Tallink Megastar

Tallink Megastar: Helsinki – Tallinn

Spending time in the Finnish capital of Helsinki is absolutely lovely and one of my favourite places to visit.   As well as enjoying the city and surrounding area taking a ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia for a day is a very popular excursion as the journey time is only two hours. On our …

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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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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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Day 4. NGong Ping 360 Cable Car and Tai O Village

We were up early to try and avoid queues at the cable car station.  We had breakfast near to the hotel at a small cafe called 'Family Kitchen'.  It was mostly frequented by locals but also served western breakfasts.  Our omelettes, toast and coffee cost a mere HK$22 each.  Then it was onto the metro …

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Day 5. A Day in Macau

We set our alarm for 6.30 am, had breakfast on Java Road after leaving the hotel and still managed to buy tickets and board the 7.30 am TurboJet Ferry to Macau.  Two tickets cost HK$318.  The journey took an hour but we then had to join a lengthy queue at immigration.   It was an extremely …

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