• Friday Photo: Best of Your Photos

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    Over the past four weeks we have been running a series – based on your stories and our old brochures – celebrating the memories so many of you sent in. So many, in fact, that we cannot possibly feature them all! We have been from South African Safari’s to the glaciers of Iceland, the West Coast of the USA to Australia, a truly global collection of memories spanning decades of holidays and travelling. To mark the end of our series – for the time being, at least – we thought we would run a special bumper edition of our popular Friday Photo slot, with five of our favourite photos sent in by you, our wonderful customers. Thank you to everyone who sent in a photo or memory, we hope you enjoyed them and we look forward to taking you somewhere else in the near future.

    In no particular order, here are five of our favourites:

    1. San Diego – Unconditional Surrender, Philip Keeling

    San Deigo

    Taken during their 2008 trip, Patricia and Philip visited San Diego as part of our ever-popular tour, California and the Golden West. In San Diego they encountered this temporary instillation of Seward Johnson’s sculpture, Unconditional Surrender. Based on a little known photograph by Victor Jorgensen (not its more famous compatriot by Alfred Eisenstaedt) of a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square on VJ day, it was on loan to the city for three years from 2007 to 2010, but remained until 2012 when it was damaged after a car crashed into the sailor’s foot.

    2. Niagara Falls – Frozen, Valerie Winch

    Niagara Falls

    Taken during Valerie’s trip to Canada to celebrate her 60th birthday, this winter vista of the Niagara Falls covered in snow and ice shows its awe-inspiring power, all year round.

    3. Awe-Inspiring National Parks, Christine Duke

    Christine Duke 2

    Christine took this photo whilst on our Signature Tour, The Awe-Inspiring National Parks, in May of 2013. Seeing sights from the reds of the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands National Parks, to the snow-peaked mountains around Salt Lake City, it is one of our most beloved US National Parks holidays.

    4. Boats in Porto – The Douro, Yvonne Lambert

    The Douro

    Like many, Yvonne Lambert’s Douro river cruise stopped off in Porto, a city at the mouth of the Douro. Steeped in tradition, the city is home to terracotta-tiled houses and a thriving port-making industry. We hope you got a taster or two, Yvonne!

    5. The Natchez – The Mississippi, Brian Bosley

    The Mississippi

    Valerie and Brian Bosley decided to go on our Southern Sights and Sounds tour for their 45th wedding anniversary; a trip up the mighty Mississippi on the paddle steamer Natchez was a highlight.

    Our thanks go to each and every one of you who submitted a story or photo to help us celebrate our first 35 years, we hope you enjoyed our series. Please share your memories with us on Facebook, and here is to the next 35 years!


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    Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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