Travel Plans

Travel Plans This Year (2017)…

In May we will return to Spain with a flight to Valencia and a couple of nights in the city then a train to Alicante and during the week a night away in the city of Murcia.  That will be two more cities of Spain to cross off of my ‘to do’ list…

Tapas Alicante

Shortly after returning from Spain I am returning to caravanning in England.  This time to Norfolk in East Anglia.  It is a long time since I went on holiday in Norfolk but we used to go there regularly on family holidays when I was a youngster.  It will be interesting to see how much it has changed.

great-yarmouth-postcard

In 2014 and 2016 we visited Southern Ireland for the first time and in 2015 we went to the North.  We liked Ireland so much that  we have made plans to return to the South.  In 2014 we visited the west coast and in 2016 West Cork and the south coast and in 2017 we will visit the the north-west.

Vaughans Pub Kilfanora Father Ted

In June, more caravanning, this time in Whitley Bay near Newcastle and an opportunity to visit the Northumberland coastline.

Tynemouth Priory

An unexpected holiday in August courtesy of my daughter who regularly changes her holiday plans and after booking a lodge in Northern France finds that she has spare places and more needs a importantly a financial contribution towards the cost.  I plan to fly to Paris and hire a car rather than drive all the way and take the Shuttle!

EPCOT France

In August 2015  and 2016 I went to Scotland for a week of golf with pals from my club.  We stayed in the Borders near Peebles and I liked it there so much that this year when we return I will add a couple of days on each end of the week so that I can discover more about the region.  Top of my ‘to do’ list is to visit Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

Abbotsford House Galashiels Scotland

For our main holiday in 2017 we will be visiting Portugal.  We have been a couple of times to Porto and the north so this time we will start in Lisbon in the south.  The plan is to fly to the capital and take the train north, stopping several times on route and finishing our journey in Porto before we fly home.

Porto Portugal

 

61 responses to “Travel Plans

  1. JOHN PIMENTEL

    Thank you
    for sharing your memories of your trips with those of us would never have seen any of these places.I really enjoy reading your blogs.I stay up late and fin them quite interesting.Enjoy your travels
    Sincerly
    JOHN (www.johnsworld08.blogspot.com )

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  2. Hi Andrew (Andy) and Kim,
    nice to see the photo in the blog.
    We haven’t read it all fully yet but will try to keep in touch with it.
    We’ve already booked from the 28th of August till the 16th of September through Easyjet for Ios next year.
    Bit more expensive than last year but to be expected.
    It worked out at £171 each including baggage etc.
    Anyway we hope you are both well.
    Don’t know your address so we’ll send an email Christmas card.
    Ps Vangelis and Antonia celebrate their 40th wedding annivesary next September.
    Speak soon,
    All the best,
    Martin/Lisa x

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  3. Dear Andrew,

    it’s Per from Sixt UK and I just wondered how you are getting on and what travel plans you might have in the pipeline.

    all the best, Per

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    • Hi Per, thanks for the message. I am going to Croatia & Montenegro and have car hire through Economy Car Rental, I have used them before and I like them. In August I am going to France and taking my own car (Golf Blue Motion, very eco friendly) and in September I am going to Greece and will not drive at all. An interesting article in the Saturday Times today about Car Hire additional charges, did you see it? What did you think about it? Was it fair? I have to say that in my experience probably not, I have never had any difficulties with anyone. Regards, Andrew.

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  4. Friend, I though your traveling posting give me refrence for planning of my family’s next vacation. TY.

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  5. Hope you enjoy the islands around the sacred island of Delos,as always.Autumn is the best choice through and through,as you know.
    “The White Sugar Cube Houses” (so sweet…) in the Cyclades will be waiting,ready to do their best for you and yours…
    Best wishes

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  6. Very jealous..looks amazing!

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  7. You’re gonna fall in love with Moscow and St. Petersburg !

    from Russian, with love ; )

    Schastlivogo puti! ( Safe travels )

    EL

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  8. I loved Amsterdam. Was there only two days. Horrible weather so headed back to Paris. But it is one of the few places I would return to until now.
    By the way, how can I plant a visitor flag? Though I live in the US I am from Paraguay and I don’t think you have had visitors from there. 🙂

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  9. Im envious! I wish I have that travel plans as well! Happy traveling!

