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12 months in 12 photographs – our year 2016

12 months in 12 photographs – our year 2016

12 months in 12 photographs

Having read Tanja of theredphoneboxtravels recent great post all about her year (12 months in 12 photographs) I have been inspired to do the same! So please pop over to Tanja and check out her post too as its really fab! 

We have managed to fit in a lot of travelling during school holidays. I travelled mainly with my husband but also this year with Lucy, my niece, as part of her 21st birthday celebrations (she chose to visit Italy – and what a great choice that was!) 

I made it to 11 countries this year – all in Europe and 4 new ones included in that number!

So here goes – 12 months in 12 photographs!


We were both ill – the UK winter is becoming harder to bear. Cold, damp, dark and miserable. So we sat, coughed, moaned and groaned, took a lot of medicines and wondered….where would our travels take us this year? Quite a few places as it turned out!

This picture was taken in 2015 on my visit to New York with my daughter.  Strawberry Fields – Central Park. Its relevant as all we managed in January was to use our imagination!

New York imagine 12 months in 12 photographs


We started going places! This month we made a train journey across Europe – we departed London and headed for Brussels, onto Cologne and finally our first destination of Berlin. This was the first time we had been and we really enjoyed it. Such a lot of history. We then went onto Prague. We had been before in summer but I prefer it in winter – just look at that photograph!!

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I have chosen this picture because it is everything that is perfect about living in Europe in winter – a beautiful city plus snow!!!

Prague February in my 12 months and 12 photograhs


My friends bought a game reserve in South Africa and agreed to do a post all about it for my blog. And look at this picture! I love Africa – I spent my teenage years and early 20’s in SA and some time in my mid-20’s in Botswana. Read all about how they ended up buying a game reserve! (Photograph courtesy of L Andrews)

lioness in March


In April I visited a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK including spending a weekend in London. We managed to visit 3 sites during our time in London – the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, and the Palace of Westminster.

London Bridge


In May we headed for Paris. It was my choice for my birthday but I have a love/hate relationship with Paris and that hasn’t changed. We spent some time exploring the Louvre and we particularly enjoyed having a nose around Napoleon’s Apartments.

One thing I do love is Moroccan food so that is what you get a photograph of  from our trip to Paris. We found a great Moroccan stall to visit in the Marche des Enfants Rouges!

Moroccan food in Paris


June was our first road trip of the year! We headed north to the Lake District then over to my place of birth Northumberland. The weather didn’t play ball for a few days though so we headed for Scotland and a fantastic few days in Edinburgh. And I was able to tick a visit to The Kelpies off my bucket list!

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The Kelpies


In July I headed for Italy with my niece. That meant history, beautiful sights and gelato! Yep gelato and a lot of it!! And Rome – I adore Rome. I love it more than any other European city and would like to spend more than a few days there! And not in summer cos it is as hot as hell!

We toured Florence, Venice and Milan and once again I arrived in Verona in a massive thunderstorm – I kid you not! 8 years before we took the train to Verona from Lake Garda and it rained and this summer it rained….not just rain though….oh no…a monsoon! Now people ask me when I am going so they can avoid booking a holiday there….one day Verona…”Verona Verona where art thou Verona!!???”



Croatia!!! Yep it was our Croatia month – we squeezed in Montenegro, Bosnia and Slovenia too though!! And wow did we love Croatia!!!

What a fabulous country – friendly people, amazing cities, beautiful coastline, islands to wander, and waterfalls, seafood, wine, and a fascinating history and culture. Go visit!!!!



My second visit to Switzerland this year.  Yearly visit to Luzern and a trip up Mt Pilatus which is a lovely journey. We also took a sleeper train from Ljubljana to Zurich – I have a love/hate relationship with sleeper trains too! I never sleep I always want to know where we are and I love peering out of the window at 3 am onto a dimly lit station whilst lying in bed wearing my pyjamas.

walkers on Mt Pilatus in Switzerland


Our second road trip of the year in the UK – this time we headed south. We firstly stayed near Lyme Regis then drove along through Winchester to our second stop – a B&B in Chichester. A day out to Brighton meant a visit to the Brighton Pavilion! And what an eye opener that place was – you can’t take any photographs in there so just take my word for it and visit. You will not see anything like it. Anywhere. Ever.

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The Brighton Pavilion


No travels in November not even a Saturday day trip….mainly due to my husband having a poorly knee! So instead you get my favourite photograph of myself and Mr C! Taken in February whilst waiting for a train it is the best selfie I have ever taken! (I take really really awful ones!)

me and Mr C


A trip to London so far this month! I love London (and the UK) at Christmas however crazy all the crowds are!! (I am going to miss it – I know this is true because I did when we were in Africa! A beach and sun is nice but not at Christmas!!)

I give you the London Christmas lights in Regents Street!!

Regent Street

So that was 2016! 12 months in 12 photographs – 11 countries, a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 sleeper trains, and a great deal of fun travelling!

2017 should be equally exciting with a trip to south-east Asia on the cards as well as a move to Australia!

