Ed­i­tor ’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Contents - Pe­ter Grunert, group ed­i­tor @pe­ter_­grunert pe­ter vg73

Way ahead of time and with a dash of sur­prise that I sus­pect she’d have ap­pre­ci­ated, our di­rec­tor of mag­a­zines Sue Cof­fin re­cently passed away. Amid the deep shock and sad­ness for all of us at Lonely Planet, I paused to con­sider how Sue had made the most of her short­ened time on Earth. She adored an imag­i­na­tive week­end trip, fre­quently while wear­ing a T-shirt with the leg­end ‘#mid­dleaged­wom­anon­tour’ across it. I could scarcely keep up with the des­ti­na­tions she had been tick­ing off her bucket list – for that, I state with no glib­ness, is pre­cisely what it was. Vil­nius, Plov­div, Mar­seille, Paris, Berlin, Ham­burg, Genoa and Kraków (along­side, at a greater stretch, Mon­te­v­ideo and Buenos Aires) were all high­lights over the past year, var­i­ously in­volv­ing Depeche Mode, bars and cul­tural ex­plo­rations… many pho­tos in com­edy card­board cut-outs among them. If you’re sens­ing a link be­tween the men­tion of a dearly missed friend and col­league – one who had such a pas­sion for trav­el­ling ev­ery spare mo­ment she could – and pro­mot­ing the ethos be­hind our an­nual 52 Best Week­ends Away is­sue, then I’ll just say this: Sue, I hope you’re proud of my con­tin­u­ing ef­forts.

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