A week on Vulcano, Sicily
A week on Vulcano, Sicily

This was a last minute hol­i­day, but we’d found a delight­ful 5-star hotel on the island of Vul­cano, part of the Aeo­lian islands which are north of Sicily, Italy. Our hotel, Thera­sia Resort, intro­duced itself with breath­tak­ing views. Perched on the north­ern­most cor­ner of Vul­canello, a small vol­cano, it looks out at a 180º vista of the Aeo­lian islands, with the tow­er­ing Gran Cratere vol­cano behind it, a vol­cano we climbed at sunset.

Birthday Surprise
Birthday Surprise

After a for­get­table day at work in Lon­don, amidst a Jan­u­ary cold snap and inches of snow, Saman­tha met me at the office and we left early for the start of my sur­prise birth­day weekend.

A day in Saigon, Vietnam
A day in Saigon, Vietnam

The final day of our three week hol­i­day, it went slowly, it has felt like an eter­nity, but I can’t help but want more. With six hours to kill in Saigon, we saw the War Rem­nants museum and dined at the Sheraton’s sky bar.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The last stretch of our three week hol­i­day, five days in Siem Reap, explor­ing the mys­ti­cal and won­der­ful tem­ples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and many more.

Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

Fourth stop on our tour of Viet­nam. A cou­ple of days in Hanoi to see some Water Pup­pet the­atre, Hoan Kiem lake and Ho Chi Minh’s mau­soleum and a peace­ful “3 day two night” trip to Halong Bay with Indochina, aboard the four-cabin Prince III.

Phong Nha, Vietnam
Phong Nha, Vietnam

Third stop on our tour of Viet­nam, a three night detour to Phong Nha and the mag­nif­i­cent Par­adise Cave, stay­ing at the won­der­ful Phong Nha farmstay.

Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam

Sec­ond stop on our tour of Viet­nam, four days in Hue, with its citadel and impe­r­ial city, home of the for­mer emper­ors, per­fume river and ornate mau­soleums in the countryside.

Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is our first stop on a three week hol­i­day to Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia. We’re stay­ing at the rather lux­u­ri­ous Life Her­itage Resort for four nights, on the edge of town, about ten min­utes walk into the centre.

London 2012
London 2012

A mag­nif­i­cent two weeks of sport, Saman­tha and I were lucky enough to see Hockey, Vol­ley­ball, Bas­ket­ball, Table Ten­nis, Canoe Sprint and Ath­let­ics (as well as the super human Usain Bolt) at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics.

The Skydive
The Skydive

I’ve always had the urge to do a sky­dive, to jump out of a plane from a great height. Two months ago friends Marek and Linda decided it was some­thing they both wanted to do and that they should just do it. I decided to tag along.