2017 ends today and we will give way to a new year. As it is tradition, I take this last day of the year to review the trips that 2017 has brought us. I already warn you that this summary will be long, why the fuck, often year. If I had to summarize the 2017 traveler the phrase would be: a year of great trips. Travelers to the train! The 2017 traveler summary of Logbook:
We start the year with a good footing, going on three days in Dublin, visiting our friends Louise and David who moved out of Scotland to the capital of Ireland. It was our first trip to Dublin and we met the main attractions of the city and above all we enjoyed the good table. There is nothing published about this trip, maybe one day I will reach your screens.
Taking advantage of a Renfe-SNCF offer we travel a weekend to get to know the archaeological heritage of the city of Nîmes and we marvel at the impressive Maison Carrée and the Roman amphitheater. An area of France that we loved and that we would end up repeating a few months later.
Japan First part, because in 2017 I traveled twice to the Japanese country. The first trip was in April to see the hanami, the cherry blossom. It is difficult to organize a trip to see the hanamisince it's season very high and it is necessary to organize the accommodation in time, especially in Kyoto. In addition, being a phenomenon of nature, dates vary every year. In principle the hanami It was scheduled for 2017 by the end of March, but by that time the flights were very expensive. In the end I found a flight for € 650 arriving on April 5, so hopefully we could see the last days of hanami in Kyoto. But fortune was on our side: the hanami It was delayed five days and we arrived just the first day of maximum splendor of the flowers. Bingo!
I was in Japan for 18 days. I spent the first eight with my work compi, Silvia. We spent a night in Osaka and seven in Kyoto. During the hanami this city is incredibly pretty, and there is no corner of the city that does not have dozens of cherry trees planted.
The second part I made the trip with Xavi and it consisted of a 10-day route through Honshu discovering the most important enclaves of the Japan history: as Hikone, Kanazawa, Ueda and Matsumoto. We also traveled to Nagano to see the monetes of Jigokudani. We finish the trip in Tokyo, where we spent an afternoon at the Tokyo-Edo Museum before taking the plane back.
Thanks to Balearia we had the opportunity to discover the Menorca Island and heritage talayotic. It was a very intense weekend, like almost every blogtrips, but we really enjoyed it. We loved it Ciutadella, the Naveta dels Tudons, the coves losses that can only be reached through cavas of cavalls and the sunset in the Cova d'en Xoroi Pomade in hand.
In July we escaped a weekend in la Garrotxa to enjoy me 40th birthday gift: fly in balloon. We spent a couple of nights in the area and in addition to fulfilling one of my dreams, we also enjoyed charming villages such as Santa Pau and Els Hostalets, walk in bike a part of the Via verda and above all enjoy the magnificent volcanic gastronomy.
And the great trip of the year came, and not because the Trip to Japan would not have been great, but because we were finally going to travel to Australia. You do not know the time we had this trip in mind and the route organized but always by A or B ended up being postponed. Until the last moment we were suffering from not leaving, but not a mega strike of airport security controllers could prevent us from taking our flight to Paris, then to Abu Dhabi and finally to Melbourne. For the first time we put our feet in Oceania.
He trip to Australia It was amazing, without a doubt one of the best we've done. It's hard to keep a moment: the night in the open in Uluru, see Koalas in freedom, marvel at the sunset in the Twelve Apostleswander through the wonderful Sydney… Well, yes, I can highlight a moment: my first dive in the great barrier reef. Scuba diving is something that had always given me a lot of respect, but as soon as they asked me on the boat in Cairns If I wanted to do it, I had no doubt and it was one of the most wonderful experiences. Swimming between coral towers where the view did not reach the end, surrounded by hundreds of goldfish was simply amazing.