Copenhagen – Denmark

I went to Copenhagen in March 2015 for 3 nights and as usual I stayed in a hostel, I stay in hostels for the socialising opportunities more so than to save on costs.

The first thing I did in Copenhagen was to buy a 48 hour hop on hop off bus ticket. These type of bus tours are a great way to see as much of a city in a short period of time.  The next thing I did was book myself onto a free walking tour, another great way to learn about  the city.

Copenhagen Free Walking Tour, Denmark
Copenhagen Free Walking Tour, Denmark

What I Did

Church of Our Saviour or Vor Frelsers Kirke
This church is located in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. The church’s brown and gold spire can be seen from miles around and on a clear day,  the sun against the gold dome at the top acts like a light beacon drawing people to it.  The main reason I visited this church was to climb up its tower, there are 400 steps to the top of the spire, the last 150 being outside. This is an old church so the steps are narrow and rickety and there is no place or time to rest  on the ascent or descent as there is a constant flow of people going up and down. I think I paid the equivalent of £5 to climb up, don’t quote me on that but either way it is very cheap.

Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me on the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me on the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
View of Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiania
Christiania is an autonomous neighbourhood of close to 1000 residents. Abandoned army barracks  were squatted by arty types in the 1970s.  Cannabis has been freely traded in the area since then and still is, hence why photographs are forbidden in the area.  I really liked Christiania, I am a hippy at heart and I  liked that these people where able to take a disused area and build something worthwhile. It is the home of the Christiania bikes used by the Princess of Denmark. Also I had an amazing Vegetarian meal in one of the cafes.

Entrance to Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Entrance to Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark (Picture not Mine)
Christiania Statue of Liberty, Copenhagen, Denmark
Christiania Statue of Liberty, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mural in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mural in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Vegetarian Meal at Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Vegetarian Meal at Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiansborg Palace or Christiansborg Slot
Christiansborg Palace is both a palace and government buildings. The Tarnet Tower at the centre of the buildings offers aerial views of the city, there is something about being high up that makes me feel extra liberated. Entrance to the tower is free  and there is a lift to take you up.

Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
View from Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me on Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me on Tarnet Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark

St Alban’s Church
St Alban’s church is an English Anglican church in a peaceful park located in the Nordre Tolbold area next to the citadel Kastellet (a well pressured army fortress) and the Gefion Fountain. I liked this little church for its simplicity.

St Alban's Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
St Alban’s Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
St Alban's Church and Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark
St Alban’s Church and Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Inside St Alban's Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
Inside St Alban’s Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordre Tolbold Park, Copenghagen, Denmark
Nordre Tolbold Park, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at Nordre Tolbold Park, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at Nordre Tolbold Park, Copenhagen, Denmark

Little Mermaid
Within the same vicinity of St Alban’s Church is the Little Mermaid statue. I could barely get a clear view of the statue as it is quiet small and there were loads of tourist around wanting to see the famous statue.  And no she does not have red hair or a turquoise fin.

Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark
Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at the Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at the Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum, the collection is built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. I did not go inside as I had limited time but I managed to find a gem in the gardens outside the museum. I came across Rodin’s ‘Thinker’, this really made my day.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Devil Sculpture, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Devil Sculpture, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rodin's Thinker at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rodin’s Thinker at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Back of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Back of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Round Tower or Rundetarn
The Round Tower in Copenhagen was  one of the last  places I visited in Copenhagen. It is free to go inside, there is also a small gallery, mid way up and best of all there is viewing platform for aerial views of city. I never got tired of seeing Copenhagen from up high.

The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Inside The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Inside The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
View From The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
View From The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Some Art in The Round Tower Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Some Art in The Round Tower Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Some Art in The Round Tower Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Some Art in The Round Tower Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Just Walking Around
Walking around is what I like best, getting lost in the hopes I stumble across unique and interesting aspects of the city and Copenhagen didn’t disappoint.

A Colourful Square in Copenhagen, Denmark
A Colourful Square in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark
Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
The MarbleChurch From The Courtyard of The Royal Palaces, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marble Church From The Courtyard of The Royal Palaces, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marble Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marble Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ship on Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark
Ship on Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark

My Review of the City
Copenhagen is a great city, it is vibrant, culturally rich and has a great history. The city is expensive but you can definitely visit even with a strict budget. I had a great time in the city and I would like to return to explore some more especially in Christiana.  An all round great destination for anyone who wants to experience a Northern European City.

