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In BIG pictures: our travel highlights of 2012

Girona, Spain on GlobalGrasshopper.com

This is the year we definitely regretted not collecting air miles, from nautical adventures in French wine country to Northern Light hunting in Iceland it’s been quite a twelve months. Here’s our photographic highlights of 2012:

Boating on the Saone river, Burgundy, France

Canal boat in France on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Here we found out Burgundy was probably one of the quietest places in Europe. We were invited to try out a river boat, which was fun but probably similar to steering rhinos. Making it back to base with the boat in one piece was quite an achievement.

‘The Killing’ pilgrimage in  Copenhagen, Denmark

Christianshavn, Copenhagen on GlobalGrasshopper.com

We donned our Faroese Isle Jumpers and followed in the footsteps of the great Sarah Lund. Highlights of Copenhagen? The canal district of Christianshavn and the city’s Meatpacking District (filled with great DJ bars).

Discovering Boston, USA

Boston on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Boston isn’t just a more liveable version of New York, it’s a mid-sized city with a lot going on. It’s also pretty photogenic especially from up high.

Getting locked up in Karosta Prison, Latvia

Karosta Prison experience in Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Latvia is definitely a place where they like to look at life a little differently. If you need an example of this head for Karosta Prison where if you book yourself in to their formal military prison ‘hotel’ you’ll have to practice ‘hand grenade’ throwing and do about 20 press ups in a gas mask and a hazmat suit before they let you go to bed.

Recovering on the beach in Liepaja, Latvia

Liepaja sunset, Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

The beautiful beach in nearby Liepaja more than made up for our scary prison experience.

Three days in Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

All we can say about Riga, Latvia is that if you haven’t been already you should really book yourself a trip. Riga is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Summer in Venice

Venice, Italy on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Despite being sweltering hot and overbearingly crowded in the summer, Venice still manages to be one the most attractive cities in the world.

Autumn in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles on GlobalGrasshopper.com

This was our second visit to California and first stop was Los Angeles. Spending the evening watching the sun set at Griffith Observatory with hundreds of other star gazers was one of our trip highlights.

Palm Springs Rendezvous

Palm Springs Rendezvous on GlobalGrasshopper.com

We stayed at Palm Springs in true retro style at the Rendezvous Bed and Breakfast – once a faded motel to the stars it’s now been restored to its former glory.

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Joshua Tree National Park is one of those places you have to stay until dusk – when the sun sets the desert floor becomes bathed in red light and the park’s famously spiky trees turn into ghost-like black silhouettes.

Living the SoCal dream in San Diego

San Diego on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Staying on San Diego harbour was easily one of our Southern California Highlights.

Making new Travel Blogging Friends at TBEX

Girona, Spain on GlobalGrasshopper.com

This year TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange conference) was held in the Spanish town of Girona. After meeting some great new people we finally got time to check out some of our gorgeous surroundings (and take a few photos at the same time).

A short break in Barcelona

Park Guell, Barcelona on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Barcelona was only a short car trip away from Girona, and once there the long hot walk to the top of the hill to Park Guell will always be worth it.

On the trail of contemporary art in Turin, Italy

Turin on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Just when November was starting to look a little drab we were invited on a contemporary art trip to Turin. Turin is one of those city’s that gets an unfair bad reputation. Once heavily industrialized, it’s turning its fortunes around by styling itself as the new contemporary art capital of Italy.

Getting chilly in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Ah lovely Iceland. Before we decided to go to Iceland we couldn’t decide whether to go during the summer or the winter. We decided on the winter as we thought even if some of the roads were closed getting a shot at seeing the Northern Lights would make it worth our while. We didn’t get to see them, but we didn’t regret our decision – winter in Iceland is beautiful.

Our home London

London Eye on GlobalGrasshopper.com

… and not forgetting my home, London.

Happy New Year to you all from us!

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