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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.