Day 6. Leaving Manila and heading to Hong Kong

We woke at 8.00 a.m. and enjoyed our final breakfast in the Sofitel where guests are really spoilt for choice as there are so many dishes to choose from. I started the day with a freshly made honey and oat smoothie which was delicious, then had some fruit and yoghurt before paying my last visit …

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Day 2. Manila – our first impressions of the capital of the Philippines

We had just over two hours to stretch our legs whilst in transit at Hong Kong airport. As it was early morning many of the airside shops and cafes had not yet opened so we settled for McDonalds where we had some hot drinks and took an opportunity to catch up on the news on …

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Day 1. Flying Cathay Pacific to the Philippines

It was a bright, sunny morning as I left my home to begin the first leg of my holiday. I met up with my son and we enjoyed a leisurely meal together in the centre of Manchester before continuing on to the airport by train from Piccadilly station. We had arranged to stay at the …

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Day 15. A visit to Stockholm Public Library before heading home

Our final day in Stockholm and just enough time before heading back to the airport to fit in a visit to the Stockholm Public Library in Odenplan. I love visiting libraries wherever I travel and what a delightful one this was. The library, which was designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928, is one …

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Day 1. The start of our Swedish adventure

We woke early and travelled to Manchester airport by train, arriving nice and early for our lunch time KLM Cityhopper flight to Amsterdam.  There were no other passengers waiting to check in at the KLM desk so thankfully it only took a few minutes to complete formalities and pass through security in Terminal 3. Before …

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Day 17. The end of our South Korean adventure

Our five nights stay in Busan had come to an end and it was time to head back home.  As we weren't in a rush, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's 13th floor restaurant.  The Arban Hotel had exceeded expectations and I would recommend it as a good place to stay in Busan. …

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Day 1. The start of our South Korean adventure

The morning had arrived for the start of another Asian adventure and I felt very excited as I boarded my Virgin East Coast train to London King's Cross Station.  Our flight was from London Gatwick airport which is easily accessible from St. Pancras as it is located next door to King's Cross station.  I travelled …

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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 4. A final day in Tampere

My visit to the beautiful Finnish city of Tampere was coming to an end but there was still enough time for me to visit the Vapriikki Museum located by the Tammerkoski rapids in the centre of town. Vapriikki is located in the old factory building of the Tampella engineering company who produced locomotives, turbines and …

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Day 1.  Our First Day in Rome 

As we had booked an early morning flight from London Heathrow, we decided to stay overnight at the London Hounslow Travelodge which was easily accessible from the Piccadilly Line.  We found a J.D. Wetherspoon pub nearby and took advantage of their Thursday evening curry night specials before returning to our room for a few hours sleep. It …

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