Luxembourg

Day 1. Exploring Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of the world's smallest countries, similar in size to the county of Dorset in south west England.  It's located in north western Europe and bordered by Belgium, France and Germany.  It may only be small but it certainly packs a punch as we found out during our recent visit. The previous afternoon …

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Bath Crescent

Day 3. A walk around Bath

After a leisurely breakfast our day began with a visit to the Bath World Heritage Centre on York Street.  The centre is free to visit and features interactive exhibits and displays.  UNESCO added Bath as a cultural site to its World Heritage list in 1987 and from reading an information board we learnt that it had …

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Central Warsaw

48 Hours in Warsaw

With cheap air fares, Warsaw is perfect for an inexpensive weekend break.  The Polish capital has much to offer with its picturesque old town, historical landmarks, museums and parks yet is often overlooked in favour of Krakow. Getting there: We took an early morning flight with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport, arriving into Warsaw Modlin 35 …

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Naarden Fortress town, The Netherlands

Day 3. Amsterdam and Naarden Fortress

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the Park Plaza Vondelpark's restaurant, we checked out of the hotel leaving our luggage to collect later.  We'd decided on a morning's sightseeing and felt we couldn't visit Amsterdam without taking a canal cruise.  We therefore took a tram to Westermarkt, close to Anne Frank's House on the Prinsengracht canal …

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Cromford Mill

Day 3. White Peak Distillery and Cromford Mills, Derbyshire

After starting the day with delicious plates of Egg Benedict we collected our belongings together and checked out of The Cow at Dalbury Lees.  This charming country inn had been a delightful place to stay for a mid-winter break with its roaring fires and cosy, well appointed rooms. Our first stop of the day was to …

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Giant's Causeway

Day 4. Giant’s Causeway & Boat Tour, Northern Ireland

After staying overnight at The Causeway Hotel we started the day with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room to ready ourselves for an action packed day exploring the Giant's Causeway and surrounding coastline. After returning to our room and checking out we didn't have far to go as The Causeway Hotel is …

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Suomenlinna Ferry, Helsinki

Day 24. A Ferry to Suomenlinna Island

From Helsinki's bustling marketplace (Kauppatori) boats depart to Suomenlinna Island taking around 15 minutes.  The HSL ferry is operated by Helsinki Regional Transport (HSL) and all HSL tickets and travel cards are accepted. If you need a ticket, be sure to buy one before boarding the ferry as they are not sold on board.  Ferries …

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Statue of Liberty, New York

Day 3. Visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands, New York City

Following breakfast in Champs Gourmet Deli on Broad Street we headed towards Battery Park and onto the Ellis Island boat terminal.  Tickets cost $18 each from the kiosk at Castle Clinton and include a stop at Liberty Island on the way out.  There was only a short wait until the airline type security commenced at 9.00 am and …

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