Devin Castle View, Bratislava

Day 2. Devin Castle, Bratislava

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the Danubia Gate Hotel we set off for a day of exploring the city and its surroundings.  We began with a look in the Old Market Hall as each Saturday it offers a wide range of fresh produce, food and drink between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.  It had …

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Bratislava Castle

Day 1. Bratislava City Break

It was a 3.00 a.m. start for our drive to London Stansted for our early morning Ryanair flight to Bratislava.  On arrival at the airport it was pleasing to note that bag drop was running efficiently and queues through security were much shorter than we'd recently experienced.  The bonus being that we had ample time …

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Central Warsaw

48 Hours in Warsaw

With cheap air fares, Warsaw is perfect for an inexpensive weekend break.  The Polish capital has much to offer with its picturesque old town, historical landmarks, museums and parks yet is often overlooked in favour of Krakow. Getting there: We took an early morning flight with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport, arriving into Warsaw Modlin 35 …

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Maxbrucke Bridge, Nuremberg

Day 1. A weekend in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria, southern Germany.  It's a city famous for its Imperial castle, half timbered houses and cobblestone squares, and somewhere I'd long wanted to visit.  One Friday evening a few weeks ago my wish finally came true as we took a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Nuremberg's Albrecht …

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Day 4. Riding Lisbon’s trams and funiculars

Our stay in Lisbon was drawing to an end but we still had a few hours left on our final day for exploring more of this beautiful city.  After one final hearty breakfast in our hotel we took the metro to the Praca Restauradores for a ride on the Elevador da Gloria which links the …

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Cascais, Portugal

Day 3. Cascais and Lisbon

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we took the metro from the nearby Marques de Pombal station along to Cais do Sodre and from there transferred to the urban rail line for our train to Cascais.  As with our visit to Sintra the previous day, travel to Cascais is included in the Lisbon Card, making it …

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Belem Tower, Lisbon

Day 2. Sintra and the Belem district of Lisbon

After breakfast, we caught a train to the charming small town of Sintra from the beautiful Rossio Station in Lisbon's city centre.  Train travel for the 40 minute journey is included in the Lisbon Card making the card extremely good value.  Sintra is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Portugal's most …

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Praca dos Restauradores

Day 1. Lisbon City Break

In search of some winter sunshine we decided to head south and spend a few days in Lisbon.  Our flight with Ryanair departed from a quiet Bournemouth Airport mid-evening and as it was very late by the time we had cleared immigration in Lisbon airport we opted to take an Uber into the city centre …

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Poznan Old Town Square

Day 4. Poznan Old Town

It was our final day in Poznan and at last the sun had decided to put in an appearance, enhancing the beauty of the tall and colourful former merchant's houses surrounding the Old Town Square.  Many of these buildings were reconstructed following heavy damage during the Second World War and are exact replicas of the …

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Poznan Houses

Day 3. Poznan Palm House and Lake Malta Ski Slope

It had been snowing throughout the night leaving a glistening white blanket covering everything as we ventured outdoors.  After walking down to Wroclawska we caught Tram 5 to Park Wilsona so that we could visit the Palm House.  This park is located in the Lazarz district and dates back to 1834 when the city's first …

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