Steph and Joel

Steph and Joels travels

Steph and Joel

Travels around the world...



Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 27th 2011

Well, we are finally home, and have hit the ground running. We have decided that rent is too expensive in Canberra so have settled in to live with Mum until we can find a house to buy. Please all keep your fingers crossed for us - we hope that we have found one and will be putting in an offer during the week :) Now, I need to apologise, as there were two quite special occasions on our traveling adventure that I ommitted to include in the travel blogs... Llandudno, Wales and Antwerp, Belgium. It was just after we had left Ali and Jan in Stratford upon Avon that Joel and I continued on our road trip up to the beach town of Llandudno in north Wales. It was beautiful, the sun had decided to come ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 27th 2011

Well, we are finally home, and have hit the ground running. We have decided that rent is too expensive in Canberra so have settled in to live with Mum until we can find a house to buy. Please all keep your fingers crossed for us - we hope that we have found one and will be putting in an offer during the week :) Now, I need to apologise, as there were two quite special occasions on our traveling adventure that I ommitted to include in the travel blogs... Llandudno, Wales and Antwerp, Belgium. It was just after we had left Ali and Jan in Stratford upon Avon that Joel and I continued on our road trip up to the beach town of Llandudno in north Wales. It was beautiful, the sun had decided to come ... read more
A dinner to celebrate
The peir at Llandudno
The rings

Europe » Spain » Catalonia October 15th 2011

So we have finally reached our last few days in Europe… for a while there I didn’t think it would come. We have spent the past week in a tiny little village in the north of Spain called Tallo. It is actually a village of about 5 houses (and one hotel) a ten minute walk outside of a slightly bigger town of about 1000 people called Bellver. It has been wonderful. We have a balcony to sit on in the evening watching the sunset and feel like one of the family with Mum and her partner who run the place, Mum's daughter (about our age) who does fron of house and waitressing – bringing us our bottles of wine and endless supply of ice for our drinks and her boyfriend who cooks for us. It’s a ... read more
View of Gaudi's church
An evening with Van Goghs river
An evening with Van Goghs river

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Bad Gastein September 28th 2011

Well, after three relaxing weeks in the alps, we are now back on the trains and exploring longer distances across the continent. And we must admit that we are very happy to be on the move again. But let me start with our three week adventure across the time share resorts of Italy, Austria and Germany. There was a quick introduction to Tscherms in the last blog where we had a beautiful view of the Italian alps and down through the valley covered in vineyards and apple orchards. We made the most of having a kitchen and were even quite excited to be able to go shopping in a supermarket and buy bread and milk and meat and pasta - don't worry, the novelty soon wore off after we realised that we also had to do ... read more
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Europe » Italy August 21st 2011

Firstly, yes, we are still alive and traipsing around Europe, despite all indications to the contrary. What can I say? There is just too much to do, and for the past few weeks, too much pizza and pasta to eat to find the time to blog :) But we have now arrived for our first week of "holidays" in the Italian alps so the pace has slowed considerably! I think I left off last blog on our way to Budapest to meet with Mum? Needless to say we had a great time. We all decided to give our feet a rest in the 36 degree heat and got hop on hop off bus tickets that took us all around the city of Pest, and then up to the castle on the hill in Buda. We also ... read more
Capuchin monks - look closely
View from dinner in Sorrento
Arriving in Possitano

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków August 5th 2011

Tip for visiting Poland with a surname like Szakiel... no need to spell it for anyone, you just need to learn how to pronounce it properly. After almost 30 years of always having to spell and pronounce my surname, I finally arrived in Poland where I felt like one of the crowd... until they started speaking Polish - its quite funny having such a local name and not being able to speak the language. But enough about that, we loved our time in Poland so much so that Joel and I have made a deal that should we be able to retire to Poland he will change his name to Szakiel :) We started off in the far north east of Poland, staying in a town called Olsztyn. We were there to see the Wolf's Lair ... read more
Sticks...
Palace of Science and Culture
Dusk on the cruise


With an introduction like that, we could only be in Amsterdam. And yes, there is plenty of all three! We absolutely loved Amsterdam, although only tried two of the three main options of the city - we decided that hiring bikes was not going to be the romantic option it sounds like. To be honest, the traffic was quite an effort to get through, crossing the road involved looking first for pedestrians, then bikes, then cars, then trams... and once you made it to the middle, the pattern started again, look for trams, then cars, then bikes, then pedestrians. Phewf! We had originally thought that it was time for us to have a quiet and relaxed couple of days... which quickly turned into us being out all night and then sleeping late - but when in ... read more
The bed in the background...
Mood lighting
Dinner on the canal

Europe » France » Picardy » Somme July 25th 2011

To continue our history tour of Europe, we took a tour of the WW1 battle fields of France, just outside of Paris. This was a fairly personal tour for Stephanie, with her great grandfather having fought in the battle of the Somme, and her grandfather (mum's dad) having been named after the battle of Mount St Quentin - one of the infamous battles the Australian's won against all odds. It started with an early morning train from Paris, and unlike the American Normandy tour, we were surrounded by Australians both on the train and the tour. But it definitely made the tour that much closer for us, having everything tailored to the Australian stories of the first world war. We started in the memorial for Villers-Bretonneux, one of the forefronts of the battle, where the Germans ... read more
Villers Bretonneux cemetery
Villers Bretonneux memorial and cemetery
Roo de Kanga

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Bayeux July 22nd 2011

On the 22nd July we visited the sights of the D-day beaches through Normandy. Not really knowing too much about the American side of the landings, we decided to take the tour that went to the American sights of Utah and Omaha beaches. Of course, we were the only non-Americans on the tour though, which was not what we were expecting and took us by surprise suddenly being surrounded by American accents after having become used to European accents. But it was a fantastic tour. The stories of the planning and execution of the landings and efforts through the country side to re-claim the towns and region from the Germans were really inspiring. There were stories of paratroopers getting stuck on a church steeple and having to "play dead" for two hours to avoid being ... read more
Stained glass memorial to the paratroopers
Mesh fence
Omaha beach

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dún Laoghaire July 6th 2011

So it has been a few weeks since our last blog... but just take that as an indiction of how much we are enjoying the travels :) After leaving Liverpool we headed north to Scotland, in an anticlockwise loop of the country. From Gretna Green - where we did not partake of the traditional activities of the city :) - through to Edinburgh and St Andrews. We then drove up the coast road to a little town called Huntly in the north east for a restful three nights. Of course, it was not an accident we had decided to stay for a little longer up there, being in the middle of both the castle trail and the whiskey trail it had the best of both worlds. We were also able to visit the home town and ... read more
On the Ben Nevis range in Scotland
Apparently there is a drop off the cliff
Our first seafood feast




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