Travel Round-up: Prosecco in Venice, macarons in Paris and ice-cream in Newcastle

travelMy 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 creamsIn 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 Lightswe can see she will soon be a seasoned traveller.

Mum of five from Northern Ireland, blogging as Mum of All Tradestook 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, Northumberlogwhich 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 LandlopersMatt’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.

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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto


  1. 02 April 2012 / 09:45

    Thanks so much for including me! Although I started off blogging mainly about food, there is likely to be more out and about type stuff on there now that our aged camper van, Daisy, is out and about for the summer… Watch out Brittany, that’s all I can say

    • 02 April 2012 / 10:54

      Can’t wait to hear about the Daisy adventures. Keep me posted!

  2. 02 April 2012 / 09:50

    Thanks Trish for including me. I’m about to write up my spa experience today – Aphrodite and the man with the golden touch. 🙂 Funny to recount the moment I realised that my full body massage would be carried out by a young Harry Potter lookalike. Vix x

    • 02 April 2012 / 10:56

      A full body massage by Harry Potter? Now that’s put me right off!

  3. 02 April 2012 / 12:00

    Thanks so much for including my post. Looking forward to reading the rest you’ve mentioned

    • 02 April 2012 / 13:02

      That looked such a perfect place for a day out – and lovely photos of your children.

  4. 02 April 2012 / 15:17

    Definitely worth visiting Alnwick next time you’re up. I’m off to Costa Rica next week (oh yeah) so will write about it when I get back.

    • 02 April 2012 / 16:21

      I did visit Alnwick Gardens some years ago before the new landscaping had really taken off. Must go again.
      Costa Rica you say…lucky lady. Have a fab time x

  5. 02 April 2012 / 15:30

    Thank you for including me on your lovely blog! I’ve just started out so it’s great to get a mention! x

    • 02 April 2012 / 16:23

      it was great to just come across it: made me very nostalgic for my home.

  6. 02 April 2012 / 15:32

    I’m flying to a very exotic destination for my Easter holidays. You may have heard of it. A small but culturally diverse island called the United Kingdom. And I cannot wait!

    • 02 April 2012 / 16:25

      United Kingdom? United Kingdom? Nope, can’t say I have!

      Shall we do a swap and I’ll come over to Switzerland?

  7. 02 April 2012 / 21:38

    Thanks for setting this up Trish, and thanks also for stopping by to comment!

    • 03 April 2012 / 09:17

      I was asked to do this by the BritMums team and have found it great fun finding different travel posts each month. Thanks for adding your posts to the linky: it was wonderful to visit Canada again.