Sharyn Lidster

Shane and Sharyn

Sharyn Lidster

Grey nomads heading overseas for a few months

Europe » Greece » Attica » Aegina August 15th 2013

Athens One Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros and AeginaLeft hotel at 7.45am and travelled by coach to the Port of Piraeus where we boarded a very comfortable day cruiser, Platyera. It has 3 levels with a very nice a air conditioned dining room. The first island, Hydra is the smallest and there are no cars, motor bikes or bicycles (that we could see) on the island. A delightful and busy little port. Beautiful lane ways and shops typical of a small tourist resort. There were also delicious looking fruit & veg shops up the alleyways.The water is amazingly deep, clear and blue. People were swimming everywhere along the short bit of coastline that we walked. Apart from the signs for Margaritas, which made us instantly think of Lawrence, the most entertaining part of the visit was ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka August 13th 2013

Our day tour of Athens began with an 8.30 pick up and we did a drive through of the CBD and past the major central attractions. Then we walked to the top of one of the seven hills overlooking Athens to see the Acropolis. Our guide, Marianna was very informative and while the place was quite crowded, it was still possible to see the views and appreciate the amazing feat of human design and engineering. Then onto the Acropolis museum which is located down the hill from the original and houses what is left of the antiquities that had not been stolen by Lord Egolin-60% removed over a six year period in the 1800s (the British have a lot to answer for) Lunch was in a little cafe in Plaka (an old part of the city) ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Saint-Germain-en-Laye August 13th 2013

Well I will do a little recapping. We left home less an a week ago yet it feels like we have been gone for ages. While we were in Paris we met up with our niece and nephew and a day before that we did a tour past the district in which their hotel was located. Being budget travellers the area was "interesting". We took a photo (see attached) to show their mum! I got their permission to be cheeky. When we met up with them Callum was stirring his sister because the previous evening she had declared that "this area doesn't look familiar". Callum said it was a euphemism for "I'm lost". It became our catch cry for the rest of the day together. We had a great time together walking through the back streets ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Saint-Germain-en-Laye August 12th 2013

A whirlwind 3 days in Paris but we packed in a lot in that short time. We had a 2 day pass on the open top touring buses and there were four routes that took us all over Paris. We managed to fit in the longest tour covering the main attraction on the first afternoon after arriving at 6 in the morning. We were very proud of ourselves for managing to stay awake and get organised to do that. The next day we planned to do the next 3 tours each an hour long. We had a slow start because I think the jet lag had caught up with us a bit. However we managed our goal and arrived back late in the evening and then took a stroll around the neighbourhood to catch the Friday ... read more
Cycle tour of Paris
Meeting up with niece & nephew at the Louvre
Neicha on the Bridge of Locks

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart August 3rd 2013

Not sure if I am putting off the jobs that need to be done before we leave in 3 days or really preparing for the trip by setting up our communications while we are away! Anyway this is the beginning.... we are very excited to be so close to departure but also a little worried about how much we will miss everyone being away for so long. I am sure that once we are under way the wonders of the places we are visiting will make the parting from family and friends worth the sacrifice.... read more
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