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Belfast – Northern Ireland

Belfast was the second leg of my trip to Ireland. I was really excited to go to Belfast as it is a city with a complicated history and I wanted to learn more about  ‘The Troubles’ and how the city overcame them to be a city on the rise. Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom, the currency used is the GBP (£).

Cost of my trip
I caught a coach from Dublin to Belfast  and it took approximately  2hrs 30mins at a cost of €17. Accommodation cost £45 for 3 nights and my return flight back to London cost £35.

Where I stayed

Global Village Hostel
The hostel was located in the university district of Belfast. The hostel is not centrally located but it is very easy to get to the centre with a local bus or it is a 20-30mins walk dependent on your speed. The hostel was very cool, clean and the staff really made you feel welcome. There is a real community spirit encouraged by the staff at the hostel and for £15 a night it was great value for money.

Global Village Hostel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Global Village Hostel, Belfast, Northern Ireland (This is not my photograph)
Inside Global Village, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Inside Global Village, Belfast, Northern Ireland (This is not my photograph)

What I did

Ulster Museum
To learn about Belfast and Northern Ireland’s history the museum is a great place to start. The exhibition on ‘The Troubles’ is laid out in chronological order and it offers a great sense of what happened. Aside from the exhibition on ‘The Troubles’ there are other exhibition and collection on display and they are the most eclectic collection and display I have ever seen. Nevertheless it is still a great museum and there is no entrance fee.

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sculpture outside Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland
Sculpture outside Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland

Belfast Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens is also home to Ulster Museum  so you can visit both attractions on the same day. The beautiful domed conservatory is not very large but it is very interesting and a worthwhile visit, there is no entrance fee to the conservatory.

Belfast Botanical Gardens, Northern Ireland
Belfast Botanical Gardens, Northern Ireland
Belfast Botanical Garden Conservatory, Northern Ireland
Belfast Botanical Gardens, Northern Ireland
Inside Belfast Botanical Garden Conservatory, Northern Ireland
Inside Belfast Botanical Garden Conservatory, Northern Ireland
Inside Belfast Botanical Garden Conservatory, Northern Ireland
Inside Belfast Botanical Garden Conservatory, Northern Ireland

Christmas Market
A Christmas market was held on the grounds of the grand Belfast City Hall, an  iconic building in its own right brought to life by the dazzling lights and various booths and stalls selling everything to make the festive period extra special.

Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway Tour
The Giant’s Causeway  is an all day trip for £25, the trip includes a trip to Carrickfergus Castle, a walk along the legendary Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and culminates at the UNESCO Giant’s Causeway.  The drive to the various attractions goes along the gorgeous Antrim coast, offering beautiful and unspoilt views.

Carrickfergus Castle
The stop at the castle was very brief and we weren’t able to go inside but the views were worthwhile.

Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Walking on the bridge is not guaranteed as on days with high winds the bridge is closed, so I was very lucky the bridge was opened. There is a short and easy 1 kilometre hike from the car park to the place where you access the bridge, there is a small fee of £5 to cross the bridge. The views were really amazing and crossing the bridge was one of the best experiences of my life it was scary but exhilarating.

Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Me at Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Me at Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
View from Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
View from Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
View from Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
View from Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Walking on Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Walking on Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway
An amazing wonder of nature, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. It was a truly unique sight and well worth the visit, I would like to visit again during summer time.

The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Me at The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
Me at The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Other sights and things of Belfast

View from Victoria Shopping Centre Viewing Platform, Belfast, Northern Ireland
View from Victoria Shopping Centre Viewing Platform, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen's University Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen’s University Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen's University at night, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen’s University at night, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Dock, Northern Ireland
Belfast Dock, Northern Ireland
Queen's Bridge, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Queen’s Bridge, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Part of Belfaast Town Hall, Northern Ireland
Part of Belfaast Town Hall, Northern Ireland
The Crown, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Crown, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Beacon of Hope, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Beacon of Hope, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Albert Clock Tower, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Albert Clock Tower, Belfast, Northern Ireland

My Review of the City
Belfast is a city that is relatively new as  a tourist destination but it is well worth a visit, I recommend going there before it becomes too commercial and things become very expensive.  Going out eating, drinking and all the activities I did were very reasonably priced,  I am sure this will change once the tourism industry becomes well and truly established.  I had a good time in the Belfast even though there isn’t much to do in the city but when coupled with a trip to Dublin like I did, you will be bound to have a fun filled trip.

