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Trip: Europe jaunt

There are [20] stories from my trip: Europe jaunt

Our bonus day!! Frankfurt (not sausage!)

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [320] | Comments [1]

We could sleep in!! Yay!!! The hotel was happy to have us for another night, but not at the cheap rate we had, of course, that could only be had over the internet, I suppose we could have logged on to their free internet and booked it but they would ... Read more >

Frankfurt, not the sausage, the city!

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [422]

Leaving Ennepertal and Bilstein we joined the motorway to go the Frankfurt, the final leg of our journey. We were starting to get a little bit miserable as we could see the end of our trip looming. Today we were going to Nurbergring, a must see of Gerard's.... Read more >

Ennepertal and Wuppertal - Germany

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [605]

As I mentioned in the last entry, Gerard's friend, Volker had today organised to the minute, so to be on schedule we had to arrive in Ennerpetal between 9am and 10am for a welcome, cuppa and chat. This meant leaving Cologne at about 8am as we were unsure ... Read more >

A bit smelly so we are heading for cologne!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | Views [501]

Breakfast this morning was to be had in the car after we raided the most delicious bakery in Peronne. The pastries were just beautiful, but we had to eat them out the window of the car or we ended up wearing pastry flakes. We purchased a small, pretty ... Read more >

Aussies in Northern France!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | Views [475] | Comments [1]

Today dawned with great expectation and a very anticipated part of our journey. We were leaving Paris to journey north by car and try to locate my Great Uncle's grave at Roissel cemetery. We travelled by train to Charles De Gaulle Airport to pick up ... Read more >

Back to Gay Parie!!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | Views [363]

Another early start today and we boarded the bus for the 770km journey to Paris. As you can imagine we travelled pretty much all day just having three comfort stops at service centres along the way, a good day to read books and sleep. The scenery changed ... Read more >

Swish Snow Bunnies in Switzerland

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [901] | Comments [1]

Try saying that very fast four times! Once upon a time there were four little buniies who were all excitied to be going up to the snow in Switzerland. One little bunny thought it was old hat, one little bunny just wanted to play and get wet, one little ... Read more >

Swish in Switzerland

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | Views [314] | Comments [1]

We bid our quaint hotel in Austria a fond farewell, happy to have done all our washing and have clean clothes again! They fit much better in your case too, it must be all the dirt! We travelled through beautiful rolling countryside and green hills with ... Read more >

Aussie in Austria ( No kangaroos here!)

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 4 Oct 2008 | Views [429]

Today we travelled to Austria, and the first tourist store we came to had the old road sign - the yellow triangle with the picture of a kangaroo and the wording no kangaroos here! The Austrians are obviously sick of being confused with Australians. ... Read more >

Venice in the Day Time

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Views [206] | Comments [2]

Today we spent all day in Venice. Arriving by boat, the same as the night before we were met by a local tour guide, who walked us up to St. Marks square explaining the buildings and history as we went. The "Bridge of Sighs" is the last bridge ... Read more >

Florence to Venice

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Views [178]

This morning we learn bus/tour protocol. You get a wake up call, have 45mins to shower, dress and pack and have your bags outside your room and 45mins to eat breakfast and be on the bus. It was a bit of a shock to the system. We were bussed and escorted ... Read more >

Pizza in Pisa

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [372] | Comments [1]

Morning arrived in La Spezia and we once again headed off to the train station in much finer weather. A train ride of about 50 minutes saw us arrive in Pisa. We left our luggage in the train station luggage area for 3 euro per bag and headed to the nearby ... Read more >

Cinque Terre (Five Lands as in Terra Firma)

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | Views [462] | Comments [7]

Our next morning in Nice we awoke to a little bit of rain and the fact that most places don't open on Sunday. Fortunately the bar across the road showed signs of life and we convinced them to give us breakfast of croissants, baguettes, ornage juice and  ... Read more >

Nice in Nice

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 21 Sep 2008 | Views [432] | Comments [2]

Its late Saturday night and we have just staggered out of a local French restaurant. It was recommended to us last night and we just had to go back again tonight. Three courses for 15E and magnificent food and wine. You should try using one of these ... Read more >

Three days roamin' in Roma

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | Views [383] | Comments [1]

What a wonderful time we are having! The local market was fantastic, a little square in the middle of tall buildings that was absolutely the real Rome. Stall holders set up every morning (except Sunday) selling fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, spices, ... Read more >

Roaming in Roma

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [243]

Boy oh Boy!! we finally got to our apartment. What an adventure. We arrived in Rome to dark and wet weather! So we decided a taxi would be the best way to get to the apartment. The taxi drivers were amazing, it was absolute bedlam with them all wanting ... Read more >

Louvres in the Eiffel Tower?

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [449] | Comments [1]

Our exploration of Paris went very well. We walked from the hotel along the Seine to the Notre Dame. About a 45 minute walk but well worth it. We decided it was time to eat and had a delicious lunch in a cafe across the lane from Notre Dame. It's a magnificent ... Read more >

We made it.

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 | Views [221] | Comments [2]

Our flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur went really well with a late arrival into KL. A clean up and quick look around the souvenir shops at the airport and then onto the plane to Paris. To our surprise we got a fair bit of sleep and don,t feel too ... Read more >

So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersein, Goodbye

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | Views [375] | Comments [1]

So the song goes!! We are at the airport and waiting to go. "Bored before we board." I have decied that getting ready to travel overseas is a very stressful time. All the things you have to remember and then, when someone (a certain husband ... Read more >

Preparation to go

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 23 Aug 2008 | Views [247] | Comments [1]

Just to get this thing off to a good start, we are madly making lists. What do we need to organise before we leave, what do we take and all that last minute stuff you just know you will forget. Also, its a good strategy to get this organised so I can ... Read more >