Where Our Bugs Have Been
We have lots of bugs on their travels, so far we have bugs going off to: Borneo, Canada, Holland, San Francisco, and Sri Lanka – look out for their photos. And if you can help us take one of our bugs off to another country, do get in touch.
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Sue Ablett took Basmati Bug with her on a recent trip to the Indian Ocean. Starting the journey at L'Aventure du Sucre in Mauritius, Basmati learnt about the history of the fascinating island.
Madagascar was the focal point of the trip. The Allee des Baobobs is an iconic image of Madagascar, with around 400 of these amazing 1,000 year old trees in a very small area.
From Madagascar, Basmati sailed towards Mozambique, stopping on the wonderful Ilha dos Portugueses, a small island off Maputo, capital of Mozambique and a great place for sundowners on the beach. Basmati's trip ended in South Africa. Here he is overlooking the famous Table Mountain.
Basha bug decided to try for some late sun with a short trip to Egypt. Accompanied by Sue Ablett, and cramming in his sightseeing, he managed a flying visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx – just awesome!
After 9 hours cooped up in a car, driving from Leicester to Aberdeen for the start of Emily's Big Walk, Brodie bug wanted nothing more than to stretch his legs and get some fresh air. Aberdeen's fantastic Esplanade proved just the right place. That North Sea air was certainly bracing!
Peter and Izzy Wilkie took Bolt bug to see the final day of the Olympic 3 day event at Greenwich Park where he helped cheer Team GB on to a silver medal, and watched the Princess Royal present it to the team. He also visited the Olympic Park.
For Basil bug, a trip to Poland in July with Sue Ablett provided a chance for some sightseeing, combined with culture. Starting in Historic Warsaw, Basil enjoyed a Chopin recital, before travelling down to Krakow - essential stop at the Post Office - before taking in the mountain air at Zakopane.
Grace Smalley took Buzz bug with her on a recent trip when she attended a conference in San Francisco. Amongst other things he spent some time doing time in Alcatraz. A copy of Contact, CCLGs free quarterly magazine for families of children and young people with cancer also made it to the notorious jail.
Juliet Thornton took her bug François on a double holiday this year first visiting Turkey where he is seen arriving at Bodrum airport, shopping at the local market and relaxing at his apartment. After his return he visited the enchanting Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains. At 240ft (80m) high it is the UK tallest single drop waterfall.
Rebecca Pantaney was one of the London Olympic torchbearers and ran her leg across the Clifton Bridge in Bristol. Rebecca won a gold medal in badminton for England at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar in 1998 and has been visiting the Falklands for two weeks every year for the last 5 years to offer intensive coaching to the local badminton club. This year she not only took her Olympic torch, but also Beckie her bug. They are seen here with King penguins in the background at the famous Falkland wildlife location Volunteer Point.Sue Ablett has also visited the Falklands and is seen here with a copy of Contact.
Linda Porter took Bertha Bug to the Lancashire Coast for a British break and took in the Albert Docks in Liverpool and St Anne's Pier at Lytham St Annes. Sadly bugs are just as prone to getting a soaking as us humans and so to keep dry, she posed by photos of the places afterwards rather than wait in the rain for her picture to be taken!
Beethoven Bug found himself performing at the Royal Albert Hall on the First Night of The Proms. It was only in the gift shop, but it's a start!
Sue Ablett took Umberto bug to Milan for a short city break. Apart from some sightseeing in front of the wonderful cathedral, the Duomo, the real reason for the trip was the chance to pull in a Bruce Springsteen concert. With 80,000 rapturous fans and a concert lasting four hours it was well worth the trip!
Linda Porter took Beatrice bug to pay her respects at the old World War I front line north of Ypres in Belgium and then for some culture and sightseeing in Lille at the Musee des Beaux Arts and Porte de Paris.
Basil bug fancied a bit of winter sunshine so took himself off to Uganda for a couple of weeks. Everyone has to have a photo on the equator. Basil was no exception!
Bembles Bug joined Katie Stocks for a year in Australia. Here is he posing beside the river in South Perth with Perth City in the background.
Sue Ablett took Baobob bug on a journey to central and northern South America. Lost in transit he missed out on a photo shoot in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. He made up for it with an appearance on San Josecito Beach, Costa Rica, before sailing to Isla Coiba, a former penal colony and now a national park and World Heritage Site in Panama. His next stop in Panama was a village called La Chunga, in the remote Darien Province. La Chunga is home to the indigenous people, the Embera, who only see foreign visitors about twice a year when they make their way up the Sambu River to the village. Then it was a shot on deck as his ship passed through the Panama Canal. Another day, another country - Cartagena in Colombia, where he posed beside one of the local yellow taxis. Bad weather meant he missed the next destination, but made up for it by a brief visit to Islas Los Roques, a stunning archipelago in Venezuela. Near the end now but pulled in a beach visit to the marine park of Tobago Cays in St Vincent and the Grenadines. What better way to end the trip than a visit to a rum distillery in Barbados?!
Gail Jenner took Berber Bug to Marrakech in Morocco, where he visited the foothills of the Atlas mountains. He also had a day in Essaouira by the sea where he visited the spice market.
Jennie Lucas took Brad Bug with her when she went on a skiing holiday in Vail, Colorado.
Bee Bug accompanied Nicola and James Kendall when they went on a skiing holiday in Bulgaria. She is seen here in the resort of Borovets.
Roz Eaton took Becky Bug to Malaysia where she visited the orang utan centre at Sepilok, Mount Kinabalu, and played with the pygmy elephants on the Kinabatangan river.
Andrew Dean took Bobby Bug on a trip to Hong Kong and Thailand. He is seen here in Stanley in Hong Kong, and in Thailand, where he visited the beach at Ko Phi Phi Lee where the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach was shot.
Peter & Izzy Wilkie took Brooklyn Bug on a trip to New York, where amongst other things he climbed on Brooklyn Bridge, visited Grand Central Terminal, saw the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, and saw the view of Manhattan across the Hudson river from Hoboken, New Jersey.
Emily Napier took her bug Beau on a trip to Tenerife. Here he is checking the sun beds on the beach at Costa Adeje.
Nickie Ketcher and Claire King took their topically named bug, Blue Ivy, on a recent trip to Egypt. He is seen here in Luxor with the river Nile and the Valley of The Kings in the background.
Sue Ablett took Billy Bug to India where he visited New Delhi and went tiger spotting in Bandagharv.
Izzy Wilkie took her bug Barney to Thailand where he played with the elephants in the Chang Mai jungle and went jet skiing in Ko Samui.