Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and Cruising

It has been quite a year of travel for me, so a travel roundup for 2017, I had to write!

This year has been an unusual year, as I have been to so many places in just the space of a year and this is why I started writing this blog.

I started the year in Italy, had a short trip to the UK and then flew to Los Angeles to join the world cruise.

World Cruise

I was very lucky that my husband was put on a ship that had the world cruise as an itinerary. So, of course, I had to tag along!

It was a wonderful experience visiting so many places in the space of 111 days and I met some fantastic people onboard.

On the world cruise, I went to Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bay of Islands and Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney and Cairns in Australia and Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

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Guam in Micronesia, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sanya in China, Singapore, Phuket in Thailand, Cochin and Mumbai in India, Dubai in the UAE and Petra in Jordan.

 

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Rhodes, Chania, Zakynthos in Greece, Bari, Trapani and Venice in Italy, Hvar and Sibenik in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Chefchaoen in Morocco and Portimao in Portugal.

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Hamilton in Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale in the USA, Oranjestad in Aruba, Santa Marta in Colombia, San Juan de Sur in Nicaragua, Acajutla in El Salvador, La Paz in Mexico and Los Angeles in the USA.

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We sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt and the Panama Canal in Panama. I stayed on for one more cruise and also went to Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

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111 Days Sailing Round the World | The World Cruise in Photos

Italy and the UK

After this amazing experience of going to 38 ports and 6 continents, I went back to the UK and then to Italy. I spent a summer in Genoa and visited Sardinia, Lake Como and Camogli.

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Genoa | Camogli | Sardinia

Alaska

Then I flew to Seattle at the end of August to join my husband onboard the ship. While I was onboard we sailed around Alaska to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria in Canada.

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Ketchikan | Juneau | Glacier Bay | Skagway

West Coast of Canada and USA

After the Alaska season finished we sailed down to Vancouver in Canada, then Oregon, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in the USA.

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Oregon | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii and French Polynesia

A quick cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan in Mexico, then on to Hawaii and French Polynesia. We went to Hilo in Hawaii, Honolulu in Oahu, Lahaina in Maui and Nawiliwili in Kauai.

After lots of days at sea, we stopped in Pago Pago in American Samoa. Then on to Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia and back to LA.

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Hawaii | Oahu | Maui | Kauai | French Polynesia

Mexico 

After this lovely long cruise, we sailed around the west coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada. We stopped in Catalina Island an island just off LA.

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Mexico | Catalina Island

End of Year

I flew back to Italy from LA in December and have spent the last month of the year in Genoa in Italy.

This year I have been to 29 countries and I cannot quite believe it! I know next year will not be like this, but I am looking forward to what the new year will bring.

I would like to thank you for reading and supporting me in my first year of blogging. I have really enjoyed writing and sharing my travel, cruise and packing tips.

 

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Christmas in Lake Como | Christmas in Genoa

I would like to hear from you! What would you like to read about? More behind the scenes onboard? More about Italy or the UK? More cruise tips? Let me know as I like to answer your questions and many of my blog posts have started from a question I have been asked.

I would like to wish you a wonderful new year and I will see you in 2018!

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

P.S. Here are my favourite travels items that I always travel with.

Eastpak medium luggage and hand luggage, as it is lightweight before you put anything in them.

Packing Cubes for easy and organised packing.

Portable phone charger to charge your phone on the go, for travelling and out and about site seeing.

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Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and cruising

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Merry Christmas from Genoa in Italy - Lucy Williams Global

Merry Christmas from Genoa in Italy! This is where I am for Christmas this year with my husband and his side of the family.

The city is looking lovely with all the festive lights. In the area of Porto Antico, they have gone to town with giant ball balls, Christmas trees made of just lights, icicles and a huge big wheel ride at the end of the marina.

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We went on the big wheel and the views of the harbour and the city were spectacular. This was a fun ride on go on at Christmas time.

