On our November and December trips around Europe we encountered all manner of festive scenes and setups. Here are just a few — from France, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the UK — to give you a flavour, and to accompany our best wishes to all our clients, friends and followers for Christmas and the new year.

Goodbye Jim

We also bid a sad farewell to one of our most frequent passengers. A number of dogs travel with us regularly, but Jim and his brother Jules were our only regular feline guests. These two handsome tuxedo boys (and owner Faith) split their time between the hustle and bustle of London and the tranquillity of village life in south-west France.

Sadly Jules passed away a few years ago; just a few weeks ago Faith let us know she’d had to say goodbye to Jim, who wasn’t far off his 19th birthday. We’ll miss you, gentleman Jim!

Jim relaxing in the French summer sunshine

Jim relaxing in the French summer sunshine