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  10. Hello, Andrew. I have been reading your blog, it looks like my weekend is taken care of …very interesting.

    My Husband and I live in Moscow, so if you need any assistance whilst visiting, we will be quiet happy to help. I’m Russian and my husband is Australian, hence no language barriers, there 🙂

    Being seasoned travellers, we are also living our dream. Recently, we returned for our 3 months Australian Outback adventure. Unfortunately, my blog is in Russian, nonetheless, I have uploaded a lot of photos showing the beautiful outback. We have plans to open an English blog in the near future). http://anaustralianodyssey.wordpress.com/

    Look forward to updates!

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    • Thanks for reading and the comment. I really like the pictures on your blog and it’s worth reading even though I can’t! Really looking forward to visiting Russia and thanks for the help offer.

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  11. Andrew, thank you for your reply. I just remembered that you can read the blog in Google translate. The translation is not perfect, but you will get a good enough understanding of the story. Below I forward the link for your convinience. In the not to distant future hopefully we’ll have the blog translated to English.

    Cheers, Natasha

    http://translate.google.ru/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fanaustralianodyssey.wordpress.com%2F

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  12. You have some great trips planned for this year…will look forward to reading about them!

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  13. Sounds like my kind of year. Sigh!

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  14. I am a bit late this year and have only just returned from the first trip of the year, a mini-cruise (actually a ferry crossing) and a night in Amsterdam. I need to start looking now for some flight bargains for the autumn. Have you any special plans for 2012?

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  15. Hi Andrew, chanced upon this and realised its almost May i.e. you will be heading to Russia soon? I’ve recently put up a bit of text on my site regarding my trip to Russia – Moscow in particular, the Peterhof in St Petersburg – I wish I stayed there but I don’t.. Do drop by if time permits, and most importantly have a great time in Russia! 🙂
    PS. got a bit confused with your other bag site but I think I’m following both now! 🙂

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  16. You should visit Serbia 🙂 especially Novi Sad, the cultural cradle of Serbia.

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  17. I just went to a lecture about walking in Puglia, the heel of Italy. It stirred my interest too – very different and less tourist-infested than many other parts of Italy, though I’ve really enjoyed all the time I’ve spent there. Well, maybe not the smoking compartment of an overnight train.

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  18. Living in the UK gives you a huge advantage viz cheap travel. If I want to go to Europe I’d be delighted if I ever got a ticket that is less than $1000.

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  19. Would you believe I ACCIDENTLY wound up in Spain during Easter week. Wasn’t even thinking of it until I had a devil of a time booking a hotel in Seville. It was worth staying a bit away from the center in a businessman’s hotel, because I got to see La Macarena–the creme de la creme of the processions! We also saw small town processions in other places before going to Seville.
    And I SO envy Brits who can travel to the continent so cheaply.

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  20. Hi Andrew! It’s been a pleasure reading through your blog. I was actually wondering if you wouldn’t mind making a contribution to my community blog of travel lessons from travelers to travelers. A lesson about traveling to Spain during Holy Week would be great, though I would be happy to post anything you’d like to write about!

    Happy Travels!

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  21. I lived in Barcelona for 8 months while in college. I saw quite a bit of Catalonia and southern Spain but never made it to the north. That has always been a dream to see Galicia, Santander, Basque Country, etc. Love your photos. They are making me desperate to get back there right away! Coincidentally, Puglia is also huge on my list. So now I have even more envy 🙂 What a great summer you have planned. Cheers.

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  22. Puglia is beautiful and different than other parts of Italy. I recommend finding the grottoes and caves that have been converted into restaurants, spas, dance venues, etc. Ostuni, with its cascading white buildings is gorgeous; off-season is best. We had a fantastic dinner in the difficult to find Osteria del Tempo Perso. A memorable drive is to go from Alberobello, with their many trulli houses, to ancient Matera, with abodes carved out of the calcareous rock.

