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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

Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

The ‘Front Page’ exhibition of iconic magazine covers runs until 8 June 2014 at the Old Gala House museum and gallery in Galashields in the Scottish Borders. The exhibition is made more fun by the various related masks and head gear that you can wear. Show More Summary

Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

We stayed at the Colina Mar Apartments in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for three nights in December 2013. The price for a one bedroom apartment for two adults on half board was £197. This worked out at under £66 a night. It’s  a veryShow More Summary

Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian fjords, featured in the video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking. The Hardangerfjord,...Show More Summary

Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

I had lunch with one of our sons at the Cosmo Restaurant, beside Edinburgh’s Omni Centre, on a Friday in late February. We’d tried to have lunch there on a Saturday a couple of weeks earlier, after it’d been recommended on Twitter, but gave up when we saw the long queue to get a table. Show More Summary

Ferry Versus Plane for Holidays in France

Brittany Ferries’ infographic highlights some of the advantages of travelling from the UK to France by ferry versus plane. The comparison is based on a holiday to the Loire Valley for a family of two adults and two kids. The journeyShow More Summary

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