Cathy Plunkett

TassieToTuscany

Cathy Plunkett

This trip to Italy has been a dream for many years and this year, 2012 I give this gift to myself... for being a good girl!


I am creating this blog as a travel diary and hope friends and family will enjoy the armchair ride with me via my photos and travel tales. I intend to update it regularly... but cannot guarantee that I will. I could be too busy misbehaving myself!

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Italy Trip 2012






Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart June 25th 2012

Monday 25 June, 2012 Melbourne to Hobart This sector I know well – usually just about 1 hour 10 minutes and an easy flight.Fine, but I wasn’t expecting to have to retrieve my baggage and take it to the domestic terminal and recheck it.Of course mine was the near to last bag off the flight and one of the Etihad hostesses came up to me and said that I’d missed my connection to Hobart and I would have to stay at a hotel for the night.I pleaded with her to find out for sure and that if I ran, might I still be able to make it on time.She said “you can try”.So I did and to my good fortune, that plane was late arriving in and so would be late leaving.Great… ... read more


Sunday 24 June, 2012 Milan to Hobart, via Abu Dhabi, UAE I was able to sleep in as I didn’t need to leave for the airport until 10.30 am, so a relaxed breakfast without rushing. It was good. Then full on again once at the airport – luggage drop – security checks – waiting for flights – and waiting some more. It was a good, easy 9-hour flight though, and not too cramped, I had two seats to myself, so I wasn’t forced to make conversation with anyone which I thought was a bonus and prayed the next sector from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne would be just as good! Once in Abu Dhabi though things changed. The connecting flight was late, so instead of waiting 2 ½ hours the wait dragged out ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 23rd 2012

Saturday 23 June, 2012 Venice to Milan On the move again! I easily made my way through the narrow streets with suitcase to Rialto water terminal. Having already done this trip a number of times now, I had worked out the best route without too many stairs (bridges). I only had one bridge to cross, so not too bad at all. I had pre booked and paid my ticket on the fast train to Milan before I left home. It was a good trip and I was amazed at how fast the train goes. Someone told me it can go up to 280 km per hour. We passed through some lush countryside close to the lakes and mountains of northern Italy. There were some quaint towns along the way, including the town ... read more
Leaving Venice for Milan
Bullet train
Ships or should I say highrise blocks!

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 22nd 2012

Friday 22 June, 2012 Enjoying Lovely Venice Today, I lazed around and did not much except catch up and my travel blog, sort out my stuff and repack. It was a good move to not go outside today, as it was so very hot again… around 40 degrees. A local told me the summer didn’t officially start until yesterday, 21 June, but since I’ve been in Europe, you could have fooled me! I mean I’ve lived in Queensland for the past 30 odd years and I don’t think it was ever this hot. Wonder how I’ll cope back in Tasmania next week when the temperatures are around 8 degrees. This evening I did the Grand Canal circuit. This really is a cosmopolitan country and so steeped with history. Venice itself is so ... read more
Door to the monastery where I stayed
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 21st 2012

Thursday 21 Jun, 2012 On tour in Venice Today I’m feeling much better and I’m off on another tour… as I have a bit of catching up to do. I’ll be fine so long I be careful not to overdo it. Agh, this getting old stuff is for the birds! The tour: I used the same tour guide as yesterday. He’s a private guide named Alessandro, recommended by Rick Steves and he organises his tours around whatever you want to do. He even does a bar tour – what we would commonly call a pub crawl I guess. I was actually booked in for one, but had to pull out due to not feeling up to it. Anyway, today I went a little further afield to Burano, an island, famous for lace ... read more
Burano coming into view
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The Bell Tower

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 20th 2012

Venice Wednesday 20 June Yes, I have another cold… grrr. Sinuses stuffed up and cough, cough, cough, cough. Its lunchtime now and I’m starting to feel hungry. I’ve hardly eaten since I arrived in Venice on Monday night. There’s a little supermarket not 100m from here, so I’m going to venture out for something to eat and a quick look. Then I’ll come back to the cool of my room and rest some more before this afternoon’s tour. I found my way to Rialto Bridge where I met my tour group. Funny thing is; it literally is less than 5 minutes when you know which way to go. I can’t believe it took me nearly an hour and a half the other night! I guess not being well didn’t help; I obviously wasn’t thinking ... read more
On tour with Alessandro!
Back Streets tour
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 19th 2012

Magical Venice Tuesday 19 June, 2012 Ha! Magical Venice will have to wait. I slept all day. I had no choice; my body wouldn’t let me do a thing. But I’ll do an update to this point. Things were going fine until I took a wrong turn through the tiny alleyways of Venice. I caught the bus in from the airport and that went well. It was so hot that I decided to go to the back seat of the bus and point all four aircon vents straight onto my face. That helped… I was lucky there weren’t many people on the bus. Last stop, Venice proper; boats only from here! Okay, here we go again. Luggage in tow, I bought a 3-day ATV ferry/vaporetto pass and boarded for Rialto, the nearest ... read more
My room in Venice
Venice Accom
Guest kitchen

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 18th 2012

Monday 18 June, 2012 A day in Athens I got up early and went straight to the Lido outdoor café, where I’d had breakfast with Ed and Miriam for the past two mornings. I hadn’t seen them since lunchtime yesterday on Santorini and wanted to swap addresses and say goodbye. They didn’t come. Perhaps they went to the dining room, I thought, so I decided to wait at the disembarkation point to catch them as they left the ship. They were part of one of the many tour groups (Trafalgar) on board the cruise, and as groups were being called up as I was standing there, I was positive I would see them. I watched every face of every person that disembarked, until there were no more people bar crew to get off. I was feeling ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 17th 2012

Sunday 17 June, 2012 Santorini, Greek Islands Up on deck early today… I didn’t want to waste any part of this day... it is a dream come true. When I trained as a travel consultant (a lifetime ago) and laid eyes on my first picture of its blue domes, white-washed houses and clear sky that went forever, I knew I would one day visit Santorini. I was very fortunate to have the same couple join me at my breakfast table that joined me yesterday. They invited me to spend the day with them. Perfect, I thought. I really would prefer to share this experience, and these were like-minded people looking forward to Santorini just as much as I. So we boarded the tender with much excitement. Again, today was very hot, so ... read more
Santorini, early morning light
Going ashore and loving it already!
Santorini cable car

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Patmos June 16th 2012

Saturday 16 June, 2012, cont’d Patmos, Greek Islands, Island of Saint John the Apostle A tender boat was the only way to get ashore and it was nice to have a breeze as again it was very hot... around 30 degrees. I liked this place; the colourful houses, lots of flowers, clean and welcoming. Again there were more markets, bars, cafés and shops. The section near the port isvery tourist-orientated, like most of the ports on the cruise itinerary.But when you have time to explore, it’s great to get the ancient history. Patmos has a population of around 3,000 people and an area of 34 km2.There are some world heritage sites; Chora, the island’s historic centre, the of M... read more
Ancient Patmos
Nearly there!
Streets of Patmos, Greece




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