Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Official Christmas Portrait
The Official Christmas Portrait

Time has flown since we got back in the middle of September, I can’t believe it’s already Christmas!

We’re spending Christmas at my brother’s house with my amazing family. It’s been four years since we were last together for Christmas, so it’s going to be a very special few days. Not only will Charlie be sniffing around the Jamon leg (from Lidl of course!) but there will be an extra special guest too – Dave. Yes, Jay, Charlie and I are living in Dave for a few days on my brother’s drive, and even if he does ring his local council to get the travelling folk evicted, they won’t be round before Boxing day to turf us out!

I’m still sorting through our tour photos with a view to get photo books printed up (hopefully there will be some New Year sale offers we can take advantage of), and only have a few more countries to do. It’s amazing just how many photos you take with a digital camera – if we had still been using film we’d have had to come back a long time ago as Dave would have been full of prints.

But the main reason for this post is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for reading about our little adventure and getting in touch with us, telling us about your plans, tips and dreams. Let’s all make it a wonderful travelling 2014; wherever you go, however you get there be sure to get out and see the world, it’s an amazing place!

Merry Christmas from Portugal 2011!
Merry Christmas from Portugal 2011!

Ju x


  1. Merry Christmas to you three also! Thanks for the pleasure you gave us following your trip. Good Luck for 2014 whichever path you follow. Phil.

  2. Hi there,

    A merry Christmas to you too…there’s nothing quite like being with the family, I’m waiting for all my visitors to arrive!!
    I just wanted to tell you that I’m a photo book aholic and to be honest the best one I’ve found to date is with, slightly more expensive but the software allows greater choice and manipulation, themes, colours, and movement of images (not just square on the page)

    Anyway….have a great time over the festive period.

    All the best for a happy new year…who knows what may happen :)

    • Thanks for the photo book tip Michelle. I hadn’t heard of that one. As you would expect, I was thinking of using our friends at Lidl, but I’ll have a look around now!



  3. And a Merry Christmas to you both too and thank you for sharing your journey. We plan to set off in Helga in the New Year to find some winter sun in Porrugal. Unfortunately a shock diagnosis of a Myeloma scarpered our plans this year but we hope to be able to travel more in 2014, although we are now it a little more dictated by hospital appointments. It just goes to show how important it is to grab the moment when you can, We will now however be much better prepared as we have the luxury of all your advice and experience to draw upon, this being especially useful as our motorhomes look identical.
    We wish you both a Very Happy and Healthy New Year,
    Deborah and Colin x

  4. A merry Christmas to you too. Enjoy being in Dave for a few days, reliving old memories. Make sure the heating is working though !!!. We are in Sicily and it rained this morning (just like the UK)We will raise a few glasses to family and friends over the next few days.

  5. Happy Christmas to you, we have been following your travels over the past two years and you have given us much insperation. We would not have gone to Morocco until we read A Monkey Ate My Breakfast which gave us the go ahead to travel there with our beloved dog Charlie Farley. We did 4 weeks and now glad to be back in Portugal, Alvor.
    Take care, happy xmas and new year – weather here wet and windy.

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