Blog – Naked Eye on 2013 (Part One)

With 2013 already becoming a distant memory, it seems an appropriate time to cast an eye over the travels Michelle and I undertook last year.
Regular readers will know that although we don’t get round the world like some of the nomadic travellers out there, we like to combine one or two big trips with plenty of exploration of what’s on our own doorstep.
So 2013 saw ‘once in a lifetime’ holidays to Peru, China and Japan (and yes, that is only a phrase, we’ll be back there like a shot given a chance) combined with day trips to Northamptonshire’s Althorp House, Castle Ashby and Sulgrave Manor.
Of course, our biggest holiday of the year – together at least – saw us fly out to Peru to take on the epic Inca Trail.
The trek from Cusco to the beautiful Machu Picchu was awe-inspiring, but there were other highlights in the Peruvian capital of Lima and in Cusco itself.

The Ince Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail, Peru

Machu Picchu

While the Inca Trail certainly provided several thousand feet of awe, it was also interesting to look into the environmental battle that is going on behind the picture postcard.
If Peru was magical, we also discovered some real sorcery closer to home: at the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Harry Potter is all about finding magic in the most unusual places, whether that be platform 9 and 3/4 of King’s Cross Station or a few miles away from Watford.
And the Warner Bros. Studio Tour gives Harry fans everything they want – from a look inside Hagrid’s House to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Michelle’s biggest trip of the year saw her set out on an Asian adventure in China and Japan.
Her whistlestop tour of Beijing and some of China’s most popular landmarks including visiting The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

Gt Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Then it was off to Japan, where adventures in Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Oita saw Michelle meet cats in a cafe and monkeys on a mountain, while visiting everything from castles to ropeways.
And all that before revealing why Japan’s men are becoming ‘parasite singles’.

Bullet train, Japan

Asakusa, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Michelle and I were back on the road together when we set off to a galaxy far, far away to visit Naboo.
Or it could’ve been Seville, it’s hard to tell after a few orange wines in the sun.
While there we discovered how Christopher Columbus’ tomb could be found in the Catedral de Sevilla – or not, depending on who you believe – and how the Royal Alcazar combined spectacular gardens and the slaughter of virgins.
I’d certainly highly recommend Seville – especially if sun, history and Tapas are your things.

Food in Seville is basically tapas, tapas and tapas - delicious

Food in Seville is basically tapas, tapas and tapas – delicious

The view over Seville's cathedral from its summit

The view over Seville’s cathedral from its summit

Originally a Moorish fort, the upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family

Originally a Moorish fort, the upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family

> Part two of Naked Eye Travel’s look at 2013 will follow…

4 Comments to Blog – Naked Eye on 2013 (Part One)

  1. You have tasted some of the marvels of the world even if this is only the start of your travels. Great photography too.

  2. You all have had some GREAT trips and taken some great photos this past year. I’ve loved being honored with some super photos and videos for Sammy’s Tuesday Teasers too! Here’s to another year of wonderful trips for you two…..!


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