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Dublin – Ireland

I decided I need to see more of the countries and cities neighbouring where I live (London) so I decided to take a trip to Dublin in Ireland. The Currency used in Ireland is the Euro, £1 (GBP) is equivalent to €1.30 (Euros).

Cost of my trip
My flight from London Stanstead to Dublin cost €13 (£10) and my accommodation at Abigail’s hostel costs €104.80 (£81.54) for 4 nights.

The weather
It was December so it was cold, I needed my large coat, scarf, hat and gloves. The Emerald isles surely get cold during winter.

Where I stayed
Abigail’s Hostel
The hostel was centrally located on Aston Quay with views of the River Liffy. It was decent, the hostel room had an en-suite and the breakfast (included) was typical of continental Europe. The hotel was value for money and I recommend it for ease of access to the main attractions.

Abigail's Hostel, Dublin, Ireland
Abigail’s Hostel, Dublin, Ireland (This photo is not mine)
Inside Abigail's Hostel, Dublin, Ireland
Inside Abigail’s Hostel, Dublin, Ireland (This photo is not mine)

What I did

Dublin Free Walking Tour
I went on a Sandemans free walking tour, I find this is the best way to learn about a new city, the tour guides are usually history students and they have great knowledge of the city and culture. The guide on this tour was no exception, he was great fun.

Sandemans Free Walking Tour, Dubin, Ireland
Sandemans Free Walking Tour, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Castle
The Castle is rather unusual in that it doesn’t look much like a Castle in the main courtyard, however the old prison attached to the rear of the castle is a lot more interesting and typical of medieval architecture.

The Courtyard of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Courtyard of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Courtyard of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Courtyard of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Rear of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Rear of Dublin Castle, Ireland
The Rear of Dublin, Castle
The Rear of Dublin, Castle

Trinity College
The university grounds  are beautiful and steeped in history and culture, I would have loved being a student here. Trinity college is also the home to the exhibition of The Book of Kells and The Long Room library .

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Clock Tower, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Clock Tower, Dublin, Ireland

The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is beautifully decorated and written in Latin, it contains the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various introductory texts and tables. It truly is a masterpiece of Western calligraphy, the book is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. There is an entrance fee of €10 to the exhibition, photographs are not allowed therefore I have no pictures of my own to share with you, I highly recommend a visit to the exhibition.

Book of Kells, Ireland, Dublin
Book of Kells, Ireland, Dublin

The Long room
The entrance to the Long room is at the end of the Book of Kells exhibition, it is a fantastic library where the books are arranged by height, it is said finding a book can take a good while. Being surrounded by all that knowledge made me feel smart, the knowledge seemed to seep out and permeate the air.

The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

The City Hall
The City Hall is a fine example of 18th-century architecture, the exterior is beautiful but the inside is even more impressive, as you walk through the doors you are met with a beautifully painted gold dome. There wasn’t anything to do in building except appreciate the architecture and empty space.

The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland
The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland
The Dome of The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland
The Dome of The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Inside The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Inside The City Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMoMA)
The IMoMA is located in a fantastic building on beautiful grounds. It was free to get into the main exhibition.

The IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
The IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
The Rear of IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
The Rear of IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland
Gary Hume, Back of Snowman, IMoMa, Dublin, Ireland
Gary Hume, Back of Snowman, IMoMa, Dublin, Ireland
Isaac Julien, Love Hate, IMOMA, Dublin, Ireland
Isaac Julien, Love Hate, IMoMA, Dublin, Ireland

The Formal Gardens
The gardens are located next to the IMoMA, it is immaculately kept and you can tell a lot of love and care goes into looking after the gardens. It was a dry and sunny day so I sat under the winter sun for while just enjoying the gardens.

The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland
The Formal Garden, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin at Night
Seeing a city at night you get a totally different vibe than you would get during the day, Dublin’s vibe was much sexy and somewhat romantic especially around the River Liffy.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin at Night, Ireland
Dublin at Night, Ireland
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, Ireland
The Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
The Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
The Padlocks of Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
The Padlocks of Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
The River Liffy, Dublin, Ireland
The River Liffy, Dublin, Ireland
Light on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
Light on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
St Andrew's Dublin, Ireland
St Andrew’s Dublin, Ireland

Other sights and things of Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland
The Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland
The Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland
Street Art of Dublin, Ireland
Street Art of Dublin, Ireland
Monument, Dublin, Ireland
Monument, Dublin, Ireland

My Review of the City
Dublin is a crazy, sexy and cool city. I will describe it as a smaller compact London which is actually more expensive but with nicer people. I definitely would love to return to Dublin as part of a bigger trip through Southern Ireland. All in all Dublin is a great city.

