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Teide National Park - Tenerife

Teide National Park

It was an early start for the hours drive from the south of Tenerife up to the Teide National Park and the Mount Teide cable car. The roads were steep and windy, which was fun and kept me on my toes. We hit the cable car at 9am, our internet booking meant we were first on, and ten minutes later…

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Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

The palace of Versailles — opulent, luxurious and regal. The royal chateaux and gardens are just 12 miles from the centre of Paris which makes for an easy day trip. Once you’ve finished touring the palace be sure to wander through the gardens, past the grand canal to the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. It was wonderful to see the…

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Evening food market at Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech.

Evening food market at Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech.

Zakopane

It might have been quicker to drive, but it was much cheaper to jump on the local bus for the 2½ hour journey down to Zakopane. It was a nice timeout after exploring Krakow and visiting Auschwitz, half watching the countryside roll by and half with my nose buried in a book. Zakopane lies at the foot of the Tatra…

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Auschwitz-Birkenau

We'd both been choked with the cold for a couple of days, and it was cold, damp and dreary outside. But we caught the bus from Krakow to Oswiecim and asked the driver to shout when we arrived. He did, though he needn't have, as the rest of the bus were here to visit the same place we were —…

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Kraków

I have visited Krakow many times over the years. In fact, Krakow is probably my most visited city outside of the UK. With fond memories of feeding the pigeons as a child, and of horse drawn carriage rides around Rynek Glówny, Krakow has something that just keeps drawing me back. The picturesque old town square, with the Sukiennice cloth hall…

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Abu Simbel

Our arrival in to Abu Simbel was quite something. The short flight from Aswan slammed down on to the tarmac as if announcing our arrival to the great pharaoh Ramesses II himself, whose temples we had come to visit. The small temple of Queen Nefertari and the great temple of Ramesses II stand proud on the banks of Lake Nasser.…

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