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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Wow.... Two days of wonders to report! Arr. Paris Tue. at 11:30 am. (4:30am U.S. ). A little weary and travel worn , but ready to hit the ground running. Charged our Energizer Bunny Batteries and caught Taxi to 21quay dela Tournelle....lovely studio apt. in Latin Quarter very near Notre Dame Cathedral. Walked across bridge (at our front door stoop) onto Ile de St. St. Louis to find long over due lunch. A lovely little Crepe shop caught our eye, Cafe Argent, where we all had a lovely bowl of a puréed Veg . Soup with breaD and some lovely crepes filled with different sweet fillings. Particularly loved the Apricot! Left there around 2:00 and walked to Notre dame on the Ile de cite and toured the beautiful Cathedral inside and out to see the stained ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Europe » France » Île-de-France April 10th 2014

I indulged myself with a well-earned lay in this morning and spent a lazy morning in the apartment and doing some repacking. Early afternoon, I went for a final walk down to Notre Dame and went through the Cathedral one last time. After this, it was back to the apartment for a shower and some tea, before dressing and a final pack of the bag before getting the taxi to Charles de Gaulle Airport for my 9:50pm flight.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia April 10th 2014

Week 5/6 Motril became our home for the next ten days, not entirely through choice, but the site was well equipped and we managed to fit it a reasonable amount of walking and cycling. Chris fell ill a couple of days after our return to Spain and it has taken him at least 10 days to feel as though he is back to normal. He had a very high temperature and slept a lot for the first few days then continued to suffer from a severe stomach upset which meant he did not feel like moving on. We did manage to walk to Salobrena, an attractive hillside town along the Costa Tropical, on our final day but were both glad to find a bus to bring us back! Since moving on to Granada the weather has ... read more
Beas Granada
Beas Granada
Granada

Europe » Sweden » Skåne » Helsingborg April 10th 2014

Spring has arrived in Sweden! Though the weather has been mild since my move here, longer and warmer days have people peeling off woolen layers and moving their café chairs to chase the sun! I am certainly no exception. Helsingborg takes great pride in brightening the town with seasonal decorations. The lights and candles that lit up Christmas are long gone, but now the streets have enormous planters filled with tulips and daffodils. And going along with the Swedish tradition around Easter, bright feathers attached to branches take center stage in various squares. Beyond the tradition of feathers, Easter in non-religious Sweden has sweet buns filled with cream, semla lining the windows of every bakery. Little girls will evidently dress up as witches and knock on doors wher... read more
Crocus lined walk
Tulips abound!
Good morning, Copenhagen!

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick April 10th 2014

Yesterday we got the train to Penrith and said goodbye to Mum then we got the bus to Keswick and walked half way up Skiddaw to Skiddaw bunkhouse. When we got to the youth hostel there was another girl who was 9 called Elsa. We played lots of great games. I took a picture of her - see below Today we walked up Skiddaw and almost literally got blown away but we didn't get any views because it was so foggy. Then we came down and went to Keswick youth hostel and went to get supper from the street market and came back to cook it. I will write more on Saturday.... read more
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me and Elsa outside Skiddaw House
Me and Elsa

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Strolled down to Taverna Esmeralda for Brunch today. Slept until 10:00 .... So much for the energizer bunny! Had a delicious Croque Madame with Cafe Creme. strolled the Quai Bookstalls to purchase a few goodies and then caught the Batobus on Seine at Notre Dame stop. cruised down to the Louvre where we departed to see the Pyramid.... Also paid 12 euros each to relieve ourselves and have a cool drink! It was worth every penny... Met a lovely couple from Seattle ... Chatted awhile then re- boarded Batobus to The Eiffel Tower where we had res . Later in evening for tour and trip to summit. It was early so we got a nice cream and walked over river and up hill to Plaza Trocadero to take photos and eat an early dinner of Spa ... read more

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Lienz April 10th 2014

The weather this morning has turned atrocious so no mountain rides today. Em was NOT happy. Anyway, we set off to find our farmstay near Lienz which is on the other side of the Alps. The SatNav took us off the motorway around one of the major mountain tunnels (as there is an additional toll on top of the vignette we already bought) and up the mountain pass. It got colder and colder, closer and closer to the snow line until it began to snow. The weather was getting even worse so we stopped at the mandatory snow chain installation area for a quick play in the new snow for Em. Then we had to turn around as we are not prepared for driving in those conditions. Back to motorway to pay the toll and through ... read more
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Into the mountain tunnel
Out the other side of the tunnel

Europe » Malta April 9th 2014

Last night we had just one plan for today and that was to go to Kalkara and visit Fort Rinella. By this morning we had added to that plan, and that was to go back to Valletta first and check out St John's Co-Cathredral. I had been talking to an ex-colleague who is on secondment to Malta and he had said if we did nothing else in Valletta we shouldn't miss out seeing this cathedral. That thought ate away at us overnight and we we did not want to leave Malta, then say once we were back home that we wished we had gone. There were several main reasons and the first is that hanging in the cathedral is the biggest of Caravaggio's paintings the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist as well as the cathedral ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Mondsee April 9th 2014

Today we went up to Mondsee to find the church used in the movie. It was a lovely church but had a service running so we were a bit limited in our ability to explore. The large building beside the church was a monastery built in the 11th century and it has now been restored and converted into a hotel. After wandering around for a while, we went down to the lakeside where we found a large playground for Em. She loved it and we played for quite a while. We walked along the lake where the swans were very friendly, looking for a free lunch. It was absolutely beautiful with views across lake to the surrounding mountains. This whole area is covered with mountain lakes and the scenery is just breathtaking. We had lunch in ... read more
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