On our last day in our Amazonian lodge we had a great sighting of Spider monkeys. You know when you were a kid, you thought that monkeys swung through the jungle, but it's not something you normally get to see them do in a zoo. Well we were ever so lucky to see them do just that.
On leaving our lodge in the Pantanal, Brazil for a boat trip, we noticed some clouds coming in and asked our guide, Silvio, if it was likely to rain: "No rain until tonight" he said confidently.
In Argentina we got the opportunity to see a glacier (called Perito Moreno) up close, both from the water and the land – and indeed from on top of the ice itself. We were staying so close that we could see the Glacier from our bedroom window, and popped by several times and saw it change.
Unpacking for a Christmas skiing trip, I duly lined up my clothes for the coming 6 days’ skiing, and commented to Sue that I seemed a bit short in the sock department. Sue insisted that she’d bought plenty of new ones.
The first morning in Mozambique, I decided to go for an early morning jog along the beach, but it was a bit lopsided on the sand, so after a while I headed inland, along a narrow path through the jungle.
It was easy to get confused between the various animals in Chile: our guide shouted “look – vicuňas”, so I started to look at the rocks for rabbits (“viscachas”). Ooops, vicuňas are basically Chillean Llamas, not rabbits!
We stayed at Caroline’s Singita Lebombo Lodge, for Sue’s 40th. On one game drive there was a lion in the bush that was hiding, but wanted to scare us. He was successful. He roared and leapt forward, before retreating and walking off.
In Chile, I was lucky enough to climb an active volcano, 2,800m high across a glacier and lava fields. Coming down was much easier – rather than crampons for the ice, we slid down on our bum, using the ice-axe as a break!
We had a superb time in Mozambique in 2010, with the beach, diving, and a great celebration on Sue’s 40th. I’d arranged a surprise lunch with some friends that we’d made amongst the guests and as we arrived Sue said “we can’t have lunch over there, someone’s got a big table all beautifully decorated” – she really didn’t have a clue.
We took a long weekend in Provence in 2008, to get away and relax with great views. The hotel we go to is owned by some of the people who created, and expanded, the Hotel du Vin. By coincidence, the previous weekend we’d been to the new hotel of another HdV owner, and couldn’t resist a little bit of name dropping in Provence when we were greeted by the assistant manager. He took this very much to heart for the whole break!