Words can’t really describe how much I was looking forward to escaping the dreary English winter for the tropical Caribbean island shores of Grenada. I was already fed up of getting caught in the icy rain and shrugging on layers of heavy clothing – and it was only the very start of the coldest season of the year. Disclaimer: We were guests of Pure Grenada, the national tourism board, but all enthusing and rum cocktail enjoyment is very much my own.
I’d always dreamt of exploring Caribbean – rowing to a teeny island with sparkling sands and palm trees waving over turquoise seas, but before I’d started blogging all those years ago I’d honestly never heard of Grenada.
How on earth do I describe Dubrovnik in a way that sufficiently does the city justice and doesn’t just boil down to yet another ‘things to do in Dubrovnik’ blog post list?
When deciding where to go, we took our time researching and consulting friends who had been to the city for longer than just a cruise ship day offloading (a source of many visitors) and when a good friend suggested that if we go to Croatia, that we visit most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world we fell on her suggestion.
Goodness me, it’s that part of the year again already. The time for looking back, taking stock of the present and writing travel wishlists for 2020. It’s also the time of year to be confused about exactly what year it is, but I digress.
Travel has never been a race for me – I’ve always picked destinations on my own terms, and for my own reasons (more often than not, it’s the history or food of a place) and that’s something that isn’t going to change going into 2020. I do however treasure every single memory made. (If you fancy a recap, here’s a quick travel highlights reel of 2019.)
First and foremost my blog is a journal. An online journal that has become a treasure box of memories, tips that I hope will be helpful and my online baby which has given me the impetus to learn a plethora of new skills. In that spirit, Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020! This little blog post is a throwback to the year that was.
2019 has been quite the year work-wise; I’m so thankful to have a collection of fascinating clients, I’ve worked with some really interesting projects and with a national charity who have some incredible stories and work with star-studded collaborators. There have definitely been highs and low lows to the year that I celebrated my second freelance anniversary – and I’m the stronger for it. I’ve also experienced just how wonderful my community are. I get asked a lot if I’m glad that I launched my little business, and I can whole-heartedly say yes.
Over a dozen years ago, my Mum and I visited Reims as a day trip from Paris – our first sip of the fabled Champagne region. I can’t tell you how excited I was to visit Reims again as a guest of the Régionale du Tourisme Grand-Est but all thoughts are very much my own.
With train trips as quick as 45 minutes from Paris, Reims (or Rheims as the city is also known) is the perfect gateway to the rest of the Champagne region – and you don’t really need a car to explore the best of the city. As both my lovely friend and I are foodies, our plans consisted mostly of exploring the gastronomic offerings, with the occasional foray into the beautiful cultural history.