As the year 2016 comes to a close, I have been reminiscing about all of my exciting travels this past year. From local day trips to long weekends across the USA to international vacations, it was a great year for travel!
I started off the year by spending a winter weekend in coastal Camden, Maine. Their winter Festival thrilled visitors with ski jumping demos and ice sculptures. It also gave me the opportunity to do some snowshoeing nearby and to visit the Bixby Bar chocolate factory.
During the winter, I took a few days to head to Mississippi to experience the Delta Blues history and music. A bus connection in New Orleans afforded me the opportunity to sample the vegan version of gumbo and beignets.
When Spring arrived, I decided to spend a weekend in New York to attend a performance at the Metropolitan Opera and to visit Brooklyn for some vegan crepes, cheeses, and macarons.
During the month of May, I spent a week vacationing in Ireland. My travels took me across the entire country from The Ring of Kerry to the Celtic region and the Cliffs of Moher, up to Belfast and the rope bridge of Carrick-a-Rede.
At the end of that month, I spent a long weekend in South Dakota exploring The Badlands and Mount Rushmore.
During June, I traveled to Long Island to attend a lavender festival and to experience the posh Easthampton region.
In early July, I took a journey to Sweden and explored that country’s history and music scene.
From Spring to Autumn, I visited National Parks in each of the New England states, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. National Park System.
During the last weekend of November, I traveled by bus to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, officially known as America’s “Christmas City”. The yearly Christkindlmarkt(Christmas Market)enticed me to visit. As part of the event, tours of the Moravian historical sites are offered.
During the first weekend in December, I visited Berlin, Germany to experience their historic and popular Christmas Markets.
I enjoyed each and every one of my travel experiences during 2016. The wonderful sights and the incredible vegan dining made this a travel year to cherish. I look forward to more fascinating travels in the upcoming year and I wish my readers an upcoming year filled with exciting journeys, as well.