Margaret Gwynne

Noel and Margaret

Margaret Gwynne

Europe » Italy » Campania » Agerola October 16th 2019

Welcome to my final blog for 2019! We made it to the end and this is our last night in Italy, before heading to Rome tomorrow for our 10pm flight home. We Facetimed with Matt and Chris today and apparently there was a last minute wild party at our house last night so they were in full on cleaning mode when we talked. Let’s hope it’s ship shape when we arrive on Saturday morning. The last week has been pretty calm with our only dramas being the habitual driving challenges and paying unnecessary tolls because we accidentally leave a highway and have to get back on it to go a few kilometres to the turn we were meant to take. After leaving Padua we drove to Florence and I had cleverly pre-booked a car parking space ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Padua October 11th 2019

Welcome to Blog number 4 for all my friends and family that have not been following my more frequent Facebook posts. My apologies for not blogging earlier but the last couple of weeks have been hectic. We left the Cinque Terre and made it to Lake Como after being sent on yet another couple of Google Maps adventures. We keep arguing whether it’s the maps in the wrong or the navigator. Personally I think having a driver who has tunnel vision and no spatial awareness could possibly be most of the problem. Noel will beg to differ. First stop was at the Monza race track. I had arranged to go on a tour of the track the next day but we decided to call in on the way through to Onno so that we wouldn’t have ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » La Spezia September 26th 2019

Hello my friends. I hope you are all well. Noel and I were lucky enough to stay in a lovely apartment only a 5 minute walk north of the main train station in Rome which was super handy for getting out and about in the city. If anyone wants a nice clean place to stay if they visit here, let me know and I'll send details. My only complaint was the lack of a kettle and toaster, which appears to be the norm in Europe. We had a wonderful sunny day in Rome on Saturday and ventured to Saint Peter's square and basilica and it was so gorgeous. We arrived an hour after opening and the security line was already about 200 metres long. Within 15 mins it had grown to 300 metres. It must be ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 21st 2019

Dear all. Some friends who are expert travellers have queried my luggage load on this trip and yes, I know 23 kilos is too huge and I usually do carry less. However, on this holiday we are away for nearly 7 weeks, in shoulder season. We are travelling from hot and sunny Greek Islands early September to cold nights in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia mid October so the temperature range we need to dress for ranges from 38 degrees to 5 degrees over the course of the trip (bbrrrr...I need a jacket and jumper just thinking about that). In addition to that, we just finished our 11 night cruise with no option to wash except for very expensive small bags of washing done by the cruise line (add in AUD conversion rate) so we needed day ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 20th 2019

We have had a wonderful day in Rome today after venturing to Pisa yesterday. It was super sad disbanding the "Fab Four" after meeting up for dinner tonight near the Spanish Steps. We have become firm friends in just a short time. We'll see you again, Deb and Jacquie, before you know it!!! Thanks for the great times and wonderful memories. xxxx Here are some photos to go along with my earlier blog post. Enjoy!!... read more
Changing of the guards
Changing of the guards
First sighting

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 20th 2019

Hello friends. I hope you enjoyed my last blog and that you had a few chuckles, reading about our adventures so far. Update…I did not manage to get Noel to learn/do any dancing with me on this cruise. Our port after Corfu was Santorini. After the calmness of Corfu it was a bit of a shock to wake up to gale force winds of about 50 knots and super choppy seas. But this beauty of a ship handled it with ease and the captain said that the water is too deep to anchor in the caldera so he was using satellite positioning to keep the ship in one place by using rudders and thrusters. I did not get off the ship in Santorini and I can tell you this baby did not move an inch!!! I ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 14th 2019

My apologies to all my friends who think I have “un-friended” them due to non-receipt of my travel blog. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for me) I have been too busy on holiday to actually sit down and write a witty blurb. That and the severe lack of affordable Wi-Fi on the cruise are to blame. Finally I can update you on our travels… So the normal check in fiasco happened in the security screening area of Sydney Airport. I checked the limit of fluids for check in baggage and thought common sense would prevail. But alas, no, the very stern man in a uniform wagged his finger at me and showed me my brand new $12 Sensodine toothpaste and said “over the limit!” Wait, what? By 10 mls. Can you believe it? 10 lousy mls. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hurstville March 11th 2019

Dear friends Well here we go again. In exactly six months from right this minute, Noel and I will be on board the Norwegian Pearl in Venice harbour waiting to sail for our 11 night cruise to Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Greek Islands and Italy. Our cruise will be followed by 4 weeks of road tripping through Italy, Switzerland, Munich for Oktoberfest Ja!! Ja!!, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia. Noel will be driving a manual car, on the wrong side of the road to what he's used to, with a banged up hand that hasn't mended since his cricket accident 5 months ago and needs yet more surgery!!! It should be a HOOT and I should have LOTS of funny stories to share, together with beautiful pictures that will make you jealous. So if you are happy to ... read more

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Bad Erlach July 15th 2018

Hallo everyone. Please enjoy These Beautiful Pictures....... read more
Somewhere over Queensland
Northern Territory....looks like Queensland
6 AM Dubai airport

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Bad Erlach July 14th 2018

My apologies to anyone who receives this travel blog twice but some people have said they did not receive it in their mailbox. I am attempting to repost the blog as a "public" post and hope that my friends and family will now be able to read about my adventure so far. Thank you. I have to start off by thanking Michael, Petra, Hannah, Maggie and Johannes (sorry Johannes but someone has to go last) for being so wonderful by allowing me to stay with them in lovely Klingfurth and for being so accommodating and generous with their time to ensure I am fully occupied and enjoying every single moment. Another special thank you to Hannah who has graciously given up her own room for me to stay in while here. My trip started off with ... read more

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