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