Cascais, Portugal

Day 3. Cascais and Lisbon

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we took the metro from the nearby Marques de Pombal station along to Cais do Sodre and from there transferred to the urban rail line for our train to Cascais.  As with our visit to Sintra the previous day, travel to Cascais is included in the Lisbon Card, making it …

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Belem Tower, Lisbon

Day 2. Sintra and the Belem district of Lisbon

After breakfast, we caught a train to the charming small town of Sintra from the beautiful Rossio Station in Lisbon's city centre.  Train travel for the 40 minute journey is included in the Lisbon Card making the card extremely good value.  Sintra is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Portugal's most …

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Praca dos Restauradores

Day 1. Lisbon City Break

In search of some winter sunshine we decided to head south and spend a few days in Lisbon.  Our flight with Ryanair departed from a quiet Bournemouth Airport mid-evening and as it was very late by the time we had cleared immigration in Lisbon airport we opted to take an Uber into the city centre …

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The Abbey Hotel, Donegal

The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town

Hotel Review Location: The Abbey Hotel is located in the charming small town of Donegal in north west Ireland on Donegal Bay.  It overlooks the pedestrianised Diamond (main square) surrounded by attractive small shops, cafes and pubs.  The hotel is also ideally positioned for guests arriving by public transport as Bus Eireann operate regular services to the …

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Poznan Old Town Square

Day 4. Poznan Old Town

It was our final day in Poznan and at last the sun had decided to put in an appearance, enhancing the beauty of the tall and colourful former merchant's houses surrounding the Old Town Square.  Many of these buildings were reconstructed following heavy damage during the Second World War and are exact replicas of the …

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Poznan Houses

Day 3. Poznan Palm House and Lake Malta Ski Slope

It had been snowing throughout the night leaving a glistening white blanket covering everything as we ventured outdoors.  After walking down to Wroclawska we caught Tram 5 to Park Wilsona so that we could visit the Palm House.  This park is located in the Lazarz district and dates back to 1834 when the city's first …

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Snowy trees in Poznan, Poland

Day 2. Exploring Poznan, Poland

After a hearty breakfast in our hotel we took Tram 3 to Citadel Park in the Kmieca district, just north of the city centre.  There had been a light sprinkling of snow overnight which had given the park a winter wonderland like appearance.  The park sits on Winiary Hill covering 89 hectares and was a …

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Poznan Christmas Market

Day 1. Poznan – a Polish winter city break

To coincide with the introduction of Ryanair's new route between Manchester and Poznań we decided to check out another of Poland's city break destinations.  Poznań is the capital of the Wielkopolska region and noted for its Renaissance Town Hall as well as being being home to Poland's oldest cathedral.  Our flight the previous afternoon departed …

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Derby Guildhall

Derby – a festive city break

A surprise invitation dropped into my inbox inviting me to enjoy a festive break in Derby on the weekend before Christmas.  It's always fun to visit somewhere new and with the prospect of some sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking and a night at the panto it took me less than a minute to decide to say …

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas market and a night at the pantomime

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas for me without a visit to Manchester as it's a city that knows exactly how to put on the Yuletide cheer.  Christmas markets are to be found all over the centre and when darkness falls the charming little wooden huts take on even more of a magical charm with …

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