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My Top 17 Travel Memories

27th July 2017

In my last post I mentioned that *I was this close* to 200 groovy likers on Gin & Lemonade’s Facebook page.  With a little help from my friends, I’m now at 215.  Thank you! (I’m now at 943, help me get to 1K?)

Moving on.  In a minute.

When I was sitting at 199, I said that groovy person 200 would get to choose the topic for my next blog post.

What I learned from that exercise is that I can’t count.

But I asked Angela over at You Are Awesome and she suggested that I share 200 of my favourite things.

Hey, presto.  New blogging series where I talk about what makes me happy/think/tick.

Thanks, Angela.  (Note:  sarcasm optional.)

As we embark on this journey of whatever, I’ll try to get better at counting.

And since I’m all about the passport stamps at the moment, I thought I’d share highlights from travels past.

That time in London when I thought a bidet was a sink for kids.  It wasn’t.  In my defence, I was 4.

That time in Norway when I got a little too close to lambing season.  It was miraculous gross.  And also the reason I’m not a vet right now.  Thanks, Norway.  (No sarcasm.  At all.  Honest.)

That time my Mom and I got lost on the way to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.  I think that’s why I appreciate getting lost these days.

That one time I went to sleep-away camp and the bunk didn’t actually smell of pee.  Seriously, it was only that one time.

The first time I landed in Scotland.  The original and best Airport Hello.

That time I did Amtrak from New York to Seattle on my own,  and I even met some biker pastors that I’d changed my mind about by the end of the three-day journey.

Being in Seattle, drinking coffee in the first Starbucks.  Finding reiki and losing 20 pounds in one month because I forgot my friend was a vegetarian.

Going to Prague and watching German MTV.

Getting drunk in Dublin.

Getting dumped in Paris.  Then having to sleep rough-ish, because the airport did actually close overnight, and they did actually throw us out.  Into a bathroom.  I watched the sunrise and said goodbye to someone who thought he was some kind of mystic.  But really he was just a very specific kind of asshole.  Anyway.   I took my best friend with me and now we have THAT TIME WE SLEPT IN A BATHROOM.

Florence.  And everything about it.

That time I took Neil to New York for the first time.  Even though he didn’t propose to me on that trip.

The second night of our honeymoon when we had to sleep on bunkbeds.  On a train to London.  And another one to Bruges.

Taking pictures of George Bailey-Penguin.  Getting drunk in Bruges.

This photo of us in Barcelona.  LOOK at how relaxed we are.



Having one too many mojitos in a bar in Barcelona.  Because we looked at each other and agreed: We will never get to DO THIS AGAIN.

Which brings us to Isla’s first trip to NY, where she turned six months old.

So, that’s 17 of my favourite travel memories.  I counted.  And then Neil checked my counting.

Another favourites list coming up next week!

What’s your favourite travel memory?


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  • Reply susielindau 27th July 2017 at 3:00 pm

    That’s an amazing list of great places! And you survived…

    • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 10:47 am

      And bought several t-shirts. 😉

      • Reply susielindau 29th July 2017 at 2:18 pm


        • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 3:00 pm

          Not really. It’s just a saying.

  • Reply Martha Goudey 27th July 2017 at 3:29 pm

    This list made me smile. Besides traveling full time in our 17-foot trailer now, my favorite travel memory is sailing with friends around the San Juan Islands for a week. Second fav is cruising on a 42-foot sailboat from Juneau, Alaska to the north end of Vancouver Island.

    • Reply Lorna 27th July 2017 at 6:24 pm

      More travel stories from you, please, Martha! x

    • Reply Liesbet 27th July 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Hello fellow sailor/cruiser! I’m with Lorna… more stories, please. 🙂

  • Reply Beth 27th July 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I love the “lost 20 pounds because I forgot my friend was a vegetarian” Hahaha! That would so be me as well. You have some great travel stories. My top five would be seeing Cinderella Castle in Disney World for the first time when I was nine, the ocean in Jamaica and how salty the air smelled, taking Ollie to our favorite spot in Northern MN for the first time, taking 15 kids across the Canadian border when I was barely an adult myself, and hiking a mountain in Maine when Nate and I were still dating.

