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A Year in Review: 2017 – A Brummie Abroad

Wow, We started the year with only firm plans of a Germany trip in March, and a vague plan of visiting Canada to celebrate my birthday. And yet now, in December, I look back on five trips, six different airports and ten flights taken. It’s been another year of A Brummie Abroad – with Mr Fletche in tow (most of the time…)

Year in Review_ A Brummie Abroad

Romantic Road, Germany:

Enticed by Pinterest images of fairy tale castles and colourful half-timbered buildings, we spent four days tracking the Romantic Road route from Wurzburg in Northern Bavaria down to Füssen in the Alps. We were totally charmed by the town of Rothenberg Ob Der Tauber with its all year round Christmas shop, cobbled streets and a myriad of narrow alleyways to disappear down, only to emerge between rainbow coloured buildings. Augsburg was a surprise, a vibrant university city with a town square just made for al fresco gathering. But for me, the highlight was that moment I first laid eyes on the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. Thank you King Ludwig for having such a crazy and elaborate taste in architecture!

Germany photos taken by CPF Photography

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


The iconic Plonlein Corner in Rothenberg ob de Tauber


The dam ladder at the River Lech, Fussen

Fussen Mountain Scene

At the foot of King Ludwig II’s castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein lie beautiful alpine meadows

Fussen In The Morning

The pretty town of Fussen

Alatsee No 2

Lake Alatsee, in the Ostallgäu district of Bavaria

Read more:

A Brummie Home and Abroad’s guide to Germany’s Romantic Road

A Brummie Home and Abroad’s Guide to Germany’s Romantic Road…Part 2

A Brummie Home and Abroad’s guide to Neuschwanstein Castle


I’m still not entirely sure what made us choose Luxembourg as a summer city break but that’s where we ended up in June. We were unlucky with the weather, with grey skies and rain on two out of three days. This wasn’t so bad on the second day, when we had a nice dry apartment to return to, but not so great on the final day when our flight wasn’t until the evening and we were homeless in Luxembourg. The capital city itself is compact and easily walkable, perfect for a one day flying visit. Our saving grace was the excellent value and efficiency of the public transport system which allowed us to get out and about and see some of the many magnificent castles that Luxembourg has to offer.

A Brummie Home and Abroad Guide to Luxembourg City

A classic Luxembourg view

A Brummie Home and Abroad Guide to Luxembourg City

Views over Grund from Cité Judiciaire

Out and About in Luxembourg: Vianden

Chateau Vianden.

Out and About in Luxembourg: Esch sur Sure

Esch sur Sure

Read more:

A Brummie Home and Abroad Guide to Luxembourg City

Out and About in Luxembourg

Alicante, Spain:

I went away with two of my “oldest” friends (as in length of time we’ve known each other, not as in age) for the first time in September, for an all too short weekend in Alicante to kick off the 12 months in which we would all turn 40. We laughed, we sang, we drank copious amounts of sangria, we brought enough food and wine from the local supermarket to last a week, and most of all, we can’t wait to do it all again soon – husbands, kids, dogs, jobs etc. permitting.

A jug of red wine sangria in Alicante

Sangria and a toy crocodile called Alan…

Read more:

How to Organise a Girls Trip to Alicante…

Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies:

This was the trip we’d been planning all year, a big tick off the old travel wishlist. My 40th birthday seemed the perfect excuse to visit one of my dream destinations and to book an overnight train trip from Vancouver up to the Rocky Mountains. We had the most amazing two weeks from exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver – meeting up with my ex-pat cousin and taking out tourists with my bike in Stanley Park – to hiking around lakes and dodging deer in Jasper. We spotted bears (from a distance) in Banff and escaped the hordes of tourists at Lake Louise by hiking up to Lake Agnes. We walked on a glacier and I sat down in the snow on the way to Peyto Lake. We drove through mountain passes, arid grasslands and lush countryside. We posed with the Olympic Rings in Whistler and did accidentally long hikes… Oh Canada, we loved you lots.

Canada photos taken by CPF Photography

BC Arena at Night

BC Arena at Night

Elk in Jasper

Elk in Jasper

Pyramid Mountain

Pyramid Mountain

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Minniwanka

Lake Minniwanka

Read more:

Canada Day by Day: First Stop, Vancouver

Canada Day by Day: More from Vancouver…

Canada Day by Day: Vancouver to Jasper by ViaRail

Canada Day by Day: Jasper National Park

Canada Day by Day: Icefields Parkway

Canada Day by Day: Banff National Park

Canada Day by Day: Revelstoke and Kamloops and in between

Canada Day by Day: Whistler


Our final trip of 2017 was a wedding anniversary trip to Vienna. It’s always nice to kick off the festive season this way and we knew all the Christmas markets would be in full swing in the Austrian capital. It’s such a stunning city with beautiful architecture and a fascinating history too. We ate and drank our way around the markets, took a walking tour, visited the Habsburgs summer palace, rode on a giant ferris wheel and visited the famous Vienna State Opera House! If you want to read more about our trip then the Vienna travel blog will be online early in 2018!