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Trinidad – Cuba

Sancti Spiritus
The plan was to visit Sancti Spiritus and stay there for one day, we had been told that it is a small city but it is beautiful and worth a day trip. We booked Casa Las Americas and they were informed we would be arriving at 4am. The Viazul from Santiago de Cuba to Sancti Spiritus took 8 hours and cost CUC 28. As expected we arrived at Sancti Spiritus at 4am, the Casa was only a 10 minutes walk from the Viazul bus terminal but it was a little disconcerting walking around that early in the morning with the only other people on the road being transsexual prostitutes.

However when we arrived at the Casa they did not respond to our knocks on the door, we stood for 10mins before we decided to head back to the bus terminal, I guess the worker at the Casa drank too much rum that night.
We decided to make our way to Trinidad and fortunately for us the next bus to Trinidad was arriving at 6am, we had only a 2 hour wait. Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus was only 1 hour 30 mins away and cost CUC 6. We arrived in Trinidad 8 am in the morning, 12 hours earlier than we had intended to, all in all the only part of Sancti Spiritus we saw was the Bus terminal and the local sex workers.

Trinidad
Trinidad is the best preserved city in Cuba, a small city with a heavy Spanish Colonial influence and is truly beautiful, no wonder it is declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the most visited city in Central Cuba but luckily for us whilst we were there it was rather quiet. There was so much colour and vibrancy everywhere you looked.

The weather
The weather was between Havana’s and Santiago the Cuba and was manageable at between 27-29 degrees.

Where I stayed
Hostal Sandra y Victor
Even though we had arrived 12 hours ahead of schedule we went to the Casa Sandra y Victor and they happily welcomed us in as we told them of our failed mission to Sancti Spiritus much to Victor’s Amusement. Knowing we were tired and hungry Victor prepared some breakfast on the porch  for us, the breakfast as usual in Cuba was great and the views of the giant Avocado trees made the meal even more delicious.
The Casa was amazing, the family was great, it was clean, centrally located and best of all were weren’t under the feet of the family as we had our own space. We paid CUC 60 for 2 night, I really recommend this Casa.
Address: Maceo no.613a e/ Pablo Pichs Giron Guinart Tel: 41 99 6444. web: www.hostalsandra.com

Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba (The picture is not mine)
The porch of Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
The porch of Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
Porch of Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
Porch of Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Balcony of Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Balcony of Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba

What I did

Valle de los Ingenios
We took a half day trip to the Valle de los Ingenios a sprawling open valley that makes you forget that there are developed cities such as Havana on the Cuban Island.  The trip was inexpensive at CUC 10 and included a stop at the Manca-Inznaga Estate and Hacienda Guachinango. One of the best part of the trip is the little wooden tourist train that takes you through the valley, the train is also named Valle de los Ingenios. Snacks, drinks and cigars are available on the train, the trip is great value for money and I highly really recommend it.

Valle de los Ingenios Train, Trinidad, Cuba
Valle de los Ingenios Train, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Valle de los Ingenios train, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Valle de los Ingenios train, Trinidad, Cuba
Locals of the Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad, Cuba
Locals of the Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad, Cuba
View of the Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad, Cuba
View of the Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad, Cuba
Me on the Valle de los Ingenios Train, Trinidad, Cuba
Me on the Valle de los Ingenios Train, Trinidad, Cuba

Manca-Inznaga Estate
The first thing you notice as you get the train station at the Manca-Inznaga estate is a 45 meter tower, it was built by the most successful sugar planters in Cuba.

Approaching The Manca-Inznaga Estate, Trinidad, Cuba
Approaching The Manca-Inznaga Estate, Trinidad, Cuba
The main house of the Manca-Inznaga Estate, Trinidad, Cuba
The main house of the Manca-Inznaga Estate, Trinidad, Cuba
Manca-Inznaga Estate Marketers, Trinidad, Cuba
Manca-Inznaga Estate Marketers, Trinidad, Cuba

The Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower
It is said that the tower was built to impressive a woman, lucky her. The tower is very old and so I climbed the wooden step precariously but it wasn’t a long way up to the top. The views are amazing the luscious greenery with dots of colourful buildings and white linen being sold by marketers made a beautiful picture.  There is a fee of CUC 2 to climb the tower.

Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
On the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
On the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
Looking out from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
Looking out from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba
View from the Manca-Inznaga Estate Tower, Trinidad, Cuba

Hacienda Guachinango
We stopped at the Hacienda Guachinango for lunch, there was also the chance to go horse riding for CUC 25. The Hacienda was very tranquil, a great place to come to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
Horse Riding at Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
Horse Riding at Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
The Rail Bridge of Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba
The Rail Bridge of Hacienda Guachinango, Trinidad, Cuba

Iglesia del la Santisima Trinidad
The church is not imposing but there is something about it that made we want to look inside. The inside similarly to the exterior is very simple and I liked that about it, the church was simply beautiful.

Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba
Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba
Inside Iglesia del la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba
Inside Iglesia del la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba
Insdie Iglesia del la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba
Inside Iglesia del la Santisima Trinidad, Cuba

Ermita de la Popa
The church is formally known as ‘Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Popa del Barco,’ a mouthful right? Hence why the locals call it La Popa, it is a dilapidated church on the outskirts of the city and lays 15 minutes at the end of a dirt track from Plaza Mayor. There is not much to see  of the church but a frame, but do not let that discouraged you the views of the city and the lush landscape of Valle de los Ingenious on the other side of the hill are worth it.

Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba
View from Ermita de la Popa, Trinidad, Cuba

Playa Ancon
The beach is some 20 mins away from the city centre, there are several ways to get to it; hire a car for the day, by taxi or the most economical way is the Trinibus which runs a service to and fro for only CUC 2 for a return journey. Just make sure to check the departure times.
It was the best beach I have ever been to, the sea was blue and warm, the sand white and the weather was perfect. There was a man selling fresh coconut for CUC 3, I ordered one and he took 30 mins to bring it but it tasted off, be careful who you buy things from on the beach.

Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Me at Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba
Me at Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba

Walking around
We walked around and explored the city, aimlessly wandering was a great way to discover the city’s unique and quirky character. Trinidad is certainly the most colourful city we went to in Cuba.

The Beautiful Streets of Trinidad, Cuba
The Beautiful Streets of Trinidad, Cuba
Parque Cespesdes, Trinidad, Cuba
Parque Cespesdes, Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad, Cuba
Locals of Trinidad, Cuba
Locals of Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Mayor, Trinidad, Cuba
Playa Mayor, Trinidad, Cuba
Museo de la Lucha Contra Bandios, Trinidad, Cuba
Museo de la Lucha Contra Bandios, Trinidad, Cuba
Classic Car, Trinidad, Cuba
Classic Car, Trinidad, Cuba
Grocer's Shop, Trinidad, Cuba
Grocer’s Shop, Trinidad, Cuba

Food and Drink
Breakfast
We paid an additional CUC 5 each morning to have breakfast at the Casa and it was worth it, again I say Cuban breakfast is the best.

Breakfast at Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba
Breakfast at Hostal Sandra y Victor, Trinidad, Cuba

Taberna La Bojita
This was a very cool restaurant, popular with locals and tourists alike, we ate there both nights we were in the city and we saw the same faces both nights. I liked the rustic decor but I was little thrown by the slave shackles and restraint on the walls, a reminder of human cruelty. Nevertheless it was a brilliant restaurant and the good food was served in large potions on rustic crockery. The entertainment where a brilliant duo from Bayamo, their sound was a Jazzy, Afro and Spanish mixture, we stayed  at least 1 hour after we finished our meals to listen to them. A two course meal and a drink cost CUC 12.

Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba
Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba
Meal at Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba
Meal at Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba
Cristal Beer, Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba
Cristal Beer, Taberna La Bojita, Trinidad, Cuba

Fando Brothers
We popped in there by chance looking for a place to cool off from the hot afternoon sun, we ordered iced daiquiris which was perfect for cooling down and we sat for a while people watching. The drinks cost CUC 4 each.

Iced Daiquiries at Fando Brother, Trinidad, Cuba
Iced Daiquiris at Fando Brother, Trinidad, Cuba

Review of Trinidad
This city was prefect, a great mixture between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Even though the city is small it packs a punch and offers a lot to do, I would certainly come back to Trinidad if I ever return to Cuba.

