My 2014 in Travel

Happy Travel Tuesday and HAPPY CHRISTMAS! DSC_0081

As 2014 draws to a close, I’ll be putting my Valle del Elqui posts on hold for this week while I re-cap on my 2014 in travel…

Places lived:

  • London, England
  • Birmingham, England

Places visited:


  • Cardiff, Wales – January 
  • Sheffield, England – April and August
  • Gloucester, England – May and August 
  • Liverpool, England – July
  • Brighton, England – August
  • Peak District, England – August


  • Marseille, France – February
  • Berlin, Germany – April
  • Potsdam, Germany – April
  • Paris, France – August and December
  • Geneva, Switzerland – August
  • Lausanne, Switzerland – August


  • Santiago – November-December
  • Peñaflor – November – December
  • Rancagua – December
  • Valle del Elqui – December
  • La Serena – December
  • Los Andes – December

Now it’s time for my favourites…

Favourite First-Time-Visited City: Berlin, Germany.

I had wanted to go for so long as I had heard so many great things about it. Everyone I asked seemed to say something really positive about it, not just that it was ‘nice’ but that it was ‘amazing’.  We went for five days over the Easter period and could have spent even more there.  I loved that there were so many interesting parts of the city to explore.  I loved wandering through the streets, spotting street art and learning about the history.  :: Berlin posts: 1,2,3,4,5DSC00956

Favourite Returned-to City: Santiago, Chile.

I lived in Santiago between 2010 and 2011 and hadn’t been back since.  We spent a month there this November and December staying with Carlos’ family and seeing friends.  It was so special to go back to such a familiar place, to see family, to enjoy Chilean food and to soak up some summer sun.  There were so many places that brought back so many happy memories.DSC02499

Favourite Foods eaten: Moule Frites in Marseille and Avocado in Chile.

I first visited Clem in Marseille in 2008 and it was the first time I had tried moule frites. I remember sitting by the water in December 2008 and feeling very cold but warmed inside by the delicious food.  This time around we sat by the water again and did the same, six years later 🙂  Now I just need to perfect my technique of how the French eat their moule frites!DSC00588

There is nothing as good as Chilean avocados.  They are creamy and delicous and feature in almost every meal in Chile.  They are such a luxury as they just don’t taste the same in the UK! DSC01647

Favourite Countryside Walks:  Lausanne, Switzerland and The Peak District, England.

I just couldn’t get over these beautiful views in the Lavaux Valley of Lausanne. The gorgeous blue water, the clear sky and the lush green of the vines with the mountains in the background.  It was just so very stunning and made for a wonderful walk, especially on the sunny day we were lucky with!DSC02044

This year I returned to The Peak District after many years.  The beautiful green-ness of the place is captivating and the hills are beautiful to walk through.DSC01962

Favourite City Walk:  Paris, France.

For me, nothing beats walking around Paris.  The winding roads, the café culture, the shutters; there are just so many parts of Paris that are pleasing to the eye.  DSC02188

Favourite driving/cycling views:  Valle del Elqui, Chile and Potsdam, Germany.

I couldn’t stop staring out of the window in Valle del Elqui.  The dryness of the moutains, the blue sky, the catus.  So different from anything we see in England and just so vast!  DSC02636

Potsdam is famous for biking through.  We hired bikes and set off with picnics. The views are beautiful, the weather was amazing and it was a really fun way to see the city.DSC01074

Favourite Art:  Street Art in Berlin.

Why go to an art gallery when you can explore the city and see street art on almost every corner?  I was in awe at how much street art lined Berlin and the sheer variety of it.  We spent one of our days there on a ‘street art trail’ that we found on the internet.  It was a walking route that took us around the city’s best street art. Can you tell how much I loved Berlin?!DSC01172

Favourite Museum Exhibition: The Humanitarian Adventure, Geneva.

I learnt so much from The Humanitarian Adventure exhibition at The Red Cross Musuem in Geneva.  It was really well and creatively set out which made the ideas really clear to absorb.  DSC02106

And what better way to record all of these memories than on a blog.  I am approaching the first birthday of WhatAWonderfulWorld, and I have loved every moment! Thank you to all of you who read, follow, like and comment on my blog. Here’s to many more adventures in 2015!

What are your favourite travel memories of 2014?

Marcella xx :: Bloglovin’

traveltuesdayTravel Tuesday linked with BonnieCourtney, Cynthia and Yalanda.


18 thoughts on “My 2014 in Travel

  1. Wow, what a year you’ve had! I’m especially envious of your Chile travels (and getting to live there!) – it’s at the top of my list! This is a great way to look back on your adventures and memories. I may have to start doing a yearly roundup as well!

  2. Beautiful photos. We are toying with the idea of Europe in 2016 and we love cycling so thanks for the tip about cycling in Potsdam. Like you I love street art (think the ‘Open Air Museum’ at Valparaiso). I’m going to google the Street Art Trail you mentioned in Berlin and add it to my bucket list.

  3. Hi! I’m new to your blog :). I loved Santiago, Chile so much when I visited too! I spent a month there earlier this year and I dream of returning. It was the first city I flew to after selling everything to travel, so it will forever have a special place in the my heart. 🙂 I agree with you on the avocados!! They’re just sooo good there!

  4. Loving this post so much – and am drooling at all the places you have visited! And I also have to agree with both Berlin and Santiago – both amazing and am dying to go back to both! 🙂 Happy holidays!

  5. Wow- looks like a very accomplished travel year for you with multiple continents visited! Nice!
    I totally know what you mean about the magic of Berlin and now I’m dying to taste a Chilean avacado 🙂

  6. I’m super impressed by all your travels this year – you’ve done amazingly! Would absolutely LOVE to visit Chile, and that feeling only intensifies every time I see another picture of the country (Oh, and the avocados are better than in the UK? Get me there now!)

    • Thanks Emily 🙂 Chile is totally amazing; I couldn’t recommend it enough, and yes, the avocados are just beautiful as they are fresh, rather than being flown half way around the world! Yummm! Happy New Year 🙂

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