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Where we went: 2013 in pictures

January 1, 2014
Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
An elephant in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

An elephant in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with Micato Safaris

Over the year, we were blessed to “get our passports stamped” in 14 countries (Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Tanzania), visiting 38 cities abroad, as well as being able to visit a number of regions and cities within the United States.

At the places where we stayed and settled in, there was time for learning, exploration, and/or relaxation. Some stops on the way to someplace else offered us brief glimpses, whetting our appetites to return.

A sampling of some of our favorite pictures (below) offer a sense of our travels, which are also marked on the map at the end of this post. A travel writer is very fortunate to have a great photographer at her side, and I’m very thankful for mine, my husband Jerry. His pictures bring back wonderful memories of where we went and what we did.

We both wish everyone a wonderful New Year in 2014, one filled with peace, happiness, good health and new discoveries.

Warm regards, Irene and Jerry

WHERE WE WENT

The narrow streets of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona, Spain

The narrow streets of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Aquasize in Cancun, Mexico

Aquasize in Cancun, Mexico

Fish at a seafood restaurant in Genoa

Fish at a seafood restaurant in Genoa

The largest mosque in (Casablanca) Morocco

The largest mosque in (Casablanca) Morocco on an MSC Cruise

Madeira Gardens in Funchal, Portugal

Madeira Gardens in Funchal, Portugal

Sunrise in Los Cabos, Mexico

Sunrise in Los Cabos, Mexico

Celestins Theater in Lyon, France

Celestins Theater in Lyon, France

Along the Rhone River in Arles, France

On the Rhone River in Arles, France on a Grand Circle River Cruise

Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Kensington Market in Toronto, Canada

Kensington Market in Toronto, Canada

Conejos Bay in Huatulco, Mexico

Conejos Bay in Huatulco, Mexico

Gresham Palace in Budapest, Hungary

Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest, Hungary

OUR PINS ON THE WORLD MAP

  • Reply
    Dyanne@TravelnLass
    January 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Goodness, Irene – my but you DO get around! Special kudos to Jerry for that splendid elephant shot, and all the best in 2014 to you both.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks, Dyanne! Going through our pictures made me realize how much traveling we actually did. We feel so blessed to have these opportunities.

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    Dr. Cacinda Maloney
    January 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Spectacular! Looks like it was a great year!!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      A lot of work but a lot of fun!
      Looking forward to seeing your pictures of Thailand.

      Best wishes for the New Year, Cacinda!

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    Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque)
    January 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You guys definitely didn’t let any moss grow under your feet in 2014! We hope to see elephants in Thailand and Africa in 2014! As I sit here looking out at the minus 1 windchill (with the wind whipping the snow around, I feel like I can actually see it), your photo of the sunrise at Los Cabos is a most welcome diversion. Write on!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Trying to cram in all the travel while we can-
      Your 2014 sure sounds exciting!

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    Cathy Sweeney
    January 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Some great travels there and I love the pics. What a thrill that must have been to see that elephant! Looks like we hit a couple of the same wonderful places this year — Barcelona and Budapest. I’ve got fond memories of both. Here’s to another great travel year!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Hope we land up in the same place at the same time this year, Cathy!

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    Neva
    January 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures of great travels. Small world – my niece lives near Huatulco, Mexico. Looking forward to visiting her soon there too.

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    Muza-chan
    January 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Great pictures. I’m looking forward to read your articles in the new year!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      And I look forward to your posts as well, Muza-chan!

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    Corinne
    January 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Wow…what a great year of travel you’ve had…I want to get to the Serengeti migration…such a dream. Love your pics. Hope 2014 is just as fulfilling for you.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Corinne. I didn’t make it for the migration so I guess I’ll have to return.:-)

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    Judy
    January 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I love this website and your travel posts and photos.

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