Welcome to the first post on my brand new blog. A blog where I will be sharing my thoughts and memories of my travels. A blog where you will find guest posts and tips and reviews and hopefully some ideas in helping you decided whether or not to visit a place event or experience.
As well as holidays, hotels and destinations, I shall be writing about experiences, days out, restaurants and events and theatre visits.
But first, on this post, I would like to share with you some of my favourite places, holiday memories I have made, countries I have been lucky enough to visit.
Back in February 2011, I travelled to Sharm El Sheikh with Grace and one of my girl friends. We visited a Bedouin camp in the desert where we tasted bedouin tea, ate goat koftas, watched a belly-dancer and spotted the star constellations.
In December 2005/January 2006 I spent Boxing Day through to New Years Day in San Francisco. We drove across the Golden Gate bridge, visited the Napa Valley region and, my favourite part of the holiday, took a boat across to Alcatraz.Unfortunately I can’t find my photos of this trip 🙁
In November 2002 I visited Madeira – one of the most beautiful places I think I have ever been. I had the opportunity to visit a distillery where they made Madeira wine which quickly became one of my favourite tipples! We hired a car and in the week we were there we managed to drive around the whole island (some of it was a rather hairy drive!). I also saw the first – and last – Madeira TT Trophy Motorcycle race.
Way back in 1996 my friend Lindsey and I decided to book a last minute trip to stay in Rimini. It was the end of the season and the beaches were pretty deserted so we decided to sign up to 3 day trips; Rome, Florence and, probably my most favourite place I have ever been, Venice. It is a world of it’s own. It is simply stunning.
In 1999, whilst visiting family in Virginia, we took a road trip up to Buffalo and, of course, the wonder of the world known as Niagra Falls. Getting across to Canada, I will never forget passport control thinking we were Australian – despite handing over our British passports! I was lucky enough to experience the Falls from one of the Maid of the Mist tours taking me right up to the edge as well as from above as you can see from the tower.
I was pleasantly surprised by this Canary Island. It is beautiful. It was my first experience of driving up a volcano in a coach (yes, it was extremely precarious!). I also got to see some of the underground caves and caverns including one known as Jameos Del Agua. This holds a lagoon of tiny white blind crabs unique to the island.
I think anyone who loves a great beach would love to cruise along one in a car and in Daytona back in 2004 I did just that! You have to pay to experience this but it is worth every penny. I also rode on the back of a Harley Davidson down to Cape Canaveral.
I’m going back a long time here. Way back to 1992! I booked a two centre break to Orlando and Disneyland and then on to Nassau in the Bahamas. Unfortunately it was rainy season when I arrived but that didn’t stop me enjoying the sites, sounds – and rum! This was one of the first places I had food experiences which aren’t your normal everyday meals in the forms of both conch (a type of shell meat) and alligator (tastes like veal!).
After I won my court case back in 2010, I wanted to take Grace on a special holiday. She was 3 years old and I decided it had to be Disneyland Paris. We stayed in the Dream Castle Hotel and visited everything over 5 days. What made it even better was that my sister and her family had booked the same weekend (without us realising) so we spent 3 of our 5 days with them. Grace was fearless on the rides and excellently behaved in the queues.
This is just a taster of where I have been lucky enough to visit.I hope you will join me in experiencing my travels on this blog.
With apologies for the quality of some of the photos – they are so old I had to scan them!