Day 2. British Airways i360 and Brighton Pavilion

After waking early we caught the Coastliner 700 bus service into the centre of Brighton.  Before leaving home our original plan had been to travel into Brighton by train but on noticing these buses passing along Worthing's seafront at ten minute intervals we opted for the Coastliner instead.  Despite the journey time by road taking …

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Day 2. A visit from Vilnius to Trakai, Lithuania

The rain clouds of the previous day had cleared resulting in a dull but fine morning. We enjoyed a lie in and a leisurely breakfast as we had planned a visit to Trakai for mid-morning. Trakai was the former capital of ancient Lithuania and its 14th century castle was the summer home of the Lithuanian …

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Day 14. Fisksätra in the Stockholm Archipelago

We made a leisurely start to our final full day in Stockholm with a forest walk through the nearby Solna neighbourhood and then a look around the shopping centre next to the Solna Centrum metro station. From the exterior, the shopping mall appeared quite small but once inside, we were surprised to find it was …

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Day 7. Exploring Skeppsholmen Island, Stockholm

The warm, settled weather continued as we begun the day by wandering down to the metro station. From there we boarded a train to Kungsgården at the end of the Blue Line taking only 10 minutes. We strolled along the waterfront and across the Skeppsholmen bridge admiring its gilded crowns and stunning views. After a …

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Day 1. Our first day in Warsaw

We arrived in Warsaw the previous evening on a Ryanair flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport.  Our flight departed promptly at 16.10 arriving into Modlin, Warsaw's second airport.  Transferring into the city centre was very easy with tickets costing 19zl (£3.95) per person, available from a machine in the baggage hall.  A regular shuttle bus service then …

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Day 4. A final day in Tampere

My visit to the beautiful Finnish city of Tampere was coming to an end but there was still enough time for me to visit the Vapriikki Museum located by the Tammerkoski rapids in the centre of town. Vapriikki is located in the old factory building of the Tampella engineering company who produced locomotives, turbines and …

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A Victorian Christmas at Harewood House

As we'd recently had the pleasure of viewing the exquisite toys and dolls on display at the Ilkley Toy Museum we couldn't resist the temptation of seeing them once again whilst they were on loan to Harewood House. Harewood is a stately home in North Yorkshire, located mid way between Harrogate and Leeds and it's …

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Feeling nostalgic at the Ilkley Toy Museum 

Tucked away on a side street yet only a few minutes walk from Ilkley railway station stands the Ilkley Toy Museum.  This hidden gem has been located in a former Sunday School building in the attractive small West Yorkshire town of Ilkley for the past 16 years. The museum contains one of the finest private collections …

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Day 2.  Exploring London’s East End

Buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate at Ibis Styles hotels and there was a good selection of both hot and cold dishes to set us up for the day in its brightly coloured restaurant.  Setting off, I walked the short distance to Prince Regent DLR station and made my way via Canning …

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Day 15. Space Age Utopia in Tapiola

A stroll by the sea into Tapiola and a visit to the WeeGee Exhibition Centre which includes four museums, a cafe and museum shop.  Entrance is €12 but is free each Friday between 5.00 pm and 7.00 p.m.  The WeeGee building was constructed in the 1960's for the Finnish printing company Weilin and Göös as their …

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