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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 5th 2012

Today was a slow start to the morning for most of the group. Eventually we organized ourselves and 3 of our 4 rental cars went out to visit the city of Split. The problem with travelling with such a large group is that immediately everyone went their separate ways without thinking about where the drivers were. Fortunately neither of us need to worry about that because Mike's a driver and Elysia is never forgotten! Fortunately we found two others from the group, Sezen (from Germany) and Drew (from the US) so they didn't have to worry about rides either! We just spent time exploring the old city centre. Split is the second biggest city in Croatia. We didn't really know all that much about the city when we got there, and were so surprised to see ... read more
Split By Night
Elysia's Favourite Croatian Food
Zhen, Anna and Emma enjoying Split

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik May 4th 2012

It's always a bit slower waiting for 20 people to get up and get going in the morning, but the sun is always there to enjoy while you're waiting! It's a bit different travelling with this many other people, because we are usually go, go, go, but it's a nice change of pace. Once we got ourselves organized this morning, the whole lot of us drove about an hour north-west of Split, to the Krka National Park. This national park is home to what is thought to be the best waterfall in Europe. The park had many different waterfall cascades and crystal clear blue water. It was very idyllic, aside from the crowds of people that were visiting. The water was just so enticing that we decided to go for a swim in one of the ... read more
Hiking down to the falls
Quick stop to pose for a pic!
Our first glimpse of the water

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Podstrana May 3rd 2012

This morning Mike decided to do some work so Elysia went off with some of the Americans (6 in total) for a hike around the town and into the surrounding mountains. We wanted to get up to the top where there's a church and the old town of Podstrana, but we didn't know the way. So we just started walking up. We tried to find any little trail that we could that looked like it was heading up the mountain. At times, we were wrestling with the bush because there wasn't really a path there. There was definitely no straight line to the top. We often had to find something that looked like a path, but would end up being a dead end so we had to retrace our steps. A few times we reached some ... read more
The Morning Hike Through the Olive Trees
Hiking up the Mountain
Elysia makes her way up

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 2nd 2012

On Wednesday morning we left rainy and cool london to spend a week in warm and sunny croatia. This time at least we weren't the only ones up so early. We organized this trip with 20 of Mike's friends from CTLS (for those who don't know, its the transnational legal program that he is studying with in London), and we rented a big house by the beach, so that they could study (and in some cases, take) their exams. Elysia was the lucky one who got to benefit from all the school's social events, as well as this trip, and not actually have to do the work. Needless to say, so far there has been some work done a whole lot of fun. We spent the night before we left at some of Mike's classmates, Rome, ... read more
At The Airport, Getting Ready to Leave!
Trapped at the Train Tracks...
At the House in Split... What a View!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale April 15th 2012

This morning, we woke up early to beautiful sunny skies, and took some peanut butter and jam sandwiches with us on the hiking path (it was too cold to sit still and eat!). We decided that since we had scaled the mountains on the south side of the valley the day before, that we would spend today hiking the mountains on the north side. As per usual, the hike started by going through a series of sheep fields. It was lambing season, so there were hundreds of baby lambs around. We saw one that was so young it still had its umbilical cord and could barely walk! While hiking along the famous Pennine Way (a major hiking route through the region), we met another little lamb. "3-1-7", as he became known, was either a little confused ... read more
Campsite in the Morning
Look, that's the campsite!
Fiona and Will Pose for a Quick Shot

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Castleton April 14th 2012

This weekend we headed out of town early on Saturday with one of Mike's friends from law school in Toronto and her fiancé to the Peak District for some camping and hiking. It was a struggle to figure out where we should go (the Peak District is a big hiking region in the English "mountains," three hours north of London near Manchester), but our lovely Australian friends Jas and Stu had the great idea of going to Edale. We originally were going to rent a car to get there, but since there was a train station near the campsite, we opted to take the train instead. It was easier since none of us like to drive on the wrong (left) side! The campsite was about a 20-minute walk from the train station, so we hiked in ... read more
A typical English country road
Sometimes, it is just easier to stand on your breakfast bowl...
The men are trying to find our campsite from the top of the mountain

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Ryde April 7th 2012

Today we took the train to Portsmouth and then hopped on the catamaran ferry to the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The journey was very nice, but basically the same trip that we took to St Malo, France, because the ferry leaves from the same place and goes right past the Isle of Wight. When we got to the island, we had hoped to rent bicycles for half of the day but by the time we got to the bike shop, they were completely sold out of bikes! So, instead of biking, it was the heel-toe-express all day. Because we couldn't cover as much ground and see as much of the island as we would have liked to on foot, we decided that it would be best to walk along the beach from ... read more
On the Catamaran Ferry From Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight
On the Pier at Ryde
On the Beach in Ryde

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris » Sarcelles March 31st 2012

It took Elysia longer to get home from work on Thursday than it took us to travel from London to Paris Friday morning on the Eurostar. We left London's St Pancras International train station at 05:40 (bright and early!) and were in Paris just after nine. While we had a scenic view of the English country side and a neat experience to take the chunnel (you are actually only under the water for about 20 minutes), the best part of the day was definitely waiting for us in Paris! Paris is, well, Paris. In other words, breathtaking. After taking the metro across La Seine, we found our way to the apartment we were staying in for the weekend. Our good friend from school, Hannah, had kindly invited us to stay with her and two other friends ... read more
On the Eurostar!
Visiting the Boulangerie
First Glimpse of the Eiffel Tower


This weekend, we rented a car with two of Mike's classmates from Singapore (Fuad and Aloysius - the same two we met at the Giant's Causeway), and headed out on the wrong side of the road (well, technically, it was the left side) to a region of England just 1.5 hours outside of London called the Cotswolds. The region is a range of limestone hills, which are dotted with picturesque villages that are made of limestone buildings. It's also a great region to do some hiking, which is what we planned on doing. We set off on Saturday morning to pick up the car at Heathrow airport. We had only gotten our acts together on Friday night to rent the car (didn't get around to booking a hotel though), so we arrived at the airport at ... read more
Still Bourton-on-the-Water
We stopped for some Cotswolds-famous ice cream!
Hanging out in the town of Lower Slaughter


This morning, needless to say, was a bit slow. We dragged ourselves out of our room around lunch time and caught the train to Belfast. Having the train station across the street turned out to be very convenient, and in 2.5 hours we reached the other side of Northern Ireland. Because it was so late in the day, we didn't have a whole lot of time to do anything, we just wandered around to see what Belfast is all about. Belfast is a very new looking city, due to bombings related to The Troubles and World War II. The city centre was pretty much closed since it was Sunday, and everyone was nursing their hangovers, so we just strolled through and spent a bit of time looking around their city hall. The big claim to fame ... read more
Downtown Belfast
Elysia at City Hall
On the Water




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