This post is about where I travelled before I met JD.
September 1997 – drove from Sydney to Cairns and back staying in youth hostels and doing day trips and had a ball.
October 1997 – May 1998
Lived and worked in England – Felixstowe, Ipswich and Colchester
Spent my weekends mostly in London and Cambridge.
March 1998 – Visited a good friend in Malta for my birthday
April 1998 – Paris for Easter.
May 1998 – French Riveria for a long weekend and visited Nice, Caine, Antibes and Monte Carlo. Lots of good food, wine and walking.
I would love to take the kids there for a summer and they could learn conversational french in the mornings and we could sightsee in the afternoons.
May 1998 – My first Contiki from London to Athens:- France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece. I thought I would avoid the summer heat and leave a little early. The heat came early that year…. but it was still a great trip.
June 1998 – After 3 days on my own in Greece I joined another Contiki tour for 2 weeks of Greek Island hopping!!!!
After all that warm weather I headed back to England but not back to work. It was time for some more London sightseeing and then on to Scotland by train and a Haggas backpackers tour. You get a guided tour of Scotland on a 22 seater bus and stay in backpacker or B & B accomodations. It was a great way to travel and having a true Scot as a tour guide was invaluable. I can’t leave out the importance of the great pub stops along the way…
I did so much that year, I can’t even remember everything anymore….
September – October 1999
Europe was still calling me.
Spain and Portugal with Contiki – more laid back than my previous tours but still lots of fun.
7 days travelling through Morocco with Contiki. I discovered that the orange juice is made from concentrate and they use local tap water to make it….. I am thankful the doctor that came to the hotel was a woman and could speak English… It took me over a month to recover from that one glass… but that didn’t stop me… I had plans.. I wasn’t about to go home yet.
Back to London for beautiful balmy summer nights… time to wash clothes and changes bags for the next part of the journey.
Off to Ireland and my backpackers tour of Southern Ireland. Ireland was very green and beautiful.
I took the ferry at the end of the tour to Hollyhead in Wales and picked up a rental car. For about 5 days I drove the coast visiting castles and seeing the sites on my way to Cardiff. The World Cup was on at the time and I got a sneak peak at the Western Somoa team practicing in the grounds of hotel along the coast. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get tickets to any of the games.
I think this was about the time I headed back to Sydney. I did visit Malta again this trip but again it is all a blur…. I have a diary somewhere…