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 5. First impressions of Jakarta

Our overnight Qatar Airways flight had arrived into Jakarta's new Terminal 3 which was spacious and very easy to navigate.  Immigration was a speedy process as hardly any other passengers appeared to require the same queue but we did have to wait what seemed like ages for our luggage to appear with our two suitcases …

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Steep hill, Lincoln

Day 3. Sightseeing in Lincoln

After another delicious breakfast at the White Hart Hotel, we checked out of our room, leaving our luggage to collect later in the day.  We'd read that an exhibition entitled 'A Century of Valour' documenting Lincolnshire's aviation gallantry had just opened at the Collection Museum and as it was nearby, we decided to begin our …

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Lincoln Cathedral from castle square

Day 1. Lincoln winter break

Lincoln is a historic city located in the East Midlands and conveniently situated for travel from most parts of the United Kingdom.  Recently, LNER began operating AZUMA rail services direct from London King's Cross station with a journey time of just under two hours making the city even more accessible and perfect for a weekend …

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Clifford's Tower, York

Day 2. Exploring York

After a good night's sleep at the Roomzzz Aparthotel, we enjoyed our complimentary Grab & Go breakfast before setting out for a second day of city sightseeing.  Mist was just beginning to lift as we strolled along the riverside path outside the hotel towards York Castle Museum just a few minutes walk away. It's a …

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The Shambles, York

Day 1. Historic York

We set off bright and early in order to maximise our time in York as there were so many things we wanted to see and do during our short stay.  Arriving mid-morning at our riverside accommodation, the newly opened Roomzzz Aparthotel, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our room was ready so we dropped …

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Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

Day 4. Edinburgh Morningside

Although our hotel room was lovely and quiet there was no need to set an alarm as each morning we were roused from our slumbers at 8.00 a.m. sharp to the clattering sounds of a glass recycling truck emptying bins along the road. With so many nice things we wanted to fit into our Edinburgh …

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National Mining Museum of Scotland

Day 3. Visiting the National Mining Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The rain clouds of the previous day seemed to have vanished but had been replaced by a strong wind so we wrapped up warm and after coming to life with bacon sandwiches and coffee, we wandered along Princes Street to visit Jenners. This famous department store has been part and parcel of Edinburgh's history since …

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View towards Pendle Hill

Day 1. A Ribble Valley short break

The Ribble Valley is an idyllic part of the north of England located in north east Lancashire and covering 212 sq. miles of the Forest of Bowland, an area of deep valleys and peat moorland.  It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but despite booming tourism with ever increasing numbers of visitors, it's still a …

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The Rochdale canal in Hebden Bridge

Day 2. Exploring Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

After sleeping soundly in our comfortable beds at Croft Mill we prepared breakfast from the generous hamper that had been left for us, feasting on organic muesli with strawberries and grapes, free range eggs and wholemeal crusty bread. It was again another bright, sunny morning as we set out to explore the idyllic small town …

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