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Europe » France » Corsica » Bastia July 7th 2014

Potkurinvaihdon jälkeen emme oikullisten säiden takia ehtineet kertaakaan kokeilla sen toimivuutta, vaan lähdimme suoraan kesän mittaiselle matkalle kohti Rhone-joen suistoa, jonne Merilokin on tarkoitus jäädä seuraavaksi talveksi. Bonifaciosta alkaneella Korsikan itärantaa pitkin kohti pohjoista jatkuvalla matkalla olemme nyt päässeet Bastiaan, jossa istumme sisällä kuuntelemassa ulkona jytisevää ja leimuavaa ukkosta sekä sateen ropinaa. Näyttää siltä että emme huomenna lähde kohti Elbaa, koska luvassa on Ranskan jokilaaksosta lähtevän Mistrali ja yli 100 km/h puuskaista tuulta. Matkalla tänne oli kovaa tuulta ja rajua allokkoa Bonifaciosta lähdössä. Tyyntä, vastatuulta ja heikkoa myötäistä seuraavina päivinä. Heikko myötäinen, iso maininki ja polttava aurinko - purjehtijan painajainen jota ei pohjoisilla vesillä esiinny. Port Tavernassa peräk... read more
Merilokki Bonifaciossa
Bonifacion kaupungin reunaa
Näkymää Bonifacion rantakalliolta

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset July 7th 2014

Just come back from one of my favourite little haunts and thats Chesil beach and Portland bill. Plenty of camping on the beach with open fire and abundance of fishing. This time of the year it will start to get a litlle busy as the mackeral start to come in a little closer as the waters start to get warmer. Chesil beach is just under 18 miles long that strecthes from Portland bill to Weymouth. Having scuba dived around this area of Dorset there are many boat that have sank around this area including the m2 submarine and a old pottery ship called the benindyke. These ships wrecks are sat at the bottom around about 30 metres deep. Plenty of marine life ranging from lobsters, cuttlefish, mackeral, dogfish and if your lucky you may catch a ... read more
chesil sunset
portland
portland

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 7th 2014

Day 5 We left the camp site at about 8.45am....well attempted to leave! It had rained most of the night and the motor home had sunk into the soft grass-covered soil. We couldn't move backwards or forwards. By this time, it had stopped raining. A very kind German couple came to our rescue when they saw me pushing the vehicle while Tom was trying to edge it out of the rut. We managed to move it backwards but not forwards....until we got the help from the German couple. It was lovely of them. The poor guy slipped and fell head first onto the very soggy grass, while he was pushing the car. He was drenched all down one side of him. Non-the-less, with the 3 of us pushing, we eventually hit solid ground. Apologised to our ... read more
Akureyri in northern Iceland (2)
Akureyri in northern Iceland (8)
Akureyri in northern Iceland (9)


Toulon: Through the night we steamed a West, South Westerly course across the Ligurian Sea towards Toulon. In the early morning we sailed on a Northerly course passing the Cap Cepet on our port side. Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base, Toulon harbour is one of the best natural anchorages on the Mediterranean, and one of the largest harbours in Europe. A naval arsenal and shipyard was built in 1599, and small sheltered, the Veille Darse, was built in 1604-1610 to protect ships from the wind and sea. Our tour today includes the “Bormes-Les-Mimosa” famous for its flower filled narrow lanes, this 12th century village is set in a magnificent mountain amphitheater with sweeping views of Lavandou Bay. The old ... read more
Bomes Le Mimosa
Bomes Le Mimosa

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 7th 2014

I'm going to keep my description of today's events slightly more brief, for two reasons. One, not a ton happened, and two, I want to discuss the economy and housing briefly. First, today's events. We went over to AUBiH (American Univ. in Bosnia and Herzegovina), where we had the opportunity to speak with Bogić Bogićević, also known as "Mr. No." As the Yugoslav crisis escalated in the early 90s, and republics and citizens were nearing independence declarations, the State Council of Yugoslavia, which acted as Head of State for the country, held a meeting. The purpose, unknown at the start to most of the members of the Council, was to vote on declaring Martial Law, to allow the army to quell the uprisings. They needed a majority vote of the 8 members to enact it, but ... read more
Jewish Community Center Windows
Jewish Community Center Ceiling
Jewish Community Center

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Europe » Germany July 7th 2014

We arrived by train today at our last stop on the tour de Europe. We are in Hanau which is just out of Frankfurt. Again we are staying in this home on an exchange. And this time it is a simultaneous exchange. Wolfgang and Annette are in our house in Brookings while we are here in their house. Two weeks from today we will be home. But there is still so much to see. Tomorrow I think we will explore Hanau and decide what else to see before we board that airplane for an 11 hour flight.... read more
Pretty Backyard

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein July 7th 2014

So I woke up early today to get to the train station nice and early for my day trip to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Little did I know, the people, Max and Michelle, that I met yesterday at Dachau were on the same train as me but got kicekd at the next stop since their tickets didn*t start working until 9. Turns out though after grabbing breackfast and getting on a bus they hop on as well and we ended up traveling together for the day. The scenes were simply amazing and part heart attack giving since it was a 40 minute steep climb up the mountain. The bridge overlooking the castel Marienbrücke was cool, narrow and crowded which made it partially terrifying as well, the boards actually bounced up and down as you walked over and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia July 7th 2014

Barcelona: To arrive at Barcelona we had to cross the gulf of Lions and Balearic Sea. The Balearic Sea covers over 30,000 square miles, covering the majority of the basin floor at depths ranging from 2700 to 2800 metres. The port of Barcelona has always been an important port with Europe with a 2000 year old history. Today the Barcelona Harbour is the leading European cruiser port and a most important Mediterranean turnaround base. In 2013 3.6 million of pleasure cruises passengers used services in the Port of Barcelona. Today we are going to visit the towering genius of Gaudi. Perhaps no man represents the passion, creativity and love of Barcelona more than this artist/architect. From stained glass to towering, other worldly buildings, Gaudi is recognized as one of the greatest designers of the 19th and ... read more
Sagrada Familia
Barcelona

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia July 7th 2014

Yesterday we explored Ljubljana, the smallest capital city in Europe. It has no world famous buildings but is beautiful nonetheless. We took a little train up the big hill to Ljubljana Castle which I was convinced wouldn't carry us the whole way but it managed okay! The views from the top were worth it. It was strange for a castle though, the old bits were in ruins and the preserved bits had just been turned into restaurants. We wondered around for a while, although the temperature of 29° and the blazing Sun made us slower than usual. At the bottle of the hill, we got ice cream (the first of the entire trip, for which I think we deserve medals) and I posted some postcards to some lucky people. Then we walked back to the hostel ... read more

Europe July 7th 2014

07/07/14 At Sea: Over night and early morning we steamed in a South Westerly direction, later on during the day we altered course and headed in a West-South-Westerly direction. During our sea day today at some stage we will cross the Greenwich Meridian, this is the line that separates the eastern and western hemispheres, such as the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres. It runs from the North Pole to the South Pole passing through the borough of Greenwich, in London giving the line its name. This afternoon I along with a few others were invited to go to the bridge for a tour by the Captain Ivan Jerman, it was very informative and the Captain certainly has a great sense of humour. The bridge is certainly modernized from when I was in the Navy, ... read more
Six of us
Gibraltar




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