York Minster, England

A day is never enough to explore the nooks and corners of York, one of England’s finest towns. The medieval city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and captured by the Vikings in 866 AD till 954 when it was incorporated into the Kingdom of England.

After a night’s rest in Stratford-upon-Avon, Topdeck […]

By |September 22nd, 2010|England, UK|5 Comments

It’s all Shakespearean

Being someone who couldn’t digest William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and eventually failed the relevant subject in school, I thought I didn’t deserve the chance to pay pilgrimage to the literature mecca, Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Nonetheless, thanks to VisitBritain and STA Travel!

Stratford-Upon-Avon lies in the Midlands of England and is a very popular […]

By |September 16th, 2010|England, UK|11 Comments

Oxford City, England

The first day of Topdeck 7 Day British Isle trip began at Umi Hotel in London. Together with 20 travel mates from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, we joined Julia-the lovely Canadian trip leader and Scotty-the chatty Australian driver and departed London for the city of Oxford, home to the prestigious […]

By |September 11th, 2010|England, UK|12 Comments

London Night Out

In less than 3hrs, we arrived at London Paddington station from Cardiff-Wales by National Rail. We put up a night at Umi hotel in Bayswater, a very centralised location in the city, and joined Topdeck 7 Day British Isle trip the following morning. (Good stuff – Check out STA Travel on Topdeck […]

By |September 6th, 2010|England, UK|13 Comments

Cardiff in a day

Meet Ms Catherine Lutken, our dear friend from Wales who is a Blue Badge Guide, a professional tourist guide of the UK. Following the first day of sightseeing in Cardiff on our own, it was great to have Catherine sharing her vast knowledge of Wales’ history and culture and showing us the beauty of […]

By |September 2nd, 2010|UK, Wales|4 Comments

Cardiff Caerdydd!

I heard a beautiful lyrical language floating around the station the moment we stepped out of the train after a 3-hr journey from London Gatwick airport. It must be Welsh, I thought, one of the oldest living languages in Europe from the 6th Century.

“Croeso I Caerdydd! Welcome to Cardiff!”

We arrived in the capital city […]

By |August 27th, 2010|UK, Wales|5 Comments

my Topdeck UK trip from STA Travel

We were enjoying ourselves in the UK on an 11 Day experience from 12 to 22 August, covering Wales, England and Scotland. Along the way, we had been travelling on a fantastic Topdeck 7 Day British Isle trip that brought us from London all the way to Glasgow. Before I blog on my trip, […]

By |August 25th, 2010|Topdeck 7 Day British Isle, UK|9 Comments