Oh, the places I’ve been… Sharing Some Holiday Memories.

10296389_10152496251037664_587117014879766508_o (2)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.

 

Egypt

Back in February 2011, I travelled toย 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.

San Francisco

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 ๐Ÿ™

Madeira

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.

Italy

Way back in 1996 my friend Lindseyย and I decided to book a last minute trip to stay in Rimini. It was the end of the season andย 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. Itย is a world of it’s own. It is simply stunning.

Niagra Falls

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.

Lanzarote

I was pleasantlyย 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 oneย known as Jameos Del Agua. This holds a lagoon of tiny white blind crabs unique to the island.

Daytona Beach

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.

Nassau

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!).

Disneyland Paris

After I won my court case back in 2010, I wanted to take Grace on a special holiday.ย 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.

Disneyland paris

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!ย 

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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much – I look forward to sharing them ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. 07/10/2014 / 4:16 pm

    Big, massive congratulations from us here at CardNest on the launch of your new blog! Loving the photos from your travels old and new! Lanzarote looks beautiful!

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Lanzarote certainly was more beautiful than I thought it would be ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much lovely lady and thank you for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  2. 04/10/2014 / 7:44 am

    Wishing you all the luck in the world with your new venture! You have been to some amazing places x #PoCoLo
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much – I am really looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. 03/10/2014 / 4:20 pm

    Loving the new blog! You have been so many places! I never know where to go on holiday so I will look forward to reading all about your travels!
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:38 pm

      Thank you so much Katy, I hope some of my posts help you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:41 pm

      Thank you so much Izzie ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. 03/10/2014 / 2:37 pm

    Congratulations on your new travel blog! Love this first post – funnily enough I have one very similar scheduled to go live next week as part of my countdown to our next travel adventure. Let me know if you’re going to be planning a travel linky over here! x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:42 pm

      Thanks Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, I would love read yours! No plans on a travel linky as yet but the thought has crossed my mind – although quite where I would find the time I don’t know! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. 03/10/2014 / 2:35 pm

    Looking forward to reading more about your travels – you’ve been to some great places. I’m not a big traveller but I love reading about other people’s travel experiences ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you Louise – I look forward to sharing more with you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you so much Leigh ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. 03/10/2014 / 12:23 pm

    What a great blog this is going to be! I am less of a wanderer now that we spend our time welcoming travellers to our little patch of France but I do have an almost identical photo, somewhere, of me above the salt pans in Lanzarote!
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks Rosie – that is spooky about the photo! I hope to visit you one day and write about it on here ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks for the visit Claire – I hope you get to some of the places on your to do list ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:45 pm

      It’s called good scheduling and a supportive family! Thanks Mel ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ You will love it there! x

  7. 03/10/2014 / 10:00 am

    this is such a nice idea for a blog!!
    Such a shame you can’t find your san francisco photos thats really upsetting. Such a wonderful place though isn’t it!!!

    You’ve been to some wonderful places!

    I’ve done a post about traveling to the seychelles with kids you might be interested in that for here? Am thinking of doing some more general travel tips for here soon too which might be a good one to collaborate on?

    Anyway fab post and looking forward to hearing more about your travels ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:47 pm

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I will carry on looking and still hope to put them up at some point ๐Ÿ™‚ I would LOVE for you to guest on here lovely, that would be fab! A great offer x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:48 pm

      Thank you Suzanne, I am really looking forward to posting on here ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. 03/10/2014 / 7:48 am

    Good luck with the new blog from fellow travelblogger. K

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:49 pm

      Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:49 pm

      Thanks Chantelle, I do think I have been very lucky x

  9. 03/10/2014 / 6:40 am

    Wow, you’ve been some interesting places! Love the old photos. Look forward to reading more about your travels. You are going to be one busy lady with three blogs!
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    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:50 pm

      Thanks Sarah. I know! But I do love busy – makes life interesting! x

    • Victoria
      05/10/2014 / 11:50 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  10. 01/10/2014 / 10:34 pm

    Ahhh Vicky!!! I love your new blog! It’s perfect. And look at all those amazing places you visit and experienced. You are one great traveller my kind of lady. I am so excited for you and your new adventure here. Thank you so much for linking up your new blog to Share With Me. I bet you are going to have so much fun with this one as much as your other one too! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great! Love the look too! #sharewithme
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    • Victoria
      02/10/2014 / 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚ I am really pleased you like it. I am excited too! x

    • Victoria
      02/10/2014 / 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Ting – look forward to joining you as a #travelblogger! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  11. 01/10/2014 / 8:21 pm

    Oooh new bloggy goodness! I am loving it! How do you keep track of it all! haha. You’ve also been to some amazing places!! Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH x
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    • Victoria
      02/10/2014 / 9:13 am

      Thank you so much lovely lady ๐Ÿ™‚ I have just organised myself better so I can! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I consider myself really lucky on the places I have been ๐Ÿ™‚ A pleasure x

  12. 01/10/2014 / 7:20 pm

    Wonderful new venture! You are so well-traveled, and I’m a bit jealous of where you’ve been. Can’t wait to see what you’ll share with us next ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Victoria
      02/10/2014 / 9:57 am

      Thank you Maria (sorry to make you jealous!) ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  13. Life at the Little Wood
    01/10/2014 / 1:09 pm

    Oh, this sounds like such a fab idea! I’m looking forward to reading of your adventures – it’s like ‘Wish you were here’ in blog form! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx #sharewithme

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much! I loved Wish You Were Here – that is quite a compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:21 pm

      I can definitely recommend San Francisco – hope you get there ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 01/10/2014 / 9:44 am

    What a lot of fabulous holidays you’ve had lovely lady! Really like the idea behind this blog, and it’s looking great. Well done xxx #sharewithme
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    • vickywelton@hotmail.com
      01/10/2014 / 9:56 am

      Thank you so much gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to share lots more x

  15. 01/10/2014 / 9:17 am

    Wow you’ve been on some amazing adventures over the years! I went to Niagara Falls as a child, and it was incredible. I don’t remember much of the Maid of the Mist (mist plus rain plus glasses isn’t a great combination) but I do remember how eerie it was at the top just watching the water silently slipping over the edge!
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    • vickywelton@hotmail.com
      01/10/2014 / 9:55 am

      I know! I look back now and consider myself so very lucky. Niagra is so beautiful and a great memory to have. I was so pleased to get to see it in the sunshine – although I have heard that winter is pretty good too! Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  16. 01/10/2014 / 7:23 am

    Ooh, I look forward to reading lots more about your travels. Good luck with the new blog!

    • vickywelton@hotmail.com
      01/10/2014 / 7:31 am

      Thank you so much Christine ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  17. To infinity and ivf
    01/10/2014 / 7:06 am

    Ooooh I really look forward to reading about your trips. I love travel blogs and looking at photos from around the world! …and now I want to go Disney land ๐Ÿ™‚

    • vickywelton@hotmail.com
      01/10/2014 / 7:15 am

      Thank you so much – and I look forward to sharing them with you ๐Ÿ™‚ Go! You’ll love it!

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