Back In Time At Beamish – Part 1

We awoke to pouring rain on our first day in Co Durham but set out undeterred to visit Beamish, the famed open-air museum. It was just half an hour’s drive from our hotel, a good journey and best of all that rain eased off. Plenty of cars in the car park was no surprise but…

Staying at the Redworth Hall

An hour’s drive from the waterfall and we arrived at our hotel for the next three nights – the Redworth Hall Hotel in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. I had stayed here years ago on one of my very first work trips. More familiar then with youth hostels and backpacker places, I remember being blown away…

High Force Waterfall

School holidays started (yippee), not for Husband but it was the best of both worlds when Son and I tagged along on his work trip to Co. Durham. A few meetings en route, we opted to break up the journey a little more with a stop at High Force waterfall in Teesdale. Husband (in another…

Last Night In Lisbon

After our day in Belem, we headed back to Baixa and back out into the city for our final night of exploring. We wandered, meandered and soaked up the sights and sounds of this wonderful city one last time. I had spied the Gloria funicular earlier in the week, we decided to ride it. Just…

Exploring Belem

On our last full day in Lisbon Son and I woke up feeling queasy and off colour. Unsure what caused this we had a lie-in, a late breakfast and didn’t venture out until 11.30. We still didn’t feel on top form but were well enough to keep to our original plan to visit Belem. Tram…

Lisbon’s Oceanarium

We enjoyed our morning wandering around Lisbon’s Expo area – especially the cable car ride and after lunch it was time to visit the Oceanarium, originally our main reason for coming to this part of the city. After stacks of pre-trip research I read many times over this was one of the most impressive aquariums…

Exploring Lisbon’s Expo Area

On our penultimate day in Lisbon we decided to do something different. A speedy hotel breakfast then we hopped on the metro and whizzed out to the Expo area of the city. Once derelict, this whole place was redeveloped completely for the 1998 Lisbon Expo. Son was already keen to visit the famed aquarium here,…

Ferry Across The Tagus

After a great morning exploring the castle and the Alfama, we went from the highest part of Lisbon back down to the lowest to catch the ferry to the other side of the river. I had read all about Lisbon’s Christ Statue, we had a reasonable view of it from Commerce Square and it looked…

Wandering Around Lisbon’s Alfama Neighbourhood

After we had explored all nooks and crannies of the castle in Lisbon we strolled through the Alfama neighbourhood on our way back down towards the river. This is definitely a good plan if you want to save your legs. The whole area is super hilly and walking down rather than up through the steep,…