I’m channelling my inner Oleta Adams (the darling of the Gulf War soldiers) by saying I don’t care how I get there I’ll get there if I can.
And so I’m flagging up airplane, sailboat and maybe even camel too today although Oleta it’s not just an Arab man who uses the ‘ship of the desert’.
And obviously this caught our attention. Prosaically because the latest map for the European Centre for Disease control has classified Ireland and the Canaries orange.
Which means that anyone returning from the Canaries doesn’t have to restrict their movements upon their return, having done a pre-departure test 72 hours before departure.
Unlike the canary Aer Lingus isn’t flying out there until December 27.
But from then you can be sure of availability out to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and my old fave Tenerife.
A word on canaries and the Canaries and, no they’re not named after the birds but after the latin name for dogs because they had big mutts.
And as for orange canaries, well they’re really Red Canaries which can have an orange hue. Now you know.
France, we’ve missed you. Like so much else this year I had my bag packed ready for an arts and culture trip to see you when this pesky bug got buggier.
But we and my ferry friends aren’t going to let this beat us and Irish Ferries are preparing for a better year next year.
Irish Ferries will operate daily overnight sailings from Dublin to Cherbourg with their new cruise ferry WB Yeats (or WB Yachts as I call it) throughout next summer.
I’ve met WB, the ship that is, but that was in Dublin Port… next stop Cherbourg 2021.
And it truly is a pleasure to sail around French shores
Cruise away to 2022
And the thing about cruises is that you usually have to save up for them.
So Princess Cruises are giving us plenty of time to do just that with their 2022 brochure.
They will have five ships on the seas.
Pick of them (heck they’re all mouthwatering) is Enchanted Princess which will be sailing around Russia snd Scandinavia from Copenhagen.
While we’re intrigued about their festival packages.
So you can take the Crown Princess to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo,
And I promised you a camel
Now this is the one I rowed back on, the 15-day G Adventures Jordan and Israel Adventures trip.
Because I didn’t feel it was right to leave my work without me for that length of time!
It’ll take you from Amman whose charms and that of Jordan I did enjoy, to Jerusalem and every stop in between. From £1954 (was £2999). Valid from January 15.
And as I now know after making new Israeli friends at the World Travel Market you’re just as likely to need a camel here too.
Because the land of milk and honey is a half sand.
MEET YOU IN THE SKIES, SEA AND SAND