|Different places and different
cultures fascinate me so holidays are always important. I usually write a
holiday diary which is a very useful memory jog! Below are brief resumés of
the trips taken between 1998 and 2007. For lots more, click on the links above or on the headings below.
There are plenty of photos, especially on the more recent trips - digital
cameras make it so much easier! Unfortunately I no longer have time to put
my diaries online but have kept the site going for reference purposes.
Californian Coast Road - April 2007
and musical montage :California
Having enjoyed our trip to California in 2000,
we'd long been considering returning to drive Highway 1 down the coast.
We spent 18 nights travelling 1100 miles, staying in great B&Bs. It was
fantastic, a great holiday.
Venice & Rome - September/October 2006
It's our silver wedding anniversary in 2007 and it
had long been our dream to take a trip on the Orient Express. For a number
of reasons, we decided to travel a little early and let that train take the
strain between Venice and Rome. It was a luxury trip of a lifetime and
proved to be every bit as wonderful as anticipated.
Stockholm - July 2006
Time to spend my Air Miles, and this time we took a
few days in Stockholm which proved to be a wonderful city with masses to see
Walking in Wales - July 2006
This was a wonderful walking holiday spent in
Mid-Wales, with full-board accommodation in an isolated location with
self-guided walks every day.
River Douro, Portugal -
A river cruise in a beautiful part of Portugal. A
Voyages Jules Verne trip, this was a very relaxing but fascinating trip to a
part of Portugal often overlooked.
Tintagel, Cornwall -
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A brief winter's weekend on the
magical Northern Cornish coast.
Florence - September 2005
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I had a lovely week in Florence with my daughter,
who was studying History of Art. We saw almost all the major sites and
galleries and travelled into the Tuscan countryside as well, also visiting
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano.
Rim - July 2005
This was a wonderful trip, taking in Seattle,
Vancouver Island & Vancouver. It was busy but very rewarding and a part of
the world I'd like to revisit one day. This is a long diary and includes
lots of links to the websites of places we visited including hotels,
restaurants, museums, parks etc.
The Ridgeway National
Trail walk - May 2005
and musical montage :Ridgeway
We spent a week walking the ancient 85 mile path
through the Southern counties of Hertfordsire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire,
Berkshire and Wiltshire, staying in B&Bs en route.
Jordan & Egypt - February
This was a fantastic holiday, covering the major
sites in Jordan, the Sinai Peninsula and Red Sea with their beaches and
monasteries and Cairo and the Pyramids. It was a very busy fortnight but a
pretty good way to escape a British February - although sometimes it was
colder than back home. We saw sites covering the past 10,000 years and came
home steeped in history, biblical references and different civilisations.
This diary is in 4 parts.
Madeira - July
montage : Madeira
Since our last three summer holidays had been
touring ones, we decided to go for something a little more relaxing this
year and chose Madeira. It had everything we wanted; beautiful scenery,
great walking, good hotels and food and plenty to see and do. No proper
beaches but that's not a problem for us. Oh, and no yobs! We booked through
with Style Holidays (through Magic Breaks who offer good discounts) and
chose 2 hotels, the Porto Santa Maria in the old town and the Choupana Hills
Resort up in the hills. This proved to be an excellent combination.
We spent a few days between Christmas & New Year in
New York, our 2nd visit. The weather was fantastic and although it was busy,
we managed plenty of sightseeing.
- Winter 2003
We celebrated my birthday with a long weekend in
this beautiful country in November 2003. We were fortunate to see it covered
in snow and although it was cold, we also had some beautiful sunshine.
Waterfalls, geysers, beaches, glaciers, Northern Lights - what more could
you ask for? This dairy is in 2 parts.
Ireland - July 2003
We toured the south and west coasts of Ireland,
staying mainly in small B&Bs found on the internet. Despite the changeable
weather, we had a fantastic time and came back having learned quite a bit
about many aspects of Irish history. This diary is in 3 parts.
Scotland - July 2002
This was our visit touring trip to Scotland and it
was one of our best ever holidays. It was arranged independently by me, with
much reference to the internet, through which I made all the accommodation
arrangements. We visited the South West, highlands and a couple of islands.
This diary is in 3 parts.
China - Easter 2002
For something completely different, how about China?
we did a whistle-stop tour at Easter in 2002, including a cruise through the
Three Gorges of the Yangtse River, Beijing and Xian. This diary is in 3
Madrid - Winter 2001
We're not very familiar with Spain, so for a change,
decided to visit Madrid for a few days between Christmas and New Year 2001.
It was perhaps not the best time of year, being freezing cold, but although
we spent 3 nights there, there was so much to do we barely scraped the
France - July 2001
An old favourite, we hadn't been for some years so
we decided to have our first full-length holiday without the children, in
France. We retraced some old steps, explored some new areas and visited
friends on this touring trip in July 2001.
Egypt - Christmas 2000
What better way to escape the hassles of a British
Christmas than to go to a Muslim country with guaranteed sunshine and plenty
to do? Yes, Egypt definitely sounded just the job. We spent a week there
over Christmas, 2000, cruising the Nile and seeing some amazing temples.
New York - June 2000
A friend invited us to his wedding in central park,
New York in June 2000. How could we resist? We scraped together our air
miles and soon after, there we were in the Big Apple for a 4 night break.
California - Easter 2000
We spent the Easter 2000 break on a fly-drive trip
to California, also taking in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We had a
wonderful time, drove over 2000 miles and saw some wonderful sights.
Highlights were the natural sights - Indian Canyons, the Grand Canyon for
example. All the more stunning when viewed almost alongside the mad-made
attractions! Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Lake Havasu - Grand Canyon - Las
Vegas - Yosemite - San Francisco. You can read about the trip, look at some
of my photos and explore further with the added links.
Antigua - July 1999
Our family holiday, taken in July 1999 was to the
West Indian island of Antigua. This part of the world was a first for all of
us and our main reason for choosing it was to give us all a rest from a
hectic 12 months. It's a beautiful island with a very different culture to
that we have come across elsewhere.
In May 1999, my husband Martyn and I treated
ourselves to a weekend in Venice, a place we have always wanted to visit. It
lived up to all our expectations. From St Marks Square and the Basilica and
Campanile to the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, to the Rialto Bridge
and the gondolas, everything was as good or better than we had imagined.
There is so much to see and do that a further visit is definitely needed :-)
Australia - Easter 1998
Probably the best holiday we have had
was to Australia during Easter 1998. It was our second visit - I have 2
sisters living there - but this time we not only visited them, but also
spent time exploring other regions. I wrote a very comprehensive diary of
this holiday in a LineOne forum so have reproduced it here. It's long but I
did receive many kind comments about it so if you are interested in
Australia, be brave and have a read! It's in 4 parts.