Devin Castle View, Bratislava

Day 2. Devin Castle, Bratislava

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the Danubia Gate Hotel we set off for a day of exploring the city and its surroundings.  We began with a look in the Old Market Hall as each Saturday it offers a wide range of fresh produce, food and drink between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.  It had …

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Bratislava Castle

Day 1. Bratislava City Break

It was a 3.00 a.m. start for our drive to London Stansted for our early morning Ryanair flight to Bratislava.  On arrival at the airport it was pleasing to note that bag drop was running efficiently and queues through security were much shorter than we'd recently experienced.  The bonus being that we had ample time …

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Zaanse Schans Windmill

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Amsterdam

Located 15 km north of Amsterdam in a picturesque setting you will discover a wonderful historic village on the banks of the River Zaan.  The area is delightful with its row of windmills, craft workshops and excellent museums. The site is free to visit, however most of the museums charge an individual entrance fee so …

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Vesting Hotel, Naarden

Vesting Hotel, Naarden, The Netherlands

Hotel Review Location: Naarden is a UNESCO World Heritage star shaped fortress which was built to protect the city from attack and is one of the best preserved medieval fortified towns in Europe.  This unique town is approximately 30 minutes from Amsterdam by car and by train 25 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to Naarden-Bussum.  From …

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Muiderslot Castle

Day 4. Muiderslot Castle & Singer Laren Museum, Amsterdam

We'd slept like logs in our comfortable bed at the Vesting Hotel, Naarden and what a treat there was in store for us down in the restaurant.  Rather than a buffet, guests are served their own breakfast platters complete with freshly baked bread and pastries.  The boiled eggs were deliciously soft, the cappuccinos brewed to perfection …

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Naarden Fortress town, The Netherlands

Day 3. Amsterdam and Naarden Fortress

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the Park Plaza Vondelpark's restaurant, we checked out of the hotel leaving our luggage to collect later.  We'd decided on a morning's sightseeing and felt we couldn't visit Amsterdam without taking a canal cruise.  We therefore took a tram to Westermarkt, close to Anne Frank's House on the Prinsengracht canal …

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Zuiderzee Museum

Day 2. Zuiderzee Open Air Museum & Volendam, The Netherlands

After a delicious breakfast in the Park Plaza Vondelpark's restaurant we set off bright and early to visit some interesting places outside of the city.  After taking Tram line 2 to Central Station we caught a train to Enkhuizen one hour away.  Standard single fares are €13.20 each but by purchasing online tickets we saved €1 …

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Keukenhof Garden Sign

Day 1. Exploring Keukenhof Gardens & Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of my favourite European cities, famous for its canals and tulips and somewhere I always enjoy visiting.  The city centre is absolutely gorgeous with its scenic canals, quaint architecture and world renowned museums but did you know that there are lots of idyllic places to visit further afield that are easily accessible …

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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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