Day 7. Moscow – Sokolniki Park

Our week in Moscow had flown by and although we hadn't seen one flake of snow which is so unusual for December, we'd experienced a fun filled week nonetheless. After enjoying a lazy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant where we'd been welcomed each morning by the friendly waiters and waitresses, we put the finishing touches …

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Day 1. Moscow – the ultimate winter break

The previous evening I had taken the train to London to meet up with my son in Hammersmith.  We'd chosen Hammersmith as it was on the Piccadilly Line and meant we hadn't far to trundle our large suitcases.  After a tasty meal of fish and chips we returned to the nearby underground station for a …

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Day 6. Sokolniki Park, Moscow

We woke to more heavy overnight snow, creating a winter wonderland panorama from our 23rd floor bedroom window.  As it was our final day, we over-indulged with a large breakfast and then bid our farewells to the lovely restaurant staff who had looked after us all week. After packing our belongings together we set off …

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 Day 1.  My Journey to Helsinki

The start of our summer holidays and whilst most Britsh families head south to the Mediterranean we always head north to Finland.  You may find this somewhat strange but actually southern Finland generally enjoys warm sunny weather during the summer months, warm enough for trips to the beach and for swimming in the crystal clear …

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Day 31. Farewell Finland 

I shouldn't be sad that we had to leave southern Finland and return home today, not many people are so fortunate as me to be able to go away for an entire month.  I did have a heavy heart though as we gathered our belongings together before taking one last forest walk in the warm …

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