Sue Anderson

MarkSueandtheboys

Sue Anderson

This time without our three boys. Plan to explore a bit of Tuscany, walk a section of the Via Francigene from San Gimignano to Sienna and spend a little bit of time in Rome.



Europe » France » Paris January 18th 2011

Paris-London-Melbourne The time has come and we are up our final days. We have all had a great time, and the boys are looking forward to getting home and having a good long sleep-in! On our final day in Paris, Sunday 16th January the sun was shining and we spent a very pleasant day just wandering through the Tuileries and right along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe and back again. Being Sunday, lots of Parisians were out in force and we enjoyed ourselves having lunch and crepes, window shopping and watching the buskers. In the evening we caught the Eurostar from Gare du Nord to St Pancreas, a comfortable but ear popping journey. Very efficient but not nearly as romantic as the old trip to Calais, with a ferry ride over the ... read more
Champs Elysee
Champs Elysee
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France » Paris January 16th 2011

We have been following the devastating floods closely in Queensland and now even in Victoria closely and it just seems terrrible. La Nina has really taken its toll against Brazil and in Sri Lanka too. In Europe the weather has been much kinder after the earlier cold snap that bought the widespread snow. We had a great time in Innsbruck, with two more great days skiing returning to Stubaier Glacier and Kuhtai both having the highest elevations and best conditions. On day four, we returned to Kuhtai and visibility was better and we had a great day's skiing. Thomas, our guide bought his own avalanche gear and spent some time with the boys demonstrating techniques of search and rescue off piste. We caught the train from Innsbruck to Zurich, then changed trains and continued to Paris. ... read more
Stubaier Glacier
Stubaier Glacier
Kuhtai, Tyrol

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck January 10th 2011

We finished our last day in Munich stocking up on a few items for skiing and having a bit more of a look around the city. On the 8th Jan we caught the train from Munich to Innsbruck only two short hours away. Innsbruck is again such a picturesque town sitting surronded by mountains. The boys have been very happy to have a break from all the sightseeing and just have some fun skiing. Its been great here, there are a number of ski fields around the town and a ski bus travels to all of the areas for free as long as you are wearing ski clothes. We were able to hire ski gear in town easily, and we have employed a young ski guide Thomas who has been skiing with us and will continue ... read more
St Michaels Munich
Munich
Munich

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich January 6th 2011

We do seem to chase the cold. It was -4 when we arrived in Munich on the 4th January, and after settling our things into the hotel we headed out for a walk through the old town. The old town is just beautiful with some amazing looking buildings and churches. There were plenty of people in town, tourists and locals shopping. It just seemed to get colder and colder, and eventually the boys dragged us into a huge ski shop to warm up! We had dinner in a traditional bavarian resturant, lots of pork and sauerkraut, made a change from wurst and sauerkraut, I think I have definately had my fill of sauerkraut! Yesterday we went on the U-bahn to the Deutsches Musuem, which is absolutely massive and contains the most amazing exhibits showing the development ... read more
Karistor
Burgersaalkirche
Neuhauser Strasse

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg January 3rd 2011

Berlin Brandenburg Gate was the place to be on NYE 2010, but we didn't adventure out with the locals in the cold. We did see plenty of fireworks though as the local buy great big bags of them and fire them off all day. We spent the day in Potsdam, a town not far from Berlin known famously the Potsdam Conference that was held at Cecilienhof Palace. We visited the palace and got to have a good look at those historic rooms where Churchill then Atlee, Truman and Stalin met. We caught a bus over 'The Bridge of Spies' and through the Sanssouci Park, the Palace built for Frederik II in the mid 1700's. The grounds are reknowned but alas covered in snow, so in the bus we stayed. New year's day we spent at Berlin ... read more
Feuding Knights
Cecelienhof Palace
Conference table

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin December 30th 2010

My internet connection is not as convenient as in London but I will try and do my best and keep my blog up to date. Our last sightseeing day took us to the British Museum. With the traindrivers working again we caught the tube to Russell Square, and disembarked in this most attractive area of London. A short walk took us to the museum where we split up to explore the vast spaces and extraordinary collections. On the 28th we travelled to Berlin,and thankfully no problems with flights. Plenty of snow on the ground here, maybe 50cm, and temperatures a fresh -11 on arrival. Our hotel is very comfortable and warm, but we did venture out for dinner and a walk along the Kurfurstendamm, the main shopping strip to orientate ourselves. We are staying not far ... read more
Centaur from Athens
British Musuem
Cute Paddington Bear!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London December 27th 2010

Boxing day bought freezing temperatures, we knew we were in for a cold day with all the cars in the street covered with thick ice. It also bought a an Underground train drivers strike. Options were a bit limited but we caught a bus to Kensington and spent the day exploring the vast parkland of London's main Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. The ground was absolutely frozen, and so was the water in Serpentine lake, the Serpentine Swimming Club who, since 1864, have a traditional annual 100 yard swimming race on Christmas day, this year had to break up the ice before the race! We made our way from Kensington Gardens past a couple of Anish Kapoor's current sculpture installations within the park, toward the Royal Albert Hall and the grand statue of Prince ... read more
Round Pond
Round Pond
Anish Kapoor's C-Curve

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London December 26th 2010

Hope you all had a lovely day! We've had bit of a rest over the last couple of days. Christmas eve we hit the shops starting at Harrods to pick up some yummy treats, strawberry jam with champagne, mince pies, shortbread with brandy and some fudge cookies. The boys found it all over the top so we found ourselves heading back to Covent Garden where we split up for the rest of the day to buy our Kris Kringles. Christmas day was very relaxed, no snow but a crisp -2 and clear. Mark booked a table at a local resturant and we had a great meal in a nice atmosphere. We missed the Queen's live broadcast from Hampton Court but we made sure we were home in time to watch the Dr Who Christmas Special while ... read more
Knightsbridge
Covent Garden
The Thames at Hammersmith

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London December 24th 2010

Merry Christmas and best wishes to you all!!! Not quite Christmas here yet, but we have planned to have a lovely Christmas lunch at a local resturant. Most of the snow has melted in urban London, but yesterday we had a very nice day in Oxford which was covered with snow. We headed to Paddington and caught the British Rail service to Oxford only a comfortable hour away. We caught the sightseeing bus to do a quick lap of the city before disembarking and spending some time exploring this historic university city by foot. One building we happened across was the Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate, which is nearly 1000 years old and is Oxford's oldest building. As we came down from the tower we were lucky to hear a performance of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » London December 23rd 2010

Back to Greenwich today, this time North Greenwich to to the O2 Bubble situated on the Greenwich Pennisula . The 02 Bubble is a huge entertainment complex , which was absolutely freezing in the concourse area. The boys were very keen to check out an exhibition -The British Music Experience being held there, thankfully the exhibition was heated. We all enjoyed our british music experience with a collection of well known stage costumes, famous guitars and the latest of interactive technologies covering british music history over the last 60 years. We then caught the tube to Baker St and spent the rest of the chilly afternoon visiting Regent Park, Abbey Road Studios and Sherlock Holmes's apartment. The pedestrian crossing on Abbey Road was all abit crazy with the crossing just getting a landmark listing! ... read more
O2 Bubble concourse
Meridian Line
Regent Park




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