I remember once asking my dad why he never went abroad, and his reply was that he’d seen enough of it during the war. Apart from that of course, there weren’t the same opportunities back then, but times have changed.
Destinations that were considered exotic not so long ago are now reached in a relatively short space of time, and without the need to break the bank to do it.
I can be sipping a Dry Martini in Antibes, admiring Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona, or rubbing shoulders with the Camorra in the back streets of Naples almost as quick as I can get to Birmingham.
Whether it’s taking a gondola up into the Alps, enjoying the craic in an Irish bar, or even visiting the war cemeteries of Northern France and Belgium, I love it all. Europe has so much to offer and I never tire of it – and the beauty of it all, is that I can be there in no time and still have enough change to enjoy a glass of champagne on the Champs Elysees – or maybe not.