• 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.

    Rail Travel in France – A Great Option despite the recent Disruption

    by  • September 11, 2013 • City Breaks, Multi Centre Breaks, Nice, Paris, Rail • 0 Comments

    French train services have been disrupted again this week as the CGT labour union has asked workers to strike over plans to reform the country’s pension system. The union has called for protests and work stoppages as President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government prepares to legislate on pension reforms.  Rail and other public services in...

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    Geneva – The Festival City

    by  • September 1, 2013 • City Breaks, Festivals, Geneva, Music • 0 Comments

    Each year, a host of different festivals take place in Geneva, including endless traditional Swiss celebrations, markets and concerts. Many of these events take place within the impressive Palexpo exhibition centre by the airport, just outside the city centre. One of the first festivals of the year is the Fête de la Feuille which...

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    See Vienna – in Combination with Other Former Imperial Cities

    by  • August 28, 2013 • Bratislava, Budapest, City Breaks, Multi Centre Breaks, Prague, Rail, Vienna • 0 Comments

    We looked at the wonderful city of Vienna in a previous blog and lamented the lack of direct flights from the UK  –  you have to fly from either London Heathrow or Gatwick if you want to fly direct to Vienna.  There are, however, a few ways to get around this problem….. Ryanair currently...

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    Zurich – a city of fun as well as finance

    by  • August 26, 2013 • Art, City Breaks, Zurich • 0 Comments

    Ask most people to tell you what they know about Zurich and they would probably be aware of the city’s importance in the world of finance  –  Zurich is among the world’s leading financial centres, being home to a number of financial institutions and banking giants.   However, Switzerland’s largest city has a lot more...

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    Vienna – Now or Never!

    by  • August 23, 2013 • City Breaks, Food & Drink, Music, Opera, Vienna • 0 Comments

    “Vienna – Now or Never” is one of the catchy slogans used by the Viennese Tourist Office in their promotional material.  Perhaps they do have a good point.  There are plenty of things happening in Vienna at the moment and a short break in this wonderful city is always time well spent. What could...

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    Glasgow Gears Up for 2014

    by  • August 20, 2013 • City Breaks, Glasgow, Sport • 0 Comments

    The city of Glasgow has started to gear up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will take place in the city from 23rd July.  Elite athletes from 71 nations and territories will meet for 11 days of sporting action in Scotland’s largest and liveliest city.  Tickets to the Games are now on sale with...

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    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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