Leaving the Islands

It’s not as if we haven’t travelled, we have and for many years now we’ve had a large mapamundi prominently displayed on an expanse of wall with pins in it. They show where we’ve been but there’s so much of the world without pins!

So, how to do something about it – some planning was required and we were off, well at least in the UKyou can follow the links but there’s so much more if you go to the menu.

Finally, in September 2017, we left the Islands for what I now call our World Tour part 1! (WT1). Leaving the island of Gran Canaria for: Madrid-DubaiHong KongHanoiHoi AnHCMCSydneyYarraMelbourneHobartAucklandWaipuWellingtonRotoruaTaupoNapierChristchurchDunedinQueenstownWarrnamboolSingapore-back to the UK via Gatwick-Lichfield-Las Palmas.

More pins in the mapamundi !

Summers we like to spend touring our country of birth and in 2018 we visited: Dorset, the Home-Counties, Bedfordshire and Burton-on-Trent.

WT2 for 2018-19 was a whole new adventure in the other direction –
THE AMERICAS: USA –  LasVegas, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam; CanadaPeterborough, Oakville: MexicoGuanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Macheros, Teotihuacan, Puebla, Tulum, Chichén Itzá, Ajijic, México City, New York then back to the UK via the Atlantic Ocean.

This time our European interlude included Cadiz and Sevilla as well as Grand Canaria and the in UK: Cambridge, Kendal, Edinburgh, Dorset and the South Coast, Brighton, Pitstone, Lichfield (again) and Alrewas.

WT3 began with a return to Mexico: Puerta Vallarta, Guadalajara, Patzcuaro-Muertos, CDMX-Chapultepec, then to the Caribbean islands of Saint Lucia (via Toronto!) and Martinique, back to the Cheltenham UK (via Paris), on to Australia: Perth, Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Maroochydore, then Covid hit!

We stuck it out in Australia for as long as we could, after all in early 2020 the UK did not look like a place you’d want to be. But sadly the death of my mother brought us back to England. This meant that for the time being we were bound to the old country, however, taking a Covid cautious approach to travel we still managed to see and experience new places: North London, Kiddermintster, Beeston, Covid Cruising, Winter, Cumbria, Billesdon, Barnet again, Wales and Darlington.

Maroochydore Moments
In case you’re wondering, in the title Islands is plural because we left the UK over 7 years ago and the Gran Canaria is now a place we keep going back but now more as visitors!

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