Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra

Day 3. Belfast and its Museums

We woke to another bright morning and after starting the day with my favourite bircher muesli, fresh fruit and pastries at the lovely Harrison Hotel we were soon ready to walk into the city centre. Belfast is a great walking city as it's relatively flat and quite compact.  It only takes about 20 minutes to …

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Porto riverside

Day 2. Exploring the Gaia and Foz districts of Porto

After enjoying breakfast in the aparthotel's cafe we went along to the nearby Trindade metro station to take a train across the Douro to the Jardim do Morro station.  Staying in the Bolhāo district appealed to us with its close proximity to Trindade as all lines can be accessed from this interchange station.  As we …

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North Pier, Blackpool

Day 2. Blackpool highlights

It was such a treat waking up in our stylish room at the beautiful Boulevard Hotel and drawing back the curtains to uninterrupted views of the Irish Sea.  Heading downstairs we were shown to a window table in the restaurant from where we could watch the waves lapping the beach whilst tucking into our delicious …

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Blackpool Tower

Day 1. Blackpool – the perfect winter break

I've visited Blackpool several times but always either in the summer or during the autumn illuminations when the resort has been in full swing so I was curious to find out what it would be like to visit the resort out of season. Plans made, we were up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier …

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Hull Station concourse

Day 1. Hull – UK City of Culture

Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, northern England, located on the north bank of the Humber estuary.  It was awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2017 and I was interested to visit the city to take a look at its cultural attractions for myself and discover if the accolade was …

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Black Country Museum Entrance

Day 3.  The Black Country Living Museum

The weather forecast seemed reasonable so we decided to spend the day at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, ten miles west of Birmingham.  Although the museum's postal address is Dudley, the nearest railway station is Tipton.  We bought return rail tickets costing approximately £5 each for the 20 minute journey from …

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Helsinki Tram Museum

Day 17. Helsinki Tram Museum and Pub Tram

Being a lover of transport museums around the world, I couldn't resist a visit to the Helsinki Tram Museum which is located in the Töölö district of the city in a former tram depot.  Admission to the museum is free and it is open each day between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Starting our tour around the …

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