Disneyland Paris

I'm not ashamed to admit that our three days in Disneyland Paris in November 2014 were among the happiest I've ever had in my life ever. It really is the happiest place on earth, and also (at this time of year, anyway) the Christmassiest. 

The only down-side was staying outside of the park at a slightly gross corporate hotel. Next time we'll know better, and go the whole Mickey & Friends hog.

Venice

Venice is a strange place. Like Disneyland but without the rides and helpful "I've Lost My Small Child" meeting places, a trip there is also a bit like being trapped inside Hampton Court Maze for several days.

It's unlike anywhere I'd ever been though, and with its dead-ends, Hogwarts-style shifting alleyways and turquoise (sometimes) canals, we had a brilliant time exploring the connected islands.