Chris Matthews

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Chris Matthews


Welcome to my Travel Blog. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and never had much of an interest in travelling until recently. I saved my annual leave hours at work for over 2 years and saved as much money as I possibly could. I recieved my first passport when I was 23 and began to plan the trip of a lifetime.

I had done loads of research and decided to tour around America for 3 months with a company called Trek America, it was the longest tour they offered (64 days) and it totally changed my life. I met my English girlfriend on tour and made loads of lifetime friends, the trip was something I will never forget and it started my love for travelling.

Since then I have travelled to many other places around the world and have plans for much more travelling ahead. I've now returned to Melbourne after living and working in London for almost 4 years using it as a base to visit different places around Europe. This travel blog is a detailed story of my adventures so far and I will continue to add to it as I have time.



Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca May 11th 2012

Hannah and I had now been living a few months back in Melbourne and were ready to get away for a weekend, especially after an emotional week with my Nana passing away. We were booked into a lovely but unusual themed hotel in the small country town of Echuca on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, right on the Murray River. After work on the Friday night I made my way to Hannah’s work and we drove straight to Echuca from there, the drive taking a little over 2 hours. We arrived around 8PM and were starving so we headed straight into town for some dinner before making our way to the hotel and checking into our unbelievable Egyptian themed room, complete with a massive spa bath. 12/05/2012 – The next morning ... read more
Echuca
Echuca
Echuca

Asia » China » Guangdong » Huizhou March 26th 2012

When I was offered my job with Jeanswest in February the next question was to ask if my passport was still valid, because in a month’s time they were sending me to China. After the usual Monday morning meeting a couple of colleagues and I were rushed off in a taxi to Melbourne airport to catch an afternoon flight to Hong Kong. After an 8 hour flight we arrived in Hong Kong after midnight and spent the first night in the airport hotel. The next morning we met for breakfast in the hotel restaurant then soon after were picked up by colleagues from our Jeanswest China team who had driven all the way from Huizhou. We all jumped in the van and crossed into China as we made the 3 hour drive to the industrial city ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 29th 2011

One of Hannah’s work friends, Liz from Tesco was heading across to Paris for a short holiday and invited us to meet them for a day at Eurodisney. At first we weren’t sure, it would cost a lot of money to get to Paris, get a hotel then only go to Eurodisney for a single day, but when we saw that Eurostar were having a sale on we thought to hell with it let’s go! On the Saturday morning we forced ourselves out of bed and made our way to St. Pancras International station and caught the Eurostar straight into Paris. We arrived into Gard du Nord just as the sun was rising and made our way to Place de la Concorde to our small Parisian boutique hotel. We checked in threw our bags in our ... read more
Euro Disney

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 5th 2011

05/09/2011 - Today was the earliest start of the trip so far, the alarm going off at 5AM to give us enough time to get ourselves ready have breakfast and make our way to the Nice train station. Our high speed TGV train to Paris would was departing at 6:30AM and incredibly, would only take 5 hours to get to Paris, almost 1000km away. We jumped aboard, found our seats and before we left my Dad and I went to get some photos of amazing high speed TGV train. Shortly after we were on our way, the train would take us back past Avignon along the coast before heading straight up towards Paris. It was hard to believe that it took us almost 2 hours to get back to Avignon because there were obviously ... read more
Nice
Paris
Paris

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice September 3rd 2011

03/09/2012 - We were in our bright green Picasso early this morning, I was behind the wheel as we drove our way through South-East France towards Nice. On the way we decided to briefly stop in Cannes to check it out, both Hannah and I had never been before. We parked the car and headed towards the beautiful beach full of bars, restaurants, but not people, it was dead. The weather wasn’t great so I could understand why it was so quiet outside, and after a short walk along the beach front the heavens opened and we were soaking wet. We rushed back to the car and continued our journey towards Nice as the rain came down. It took about another hour until we arrived in Nice and it was time to drop off ... read more
Monaco
Monaco
Monaco

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Saint-Aygulf September 2nd 2011

We’ve been run off our feet over the last few days so today was going to be a little slower paced. Unfortunately that didn’t mean we weren’t on the road, in fact we’d be in the car for almost 3 hours today, our first stop was Saint Tropez. It was a beautiful drive along the coast of the Mediterranean, but it was so slow. Endless winding roads full of tourists in their rental cars. We arrived into Saint Tropez in the early afternoon and began by checking out some of the incredible yachts which were moored in the port. There were hundreds of them, every single one was impressive, they made you feel broke just by looking at them. We explored the streets full of expensive ships, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton they were all here and ... read more
Saint Tropez

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille September 1st 2011

We woke early and met my parents downstairs for breakfast in the tiny hotel restaurant, we were the only people here. The weather was looking a little threatening today, in fact it had already started raining this morning. After breakfast we fetched our luggage and checked out of the hotel then maneuvered our bright green hire care out of the ridiculous car park the hotel used. Our first stop for today was the magnificent Pont du Gard, an ancient aqua duct built over 2000 years ago, around an hour drive from Nimes. Thankfully, by the time we arrived just before lunch, the weather had dramatically improved. First we decided to have a good look through the museum, Hannah and I skipped it last time we were here and unfortunately we really didn’t miss too much. We ... read more
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes August 31st 2011

It was the usual road trip routine this morning, we woke up early got our bags together and checked out of the hotel. My Dad, being self-employed, could never really separate himself from work and with the time difference between Australia and Europe being ideal in the early morning meant he sometimes spent the morning checking and responding to emails. Today he needed a little more time than usual so Hannah and I went to put our bags in the car then go grab some breakfast in the main square of Montpellier. No sooner did we order some breakfast, my parents came to meet us, it was a little frustrating since we had so much to do today and quite a bit of driving time as well. We bought a France Lonely Planet Guide Book while ... read more
Orange
Orange
Orange

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier August 30th 2011

After a good night’s sleep we packed our bags once again and checked out of our unforgettable hotel. We jumped back into our bright green Picasso and began our drive further south across the French countryside towards Montpellier. However before we reached the motorway we briefly stopped at a fantastic lookout point with uninterrupted views of the beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne, a few photos later and we were on our way again. We took a small detour for lunch to a small fisherman’s town called Sete, where we parked the car and had a brief look around. We stopped for a quick bite to eat at a small street café then we followed up a really crappy lunch with some amazing French pastries, in fact I had the best vanilla slice (or millefeuille as they ... read more
Sete

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 29th 2011

It was day one of our road trip across the South of France to take my parents as far as Nice in just over a week. We packed the car and set off early morning just after breakfast. Our first leg in the car was going to be longest, a 3 hour drive further South towards the medieval city of Carcassonne. My parents really had no idea what was in store and as we approached the medieval city it came it to view from the motorway and they were blown away. We drove into town and found our hotel which was conveniently located, directly across the road from the old city, we checked in and headed to our rooms for a quick rest. The hotel was a fantastic little place with cosy yet decorative rooms which ... read more
Carcassonne
Carcassonne
Carcassonne




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