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Your Complete Guide to the London Underground

The London Underground is brilliant! OK, so it’s a little expensive, weekend engineering works are infuriating and I’m definitely biased. but trust me, it really is brilliant. It is, however, a complex world of unspoken rules, and if you break them, you know about it. If it is your first visit to London, or you’ve… Continue reading Your Complete Guide to the London Underground

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Marseille, France – Protests, Puffing and Panting

In the last few days of our grand tour of Europe (otherwise known as the Ryanair jaunt) we were residing in Aix-en-Provence at our friend Phil’s house, We all decided to take a day trip into Marseille as it is only a short bus ride away.   THE PROTEST En route to the bus stop,… Continue reading Marseille, France – Protests, Puffing and Panting

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Aix-En-Provence, France – Brie, Baguettes and Beer

ARRIVING IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE Marseilles Provence airport, Marseilles and Aix-En- Provence form a triangle on the map. The airport is roughly 25km from each of the towns. It has been cited as one of those mislabelled small airports that low cost airlines use, named after big cities, but it was perfect for our to visit Aix-En-Provence (hereafter… Continue reading Aix-En-Provence, France – Brie, Baguettes and Beer

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Valentine’s Special – Top 5 moments that shouldn’t have been romantic

Forget Venice, shun Paris, chop up the roses and don’t even think about mentioning sunsets. This year, I am the Valentine’s Grinch. 14/02/2017 will be a most unromantic day for my new hubby and I, as we are both on shift at our respective jobs all afternoon and evening. This is, obviously, less than ideal… Continue reading Valentine’s Special – Top 5 moments that shouldn’t have been romantic

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Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

Arriving at Madrid International Airport was a real shock to the system. After using smaller airports, our legs almost couldn’t stand the strain of the long walk between the plane and passport control. Posters dotted the terminal, the faces of wanted basque separatists and other terrorists staring blankly across the immigration hall. In 2004, a… Continue reading Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

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Barcelona, Spain – La Merce Festival

GETTING TO BARCELONA Our flight from Rome to Barcelona only took us about an hour. The Terravision coach from the airport into town took us slightly longer. Barcelona Girona Airport is very far from the city, I believe it is just called Girona by the rest of the world, but Ryanair is still promoting it… Continue reading Barcelona, Spain – La Merce Festival
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Rome, Italy Part 2 –  Coins, The Colosseum and Cutting Queues.   

To catch up on the story of our visit to Rome, click here . Day two of our three day stop in Italy and we set out for some more Rome-based shenanigans. THE JOURNEY INTO ROME Morning saw us waiting on a sun-drenched platform, waiting for the local train into Rome. The station itself was very unkempt,… Continue reading Rome, Italy Part 2 –  Coins, The Colosseum and Cutting Queues.   

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Rome, Italy Part 1 – Popes, Paintings and Parents 

Getting into Rome Ciampino is Rome’s second airport and it lies 7.5 miles South of the city. To reach the centre, jump aboard the E1 bus which takes you to a train station, from which you can travel into Rome’s main train station. For once, however,  we had somebody coming to meet us. Andrew, our… Continue reading Rome, Italy Part 1 – Popes, Paintings and Parents 

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Berlin Germany Part 2 – Bikes, Barricades and Beers

  After our disastrous first day trying to get into Berlin (seriously, it was a nightmare and you can read about it here) we had to see as much of the city as we could in 3/4 of a day. We jumped on the U-Bahn from our hostel to the TV Tower and the Fat… Continue reading Berlin Germany Part 2 – Bikes, Barricades and Beers

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Berlin, Germany Part 1  – Bargain Flights & Big Mistakes

I have always liked the idea of going Interrailing. As you can see in this blog about Canada, I do enjoy train travel. After some research, a multi-country pass was coming up at about £180. Two days after discussing it with Karl, and planning out an itinerary, I received an email from Ryanair. They were offering… Continue reading Berlin, Germany Part 1  – Bargain Flights & Big Mistakes