Driving to San Marino

Bologna, Ravenna and San Marino, Italy. Arriving on a Friday night the first stop was the airport hotel to get a good night sleep before what turned out to be an excellent weekend road trip. First stop was Ravenna, full of history and famous for it’s beautiful mosaics it sits just about halfway between Bologna and San Marino making it the perfect place to spend the…

Underground in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark. Two weeks earlier we thought we were headed to Corsica but thanks to a British Airways pilot strike and our flights cancelled we suddenly had an empty weekend to fill. Copenhagen came up cheapest and as we’d only previously been in the bitter winter we were looking forward to a summer visit where things were actually open. First stop was the Cisterns, a subterranean…

Chernobyl

Kiev, Ukraine. Arriving on Friday afternoon we had to make the most of our short day in the capital as our time here was limited due to the tour of Chernobyl we had planned for the following day. First impressions of Kiev were very good, lots of character and impressive churches all over with their distinctive gold domed roofs. What you notice everywhere is the abundance…

Lithuania’s Capital

Vilnius, Lithuania. As our weekend trips continue to take us further and further from home, this time just north of the border of Belarus and almost as far as Russia we arrived in the capital. Vilnius is all about the characterful old town which is the largest surviving medieval old town in Northern Europe and is listed a UNESCO world heritage site. We only had about…

City by the Bay

San Francisco, USA. We took advantage of a great deal on flights a whole year in advance to taking this trip and when the time finally came around I was slightly worried that going such a long way for a such a limited time wasn’t the best idea, but even after just the first day of arriving all concern completely disappeared when we started to see…

Drizzle in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany. After an amazing 2018 of travelling we were keen to kick things off again straight away in the new year. The first weekend of January rolled in and without anything planned we got the travel itch and booked a last minute flight to the 7th largest city in Germany. This early in the year the weather wasn’t much different from home, cold and wet,…

Land of the Rising Sun

Japan. Flying in from Shanghai, we had a jam packed schedule for what turned out to be a spectacular week long journey around western Japan. We flew in to Osaka but headed straight to Kyoto, then from there we visited Mount Koya, Nara and Himeji all in the Kansai region, Hiroshima in the Chugoku region, back to Osaka and finally a brief stop in Tokyo (Kanto…

Bright Lights, Big City

Shanghai, China. Hitting 305km/h we raced south on the Chinese version of the bullet train headed for China’s financial capital and the second most populated city in the World. Even at these speeds Beijing isn’t exactly next door and the journey still takes around 5 hours which got us there just before the sun was beginning to set. We got checked in to our hotel and…

The Great Wall

Beijing, China. We finally made it, which surprisingly was no mean feat. Put aside the 2 stop overs and 16 hours flying time to get here, that’s the easy part. To get a VISA to be allowed into the country you have to visit the Chinese embassy no earlier than 4 weeks but no later than 2 weeks before your intended arrival… you need an appointment…

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Countries Visited: 61 / 195
Continents Visited: 6 / 7