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The Twelve (holi)Days of Christmas

ChristmasIt's almost Christmas (hurrah!) and, for most of us, time to enjoy a few well-earned days off work on which to relax and enjoy ourselves.

For some, it's also a good time to start thinking about next year's holidays. So here are a few ideas inspired by that old seasonal favourite, The Twelve (holi)Days of Christmas:

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

12 Drummers Drumming - what could be more exciting than an a night of live traditional music at the Grand Hotel, Killarney, in Ireland’s South-West, with bodhrans, pipes and fiddles playing wildly as you sample the real Irish craic!

11 Pipers Piping - enjoy the skirl o' the pipes as a fitting finale to your Complete Nova Scotia Experience, courtesy of the award-winning 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Band;

10 Lords-a-Leaping - enjoy a tranquil walk between the grand fortresses of the Marcher Lords on the English-Welsh border, these Castles of the Shropshire Marches originally built to keep us safe at night from those rebellious Welshmen!

Flamenco dancer9 Ladies Dancing - join the local ladies in the village square in Garachico at New Year, where you can dance the night away (right) and enjoy authentic Festive Fun on Tenerife;

8 Maids-a-Milking - cycle through the neat fields and quiet canal-side farms, where creamy milk is collected and taken to the town of Edam to make the world-famous Dutch cheese, a perfect Taste of Holland;

7 Swans-a-Swimming - you may go in search of the many whales that feed in the magnificent Saguenay Fjord in Authentic Québec, but don't miss the elegant swans that breed here;

6 Geese-a-Laying - wander through the picturesque Villages of the Dordogne, where geese are raised in every yard, an integral part of the region’s delicious cuisine, most notably, the indulgent paté de fois gras;

Olympia, Greece5 Gold Rings - discover the origins of the Olympiad at the ancient site of Olympia on a Grand Tour of the Peloponnese. Explore the simple stadium (left) where the Olympic Games were born, and the altar where the flame is kindled from direct sunlight every four years to herald a new Games;

4 Colly Birds - the 'colly' bird is simply an old name for a blackbird, and you'll see many of them flitting along the hedgerows as you enjoy a short walk through the Classic Yorkshire Dales;

3 French Hens - spend a few idyllic days at the homely Ferme Auberge des Chartroux, near Maresville between Flanders and Picardy in northern France, to experience real Farmhouse Charm, where inquisitive chickens scratch around the yard in the early morning sunlight;

2 Turtle Doves - while walking on Samos, an Aegean Island, don't be surprised to see pairs of turtle doves sheltering from the glorious mid-day heat in the trees;

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree - maybe even more surprising is the sight of snow partridges amid the sweet smelling pear, peach and walnut trees of the mountain orchards of the Saryu Valley, just one of many Encounters in Secret India.

Festive food for thought....Merry Christmas, everyone, from Inntravel!

Posted: 21/12/2011 07:48:15 by Peter Williamson, Inntravel | with 1 comments
Filed under: festivals, France, gastronomy, Greece, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, UK, walking, wildlife

Very clever! Sadly I live down under in Aus. We have been on two of your walks but your site regularly has me wishing I lived in the UK. It was wonderful reading the journey of Spain to Iceland. Hope there are more journeys covered. My wish is that Santa will bring me an Inntravel present but pretty sure I am to be disappointed. Happy Christmas all!
22/12/2011 22:53:21

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