A pile of bonus avios gave me an excuse for one last trip abroad – returning to Malta for a dose of winter sun and a nostalgic wander around some favourite spots.
Our visit to Eugene coincided with the downtown visual arts festival, which included the addition of fresh murals to the 20×21 project. We set out to find some of those, plus other pieces of street art around the city.
With plenty of time to explore Seattle – twice – during this holiday, we were able to appreciate a few different neighbourhoods that offered a more relaxed pace than the city centre – and even a taste of local life.
A hotel voucher to burn, a new camera to test out, and a quirk of BA’s scheduling combined to send me to Madrid – where I was happy to find that this unfamiliar city was an architectural delight, soaking in winter sunshine.
The frozen-in-time Roman settlement of Pompeii was a bit of challenge to visit without joining a tour group – but it was easily worth the effort! Here’s what we learnt (plus the obligatory photos).