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Capital can be a must-see destination for travellers on a budget

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Attraction: The Titanic centre in Belfast is extremely popular with tourists. Credit: Chris Hill

Attraction: The Titanic centre in Belfast is extremely popular with tourists. Credit: Chris Hill

Attraction: The Titanic centre in Belfast is extremely popular with tourists. Credit: Chris Hill

I have spent most of lockdown reminiscing about city breaks past. You see, I am not that stereotypical holidaymaker that enjoys a bucket and spade splash on the beach. In fact, I can think of nothing worse. Rather, I am the explorer that moves from museum to monument, landmark to market and gallery to eatery taking in the culture, tradition and heritage of a town, or city.

Berlin, Cairo, Amsterdam and Douglas on the Isle of Man are among my favourites, but Krakow, in particular, has really stolen my heart. Less than 50 miles from those sobering concentration and extermination camps is a city that exhibits many well-preserved, historic and breathtaking styles of architecture, has the finest of cuisine (which is quite something for this hard-to-please vegetarian) and is home to one of the most beautiful and tranquil art galleries I have ever set foot in.


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