The last day of 2011! Where has the year gone?
As I look back on the year, I think of the wonderful times I’ve had travelling to new and exciting places and discovering a whole new world of blogging and photography. What started out as a way to keep family and friends informed has become bigger than I realised at the time.
After experimenting with my first post on Bali, it was then off to Sicily for five weeks to explore this stunning island and learn to blog!
Memories of Sicily is one of my favourite posts. I still dream of the delicious food we ate, the great people we met and the fabulous places we stayed. I’m already planning a return visit just to go back to the Caper Festival on Salina, to stay at Mandranova at olive harvest time, spend more time in Siracusa and of course, return to Palermo for another mouthful or three of their sweet treats.
Highlights of Sicily
 
So much for blogging keeping up with our travels! The longer we travelled, the more I got behind!
By the time we arrived in Milan, I was writing about day trips from Trapani!
 
I have always loved Milan and after a gap of a couple of years it was great to be back amongst familiar buildings, wandering the Brera and shopping at my favourite shop. 5 Places to Visit in Milan will give you a quick guide of what to see in this underrated city.
Highlights of Milan
 
 
From Milan we headed to Piedmont, my favourite area of Italy. The countryside is dotted with stunning hill top towns, the food is the best in Italy and the wines are fantastic! Why wouldn’t you love it! High on our list was the return to our favourite restaurants: All’Enoteca, Antica Corona Reale da Renzo and Il Cascinalenuovo.
 
Highlights of Piedmont
 
This time we also spent a few fun days in Turin. I was not disappointed! The beautiful arcaded streets, hiding historic cafes serving their famous bicerin, dolci and chocolate, won me.
Highlights of Turin
 
 
Our trip finished in Paris. Beautiful Paris. For a change of scenery, we stayed on the right bank. It’s amazing how staying in a different area provides a new perspective on a city. We were also just around the corner from some of the best restaurants which is probably the reason that most of the blog posts under Paris are all about food! I always go back to the George V Hotel just to see the fabulous flowers. This year we visited Versailles again but it was to see the King’s Private Apartments and visit Marie Antoinette’s Playground and Hamlet. I’ve already started researching the restaurants for our next visit so there’s a lot more food posts to come!
 
Highlights of Paris
 
 
In the last half of the year, I spent more time in Melbourne than I did at home in Perth.
Not that I am complaining, I love Melbourne! Especially the grower’s markets. Saturday morning at the Collingwood Children’s Farm Market and the Abbotsford Slow Food Market were always a highlight. The post on Melbourne’s Street Art provided a different perspective on the city whilst Paul Bangay’s Garden was my personal highlight of the stay in Melbourne.
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Spending time in Melbourne also gave me a chance to focus on ‘A Taste of Travel‘ and the exciting move to our own address is now complete. I’m hoping a newsletter will follow later in the year but in the meantime I’m learning about Facebook, so don’t forget to join me there and ‘like’ our Facebook page.
Thankyou for joining me on our travels this year. I wonder what 2012 will bring?
For us it will be a year of surprises. Our original travel plans for next year have been scuttled but I’m sure I’ll sneak in a few short trips! In the meantime, we have summer in Perth to look forward to and many, many more travel stories to be told.
My best wishes to you all for 2012. May it be a happy and fun year for you and your loved ones.
Happy New Year!
 
What are your dreams for 2012?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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