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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Bergheim (Salzburg) February 15th 2011

Day 11: Venice, Italy to Salzburg, Austria Saturday, October 17th, 2009 So after a memorable time in Venice, it was time to head over to adrenaline inducing Austria where there were numerous activities to keep the daredevil inside of us busy including Skydiving, Paragliding, Canyoning etc. Unfortunately, when we got to Austria it was pouring rain and thus all the activities planned for the day had been cancelled. So instead, we went to explore the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria where Mozart was born. When we got to Salzburg, we went out searching for the house where Mozart's grew up. We found a yellow house that we thought was Mozart's home, but I'm not sure if it was, because we could only see a cafe inside. We walked around a bit and then in started pouring ... read more
Standing in the Rain
Raining in Salzburg

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 7th 2011

Day 9: Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy Thursday, October 15th,2009 Of to Venice we go with a friendly stopover in Verona to see Juliet's balcony, a replica of the balcony used in the play Romeo and Juliet. Well, I did not find Verona to be too interesting. Juliet's balcony was just one of those tourist traps. There wasn't much there. Just a balcony and a bunch of letters on the wall. There was also apparently a status of Juliet and if you touched its breasts, it will apparently give you good luck. Lame, just another way to spread germs!!!! However, there was this square in the middle of Verona that was selling these Venetian masks and jewelery that was worth looking at. It was here that my sister, Renata realized that she left her bag containing ... read more
Juliet's Balcony
Statue of Juliet

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 4th 2011

Day 8: Rome, Italy Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 The next morning, the majority of the group headed to Vatican City. This was an important day in Vatican City, because Pope Benedict XVI was addressing the crowd. There were groups of people from different countries around the world, waving their flags. The square was crowded with people pushing to get to the front of the crowds. I was starting to feel claustrophobic. It was pretty interesting, seeing the Pope address the crowd, although I didn't understand a word that he was saying. After seeing the Pope, we went on a tour of the Vatican Museum with our local American tour guide (who held up a pom pom so we would not get lost in the crowd). In the Vatican museum we got these headphones, so that we ... read more
Me at the Trevi Fountain
Picture inside the Coliseum
Arch of Constantine

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 4th 2011

Day 6: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland to Florence, Italy Monday, October 12th, 2009 The next day was a long bus ride to Florence, Italy. We stopped by the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way, where I got to take one of those must have ridiculous photos of me trying to hold up the tower. The grass was roped off which made it harder to take a picture. My sister tried to get into a picture but fell and hit her head. There was this huge bump on her forehead, but she told me that she felt fine. She was the accident prone one on the trip and she always seemed to get herself into the worst situations (more on that later...). So after spending about an hour at the leaning tower of Pisa, we headed off to ... read more
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Duomo

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen November 27th 2010

Day 4: Paris, France to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland Saturday, October 10th, 2009 The fourth day of our trip was spent mostly on the bus driving from Paris, France to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The view coming into Switzerland was quite beautiful. When we finally got to our campsite, we learned that we needed to pay for hot showers. I guess hot water is a luxury in Switzerland ;-) After we settled into our cabins, we had dinner in the Topdeck tent where we were served traditional Swiss cuisine, which included cheese fondue. I don't know about you, but I am more of a chocolate lover. I love chocolate fondue. I found the cheese fondue to be too rich and liquored up (which could be a good thing ;-). After a mediocre dinner, we congregated in the bar at the ... read more
The Log
Dancing in the Bar
Ice Palace

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 22nd 2010

Day 3: Paris, France Friday, October 9th, 2009 On the third day of our European Wonder trip, Renata and I decided that we wanted to visit the Chateau de Versailles, since this was our second visit to Paris and we have already been up the Eiffel Tower. Our friend Kathy decided to tag along. So we took the RER C5 line, direction Versailles Rive Gauche (train called VICK) and when we got off at Versailles Rive Gauche station, it was easy enough to locate the palace because there were signs everywhere. We got tickets to the palace and the gardens at a nearby store that helped us skip the line. The palace was huge and beautiful. It looked fit for a queen ;-) The royals sure liked to have their portraits painted, as there were portraits ... read more
The Orangerie
Gardens of Versailles
The Queen's Bed Chamber, Chateau de Versailles

Europe » France » Paris September 29th 2010

Day 2: London to Paris Thursday, October 8th, 2009 So today was the official start of the Topdeck European Wonder tour. Most of the day was spent travelling from London to Paris. We traveled from London to Dover, to catch a ferry from Dover to Calais France. After arriving in Calais, France, we got to know our fellow Top Deckers on the bus ride from Calais to Paris. The majority of the tour group were from Australia and New Zealand with a few individuals from London , Thailand , Venezuela , and Malaysia. The three of us, were the only individuals from North America on the tour. We also got to know more about our tour manager, Amy and our awesome bus driver, Brad. We each had the opportunity to introduce ourselves at the front of ... read more
White Cliffs of Dover
Moulin Rouge
Sacre Coeur

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London September 10th 2010

Wow, time really does fly by. I was planning on writing this blog for a while and a lot sooner (last year infact) but before I knew it, instead of nearing the end of 2009, it is now nearing the end of 2010. Well better late than never as the saying goes ;-) So as a graduation present last year, I decided to treat myself to a tour of Western Europe from (October 8-25th), with my travelling buddies, my twin sister, Renata and my dear friend Kathy from University. We decided to go on the Topdeck European Wonder Tour which included London, Paris, Lauterbrunnen, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Verona, Venice, Salzburg, Tyrol, Rhine Valley, and Amsterdam. Wow, try saying that 3 times fast!!!! It was a lot to take in, in such a short period of time ... read more
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
Trafalgar Square when it was about to pour

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