Cheeky Weekend Break Ideas

No one needs an excuse to take a cheeky weekend break. Being tired, bored or in an adventurous mood are all good reasons to book some tickets and check yourself into a hotel. Just pack your bags and go on an adventure either alone, with your other half, friends or relatives.

The UK itself has plenty of exciting weekend destinations but if you're looking to treat yourself abroad it's also quick and easy to hop across the Channel.

Paris, France

For those lucky enough to live near the Eurotunnel, it couldn't be easier to take your car, a bus or train across to France. Alternatively, hop on a ferry or take a short flight.

Paris is home to many chain hotels that offer well-priced weekend deals, as well as smaller, independent hotels and guest houses scattered throughout the city.

On a short trip to Paris, avoid the major tourist sites and instead visit the places locals like to spend their time in. The Buttes-Chaumont Park, Canal Saint-Martin, and Parc de la Villette are all favourites for city dwellers looking for a relaxing outdoor escape with plenty of space for picnics. Travel in style by renting a Velib pay and go cycle. For your picnic, buy traditional French treats like baguettes, cheese, macaroons, and cider.

Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is also a mere hop and a skip away from the UK, and Brussels is served by Eurostar trains. As the European capital, it boasts many hotels to suit any budget.

Visit the area of Ixelles to soak up on Brussels' truly international atmosphere. Head to the markets on Place du Chatelain, and Place Flagey. Wander through Bois de la Cambre park, and have a picnic at the hidden gem that is the Abbaye de la Cambre, an old abbey.

On Sunday, go for a spot of shopping at the Place du Jeu de Balle flea market, and grab a snack at the international food market outside Midi Station.
During your trip be sure to indulge in fries, waffles and beer.

Birmingham, UK

Britain's second city boasts a fantastic shopping scene with shops from high street to vintage to designer. Discover the world famous Jewellery Quarter where you can not only buy jewellery but also see it being made.

Visit some of the many local galleries and museums such as the contemporary Ikon Gallery, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Check into a hotel in Birmingham city and head out for an unforgettable meal at the city's Balti Triangle, famed for serving some of the country's finest curries.

Article Source: Harvey_McEwan

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