  • Reply A Girl and Her Passport 27th July 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Florence is my favorite too. Everything about it.

    • Reply Lorna 27th July 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Changed my life.

  • Reply thebeasley 27th July 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Fantastic! I love this list. Sounds like you’ve had lots of fun!

    • Reply Lorna 27th July 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Still more to do! Inspired by your recent family trip, too.

  • Reply thebeasley 27th July 2017 at 7:04 pm

    ….oh and also, I am DESPERATE to go to Florence.

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 27th July 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I love it! I know it was my idea and you may (or may not) think it’s a terrible one–but I must say–I thoroughly enjoyed it! Anything smelling like pee makes an impression on me for sure.
    I’m looking forward to 183 more nuggets of goodness. 🙂

  • Reply Traci York 27th July 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Awesomeness! 😀

  • Reply Liesbet 27th July 2017 at 11:18 pm

    That is a wonderful and very personal list! When I run out of topics for my blog (if that ever happens :-)), I’d love to create a list like this myself, if, for nothing else, to reminisce and reflect on those “good, old days”. Or realize how much of a wimp I have become! 🙂

    • Reply globalhousesitterX2 29th July 2017 at 11:40 am

      Well said Liesbet 🙂 Though not sure about the wimp, can’t imagine that happening!!

      • Reply Liesbet 29th July 2017 at 4:24 pm

        I don’t think I’ll be bungee jumping anymore… 🙂

  • Reply Ritu 29th July 2017 at 9:03 am

    Wonderful memories !

  • Reply fancypaperblog 29th July 2017 at 9:06 am

    Drunk in Dublin? love it

    • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 10:04 am

      Next time we are there, can I buy you a drink? x

  • Reply Daisy in the Willows 29th July 2017 at 9:08 am

    Wow! You have been to some places on my bucket list. aargh it’s a hard question. I love Barcelona, Marseille, Miami, Villard de Lans -near Lyon. Ibiza was amazing- there is so many – A place I do want to go to is Rome and New Orleans.

    • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 10:03 am

      Both Rome and New Orleans are on my list of places I really want to get to. <3

  • Reply lindahobden 29th July 2017 at 9:34 am

    I love travel stories – each place holds special memories as you’ve found out. One of my favourite memories is when my husband & I took our 3 month old son Jack with us to Rome in December 2005. He looked such a small doll & even was content on the plane ( I did breastfeed on the flights there & back). In Rome itself, as I was pushing Jack in his buggy around Central Rome, a lot of Japanese tourists wanted to take pictures of the little Italian bambino! Although we are actually British, my husband’s gran is Italian and both my husband & Jack have the black haired Italian look! ?

  • Reply suzie81speaks 29th July 2017 at 9:51 am

    I absolutely loved this idea and all of your travel adventures (except the getting dumped in Paris bit haha!) You look like you’ve had some amazing experiences!

    • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Suzanne, I’m looking forward to 183 more things! All the times it didn’t work out brought me closer to when it did and still does. And I’m thankful for that every day. I’ve done a lot, but there’s so much more out there to enjoy. x

  • Reply shaunkellett 29th July 2017 at 10:43 am

    Great post and some fantastic memories shared. I really enjoyed reading through them all!

  • Reply emfletche 29th July 2017 at 10:53 am

    Oh, i can tell there are so many stories behind all of these memories, and I want to know more about all of them! Great list, and it’s amazing how one memory can spark a whole raft of others 🙂

  • Reply globalhousesitterX2 29th July 2017 at 11:42 am

    Yes good point Em, the stories behind the list that would be fun 🙂 Funny how we always say after getting drunk on too many whatever’s, the words “Never again” always crop up LOL

  • Reply Shallow Reflections 29th July 2017 at 12:03 pm

    These are teasers. You may have to do a few more blog posts to provide details. My favorite travel memory is going to Hawaii with my husband on our honeymoon. It is a long trip from Maine, but it truly is a paradise and if we can muster the endurance, we’d like to go back one day. The coffee and pineapple are amazing. I gained 5 pounds in a week.

