December 22, 2013
in China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Scotland, Singapore, Travel Tales, Vietnam
2013 has been a pretty big travel year for me. I’ve visited fourteen different countries including six brand new ones taking my total number of countries to 33. Not bad!
I began the year watching fireworks light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle surrounded by other lovely travel bloggers. We were at the beginning of a whirlwind trip around Scotland seeing all that my beloved country has to offer. Everyone adored their time in Scotland and I was like a proud mother hen showing off the best parts of my country to everyone. Shockingly for Scotland the weather even behaved and we had warm temperatures, no snow and very little rain. Thanks, Mother Nature!
I’ve just returned from a fabulous cruise with Silversea, a luxury cruise company, in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. As many of you will know I also have a cruise blog, Emma On Board, and I’ll be sharing a full and detailed report of the entire cruise on there soon but here I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from my trip.
The trip began with me flying to Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated places in the entire world. This was the incredible view of the city from my Verandah Suite on board Silver Shadow.
As I stood high on the deck of the ship its elevated position allowed me a spectacular view of the city. Hong Kong, home to 7 and a half million people, and growing.
Hong Kong for me is hard to comprehend. With a population that is more than a million higher than that of my entire home country of Scotland to me it just seems incredible.
As the ship, Silver Shadow, pushed back and began to sail away from the port in Hong Kong and out towards the South China Sea my eyes were just fixated upon the endless sea of skyscrapers before me. Read more
What could be better than a little autumn road trip around my favourite country in the world, Scotland?
Our drive north from Glasgow, through The Cairngorms National Park, and on to Inverness, the so-called capital of The Highlands, was an easy and beautiful one. The leaves were a multitude of yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds and were wonderfully framed by the bright blue sky that we rarely glimpse living in Scotland.
It looks more terracotta than pink to me.
Those were my first thoughts when I arrived in Jaipur, India’s so-called pink city, and looked at the oldest part which is contained within walls. Read more
I’d had enough of Delhi. I had only been there a few short days but I had already had more than enough.
It was oppressively hot, humid, chaotic, noisy and busier than anywhere else I’d ever seen. I was definitely looking forward to getting out of the frenzied city and visiting Shimla in the foothills of The Himalayas. I could only imagine it would be less hectic there.