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Johnston Canyon and Lake Minnewanka

Johnston Canyon and Lake Minnewanka

Day 5 in the national parks of Western Canada led us to Johnston Canyon and Lake Minnewanka. We were staying at the Johnston Canyon campsite which gave us direct access to the canyon so no need to jump in the van which was nice. We headed off in what we were sure was the correct direction only to discover 5 minutes later it wasn’t. Never trust a campsite map. The canyon is made up of two sections, Lower Falls which… View Post

Iceland!!!

Iceland!!!

Only 3 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes & 27 seconds until we head off to Iceland for a long weekend! Waterfalls, hot springs, epic scenery and birthday celebrations. Bliss!

A day in Banff Town

A day in Banff Town

We had already had a pretty amazing trip and we were still only a few days in. I remember feeling like it was going so slowly and was lasting forever which is exactly what you want from a trip. Normally they whizz by so fast you don’t get a chance to breathe. Our trip to Lake Louise had left us pretty exhausted so the next day was a little more on the relaxed side. We had a lazy morning and… View Post

Lake Louise & The Plain of Six Glaciers

Lake Louise & The Plain of Six Glaciers

Two Lakes and One Long Hike – Lake Louise & The Plain of Six Glaciers Lake Louise is renowned for its turquoise blue waters and is photographed more than any other natural feature in the Canadian Rockies (in my opinion anyway). Needless to say we were pretty excited to get there. We had also decided that we wanted to undertake a pretty intense hike to one of the two teahouses. The options were Lake Agnes and the Plain of 6… View Post

White Water Rafting with Wild Water, Golden BC

White Water Rafting with Wild Water, Golden BC

We stayed at a cute campground on our first night on the road, after driving for 6 or so hours we pretty much set up camp, ate some food (and realised the limitations of a basic kitchen set) and got some much needed sleep. When we woke the next day the weather was lovely and we hit the road heading for Golden, BC for our first attempt at white water rafting!!! We chose Wild Water as the offered a great… View Post

London to Vancouver

London to Vancouver

17:15 London Heathrow, UK to Vancouver, Canada. 9 hours. A380. Top floor. Business baby! The benefit to working hard, paying for everything on an airmiles credit card and storing up are airmiles allowed us to benefit from a (probably once in a lifetime) flight in Business Class. This meant dedicated check in desk, security at Heathrow, airport lounge, real plates on the plane and a selection of champagne!!!

Bucket List Item – River Cottage Experience

Bucket List Item – River Cottage Experience

Imagine our delight when we opened our Christmas gift from one of my sister-in-laws to find a River Cottage card and a gift card enclosed. Bucket list item for a few years – now we had the perfect excuse to get one booked! So we did just that, signed up for a one day course for the beginning of May. After much discussion we decided on the River Cottage Experience day. It gave us a bit of everything, cookery, animals,… View Post

2015 Review (extremely late!!)

2015 Review (extremely late!!)

Post written back in April and never published until now!!!!  So this is very late and I intended on getting it out in January but it’s been a bit manic so it gradually got later and later until all of a sudden it was April! It may seem a bit pointless to review something so long ago but it was such a fantastic year and the turning point in my life with regards to prioritising travel. Holidays and adventures had… View Post

Scotland – a digital detox

Scotland – a digital detox

Scotland. The highlands. Loch Ness monster. Ben Nevis. Whisky. Haggis. As you can probably tell our most recent trip was to a beautiful area in the Scottish highlands. The internet is filled with blogs about the beauty of Scotland and how everyone should visit, both those points are totally valid but not what I will focus on. Over the last couple of years we have been pretty full on with our travels (and the fact we have full time office… View Post

Looking forward to 2016

Looking forward to 2016

I have finally caught up with my posts from our amazing trips in 2015 – from Uzbekistan to Budapest and China. I will be doing a recap post of the whole year with my highs and lows but thought I would start with what we are planning to do this year. (Eeekkk) My new year’s resolution for 2015 was to do more things – which I certainly achieved from Gin Festivals to camping trips. For 2016 its again to do… View Post

Pandas!

Pandas!

Again, sorry for the delay in getting this out been a busy month! We snuck in a trip to London to celebrate Valentine’s day which I might put a post up about shortly. But, here it is our last real day in China. Pandas. Check out the other posts for a recap on our amazing trip.  Our final proper day in China. The end of a massive trip which inspired, entertained and exhausted us. I still don’t feel like I am… View Post

Leshan & Dafo

Leshan & Dafo

Our first day in our final city. A day I had been waiting for most of the trip to come, the reason I rebuilt this whole trip myself rather than booking onto a pre-booked tour, to visit Dafo in Leshan. The giant Buddha We filled up on a yummy breakfast in the hotel (best breakfast of the trip) and then spent the next 20 minutes trying to find our guide. In the end we found her hidden in a huge… View Post

Xian – Day 3

Xian – Day 3

Day 9 on our grand Chinese adventure and our last day in Xi’an before flying to Chengdu/Panda land. Today was somewhat a day of additional new activities that weren’t things we had planned to come to China specifically for but were added on during my extensive planning stage with some help of our guide. First up was the Drum and Bell towers. The Bell tower (originally built in 1384) is a building which was built in the geographical centre of… View Post

Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet

Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet

Check out what we did during the day!  Xi’an is relaxed. No matter how much you try and squeeze in it still feels relaxed. We managed to have a rest after our day with the warriors before we headed back out into Xi’an night life to experience the Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling dinner. Touristy yes but it was also so much fun. Please excuse my lack of pictures of actual dumpling. I need to work on this food picture… View Post

Xi’an – Day 2

Xi’an – Day 2

After our action packed evening we had a good sleep and a later start so we were refreshed and ready to go. We were also very excited as today was the day we were going to see the Terracotta Warriors. Before we got there we headed to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s a Buddhist temple and has been standing in some form or another since 652, ranging in “layers” from 5 to 10, resting at 7 today. We wandered… View Post

Itchy feet

Itchy feet

It’s been a few months since our last getaway and I’ve got itchy feet today! Someone send me a ticket to somewhere new! Still 58 days till we are in Scotland for a week! Check back soon for an update on what’s happening this year!

Xi’an – Day 1

Xi’an – Day 1

Having thought about it since posting my photo “essay” on The Great Wall of China I probably should have mentioned the awesome toboggan ride down from the top. It was a great end to a fantastic hike and although you have to walk much further than the cable car exit it’s so so worth it!!! I don’t have any pictures of the way down but take my word for it when I say it was so much fun!! Anyway on… View Post

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

After our wonderful time in Beijing it was time for our most highly anticipated day – a trip to The Great Wall of China. We went with a tour guide from Great Wall Hikes who was wonderful. We went to an un-restored section Jiankou to Mutianyu which is a restored section. It was an amazing hike, hard hard work but so totally worth it. Its the highlight of our time in China and my highlight of 2015. The only way… View Post