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Tuesday I got up early today as me, Steve, Jill, Andrea and Grace were going to climb up the Stephansdom tower this morning. We met up at 8.30am and made it to the centre on the U-bahn by 9am just in time for opening. There was no way we were going to miss it this time! We found the entrance and started the long climb. It is 349 steps to the top! I think I have definitely got fitter on this holiday but I was starting to waver at 299! Luckily there was a little stop gap to look at a place where the bell once was before the final push! We made it to the top in record time and guess what we found at the top? A shop! You could buy a postcard of ... read more
Me and my cocktail
The castle
Bike ride

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town August 17th 2009

Monday Today we met at half 8 to catch the train to Bratislava, Slovakia. We caught the tram to the station and then got on the train. The journey took about an hour and was fairly scenic. When we got there George showed us where to go in the old town before he had to head back to Vienna. We headed up to the castle first. It was under rennovation but we walked around the outside and it gave us great views of Bratislava - a surprisingly cosmopolitan city. Apparently you could also see Vienna and Budapest from there. Tony found north on his compass but we still couldn't quite work out which was which! Then we took a walk down the hill back to the old town. A few people went for lunch and the ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna August 15th 2009

Saturday I arrived in Vienna about 4pm local time. The flight was fairly painless even though it was late leaving. I decided to chance my luck on the train as a taxi to the hotel was 40€!! Plus the travel notes assured me it was an easy thing to do! So I bought a ticket and found the CAT which is the airport train that takes you to Vienna. That part was quite easy and then I had to catch the U-bahn which is the Austrian railway to the hotel where I was staying - Hotel Mozart. When I arrived at the station I found the U-bahn no problem thanks to a handy TV video on the train but I couldn't find a ticket booth anywhere. I didn't want to get on without a ticket as ... read more
Food
The Hoffburg
Garden

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Viñales April 12th 2009

We met in the foyer this morning after breakfast to begin our journey. We met the rest of the people that had arrived last last night. Everyone seems really nice and friendly. We made our way out to our own little mini bus which was well cute and air conditioned! Bonus! We drove along the highway where we passed plenty of fields and lots of hitch hikers. Apparently public transport is virtually non existent so masses of people were trying to get lifts in the backs of trucks of anything they could. We stopped for a very expensive Cuban coffee in a suspiciously touristy coffee shop in the middle of the highway. Then we headed back to the bus for the remainder of the journey. When we reached Vinales we were assigned a home stay which ... read more
People waiting for a lift
Vinales valley
Hilda outside our homestay

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 11th 2009

Today was Robbyn's and my last day in Havana before we met up with our tours. We were going to look in the museums but as the weather was so hot we decided to take a stroll down the Malecon! We firstly stopped at Castillo de San Salvador, which was empty apart from us but gave us good views of the bay. Then we thought we would walk down to the Hotel National. It seemed like a good idea at the time but it was 90 degrees and about three miles!! We deserved the large pina colada we got when we arrived but the hotel was lush and anyone could just stroll in and use the facilities! We then took a walk through new Havana in search of the famous Coppelia ice cream and felt slightly ... read more
Castle across the bay
Kids swimming
Me on the Malecon with Havana in the background

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 10th 2009

On our second day in Havana we got up to the sounds of the street, a very loud cockerel and a guava lorry. The lorry driver gave me and Robbyn both some guavas but when I tasted it I realised why he was giving them away! Ugh! We caught a tour bus for a city tour of Havana which then crashed into a lamp post! We then had to wait to catch another bus - very eventful! Then we took another bus which took us to the beach. The beaches were lovely and we relaxed, drank coconut juice and took in some rays. I also went paddling in the Carribean sea! That evening we headed out into Old Havana. It was beautiful and empty! Very European! We had food and my first mojito. Tasted like straight ... read more
Robbyn on the tour bus
The bus and the lamp post!
The beach

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 9th 2009

Today me and Robbyn arrived in Havana, Cuba. The weather was hot and the street were lined with palm trees! It was fabulous! We took a cab from the airport after extremely lax security, surprisingly, to our apartment for the next few days. The cars were ancient and the streets narrow but and it was something of a culture shock. Still we settled in and then took a walk out into Central Havana to explore and in the search of food! ... read more
A classic car
Robbyn
Central Havana

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 17th 2008

On my first day in Croatia I left a rainy England and arrived in beautiful sunny Split! I got a taxi to my hotel - settled into my room and chilled out for a bit as it had been an early start. Then, guide book in hand a took a stroll to see what Split had to offer. My guide book offered a walking tour of the town and I saw Diocletian's palace, cathedral and statue of Grgur Ninski. ... read more
Diocletian's palace
View from the Cathedral
Grgur Ninski




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