chairlift is included in the Budapest Card, otherwise an adult return fare is HUF 1400.  To get there we took Bus 291 from Nyugati Railway Station, the journey …

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Day 2. Exploring Budapest’s historic castle district

Feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep we took the lift down to the Sofitel's elegant restaurant where we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast.  There was a varied selection of hot and cold dishes available from the buffet as well as an a la carte menu at no extra charge.  From this menu, I ordered poached …

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Day 1. A winter break in Budapest

We had stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Harlow Town, a twenty minute rail journey from London Stansted airport. The complimentary breakfast was quite good and the hotel convenient for taking the Stansted Express to the airport. The airport's railway station was just a short walk from the terminal and as we were …

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Day 4. A final day exploring Vilnius

It was our final day in Vilnius but we had plenty of time to explore more of the Lithuanian capital as our flight home wasn't until late in the evening. We'd managed to arrange a late check-out until 4.00 p.m. which was helpful and after a leisurely breakfast we wandered along the road to the …

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Day 3. A fun visit to the Vilnius Museum of Illusions and dinner at Senoji Trobele

We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Illusions on the edge of the old town. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m. with adult entrance tickets €10 (£8.73) and free for accompanied children under the age of 7. Please note that this museum is not included in the …

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Day 2. A visit from Vilnius to Trakai, Lithuania

The rain clouds of the previous day had cleared resulting in a dull but fine morning. We enjoyed a lie in and a leisurely breakfast as we had planned a visit to Trakai for mid-morning. Trakai was the former capital of ancient Lithuania and its 14th century castle was the summer home of the Lithuanian …

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Day 1. Our first day in Vilnius, Lithuania and dinner at Mykolo 4

We'd noticed that Ryanair operated flights to Vilnius from our local airport so we couldn't resist the temptation of arranging a first visit to Lithuania.  The flight schedule was quite good with our outbound flight departing Leeds-Bradford airport at 4.00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and returning late evening on a Tuesday, giving us four …

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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event.  When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more. The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of …

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Day 3. A walk from Cambridge to Grantchester

It was our final day in Cambridge but as our train home wasn't until 5.00 p.m. we still had ample time to explore.  After gathering our belongings together we left our bags at the hotel for safekeeping and then wandered down the now familiar Hills Road into the city centre for some breakfast. As it …

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