Day 5. The Circumetnea Railway around Mt. Etna, Sicily

It was a short walk from the apartment to the small Catania Borgo station located near the main Via Etnea thoroughfare. A rack railway operates from this station taking passengers around the perimeter of Mt. Etna and we decided to travel as far as Randazzo, a small town nearest to the summit of the volcano. …

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Day 1 & 2. Wroclaw, Poland – a short break

Day One After enjoying recent visits to Gdansk and Warsaw we decided to spend a weekend in Wroclaw, Poland's fourth largest city. Ryanair were offering low cost flights from Leeds-Bradford Airport on a Friday evening, enabling us to enjoy two full days in south western Poland. Our flight departed on time and in a little …

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Day 17. The end of our South Korean adventure

Our five nights stay in Busan had come to an end and it was time to head back home.  As we weren't in a rush, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's 13th floor restaurant.  The Arban Hotel had exceeded expectations and I would recommend it as a good place to stay in Busan. …

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Day 12. Leaving Seoul and taking the Korail train to Busan

It was hard to believe that our stay in Seoul had come to an end.  There were so many interesting places to visit that our days sped by all too quickly. We enjoyed one last breakfast in the Holiday Inn Express Euljiro which had been an excellent choice for our stay in Seoul. Well equipped …

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The National Rail Museum in York – A Train Lovers Paradise

Doesn't everyone love a steam train - we certainly do, and when an opportunity arose to visit the National Rail Museum in York, we were thrilled!  The museum is located behind York's railway station, just cross the footbridge over all the platforms and you will see the museum on leaving the station.  A large car park is …

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A Steam Train to Haworth

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) runs between Keighley and Oxenhope in West Yorkshire,  a distance of four and a half miles and was built to serve the mill trades in the 19th century, the line closing in 1961.  Steam trains now operate on this heritage line at weekends and daily during the summer months.  We …

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Day 4. Vintage Train to Soller

After watching a BBC television series entitled 'Great Continental Railway Journeys' which featured a delightful old wooden train that runs between Palma and Soller we wanted to take a ride on it ourselves. The train line was established in 1929 to link Palma with the north west coast of the island.  Trains depart from its …

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Day 4. Riding the Budapest Cog Railway and returning home

A ride on Budapest's cog railway

Day 1. Travelling to Edinburgh by train

A winter weekend in Edinburgh