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#AtoZChallenge X is for Xtra Special Travel Moments

April 27, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me

X is for Extra Special Travel Moments and Events. In my past life, when I was married, I was fortunate to do quite a bit of overseas travel. I was a slow starter, however, as my first overseas trip was in 1996, when I was 42. By then the children had grown up and I went alone to visit my penfriend, Kate, in Santa Fe New Mexico. It was only a few months after my son died and Kate invited me over for a little time out.

Santa Fe was a huge eye opener for me. I hadn’t been expecting most of the buildings to be adobe style so I’ll never forget the amazing site from the plane as we came in to land. I spent about three weeks in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We did many day trips including a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the State Fair.

Santa Fe New Mexico Usa Building House Sty

I’ve also been fortunate to have been to Canada three times, each time to Vancouver, travelling around British Columbia and Alberta. I’ve been twice in summer and once in winter, at Christmas time. There are many highlights of Canada that are unforgettable.

We went on the Rocky Mountaineer train trip on both summer trips. I’m sure, had it been operating in winter we would have gone a third time. It’s an amazing experience which I would recommend to anyone who is going to Canada. An added bonus is that the staff make you feel like you are royalty. It’s a very scenic and luxurious experience.

Banff Train Station Depot Train Engine Rai

The Rocky Mountaineer rail trip ended in the fairy tale town of Banff, situated in Banff National Park. I spent almost everyday bushwalking and looking out for bears in the woods.

On one of the winter trips, we arrived in Banff, late on Christmas Eve,as the snow was falling. Coming from Australia, this was a magical experience. We stayed that time at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel part of the luxurious Fairmont Hotel Group. This was a huge  extravagance, but we decided that it would be worth it, so skimped a little on other hotels during our travels, to be able to afford it. Again, the only word I can think of for Banff in winter is ‘magical’. At night there was ice skating with Santa and in the evening the young ones could sit by the fireside for story time with Santa. We also went on a sleigh ride through the snow with Santa. It was like living in a fairy tale for those few days. My only wish was that my children were still young and there with us.

Hotel, Alberta, Banff, Canada, Travel

 

 

I’m a hopeless skier, so we went snowshoeing at Banff in the winter. After I finally got the hang of it, I loved it, and did it most days we were there.

 

I can’t mention overseas travel highlights without a mention of San Francisco. I’ve been there three times and each time was fabulous. San Francisco is such a great tourist city with so much to do and see.  Last time we went, we walked and walked and just loved it again.

San Francisco, Market Street, California

When I turned 50, I went to London for six weeks, to stay with my daughter who lived there for about 3 years. In that six weeks, while Lisa was working, I walked, what seemed like every inch of London, seeing all the tourist sights and more. We did side trips on the weekends. We went to Switzerland and Paris just for the weekend. And took the train to Wales to cycle around the countryside of South Wales for about 5 days. As a keen cyclist this was a huge highlight. During my stay, I went to Edinburgh in Scotland, alone for a few days, to be a tourist and also to catch up with family from my family history, who I hadn’t met.

All of the experiences mentioned above are huge highlights that I will never forget.  This is just the tip of the iceberg as I could go on forever. I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to travel the world. It forms part of The Story Of Me.

Please visit again to see my story unfold. 

Jennifer

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5 Comments
  1. Some great photos and obviously wonderful memories

  2. I really enjoyed your travel photos Jennifer – some lovely ones and the stories that went with them. I noticed you cheated on your “X” word for the Challenge too 🙂

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    X for Xcellence in your efforts

  3. Canada and Alaska are on our list for next year, hopefully, Jen. This year we have a cruise around Japan booked for October. I love reading about other people’s travels and especially if I’ve been there it brings back memories or if I haven’t it inspires me to visit. X was a hard word to come up with wasn’t it! Have a great weekend, my friend. Enjoy Jimmy!

    • Alaska is on my bucket list Sue. But cruise round Japan also sounds great. I did struggle with X. Almost there now! Have fun time at Ethan’s birthday 🎂

  4. You’ve done some traveling! Brilliant 😊

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