The Year In Review 2015

So the year 2015 is coming to an end. I started in Blighty and have ended in Blighty. The weather was the same.

Fortunately every thing I did in between was different !!

At the beginning of the year I spotted a cheap flight to Mexico and thought ‘Why not ?’. This started a small trip around central America concentrating on Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

Chichen Itza Mexico –

Chichen Itza

Tulum, Mexico –

Tulum mexico

Caye Caulker, Belize –

Caye Caulker

Tikal ruins, Guatemala –

Tikal ruins

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The cobbled streets of Antigua, the town overlooked by volcanoes –

Antigua Guatemala

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Stubling across the Easter celebrations Antigua, Guatemala –
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I was supposed to cover more ground but found an awful lot to do in Guatemala and genuinely liked the place and its people.

Lake Atilan, Guatemala –

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Sunrise at Lake Atilan –

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After approximately 8 weeks in central America I paid a quick visit to my brother in San Francisco to visit his family.

Theres only one real image of San Fran isn’t there ?

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Oh, and the clam chowder !! –

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Next stop was the southern hemisphere and New Zealand, I spent a great month exploring the south island.

Abel Tasmin National Park –Abel tasmin national park

Lake Wanaka after a cold spell surprised us all –

Lake wanaka

Beautiful Milford Sound –

Milford sound

Always great views in New Zealand –

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A quick stop in Brisbane to join the boat I was going to be on for the next 5 months –

Sailing the pacific

We sailed across to New Caledonia ¬†and visited the Isle Of Pines –

Sailing the pacific

Ouvea, The Loyalty Islands –

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Many a beautiful sunset in New Caledonia –

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Then onto Vanuatu and its happy people –

Port Vila Vanuatu

Wala island vanuatu

Fartapo malakula

Quick stop Chesterfield Reef, 500 miles from Vanuatu, 500 miles to go to Australia –

Chesterfield reef

Back to Australia to say goodbye to the boat –

Sailing the pacific

Onwards and upwards lead me onto the Solomon ¬†Islands –

IMG_0010Beautiful reefs everywhere –

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After the Solomons I continued up to Papua New Guinea to spend 8 weeks cruising mostly around New Ireland.

Solomon islands

Solomon islands

Calling in to see the Morobe show in Lae –

Morobe show 2015

Morobe show 2015

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I left PNG and again found myself in Brisbane, this time though I was homeward bound. I was heading back for Christmas and due to the cost of flights found myself heading to Bali for a nice stopover before returning to England.

Very Indonesian –

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So another year over, a total of 11 countries visited, some of them more than once, some visited again but in much more depth.

 

Travelling the world by sea……..(and a bit of land)