April 2011: Paris in the Springtime (Part 1)

Despite being our nearest European capital city, neither of us have ever visited Paris before, so this becomes our destination of choice for Mr Fletche's birthday trip.

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2011: Birth of a photographer (and a psychology graduate!)

Somewhere in between our trips to Edinburgh in 2010 and Paris in 2011, two things changed in the Fletcher household.  Firstly, I tentatively took my first module towards my Open University Psychology degree.  I hadn’t studied in getting on for 20 years, and decided it was high time my teeny tiny brain was challenged a …

Edinburgh Nov 2010 – A snowy anniversary weekend (Part 2)

After a chilly night (still not quite got that thermostat right…), we wake to see…. Oh, it's not that bad actually. I expected snow up to our knees, and Eskimos building igloos in the square, but the sun is shining, and it looks like we’ll be able to continue exploring the city today. Worrying slightly …

Edinburgh Nov 2010 – A snowy anniversary weekend (Part 1)

In 2008, when planning a wonderful wedding at the winter end of November, Mr Fletche and I never once gave thought to how we would celebrate our subsequent anniversary celebrations. And more importantly, with Christmas budgets looming, that it would not be feasible to jet off somewhere hot and sunny (a la our Maldives honeymoon) …

USA Sept 2010 – Big Sur: The most amazing coastal drive!

The alarm tolls at 8am – a veritable lie-in this morning – and after grabbing a quick pastry for breakfast, we’re all checked out and ready to leave Monterey behind. As we return to Route 1, it is clear how foggy it is today and we can barely see the ocean. However this leads to …

USA Sept 2010 – Leaving our hearts in San Francisco…and finding them in Monterey

We’re only almost ready to leave San Francisco behind; there are still two things that we have to do.  We pack everything into the Fletchemobile – raring to go after a 2 day rest – and check out of the Hotel Del Sol at 8:30am. First thing: Driving down Lombard Street - the crooked bit. At …

USA Sept 2010 – Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz and Meeting Bush Man…

A good night’s sleep does little to soothe our aching feet, but with so much of the city still to see, we are up and out at 9am after a quick coffee, juice and pastries for breakfast. It is another hot day; we leave some of our layers behind after being fooled yesterday. We never …