Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Day in Liverpool (April 2013)

Hey everyone,

A day in Liverpool was adequate for us during our visit to Europe.

From the Manchester Airport, we took a train to the Liverpool Lime Street Station which costed about    
£17 return. The journey was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. You may buy your ticket earlier with cheaper price here http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
Our first stop was the Liverpool FC. From the city exit at the station, go to your left and  you will see the Queen Square Bus Station on your right. Take the bus no. 17 and get off at Anfield. You will see the Liverpool FC stadium right next to you.

At the Queen Square Bus Station, we found a Halal Nandos Restaurant. So yeay! We had chicken for lunch.....
Liverpool Museum Tour & Centre and Liverpool FC Club Store

Our next stop was Albert Dock. We headed back to the Queen Square Station and walked towards the Liverpool One shopping mall and James Street Station. From there, you will see the Albert Dock on your right, across the street. It took us around 20 minutes. 

Liverpool Eye at Albert Dock?
Our destination at the Albert Dock was of course the Beatles Story. You may also find souvenirs shop at  the Albert Dock.
Then we headed back to the Liverpool ONE shopping mall to do some shopping. Other options will be St. John Shopping Centre and Wayfarers Shopping Arcade which are all nearby.

Wait for my next and last entry on our day trip to Belgium.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Holiday in Manchester, UK (April 2013)

Hey everyone,

During my trip to Europe last month, we went to Manchester for a couple of days from the Netherlands. The main reason is to visit the Old Trafford as my husband's favourite football team is the Manchester United. From Schipol Airport, we went to Manchester on Easyjet. You may check the pricing here http://www.easyjet.com/en

We stayed at Travelodge Manchester Airport as it was easier for us to travel anywhere as the airport has everything. I reckon the hotel was quite cheap as we got only £15 per night and was it quite a good one as well. You may check the pricing and book a room here http://www.travelodge.co.uk/.

How to get to the hotel from the airport? Easy, a shuttle service runs to and from the airport. Just call the number stated at a few corners at the airport using the telephone provided. For one way travel the cost is - 1 person £5.00, 2-3 people £7.00, 4 people £8.00, 5 people £10.00, 6 people £12.00, 7 people £14 and 8 people £16.00. It also runs vice versa, just book your shuttle at the reception counter a day before you plan to go to the airport.

Now, I had the trouble to get the shuttle on the day we arrived in Manchester as the hotel did not pick up the phone. So we found the alternative way to get there, just take the bus no. 18 from Stand K and get off at the Airport Cargo Centre. From there, just go to your right and you will see Travelodge right in front you. This would be cheaper and will cost you £1.30.
On the first day we arrived, we went to the city by taking a train from the airport to Manchester Piccadily. You may check the pricing here http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
Travelling around Manchester is so easy as they provide  Metroshuttle bus (free city center bus service). We started our journey by doing a few shopping.  We took the Metroshuttle 1 (orange colour) from the Piccadily Station and got off at Marks & Spenser at the Market Street.

Surprisingly, we found a halal KFC at the food court there and we had our lunch like we've never tasted KFC before :p.

Get more of the Metroshuttle bus info here http://www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/metroshuttle.aspx

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is within the shopping area as well. From the Marks & Spenser, just take your left and go straight. You will see HRC right in front of you.
Our next trip, was the MUST HAVE itinerary, which is visiting the Old Trafford Football Stadium where the MUFC is. Take a tram towards Altrincham at the Market Street and get off at Old Trafford Station. 
From there it is a straight walk down the Warwick Road and then Sir Matt Busby Way to Old Trafford itself. The signs may be able to assist you as well.

Wait for my next entry on our day trip to Liverpool.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Trip to Keukenhof, Holland (April 2013)

Hey everyone,

During my visit to Holland, we had the opportunity to visit Keukenhof as I love tulips. Keukenhof is open every year from March to May and it's situated in Lisse. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park (http://www.keukenhof.nl/), approximately 7,000,000 (seven million) flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.

You can buy the ticket online and I would advise you to buy the combo ticket (bus & entrance ticket). Just decide from where you would like to board the bus (from Amsterdam/Schipol/Harlem/Leiden). An adult ticket will cost you 15 and a combo ticket will cost around 22-27.

Unfortunately, due to the long winter, some of the tulips hasn't bloomed yet. Nevertheless, I managed to take picture of some of the tulips and also a few lavenders. Just look at how beautiful they are.....