Having relocated from the sunny shores of Oz to the (more often than not) freezing metropolis of London, we have been movin' and shakin' in Old Blighty now for over three years. During this past couple of years we have been blessed to have done so much amazing travel through so many places including Europe, Africa and especially the UK.
Most of this travel blog was done in retrospect for a few important and boring reasons:
We realised not everyone is addicted and/or a member of Facebook and therefore cannot keep tabs on us at all times.
We are far too lazy/busy to constantly send emails to everyone, and are always bound to leave someone out!
We thought it it might be nice to put all our damn photos up somewhere, instead of just leaving them on our laptop, unappreciated...
So, there you go. Us in a nutshell (look at me, I'm in a nutshell!)
Witty and sarcastic commentary, more often than not, provided by Adam. Photos provided by Sarah (and occasionally Adam) - who is almost always behind the lens, rarely in front, which is why it may give the impression of Adam, the loner, is wandering this great planet by himself.
June 6th 2008
'My Hero' Dave Grohl and the guys from the Fooies do put on a brilliant show. ... read more
May 23rd 2008
Our trek up the volcano. Saz says: I don't wanna. Its too steep. Walking sucks. Waaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Adam calls Saz a soft insert profanity of choice. Saz (hulk-style) goes super agro crazy woman and powers up to the summit. Adam knows how to get it done. At this point Sarah needs to interject: unfortunately Adam knows me too well. What he neglected to mention was that I then powered up the volcano, leaving Adam in my dust with the rest of the old ladies crawling up the slope... At the end of the day this trek is all about saying you've done it and not much else. The volcano may be 'live' but there is no bubbling lava or the like, only dirt. All different kinds of dirt. Oh and rocks, lots of rocks. The view over ... read more
May 23rd 2008
After squeezing Herculanuem and Pompei into one day, we took advantage of the amazingly glorious weather (after 8 months in London, we appreciate hot sunny days with a newfound zeal) and the close proximity to Sorrento - by jumping on a ferry to the island of Capri. Laying claim to being the playground the rich and famous, Capri does have its share of celebrities (Sophia Lauren and Georgio Armani both have houses there, and one restaurant had 10+ photos of Mariah Carey visiting - funnily enough they were all photos of the same night) however it does have a sense of being very laid back and chilled out. Tourists clamour all over the island in tiny orange buses, which do an amazing job of squeezing down the tiny allies that serve as both footpath and road. ... read more
May 23rd 2008
When organising this trip, we noticed that the blog boards were full of every man and his dog expressing an opinion over which is better: Pompeii or Herculaneum. Well we had the time, so we decided to over-expose ourselves to ancient Italia and visit both in the same day. Maybe not the wisest plan, as it ended up not really a question of which site was ‘better’ as they were both really different. We visited Herculaneum in the early morning before the sun had really gotten some heat into it, and before the site had any other tourists in it. Apart from the odd school group or architecture students, the place was virtually deserted. It was amazing because all the buildings in Herculaneum are open to be explored and because the site is so much smaller ... read more
May 23rd 2008
Travelling in Italy is, at the same time, both extremely frustrating and hilarious. Driving on the large freeways that connect the different parts of the Italy is like being a speedway driver in some sort of kamikaze death race. The easiest way that we found to deal with driving was to treat the speed limits as a bare minimum rather than a maximum. On the motorway you can spot the born and bred Italian’s with ease: they will drive for miles straddling 2 lanes, then with indicators constantly on, faster cars will race up behind anyone slower in the fast lane, and sit literally 3ft from the bumper of the car in front. It’s hilarious to watch until it happens to you. The first day was spent driving from Rome to Sorrento, which we managed to ... read more
May 6th 2008
Yes, the weather has warmed up this past week or so - low to mid 20's and sunny. Great part of the world to be when the weather is good. We took our first road trip around the UK on the first weekend of May - 7 months after arriving... Headed down to Chawton and visited Jane Austen's house, where she wrote the likes of Emma etc. Then moseyed on over to Winchester where King Arthur's round table resides (although its thought to be a fake crafted for Edward I around 1250). Final stop of the day was Stonehenge - pretty amazing, not as commercial as people would have you believe. Spent the night in a quaint little english roadhouse, circa 1400's, in Salisbury. Very old, so much so that I had to duck under a ... read more
April 29th 2008
The first wedding anniversary weekend - where else but Paris right? Very lazy long weekend away this one. Settled ourselves into accommodation just two streets back from the Louvre and frittered the time away meandering between various sites of historical/cultural significance and cafe’s - drinking wine and eating cheese! Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre were as impressive as ever, and also as tourist laden as ever, so we took our time to explore a few different avenues. The Conciergerie was an interesting place to visit - for it was here that all those revolutionary souls awaited their beheading, including of course Maire Antoinette. The pick of the grand designs and architecture in Paris for mine, on this trip at least - was the Opera House. Doesn’t look much from the outside but the ... read more
April 11th 2008
Another trip to the mainland, and another road trip.... this time we came prepared - Sat Nav style! After a disastrous attempt at navigating the ill-signposted roads of Belgium (in Flemish and French), we decided that should we not want this trip to end in divorce, we should pull out the pounds and invest in a Sat-Nav when hiring the car. Zurich - Luzern - Interlaken We arrived in Zurich and picked up the trusty VW from the airport (we are certainly enjoying trailing all these cars) and headed off to Luzern.... “In one hundred metres turn right, then, straight on”... ah Sat Nav, ‘twas love at first instruction... We decided early on that we’d do our best to avoid the freeways and experience ‘the road less travelled’. And it was worth it the whole trip ... read more
March 26th 2008
Allie and I decided the only way to cement our whirlwind friendship was to take a girly weekend away, and so with Adam’s blessing we ventured to every girl’s shopping Mecca: Rome. The only dampener to our weekend away was that although we were visiting one of the most glamorous and chic cities on the planet, we were doing it on the pinch, and neither of us can afford the many expensive and fabulous brands that reside there. So we remained content to wander past Gucci, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton, and settled instead for the sights and wines of La Roma. We ventured off on Friday morning and after a flight to (Fiumicino) and a train (to Rome) and a metro ride (to Barberini) and a walk (from the Metro, uphill) ... read more
February 3rd 2008
Why the ultimate footballing weekend? For one it was truly English: Rugby and Football. And secondly (and perhaps more importantly) it was all corporately sponsored! The weekend started with a trip for Adam to Twickenham to watch England v Wales in the opener of the 2008 6 Nations. The corporate ticket was everything you’d expect, a three course meal and open bar before the game, seats on the halfway line and an audience with the English captain post match. The match itself was a little lacklustre and England failed to convert first half possession into points. They paid for it after a spirited Welsh fightback in the second half earned them victory and set them up on their way to a Grand Slam. The highlight was of course the atmosphere in the stadium, non-stop singing and ... read more