2018: A Year In Review

As the last couple days of 2018 come to an end, I just want to take a moment to share some of the highlights that made this year special for me. I hope that you’ll take a minute and share some of your fondest memories of your year with me, as well!  Whether it be an epic travel experience, a life-changing moment or a new learning, please tell me about it in the comments area below.  I would love to hear about them and I think sharing our experiences with each other can be one of the (very few!) positives of social media.


The year began at a beautifully slow pace which is just the way I love it. We rang in the New Year with family and then gently eased into the post-festive-season.


Lumiere light festival came to London and the event was spectacular.  Sadly, it won’t be returning in 2019 so I am particularly appreciative that we had the opportunity to see it.


February had my family and I chasing the sun for a dose of vitamin D as we usually do at this time of year since moving overseas.  Winter in London can feel like its dragging on and on when you don’t see the sun for days at a time.


We chose to go to Marrakech and had an amazing time taking in the sights, scents and tastes of Morocco.


A bit of snow fell in March just to remind us that winter wasn’t quite over!


While travels to Krakow, Poland, over Easter brought us to the beautiful eastern European city it also brought us to a heartbreaking tour of Auschwitz-Birkinau.


But on a happier note, I started this blog!  I decided to take a leap of faith and start writing about my travels and experiences.  Looking back, I wish I had done it sooner!


May brought an unexpected house move on a big birthday for me.  It was definitely not what I had envisioned doing that particular weekend by hey ho that’s life, yes?  I fully anticipate a lavish, over the top weekend to make up for it coming up in the next few months!

Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Scotland

The month also brought a family holiday in Edinburgh, Scotland (posts coming soon!)

and also an escape to Oslo, Norway!


June was a quiet month with settling in to our new home, and the school year starting to wind down for my son. It was also nice to have some time to actually unpack the boxes from our move the previous month!


During the summer months we tend to try and travel as much as we can. Holidays in

titanic experience belfast ireland


Leeds England


Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik and

Lake Como had us on the run!  I still haven’t published anything on our holiday in Lake Como. It’s coming, I promise!  I’m reserving it for a cold, wintry day when we can all use the warmth.


The month of August was all about Scotland!

King's College Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen and

 Edinburgh Scotland

another trip to Edinburgh were on the books

Grand Place Brussels Belgium Floral Carpet

as was a quick trip to Brussels to see the Floral Carpet to complete the month.


Copenhagen was our final trip before the school year started back up.

But we couldn’t resist a quick trip to Amsterdam just because.


Salzburg Austria

Salzburg Austria

A cheeky trip to Salzburg and Munich to experience Oktoberfest was in order as we had never been before.  And bonus points to you if you recognize the gnome in the first picture!

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my beloved Philadelphia Eagles came over to play the Jaguars at Wembley…and they won!  Fly Eagles Fly!

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire England

Finishing the month with a mama-son staycation in the country was just the escape we needed.


We were land-locked in November as my son and I had to renew our passports and we had a number of social obligations as well as Thanksgiving to celebrate so we stayed local and took some time to take in the over the top Christmas wonderland that was London by them.  This post was published in December but most of the photos were actually taken in November.  


Visiting the Christmas Markets in Hanover, Berlin and Dresden was a great way to get in the festive spirit!  Then it was back to London just in time for Christmas.  

I always love to take some time to reflect at the end of the year. It’s a simple exercise to remind one of just how good life is. Life goes by so fast and its easy to forget our blessings and we all know its much too easy to get caught up in everyone else’s seemingly perfect life thanks to social media but taking a moment to pause and remember the good things that have happened in your life is a great way to end this year and go into the next on a positive note.

Again, I hope you’ll share some of your best memories from 2018.  Thanks for reading and cheers to the start of a new year!


2 thoughts on “2018: A Year In Review

  1. You have had such interesting travel experiences this past year. It has given me a chance to see some of the world that I would never have had the chance to experience myself. I’m really looking forward to seeing where 2019 will take you. I wish you and your family a very Happy and Safe New Year.

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