I’d like to say it’s been a walk in the park, and it was, but it’s also been a walk up mountains and through rain forests.
And desperate dashes through airports to catch (and miss) airplanes!
But someone’s been smiling on me.Because I didn’t miss one trip and got to race with goats in Tobago, ‘Bandanaman’, whom I got to christen.
He’s a winner too.
And some even giddier goats: take a bow ‘Auntie’ Ali, ‘Uncle’ Kenneth, Marsha, Phil, ‘Porridge‘, Ean and Ian and ‘Santa’ Brendan.
And here’s our moment of glory.., Ready, steady, goat… in Tobago and www.visttobago.gov.tt.
It’s been all go and the shoe leather has taken a beating.
In Europe’s most popular national park Teide in Tenerife.
And the hills up to Afur in the midday beating sun which our guide Maria took in her stride.
And even had some ooomph left at the end to give us a pilates demonstration at the top of the mountain.
With CanariaWays.com in Tenerife… http://www.visitingtenerife.com.
And through the Alps from Ehrwald in Austria http://www.tyrol.tlinto Germany with mountain man Reini… where naturally I had a run-in… Water rip-off – a German pit stop
But, of course, I’ll be back in Bavaria https://www.bavaria.by.
It is a region I have loved since first going to the Oktoberfest 34 years ago.
The coming of the Lord
And where the Messiah himself graces them with his presence next year… Oberammergau and https://www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de/en/home
And I’d recommend you go on your trekking holiday with https://topflightforschools.ie.
We were, of course, always back in time for the entertainment.
It’s now or never
The lederhosen-clad Septuagenarian singer Christened Ehrwald Presley.
On account of his oompah, waltzing and keyboard renditions of The King.
Not all walks worked out alas and I missed out on the trek up the Hollywood Hills.
Because of a 24-hour sickness bug.
But I made up for it in style all across LA, West Hollywood and Anaheim www.visitcalifornia.com, www.attractiontickets.com.
As part of the American Travel Fair www.ipw.com and My weekend with Marilyn and Stair Wars
Just gone swimmingly
With all that walking I definitely earned myself my dips.
Not a natural swimmer I was glad of the chance to cut corners and the Dead Sea and the Nylon Pool gave me that.
Where I laid back, read a book and dreamt of Jordan http://www.visitjordan.com.
And stood in the sand back in the crystal waters of the Caribbean deep in the sea in Tobago It’s Robinson Crusoe’s very own Tobago limin’ with other revellers.
I’ve tried to conquer some water sports demons.
And went searching for submarines and tanks in the depths of the Dead Sea… Petra and the sands of time
And found out why snorkelling isn’t me… my moustache blocks the airways!
Which is why I dispensed with the snorkel and just used the goggles to see me some rainbow fish in Tobago.
Everybody’s gone surfing
It wasn’t all just corner-cutting. I did learn to paddle board on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas off Barcelona…. https://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/ and Surfing the seas in Barcelona
While our Sligo pro surfer Gearoid taught me how to stay up on the surf in RC’s simulator FlowRider.
Well for three seconds at least.
Fun, fun, fun
I’d been practising with the Beach Boys you see in Surf City, Huntingdon Beach.
Enjoy your adventures in 2020. And…
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD