2008 Travel Round-up Part 2: Summary

Countries visited: 8, 1 of which was new. This beats the record I set last year, when I visited 7 (although 4 of those were new). I have a feeling I’ll beat that again in 2009.

National Parks visited: 4 – Vanoise (France), Snowdonia (Wales), Yorkshire Dales (England), Lake District (England)

Outdoor activities: Hiking (England, Wales, Laos), Mountain Biking (Portugal), Rock Climbing (Portugal), Skiing (France)

World Heritage sites visited: 8 – What Phou, Champasak (Laos), Belem Tower (Portugal), Sintra (Portugal), Historical Areas of Constantinople (Turkey), Ibiza (Spain), Maritime Greenwich (UK), Krakow (Poland), Wieliczka Salt Mine (Poland)

Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques: 4 – Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey), Suleymaniye (Istanbul, Turkey), Wawel Cathedral (Krakow, Poland), Se Cathedral (Faro, Portugal).

Palaces & Castles: 6 – Wawel Castle (Krakow, Poland), Pena Palace (Sintra, Portugal), Moorish Castle (Sintra, Portugal), Castle of São Jorge (Lisbon, Portugal), Topkapı Palace (Istanbul, Turkey), Yoros Castle (Istanbul, Turkey)

Museums & Galleries: 8 – Tate Britain (London, UK), Tate Modern (London, UK), National Gallery (London, UK), V&A (London, UK), Natural History Museum (London, UK), Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art (Istanbul, Turkey), Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul, Turkey), Haghia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)

Islands visited: 4 – Don Det (Laos), Ibiza (Spain), Formentera (Spain), Kınalıada (Turkey)

Beaches visited: 11 – Salinas (Ibiza, Spain), Cala Jondal (Ibiza, Spain), Cala Conta (Ibiza, Spain), Es Cavallet (Ibiza, Spain), Cala Vedella (Ibiza, Spain), Levant (Formentera, Spain), Illetas (Formentera, Spain), Brighton (England), Bexhill (England), Kınalıada (Turkey), Dona Ana (Lagos, Portugal).

All in all, not a bad year for travel, although not quite as good as 2007 (Mexico, Guatemala & Laos) or 1999 (Thailand, Australia & the USA). Roll on 2009.


One response to “2008 Travel Round-up Part 2: Summary

  1. When you get back, you can become an editor and proof-reader if you fancy a career change. I see you even made sure to do the Turkish i without a dot. Fantastic! (If you just cut and pasted and didn’t notice, don’t tell me. I don’t want my illusions shattered.)

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