Hello and Happy New Year you lovely bunch! I hope you all had a wonderful time, and rang in the year in style (or like me, with a looot of Prosecco and terrible dancing). It felt only right, to kick off the year with a look back at last year’s travel highlights. Admittedly, 2016 was a surreal year, with bad news by the bucket load. Donald Trump REALLY was elected president and we will never again party like it was 1999 at a Prince gig. Writing this post though, made me appreciate what an amazing year 2016 was for me personally. I had so much fun recalling my ‘best bits’. Seeing them together in one place is bladdy bonkers, I don’t know how I managed to cram it all in.

 

BARCELONA

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Barcelona was possibly my favourite trip of the entire year. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and it certainly lived up to the hype. I won’t lie, the agenda for this trip was mainly based around eating a heck load, drinking too much sangira and just generally trying to soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
Barcelona City Guide  | Barcelona Accommodation on a Budget
PORTMEIRION, WALES

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Wales is such a beautiful Country, but it makes the list for Portmeirion alone. The Italian-esque town is so ruddy charming. I’m really hoping that one year we will make it to their yearly music festival.
A Trip to Wales | Portmeirion Photo Diary
GOTHENBURG

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Gothenburg was booked on a total whim when my boyfriend had to go there for work. I hadn’t been to Sweden before, so I jumped at the chance to tag along. Those Swede’s certainly know how to do interiors, and I came home filled with tonnes of design inspiration for our home.
City Guide: Gothenburg

 

BRUGES

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Hands down, Bruges is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen. Lovley little canals, fairytale-esque backdrops and craft beers served in giant test tubes – what more could you ever want?
48 hours in Bruges
VENICE

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Oh Venice. It really does hold a special little place in my heart. It was the starting point of our 2015 Italian road trip (aka the trip that no other trip will ever live up to). Darren and I loved it so much that we decided to re-visit last year. Venturing out to the oh so beautiful, rainbow Island of Burano was without doubt my favourite memory – that, and the seafood spaghetti, of course.
Postcards from Venice | Venice: Where to Stay | Burano, Italy |Italy tour: Venice
VERONA

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It felt rude not to visit Verona, being only a 30 minute train ride from Venice and all. A day spent eating, hiking, more eating and simply enjoying that view!
Verona: Where to Stay | Italy tour: Verona
ROME
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Another Italy trip! Returning to Rome was a total dream. I had great wee company in tow and got to see a completely different side to the City this time around. Finally seeing the Trevi Fountain entirely free from scaffolding was a major highlight and horse riding through the ancient City was a real pinch me moment. I’ll be putting together a bigger ‘top things to do’ post that will be coming at you in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that.
Italy tour: A Rural Masterpiece | Rome Photo Diary

AMSTERDAM

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I was so excited to tick Amsterdam off my bucket list this year and visiting at Christmas time made it all the more magical. My most memorable moment of the trip just has to be the swing over the edge. Such a great way to end our year!
City Guide: Amsterdam

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