HAPPY OLD YEAR! NEXT, PLEASE!

Blue Mountains National Park, NSW, Australia

Blue Mountains National Park, NSW, Australia


Trawling back over thousands of photos (there are lots of shamefully clumsy ones and I don’t inflict them all on family, friends or even blog readers) reminds me what a privileged life we lead.

We’ve spent time in eleven countries. It was nearly twelve, but Scotland decided not to secede.

We’ve spent time with old friends and made some lovely new ones.

We’ve eaten some great meals, seen some wonderful cities, enjoyed books and films and plays and I’ve even written a couple myself.

So it took me a while to decide what the focus should be for this round-up post. I’ve put it off for weeks, being in holiday mode. In the end I decided to keep it simple, posting a collection of shots of places that have given us so much pleasure in 2014.

Many thanks to the people whose visits, comments and encouragement have kept me blogging, and may 2015 bring you all you could hope for.

The Danube, Austria

The Danube, Austria

Darwin, Australia

Darwin, Australia

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem, The Netherlands

The Isle of Mull, Scotland

The Isle of Mull, Scotland

Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

The Schinkel canal, Amsterdam

The Schinkel canal, Amsterdam

St Dalmas, France

St Dalmas, France

Telunas Beach, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Telunas Beach, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Haworth House, Yorkshire, UK

From Harewood House, Yorkshire, UK

5 Comments

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5 responses to “HAPPY OLD YEAR! NEXT, PLEASE!

  1. Angela Highstead

    Here, here Richard – privileged. Travel for me is always about culture and the experiential. ‘The raggedy boys choir singing like angels in front if the Notre Dam cathedral, Paris.’ ‘Bayeux- being served exquisite food in a tiny brasserie by a young couple who treated me like a long lost family member’. HOWEVER that beautiful photo in the Blue Mountains reminds me that when no travel insurance company will ‘touch us with a barge pole’ of the wonders we have in our own back yard.

    And always the experiential if we allow it. Twenty years on I still tell of the old territory buffalo hunter we camped next to, who retired to the caravan park in Camoorweal; he tried Darwin but the big city did his head in.

    Thank you as always.

  2. Wonderful pics, Richard. You have done your travels justice with words and images. Have a wonderful New Year.

  3. Gorgeous photos. Happy travels for next year.

  4. Beautiful images from your travels, if I could hop into just one of them I think it would be Scotland or the Blue Mountains, I’m in the mood for tramping around the countryside, camera in hand. Looking forward to 2015, I have high hopes that it will be a better year. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2015!

  5. kevinmayne

    Lovely – all reflections I can relate to.

    Happy travels next year

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