Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum s a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.   Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we …

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Day 4. Visiting the Deutsche Bundesbank Museum in Frankfurt

Our short break in Frankfurt was sadly drawing to a close as we enjoyed breakfast on our final morning at the IBIS Styles Frankfurt City. The hotel had been very pleasant ticking all the boxes for us with its modern stylish decor, good breakfast selection and quiet yet convenient location between the city's central railway …

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Going underground at the National Coal Mining Museum

When researching my family history I discovered that I had numerous ancestors who had spent their working lives as coal miners so I thought it would be interesting to visit the National Coal Mining Museum for England and learn what it was like to work down a coal mine. The museum opened in 1988 and …

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Day 8. Tai Kwun – Hong Kong’s newest landmark

We thought we had set our phone alarm for 7.30 a.m. but for some reason we didn't wake until just after 9.00 a.m. Fortunately, our lie in didn't affect our schedule and we still had time for breakfast in the hotel before going out. Our plan for the morning was to take the MRT to …

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Day 4. A final day exploring Vilnius

It was our final day in Vilnius but we had plenty of time to explore more of the Lithuanian capital as our flight home wasn't until late in the evening. We'd managed to arrange a late check-out until 4.00 p.m. which was helpful and after a leisurely breakfast we wandered along the road to the …

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Day 3. A fun visit to the Vilnius Museum of Illusions and dinner at Senoji Trobele

We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Illusions on the edge of the old town. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m. with adult entrance tickets €10 (£8.73) and free for accompanied children under the age of 7. Please note that this museum is not included in the …

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A visit to the Piece Hall at Halifax

It was a long time since I last visited Halifax and hearing about the re-opening of its Piece Hall, I decided to take a look.  The town is located in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire, four miles from the M62 motorway.  It's easily accessible by train, my preferred mode of transport, and lies on …

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Exploring the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

After enjoying our visit to MediaCityUK in Salford we decided it was time to take a look around the National Science and Media Museum based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.   The museum is devoted to Film, Photography and Television and the science of light and sound, which is part of the National Science group. The museum is …

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Day 3.  Exploring 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 Birmingham New …

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A day at the seaside in Bournemouth 

What better way to spend a hot, sunny day than at the seaside.  Bournemouth is one of England's premier seaside resorts being located on Dorset's south coast.  Leaving our car on the East Cliff we walked down the steep incline towards the pier. Overlooking the English Channel we stepped into the gardens of the Russell Cotes …

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