Staying In Lisbon

We just couldn’t decide where in Lisbon we wanted to stay. All the neighbourhoods sounded equally enticing and we trawled through a vast number of hotels on the internet before we stumbled upon the Browns group. They have three hotels in Lisbon, we very nearly booked the Browns Downtown Hotel but then switched at the…

Lisbon – Best Bits

Husband needed to take a work trip to Portugal, we managed to schedule this during Son’s Easter holidays so we could tag along as well. A choice of basing ourselves in either Porto or Lisbon for the five day break – we opted for Lisbon, a tough choice but a good one, we loved it.…

Exploring Turku

On our penultimate day in Naantali we took a trip to nearby Turku, an easy twenty minute drive and a lucky find – a free of charge parking spot on a street very close to the cathedral. This is Finland’s oldest town and was the old capital of the country until 1812. It is a seaside…

A Day At Moominworld

Our second day in Naantali was spent at Moominworld, recommended by our friends and somewhere they said we had to visit. Son was not too familiar with the Moomin books and stories but we quickly rectified that before our trip to Finland. Then we set out on a sunny Saturday morning to meet these creatures…

Exploring Naantali

A blast from the past here, back to 2007 and those blissful pre-school days when we were free to travel just when we pleased. We took a trip to Finland in June, timed to have midsummer in Helsinki but before that squeezed in four days in Naantali. This is a holiday resort on the southwest…

Music And More At Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall is a bit of a gem. Right in the middle of a housing estate, it is an unlikely location for a Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house that dates back to 1177. However it harks back to a time when there was nothing but countryside in this urban sprawl and is a lovely place…

Mexican Food And People’s History

A weekend trip into Manchester, we headed to the Corn Exchange, one time posh shopping area it saw a downturn in fortunes for a few years but has now been transformed into an eating mecca. Spoilt for choice, we eventually opted for Mexican food at Wahaca. Our last experience at this restaurant was in Covent…