After part one and part two … part three. For the uninitiated, I’ve been searching through all of my travel pics from the past few years and have selected a few of my favourites to share over the Festive Season as my ‘Travel Advent Calendar’. The world moves so fast, we’re in a constant state of finishing up one thing and jumping on to the next, so it is a bit of a treat to be able to pause and reflect on trips past…and get a little inspiration for whatever comes next!
Peep below for days 13-18; part four is on ts way. Enjoy!
Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Walk a little, drink a
The problem with travel is you try new things which then turn out to be amazing. I have snorkelled (loved it!), hang-glided (awesome – wouldn't rush to do it again, though), SUP'd (spent more time in the sea than on the board – still had fun, though). Now, thanks to Porto, I love a cheeky glass of…port (obv). After a slow wander through the city sights and over the bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia, we definitely earned the right to tour some of the Caves and have a port tasting or two (or three, or four…). Our Day 13 pic is the view from the Teleférico de Gaia cable car over the Douro River on the way back to the city. After all that 'tasting', there wasn't much chance of us making it on foot… #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #portugal #porto #vilanovadegaia #porttasting #porttastinginporto #telefericodegaia #travelbucketlist #travelgoals #travelinspiration #toodrunktowalk
Le Marais, Paris, France
The World’s Sluttiest Eclairs
This year's Advent Calendar seems to be all about filling my face. First the cinnamon rolls as big as head (Copenhagen, Day 3), now for Day 14 we're in Paris with the world's sluttiest eclairs. I originally went to Paris to learn how to make macaroons (verdict: I'm not nearly as good a baker as I thought I was), but took a side trip to L'Eclair de Génie in Le Marais where the best-dressed pastries in Paris were ready to tempt me. I could only pick one (they're about 7 Euros a pop…), so I chose wisely: a 'Chou Chou Caramel' with hazelnut cream, salted caramel and gold-dusted candied nuts. C'était incroyable… #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #paris #lemarais #patisserie #eclairdegenie #pastries #travelbucketlist #travelgoals #travelinspiration
Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil
Diva & Donkey Have a Dinner Date
Reposting this pic from Jericoacoara because I love it… so I'm sitting at a table in a cafe, chilling, minding my own business, when this random just rocks up and gatecrashes my table. So rude! He was such an ass (….I'm here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress etc.) #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #brazil #jericoacoara #jeri #travelinspiration #travelgoals #travelbucketlist #tablefortwo #repost
Masaya Volcano, nr Granada, Nicaragua
Don’t. Look. Down.
The view at the crater of the Masaya Volcano near Granada, Nicaragua, makes Day 16 of my calendar. Now, if you are staring into the crater of a volcano spewing smoke and sulphur…at what point should you sprint for the exit? Made it down in one piece (which is better than the state I was in after my second volcano encounter on this trip. Scroll back to last year's calendar for my Ometepe story. My body hurts just thinking about it…) #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #nicaragua #granadanicaragua #masayavolcano #vulcanmasaya #travelinspiration #travelgoals #travelbucketlist #runforyourlife
Southbank, London, UK
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner…
The Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
When Diva Met Sauvignon Blanc…
Just because I'm posting from Prague, doesn't mean I can skip my calendar duties… Don't let the peaceful country scene fool you, the day 18 pic is particularly dangerous: it represents the day I fell in love with Sauvignon Blanc. Blame The Hunter Valley for this one. I skipped the school trip-sized tours to the big commercial wineries and opted for something a little more boutique. With only five in our minibus, we could visit smaller, independent producers and, more importantly, DRINK MORE WINE. We stopped by Iron Gate, Blueberry Hill and Ernest Hill, all of whom were amazing (and GENEROUS with the samples), but it was Mountain View that turned a dedicated red wine drinker to the 'white side', and an obsession with Sauvignon Blanc. Thanks for that. After a day 'tasting' with Sydney Boutique Tours, I slept very well that night. Just don't ask me about the morning after… #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #australia #sydney #huntervalley #vineyards #wineries #sauvignonblanc #wineoclock