Faraway Files #11

Faraway Files #11

 A Merry Faraway Files Christmas!

I hope your festivities are in full swing. As usual the city is at its magical best at this time of year and we have been enjoying all the sights and sounds of a typically London Christmas. Last week we went ice skating at the Natural History Museum and now this activity is at the top of my favourite English Christmas traditions. If you are taking smaller children it is worth going early so you can reserve one of the penguin aids to help children get used to being on skates. I also recommend popping up to the Austrian chalet themed bar overlooking the rink for one of the most decadent hot chocolate drink I have ever tasted.

faraway files 11 ice skating

Our little family is heading home to Australia for Christmas and the kids are excited about seeing Santa on the beach. I wasn’t sure where that idea came from until their grandfather sent me a picture of the bearded fellow arriving by surf boat. I will be sure to keep you all posted with photos.

I am excited about a seafood feast for our Christmas lunch, catching up for coffee with friends in the summer sun and drives along the Great Ocean Road. It might well be the perfect Christmas with the best of both hemispheres.

We are putting Faraway Files on a little pause until 5th January after this week to give us all a much needed rest and some time with family and friends. Hopefully we will also have time for reading and planning our next adventures. Here are my favourites from last week’s Faraway Files:

I discovered the beautiful canals of Zhu-Jia-Jiao in Feet do Travel’s action packed 2 days in Shanghai. China is definitely calling.

Regular readers know that I love to visit produce markets around the world so I enjoyed Ruth’s virtual tour of Vienna’s Naschmarkt and its colourful traders.

And lastly Lolo’s dreamy tour of festive Strasbourg looked so different from when we visited in the summer. The city really captures the spirit of Christmas.

Médoc wine tour

This week I’m sharing a recent post about a wine tour of the Médoc region I went on recently. Wine has been made near Bordeaux for almost 2,000 years and it was a pleasure to hear all about the processes and passion for the wine directly from the wine makers. Of course I also enjoyed tasting the final product!

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles hosts the link up so head over to her Faraway Files post to join in. Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available on Suitcases and Sandcastles to your blog or link back to the hosts.

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  1. 15th December 2016 / 9:44 AM

    So glad you enjoyed the Strasbourg Christmas Market post so much and hope you can go one day!! It’ll be the best trip ever! Happy Holidays!

  2. 15th December 2016 / 4:47 PM

    Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum is so picturesque! I’ve done it twice and loved it both times. Have a lovely Christmas! #FarawayFiles

    • 15th December 2016 / 6:43 PM

      Thanks Kat and Merry Christmas to you too

  3. 16th December 2016 / 4:53 PM

    Happy Holidays! As you know we are a surf family, so very much looking forward to photos of Santa arriving by surf boat! 😉

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