Munich in October: the best autumn city break

Munich in October: the best autumn break | PACK THE SUITCASES

Munich in October is the best autumn break if you’re after all that cosy autumn goodness. You know the stuff… Golden leaves underfoot. Crisp mornings. Burning candles. Ankle boots. Crackling fires. Pumpkin everything.

When we first visited the beautiful and underrated German city of Munich in autumn 2011, we loved the colours and the gemütlichkeit that the season brought to it. So when we were looking for a short five-day break for October, we decided we’d go back for a second time to see more of Munich and Bavaria.

Oh and if you’re wondering, Munich’s famous Oktoberfest isn’t actually in October. It happens throughout September and finishes on the first Sunday in October, so the crowds will be out of the way by the time October properly kicks off.

Here’s some lovely things to see and do in Munich in October…

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12 things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are some lovely things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town in Cumbria, UK. If you like cute cobbled streets, pretty scenery and consuming your own bodyweight in food and beer, read on.

I’ve been going to Kirkby Lonsdale since I was a child so I’d like to say I know it pretty well. I enjoy returning there as an adult too, and my other half Chris is now in love with it as well. So I’ve compiled this list of things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale based on some nice photos and memories from our last summer trip there but also on many years of holidays when I was growing up that were based around eating, drinking and exploring there.

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A day trip from Porto to Guimaraes, Portugal: things to do and eat

Guimaraes day trip from Porto, Portugal | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our recent trip to Porto, we visited the historical city of Guimarães for a day up in the mountains. It’s an easy 75 minute train journey from São Bento station. Its historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site, with medieval buildings. There’s even a castle. All in all, it’s pretty as a picture. This makes it the perfect day trip if you’re staying in Porto.

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What to eat in Porto, Portugal: 7 of the best restaurants and bars

Where to eat and drink in Porto | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s where and what to eat in Porto, Portugal – and of course where to have a drink to wash it down. We were spoiled for choice when looking for gorgeous restaurants and cafés to eat and drink in Porto. Everywhere we went was incredible.

Food and drink in Porto are much more than just getting tipsy on port wine and eating too much cheese. But those activities are also important while on holiday in Porto, so I’ve covered them in another post about Vila Nova de Gaia. 

This is a short introduction to some of the other excellent things that passed our lips over the 5 days in Porto. Portugal is just excellent at food in general…

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5 days in Porto: things to do, what to see and day trips

5 days in Porto: things to do, what to see and day trips | PACK THE SUITCASES

We’ve just got back from 5 days in Porto. OMG. I’m going to start this post by saying that Porto is brilliant. It’s too good. After our trip there, I haven’t stopped telling everyone I know that they HAVE to go. Porto is in the top 5 cities we’ve ever visited, easily. This blog is going to be a little highlights reel of our 5 days in Porto. We did far too much there to cover everything.

So here’s some things to do, what to see and day trips if you have 5 days (or more/less) to spend in Porto, Portugal…

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