2015 – a year in review

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I love this period between Christmas and New Year. In Australia it’s all about lazy beach days, barbecues and sipping wine outdoors as the sun sets late in the evening. Here in the Northern hemisphere I’m finding the days just as lazy but a little more introspective and reflective.

2015 was an amazing year for me and our family. Here are some of the travel moments that I’ll remember the most.

We went on our first London tube ride with the twins in November. This is huge.

Seriously, it opens up so many possibilities for us in terms of getting out and about now. I’m not ready to do it alone but nevertheless it was a wonderful family achievement.

Favourite travel destinations of 2015

We’ve been lucky enough to travel across Europe and even make a trip home in 2015. My beloved Melbourne notwithstanding, here are the places that continue to pull at my travelling shoes.

Lucca – there’s so much to love about this small but lively Tuscan city – urban Italy at its best – read Lucca city break – things to do in the pretty Tuscan city

Paris – a sneaky weekend away without kids and the city of light was as beautiful as ever – read: Paris is always a good idea

Brussels – the surprise packet, though what’s not to love about a city obsessed with chocolate, art and beautiful gardens – read: Family travel: Long weekend in Brussels

Top 3 posts of 2015

In late May I started this blog as a creative outlet and a way to share my in depth research on all manner of topics – travel, food and London related mostly. I’m enjoying the discipline of writing and the feedback and encouragement I’ve been given. Cheers!

Here are the most read posts of 2015

  1. Top 5 chain restaurants in London – because sometimes you need a quick bite and you want it to taste good
  2. Resources for planning your dream trip to Italy – all my favourite tips and places to visit in Italy
  3. Cranberry and white chocolate cookie recipe – always delicious

The final word on 2015

At the start of this year I was turning over a million options in my mind and externally to anyone who would listen about returning to work. [Thanks to those that did – you know who you are and it was very much appreciated]. I worked myself in knots trying to find a solution that would suit our family situation, my wish to spend a little more time at home with the twins and a need to keep my skills sharp and make a financial contribution to our family.

In the end, a fantastic opportunity presented itself and I am now working with a couple of wonderful clients on their strategic marketing plans. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to manage this (with the support of my amazing partner) and am looking forward to an action packed 2016.

I hope your 2015 was full of wonderful moments, memories and learning experiences and you are looking forward to 2016. Thanks for reading!

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