Travel Bucket List from 2017

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In 2017 I got bitten by the travel bug bad. 2017 was going to be an exciting year for me.  I vowed to make a goal to visit 10 Countries that year. To visit places I haven't been to in 20 years or places I had never been to. 

1. Spain

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Starting off 2017 in the Historic Madrid for New Years Eve.  I had booked myself onto a Topdeck Tour visiting Southern Spain and Morocco for my annual Run Away from Winter Trip.  After Madrid we drove down and experience the Moorish Wonder of Granada. Before heading down to Gibraltar, then coming back Via Vibrant City of Seville and finishing off in Madrid. 

My Second trip to Spain was to Old City of Valencia, while there I got to experience La Tomatina Festival.  Then treating myself to a few days in the Art Nouveau Barcelona. 

 

2. Morocco

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Morocco is ingrained into my Heart. I go to Morocco every 2 years, I adore the culture and life.  This year I experienced the Port of Tangier, The Blue City of Chefchaouen, before heading to the Art City of Fes, returning to my third home of Marrakech then finishing off by the African Coastline in Asilah.

 

3. Portugal

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Visiting the Capital of Lisbon was fascinating, with juxtaposition of the layers of history. I can't wait to be heading back in 2018. 

 

4. England

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  • There is so much I got to see in England this year. Add everything to your list and see as much as you can.... to name a few.

  • London

  • Hever

  • Dover

  • Battle

  • Chatsworth House

  • Peak District

  • Nottingham

  • The Angel of the North

  • Wedgwood Museum

  • Brighton

  • Lewes

  • Berwick Upon Tweed

  • Bath

  • Stonehenge

  • Castle Combe

  • Puzzlewood: Forest of Dean

 

5. Wales

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Wales is a Magical Country, full of Castles, Forest, Daffodils and Doctor Who. I visited Tintern Abbey, Caerleon, Caerphilly, Castell Coch and Cardiff. All wonderful experiences.

 

6. The Netherlands

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Amsterdam in Spring has been on my list for such a long time. Cheese, Tulips, Windmills and Van Gogh. I think I managed to do everything on my list. Visiting All of Amsterdam, Experience the Thousands of Tulips at Keukenhof, with the highlight being Windmills and Clogs at Zaanse Schans.

 

7.  Austria

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Finally got to see if the Hills where alive with the Sound of Music. Going to Salzburg was a magical experience. With its lustrous greenery, divine food and wonderful architecture. Salzburg is a place where you can go again and again. 

 

8. Germany

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Visiting Bavaria in Germany is a feast for your eyes. I got to experience the Tip of the Mountain by heading up to Eagle's Nest. It has the most incredible views overlooking the picturesque mountains. 

 

9. Scotland

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Scotland has a rich countryside and history. We saw as much as we could.  Crossing over the border from England, Roslyn Chapel, Edinburgh, Iverness, Culloden, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan and Glencoe where some of the highlights of Scotland. Can not wait for the next road trip.

 

10. France

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Going home to Alsace was a wonderful time. Having Family time and seeing parts of our home we hadn't experience before. In North Alsace there is Soultz-sous-Forets, the Pottery town of Betschdorf,  The Chateau fort de Fleckenstein, The Maginot Line at Lembach and The Battle of Reichshoffen to name a few.  Paris was another point of call this year visiting the Dior 70th Anniversary Exhibit. During this weekender trip I got to experience the wonders of the Garden of Monet in Giverny. A painting at every view you see.

 

I was even lucky enough to get up to 14 Countries in the end including...

 

11. Northern Ireland

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Heading over to Belfast to see all the Art depicting their hard history for the last 30 Years.  Finally making it up to The Giant Causeway on the Northern Coast to skip on stones.

 

12. United Arabs Emirates

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Not exactly seeing the whole place but the Airport in Dubai is always a Cultural Experience.

 

13. Singapore

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Singapore is a vibrant city, full of Gardens, Colour being a juxtaposition of Old Culture and the New World.

 

14. Australia

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Visiting Australia in the summer was a wonderful trip. I never though I was a beach goer but I couldn't stop chasing the Crisp Blue Waters of Australia in Sydney and Byron Bay.