Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Day 10. Fowey & Lanhydrock Estate, Cornwall

The final day of our Cornish holiday had come around all too quickly and as we'd enjoyed ourselves so much the time had just sped by.  After checking out of our hotel in Bodmin we drove into the town centre for breakfast and to have a short walk through the town.  Earlier in the week …

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The Eden Project

Day 9. The Eden Project, Mevagissey & Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

It was raining hard as we set off from our hotel in Bodmin on the 10 mile journey to St. Austell where we'd planned to have breakfast and a little look around the town.  Apart from a cosy pub for some breakfast, there seemed little in the town to interest us but to be fair, …

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Falmouth High Street

Day 5. Falmouth and a visit to the Glendurgan Gardens, Cornwall

It had rained overnight but fortunately we woke to another bright, sunny morning.  After breakfast in Camborne, we set off for Falmouth located on the south coast, which is one of Cornwall's largest towns.  The journey took us 40 minutes and our 10.15 a.m. arrival afforded us ample street parking opportunities along the seafront cliff …

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GIbraltar phone box, Alameda Gardens

Day 7. A walk around Gibraltar

Our final day in Gibraltar gave us an opportunity to explore more of the territory.  From our base at the Rock Hotel we took a morning stroll all the way around to Camp Bay, a small rocky beach overlooking the Bay of Gibraltar. Due to its location at the southern end of the bay, it …

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Gibraltar Cable Car

Day 2. The top of the Rock, Gibraltar

Pulling back the curtains we witnessed the most beautiful sunrise over the bay and it made me so happy to be spending time in wonderful Gibraltar.  Breakfast at The Rock Hotel takes place in the Terrace Restaurant where we tucked into a large buffet selection of fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, bread and pastries.  Eggs …

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Coimbra, Portugal

Day 6. A day in Coimbra, Portugal

We were interested to visit Coimbra as it was the medieval capital of Portugal for just over 100 years from 1145-1255 when King Afonso moved his court to Lisbon.  The city is also home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Trains from Porto to Coimbra depart from Campanhã station which is on the main north-south …

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Tewkesbury Hgh Street

A day in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Our travels took us to the medieval town of Tewkesbury, noted for its well preserved half timbered Tudor buildings and its 12th century Abbey. We started our walk around town at The Cross adjoining the High Street which has a wonderful collection of Tudor buildings including the cantilevered 18th century Golden Key House, the top …

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River Arno, Pisa

Day 4. Pisa’s hidden gems

Our final day in Pisa and an opportunity to explore some of the city's less well known sights.  Our first stop of the day was the University of Pisa Botanical Gardens (Orto botanico di Pisa) nestled on the street behind its more famous neighbour, the Leaning Tower.  Admission to the gardens and botanical museum is …

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Bridgewater canal, Sale

Day 3. Out and about in Manchester

Our final day in Manchester and the sun was still shining! After a leisurely breakfast in our cosy suite we gathered together our belongings and checked out of CitySuites, leaving our bags at reception to collect later in the day. Making the most of our weekend tram pass, it was then back to nearby Exchange …

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Day 7. Ancol eco-park, Jakarta

For the first time this holiday it seemed a struggle getting out of bed, a sure sign that we must have adapted to the 8 hour time difference.  Going down to breakfast the restaurant manager either had a good memory or maybe it was because we appeared to be the only European guests staying at …

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