825 – Turkey 2018

17 Sep , 2018  

Uskudar waterfront

A two week holiday in Turkey departing on Monday 17th September from Birmingham International, a 1515 flight which leaves 20 minutes late and gets us into Dalaman at 2130. After some stress collecting the hire car for 10 days, plus a 50km drive at night in unfamiliar territory, we finally arrive at Hotel Villa Daffodil […]

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814 – Northern Ireland 2018

12 May , 2018  

Old Castle Ward

A week staying in a National Trust property, Potter’s cottage, on the Castle Ward estate by Strangford Lough 30 miles south of Belfast. We fly from Birmingham International on Saturday 12th May at 8.30am having taken a taxi to the airport at 6.0am. We arrive in Belfast City airport just after 9.30am and after picking […]

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795 – Turkey 2017

16 Sep , 2017  

Konak Square, Izmir

On Saturday 16th September travel to Izmir in Turkey for the start of a two week holiday exploring the Southern Aegean area. A full day of travelling, it all goes well; BA flight from Heathrow to Istanbul, then after a two and a half hour wait, a domestic flight on Turkish Airways arriving at Izmir […]

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772 – Istanbul 2017

23 Mar , 2017  

Empress Zoe Hotel, Istanbul

On Thursday 23rd March we set off for a four night stay in Istanbul returning to the “Empress Zoe” hotel in the Sultanahmet area of the city. Catching the 6.40am bus into Birmingham, then the train and monorail to Birmingham airport, we enjoy a second (cooked) breakfast at the airport’s Wetherspoons and then an uneventful […]

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767 – Turkey 2016

17 Sep , 2016  

Roman remains in Side

On Saturday 17th September we set off for a two week holiday exploring several parts of Turkey. A day of travel flying from Heathrow on a BA flight at 7.05am to Ataturk airport in Istanbul. We have to wait a few hours at Ataturk (but have a nice relaxed time eating our first Turkish meal) […]

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742 – Wales 2016

14 Mar , 2016  

Treleddyd Fawr Cottage

Travel to Pembrokeshire on Monday 14th March to spend five nights in a recently restored National Trust cottage, Treleddyd Fawr, a traditional early 19th century farmhouse located in a hamlet two miles outside of St. David’s. Setting off at 10am on a very sunny early spring day, we break the journey at Abergavenny exploring the […]

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730 – Cyprus 2015

26 Sep , 2015  

Two weeks travelling around Cyprus, the north of the island for the most part, leaving on Saturday 26th September from Stanstead to Ercan airport outside Nicosia. The flight is delayed by almost 2 hours due to air traffic control issues at Istabul, so we don’t arrive at our first hotel, the “Cypriot Swallow” until 11.30pm.

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690 – North Wales 2015

23 Mar , 2015  


A four night stay at a National Trust cottage, Pant Rhiw, located near Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula, from Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March. It is a long drive on the Monday, taking four and a half hours, but we break up the journey half way with a two hour stop at Powis […]