Striking out in Europe

It’s just over a year since we set off on our round-the-world trip. Our blog has been a fantastic memento of our travels, and we’ve had plenty of positive comments from friends and family. So when we were planning our holiday this year, we couldn’t resist bringing it back for a short reprise!

For this year’s trip we decided to explore a bit of Europe. We don’t have the luxury of three months – but two weeks is still plenty of time to see a few places.

So, here’s our plan…

Our trip started with our only flight, from Edinburgh to Milan (after a quick stop to see family in South Queensferry). We are now working our way back from Italy by train.

We will spend most of our time in Switzerland, somewhere neither of us has been before. Our first stop from Milan will be Lugano, just over the border and nestled on the Italian Lakes. We then go on to Lucerne, followed by Zurich.

Our last stop will be Paris, for a short stay with family in the lovely suburb of Malakoff. We will then take the Eurostar to London and on home to the North East of England.

There is also the small matter of my 40th birthday, which we will be celebrating while we are in Lugano – not long until my 30s are over!


Monday 7th – Tuesday 8th September
Newcastle to South Queensferry
The first leg of our journey took us in completely the wrong direction, heading north for our flight from Edinburgh Airport.

But there’s never a bad time to do the train journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh (well, it’s a bit nicer when it’s not raining!). The East Coast Main Line takes you out of Newcastle with fantastic views of River Tyne and the Tyne Bridge. It then hugs the Northumberland coast, offering views of Alnmouth, Holy Island and Berwick upon Tweed.


South Queensferry is a short train ride from the centre of Edinburgh, on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth, and close to Edinburgh Airport. My sister, Claire, and her family have lived there for a few years now and this was a great opportunity to see them.

We spent a lovely afternoon there. It began with picking up our niece Holly from school (which she started just a couple of weeks ago). We also had a birthday meal, and I got a great present of a T-shirt and a delicious home-made birthday cake. Our nephew Ethan (who is two) enjoyed blowing out the birthday candles, too!

On Tuesday morning we were taken to the airport by Claire and Ethan. Ethan is a big fan of aeroplanes, so I think he was more excited than us!

Sports results of the day
When walking through Edinburgh station on Monday we noticed a few people wearing Scotland football tops and kilts, followed by people in lederhosen. It could mean only one thing: Scotland against Germany in the Euro qualifiers! It sounds like Scotland put up a good fight, but eventually lost 3-2…not a bad result against the world champions, but they needed more to revive their hopes of qualification.

On the same evening, Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open, against South African Kevin Anderson. We can’t believe it is a year since we saw Murray’s quarter final against Djokovic at last year’s tournament!


One response to “Striking out in Europe

  1. Welcome back to Striking Out. We will follow your journey with interest. Xx


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