2016 – The Good Times

To misquote Charles Dickens, “It was the worst of times, but with many goods times.” It has been a crazy, difficult year, but we had some wonderful travels. I share them with you on this day, December 31, 2016.

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Welcome to the new year said the Mama otter.

We enjoyed the first two months of the year in Carmel. Walked the beach, watched the birds,

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And gazed at the clouds.img_2167

We love to walk in the spring and enjoy nature.

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And our garden in the summer.IMG_2350.jpg

In June we traveled to London, York and Edinburgh with family. We have been to London many times for work and meetings. This time we were summer tourists.

We toured the Tower,

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Watched the changing of the guard.dsc03718

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We met cousins for a family tea and friends for dinner. We rode the Tube and walked and walked and walked! We also happened to be in London for the Brexit vote and sat in a Pub in York to watch England lose to Iceland in the World Cup. Hmm, we broke Britain.

We traveled to Edinburgh and what a beautiful city it is.

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The view form our bedroom

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We walked up the. hill to the Castle

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The views were beautiful.DSC03748.JPG

And joined hundreds of others.

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Toured Holyrood Palace and missed the Queen by a week or so.

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Had a fun experience in the Palace. The last part of the tour is climbing up a circular staircase to a room, where it is believed a murder took place and then exiting. As I could not climb the stairs, a guide opened a door and told me to walk down the corridor. As I did, the door at the end of the corridor opened and another guide waited for me. I felt like royalty going down the hidden corridors and rooms to the secret exit. These are the guides who led me out.IMG_2427.JPG

I love ruins and Holyrood Abbey is a beautiful ruin. This is what it looked like

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And now

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IMG_2420.JPGWe took the train from Edinburgh to York and stayed in a B and B in the Shambles, which is an ancient cobblestone road, free of traffic.

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And with shops like this

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The market still in the same place through the centuries

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A must visit is to York Minster

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And take a walk around the outside and visit the perfectly “framed” gardens.

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Our family love trains, so the train museum was a must. It was definitely a highlight of our stay.

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We bid farewell to the United Kingdom and flew home, but wait, there is more. We spent two days in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is really worth putting on your bucket list. Here are some pictures of the town and its environs. I will dedicate a whole blog post to this lovely place.

Colorful buildings

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Interesting shops

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Bike and pedestrian streets

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Culture is everywhere. Bookstores abound and a beautiful music hall for those long winter nights.

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A stunning church

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Geysers, waterfalls and horses are worth taking the drive to experience.

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There she blows

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Horses on the road

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Beautiful countryside

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If you travel for any length of time, especially with kids, you know that finding a laundromat is essential This is what we found in Reykjavik.

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We took  our pile of laundry there and after depositing it in the machines downstairs

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We ate breakfast!

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It is also a bookstore, be still my beating heart, what could be more perfect. Love that they are arranged by color.

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The only downside to the trip is that the airport is small and has difficulty handling the traffic. But it is a wonderful place to visit.

In 2017 I will do a blog post about our trip to Prague, another bucket list trip.

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Back in Carmel we are enjoying walks on the beach and around town. The tourists are here too but the next month should be quiet. We will visit with friends at the coffee shop and sit in our backyard reading and watching the birds chase the squirrels.

I wish all a year of fluffy clouds in blue skiesIMG_2908.JPG

And wonderful sunsets,

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Most of all I wish you good health, a safe planet and peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Responses to 2016 – The Good Times

  1. Ellen Rowe says:

    Lovely. And thank you. Wishing you and John a wonderful 2017!!! Love, Ellen

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. ajullie says:

    Thanks, Anne! Lovely photos, especially Iceland!

    Happy New Year! Arlene

    Arlene M. Jullie, President Demystifying, Inc. 17041 Prairie Lane Eden Prairie, MN 55346-3636 (952) 934-3015 ajullie@comcast.net http://www.demystifying.com

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  3. Ross, Miriam Cecile says:

    Ann, this is very beautiful….a lovely landscape of the year. You are an artist with the camera and tell quite a story with it. A Joyous New Year to you and John no matter what does and doesn’t happen in the year ahead, just as you managed to do in the year just passing. Love and gratitude for all the wonderful memories over the years. Miriam

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Susan Conrad says:

    Lovely, thank you. And timely, I just suggested a trip to Iceland. We’ve landed at that beautiful airport and loved it. Great to read your writings with awesome visuals.

  5. Diana Randolph says:

    Beautiful photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah Winter Boyer says:

    Ann, this is just beautiful! Thank you
    Sarah

  7. sandy ehlers says:

    ANN AND JOHN, A WONDERFUL ACCOUNT OF A GOOD YEAR! THANK YOU FOR SENDING THIS. EVERY ONE WHO ENJOYS IT WILL BE LIFTED! LOVE TO YOU FROM SANDY AND TOM

  8. Rebecca Shavit-Lonstein says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

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  9. Mary Donlon says:

    Wonderful pictures and words as always – you guys make a great travel team!! Happy New Year to you both. Thanks for sharing your life’s journeys with us.

  10. Jackie Sinykin says:

    It’s a dreary day in MN. Your blog with beautiful pictures has brightened my day. Thank you and a happy, healthy, peaceful year to you and John and all of the family.

  11. Jodi Saltzman says:

    Truly beautiful, thank you for sharing. Happy and healthy new year to you and all your family.

  12. Lyla Westrup says:

    I always look forward to reading about your adventures! Thank you, and a Happy New Year.

  13. Cindy Mayeron says:

    Ann,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and thoughtful observations. May 2017 bring you and John continued curiosity, good health, and happy gatherings.

    XO,
    Cindy

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