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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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 6. Riding the Hong Kong Peak Tram

Waking up to our first morning in Hong Kong we enjoyed breakfast in the hotel then walked the few steps to North Point MTR station where we purchased Octopus travel cards HK$150 each including a refundable deposit of HK$50, (only cash accepted for visitors).  We topped up the cards an additional HK$100 each then took …

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Day 7. Ngong Ping and the Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong

After breakfast we took the MTR to Tung Chung so that we could take a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to visit the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.  The MTR was crowded with commuters but queues are orderly and trains run at one minute intervals. The cable car station is adjacent to …

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Day 8. A ferry from Central to Cheung Chau

After breakfast we hopped on the MTR to Central so that we could take a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel which stands 60 metres high and has 42 cabins.  The wheel has been open less than two years so we hadn't been on it before.  Tickets cost HK$100 each and there was no …

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Day 9. A Day in Macau from Hong Kong

From North Point station we took the MTR to Sheung Wan as we wished to take the Turbojet ferry to Macau.  Ferries depart at 15 minute intervals on hydrofoil boats, the journey taking only one hour.  A single fare is HK$164 and there is no discount offered if you buy a return.  We just purchased …

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Day 10. Nan Lian Gardens, Hong Kong

After a leisurely hotel breakfast we took the MTR to Diamond Hill, Kowloon so that we could visit the Nan Lian Gardens, a haven of tranquility set amidst a myriad of towering apartment blocks. The gardens which only opened to the public in 2006 are designed in the Tang style and cover 3.5 hectares.  The idea …

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