So what next
The next stop is Vinales at the top of the island.

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Edingburgh – Scotland

I went to Edinburgh in August 2015, mainly for the annual Fringe festival. It was my first time going to the festival and my first time in Scotland. I arrived during the opening week of the month-long festival  and stayed for 3 nights from the 6th-9th August 2015.

Cost of My Trip
My flight from London Stanstead to Edinburgh airport cost £59 and my stay at Baxter’s Hostel cost £130, so in all I paid £190 for my flight and accommodation.

The weather
Even though it was August the weather was still chilly averaging about 16 degrees and windy, I was unprepared so I had to buy a scarf and a light jacket for extra warmth. The weather in London at the time was about 21-22 degrees and I assumed it would be the same in Edinburgh but I was very wrong.

Where I stayed
I stayed at Baxter Hostel which was centrally located. The staff was amazing, from the outside it doesn’t look like much but it is cool, clean and breakfast (scrambled eggs and toast) was made fresh for you everyday by the staff.

Baxter Hostel, Edinburgh
Baxter Hostel, Edinburgh

What I did
I went to Scotland mainly to visit Edinburgh and experience the  Fringe festival, so most of my activities centred around going to shows and watching street performances. But I did also explore the city and beyond.

Edinburgh Castle
This castle is truly impressive, it sit proudly up high overlooking the city like a guardian. The only downside about going to visit the castle are the hordes of people there, it is a big tourist attraction. The entrance fee is £16.50 for adults.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle at night, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle at night, Scotland

The Scott Monument
This was one of the most favourite part of my trip, the impressive Gothic structure dominates Princes Street, a popular shopping district. Located next to Princes Gardens it is a great place to visit and take some time out eat lunch, bask in the sun, sit and think or just get some fresh air. The best part is that admission is only £4, there are 287 steps to the top which offers a magnificent view of the city.

The Scott Monument, Edingburgh, Scotland
The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
Inside The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland 1
Inside The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
Inside The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
Inside The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
View from The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland 2
View from The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
View from The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
View from The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
Me on The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland
Me on The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Giles Cathedral
As a lover of old architecture, especially churches and cathedrals, I fell in love with St Giles Cathedral. It is not as grand as some other cathedrals I have visited but there is a special air about the place that pulled me in. There is no entrance fee and it was great for me to practice my photography skills.

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Entrance of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Entrance of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Stainglass windows of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburg, Scotland
Stain glass windows of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburg, Scotland
Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyroodhouse  is the home of the Her majesty the Queen in Scotland,  entrance fee to the palace is £12 for adults.

The gates of The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
The gates of The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

Firth of Forth River Tour
For £20 you get a 24 hour hop on hop off bus tour of the city and a tour on the Firth of Forth river which included a visit to Inchcolm Island. The tour on the Firth of Forth river which goes along the Edinburgh and Fife coastlines alone is worth paying the £20, I went on a dry day and it was very beautiful and calming and I even got to see some seals.

The Forth Belle, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Forth Belle, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Seal on the Firth of Forth River, Edinburgh, Scotlnd
Seal on the Firth of Forth River, Edinburgh, Scotland
Seals basking on an Island on the Firth of Forth River, Scotland
Seals basking on an Island on the Firth of Forth River, Scotland
Inchcolm Island, Edinburgh, Scotland
Inchcolm Island, Scotland
Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island, Scotland
Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island, Scotland

The Harmonium Project
The Fringe Festival opened with a large, free, public outdoor event which saw a spectacular digitally animated artwork projected onto the front of the Usher Hall, set to music. The Harmonium Project, outside the Usher Hall celebrated Edinburgh’s relationship with architecture, learning, music and its role in developing technology.  I was very pleased I went along and witnessed the display.

The Harmonium Project, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Harmonium Project, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Harmonium project, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Harmonium Project, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

Walking around
Doing what I love best when visiting a new city is to walk and explore and find new and exciting things. See below some of the sights and things I discovered.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
Bank of Scotland Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
Bank of Scotland Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
St John's Church Edinburgh, Scotland
St John’s Church Edinburgh, Scotland
I love Scotland, Edinburgh
I love Scotland, Edinburgh
St John's Highland Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
St John’s Highland Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fringe Shows and Events
There were so many street performance and shows, and I managed to get free tickets for two shows and both were very good.

