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My top 10 travel highlights of 2016

What a year 2016 has been globally.  My top 10 highlights may well sound frivolous and privileged in a year when the world has been full of sadness, unrest and nasty surprises.  But they made us smile, laugh and relax after some challenging years. Its been good for the soul.  I’m amazed we fitted in 6 overseas trips in a year when work has been rewarding, but non-stop. Best drive Mr P wants to upgrade the car.  But our convertible is much-loved and pays…

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Lazing in the Languedoc 

What a gorgeous lazy time we had in the Languedoc, the benefit of doing no research…  Aside from booking the hotel, all I knew was that Carcassonne was nearish to where we were going and that it’s a board game. So un-thorough was my research that a few days before we arrived I had to email the hotel we were staying at and say that, er, actually we won’t be with you until 1am, our flight is later than I realised… Is that ok?……

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Flashback Friday Travel 36 – The Cote d’Azur

It isn’t all high glamour and high prices on the Cote d’Azur – we had a fantastic week there in August 2012 and found relaxed and charming places to visit.  We did of course go off in search of the glamorous areas, and dine out fantastically on one evening – but life is all about balance.  So let me introduce you to Eze.  It is maybe 30 minutes drive from Nice airport and just look at it – perched on a rock…

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#Take12Trips – the first 3 months!

Goodness knows where the time went, but here comes April and we’ve already had a weekend warm enough for shorts and tshirt (followed 2 days later by needing hat, scarf and gloves for my morning commute) – the last three months flew by and quite impressively (compared to last year) I have not been on a single plane yet, in fact since November! However not flying anywhere for over 4 months isn’t a bad thing… not in any way! It’s been lovely to have feet…

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Birthday weekend in Paris

I have quoted it many a time, but once more – ‘Paris is always a good idea’!  We visited in 2009 in September when the city was sultry and busy and ever since we have both wanted to return for a slower mooch around, with less need to see the sites and so to just follow our noses and enjoy what takes our fancy!  What better time to visit than to celebrate my birthday – and to be the 3rd…

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2015

Penelope and Parker in February

February has flown by at a terrifying speed… click here for the full flipagram of the best bits (needs a little time to load – the…) February with Penelope and Parker – *new* blog with the fun details just about to be uploaded!! #flipagram made with @flipagram. See full video at flipagram.com/anna.e.parker.81 A post shared by Anna Parker (@annaeparker) on Mar 4, 2015 at 10:45am PST Countless times this month I have thought spring was here, and then the next day…

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Flashback Friday Travel Photo Memories 20 – Paris

Paris is always a good idea!  And as luck would have it we are back there next month – I cannot wait!  It’s just a long weekend, and it is bound to be chilly – but there isn’t much better than time away with my husband seeing the city – we’ll be wrapped up in our winter coats, gloves, comfortable shoes and will of course make regular champagne stops along our wanderings! Last time we went was in 2009, a…

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Where to in 2015?

Strangely for us, we haven’t made many plans for 2015 yet.  2014 was an epic year of travel – 39 flights including visits with Mr P to UAE, Dubai, Venice, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Cornwall, Sardinia, Greece and Vienna….  We’ve no plans to keep up that pace this year, but we still have 12 months to plan for and a dreamy updated bucket list? This months inspired choice of travel link up theme is about wish lists and 2015 travel plans, so I…

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Flashback Friday Travel Photo Memories – 2 – La Rochelle

Sailing, sailing, sailing, we used to do something water-based near on every weekend! On this occassion Mr P was sailing at a dinghy regatta with a friend in La Rochelle and I was studying for my chartered accountant exams.  So I took the study to the sunshine and worked while he sailed! La Rochelle is a lovely town!  I think we were blessed with Mediterranean-esque weather for our visit and it only heightened the love for it!  The sailing club was a…

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