Day 3. Visiting the Qatar National Library and Aspire Park, Doha

It was 8.00 a.m. by the time we managed to rouse ourselves from our luxuriously comfortable bed, and on opening the window blinds were pleased to note that weather in the Middle East had returned to normal, following the previous day's heavy rain. After another leisurely breakfast on the Al Terrace balcony we sipped cappuccinos …

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Nottingham University Building

Day 3. Nottingham University and Arboretum

The sun was shining through the windows as we drew back the curtains which was a good start to the day.  After a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we wrapped up warm and walked along the now familiar route to the Meadows Way West tram stop. Instead of taking a tram into the city …

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Kings College, Cambridge University

Day 3. A walk from Cambridge to Grantchester

It was our final day in Cambridge but as our train home wasn't until 5.00 p.m. we still had ample time to explore.  After gathering our belongings together we left our bags at the hotel for safekeeping and then wandered down the now familiar Hills Road into the city centre for some breakfast. As it …

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Coloured houses, Bristol waterfront

Day 1. Bristol city break

After enjoying city breaks in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham we decided to head to the south west of England for our next weekend away.  My journey on board a CrossCountry train was pleasant, having an interesting conversation with an Edinburgh green keeper, learning about life on one of Scotland's premier golf courses as we journeyed …

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Lancaster Castle

Historic Lancaster

A weekend visit to the historic city of Lancaster located in the north west of England was our plan, approximately a two hour drive from our home.  I'd visited Lancaster before but not for many years and on entering the city, it was still congested through the one way system as we crept along until …

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Birmingham Canal Boats

Day 2.  Exploring Birmingham 

After a leisurely breakfast we were ready for a morning of sightseeing in Birmingham's city centre.  Our first stop was to the Great Western Arcade, an elegant Victorian shopping arcade built in 1876 over the Great Western Railway line.  The arcade has two entrances, one on Temple Row and the other on Colmore Row, the …

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Cambridge College

Cambridge and its Colleges

An opportunity to visit Cambridge as my husband had a business meeting there recently.  I've only been to this university city a couple of times and its many years since my last visit.  We parked our car at Homerton College where the meeting was taking place so I started my tour of the Colleges here. …

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Long Island Gantry Crane Sign, New York

Day 6. Exploring Harlem and Queens, New York City

Our guidebook indicated that a visit to Harlem's 135th Street to view the historic houses on Shrivers Row was worth seeing.  The houses were indeed attractive, but to be honest there wasn't very much else to see apart from the Apollo Theatre and the Cathedral of St John the Divine, so we continued walking until …

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Queens University, Belfast

Day 3. Queen’s University, Belfast and the Titanic Quarter

After a hearty breakfast we walked along to the Queen's Quarter taking us 20 minutes. We strolled through the grounds of the Queen's University which was founded in 1846, it's historic buildings were beautiful with carefully tended lawns and quads. Just across the road stands the Botanical Gardens, being January there was little to see outdoors …

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