24 Hours in Aalborg, Denmark

Lindholm Hoje The first stop on our weekend break was Lindholm Hoje, a remarkably well-preserved Viking Burial Ground and first class Museum. Yes, my history loving friends, Lindholm Hoje is home to burial grounds from the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age dating back over 1000 years. The Franciscan Friars Believe it or not but there's an underground city museum accessible only by elevator in the middle of Aalborg! Ok, when it was first described to be it sounded very clandestine, like I needed to know secret codeword or handshake to gain entry. The truth is, it's much easier and far less secretive. As you can see, it's pretty well advertised so there's not much chance that you're going to miss the elevator but still it was pretty cool that the only way into the museum is via a street-level elevator. Which also doubles as the museum entry fee since it's completely operated without staff, and then you begin your descent into the museum. It's also interesting to note that the...

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A Weekend Escape to Nottinghamshire

As I've said, it's one of those places where you can do as much or as little as you want. There are fishing spots and golf courses nearby, as well as the stunning National Trust managed estate, Clumber Park just 15 min drive away. Clumber Park is home to the world's longest double avenue of lime trees, 20 miles of cycle paths and a peaceful serpentine lake. Plenty to keep the keen and the curious occupied across thousands of acres. Check the calendar because they also host a series of fabulous festivals and events throughout the year. Clumber Park has a spa if all that hot-tub soaking...

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Beautiful Belfast, how to spend a weekend in the Northern Ireland capital

When I told a colleague we were going to spend a weekend in Northern Ireland over Easter I received a few eye rolls, and a 'why do you want to go there?' I was shocked to say the least! Tourism in Belfast has boomed in recent years, so much so that I thought we were a bit late to the party to be visiting! With world-class publications like National Geographic Traveller magazine hailing Belfast as a must see destination, or everyone's favourite travel guide, Lonely Planet, awarding Belfast and the Causeway Coast as number one on their 2018 Best in Travel list. After spending a weekend in...

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Chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland

Tonight's the night I kept saying in my head. My heart beat a little faster and a sneaky smile crept across my face as I thought more about it. My brain would tell me don't get too excited and I knew shouldn't, but just like a kid about to see Santa, I couldn't help it. We set sail out into the Faxafloi bay away from the bright city lights of Reykjavik. Initially I was fixated by a giant orb of light which shot into the night sky. It was the Imagine Peace Tower. Only lit a two months of the year, the light was unveiled in 2007. As we sailed through the headland, towards this giant light...

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Climbing the O2 in London

The formerly known as the Millennium Dome, it's impossible to miss The O2. Distinguishable by its circular shape, 365m diameter to be precise, the iconic blue dome is surrounded by 12 yellow spires, and is one of the largest of its type found anywhere in the world. Easily spotted from the city's many skyscrapers and also from the air, The O2 has become one of the United Kingdom's most recognisable sights. After the safety video, the climbing safety team will supply you with a gillet or jumpsuit (depending on the weather), climbing shoes and a safety harness before securing any valuables...

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Day Trips From London

Blenheim Palace Don't miss the Blenheim Tapestries, a set of 10 large wall hangings; the State Dining Room, with an impressive trompe l'Ioeil ceiling; and the magnificent Long Library, which is overlooked by a statue of Queen Anne, who funded Blenheim's conception by providing both funds and land. Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's famous war-time Prime Minister was born here in 1874. Fans or those curious to discover more about Britain's most famous PM should look to the Churchill Exhibition, which is included in the ticket price. The exhibition details Churchill's work and life including...

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Day Trips from Manchester

Energetic, diverse, and bursting with character; Manchester is an exciting city to explore. When you're tired of the amazing cafes and restaurants, and thoroughfares lined with imaginative street art, there are HEAPS of places you can head to for a day trip from Manchester. Whether you're looking for a day out with the family or looking for some solitude, we've got you covered in this post full of days out from Manchester. Don't drive? No problem. In this post we've included options for a day trip from Manchester by train and also included options for a day trip from Manchester by coach too! If you're new to driving in the UK, you should know that conditions for driving in England can vary widely. Toll-free motorways (prefix of A or M i.e. A1 or M1) will help you get from A to B with ease, by way of a quality multi-lane roads. Away from arterial roads, country roads (B roads) carry less traffic and usually run between smaller towns. These can be single lane and walled with...

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Discover The Hague with the Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry

Our first trip in the new year was to the Netherlands with a challenge set by international ferry company Stena Line to spend a weekend in The Hague by taking a ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland. Getting to The Hague Finishing work on a Friday evening we headed to London Liverpool Street (yes, the one from the Monopoly board) to catch a train to Essex where our ferry awaited us. The ferry served as both our accommodation, most meals and transport in one ticket so no need for a hotel this trip. Anytime we've taken a ferry in the past we've taken our car with us. This time was our...

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Fascinating Things to Experience in Kyiv

I think the first reaction from most people when I said we were going to Kyiv was "Um ok..." and I completely get that. Kyiv doesn't have the same international allure of Paris or Rome , and to be honest, that was one of the reasons we wanted to go. We wanted to go somewhere a little different, a little less crowded, and somewhere that would give us the opportunity to discover a place we knew little about. Visit Independence Square A visit to Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) is an absolute must when you're visiting Kyiv, it was the scene of the 2013 Euromaidan protests which brought Kyiv into the international spotlight. You probably recall the extreme images & videos shared across social media of barricaded protesters being attacked by riot police grabbing headlines the...

