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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View from Hengistbury Head, Dorset

A walk around Hengistbury Head, Dorset

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland located close to Bournemouth and to the south of Christchurch harbour.  It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a local nature reserve. There are two large car parks near to the start of the walk situated next to the popular Hiker Cafe.  For the less energetic, a …

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Pastel coloured Houses, Weymouth Harbour

A day in Weymouth

During our stay along the Dorset coast we decided to spend a day in Weymouth which is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the Dorset and east Devon coast. After parking near to the town's marina we admired some of the many yachts moored there on our …

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Bournemouth Pier

A walk from Bournemouth to Sandbanks

After having recently enjoyed a walk eastwards from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe, we decided it was time to explore the coast along the opposite direction. Our walk commenced at Pier Approach which is the gateway to Bournemouth's seafront and links the town centre to the beach via the pretty Lower Gardens. Pier Approach, Bournemouth Pier …

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Lymington town centre

Looking around Lymington

Lymington is a Georgian market town located on the western bank of the Lymington river in Hampshire and is surrounded on three sides by the New Forest National Park.  The town has a railway station which is on a branch line to Brockenhurst with links to the south coast main line between London and Weymouth. …

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Poole Old Town

A walk around Poole, Dorset

Poole is a coastal town in Dorset close to the larger resort of Bournemouth and is noted for its large natural harbour and historic quayside.  I started my tour of the town next to the Dolphin Shopping Centre so I had a little look around the shops there before continuing along Poole High Street.  This …

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Boscombe Beach

A walk from Bournemouth to Boscombe

Setting off from Pier Approach on Bournemouth's seafront we decided to take a circular walk along to the suburb of Boscombe.  It was to be a pier to pier walk plus a little more besides.  From Bournemouth Pier we set off in an easterly direction along the lower promenade which is known as the Undercliff.  …

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Leaning tower of Pisa

Day 3. Livorno & Pisa

We were up bright and early and after enjoying our second socially distanced breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we were ready to go.  Our original plan for the day was to take the train to Lucca but on discovering that replacement buses were operating on the route with a reduced timetable, we decided to change …

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Fishing boats, Jimbaran, Bali

Day 12. The fishing village of Jimbaran, Bali

We slept soundly until 8.00 a.m. it being extremely quiet despite the airport's close proximity.  Breakfast was again a peaceful affair as, apart from our first morning (Saturday), few guests seemed to be around.  JetStar cabin crew arrive daily on overnight stopovers and appeared friendly enjoying their mini-breaks in beautiful Bali. For our morning trip …

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Bali sunset

Day 11. Exploring Seminyak, Bali

After such a hectic previous day we enjoyed a lie-in and didn't venture down to breakfast until 9.00 a.m. when it was lovely and quiet with a good choice of tables.  I diversified my breakfast choices with a bowl of butternut squash soup (yes, I realise it's a strange choice for so early in the …

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