Europe Travel

2016 – Our Year in Travel

January 3, 2017
Normandy, France - The Project Lifestyle

Looking back on 2016 our travel destinations list was never going to live up to that of 2015, where we jet-setted around the globe. However as I flicked back through the diary and looked back on photos, I realised that 2016 was actually filled with lots of lovely traveling adventures – albeit mostly a lot closer to home and for shorter periods of time.

This year we probably spent just under 1 month out of the country making more memories to last a lifetime! 4 countries, 6 planes, 1 boat, the Eurotunnel and our car.

Here’s 2016: Our year in travel:

Jersey, The Channel Islands – In January we caught a plane over to Jersey – my first visit to the Channel islands. A wet and grey week, we still had lots of fun seeing family and exploring the islands beautiful, rugged coastline. Beautiful expanses of beaches, boats bobbing in harbours and secret, scenic coves. I can’t wait to visit again in the summertime.

A January visit to Jersey, The Channel Islands - The Project Lifestyle

A January visit to Jersey, The Channel Islands - The Project Lifestyle

Jersey, The Channel Islands - The Project Lifestyle

Rome, Italy – For Christmas 2015 Pete bought me return flights to Rome – a city I’ve always wanted to visit and one we didn’t quite get to on our European road trip last year. With beautiful sunny days, our March break in our favourite country was full of sight-seeing, pizza, pasta, wine and gelato! You can read about our adventures in Rome here, here and here. I’m sure it’ll be a destination we’ll return to in the future.

Rome - The Project Lifestyle

Rome - The Project Lifestyle

Rome - The Project Lifestyle

Rome - The Project Lifestyle

Cork, Ireland – Working in collaboration with Southampton Airport and Aer Lingus we visited Cork in Ireland for a week in July, which perfectly coincided with our 2nd wedding anniversary. Combining history, sight-seeing, driving through the lush Irish countryside, whiskey tasting and stays in some of Ireland’s finest luxury hotels, it made for the perfect celebratory stay – and there was lots to write about along the way. Read about our Irish adventures around Cork and Killarney here.

Maryborough Hotel Cork - The Project Lifestyle

Cork Harbour and Surroundings - The Project Lifestyle

Cork Harbour and Surroundings - The Project Lifestyle

Killarney National Park - The Project Lifestyle

The Wild Atlantic Way - The Project Lifestyle

Normandy, France – A retreat to New Community Le Vay – a house owned by our church. Rest, relaxation, quality time, lovely home-cooked, home-grown, fresh food, wine, time with friends, games and fun! Our time in Le Vay was not only refreshing but provided perfect opportunities to look forwards to the future and to embrace life in community. Read about our Le Vay visit here. While we were in Normandy, we also got an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane, visiting the beach where Pete and I got engaged in July 2013!

Le Vay, Normandy - The Project Lifestyle

Le Vay, Normandy - The Project Lifestyle

Le Vay, Normandy - The Project Lifestyle

Le Vay, Normandy - The Project Lifestyle

Normandy, France - The Project Lifestyle

England – Sometimes it is easy to lose appreciation for the country in which we live, but this year we’ve had notable trips to some lovely areas of the UK including a September wedding in the beautiful and picturesque Lake District, where we spent a week surrounded by mountains and lakes. Closer to home, we’ve also spent days in London, Salisbury, Winchester, the New Forest, and last week for my birthday surprise – Christchurch; enjoying English beauty that lies on our very own doorstep.

Tudor House, Southampton - The Project Lifestyle

Salisbury Cathedral - The Project Lifestyle

The Pig, Brockenhurst - The Project Lifestyle

Beaulieu, Hampshire at Christmas - The Project Lifestyle

Next year our traveling adventures begin again in January, where we’re off on my first ever skiing adventure in the Alps! Let’s see what other adventures, both near and far, 2017 will have in store…

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