Leuven town hall, Belgium

48 Hours in Leuven, Belgium

The Flemish region of Belgium lies to the north of the country nestled between the Netherlands and France.  Most visitors head to Bruges or Ghent but Leuven is equally beautiful and less crowded than its more famous neighbours.  The city is home to one of Europe's oldest universities (KU Leuven) with many of its historic …

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Vondelpark

Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Hotel Review Location: The Park Plaza hotel is located on a tree lined quiet street in the upscale Oud-Zuid district of Amsterdam, just steps away from the beautiful Vondelpark.  Tram 2 serves the hotel making it easy to get around as it takes just 20 minutes to Central Station passing many of the city's attractions …

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River Elbe, Hamburg

Day 3. Visiting Chocoversum and Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

There were more foodie treats in store for us to experience during our Hamburg city break with a morning visit to Chocoversum, the city's chocolate museum.  It's located in the Kontorhaus district with the nearest U-Bahn station being Meßberg on the U1 Line.  We joined one of their 90 minute chocolate tours which are offered …

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Elbe River, Hamburg

Day 2. A culinary tour of Hamburg

After a good night's sleep in my lovely room at the Scandic Hamburg Emporio I enjoyed breakfast along the corridor in the hotel's 'Living Room' which is for the exclusive use of guests staying on the upper two floors of the hotel. Here I enjoyed a selection of cold cuts of meat, mackerel and smoked salmon …

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Alster Plaza, Hamburg

Day 1. A culinary tour of Hamburg

With three days to explore a world of culinary delights and top sightseeing spots in Hamburg I couldn't wait to get off the plane!  I'd travelled with KLM from Leeds/Bradford connecting via Amsterdam and with direct flights available from both London and Manchester, the city is easy to reach for a short break from all …

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Holiday Inn Winchester Entrance

Holiday Inn, Winchester

Hotel Review I was recently invited to stay at the Holiday Inn, Winchester which underwent a major £2.5m refurbishment programme in 2019 to expand its lobby and dining areas and add a luxury spa. Location: The hotel is located on the outskirts of Winchester in southern Hampshire, south west England. The city lies 60 miles …

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Winchester High Street

Day 2. A walk around Winchester and to its cathedral

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the Holiday Inn Winchester we decided to leave our car behind and take the bus into the city centre.  With a stop at the end of the drive it couldn't have been easier as the journey only took 7 minutes. (Bus 64, day tickets £4). The bus terminated close to …

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Winchester High Street

Day 1. A short break in Winchester

We planned an autumn break in the historic city of Winchester, located in Hampshire, south west England.  The previous night we'd stayed with family close by allowing us two full days to explore the city.  On arrival in the city, we left our car in the Chesil Street multi-storey car park just a couple of …

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Swinghill Ski Area, Nuuksio National Park, Finland

Day trip from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. Within easy reach of the Finnish capital lies Nuuksio National Park, an area of crystal clear lakes, forests and rugged crags. Getting there by public transport from Helsinki city centre takes just over an hour with a car journey taking around 40 minutes. We bought Helsinki Day Cards €12 (£10.45) allowing …

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Tapiola Central Pool, Espoo

Day trip from Helsinki: Tapiola, Espoo

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. There are so many lovely places to visit in Helsinki and the surrounding area and one of my favourites is to spend a day in neighbouring Tapiola. With the opening of the western extension of the metro it's now possible to reach Tapiola from the city centre in only 15 minutes. …

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