Leuven town hall, Belgium

48 Hours in Leuven, Belgium

The Flemish region of Belgium lies to the north of the country nestled between the Netherlands and France.  Most visitors head to Bruges or Ghent but Leuven is equally beautiful and less crowded than its more famous neighbours.  The city is home to one of Europe's oldest universities (KU Leuven) with many of its historic …

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Wolfson Reading Room Manchester Central Library

Day 1. Visiting Manchester on a rainy day

It was a dreary, damp morning as we made our way to the station for our weekend in Manchester.  Conditions were no better on our arrival and as there seemed little likelihood of the rain easing we decided to spend as much of the day as possible indoors. We were more than happy to be …

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Jubilee Quad, University of Liverpool

Day 2. A walk around Liverpool

We woke to another bright, sunny morning which was just perfect for our planned walk around many of the city's major sights.  Our self-guided tour began at the St. George's Quarter located just across the road from Lime Street station. This historic district forms part of Liverpool's World Heritage Site and includes some of the …

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Brindley Place, Birmingham

Birmingham – A travel guide

It might not be well known, but Birmingham has been referred to as the 'Venice of the North' as it boasts more miles of canals than Venice.  It sits at the heart of England's canal network with around 35 miles (56 km) of waterways. Getting there: As Birmingham is located in the centre of the …

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Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

Day 4. The Garrison Library & Spirit of the Rock, Gibraltar

What more could a girl wish for - our planned morning activities were to visit a heritage library and a gin distillery both of which I love dearly!  After a hearty breakfast at the Rock Hotel we headed into town to explore the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Founded in 1793 as a military library, it became …

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Day 6. Exploring Jakarta’s colonial heritage

It was 8.00 a.m. when we drew back the curtains after sleeping soundly for almost ten hours, catching up on deprived sleep from the previous night of travelling.  Soon we were ready to experience breakfast in the Jakarta Novotel's restaurant on the 6th floor.  We found a vast array of cooked dishes under stainless steel …

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Day 3. Visiting the Qatar National Library and Aspire Park, Doha

It was 8.00 a.m. by the time we managed to rouse ourselves from our luxuriously comfortable bed, and on opening the window blinds were pleased to note that weather in the Middle East had returned to normal, following the previous day's heavy rain. After another leisurely breakfast on the Al Terrace balcony we sipped cappuccinos …

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Day 15. Stockholm Public Library

Our final day in Stockholm and just enough time before heading back to the airport to fit in a visit to the Stockholm Public Library in Odenplan. I love visiting libraries wherever I travel and what a delightful one this was. The library, which was designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928, is one …

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Day 3. The National Museum of Korea

We woke to the sound of heavy rain beating against the windows and on checking the forecast it seemed to be set in for the day.  Breakfast was again tasty with some different hot dishes from the previous morning.  I spotted some cream of mushroom soup which isn't something I would usually have for breakfast …

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Day 5. Exploring more of Moscow

After breakfast, we took the metro to the new central business district, known as Moscow City. Located at the Delovoy Tsentr metro stop, the station has a modern 'high-tech' feel to blend in with the skyscraper landscape above ground. Moscow City consists of several towers built in futuristic styles, each tower having its own distinctive …

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