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Hoi An: the very best of Vietnam?

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Xin chào quý khách*…. unless this is the first time you’re reading my blog or you’ve had your head buried in the sand during the last few weeks I think you’ll probably be aware that I’ve recently been to Vietnam with my family on a trip that practically took on pilgrimage proportions as JF and I returned to the country where we met more than 20 years ago.   With so much anticipation and so many emotions churning through our veins the fear was it might not live up to our expectations or the country might have changed so much that we’d feel disappointed, disoriented or deceived, but I’m delighted to report that it was a total success on all levels.  I have thousands of photos to sort through and equally as many words to process before I can really do justice to such an incredible journey but I wanted to get something down on paper sooner rather than later, and had to start somewhere, so what better than the place that stole all our hearts.  Hoi An.

Japanese covered bridge Hoi An Vietnam

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Sunday Photo - 14 August 2016

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Madrid Palacio Cristal Crystal Palace

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Sunday Photo - 7 August 2016

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Pena Palace Sintra lisbon Portugal

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Sagrada Familia Barcelona: 15 years on

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I recently visited Barcelona for the 3rd time.  The first time was 15 years ago in May 2001, then again in February 2011 and just now in June 2016.  Each visit was very different.  The first was JF's and my first time away from our baby, let loose for an adult weekend away.  Ten years later we were back with two children for a short break en famille and this time I was accompanying my son's school trip in a group of 55 kids and 25 adults for 5 days!  Really, I don't think it's possible to experience the city in 3 more different ways and I can vouch that it's both a wonderful place for adults only and a great place to take children.  I'll go into more detail about what we got up to with 55 ten and eleven years olds another time but for now I just want to show you how the Sagrada Familia has changed since 2001.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona 2016 inside

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