Colourful houses in Bristol harbour

Day 1. A weekend in Bristol – first evening walk

We'd planned a return visit to the city of Bristol, this time in midsummer making it a complete contrast to our festive break in the city a little over three years ago.  Summer it might have been, but with the weather forecast predicting heavy rain all weekend we had come prepared.  Bristol is located in …

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Durham on the River Wear

Day 1. A weekend in Durham

Durham is a small city nestled on the banks of the River Wear in the north east of England.  It's famous for its Norman cathedral, 11th century castle and world renowned university, with this part of the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In his book 'Notes from a small island' Bill Bryson called …

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New Islington, Manchester

Day 3. Manchester canal walk – Etihad Stadium to Piccadilly

For our final morning in Manchester we planned a canal side walk that would be new to us.  Making good use of our weekend tram ticket, we caught a service to the Etihad Campus taking less than ten minutes on the Ashton Line.  The Etihad stadium is home to Manchester City football club and was …

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Donegall Square, Belfast

Belfast – Top things to see and do

Belfast is the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland and the perfect destination for a city break with a host of attractions to keep the entire family happy. Getting there: By air: Aer-Lingus, British Airways, KLM, Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 and Wizz Air all operate flights into either George Best City or Belfast International Airport. …

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The Three Graces, Liverpool

Day 1. Exploring Liverpool – Pier Head and Albert Dock

After almost four months of lockdown the sheer novelty of boarding a train was an uplifting experience, just sitting gazing out of the window at the changing scenery as our journey progressed.  We'd planned a four day city break in Liverpool which is located in north west England on the banks of the River Mersey.  …

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Exchange Building, Nottingham

Nottingham – A Travel Guide

Nottingham is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the East Midlands’ as the English Kings held court there when they went hunting in its surrounding forests.  It’s famous for the legendary Robin Hood, lace making and much more.  Take a look at my guide of things to see and do in this intriguing city. …

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Elm Hill, Norwich

Norwich – A Travel Guide

Getting there Norwich is the county town of Norfolk and lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north east of London.  Getting to the city is easy with excellent road links, regular rail services and an airport five miles from the centre.  Trains leave London's Liverpool Street Station every 30 minutes with a journey time of …

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Brindley Place, Birmingham

Birmingham – A travel guide

It might not be well known, but Birmingham has been referred to as the 'Venice of the North' as it boasts more miles of canals than Venice.  It sits at the heart of England's canal network with around 35 miles (56 km) of waterways. Getting there: As Birmingham is located in the centre of the …

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Aer Lingus ATR 72 at Manchester Airport

Day 1. A short break in Belfast

When considering where to go on holiday in these uncertain times, Belfast ticked all the boxes for us.  We'd still be travelling by air, feeling as if we were actually going abroad but with the security of knowing that we couldn't be quarantined on our return as Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.  …

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Day 5. Our final morning in sunny Alicante

Our last day in Alicante had come around all too quickly and it was our final opportunity to enjoy some warm, winter sunshine. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and then gathered our belongings together so that we could check out of the hotel. Packing was slightly more complicated than usual as we had bought two …

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