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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Glenveagh National Park, Donegal

Day 5. Glenveagh National Park & Letterkenny, Donegal

After enjoying a traditional Irish breakfast at the Dillons Hotel in Letterkenny we explored the town.  The hotel is located along Main Street, reputed to be one of the longest in Ireland and is lined with a varied collection of shops, cafes and bars. In the market square we viewed four life size bronze sculptures entitled …

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Helsinki Winter Garden and Palm House

Helsinki – Free things to see and do

In addition to a large selection of world renowned museums, galleries and attractions for which an entrance ticket is required, there are many inexpensive ways to enjoy a short break in Helsinki.  Listed below are my suggestions for some really lovely free things to see and do. Helsinki City Museum - located on the corner of …

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A Guide to Helsinki’s Best Seaside Cafes

Finn's love their coffee, consuming the most per capita in the world.  As you might expect, there's a vibrant coffee culture and to experience the best that Finland has to offer you really need to try an authentic cinnamon bun (korvapuusti).  Versions of these buns have been around since the 18th century and it has …

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Helsinki Market Square and Cathedral

Making the most of the Helsinki Card

A three day Helsinki Card might at first glance seem expensive as it costs €74 but as it covers a wide range of attractions and scenic boat trips that can cost at least €20 each then it's possible to make substantial savings whilst using the card.  It is also valid on public transport including trams, …

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Visit Helsinki Sign

Helsinki – A guide to the perfect weekend break

Visiting Helsinki, Finland's beautiful capital city is a delight at any time of year.  Located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, the Helsinki archipelago consists of over 300 picturesque islands and wherever you are in the city, it is never far from the sea. Getting there: Helsinki International Airport is located in the …

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Lapland Hotels Tampere, Finland

Hotel Review Location Tampere is located in southern Finland, 160 km (100 miles) north of the capital Helsinki. Lapland Hotels Tampere is just a few minutes walk from the railway station and the city centre attractions. I flew from Helsinki and arrived into Tampere Pirkkala airport which is 17km (10.6 miles) from the city centre …

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Day 1. My journey to Tampere, Finland

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may already be aware that recently I won an international blog contest organised by Talent Tampere a division of Business Tampere which links companies with internationals and their networks.  My prize was a four day visit to Tampere, Finland's third largest city to explore the international …

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Day 2. The Moomin Museum & enjoying Tampere’s nature

I wish all mornings could start like this, waking in my luxurious suite at the Lapland Hotels Tampere and then enjoying a delicious breakfast in the hotel's Dabbal restaurant. The dining area oozes Nordic charm having Lapland styled furnishings such as reindeer rugs and antler horns. The buffet breakfast included several Lapland delicacies such as …

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