Monday, February 22, 2010


Those who read this blog and know me well will attest to the fact that I live for my holidays. I try to eke out as much annual leave every year as I can. I attach weeks to public holidays and try and make them go as far as possible. I often take leave without pay to take the holidays I love.

Over the last few years Mr Kitty and I have had some marvelous jaunts. Some spectacular trips. In 2006 we did the east coast of the US during Autumn and did some leaf peeping (beautiful). We also visited New York, the place I consider my spiritual home, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal and Quebec City amongst other places. In 2007 we did South Africa, which I adored, with a stop over in Hong Kong.

In 2008 and 2009, our trips were to Europe. In 2008 we took a 3 month trip around the continent for our honeymoon (how very E.M. Forster of us!) taking in many different countries, including UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Finland before finishing up in the US (Las Vegas, Yosemite, Napa and San Francisco) for 2 weeks. Last year it was 5 weeks in Europe, mostly in France, with a stop off in London on the way over and Singapore on the way home.

In addition to these trips we have also had week-10 day long jaunts to Margaret River and Bali - twice. I really do love my holidays.

This year will be no exception. And given I have resigned and won't be working for a little while, we can go on as many trips as we like (well, so long as we can get the kitties babysat)!

With that in mind, the holiday planning for 2010 has begun. We are heading off shortly to Phuket for 10 days and in late April we are skipping off to the US for 3 weeks.

Phuket, for me, will consist of a lot of sitting and relaxing, a few massages and loads and loads of beautiful food. I plan on reading and swimming in our private pool. It will be Bliss.

Our US trip will be a lot of fun. Mr Kitty has work to do (boo!) but we'll still make time for some fun as well. We plan to visit LA, New York and Las Vegas on our travels. We made most of the bookings over the weekend (flights, majority of hotels and some of the car rentals). I am looking forward to Disneyland and a fun and exciting week in New York. I cannot wait.

But for the meantime, the Phuket trip will have to sustain me. If anyone has any shopping, eating or relaxation tips for Phuket, please let me know!



Amy said...

Hope you're having a marvelous time in Thailand. I'm in a holiday frame of mind right now - have just booked the big UK With The Family adventure I was telling you about. Dan and I are going to do that side trip to Paris after all and I've just ordered Clotilde's book as recommended by you. Extreme excitement over here, I am dreaming of fromageries and macarons.

It's great to have something to look forward to - next week I'm busy busy again with teaching and learning and working, so it'll all be a lot more bearable with the knowledge of a holiday at the end of it :)

Enjoy your private pool (OMG!).


Miss Kitty-Cat said...

Clotilde's book is all kinds of awesomeness. Seriously good. If you need a recommendation for somewhere to stay, we have a few apartments we have stayed in around the 7th Arrondissement - right near the Eiffel Tower. Good restaurant recs as well!