In the city centre in Piazza De Ferrari there is a little Christmas Market that surrounds the fountain, selling cheese, cold cuts, panettone, Christmas decorations, clothing and accessories and lots of other festive items and it goes on into Via di San Lorenzo.

The Christmas tree is gorgeous, especially at night with the lights shining on the square. There a giant blue and silver ball ball that lights up at night too, this seems to be a theme all over the world this year.

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The weather in the Genoa is not too bad for December varying from 6C to 13C. It is has been quite dry, with the odd rainy day, but no snow.

I am cooking a British Christmas dinner for my Italian family, so now I need to go and prepare it!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year for 2018.

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

P.S Here is my Christmas Tip!

Relax with an audiobook when you need some peace and quiet! Click here to see the best books of the year.

 

Merry Christmas - Lucy WIlliams Global

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Lake Como in Italy at Christmas - Lucy WIlliams Global UK

Lake Como in Northern Italy is the place to go to in the summer months, but it is also a beautiful place to go in December. It will be cold but is worth it, just wrap up warm.

The city centre is beautiful to walk around and is full of lovely shops, bars and restaurants.

Christmas Lights and Market

The city is lit up with some of the most stunning Christmas lights, not just the tradition lights. The lights are projected onto buildings.

These lights are really thought out. This year the lights were in the scenes of old houses, stars, Christmas scenes of Santa, presents, Christmas trees, snow, all in different colours.

Christmas music is playing in the cathedral square and it is magical!

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Como has a lovely Christmas market with each stall in a wooden house, selling all types of things. Including Christmas decorations, sweets, chocolates, cheeses, cold cuts, chestnuts, toys, clothing, shoes and novelty items.

The Christmas Market is beside the lake in the city centre and near the cathedral, between the streets Piazza Cavour and Via Plinio.

The beautiful lights are located all around the cathedral and theatre. In the cathedral square and in some of the other shopping areas, just keep a lookout.

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What to Wear

Como in the summer is boiling hot, but in winter it is freezing cold! So, dress appropriately in warm attire.

A warm coat is a necessity and in Italy, everyone wears a quilt type coat, as they are warm and stylish.

                        

Wear a hat to keep the wind out of your ears and warm.

         

Gloves for those cold days and evenings. I love to wear gloves that I can still use my phone with, I love my, The North Face ones.

The streets in Como are mainly cobbled so I recommend a flat pair of boots, for easy walking!

                           

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Essential Info

  • Weather in winter: 0*C – 5*C
  • Language: Italian, some English spoken
  • Currency: Euros
  • Avoid the second weekend of December as it is a bank holiday on Friday in Como and Milan (this year Friday 8th, 2017) as Como is packed!
  • The Christmas Market runs from 25th November 2017 – 7th January 2018

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Have you been to Lake Como in winter? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

Lake Como in Italy at Christmas - Lucy Williams Global UK

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Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

I have returned home after three months of travelling around Alaska, the Californian Coast, Mexico, Hawaii and French Polynesia and reality has hit me!

Real life after travelling is nice but overwhelming!

If you have been following my travels you will know I travel with my husband that works onboard a cruise ship. Hence my blog tagline ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.

Alaska

This has been another long trip, but it was lovely to see Alaska properly. I have worked many Alaska seasons when I was still working onboard, but I never really saw much.

This time I made the most of my 4 weeks there and visited glaciers up close from a small boat to landing on top of one in a helicopter. I saw wildlife up close and totem poles.

Glacier Bay | Juneau | Ketchikan | Skagway

Californian Coast

After sailing around Alaska, we sailed south to the California coast and on the way we stopped in Astoria, Oregon. This was a new port for me and I enjoyed a lovely tour of the Oregon coast.

We then sailed to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The weather was great whilst in these port so I saw the Golden Gate Bridge in its full glory.

Santa Barbara was a food and drink day on an amazing food tour and LA was spent in Long Beach catching up with friends.

