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Europe » Italy May 14th 2010

U Giuliani has been open since before Australia even became a federation. Opened in 1897, this cafe on the corner of Piazza de Cinquecentro opposite Termini station is where I found myself having my first lunch in Rome. To say that I was looking forward to an 'authentic' Italian experience was an understatement, just having had an awful trip into town on the train (which cost me a lovely $22 Australian to stand on a packed train for a half hour). The maitre-de at my cafe looks like Mario's great-grand-father. My waiter looks older than both my grandfather's combined. Just when I thought there couldn't be an older soul in the Italian workforce, the chef shuffles out with my tortelli, making a tortoise look like Roadrunner. My authentic italian experience was officially delivered. My meal was ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Changi May 13th 2010

Hi everyone! Greetings from the first stop of my longggg flight. This is the first time I have been to Singapore International and it's definitely got everything you could ever think of buying...I have my eye on some gorgeously chunky Swarovski rings but we'll see :) The trip over has gone relatively fast so far, and the lovely Qantas peope plied us with so much food I didn't even eat half of it. So much! My body is on the Brisbane time of 11:30pm so hopefully I will sleep most of this next leg to Heathrow, London. From there it is only a two-hour stop-over to wait until I am bound for Roma!! Bravo! Can not wait. Can someone say Gelato? (and 'Edwardo', of course!) Will update once in Italy! Much love to you all xx ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 24th 2008

Greetings from sunny London! It's actually not sunny here, in fact it's pitch black! Granted it is 2am and I have safely arrived at Olivia's friend Cate's house to spend the next two days in her care, showing me around the amazing city of London. Firstly I'll fill you in on my previous stops on the journey: from my afternoon in Berlin I got ready for our 'pub crawl' that evening, which was an absolute blast! The pubs were really cosy and alternative and it was a really awesome way to immerse ourselves in German culture. They certainly love to drink :) We were given T-Shirts we had to wear, which had David Hasselhoff's face on them with the words 'I LOVE BERLIN' below (to signify his popularity as a singer over here). We were all ... read more
Bikes in Amsterdam
Red Light
Amsterdam by Night

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 20th 2008

Greetings everyone! Unfortunately, today is a very windy and overcast day in Germany's capital, Berlin. With most people from my tour going on a Third Reich walking tour, I decided to head out on my own (very excitedly) to the Berlin Zoo; just a 5 minute walk from our hotel. I was quite impressed with the Zoo; mainly for it's huge range of animals, some of which I'd never seen before. I spent the most time in the Carnivore House, sitting on a bench and watching the leopards, tigers, pumas, lions and panthers for an hour! The polar bears were also a favourite, especially their energy and enthusiasm during their feeding session! If you are ever here, the Zoo is a must! Being a true animal lover, I still managed to get through the Zoo in ... read more
Dresden
Berlin Zoo
Pub Crawling

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 18th 2008

Hello everyone! I am writing to you from the cosy basement internet room of a Czech-cafe in Prague, or as the locals call it, Praha. What makes it even more cosy is that 4 of my friends from our tour have joined me, and when we bought our hot chocolates and cakes the internet was free! Unlimited yea :) Prague is absolutely gorgeous. Very 'old town' is all I can think of when I look around, but with a classy edge and spacious feel. Everywhere you look there is Bohemian Crystal, the Czech-equivalent of Swarvoski. It's quite reasonable too! Prague is also popular for it's marionette puppets, also very reasonable. There are quite a few 'odd' sights mixed in with the mainstream though; such as the 'Sex Machine Museum', 'Torture Device Museum' and 'Barbie Exhibition (the ... read more
Salzburg
Prague
Czech Crystal

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Pag July 13th 2008

Hello from the overcast and windy Croatian island of Pag! Unfortunately Croatia hasn't turned on the special treatment for us today but the steamy weather is still enough to see me walking around in bathers and a kaftan. The streets are quite busy here, with quad bikes and scooters, mopeds and rollerbladers - its a town that doesn't seem to sleep! ...and in parts in quite literally doesn't! We arrived here last night at about 8pm and at 11 a group went to a '24-hour beach' which includes built in bars and dancefloors, 6 inch deep in water which everyone goes crazy splashing around in! Our group of friends prefered a AUD$9 bottle of Champagne and a patio-chat - as we're all connected by one massive verandah (5 rooms or so). Tonight though we are going ... read more
Gondola in Venice
Ponte di Vecchio, Venice
Pag Waterfront

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 9th 2008

Firstly I appologise for the large gap between blogs...it has been a fairly full-on past few days with A LOT happening! We left Switzerland bound for Nice on the south coast of France, smack bang in the middle of the French Riviera, or Cote D'Azur, as the locals call it. We had to pass through Italy (close to Milan) to get down there and, what an experience! The service station sold guns, knives and lots of nasty weapons in general; as well as having to pay €0.50 (AUD$0.85) to use their feral toilets :( But at least the small snacks of paninis and pasta you have everywhere in Italy are absolutely amazing which makes up for their apparent lack in hygiene... Finally we arrived in the BEAUTIFUL French Riviera, home to the rich and famous. It ... read more
Nightlife in Nice
Beach in Nice
Monaco

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Wengen July 4th 2008

This morning I woke up to the smell of pine trees, the birds chirping and the most stunning views of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Today I'm in Wengen in south-west Switzerland. Most people on my tour have gone up 4000m to Jungfrau mountain but as it is -5° up there and I haven't brought a jacket with me on this trip, I decided to stay in the much more inviting 17° township. I have booked a 1hr masage at a beautiful wellness clinic here followed by an afternoon of sitting in the spas looking out the 360° views of the mountains. I can't wait! Yesterday we left the amazing Paris and it took 9hrs drive to get here eek! Paris was fabulous!! Spending only 1.5days there was not enough...the first night we arrived we did a ... read more
SantaCroce
EiffelTower
SwissSpa

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 30th 2008

Greetings from the UK, more specifically London - home of the Queen!! Today I got an early start after arriving in Heathrow yesterday afternoon feeling somewhat ill. The flight from KL was incredibly stuffy and I felt very light headed. To make matters worse, when I arrived at Heathrow the airport was even stuffier and the customs line was about an hour long :( Needless to say I was relieved to get on the tube (underground train) and head to my hotel in the West London suburb of Hammersmith. After a semi-warm shower (it's summer and the water STILL takes forever to warm up) I got changed to go out and have dinner...well because of a certain Euro-soccer final every pub was full to the brim with rowdy Londoners. Needless to say I opted for a ... read more
Buckingham Palace

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur June 28th 2008

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur! This morning I touched down in KL at 5am local time (7am back home) to witness a thoroughly deserted airport...almost every shop is closed (except for the coffee vendors) and there is hardly anyone around - for such a huge airport it's quite bizarre! My flight was quite good but I found it really hard to sleep :( We were given dinner at around 12:30am and a mini-breakfast at 5:30 on Malaysian Airlines, not too bad. I'm not really sure where I'm supposed to be heading to get on my connecting flight yet...as it's 3 hours away it hasn't showed up on any monitors. The airport is really beautiful -- lots of glass and really open and spacious. I imagine it will look even more impressive when the sun starts to rise... ... read more




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