• About Ann

    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.

    The “Titanic” city of Belfast

    by  • August 18, 2013 • Belfast, City Breaks • 0 Comments

    Belfast gained notoriety around the world during “The Troubles” (1969-1997)  when gun and bomb attacks in the city made headlines on a regular basis. Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, most of the politically-motivated violence has evaporated and Belfast has become an increasingly popular short-break destination for tourists from around...

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    Culture and Carnival in Cologne

    by  • August 12, 2013 • City Breaks, Cologne, Culture Breaks • 0 Comments

    Cologne (or Köln in German) is probably best known to the British for its famous cathedral and also for the perfume, “Eau de Cologne”, whose origins date back to the 18th Century.  This Rhineland city is also an art and cultural centre of international renown.  Cologne has a very animated theatre scene, 120 galleries...

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    See Naples – and much more besides….

    by  • August 11, 2013 • City Breaks, Naples • 0 Comments

    The phrase “See Naples and die”  has been attributed to the writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe of Faust fame, meaning that once you had seen Naples there was nothing  left to achieve! Naples is certainly a city of great contrasts. The city has a stunning location, lying on the northern coast of the Bay...

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    To Paris by Rail or Air?

    by  • August 8, 2013 • City Breaks, Paris, Rail • 0 Comments

    Paris is one of the best loved and most visited cities by British tourists, but which is the best way of travelling to the French capital?  For those travellers who live in the south-east of England it would seem an obvious choice to opt for the Eurostar service from London St. Pancras.  Eurostar is...

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    A Stroll in the Park

    by  • August 2, 2013 • Berlin, City Breaks, London, Madrid, Nature • 0 Comments

    Many of Europe’s finest cities are proud of their public open spaces –  green lungs where residents and visitors can go to appreciate nature, play sports and games or just relax and contemplate.  We’ll take a look here at a few of the best examples of beautiful parks right in the heart of major...

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    Prague – back to normal

    by  • July 26, 2013 • City Breaks, Prague • 0 Comments

    Almost two months have passed since the city of Prague was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.  The very heavy rain in central Europe over a prolonged period had led to many rivers flooding their banks including the River Danube and, in Prague, the Vltava. Pictures of the worst city centre flooding in...

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    Europe’s Glorious Gardens

    by  • July 24, 2013 • City Breaks, Granada, Nature, Paris, Salzburg • 0 Comments

    Some of the most famous gardens in the world are located in major European cities.  Here I’ll take a look at three of the most impressive gardens:- The Palace of Versailles needs little introduction to most people.  Located on the outskirts of Paris, the garden of Versailles has been described as “the most famous...

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    Munich – city of contrasts

    by  • July 19, 2013 • City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Munich • 0 Comments

    Music is famous for its beer festival  – The Oktoberfest – which is held every September and October and features parades, music concerts and other festivities. The first festival took place in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich...

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