Oregon Coast | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii & French French Polynesia

I went back to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It was fantastic to go back to Hawaii and French Polynesia as they are my favourites! Especially Bora Bora in French Polynesia, pure paradise.

It took a long time to get down there, only 8 days at sea! But it is worth it in the end when you get there. I got to see another new port; Pago Pago in American Samoa on the way down to French Polynesia. It is a beautiful little lush tropical island.

Hawaii Oahu | Kauai | Maui | French Polynesia

Mexico

We spent a lot of time in Mexico on seven cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were nice for the margaritas!

Also, short mini cruises of 4/5 days either just to Cabo San Lucas or to Ensenada and Catalina Island, California. Catalina Island was another new port for me and it was a nice new place to go, a really pretty island across the water from Los Angeles.

Mexico | Catalina Island

Back Home

Since I have been back home my feet have not touched the ground. After a 14 hour flight, I have been suffering from jet lag. I wish my body would just understand and sleep at night-time!

Within two days of being at home, we have been to Lake Como, lovely but I would have preferred a week at home to recover!

Now, it is time to get ready for Christmas, our tree is up, the turkey is ordered and the Christmas shopping is done. If you need a helping hand with your Christmas shopping check out my gift guides for travellers and cruisers.

Traveller Gift Guide | Cruiser Gift Guide | Travel Beauty Gift Guide | Christmas Decorations

It’s Not the End!

I love to travel so, even though I am home there will be lots of travel blog posts from around Italy and the UK and you will be reading them very soon!

Happy Holidays

Love Lucy x

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

 

Where to Find the Best Margaritas in Mexico! Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo - Lucy Williams Global - UK

The first thing that comes to mind when in Mexico is where to get the best margaritas! So, what do I like to do in Mexico? You guessed it! Drink margaritas!

We were cruising along the west coast of Mexico and stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

These cruises were a seven-day cruise with two days at sea with three ports and a return to Los Angeles. This is a good starter cruise as you get a feel for the ship and have enough port days.

Puerto Vallarta

The first port was Puerto Vallarta and this a lovely port. The cruise terminal has a market with souvenirs, bars and pharmacy stalls.

Across the street from the cruise terminal, is a mall and grocery stores if you need something.

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Puerto Vallarta has lovely restaurants and my favourite is Pipis ‘The Original’. It is near the seafront in the old town.

When you sit at your table they made fresh guacamole in front of you and it is delicious!

It has a great menu with all the Mexican classic dishes and a lot of seafood. I love the grilled lobster and a coconut margarita.

The margaritas are huge like little goldfish bowls! They come in mango, strawberry, original, coconut, etc.

I love what is painted on the wall of the restaurant – “Don’t drink the water, drink the margaritas. ”

The atmosphere is great there with good music and the prices are very good here too.

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Mazatlan

The second port was Mazatlan. While we were there we went to the Royal Villas Hotel Resort.  It was a great place to relax and the hotel was on the beach.

We had margaritas while lying on our sun loungers and enjoyed the sea view. We had lunch there and they served traditional Mexican dishes or American style dishes. I had the quesadillas and they were yummy!

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The hotel was in the Golden Zone, where all the nice beaches are. The hotel is walking distance to other restaurants, bars and the shops.

Cabo San Lucas

The third port was Cabo San Lucas. This is a nice port and you can walk around the marina. Cabo is getting bigger every year and is now is an American style Mexico!

It is lovely to visit the famous El Arco rocks, the natural landmark of Cabo San Lucas, by a small boat and go to Lovers Beach.

You can see the rock formation from the ship though! In this port, you can go on many tours, like swimming with dolphins and booze cruises around the El Arco rocks.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 22*C -27*C
  • Language: Spanish and some English
  • Currency: Mexican Pesos and US Dollars are accepted
  • Recommendations: Wear sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, UV protection hat, lightweight clothing and swimwear for the beach. Below are some great examples available from Amazon.

                                           

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Have you been to these Mexican ports? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

Cruising the Western Mexican Coast - Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo - Lucy Williams Global -UK

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