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Europe » France July 16th 2018

Had an amazing day at Disneyland Paris!! We headed off quite early and were there by 9:30am, and even though the park opened at 10am we were allowed on the kids carousel early (yay!). Unfortunately at Disneyland, at least the Paris one, there are only three thrill rides, and the rest are kid friendly. So we started off with Big Thunder Mountain (roller coaster), headed to Indiana Jones and Le Temple du Peril (another roller coaster, this time with a 360 degree spin) and then at 11am discovered we were super hungry. We’d had a small breakfast at 7am of yoghurt with cereal with (I’m pretty sure) negative nutritional value (at the supermarket yesterday we bought an 8 pack of those small boxes of cereals, I think everyone knows the ones I’m talking about?). So we ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 15th 2018

Had a pretty chilled out day today activities wise, but it was once again pretty stressful! We checked out of the Bordeaux hotel and asked the front desk to call us a taxi to the train station, as it was 8:20am and we didn’t think we’d be able to flag one down that early. They said it would be a 20 minute wait, which wasn’t ideal (our train was at 9am) but we didn’t have any other choice- it would have taken a lot longer to walk. The taxi arrived after 14 minutes which we thought was a good sign, but it turns out he was a taxi driver from hell. Okay, maybe not from hell, but from a very annoying frustrating place. He put our bags in the boot, and seemed to have a hard ... read more

Europe » France July 14th 2018

What. A. Day. We left our wonderful little air bnb in central Paris this morning at 7:30am to head off to Bordeaux. We got a subway to Gare Montparnasse (the big train station in Paris that takes you to other cities), and we made sure we were there by 8:20am, as our train was at 8:48am and the ticket asked us to be 20 minutes early. So, we got to Gare Montparnasse in the “subway-to-other-suburbs” area and it was really hard to find our way to the bigger, inter-city part. After climbing and descending multiple sets of stairs (one where a man silently offered to carry my suitcase down the steps and I thought he was stealing it, oops), we finally made it to what looked like a bigger part of the station. We asked the ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 13th 2018

Actually left the apartment at a reasonable time this morning- 8:50am! We saw a nice looking cafe on our first day and since it’s our last day in this area we decided to go there for breakfast. It’s a cute little cafe called Zouzou, and it was quite nice but my GOODNESS food in Europe is expensive. It was €5,5 ($8.60) for a chai latte, and €8 ($12.60) for two poached eggs and some bread. After breakfast we headed off to a random station and hopped on a subway to Versailles!! (Also, the subways here are double decker...I hate Brisbane). We got to Versailles and headed with about 100 hundred other tourists to the Palace. On first appearance, the Palace didn’t actually look too amazing. Half of it was covered in a fake mesh image of ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 12th 2018

Actually not that much to report today! We were out for a while but doing quite uneventful stuff. We had another vegan yogurt and granola breakfast, then set off to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées for the day, which is another quite long walk to get to (about an hour). On the way we walked past that juice shop again, and decided that, you know, we had had quite a small breakfast so it would be the smart choice to get another juice, right? I had one with spinach, pineapple, apple and ginger. Then fuuuurther along the way, closer to our destination, we found a food truck selling hot, fresh crepes. Trudi grabbed my arm and her eyes lit up- “we have to get one.” It was more of a statement than a ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 12th 2018

Had a massive walking day today, although we again started off late. Because of a late night last night and because we’d only planned to do two things today we didn’t set an alarm, and we thought our body clocks would wake us at about 9/9:30. Plot twist- I woke up at 10:30 and almost shrieked the apartment block and all its neighbours down. We had a quick breakfast (vegan yogurt- which we accidentally bought because we didn’t know the word “végétalian” on the pack meant vegan and not vegetarian- with granola) and eventually made it out at 11:50am. We walked down to the Louvre and waited in line for about an hour, until finally making it in to the most massive and crowded museum I’ve ever been in. The Louvre, whilst super stuffy and total ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 10th 2018

Beware; another big one. Our first day in Paris started late but ended up being all we could handle. It was also a beautiful day- roughly 24 degrees all day and clear blue skies. Trudi felt awful after last night’s flight and wanted to sleep in a bit this morning, so we didn’t set an alarm. We both woke up at around 9am, and it took us a while to get out. We got ready and decided to look online for a place for breakfast (I was super keen for a croissant and a coffee, a traditional tourist delicacy here in Paris). After searching around google maps for a decently priced place, we realised we weren’t going to find anything in advance and opted to just let a restaurant owner entice us in. We’re staying in ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland July 10th 2018

Beware; this is a long one. As the title suggests, today was our last day in Scotland. I’m really sad to be leaving such a beautiful country, especially without having had any haggis (not that I particularly wanted to) or experienced more traditional Scottish customs. We left trudi’s aunt’s place at around 10am and headed straight to Rosslyn Chapel with Bec, Taylor, trudi’s dad and her grandad. Rosslyn Chapel was beautiful! So old and delicately carved, and with so much history behind it. It was also the place where The Da Vinci Code was filmed, which would have been a lot cooler if I’d seen The Da Vinci Code. We spent about 45 minutes here before heading into the city to the Scottish Museum (sans Bec and Taylor to begin with, long story, no point explaining). ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland July 10th 2018

Had a bit of a sleep in this morning due to late night last night and just general not-wanting-to-get-out-of-bed. We eventually did and headed down to breakfast where we said goodbye to some of the family. We had to check out by 11, so we did that and then Trudi then had a massage with her mum at 11. I went for a walk with Bec and Taylor, but headed back after about 10 minutes because they were going out for 2.5 hours and I didn’t have wifi to tell Trudi where I’d gone. I made it back at around 12 when they were all finished and we decided to wait for Bec and Taylor to come back, they’d only be another hour and a half, right? Wrong. They’d taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland July 10th 2018

Had the most relaxing day today!! Woke up after a very comfortable sleep and headed to a continental breakfast, from which I had scrambled eggs, bacon, some sort of Scottish bread thing, fruit, yoghurt, and mini pastries. My plan was to fill up on breakfast so I wouldn’t have to buy lunch. It didn’t work. After breakfast Trudi, Bec, Taylor and I went for a walk into Peebles town, where we had a coffee at a really cute cafe. We walked back and Bec and I went for a swim in the big pool with the little cousins. We were in there from 12-2:30, and the only reason I got out was because I had a massage scheduled for 3pm! I had a full body massage for an hour and it was pure bliss. I’m not ... read more

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