2016 was supposed to be a year of cutting back on travel, but for one reason and another it didn't quite turn out like that. Now that my first Christmas visit home in a decade is over, all intents are that 2017 will be a quieter year. Let's see if I can hold to that...
Annual highlights from the heart of continental Europe.
A welcome trip to the traditionally grittier side of the south of France.
Completing a hat-trick of brief Hong Kong stopovers.
Attending six matches of the Super Eights stage of the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and exploring this Caribbean island nation on non-match days.
The rain in Spain falls mainly...in Galicia and Asturias. It was still worth a visit though, as were the northern border regions of its neighbour.
Gritty urban streetscapes of the modern and ancient varieties, and one of Europe's most sparkling coastal strips.