Symonds Yat East

Exploring Symonds Yat and Monmouth

Symonds Yat is a scenic beauty spot spanning the River Wye.  It is located mid-way between the market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, both approximately five miles away. Narrow, winding roads lead to the village centre at Symonds Yat East and continuing slightly further there is a large car park where we were able to …

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Lymington town centre

Looking around Lymington

Lymington is a Georgian market town located on the western bank of the Lymington river in Hampshire and is surrounded on three sides by the New Forest National Park.  The town has a railway station which is on a branch line to Brockenhurst with links to the south coast main line between London and Weymouth. …

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Day 13.  Kongosaari Island ferry

What an enjoyable existence,  fresh blueberries and yoghurt for breakfast followed by a car journey into Savonlinna.  We arrived on to the island by boat but today we were travelling by car so we needed to take the ferry across to the mainland. This ferry is very unusual,  it only holds a maximum of four …

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Day 23.  A day in Turku, Finland

Our younger son's birthday and a day out in Turku located on the south west coast of Finland was the plan, it's Finland's oldest city and former capital.  We booked seats on a Pendolino service departing around 9.00 am.  The train was very clean and comfortable for our two hour journey and arrived on time. …

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Day 24.  A Ferry to Suomenlinna Island

From Helsinki's bustling marketplace (Kauppatori) boats depart to Suomenlinna Island taking around 15 minutes.  The HSL ferry is operated by the Helsinki Regiomal Transport (HSL) and all HSL tickets and travel cards are accepted. If you need a ticket, be sure to buy one before boarding the ferry as they are not sold on board.  Ferries …

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Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, Bangkok

Day 3. River Boats and Temples of Bangkok

We had a full night's uninterrupted sleep not waking until 7.30 am local time which was good.  The hotel breakfast had plenty to choose from and we enjoyed a relaxing start to the day sitting by the restaurant window observing Bangkok's chaotic traffic pass along the road.  Tuk-tuks, scooters, cars, vans, cyclists and old fashioned …

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Day 4. Touring Oslofjord and Oscarsborg Fortress

It was Saturday and our Norwegian friends were free to spend the next three days with us, and for once the sun was shining and there were no rain clouds in sight! Served with our breakfast was a brown cheese, sweet tasting, rather like fudge but absolutely delicious, it's called Gubrandsdalost and I will definitely …

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Day 3. Visiting Lake Como from Bergamo

Following an early breakfast, we boarded a train to Varenna.  Unlike the Milan service, this train was very old and not particularly comfortable but it arrived in Lecco one hour later, on time and it was only necessary to cross the platform for the connecting service to Varenna.  This second train was crowded with school children …

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Day 2. Tsim Sha Tsui and The Star Ferry, Hong Kong

North Point metro station was our first stop, and literally about 2 minutes walk from our hotel.   We bought two Octopus Cards (similar to the UK's Oyster  Card) as we find it much more convenient and cheaper to use travel cards than have to purchase individual tickets. These cost HK$150 each including an HK$50 refundable …

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