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Germany's Cultural Heartland – Arnstadt

The historical town of Arnstadt is located a short 15 min train journey from Erfurt which makes it the perfect place to head to following an exploration of Thuringia's capital city. With a population of approximately 25,000 people, Arnstadt is a relatively small German town and that's exactly why you're going to want to visit. There is a reason why Arnstadt is called the oldest town in central...

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Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Maybe you're reading this at home whilst doing a little research for your next holiday or perhaps you're on a crowded tube or bus just wishing to be somewhere else, anywhere else. Well, the good news is that this post is all about exploring one of our favourite places in the world, the Czech Republic! Any time of year is a wonderful time to visit and if you want to maximise your holiday then you're going to love finding out how easy it is to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov! Two cities in one visit. Czechia, or the Czech Republic, is one of the most amazing places on the planet and no...

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Iconic London Landmarks You Cannot Miss

St Paul's Cathedral One of my favourite places in London, St Paul's is the work of the great Sir Christopher Wren. The stunning Baroque church designed by Wren in 1673, after the original was destroyed in The Great Fire of London. As one of London's most important religious sites. This London landmark should be on everyone's to-visit list. There are many different parts of the Cathedral to discover, from the underground crypt to the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London. Views of the interior: Climb the stairs to the Whispering Gallery and look straight down onto the Nave, or head further up to The Stone and Golden Galleries. Big Ben If someone says Big Ben, you instantly think of the iconic clock tower next to the Palace of Westminster which overlooks the River Thames. The bell that dongs on the hour or when the BBC News starts every evening. There's no denying Big Ben is an iconic landmark of London. Did you know that Big Ben is actually the physical bell inside the...

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Must Sees on a Croatia Road Trip

Starting at the most Northern point, Rijeka is a transport hub and major ferry port. It and its nearby neighbour Opatija, are the gateway to the Croatian Dalmatian coast. As Croatia's third largest city, it's bustling although most visitors rarely stop and simply head south. Do yourself a favour, stop here and experience the charm of the locals, colourful carnival and good nightlife. East of Rijeka/Opatija is the Istria region. The Istria is a big foodie hub, famous for truffles and wine so if food is your thing, consider adding the city of Pula and other parts of the Istria region...

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Places To Visit in Sharjah, UAE

Souq Al Arsa The oldest market place in the UAE this was once a meeting place for merchants from Persia and India and bygone Bedouins and their camels. Stepping into this souq is like being transported back in time. Based in the Heart of Sharjah, the Souq Al Arsa is now a covered market with air-conditioned alleyways featuring solid wooden doors, and is still home to merchants selling everything from touristic wares, to tobacco by the plant, and it's also a great place for visitors to interact with local Emerati. Souq Al Shinasiya Souq Al Shinasiya is one of the oldest souqs in the region, and now, beautifully renovated, it's built on the foundations of one of the most vibrant souqs in the region. Explore the museum and discover much of the heritage of the area. The rest of the...

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Reflections on My First Safari near Cape Town

Juggling full time work and our busy schedules meant that for our trip to Cape Town we only had 11 days, including travel days and a multi-day wedding, to explore the Western Cape. As much as I wanted to discover Kruger National Park near Johannesburg or Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth doing so would be at the expense of discovering Cape Town. It just wasn't going to happen this...

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The Best Castles Near London To Explore

Rochester Castle, Kent Strategically placed to guard an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. This Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone dates back to the 12th century and still stands as a prominent feature of the city of Rochester, dominating the skyline from a top of the hill, standing at 113 feet high. In 1215, the castle endured an epic siege which resulted in the southern corner crashing down. The castle was rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the sixteenth century. The fortress has been included in the works of artists and writers, including diarist Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens who lived in Rochester and included the castle ruins in The Pickwick...

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Things To Do in London for Couples

Aside from Buck Pal and Parliament, London Eye has got to be one of the iconic landmarks of London. As the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel it has dominated the southern side of the Thames since its inception for the millennium in 2000. Standard ticket holders can expect to share one of the 32 pods with up to 28 people but it is possible to exclusively book your own private pod....

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Ultimate Guide to Weekend Break in Cardiff, Wales

A mix of modern architecture and ancient buildings, a central city stadium for sports entertainment, and a thriving independent food scene makes a weekend break in Cardiff perfect for all to enjoy. Providing visitors with beautiful Victorian arcades and quirky weekend markets, cultural sites including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum, the seaside of the updated Cardiff Bay, I ventured...

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Why You Need to Visit the Fascinating Stirling Castle

The first mention of Stirling Castle, sitting high atop the Castle Hill rock formation, was in the 12th century. Stirling Castle as we know it today was constructed between the late 15th and 16th century. Stirling Castle is considered an important part of Scottish history. Not only was it home to various kings and queens throughout history, it was the location where Mary, Queen of Scots spent a considerable amount of her life, including during her coronation in 1542. Old Mary had quite a life though. She reigned Scotland for 25 years, had three husbands, one of which was her cousin and died in mysterious circumstances, rumours persist about him being knocked off by her third husband James Hepburn. Life tends to come in waves, good and bad. However things didn't get any better for Mary, following an uprising she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate the throne to her 1-year old son. She fled south to England seeking asylum where she was imprisoned and...

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