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Travel plans for 2012 – version two

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Back in January, I published this post with details of my travel plans for 2012. There was some skiing, some city breaks, a road trip and a cruise through the fjords – a pretty good year in store. And everything went to plan for the first few months of the year – skiing in Meribel-Mottaret in January, Champagne tasting in Reims in March, exploring Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii in Italy in April (though work meant I had to skip the TBU conference). So according to the plan I should now be heading off on my big trip of the year, exploring Canada by road and rail. But instead I’m at home in Cheltenham, so what happened?

Two big changes meant that my travel plans for the rest of the year started to come unravelled. Firstly I bought a house, and secondly I got offered a work contract for six months (which I needed to pay for the house!). So with not being able to take much time off this summer and not having the money to go far at the moment anyway, those travel plans for the rest of 2012 have had to be rearranged. Canada has been postponed until next spring, which leaves me with the rest of this year to fill with some new travels. So where to next? Here are my travel plans for the rest of 2012 (version two).

Prague in July

Prague was on the reserve list of places I’d like to squeeze in during 2012 and as it’s not too far or expensive it’s been upgraded to a definite, so I’ll be spending my birthday on a long weekend there in July. I plan to do lots of wandering and take hundred of photos of the spectacular architecture around the Castle, Old Town and Charles Bridge, and to climb up to the top of Petrin Hill. I also hear the beer gardens are worth a visit so may have to spend some time there too. If you have any other tips of things I shouldn’t miss while I’m there, please let me know.

Views over Prague

The historic centre of Prague – photo credit Alatryste on Flickr

Back to Paris in August

I can’t manage a whole year without a trip to Paris, so will be heading back there in August to stay in the apartment in St Germain where I house-sat last year. I get to revisit some of my old favourite haunts and stock up on cheese and wine, and despite being there for six weeks last autumn I’ve still got much more to see – with the Jardin des Plantes, Grand Mosquée de Paris and some wine-tasting on the list so far. And who knows, I might even finally make it to the Palace of Versailles this time (tenth time lucky…).

The Eiffel Tower at dusk

The Eiffel Tower at dusk

Exploring the UK over the summer

I usually spend the summer months nearer to home to avoid the crowds and the higher prices, and see a bit more of my country. Though it’d be nice if the weather realised it’s supposed to be summer by now as it still feels like winter. I’ve got a couple of visits planned – stepping back in time and dressing up 1950s style at the Goodwood Revival motoring festival in September and dodging the scooters at the Brighton Mod festival in August – and would like to see a bit more of my new home area, the Cotswolds.

Brighton beach

Summer days on Brighton beach

And then? Who knows…

It’s after that it all gets a bit vague. Normally I like to have a few trips planned to look forward to – to start researching and reading about and plan what I want to see and do. But this year I’ll be embracing spontaneity and getting more comfortable with winging it. My work contract might be extended til the end of the year so I don’t know how busy I’ll be and how much money I’ll have to spend. So it’s going to be wait and see. The idea is to have at least a long weekend in September and then a longer trip at the end of the year. But who knows where – so far Morocco, Greece, Thailand, Croatia and Jordan are all potentials, and that’s just this week’s list, I could end up anywhere! And even for somebody who loves to plan, there’s something quite exciting about that idea.

Palm tree

Somewhere with a few of these would be nice…

I hope everyone else’s travels for 2012 are going a bit more to plan! Where will you be heading off to during the second half of 2012?

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  • Reply
    June 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That picture of Brighton is a bit optimistic. I went in June last year and it was freezing and bucketing it down with rain. We didn’t pass up the opportunity to swim in the sea though!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      You’re braver than me – the last time I went swimming in the sea in the UK I was about 6! The photo was taken in Brighton in July a couple of years ago so it is possible, though not looking very promising this year so far!

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    June 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Lucy, I had meant to spend sometime seeing more of England this year but the time is slipping away. Next month I’m off to Italy and meeting up with Suzanne (otherwise known as The Travel Bunny) which I’m really looking forward to and in September I’m going back to Paris too. No other definite plans at the moment but who knows, like you, my plans may change!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      I know what you mean about time slipping away, I had a big list of things to do this summer but haven’t even started it, probably as it doesn’t feel like summer has arrived yet! Italy sounds great though and you can never have enough trips to Paris, there’s always more to see (and more wine and cheese to eat and drink!).

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    June 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Congrats on getting semi permanent work and being able to pay your mortgage! Morocco et al- they all sound great to me. Wroclaw for me in a couple of weeks time then the as yet unplanned Douro trip (I’m hoping).

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks, it’s good in terms of money but not so good for the travel plans! Enjoy Wroclaw, look forward to reading about it.

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    June 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Enjoy Prague. I know you like wine – there’s an excellent city centre vineyard with terrace right next to the castle,

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks, that definitely sounds like my sort of place!

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    Thomas Nietmann
    June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Prague was lovely when I was there a couple of years ago. There is this great little Medieval pub at the foot of the “old castle steps”. It consists of a cellar and a sub cellar. Ancient rough oak tables and benches and great Czech Pilsner on tap. Too bad about not coming here (to Canada)! Love your blog!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      That sounds great, thanks, I’ll look out for it. Yes disappointed not to make it to Canada this year but already planning a longer trip there for next spring and can’t wait to explore, it’s been on my travel wish-list for ages!

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    June 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Lots to look forward to Lucy – it’s good to have plans 😀 A riverboat trip is a good way to see Prague from a different angle. As Kathryn metioned I’m looking forward to Italy in July and then Turkey in September where we hope to travel around a bit – nothing definite booked yet except the flights. It’s been too long since I visited Paris… lucky you.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Suzanne, the riverboat trip sounds a great idea – I’m going to have a busy few days! Hope you have a great time in Italy and Turkey. We’re really lucky having family with an apartment in Paris so usually manage to get a trip in at least every couple of years.

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    McAuley & Crandall, PA
    June 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Super jealous – wish I could experience all of that – once of these days I hope – thanks for sharing & good luck in your adventures! Look forward to seeing pictures from your travels!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks, I’ll no doubt be taking hundreds of photos! Hope you manage to get some exciting travels in soon too.

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    June 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I’m going to Prague in August. My first time too! So, I’m eager to listen your suggestions after your visit 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I’ll make sure to get some posts out quickly once I get back! Hope you have a great time too.

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    July 11, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Paris is always a good idea!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      It certainly it! It’s one of those places that I could keep going back to again and again and always find new things to see and do (and eat!).

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    Krish T
    July 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Lucy, This is a great blog. And your photos are fab! That palm tree shot looks amazing – you should have them available to buy!

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