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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Bridgewater canal, Sale

Day 3. Out and about in Manchester

Our final day in Manchester and the sun was still shining! After a leisurely breakfast in our cosy suite we gathered together our belongings and checked out of CitySuites, leaving our bags at reception to collect later in the day. Making the most of our weekend tram pass, it was then back to nearby Exchange …

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MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Day 2. Exploring Manchester by tram

We woke to another sunny morning (who says it always rains in Manchester!) and after preparing breakfast in our swish apartment at CitySuites it was just a short walk across to Exchange Square. From a machine at the tram stop we purchased two Metrolink weekend travel cards allowing us unlimited tram rides across the entire …

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Day 3.  Riding Hong Kong’s Peak Tram and Mid Levels Escalators

Despite the 8 hour time difference we slept until our alarm went off at 7.00 a.m.  We couldn't see across the harbour from our window as it was so misty but were hopeful that it would soon clear.  Breakfast followed in the hotel's restaurant - a good selection of fruit, yoghurts, pastries and hot dishes to …

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Day 10.  A Walk to Katajanokka, Helsinki

The day began with a farewell to my older son who was leaving on a Finnair flight to Rome this morning  to meet up with his friends and embark on a sailing holiday along the Italian coast.  This meant I had most of the day to myself before my husband was due to arrive later. …

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Day 17.  Helsinki Tram Museum and Pub Tram

Being a lover of transport museums around the world, I couldn't resist a visit to the Helsinki Tram Museum which is located in the Töölö district of the city in a former tram depot.  Admission to the museum is free and it is open each day between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Starting our tour around the …

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Day 6. Riding the Hong Kong Peak Tram

Waking up to our first morning in Hong Kong we enjoyed breakfast in the hotel then walked the few steps to North Point MTR station where we purchased Octopus travel cards HK$150 each including a refundable deposit of HK$50, (only cash accepted for visitors).  We topped up the cards an additional HK$100 each then took …

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Day 2. Tsim Sha Tsui and The Star Ferry, Hong Kong

North Point metro station was our first stop, and literally about 2 minutes walk from our hotel.   We bought two Octopus Cards (similar to the UK's Oyster  Card) as we find it much more convenient and cheaper to use travel cards than have to purchase individual tickets. These cost HK$150 each including an HK$50 refundable …

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Day 3. The Peak Tram, Hong Kong

We were up early on this, our first full day in Hong Kong.  We had breakfast in the hotel's restaurant then walked the few steps to North Point Station for the metro to Central.  It was then only a short walk from there to the Peak Tram station. We bought single tickets which cost HK$28 …

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Day 4. NGong Ping 360 Cable Car and Tai O Village

We were up early to try and avoid queues at the cable car station.  We had breakfast near to the hotel at a small cafe called 'Family Kitchen'.  It was mostly frequented by locals but also served western breakfasts.  Our omelettes, toast and coffee cost a mere HK$22 each.  Then it was onto the metro …

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