Lori & Susan

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Lori & Susan

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. - Miriam Beard.

We are Lori and Susan - welcome to our Waddads Travel blogs! We are from New Westminster, BC, Canada, and we both love to travel. Our travels so far have taken us to the US, Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, London, Bangkok, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Paris, Ireland, Amsterdam, and Kenya. We look forward to many more trips, and the opportunity to experience new countries and to meet new people along the way. We hope you enjoy travelling with us!

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster October 11th 2022

“There ain’t no journey that don’t change you some.” - David Mitchell And what a journey we had! We’ve been home for several days now, and I’m rested enough to do my wrap-up blog. We covered a lot of ground over our month long trip, had lots of great experiences, drank lots (beer, wine, spritzes), ate lots (grilled fish, pasta, pizza, gelato), and walked about a million steps, up hills and down hills, up stairs and down stairs 😂. If you‘re thinking of visiting Croatia (which I highly recommend), be prepared for lots and lots of stairs! We travelled in a wide variety of transport on this trip (plane, train, subway, bus, mini van, and a variety of boats), which was lots of fun. We took numerous ferries in Croatia and they were a great way ... read more
Lager in London
Memorial for the Queen in London shop

“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.’” - Douglas Adams And we’ve spend quite a bit of time in airports the last two days! If you read my last blog, you know we were concerned about making our standby flight from Rome to Vancouver. Spoiler alert, we missed it 😢. But, first things first, back to our last morning in Rome. The morning started with an email from WestJet saying our flight to Rome was delayed (an hour or so). We weren’t concerned about that, since there were several flights from Calgary to Vancouver we could take (we had to connect in Calgary). As long as we made the flight from Rome to Calgary, we’d be fine. We were up, showered, breakfasted, ... read more
Two sad travellers!
G&Ts and cheese and onion crisps
Relaxing in the lounge at Gatwick before our flight to Toronto

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 6th 2022

“There‘s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” - Charlotte Eriksson Well, we only had a short time in Rome, but we have loved it. Tomorrow we fly back home (that is, hopefully we fly back, provided we make our flight, more on that later). We had another full day today, roaming around this vibrant, beautiful, exasperating, and amazing city. We headed out this morning about 8:30, stopping for cappuccinos and croissants at a nearby coffee shop, before hopping on a bus to take us to St. Peter’s Basilica. We could have taken the metro, but the bus would get us closer to St. Peter’s than the metro. We waited in the security line for about 1/2 ... read more
St. Peter’s Square
St. Peter’s Square
St. Peter’s Square

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 5th 2022

Greetings from Rome! Monday (Oct 3) was a pretty chill last day in Lecce. We had a leisurely morning, with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and mushrooms, cheese and tomatoes, and toast, made by Susan. Delicious! I found another tailor on google, in the continuing quest to get my pantsuit hemmed, and success! The little tailor shop was just a short walk away, and we were helped along the way by really nice locals, one of whom took us right to the shop. While I was in getting my pants pinned, Susan and Beth were chatting with her (I believe there was a recommendation of various restaurant for dinner). I tried out my new purse today and I was really happy with it. We popped into several other shops (Susan got a purse and I got ... read more
Ross and I in our new Italian outfits!
Me with last Aperol Spritz in Lecce
Beth, Susan and I on the way to dinner

Europe » Italy » Apulia » Lecce October 2nd 2022

We had a fabulous day today visiting the towns of Alberobello and Ostuni, with a swim in the Adriatic in between! We were up earlier this morning, ready to leave at 8:30. We planned on scrambled eggs with our leftover mushrooms and cheese, but the stovetop was acting up, so we had yogurt and toast instead, plus excellent strong coffee made in the electric espresso maker. We headed out on the drive to Alberobello, which is about 1 1/2 hrs away, through olive groves (some diseased and some newly planted), and lots of prickly pear cactus and vineyards. This area, Salento, is quite dry and flat. As we approached Alberobello the olive groves were much healthier and lush. The drive as we approached Alberobello was very pretty, much more lush and hilly. Alberobello is a very ... read more
Ross in front of Fabio the fiat
Me in Alberobello

Europe » Italy » Apulia October 1st 2022

“The whole world is a narrow bridge and the main thing is not to be afraid”- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov We woke up to heavy rain and thunder this morning! Our laundry hanging on the line got a bit wet, and the rain kept coming, on and off. It would seem to clear up, but then a few minutes later it was pouring again. Ross went out to get us some delicious pastries for breakfast (a variety of croissants - cream, pistachio, and marmalade, yumm!). We packed our umbrellas and rain jackets, and left the apartment at 10 am, but by that time it had cleared up and it turned out to be quite a nice day (mostly sunny and quite warm). We walked to the old town, first stopping at the cell phone place because ... read more
Chiesa di Sant’irene
Beth and Susan at the basilica steps
Exterior of Santa Croce

Europe » Italy » Apulia » Lecce September 29th 2022

Greetings from Lecce, Italy! We had a nice breakfast in Hotel Slavija yesterday morning, with Jim and Lois, who were heading out to the airport later that day, then we walked to the bus depot to get the airport shuttle bus to the Split airport. It was a beautiful warm sunny morning. We passed a Split sign we hadn’t seen before so I hopped in front for a quick photo. The bus left on time and we had a pleasant 45 min or so ride to the airport. We breezed through security and passport control at the airport, and were hoping to find a place for an Aperol spritz before our flight, but it turned out there was just one little kiosk with food and drink after security, so we had a Croatian beer instead. The ... read more
Me at the Split sign
Split airport
Last Croatian beer at the Split airport

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir September 28th 2022

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage; perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about travelling.” - Gustavo Flaubert Greetings from Split - we can’t believe that tonight is our last night in Croatia! We are back in Hotel Slavija in Split, where we booked an additional night, in a very lovely room with a little stone balcony. We just shared a beer on our balcony 😀. We also found out that breakfast is included tomorrow morning - bonus! We had a really enjoyable day today travelling from Šibenik to Trogir, then on to Split. We had a leisurely morning, and hauled our suitcases to the bus depot (it was a lot easier going down the stairs and down ... read more
Me by the North City Gate
Trogir streets
St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik September 27th 2022

We had a really wonderful day today, on our boat trip to the Kornati Islands, and most of the day was lovely and sunny. Despite the crappy weather forecast! We were so afraid that it would rain and the trip would be cancelled, but we were lucky with the weather, right until the end of the day. So, we started the day with breakfast in our apartment (yogurt, leftover bread from last night’s dinner with hummus, dried figs, banana). We had it on our balcony while admiring the view of St Michael’s Fortress in the sun. We met the others down the hill at the civilized hour of 9:30. I managed to publish the blog this morning before we left, after having lots of problems last night. The SIM card we’ve been using for our phones, ... read more
St. Michael’s Fortress in Sibenik
Susan and I on the boat
St. Nicolas’ Fortress

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Sibenik September 26th 2022

We had a wonderful day today exploring Krka National Park. It was a day of waterfalls, a beautiful monastery, and lots of steps (over 26,000 according to my fitbit). We started the day with a coffee and yogurt in the room, then walked to the coffee shop/bakery by the bus station to pick up a coffee and sandwiches for lunch later. Our mini van picked us up shortly after 8 and we were on the road for Krka National Park. The park is enormous, extending from the Adriatic near Šibenik to the mountains of the interior. We drove for about 20 minutes from Šibenik, and then walked for about two hours, walking on boardwalks past the Krka River and passing waterfall after waterfall, and climbing lots of steps. When we got to the park about 8:30 ... read more
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Krka National Park

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