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Kings Place in London’s King’s Cross

Kings Place describes itself as “a hub for music, art dialogue and food”. I spotted it as I was walking north from King’s Cross station toward Regent’s Canal to take the tow path to Camden Lock. From the exterior, it wasn’t that obvious...Show More Summary

Meanwhile Gardens in Westbourne Park, London

After exploring Little Venice,  I decided to have a walk along the Grand Union Canal heading west to Westbourne Park. Along the route I had a chat with a barge resident who recommended that I visit Meanwhile Gardens. My favourite part of Meanwhile Gardens was the Moroccan Garden, opened in 2007. Show More Summary

Art Show by Zydrune Auksoriute in the Howff Cemetery Dundee

Although it was lookng as though it might start raining at any moment when i was walking from the McManus Galleries to pick up my car from the car park at Dundee Travelodge Central, I decided to have a quick look around the Howff Cemetery. Show More Summary

A Stroll Along Andrassy Avenue in Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was originally two cities, Buda on the western bank of the River Danube and Pest on the eastern bank, which were united in 1873 ...Show More Summary

Exploring Dundee’s Waterfront

I had a walk around the waterfront in Dundee on the afternoon of a holiday Monday in May. I was amazed that it was so quiet, as when I’d passed the shops there were plenty of people about. The weather was reasonable with some warm sunshine, although you could sense rain wasn’t far away. Show More Summary

Exploring Strasbourg in Eastern France

Strasbourg is the capital of the French region of Alsace, situated three kilometres from the border with Germany. This gives the city an unique mix of German and French influence in everything from architecture and artistic heritage, to food (sauerkraut or choucroute) and drink (Gewürtztraminer and Riesling). Show More Summary

Buying Hungrian Train Tickets Online

On our twin centre city break to Budapest and Prague with our sons, we decided to travel by train between two cities. I did an online search for tickets. Some third party sites which appeared in the result where charging more than 80 Euro for a ticket. Show More Summary

Views from the Old Town Hall Tower in Prague

One of the highlights of my visit to Prague was going up the Old Town Clock Tower, which dates from the 14th century. The entrance fee is 110 CZK (around £3) for adults and 70CZK (around £2) for students, seniors and kids. Entry is free with a Prague Card. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of the Wallace Collection in London

I’d been wanting to visit the Wallace Collection in London since I read about it in Margaret’s article on ‘Quirky Collections in London with Free Entry‘ on Europe a la Carte. I finally made it to the museum in early 2014. There’s noShow More Summary

Alexandroupolis, North-Eastern Greece by the Turkish Border

Alexandroupolis is a Greek city close to the North-Eastern Turkish border. The city is a remnant of the Ottoman (Turkish) empire and started life as a fishing village. Old Turkish houses can still be seen amongst newer buildings in the newer part of the city. Show More Summary

The Kelpies at the Helix, Falkirk

I went to see ‘The Kelpies’, two huge sculptures of the mythical Scottish horse water spirits, at the Helix in Falkirk, central Scotland, in May 2014. The Helix is a new green space between Grangemouth and Falkirk, which encompasses a section of the Forth Clyde Canal. Show More Summary

Win a Trip to Geneva

Last month there was some furious pedalling in London’s Canary Wharf. No, it wasn’t a cycling race, it was for a contest to win a ‘Jet Off to Geneva’ prize of a weekend trip to this Swiss city. The pedalling powered a mini version of ‘Jet d’Eau’ (the vertical fountain in Lake Geneva). Show More Summary

Review of Ashoka Buffet Restaurant in Edinburgh

I had lunch for £6.95 at the Ashoka Buffet Restaurant in Edinburgh’s Hanover Street (a five minute walk from Princes St) on a Thursday in late Febrary 2014. I received a warm welcome upon entering the restaurant and attentive service throughout my meal. Show More Summary

Getting the Most from Your Prague Card

We were given complimentary Prague Cards when we visited the Czech capital. The Prague card offers free entry to 60 attractions, a free city walking tour, bus tour and river cruise, plus discounted entry to over 30 attractions. Prices...Show More Summary

Exploring London Off the Beaten Track

I’ve enjoyed getting off the beaten track in London and exploring some less well known areas of the capital. This approach started for a couple of reasons. I’d seen many of the big attractions in central London and I decided to look further afield to find more affordable hotels. Show More Summary

Walking Along Regent’s Canal from Kings Place to Camden Lock

My walk along Regent’s Canal from Kings Place to Camden Lock didn’t get off to the best of starts, as the first section of the tow path was blocked off for maintanance work. However, I was able to do a detour north through HandysideShow More Summary

Review of Bella Italia Restaurant in North Berwick, Scotland

Althought we like eating at the Grange when we visit North Berwick, we decided to try somewhere different, the Bella Italia in the High Street, on our most recent visit. I was attracted by the three course set lunch for £8.95, whichShow More Summary

Review of Mamaison Andrassy Hotel Budapest

We stayed at the four star Mamaison Andrassy Hotel Budapest in April 2014, booked through Onhotels. I paid £417 for three nights,  including breakfast, for a double room for my husband and me, and a twin room for our sons. That worked out at just under £70 a night per room. Show More Summary

Handyside Gardens, King’s Cross London

Handyside Gardens are located a ten minute walk from King’s Cross station. You need to exit the station at the eastern end, then walk north up York Place. The gardens will be on your left immediately after crossing Regent’s Canal. I loved the colourful flowers painted onto the reflective background. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

I always like to visit less well known attractions when I’m in London. I had a look at what was within striking distance of the Travelodge London Bethnal Green and thought that the Geffyre Museum in Hoxton sounded interesting.The museum focuses on the history of the home over the last 400 years. Show More Summary

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