You can pin this! 12 months in 12 photographs

12 months 12 photographs





    • December 28, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Thanks Tanja! Really enjoy reading your blog and it was a great idea that I saw on yours so had to link!

  1. December 28, 2016 / 10:41 am

    I’m so jealous that you got to South Africa, what an amazing place to visit!

    • December 28, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Hi Alice I grew up between England and South Africa so its a country I know well! Time to revisit though as I didn’t get the chance last year – my friends sent me the picture from their newly acquired game lodge! Can’t wait to go and see it!

  2. December 28, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Wow what a year of adventure you have had!
    Rome is the top of my bucket list (especially for the ice cream) and London at Christmas really is gorgeous. What did you think of Chichester? I went to University there and really miss the cute little city. Brighton is really nice near the end of the year when the crowds start to disperse and air gets a bit chilly. Can’t wait for your 2017 adventures!

    • December 28, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      I love Rome – it is my favourite city in Europe. It is so magical!

      We liked Chichester – it was a lovely little city and was a good base to travel round the area. I love Brighton and the Pavilion was one of the highlights of my year – what an amazing place it is!

  3. December 30, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Wow what a year! thanks for sharing your experience, really interesting to see what other people manage to squeeze in!
    We’re hoping to do a Safari in South Africa next year,that must be amazing to see the animals in their natural habitat. Love Brighton too, we’ve been there loads of times, never is boring.
    Garth recently posted…12 Best countries to visit in 2017My Profile

    • December 31, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks Garth! I am sure you will love southern Africa – its a fantastic place to visit. Try to get to Cape Town too its a fantastic city – and drive the Garden Route too. So much to see there!

  4. December 30, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Well you have had an amazing year of travel!! Making the most of what is on your doorstep and also seeing some incredible things in other countries.

  5. December 31, 2016 / 12:55 am

    This is great -I love seeing how people have spent the past year, their highlights and adventures and it’s great that you have shown us through photographs. 2016 was a good year for travel for you … but 2017 will be even better! Looking forward to following you on your journey! Happy New Year! #feetdotravel

    • December 31, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Thank-you Angie! Happy New Year to you too ?

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:19 am

      So glad someone else gets my Paris thing! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year and great travels in 2017!

  6. January 2, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Wow! What a year. I haven’t been anywhere near Europe yet but can’t wait! I really want to visit Croatia… more and more when I see people’s blogs about the place! Sounds like 2017 is set to be exciting! Goos luck with everything.
    Kelly Turpin recently posted…2016 Our Awesome Year!My Profile

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Croatia is beautiful and you guys will have an amazing time in Europe – also head for Malta if you can! If I had a boat I would moor it (if thats the right word) at Comino and stay there all summer! Its paradise!

  7. January 2, 2017 / 11:09 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Looks like a dream year!

  8. January 2, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    This is a great way to recap the year! I got totally overwhelmed trying to do mine, ha. You’ve seen some great places this year and been very busy, can’t wait to read about your travels in SE Asia next year and the big move! Hopefully we’ll get to meet in Australia at some point!
    Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad recently posted…2016: highs, lows, firsts and lastsMy Profile

    • January 2, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      I know how amazing would that be!! Are you going to be in Sydney?

  9. January 2, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Some fantastic trips and real highlights there Tracy! Glad you enjoyed Croatia and had some really cool trips closer to home! A busy year of travel and sounds like another busy one next year! Australia – how exciting! Are you moving for good?
    Travel Lexx recently posted…My Best Travel Moments of 2016My Profile

    • January 2, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks – so did you I just read your post! Wow!

  10. January 4, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Awesome photos, Tracy! You inspired me to think about where I went last year and I dont think I would even remember haha! Must visit them notes I’ve been making. 11 countries is 10 more than I did, but I suppose Australia is the size of Europe so we can’t really compre lol! Wishing you lots more adventures for 2017!

    • January 5, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks Kreete! My travel plans are on this week’s post and Australia features!!!

  11. January 6, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Wow! You have had an amazing 2016!! I loved seeing the Kelpies when I was in Scotland a couple of years ago. Hope you guys have a great 2017!
    Helena recently posted…2016 in ReviewMy Profile

    • January 6, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Thanks Helena it really is a wish list! Will see what we manage by the end of the year!

  12. January 7, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Looks like you had a pretty great year Tracy. I have to say, your friends owning a game reserve sounds so cool and very jealous that you go to spend so much time in places like Botswana and SA. You managed to travel across quite a lot of Europe in 2016 and see (and capture!) some fantastic places. I look forward to seeing where 2017 takes you.
    David recently posted…My Favourite Countries of 2016My Profile

    • January 7, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks David – yes I am so lucky to have lived in both those fabulous countries. You also did some amazing trips in 2016! Lets see what 2017 brings – lots of great adventures

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks Allison it was certainly busy!

  13. January 19, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Beautiful photos, I’m off to catch up with your Croatia posts as it’s somewhere that I really want to go! #GetGone

    • January 19, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Fantastic! Croatia is lovely! Hope you find something useful amongst my many posts ?

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Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

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I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

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