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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Day 9. Exploring Bali

It was still dark when we were wakened by the sounds of someone knocking on our bedroom door, and glancing at the time, wondered whatever it could be.  My son went to open the door and was handed a morning newspaper.  Apparently as IHG members we were entitled to a complimentary daily newspaper and the …

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Day 7. Ancol eco-park, Jakarta

For the first time this holiday it seemed a struggle getting out of bed, a sure sign that we must have adapted to the 8 hour time difference.  Going down to breakfast the restaurant manager either had a good memory or maybe it was because we appeared to be the only European guests staying at …

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The Boulevard Hotel, Blackpool

The Boulevard Hotel Blackpool

Hotel Review Location The Boulevard Hotel is nestled between the beach and Pleasure Beach theme park on Blackpool's Ocean Boulevard in South Shore.  It's a 25 minute gentle stroll along the seafront from North Pier, with trams running along the promenade at up to 15 minute intervals and taking only ten minutes.  The nearest tram …

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North Pier, Blackpool

Day 2. Blackpool highlights

It was such a treat waking up in our stylish room at the beautiful Boulevard Hotel and drawing back the curtains to uninterrupted views of the Irish Sea.  Heading downstairs we were shown to a window table in the restaurant from where we could watch the waves lapping the beach whilst tucking into our delicious …

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Blackpool Tower

Day 1. Blackpool – the perfect winter break

I've visited Blackpool several times but always either in the summer or during the autumn illuminations when the resort has been in full swing so I was curious to find out what it would be like to visit the resort out of season. Plans made, we were up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier …

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River Arun, Littlehampton

Day 4. Littlehampton and Petworth House

The sun was streaming through the windows as we pulled back the curtains of our hotel room.  The Premier Inn Worthing had been a good choice with its seafront location and our three night stay had been very comfortable.  The Coastliner 700 bus service which we had used to get to and from Brighton continues …

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