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9th May 2015

Trophy decided
Well, we left the trophy behind this year after winning two years running. Good to share it around. They are so hospitable in Toc and we all had a great week. The weather was colder than usual however the rain held off until today so that was a blessing. I can imagine you will welcome having a car to go further afield without the usual bother of train timetables. I quite like using public transport when we travel because you see places and a side of their life that you may miss driving around. However sometimes it is too hard to get to certain places without your own wheels. Good to see you both enjoying your adventures to the max! xx
8th May 2015
Miroir d'eau

blue sky days
The weather looks wonderful, really shows off the photos well. It's chilly here in Toc and will no doubt be colder in Melb on our return tonight. Oh for the blue sky of Nice!! xx
9th May 2015
Miroir d'eau

Winners or Losers?
Hi Janet and Phil, How did the bowling go up in Tocumwal? We took the bus to Monaco yesterday and we're off to Cannes today. Very excited about picking up the hire car on Sunday and having more freedom of movement. 💜 T
8th May 2015
Korean light show on kimchi jars

Bravo for braving a World's Fair!
I've always been afraid they'd be too crowded, so I admire you for going and reporting. Too bad most exhibits were into self-promotion and didn't showcase efforts to feed the world, but good for those that did. In 2004, in Barcelona, I attended a Universal Forum for Cultures, partly sponsored by UNESCO and learned so much. Well, thanks for saving me from having to go to the next Expo!
7th May 2015

Is Wendy lost too?
Just love your wide-angle shot of Civiche Racco;te d'Arte Antica. Glorious photo of the cloisters. Did you discover why the banners were showing dogs? Are you sure Stephen wasn't looking down on you from one of those 'monstrous' gargoyles? Thoroughly enjoying your detailed commentary Tracey. Ciao. Caroline
6th May 2015
George's House?

looks like george's house
Checked some images on the internet and the house you have photographed looks like it is George Clooney's home, going on many features pictured. It is a different angle but I am certain you are right.
6th May 2015

hello again
Love the gelato flowers, very different. I can never resist an extra flavour! As always some great pics. Phil is out with his camera at the moment but nothing here as flash as what you are seeing. We are in Toc for our bowls week so I think he will mainly capture flowers from the motel garden and river views from the beach today. A few of the guys will be at the beach stoking up fires as I type, putting on enough camp ovens to feed roast and vegies to 60 people! It gets bigger every year. Not a bad life, sitting around with a glass of wine and watching a group of men cook for us all. Looking forward to following more of your adventures.
6th May 2015

Gelato everywhere!
Hi Janet, It seems that nearly every second shop here is a Gelateria!! We are certainly making pigs of ourselves on it because it tastes so much better in Italy. Or is it just because we are on holidays? It's a similar sort of thing to having a meal cooked by the men I think?! 💜 T
5th May 2015

Where's Stephen?
Loved the colours of the plants in the garden at Cadenabbia - brilliant overlooking the lakeside. And, despite the dull day your photos are still remarkably clear. That mansion may also belong to Johnny Matthis, if you remember him. I've been in love with his music all my life. Cheers. Caroline
6th May 2015

Spring flowers
Hi Caroline, The rhododenrons and the azaleas seem to do very well here in northern Italy as we have seen some absolutely beautiful examples of both ... in gardens and in pots. Cheers, Tracey.
5th May 2015

Visiting Venice
Hi Tracey and Bernie, glad you are having a good time. It's almost like being there when I read your blogs. Love, Cheryl.
5th May 2015

Glad you're enjoying our blogs
Hi Cheryl, It's good to hear that you are enjoying a European holiday vicariously via our blogs. It was very cold yesterday at Lake Como, but the forecast for today in Milan is very warm. Just like Victoria, the weather is all over the place!! Love, Tracey
5th May 2015

Milan riots?
Were you aware of the riots in Milan 2 days ago which threatened to ruin the opening of the Milan Expo? I do hope there is no more trouble there to ruin this leg of your 'Grand Tour'. Stay safe and continue sharing those beautiful photos. Ciao. Caroline
5th May 2015

All seems peaceful in Milan
Hi Caroline, When we were still in Verona we saw the news too about the anti-Expo demonstrations in Milan. With our trip to Lake Como yesterday we haven't been out and about yet in Milan, but it all seems peaceful. Since we are here we are actually planning to visit the Expo on Wednesday but will, of course, change our plans if we hear anything about continued unrest. Cheers, Tracey.
4th May 2015

Steven.
Just a question - am I following Tracey & Bernie's adventures OR am I trapped in a Steven C-Gull saga??? Whatever - I'm enjoying the 'great escape'. Caroline
4th May 2015

Sea Gulls
Hi Caroline, The sea gull photos are a bit of an in-joke between Bernie and his brother. Michael (Bernie's brother) has posted a few sea gull close encounters on Facebook so Bernie is responding in kind. Cheers, Tracey
4th May 2015

Beautiful Morano glass.
That Morano blue glass sculpture is 'magnifico'. Is it really outside in a courtyard? And Tracey, how COULD YOU ~ wrap up your Morano vase before taking a photo & sharing?? You'll have to have a 'show & tell' after you get home. Aren't you lucky with the weather? And to see St Mark's Square completely dry - and not flooded - allows for great photos plus you're not forced to walk on raised wooden platforms. I've seen many photos showing crowds struggling across a flooded St Mark's Square. Not a pretty sight. Thanks. Caroline
From Blog: Isola di Murano
4th May 2015

Glass Sculpture
Hi Caroline, Yes the sculpture is outside which surprised me too. Maybe they have spare shards to replace them when they get broken? The vase was wrapped up very securely in the shop and I'm not game to open it now until we get it safely home. We were very lucky to have beautiful weather in Venice. Cheers, Tracey.
From Blog: Isola di Murano
2nd May 2015

hard to resist
Looks like an excellent side trip, am rather partial to Murano glass and have a couple of vintage pieces so I think I would find it very difficult to resist a purchase. Looking forward to seeing a photo of the purchase down the track if you have one.
From Blog: Isola di Murano
2nd May 2015
Sunset on the Grand Canal

love the canal images
Lovely pics, I especially like the water and boat images, very colourful and atmospheric. You may have scored a shot of Tom and Ron, certainly looks like both of them (well Tom from the back). Mingling with the rich and famous. I'm packed to go to Toc tomorrow, hardly compares with your current experiences! Vivid photos are starting to flow on Facebook. I can hardly believe it has been almost twelve months since we were enjoying the light show. Keep the photos coming, it is great to see what you are up to.
2nd May 2015

Venice ~ more wonderful photos.
OMG! More wonderful photos. Venice is SOOOOOO photogenic. Can't wait to visit there myself. Your 'Grand Touring' has got me planning my 'Great Escape'. Caroline
2nd May 2015

Hullo
I was just thinking. You folks would make excellent tour guides in another life. Even I would travel with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2nd May 2015
Doges Art

Lovely Photos
Enjoy your ride...and keep posting your great pics...cheers the heart
1st May 2015

Venice ...aahhhhhh!
Beautiful photos Bernie; sooooo wish I was there too. Hopefully I'll get there one day soon. Enjoying your blog so much - thanks Tracey.
1st May 2015
Dancing in the Piazza

enjoying your blog and pics
As always your blog takes me along for the journey and the pics are brilliant, you both have such a good eye for an image. Love the colour of the interiors too. Takes me back to our own visit there years ago though of course our photos don't compare. Hooray for digital cameras when you can discard the ones that don't work for you immediately!

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