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72 hours in Berlin – How to make the most of your short trip to this fantastic city

During June 2018 I spent three nights in the wonderful German City of Berlin. I had wanted to visit Berlin for a while and when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance. I'd heard a lot of great things about Berlin. Everyone I'd spoken to who had...
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Charlestown – If you’re lucky you might just bump into Captain Poldark!

If you love Cornwall and the curly-haired, hairy chested heartthrob; Poldark there's no better place to visit than Charlestown; a small village and port on the south coast of Cornwall (just outside St Austell). Poldark fans will instantly recognise...
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Norway in a nutshell – what a breathtaking day trip that was!

I can't recommend the 'Norway in a nutshell' day trip enough. If your time in Norway is limited you really should do this trip if you can. We paid about £145 each - well in advance (approximately 1600 Norwegian Krone) for this trip which...
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Machu Pichu

Machu Pichu was another big tick off the bucket list. It's an incredible place to visit. Photo's and TV don't do it justice, you have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate the grandeur of the place. It's amazing to think Machu Pichu was built...
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Guilin

The main reason for visiting Guilin was to see it's amazing scenery and take a trip down the Li River. We also wanted to see local fisherman using Cormorants to catch their fish at night. Guilin means 'Forest of sweet Osmanthus'. Osmanthus is a type...
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Xi’an

China is full of so many wondrous sights and experiences. Again, another big tick off the bucket list was seeing the Terracotta Warriors. You need to see this amazing spectacle with your own eyes to truly appreciate the scale and grandeur of this...
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Kovalam

The 'Leela Hotel' is part of a beautiful clifftop beach resort in Kovalam which is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram. We stayed here on our year-long round the world trip. My sister came out to...
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Helsinki – How to make the most of a two night trip to Finland’s capital city

Back in March 2018, we spent a couple of nights in the capital city of Finland; Helsinki. It's a great place to visit. I'd love to go back as two nights isn't really long enough but in true Team Vanags style, we crammed a hell of a lot into a short...
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Suomenlinna Island – Boat trip

If you find yourself in Helsinki you should really try and take a days boat trip to Suomenlinna Island. The island was built in the mid 18th century as a sea fortress when Finland was part of Sweden. 800 people still live on the island. There's a...
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Vantaa to Lappeenranta (and back again) by train

We'd arranged to have one night in Vantaa (a suburb of Helsinki) as we knew we wouldn't be getting there till after midnight. The next day we had to get the train to Lappeenranta where we were due to stop for a night. The train journey from...
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