|Marion, who we hadn't seen for over 10 years with her daughter, Natasha, who we'd never met before|
|My niece, Vanya, with another newcomer to Caroline and I, Amelia.|
Caroline and I once went on a week long trip to the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, to a resort in the sun, by the sea. After about half a day, we realised we'd made a terrible mistake. The next day we hired a car, and drove to every nook and cranny on the island, and I guess we knew that we were not the sort of people who can happily go to one place for any length of time, without a lot of things to do. Since then, we have chosen short breaks or roadtrips. Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising that type of holiday, I'm just saying what type of holiday suits me, and Caroline.
|Just some steps down, but seen in the right light...|
|Which would you rather see? Sunrise in the alps?|
|Or sunset on the Mediterranean? Take your pick!|
|A visit to Reims Cathedral was our "punishment" for a wrong turn|
|The side of the road is always good, like here in the Auvergne|
And next? Yes, of course, the end of one holiday spells the start of plans for the next one. But where to? Next year might see us do something more local. Japan, New Zealand, and parts of Australia are all possibilities. Another roadtrip? The next big one will probably be to Glacier National Park in the USA and Banff in Canada. This would probably be my number 1 choice of destination at this moment in time (coinciding with seeing the Northern Lights in Edmonton would be good). When will that be? I suppose I'd better get saving!
|Some Autumn colour in Basingstoke Memorial Park, the town I was born|