My son was on the second leg of his French exchange this month and spent an enriching week visiting Avignon, Marseille and playing pool in an Irish pub. I’m sure there are many benefits to this cultural exchange although I’m not sure his French has improved as he’s still using Google Translate to send emails to his host family.
While our boy was away my husband and I sneaked a couple of nights in London and had a fabulous time just being a couple again. We popped into the National Gallery, visited the Affordable Art fair in Battersea and bumped into John Prescott and Frank Skinner at the theatre: now there’s a combination for you!
I discovered someone else who managed a short break away without their children, over at the wonderfully-named blog, Recipe Junkie and the attack of the custard creams. In the brief post, Edited highlights of the trip to Venice, the sheer joy of experiencing magical Venice – the art, the Prosecco, the views – came spilling out onto the page and did more to capture the essence of a city than many longer reviews can hope to achieve.
And how lucky is Vicki from Vegemitevix to be whisked off to Cyprus: Heaven is a place on earth. Vicki was given a taste of paradise to savour alone but feels this is one part of heaven that needs to be shared with the family next time.
One of my favourite cities, Paris, was a last minute destination for Josepha and her husband at Cup of Crazy Anyone? Tired feet were the only downside to a weekend filled with macarons, crepes and good wine. This time baby came too and, from the adorable photos in the post, The City of Lights, we can see she will soon be a seasoned traveller.
Mum of five from Northern Ireland, blogging as Mum of All Trades, took me on an adventure to Tollymore Forest in the lyrical Mountains of Mourne: this started me off singing, I must admit. What a perfect place to be for St Patrick’s weekend with yummy ice-creams in nearby Newcastle to finish off a perfect day.
My home town is Newcastle upon Tyne, so I have been drawn towards a brand new blog, Northumberlog, which highlights some of the attractions of this beautiful part of England (okay, I’m biased). Christie, her husband and young daughter have recently visited Alnwick Gardens which I think may be worth a trip when I venture back up north over Easter.
Looking to the wider travel community, this month’s big gun of travel blogging is Matt Long from Landlopers. Matt’s blog is a mixture of up-to-date global travel news and a place where his passion for travel can be appreciated. I’ve recently been reading about his long weekend in Iceland and, having been there myself in 2007, could enthuse with him about the beauty of the country though I can’t say my whale-watching trip was something I’d like to repeat in a hurry. Take a wander through Matt’s blog and, in particular, his stunning photographs, and be prepared for the travel bug to bite.
If you’re planning to head off somewhere interesting in the Easter holidays and you blog about it, then let me know via Twitter (@mumsgoneto) or via the contact details on my blog. In the meantime, if you have a recent travel post you’d like to share, and I missed it, pop it on the link below.