Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Day 3. A walk around Vienna

Whilst staying in Bratislava we seized the opportunity of spending a day in Vienna as the two capitals are located close together.  To get there we took a CityLink train from Bratislava central station (standard tickets €14 return).  Surprisingly there were no ticket machines on the station concourse resulting in a lengthy queue at the …

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Devin Castle View, Bratislava

Day 2. Devin Castle, Bratislava

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the Danubia Gate Hotel we set off for a day of exploring the city and its surroundings.  We began with a look in the Old Market Hall as each Saturday it offers a wide range of fresh produce, food and drink between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.  It had …

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Bratislava Castle

Day 1. Bratislava City Break

It was a 3.00 a.m. start for our drive to London Stansted for our early morning Ryanair flight to Bratislava.  On arrival at the airport it was pleasing to note that bag drop was running efficiently and queues through security were much shorter than we'd recently experienced.  The bonus being that we had ample time …

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Hotel Indigo, Stratford upon Avon

Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon

Hotel Review  Location: The charming medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare is located in rural Warwickshire.  The town is approximately 100 miles north west of London with rail services from Marylebone Station.  If arriving by car, Stratford lies close to the motorway network being five miles from Junction 5 …

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Zaanse Schans Windmill

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Amsterdam

Located 15 km north of Amsterdam in a picturesque setting you will discover a wonderful historic village on the banks of the River Zaan.  The area is delightful with its row of windmills, craft workshops and excellent museums. The site is free to visit, however most of the museums charge an individual entrance fee so …

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Vesting Hotel, Naarden

Vesting Hotel, Naarden, The Netherlands

Hotel Review Location: Naarden is a UNESCO World Heritage star shaped fortress which was built to protect the city from attack and is one of the best preserved medieval fortified towns in Europe.  This unique town is approximately 30 minutes from Amsterdam by car and by train 25 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to Naarden-Bussum.  From …

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Car at British Motor Museum

Day 2. Stratford-upon-Avon and the British Motor Museum

After a wonderful night's sleep in our gorgeous room at the Hotel Indigo we popped downstairs to discover what was in store for us at breakfast.  This takes place in the light and airy Feasting Room where we found a huge refectory table laid out with a vast array of cold breakfast options. We helped ourselves …

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Hotel Indigo, Stratford

Day 1. A weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

We set off bright and early to make the most of our short break in the charming medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare.  The town is located in rural Warwickshire, approximately 100 miles north west of London. Our first stop was at the village of Shottery, home …

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Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Hotel Review Overview Cotswold House Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa in a charming Grade II listed regency townhouse in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire featuring 28 individually styled bedrooms and suites. Location: The hotel is situated in the centre of the charming market town just 16 miles from Cheltenham and within two miles of the …

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Afternoon Tea at the Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey

Afternoon Tea at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

When an invitation dropped into my inbox inviting me for afternoon tea at the Devonshire Arms Hotel I couldn't have been happier as it's such a beautiful country house hotel.  It's located on the Yorkshire estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in Bolton Abbey lying in a tranquil setting along the banks of the …

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