Sunday reading

Its Sunday once again and I am back from my Vietnam business trip.

This week’s a great selection of articles in the Singapore Straits time travel section. I really do enjoy reading these articles as it sets my mind on the next travel destinations that Suan and I can plan for.

There was a time when we travelled quite extensively with Trafalgar or Insight to Europe. We joined 7 such groups going to places like Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and even to Egypt! All well and good as we made numerous friends from the trips. We are still in contact with a good number of them and they are from all over the world!

Such is the wonder of joining groups, you make new acquaintance or friends (foes for that matter…). Never easy to get along with everyone.

In the last 10 years, “free and easy” – more like the term DIY has been more of the flavour especially with the younger crowd. Backpacking across Europe and the US has always been popular, but the advent of DIY was more on making your own arrangements (with or without agents) rather than joining travel groups.

The article cited travel to southern France. One of the best memories of our road trip there in 2005 was the visit to sites such as Pont Du Gard and the city of Orange.

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Wide view of the aqueduct

While we did not get to Monaco or Saint Tropez (along Cote d’Azur), we did spend a great deal of time roaming the hilltop villages and the Lavender (and Lavendin) fields. Click here for more on the difference between the two.

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The Roman Amphitheatre in Orange, in the heart of Provence

If only the group tour itineraries will cater to your every taste and wish of where to go and what to see! Which is why we had in the last 2 years opted for “private” tours. More on that in a separate blog post.


Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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