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  23. I am assuming the week in the car is for the whole trip, not just Alberobello, which is small and pedestrian friendly. In Alberobello, look for the local watering hole, which was filled with local men, many weathered-looking, drinking, and playing serious dominoes. There are many interesting day trips and driving on the Autostrade was quite easy. There are surprisingly good restaurants by the gas stations along the Autostrade. If you are beach people, there are some of the lovliest beaches in Europe. I splurged staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro near Fasano where we had an enchanting stay with old, gnarled olive trees, vegetable gardens and cooking classes. Masserias are old fortified/walled farm houses established to prevent marauding foreigners from invasion. Puglia’s unique food offerings include cicoielle (chicory), fava, burrata (mozzarella with creamy center), abundant seafood, and fruity red Primotivo wine. Once there, ask around to find the best grottoes for dining or entertainment. Best with your trip. I look forward to your posts and photos.
    Oh and thanks for your comment on my blog re: the nightmare train ride, You may enjoy my recent post on the problems I had while trying to buy tickets to the Paris Opera House website which had a seating choice of the “bathtub.” http://www.StarrTreks.com.

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  24. Good to find you Andrew and look forward to reading more. The adventure planning is sometimes almost as good as the travel!

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  25. Happy Birthday a little early, Andrew!! Yes 60 is a big one. Congrats! I am hoping to visit Santorini and Corfu next year for the first time. Always enjoy your blog!

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  26. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Rosemarie

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  27. It is interesting, how much will be cost your banquet this time, 10 years later.

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  29. What a fabulous itinerary! I look forward to hearing of the adventures through 2015! 🙂

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  30. Good plans – enjoy! I think the only place on your 2015 list I’ve been to is Belfast. The best thing about the Tiranic Museum is the look of it reflecting in the water outside. Walk to it if it’s dry – it only takes 15 mins across the river and you’ll see the Bigfish statue. And you’ll love The Crown pub – v touristy but an essential!

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  31. I think the Greek Cycladic Islands might be my all time favourite summer destination in the world. Do you have a favourite island? Mine is Naxos…but of course, I haven’t visited all of them yet!! 🙂

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  32. When you visit N. Ireland, make sure to spend some time in Belfast during the evening – a really great city for entertainment. After Antrim take the road from Belfast up to the border town of Newry and then the coastal road to Newcastle via Warrenpoint and Rostrevor and stop off in the National Park in the latter. I think you’d enjoy that.

    I shall be in Pembrokeshire in Wales in July, believe it’s spectacular. My only other visits there have been to the Gower Peninsula which is truly lovely. And it didn’t rain while i was there!

    Like you, a return to Greece is called for, so it’s Crete in June.

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    • Thanks for the tips. Our NI plan is to drive north from Belfast along the Antrim coast and then to Derry. Time restrictions apply as always.

      I went to Pembrokeshire in 2011 and weather was mixed – very mixed. Went to the Gower many years ago when I was at Cardiff University, also worked a summer at Butlins Barry Island!

      Crete sounds good, I liked it there – be sure to go to Knossos! I am off to Malta in April – I like it there!

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  33. Andrew, I lived in Cardiff for many years and I miss the nearness of Europe now that I live in Australia. Reading your blog – I reminiss! 😚

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  35. It’s so fantastic to have so many places in Europe to visit for us travel addicts and, besides falling in love with Portugal, this is one of the main reasons we decided to move here. The trick is choosing where to go from the multitude of options – looks like your choices are sure to please! Anita

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  36. Can’t wait until we go to Porto. And if we venture further north on that trip I’ll let you know how we get on.

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    • I have been to Porto a couple of times but have never stayed there so will put that right this time. A wonderful city, both sides of the river. One essential piece of advice from me is to avoid the local lunch time speciality of Francesinha, a sort of Portuguese croque-monsieur with an entire weekends permitted calorie allowance!

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  37. If you get to Central Portugal don’t forget to find your way around the Serra Da Estrela, this mountain range is the highest in Portugal, we visited there two years ago and it is so fantastic, The beauty of the landscape, plants and rock formations, topped up with actually being able to hold snow in my hand, while we had been baking in temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius in the valley below, was lovely. There is a glacial valley there too. Anyway just wanted to say that it is absolutely lovely! 🙂

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