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Passport Tales.

Well Dear Passport, its time to trade you in for a shiny new one. Its ten years since I went to the post office and battled with the photo booth for a semi decent passport pic. Ten years since I treated myself to a lime green soft leather passport holder adorned with cities of the world I hoped to visit. I know it will be ten years in August this year because ten years ago in August 2004 I was one of those silly people who found out their then passport was out of date………..at the airport!  Oh the horror, the shame!  I was there in the queaue with three of my best  friends ( we had organized a girls week away in sunny Turkey)  and I was pulled away to one side and gently told I couldn’t board the plane, my passport was out of date by nearly a year. A whole year! 😦  I pleaded it must be a mistake ~ I had only got the offending item six years earlier when I had changed my surname.  It turned out I had presumed when they had updated my name they had automatically given me a full ten years on my new passport. They hadn’t. They had only given me the time I had left on my old one. Off course I should have checked. I should have double checked! My friends jetted off to Bodrum and I made the tearful journey by taxi from Manchester Airport  back to Costa del Clitheroe. The ground could have swallowed me up whole.:(((

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Of course since then I have always been extra vigilent with my passport date checking. My non holiday adventure became the cautionary tale everyone I knew  checked their passports by.  I got a nice new passport in a nice new passport holder and I’ve  even  actually managed to get further than the airport on several occasions. Thank goodness!

Although I have not managed to visit most of the destinations on the cover, In the last ten years I have seen the Berlin Wall, visited the ruins of Pompei, holidayed in Spain with the girls, star spotted in Cannes, covered my ears at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, whale watched in Canada, stayed in a riad in Marakeche and admired ‘The Scream’ in Oslo. Think I’ve made up for my ‘non holiday’ a little bit…

Inside the Reichstag, Berlin.
Inside the Reichstag, Berlin.
Giant Transformer 'Bumblebee' in Cannes.
Giant Transformer ‘Bumblebee’ in Cannes.
Icecream in Amalfi, Italy
Icecream in Amalfi, Italy
Enjoying the sunset, Vancouver Island, Canada
Enjoying the sunset, Vancouver Island, Canada
Beautiful Essaouira, Morocco.
Beautiful Essaouira, Morocco.
Tropical gardens, Eze, South of France.
Tropical gardens, Eze, South of France.

So now I had better get my new passport sorted. We have just recently booked a much anticipated ( By Me!) short break in Iceland for October and we are hoping to go to France this summer. I still haven’t got round to booking anything to Turkey yet though……….

Have you ever had any passport disasters? Just so I know i’m not the only one out there. πŸ˜‰

Oh Canada!

Did you  know that Fernie was the film location for the John Cusack comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. :)
Did you know that Fernie was the film location for the John Cusack comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. πŸ™‚

Can’t believe its eight years ago since I last went to Canada! My school friend Lou is lucky enough to live out there in the beautiful town of Fernie, British Columbia with its gorgeous Rocky Mountains backdrop. In the Autumn ( Fall) of 2006 we flew over to Calgary with our friend Anne who I was also at school with. We hired a car and drove to Fernie to stay with Lou and then we all did a little road trip up to Vancouver Island. It was amazing, the scenery was gorgeous and we had so much fun. It was an experience I will never forget. As my blog’s tag line is ‘These Are a few of my favourite things’, I thought I would share a few pictures. Canada is a love of mine. Hopefully one day I will get to visit Lou again and record a little more up to date post. πŸ™‚

The Three Sisters  Mountain Peaks look over Fernie.
The Three Sisters Mountain Peaks look over Fernie.
Kayaking Island Lake lodge, Fernie
Kayaking Island Lake lodge, Fernie
Before setting off on our road trip Lou took us to paddle in Lake Koocanusa. :)
Before setting off on our road trip Lou took us to paddle in Lake Koocanusa. πŸ™‚
View from the Ferry over to Nanaimo. Gorgeous hey!
View from the Ferry over to Nanaimo. Gorgeous hey!

Once on Vancouver Island we traveled over to Crystal Cove Tofino Resort near Tofino where Lou had got us a great deal on a tree house cabin with a hot tub. The views over Mackenzie beach were stunning.

Sunset, Crystal Cove
Sunset, Crystal Cove
Totem Pole, Pacific Rim National Park
Totem Pole, Pacific Rim National Park
Love this old hotel on Wickenninish Beach near Tofino.
Love this old hotel on Wickenninish Beach near Tofino.

We decided to make the most of our time on the island and take a boat trip to some hot springs which incorporated the possibility of seeing some whales in the Pacific Ocean. The wildlife there is fantastic.

Black bear.
Black bear.
Driftwood.
Driftwood.
Sea Otter.
Sea Otter.
Whales.
Whales.
Admiring the scenery at Ucluelet.
Admiring the scenery at Ucluelet.

On the way back to Fernie we stopped over in Osoyoos and saw a spotted lake and then headed back to Fernie, passing mountain goats grazing in an unusual place. πŸ™‚

Spotted lake full of minerals.
Spotted lake full of minerals.
Happy goats.
Happy goats.
The Elk river welcomed us back to Fernie and the Fall had taken up residence.
The Elk river welcomed us back to Fernie and the Fall had taken up residence.

Well I hoped you liked my retro post. Eight years ago seems like a lifetime ago now. Here’s to amazing travel in 2014 !