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Europe » Austria » Vienna August 1st 2019

Our trip started off on Sunday with a night in Bacchus Marsh enjoying pizza and red wine – Banks Thargo and Rymill, of course - with our gorgeous friends, Michael and Yoshiko and their fabulous children! We drove to Melbourne on Monday morning to catch our flight to Singapore. Our flights to Singapore, Frankfurt and Vienna were smooth and without incident although the security at Frankfurt was tough…we had to place the tissues from our pockets into the trays for inspection! It’s all a bit daunting for the weary traveller but we eventually booked in to our hotel in Vienna and rediscovered the joys of soap and water after 24 hours without! We had a quick walk into Vienna’s main square and a bit of a look around but decided we’d save it until the next ... read more
Ankeruhr Clock Vienna
St Stephens Cathedral
Schonbrunn Palace

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth June 14th 2017

Wednesday 14 June we left Plymouth behind and made our way to Portsmouth via the motorway and pretty English villages. We are staying at the Royal Marine Club for six nights - a very nice hotel just near the harbour. Parking at the hotel was at a premium but John found a parking spot for our little red bus and there it will stay until we leave. Thursday we bought ourselves a ticket to the historic dockyards which allows us to explore this great place over a number of days. Our first stop was HMS Warrior 1860, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61 and HMS Victory. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalger in 1805, the shop he died on. We ... read more
Dinner with David and Christine Farmer
Part of the Mary Rose
Portsmouth Docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall June 13th 2017

Thursday 8 June we arrived in Newquay, a town on the west coast of England, and once again relied on the Sat/Nav to get us to our B&B in the middle of town where parking is at a premium...our host has two witches hats ready and waiting in the laneway marking our parking spot! The weather wasn't too good but it was heartening to see surfers hoping to catch a wave...they could still be waiting! Friday morning we drove to Land's End, famous for its unique location and stunning scenery. Land's End is mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s most famous landmarks. From the 200 foot high granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean you can gaze across to the Longships Lighthouse, the Isles of Scilly twenty eight miles away ... read more
The Eden Project
The Eden Project
They breed big bees at The Eden Project!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland June 9th 2017

I received an early morning email from British Airways on Monday the 29th telling me our flight to England had been cancelled until further notice- there had been some power difficulties with BA at Heathrow that had affected travellers for over three days. We now needed an extra night's accommodation and luckily for us a hotel around the corner had a room. John and I meandered around Milan for the day and took off for England Tuesday afternoon. It was so good to finally arrive in Whitley Bay to the cheery faces of cousin Peter and Linda. We had a fabulous five days with them, visiting Thrum Mill in Rothbury, which appeared on an episode of Restoration Man on Channel 2 and we just had to see it! and the beautiful home of Lord Armstrong, Cragside, ... read more
Jimi ate here!
John feeling much better after his accident!
Cragside home of Lord Armstrong

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 28th 2017

We arrived in the seaside town of Santa Margherita in the afternoon of Wednesday 24 May and what a gorgeous place this is. My hotel room overlooked the ocean and I had a small balcony to stand on and soak it all up. Boats bobbing in the water, people swimming, the beach - pebbles not sand - and still the glorious weather. Romeo insisted on shouting us a gelato - unlike the rest of the crew I've only had the one so far but they are good, so many flavours to choose from. On Thursday we took a boating tour to Cinque Terre, an UNESCO world heritage site. I had been there before but saw it from an ocean perspective this time - last time I had arrived by train - seeing the five coastal villages ... read more
A week's worth of washing for this bloke!
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

Europe » Italy » Lombardy May 27th 2017

The past week has gone so quickly and busily I haven't had a chance to chill out and blog! And this will be short-I will have to catch up when I have time! John and I left cold and wet Mt Gambier - having left our four chooks with our butcher on his property at Yahl - and had a pleasant but long flight to Milan via Hong Kong. John will be touring with Bikestyle Tours for 10 days cycling around the northern Italian Alps. I am doing an eight day coach tour of the northern Italian lakes and we will meet up again in Milan at the end of our tours. I left John at the airport and caught a minibus to my hotel and the other passenger was a woman from McLaren Vale who ... read more
The Galleries bull.
Monumentale Cemetery
Headstones in the Monumentale Cemetery




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