A Yurt, Fringe Festival Venue 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland
A Yurt, Fringe Festival Venue 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fringe Festival 2015, Edinburg, Scotland
Fringe Festival 2015, Edinburg, Scotland
Fringe Festival 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fringe Festival 2015, Edinburg, Scotland

My Ratings of the City

My ratings are out of ten and are my own personal views therefore feel free to disagree.

Culture = 8/10
There is so much to do in Edinburgh during the festival but even without the festival there are loads to do in the city  which includes, museums, galleries, hiking, theatre and of course comedy shows.

People/Friendliness = 8/10
Scottish people are friendly and I find them more welcoming than the English, I can say that as I have spent all my life in England.

Attractiveness = 9/10
Edinburgh is a very attractive city with the perfect combination of history and innovative architecture.  If you love historic architecture Edinburgh is the city for you.

Affordability = 7/10
Edinburgh is affordable, my benchmark is London (my home) and I did not feel I was paying more that I would pay at home.

Vibe = 8.5/10
The vibe was excellent, I was on my own but did not feel alone, there was so much happening it was truly amazing. However please note that I visited the city at a time when the city is most alive and bustling.

Overall = 8.5/10
I really loved this city and if the weather was warmer I would love to relocate to the city.  The city affords a good lifestyle.

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Glasgow – Scotland

I went to Scotland mainly to visit Edinburgh and experience the  Fringe Festival.  But as  Glasgow was only 1 hour away by train and approx £12 for a return ticket i decided to visit the city on my first day in Scotland for some sight seeing.

What  I did

Glasgow Cathedral
It is free to go into the Cathedral and it is well worth the visit. A small Cathedral but it has a special feel and magic to it.

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Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland
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Inside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland
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Inside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland
Me outside St Giles Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland
Me outside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

St George’s Square and Glasgow City Chambers
St George’s square is a great place to sit, think and people watch and the Glasgow City Chambers make a great backdrop for the beautiful square.

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George Square and Glasgow city Chambers, Scotland
Glasgow City Chambers, Scotland
Glasgow City Chambers, Scotland

Glasgow Botanic Garden and Doulton Fountain
Glasgow Botanic Garden and Doulton Fountain are both in the same area of the city. Entrance to the amazing gardens is free and the Dolton Fountain in the target terracotta fountain in the world, both are indeed worth a visit.

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The Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Scotland
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland
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Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and Other sights of Glasgow
As I walked the city I came across many beautiful buildings and sights.

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Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland
Cylesdale Bank Headquaters in Glasgow, Scotland
Cylesdale Bank Headquaters in Glasgow, Scotland
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Glasgow, Scotland
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Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, Scotland
A nice building in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland

Review of Glasgow
Glasgow has a rather unpleasant reputation however I found the city to be charming and full of surprises. I may not take a trip to Glasgow in the future but if I am in close proximity to the city, I will definitely visit the again.

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Lake District – England

The holiday to Glenridding in the Lake District of England happened during the holidays Easter of April 2014, the trip lasted 4 days and 3 nights.

The weather
For April the weather was surprisingly pleasant. It is no secret that British weather is temperamental at best, during the 4 days we were there it only rained once.

Cost of trip
We hired two cars to drive to Glenridding; the cost of the car hire and the cost for accommodation meant we paid £150 each.

Where I stayed
I went on the holiday with five other people, we decided it was best to hire an apartment and luckily we found a lovely apartment in Patterdale hall, an old stone building, the interior had been updated and was clean and fresh.

Patterdale Hall Estste, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall Estste, Glenridding, Lake District
Patterdale Hall, Glenridding, Lake District

What I did

Aira Force
Aira Force is a waterfall situated within the Ullswater Valley which also flows into Ullswater Lake. The grounds on which Aira Force is situated is owned by the National Trust and it is well looked after.
We did the recommended walk around the waterfall, the walk is a circular route of 1.99 miles / 3.2 km, the walk took us in 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. We had walkers of varying abilities in our group, with I being one of the less able but I found it comfortable and pleasant.

