Day 7.  Helsinki University Botanical Garden

A sunny day in the capital so our first stop this morning was to the Helsinki University Botanical Garden in Kaisaniemi not far from the city's Central Railway Station.   Since our last visit two years ago the gardens have been undergoing a large rebuilding programme which is yet to be completed.  I was surprised …

Continue reading Day 7.  Helsinki University Botanical Garden

Day 22.  Töölö Lake and the Winter Garden, Helsinki

After taking the bus into Helsinki we decided to walk towards the Finlandia Hall and take a stroll around the Töölö lakeside.  On a sunny day there's no better place to be, walking through this urban park in the city centre.  There's a double width path to accommodate both cyclists and walkers / joggers without …

Continue reading Day 22.  Töölö Lake and the Winter Garden, Helsinki

Queens University, Belfast

Day 3. Queen’s University, Belfast and the Titanic Quarter

After a hearty breakfast we walked along to the Queen's Quarter taking us 20 minutes. We strolled through the grounds of the Queen's University which was founded in 1846, it's historic buildings were beautiful with carefully tended lawns and quads. Just across the road stands the Botanical Gardens, being January there was little to see outdoors …

Continue reading Day 3. Queen’s University, Belfast and the Titanic Quarter

Day 3. Riding the Mid-Level Escalators and visiting the Botanical Gardens

 Feeling refreshed after lunch and a short rest, it was back out on the MRT again to Central from where we walked across to the Mid Levels Escalators.  These are a series of connected, outdoor escalators that take 25 minutes to reach the top.  During the mornings, the escalators run downwards and then reverse in …

Continue reading Day 3. Riding the Mid-Level Escalators and visiting the Botanical Gardens

Day 6. The Botanical Gardens and Gluttons Bay, Singapore

After lunch we hopped on the MRT again, this time to the Botanical Gardens which, conveniently, has its own stop just outside the park gates. Admission to the Gardens and lake area is free but there is a small charge of $5 to enter the National Orchid Garden. This small entrance fee was definitely worthwhile as …

Continue reading Day 6. The Botanical Gardens and Gluttons Bay, Singapore