Porto, Portugal

Day 1. A week in Porto, northern Portugal

Porto is an historic mercantile city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It's famous for its port wine, medieval walls and steep sided waterfront on the banks of the Douro river.  We had originally planned a visit to this wonderful city for April but eventually managed to get there several months later.  I hope you …

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Day 5. Exploring Helsinki

A brighter start to the day so after breakfast we took a bus into Kamppi and our first stop this morning was to the Laituri museum just across the square from the bus station.  This museum houses Helsinki City Planning Department's exhibitions and on display at the moment is an exhibition on cycling in the city …

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Grand Central Station

Day 2. Grand Central Station, New York City

Feeling a little jet lagged we were up at 6.00 am so we helped ourselves to complimentary cappuccinos in the hotel's Club Lounge.  Sipping our drinks, we chatted with some flight crews staying in the hotel, from both American Airlines and Jet Blue. It was interesting to hear how they spent their free time between …

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Day 6. Exploring Madrid

We checked out of the Wo Homitel apartment at 10.00 am.  It had been a good choice of accommodation in Madrid, centrally situated yet quietly positioned just behind the Royal Palace and only a short walk from two metro stations. Our final morning turned out to be warm and sunny, in fact, better than we …

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