    • Reply Lorna 29th July 2017 at 8:13 pm

      There are some around here somewhere, search ‘travel’ or ‘on the road’ (Search box in right sidebar). But I do need to add more stories.

      Hawaii is on my list at some point.

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 29th July 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Your getting lost made me smile especially over travel. It is because I am a “back alley” person. I have had fabulous experiences as going down back alleys only to end up somewhere incredible. Get lost and experience!!

  • Reply anhistorianabouttown 29th July 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Certainly when M was giving me a piggyback outside of Hampton Court and a group or giggling French girls ran up to us, snapped some pics, and then ran away ? I would love to get my hands on those!!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard 29th July 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love travel stories! My favorite is when my hubby and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was incredible. The beaches. The hiking. And the Waterfalls! It was an awesome trip. We plan on going back someday!

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  • Reply Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution 29th July 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Such a great list. One of mine is running my first ever half marathon in DC!

  • Reply seaangel4444 30th July 2017 at 5:59 pm

    What an awesome list! The bike pastors must have been an interesting group to chat with! One of my best travel memories thus far is snorkeling off Maui when a huge sea turtle came so close to me that I had to swim backwards so as not to bump into it! I will never forget it! Magical! Cher xo

    • Reply Lorna 3rd August 2017 at 10:18 am

      I’d love to snorkel!

      • Reply seaangel4444 3rd August 2017 at 1:14 pm

        It’s one of my favorite things in the world!! Cher xo

        • Reply Lorna 3rd August 2017 at 5:46 pm

          Do you take photos while you snorkel?

          • seaangel4444 3rd August 2017 at 6:06 pm

            I have, actually! I just used one of those simple camera that you can use underwater (but it was one of those ‘throwaway’ types)! I’d love to get an awesome underwater camera! Cher xo

  • Reply J Walters 31st July 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Great post, makes me think back and find my own favourite memories. Thank you.

  • Reply intexpatadvice 4th August 2017 at 5:32 am

    Some of the best memories come from experiences like your sleeping in the bathroom story! Great post – keep travelling! 🙂

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  • Reply amindfultravellerblog 12th October 2017 at 12:20 pm

    What awesome travel memories Lorna. You are truly blessed to have experienced such times. Here’s to many more wonderful adventures to come. Xx

  • Reply rachaelstray 18th January 2018 at 10:20 am

    It sounds like you’ve had some adventures! I think my favourite travel memory has to be our honeymoon (the second leg) Antigua was just amazing. The funniest memory of which was when my husband insisted we had a helicopter ride I wasn’t keen but did it anyway and he ended up being sick and I was fine! It was brilliant!

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 18th January 2018 at 10:28 am

    Those are great travel memories! I have a ton too. Most of the best memories aren’t of perfect trips or beautiful views, but getting lost or nearly being shot in a New Orleans Cemetery.(long story, but a good one!)

    • Reply Lorna 18th January 2018 at 10:35 am

      Getting lost is genuinely the best. Also please do a post on the New Orleans trip!

      • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 18th January 2018 at 10:36 am

        I agree. I have so many great memories from the times I have been lost. I am working on the New Orleans story, it involves wild cows and a near shooting!

  • Reply kiara 18th January 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Great list! I might try the getting drunk in Dublin part this year, hahah. I think my favourite travel memory so far is sailing around the Whitsunday´s in Australia.

  • Reply gemmaorton 18th January 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Such great moments!
    Had my first Guinness in Dublin.
    I need to go to Florence.

    • Reply Lorna 7th June 2018 at 9:17 am

      Dublin is the best place to have a Guinness!

  • Reply Ritu 7th June 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Great set of memories Lorna!

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