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In February 2004 we had a desperately needed long-weekend in Nice (not long enough though!), and for Easter, a weekend in Brussels.

Canada Route MapFor Dave's birthday in November, he had this mad idea to travel on the train "The Canadian" from Toronto to Vancouver. But what started as a novel idea for a short break turned into a major trip - transcontinental, in fact! We spent just over three weeks travelling by train from Halifax, Nova Scotia all the way (over 4,000 miles) across Canada to Vancouver. It was not a mad dash - we stopped off in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto on the way, as well as spending time at both ends. See our Canada: Coast-to-Coast pages for more details, including photos and hotel reviews.

August 2003: As an extra summer treat, we took advantage of a Eurostar fare deal to spend a weekend in our favourite city - Brussels.

Map of Jutland tourJuly 2003: Although we were planning a major trip in November (see Canada above), we couldn't not have a summer holiday! So we went off to Denmark for ten days touring around Jutland. We hired a car, which was a bit of a novelty, but it meant that we were able to visit places "off the beaten track", that we might not normally have had the opportunity to see. In particular, we visited some interesting Viking Age sites in Jutland (including a World Heritage Site - Jelling), and got to see quite a bit of Jutland's surprisingly attractive countryside and coastal scenery.

May 2003: While sorting out the Helsinki trip, Dave fell for Lufthansa's marketing - extra air miles for an additional trip - so for £92.50 return we had a weekend in the German capital.

March 2003: A highly enjoyable long weekend in Helsinki (again!) - this time for Andrew's birthday. The gloriously clear and sunny weather made for a perfect Sunday morning stroll across the frozen sea - something Andrew had wanted to do for a long time, and a truly unforgettable experience (see photos). Lots of good eating, drinking and socialising too!

February 2003: Another weekend in Belgium. Dave had a couple of nights partying in Antwerpen with a friend. Andrew had to make do with two nights in Brussels with the other Dave. All four of us met-up on the Sunday and had some time in Brussels together. Sunday night at Totem Morf was one of the best nights we've had in a long time. Great food and entertaining company.

December 2002: Another weekend in Frankfurt on the back of one of Dave's business trips. A bit cold and bleak - especially at the top of the Main Tower!

November 2002: To Helsinki for Dave's birthday. Had a great time (as usual), and - an unexpected treat - lots of snow! Follow the link to see some pictures. We also ventured further North than we had ever done before - a day trip to Tampere, about 200km North of Helsinki.

October 2002: A long weekend in Stockholm. Andrew went to a symphony concert (while Dave was dining with business colleagues) - the fist time ever out of the UK.

Our PlansMap of Nordic Summer trip 2004
It is over a year since we last visited the Baltic proper, and since our main holiday for 2004 has been put back to September/October (see below), we couldn't resist the temptation of a short Nordic Summer trip to some of our favourite places in the mid Baltic.

Map of Habsburg Tour 2004For later in the Summer of 2004, we are planning a rail tour around the former Habsburg Empire - taking in Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb and Lubiljana.

If you have any tips, suggestions about the places that we are planning to visit, or have any experiences that you would like to share with us, please feel free to email us.

Dave & Andrew
The Deptford Lads

Recent Page Updates

  • April 2004:
    New photos from our Nice trip
  • March 2004:
    Overhaul of our Brussels pages, with some new and updated material.
  • February 2004:
    New pages on our trip to Nice.
  • December 2003:
    Write-ups of Canada hotels and some pictures from the trip.
  • September 2003:
    More details on the Canada pages
  • September 2003:
    More pictures of Tallinn added to the Baltic Triangle Photos page.
  • August 2003:
    Updated travelogue pages for or trip to Jutland, including a detailed route map, and a new page of photos.
  • 4 August 2003:
    Added new travelogue section for the Canada trip.
  • 1 August 2003:
    Some new pictures on the Berlin and Helsinki photos pages.
  • 11 July 2003:
    Update of the World Heritage Sites pages to reflect the decisions of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee, and the inclusion of Kew Gardens.
  • July 2003:
    New travelogue pages for or trip to Jutland, including an itinerary, maps, hotel details, bookmarks and the beginnings of some thematic material on the Vikings.
  • 5 July 2003:
    New city pages for Hamburg, including hotel reviews and bookmarks.
  • 12 May 2003:
    Revamped Berlin page.
  • 17 March 2003:
    New reviews on the Helsinki Restaurants page.
  • 1 March 2003:
    Hotel reviews added to the Helsinki Hotels page.
  • 17 December 2002:
    Several new pictures on the Baltic Triangle Photos pages.
  • 15 December 2002:
    Some new pictures on the Helsinki photos page.
  • 2 December 2002:
    Updated the Frankfurt pages.
  • 20 November 2002:
    Updated the World Heritage Sites pages.
  • 15 November 2002:
    Updated the Helsinki pages.
  • 1 November 2002:
    Some new pictures on the Stockholm photos page.
  • 15 October 2002:
    Itinerary pages for Baltic Triangle.


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