Aira Force Waterfall, Lake District
Aira Force Waterfall, Lake District
Aira Force, Lake District
Aira Force, Lake District
Aira Force walking path, Lake District
Aira Force walking path, Lake District
Stream at Aira Force, Lake District
Stream at Aira Force, Lake District
Me at Aira Force, Lake District
Me at Aira Force, Lake District

Visit to Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge is a little village on the Ullswater Lake, the drive from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge was  approximately 30 minutes. There isn’t much to do in this little village but we were lucky to stumble across a church hall sale in the quaint St Paul’s church. We spent an hour or so looking at the interesting items and antiques with a few purchase made.
The highlight of going to Pooley Bridge was finding the Pooley Bridge Inn where we had a really good meal.

St Paul's Church, Pooley Bridge, Lake District
St Paul’s Church, Pooley Bridge, Lake District

Walk from Penrith to Howtown
I decided to challenge myself by going on a walk from Glenridding to Howtown  the distance is 7 miles / 11 km, until this trip I hadn’t done any mountain or hill walking but we completed the walk in 2 hours 30 minutes, I was very thrilled with myself and the walk left me feeling exhilarated.

View from a mountain walking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountain walking to Howtown, Lake District
A farm i passed whilst walking to Howtown, Lake District
A farm i passed whilst walking to Howtown, Lake District
Walking to Howtown, Lake District
Walking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountainwalking to Howtown, Lake District
View from a mountainwalking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on a mountain on walking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on a mountain on walking to Howtown, Lake District
Me on my walk to Howtown, Lake District
Me on my walk to Howtown, Lake District
These boots were made for walking, Lake District
These boots were made for walking, Lake District
View walking to Howtown, Lake District
View walking to Howtown, Lake District

Visit to Windermere
Windermere lake is the largest natural Lake in England so we decided to drive to Windermere to spend some time in the town and by the lake. Unfortunately it appeared everybody else had the same idea as us, we couldn’t find a parking space but worse than that, it was far too busy and we knew finding a quiet spot to unwind would be impossible.
Staying in Glenridding on the quieter Ullswater Lake was nice and relaxing, Windermere by contrast was far to busy.
We didn’t stay in Windermere but drove around until we found a quiet little picnic area in Orrest Head with beautiful views of the Windermere Lake we ate our lunch and relaxed.

Ullswater Steamer
Do not be deceived by the name, the Ullswater steamer is not a steam boat, however the boats are still lovely. The boats sail up and down Ullswater Lake from Glenridding Pier to Pooley Bridge Pier. A round trip around the lake took 2hours 15mins at a cost of £10.20. The ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at other towns along the way.

Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Glenridding Pier, Lake District
Glenridding Pier, Lake District
View from Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
View from Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Making waves on the Ullswater Steamer
Making waves on the Ullswater Steamer
On the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
On the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Me on the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District
Me on the Ullswater Steamer, Lake District

What I ate
I had a good meal at Pooley Bridge Inn, I had the Fish and Chips, this is the only place where I have been able to eat the batter as it was nice and light.
Apart for the meal at the Pooley Bridge in we cooked all our other meals ourselves.

Pooley Bridge Inn, Pooley Bridge, Lake District
Pooley Bridge Inn, Pooley Bridge, Lake District

In and around Glenridding

Further pictures of some of the sights in and around Glenridding.

On the way to Glenridding, Lake District
On the way to Glenridding, Lake District
Fog over Ullswater, Lake District
Fog over Ullswater, Lake District
Mountain around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Mountains around Ullswater, Lake District
Glenridding, Ullswater, Lake District
Glenridding, Ullswater, Lake District

My Ratings of Glenridding

My ratings are out of ten and are my own personal views therefore feel free to disagree.

People/Friendliness =  7/10
It was very difficult to tell who was a resident or a tourist but they local people I met were lovely and  welcoming.

Attractiveness = 9/10
The Lake District is beautiful, the scenery is unspoilt which is a testament to the good work the National Trust has been and is still doing to preserve parts of the area. Whilst walking around the mountains and forest/woods I kept feeling like I would encounter fairies and elves.

Food = 7/10
Whilst nearly all out meals were home made, the meal I had at Pooley Bridge Inn was very tasty. Plus Cumbrian Cheese and Chutney is amazing.

Affordability = 7/10
I found the trip very affordable, everything was reasonably priced for example the Ullswater Steamer was only £10.20.

Vibe = 8/10
The vibe is peaceful and relaxed, the Lake District was a lovely break from the chaotic city of London that I live in.

Overall = 8/10
I really enjoyed my holiday to the Lake District, thanks to this holiday I gained a new interest in walking and will be looking to include one walking holiday to my travels every year.

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