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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney October 24th 2018

After arriving Munich we had to run to gates to catch our next flight. Only 1hour between flights and long way between boarding gates. Good flight on newer Lufthansa A380 with better seats and staff. Slept a little bit, 10.5 hour flight to Hong Kong then straight to Qantas lounge. Best lounge with plenty room. Good shower then a feed. 5.5 hours layover.... read more
Qantas lounge
Qantas lounge
Looking out from Qantas lounge

Asia » Hong Kong October 23rd 2018

Easy breakfast then final pack of bags. Pick up at 12 noon then straight to Lufthansa BC lounge for flight at 8.20pm. Lounge crowded at times, no showers.... read more
Lufthansa Milan BC lounge
Lufthansa Milan Bc lounge
Lufthansa Milan BC lounge

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 22nd 2018

Late breakfast today then go out for souvenirs.Rang and changed pickup time tomorrow. Lunch bite at McDonalds then coffee at Panarini's cafe. Back to hotel for rest. On my own walked to San Ambrogio basilica. Rebuilt in Romanesque style using artefacts from 300's. Plain inside except for beautiful gold mosaic tiled dome and several special original pieces. Also original chapel again with gold mosaic dome. On way back came across San Giorgio church with wonderful painting of Passion of Christ. Called into San Sepolcro church again, truly taken by it's simplicity and beautiful sculptured scenes. Lit some candles for our family then walked back to hotel. Straight to dinner.... read more
Basilica San Ambrogio
Artefacts from 300's
Serpent column

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Luino October 21st 2018

Early breakfast then taxi ordered for 8.30am to catch the 9.32am train to Porto Valtravaglia near Luino. We had pre purchased the tickets yesterday via the hotel front desk. Exciting catching our first Italian train, all went well and pleased with the service. Rang Sorino to come collect us from station, arrived his house about 11.40am. He had lunch prepared, pasta then crumbed veal. Plenty of talking happening, Dalyse doing very well with her Italian. Sorino hadn't changed a bit, Lucca was ther also. Sarina & Davide in Sicily so couldn't join us. After lunch went for walk up to Musadino village then Domo to see Aunty's old apartments & church next door. Great memories of our last visit 12 years ago. Caught train and taxi back to hotel, then dinner & bed.... read more
Inside train
Porto Valtravaglia station
Sorino's home

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 20th 2018

Easy breakfast then walk to Castello Sforzesco. Band and march out front, maybe a celebration day. Looked around inside the huge courtyard. Cats in the dry moat, lady feeding some in the courtyard. Shopping at Decathlon, OVS, Saphoro. Light lunch at cafe near our hotel then walked to Church of San Sepolcro but was closed. Then to C4 supermarket near via Torino. Bought some wine & chocolate to take to Sarina's tomorrow. Back to hotel and booked train tickets to Porto Valtravaglia. Easy dinner tonight.... read more
Gelato last night
Sculpture outside Commerce & Stock Exchange  building
Castello Storzesco

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 19th 2018

Up at 7am to get some photos before it gets busy with tourists. Back for breakfast. After breakfast bought some Fast Trak tickets to do the 3 Duomo activities. First the Terraces after catching the lift, spectacular views over the city and piazza. Then down to the inside of the Duomo, again spectacular interior & not too crowded. Then down to the underground archeological digs going back to 3rd century ruins. Spent morning on these activities then good lunch at Spidari cafe. We spent the afternoon at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Then Church of San Sepolcro and Crypt. We found these very interesting and spent 3.5 hours there. Back for dinner, passegata with gelatos.... read more
Duomo piazza

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 18th 2018

Up at 2am for a 4am pickup. Flight at 7.05am, so will be a long day. Flight went well, transport waiting for us arrived hotel at 9.30am so have to wait for rooms. Walked over to cafe for breakfast then to Duomo and Galleries, then ip the shopping street. Back to rooms at 1pm then rested till 4.30pm and went for a light pasta dinner, all the pizza places closed. Walked around town and back for bed.... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague October 17th 2018

Early rise for sunrise morning walk with Pio. Visited the Charles bridge and placed a rose for Connie. Even at that time there were some tourists, photographers and wedding couples. Back for 8am breakfast, perfect again with great food selections. Pickup 10am by Phillip, for Strahov monestary visit. Amazing library with vaulted painted ceiling witj wall to wall books. Then walked (climbed stairs) to Petrin tower then elevator for views over Prague. Pio climbed down the stairs while we caught the lift. We ate cone donuts filled with ice cream, sweet & yummy. Caught funicular fown to catch tram home. Unfortunately track work we were told so couldn't catch tram home. So we had long tiring walk back. Having a break then dinner at the local backery. Tomorrow we leave very early (4am) for Milan.... read more
Rose left for Connie on Charles bridge early morning
Charles bridge
Charles bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague October 17th 2018

Early up for quick walk into main square before the tourists arrive. 2 brides having photos. Fantastic to have to myself with nobody much around, just people going about their own business. After breakfast joined the Top 30 walking tour with Renata, just 6 of us from the hotel. Driven up to Prague Castle to start the walk through of the palace. First St George basilica then through the palace grounds, most buildings still used for state government work. Today was a reception for some Chinese delegates. Then out to the gardens and down the terraces to Mala Strana district. Past St Nicklaus church and lunch at Lokal pub. Nice lunch then across the crowded Charles bridge then past the Astronomical clock to the crowdedain square. Past Jewish synagogue, St Agnes convent then home. Lots of ... read more
Old town square
Gates of Prague castle
Inside St George basilica

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague October 15th 2018

After we disembarked from our ship we had an early morning flight to Prague. Up at 4.20am for 9.25am flight. Spent lots of time walking the terminal to check in bags, flight delayed 1 hour. Arrived 2pm then we strolled to a local restaurant for a late lunch, Aldente Italian. Paula at Agnes recommended it. Perfect pasta and risotto. Just cannot believe the beauty of this lovely town. We have all fallen in love with it, such historic grand buildings everwhere. The stréetscape is gorgeous. We have a lovely quiet boutique hotel to stay in for 3 days. Very attentive service by Paula and staff. Tonight dinner at another recommend restaurant. Tomorrow a local guide will show us the highlights of the city. ... read more
View from our windows

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