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Birmingham Globe Trotter Finishes his Summer

When Toni and I were told we had won the Birmingham Mail/lastminute.com ‘One heck of a summer’ search for a globe trotter we decided from the start that we would make the most of every trip. We tried to fit in something new, a culinary experience, something cultural and a bit of fun everywhere we went.

For each of our trips there are special memories

Birmingham – Millennium Point (pride in our industrial heritage); Sealife Centre and a Balti lunch

Barcelona – Great tapas; a crowded beach; Gaudi architecture; air-conditioned Metro system; Picasso Museum; views from the top of the hill and ‘people watching along La Ramblas’.

London – Cleanliness of the streets; our first West End show (‘Sister Act’ – fantastic); The Tate Modern; London Eye and a boat trip.

Paris – ‘Rock en Seine’ festival’ (this is how all festivals should be); Eiffel Tower and trip on the Seine; ‘Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre; a meal with a friend; EuroStar.

Tunisia – relaxing on the beach and in the pool; quaint blue mountain villages; evening ‘cultural’ entertainment; the bustle of the market.

London II – St James’s Park; Albert Roux Brasserie; lunch at ‘Babylon’; the roof gardens (surreal); ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Edinburgh – The Royal Mile; The crown jewels at the Castle; The Royal Yacht Britannia; Comedy night

Alton Towers – The Water Park; evening cabaret; behaving like kids; white-knuckle rides; keeping breakfast intact.

New York – Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow (we could have spent all weekend there!); meeting friends; Ground Zero Workshop museum (the most emotional time); another show (‘Altar Boyz’); Central Park and Macy’s

Spa – Relaxing treatments, great food and a time to reflect on our experiences.

We have had a wonderful time the weather has been kind and we have learnt that it is possible to fit in so much into short weekends away (or at home). On many occasions we have been treated like real VIPs and must confess we could get used to that.

We know we have been very privileged to have experienced this and all good things come to an end. However, we have already started to plan more travel and are trying to keep to the philosophy of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Would we do it all again? Of course!