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Favourite travel pictures of 2018

These are 15 of my favourite travel pictures of 2018, not because they are the best but because of the moments and places they convey. I hope they inspire you to get out there in 2019! 


Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Valle del Cauca, Colombia.  I make this trip frequently and my favourite time of day to land is in the late afternoon when the sun shines over the crops and I know there is a light breeze that sweeps away the heat of the day.


Washington DC, USA. Spring is well known for its cherry blossoms surrounding the basin, but visitors should also walk a little further.  Spring in the city is an explosion of color, with azaleas, rhododendrons and dogwoods blooming in little rowhouse yards or narrow Georgetown sidewalks.


Dezensano del Garda, Italy.  We were not sure what to expect, but we fell in love with this town right away.  Every day is different, with a fair, a circus or a street market. People from all over the region stream in and make this a very lively summer destination.


Florence, Italy.  The saying goes “Paris is always a good idea” but for me it is “Florence is always a great idea"!  This time we enjoyed magnificent views of the Duomo from Giotto's Campanile- after climbing all 414 steps.


Valle del CocoraValle del Cocora, Quindío, Colombia.  La Palma de Cera (Wax Tree) is the national tree of Colombia.  This is a natural park with amazing hiking trails that rewards with fantastic views.  It is a safe, magical area frequented by European and Colombian tourists alike. 


Salento

Salento, Quindío, Colombia.  Nestled int the Andean mountains, this charming little town is a throwback in time. Ride a Willis Jeep to a coffee plantation, go hiking in the Cocora Valley or just stay and browse the many artisan shops and taste amazing local food.  


Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Montreux, Switzerland.  This is one of my happy places.  With so many things to do in every season, Lake Geneva is a great destination any time of year. One of my favourite things to do is move around the lake in one of the old-fashioned steamers.


Verbier, Switzerland. This is the type of snow I love. Far away in the distance and admired from a warm spot. If you are like me and hate the cold this is the best way to enjoy it.  Switzerland in the summer has great weather and great views.


Mont St Michele BayMont-Saint-Michel Bay, France.  This was an unplanned early morning stop on a deserted beach with views of the monastery. Sometimes it is the unscheduled moments in a trip that leave you with a sense of wonder.


Cancale, FranceCancale, France.  We arrived at high tide and went straight to sample the oysters that Cancale is famous for.  In the afternoon when the tide was out we were able to see how they are harvested.  It is a backbreaking job that usually is handed down through the generations. Respect.


Mont Saint michel

Le Mont Saint Michele, France.  This was probably my favourite day of the year. We timed our visit to arrive after the tour buses had left. Watching the tide come in and surround the monastery at around sunset was just breathtaking.  This had been on my bucket list for a long time!


Casablanca

Casablanca, Morocco.  Even though this was not one of my favourite cities, this was the welcome we got when we arrived in this beautiful country.  It is a country of spectacular sunsets and warm people.


MerzougaMerzouga Desert, Morocco.  Sleeping in the desert was a lot of fun.  However we did not get our starry skies because we had a full moon. Instead, in the morning, we were treated to a sunrise on one side with a full moon on the other.


Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco.  This was an enchanting city with its sun washed blues, flocks of seagulls and fishermen boats.  These guys were taking a much needed break after bringing the morning catch in.


Chateau de Chenonceaux, Loire Valley, France.  This area of France is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous chateaus, vineyards, and orchards. My favourite thing about this chateau is the relationship of the house to the water.

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