Day 1. A short break in Istanbul, Turkey

In readiness for our morning flight from London Gatwick Airport we had stayed overnight at a Travelodge in Crawley. This proved convenient as buses depart from near the hotel (Bus 10) to the south terminal taking only 20 minutes with tickets from the driver costing just £2.50. We arrived at the airport at 7.25 a.m. …

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Day 4. Girona’s Jewish Quarter

We woke to leaden skies and thundery rain - not what we were hoping for on our final day in beautiful Girona. Still, it was a good excuse for a long, relaxing breakfast as there was little point in hurrying outdoors. By 10.30 a.m. the rain had eased slightly so armed with our umbrellas we …

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Day 3. Girona’s Museum of Cinema and an afternoon on the Costa Brava

Sun streamed into our bedroom as we drew back the curtains and after a long, lazy breakfast we were ready for another day of sightseeing. Our first stop of the day was just a short walk away at the Museum of Cinema, standard admission €6. We'd already had the pleasure of visiting the Cinema Museum …

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Day 2. Exploring Girona

We had slept so soundly it was difficult making a move, but after turning off the alarm clock several times we finally managed to rouse ourselves, coming to life with an invigorating shower followed by a delicious breakfast in the restaurant of the Doubletree by Hilton. Set up for the day, our first stop was …

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Day 1. A short break in Girona

We'd arranged a short break to the Spanish city of Girona with a lunchtime flight from Bournemouth Airport on Dorset's south coast. It was our third time using this airport and it's always a pleasure as there are plenty of airside facilities and no queues. Our Ryanair flight departed on time with a full load …

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Day 3. Stuttgart’s Rack Railway

We allowed ourselves an extra hour in bed and then enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. The IBIS had a good selection of hot and cold dishes and in one corner a waffle station where guests could make their own fresh waffles. As we had arranged a late check out we left our …

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Day 1. Stuttgart – a short break

It was a wet and windy start to the day as we travelled by train to Manchester Airport for our lunch-time Ryanair flight to the German city of Stuttgart. There was ample time to pop into Costa for some pre-flight sandwiches and cups of coffee before boarding our Boring 737-800 aircraft. Luckily I had been …

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Day 2. Visiting The Deep in Hull and dining at Ambiente

We woke to some lovely spring sunshine and started our day with a hearty breakfast at a window table of the hotel's restaurant overlooking the marina. As we tucked into our delicious breakfasts we watched the crew of one yacht preparing to set sail. The buffet had an excellent choice of hot and cold dishes …

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Day 1. Hull – UK City of Culture

Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, northern England, located on the north bank of the Humber estuary. It was awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2017 and I was interested to visit the city to take a look at its cultural attractions for myself and discover if the accolade was …

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Day 3. Exploring Wroclaw

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, we checked out of our room and stored our luggage until late afternoon. The Ibis Styles Wroclaw Centrum had been a good choice for our short break and its location near the railway station and the airport bus terminus provided us with easy access to public transport. …

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