All wrapped up for Christmas

All wrapped up for Christmas

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Christmas Market in front of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Christmas Market in front of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Gloriette at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Gloriette at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Wiener Riesenrad, Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater, Vienna

Wiener Riesenrad, Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater, Vienna

Karlsplatz Christmas Market

I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along on my adventures with me and reliving some wonderful memories! Here’s to 2018, hopefully with more exciting trips to come! What were your travel highlights of 2017?


30 responses to “A Year in Review: 2017 – A Brummie Abroad”

  1. Loving vicariously through you!!! 🎈🎈🎉🎉

  2. thebeasley says:

    Verrrrrry jealous of all your travels. Gorgeous photos too x

  3. Em, as usual, you have shared amazing photos and a few notes were taken! All the best for more exciting adventures and those less travelled roads 🙂 x

  4. vienna looks fabulous!!! 😀

    i’ve got a friend who highly recommends vienna with their christmas market. she said that it’s got the best christmas market in europe. is that true? the pictures taken by you makes me think that it’s not just christmas market that they have to offer. 😉

    thanks for sharing, btw… and happy new year!

    • emfletche says:

      I would definitely agree with your friend 😃 And yes, I’m sure it’s equally beautiful at other times of the year too! Thank you for dropping by and Happy 2018 to you!

  5. Amazing! I loved scrolling through the pictures and remembering the original posts. My favorite travels this year was to Alaska on a cruise with my family. Some of the sites were truly unforgettable. I’m going to need some overseas trips in the next few years and Vienna is on the list!

  6. Trudy says:

    So much “amazing” packed into one post!! As others have written I am truly jealous! Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. josypheen says:

    It has been awesome following your adventures this year! I am just sad I didn’t get to bump into you when you were in Mount Pleasant!!

    Happy new year! I hope 2018 is similarly amaaaazing!

  8. bye:myself says:

    How nice that you unexpectedly visited so many sooo diverse destinations! Your trips to Germany, Luxemburg and of course Vienna – where I’ve spend Christmas – look so old fashioned, romantic and cozy while Canada is all about wilderness and nature – just beautiful. I wish you some more great trips in 2018 – all the best and happy travels.

    • emfletche says:

      Thank you for dropping by! Yes, we like to mix planned trips with something a little more spontaneous at times! City breaks, road trips – hopefully ill get a good old-fashioned beach holiday some time this year! Happy 2018 to you

  9. Bernie says:

    That’s a great mix of trips. For me, adding a random trip or two throughout the year always adds to the fun, and to the discovery of new places to add to old favourites. I haven’t been to Luxenbourg since I was a teen, and I need to go back. Down time with friends always works well too; perhaps I should have opted for your sunny Alicante rather than a chilly Brussels for mine, but it was still fun. I’m still drooling over your Canada pics…that’s got to go on my list.

    • emfletche says:

      I love Brussels! My friends are more beach than city for their holidays too so I leave the city breaks for trips with Mr Fletche! Thanks for popping by and commenting Bernie, have a happy 2018!

  10. Carolina Colborn says:

    5 countries! Not bad. But what I would like to congratulate you on is the outstanding photos! You have an eye for beauty wherever you go!

  11. Brianna says:

    Sounds like a great year of travel! My cousin and I are visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in May, and your photos made me SO excited to stay in Fussen! How do you get to Rothenberg ob de Tauber from there?

    • emfletche says:

      Hi Brianna, we hired a car so drove along the Romantic Road from Wurzburg all the way down to Fussen with overnight stays in Rothenberg and Augsburg. There’s a blog on here if you search for Neuschwanstein all about visiting the castle 😀

  12. AmyEA says:

    Gorgeous pictures. And Alan looks like he’s my kind of man! 😉

  13. Rye Santiago says:

    I got so excited when Spain appeared in your list. It’s my dream country, after all. Also, I’m going to Vancouver next week and stay there for two months. Glad you had the time of your life last year! Happy travels!

    • emfletche says:

      Wow, 2 months in Vancouver, how amazing! It’s one of the few cities I’ve visited that I could genuinely see myself living in; it helps that my cousin moved there and I can see the wonderful life she’s made for herself..may be one day!

  14. Jas says:

    What a year! I’m from Vancouver and it makes me so happy to hear that this is your dream destination! Also your Rocky Mountain photos are just spectacular! I’ve seen these sights both during the summer and winter – but never in the fall or when the lakes aren’t frozen but the mountains still have that snow-capped view. Simply stunning!

  15. Grace | Impulsive Adventures says:

    Looks like a fabulous year of travel! Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies are definitely on my list. Those mountains and lakes are stunning!

  16. charlottekerr123gmailcom says:

    Wow you had some amazing travels in 2017, and have some fantastic photos to show for it! I’d love to travel to the Canadian Rockies, and your pics are tempting me all the more!

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