Kaylene Perissinotto

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Kaylene Perissinotto







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Europe » Germany » Hamburg January 3rd 2017

Geo: 53.5534, 9.9922Today was freezing cold and rainy. We decided to start the day by heading into Hamburg and going to the Emigration Museum.One of the things that brought us to Hamburg is that Grandad's grandfather emigrated to Australia from Hamburg's port, so we were very keen to learn more about what it was like for the German's emigrating to all across the world. We enjoyed a lovely morning stepping back in history!We then headed into the centre of Hamburg, stopping at the Emigration church where Great-great-grandad probably stopped at. It was really interesting to see how the Lutheran churches are different to ours. It was set up more like a concert hall, with the chairs and rows numbered!!We then drove right into the centre of the CBD, struggling to find a park for our massive ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hamburg January 3rd 2017

Geo: 53.5534, 9.9922An amazing day, treading in the footsteps of my great-grandfather.Otto Rudolph Carl Sielaff was born in about 1855 in Lauenberg, in what was then Prussia. We know that he came to Queensland, arriving in Maryborough (or Brisbane) on 25 June 1889, on the Merkara ship. He married Hannah Blass (1876-1939) at Laidley in 1898, and lived around the Darling Downs (Gatton, Clifton North, etc, before retiring up in Hervey Bay/Wondai according to Electoral Rolls). My grandfather, Franz Carl Hermann Sielaff was born 25/9/11, in Toowoomba, when his father was 56, and was followed by siblings Wilhelm Carl Franz (16/6/13) and Roberta Doreen Emilie (Wendt) in 1915. Otto died 25/2/34 and is buried in Maryborough.The day today was focussed on what Germany/Prussia was like, when my great grandfather left, and the reasons that he might ... read more
Hamburg immigration museum photo
Hamburg immigration museum photo
Hamburg immigration museum photo

Europe » Germany January 2nd 2017

Geo: 53.3741, 10.5483We woke up in time for a quick walk in the square and then went back to the apartment to meet our host who was driving us to the airport.As we loaded our bags into the car it started to snow! We had seen it snow before in Japan and Salzburg, but not big fluffy white flakes like these! Personally, I didn't want to get in the car – I just wanted to stay in the snow!!!We checked into the airport easily and then after a short stop in the airline club (where the guy next to us had his cat – pets are allowed in the cabin in Europe!!!), we boarded the bus for the short ride to the tarmac. As we got on the bus the snow got much heavier – quickly ... read more

Europe » Germany January 2nd 2017

Geo: 53.3741, 10.5483A travel day today. We were up in time for Steven, Georgia and I to take a quick walk around the square in Prague before our host, Marek, met us to transport us to the airport. As we came down the (many) stairs to the street, it began to snow - tiny spots at first but quickly becoming huge fluffy flakes. The kids were delirious with excitement, especially G. It was an interesting drive, as our host (who was about our age) spoke of living as a boy under the communist regime, and how things have changed - making some happy and others less happy. The flight was uneventful - with German efficiency - and we were excited as we arrived in Hamburg to beautiful sunshine and no snow on the ground. Stan remarked ... read more
Snowing in Prague
Snowing in Prague
Snowing in Prague

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 1st 2017

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205We started the new year a lot earlier than the rest of Prague – the streets were deserted and the contrast to last night's crowds was phenomenal!We caught a tram up to the Castle for 10 am Mass. What we hadn't realised was that it was high mass and would go for over 2 hours!! After an hour of the Liturgy of the Word (all in Czech apart from one prayer of the faithful in English and one in French) in a freezing cold Church we decided that we were done.We headed outside for a restorative warm bite to eat – which was nice but also very expensive! We were what our tour guide called being “Ham scammed”. That is that the price shown on the board was per 100g and each serve was ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London January 1st 2017

Geo: 50.0841, 14.4167Matt:On the second day in Prague (it is the capital of the Czech republic) we went to the Prague Castle. It is the largest medieval Castle complex in Europe. It was amazing to see, you could peek into little houses in their original state. The cathedral was beautiful.We went in a place where you could see old weapons. There was a room full of combined weapons. I saw one that was a knife and a bow.Tom:After lunch, we came home for a sleep. It was good to have a big rest after many of us had a bad night with fireworks going off everywhere. At 5.30 we headed of to see another fireworks show.We headed out onto the Charles Bridge (along with half of Prague) to see the fireworks. As there was a heavy ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London January 1st 2017

Geo: 50.0845, 14.4165We started a lot earlier than the majority of people in Prague this morning, and consequently the Charles Bridge was almost deserted when we crossed it at 9am on our way to the Castle. We caught the tram up the hill from the other side of the river (we would have bought tickets but the meschine was broken!) and arrived at a good time for 10am Mass, even seeing the Garuda walking out for the (minor) Changing of the Guards. Mass was a good way of visiting the cathedral, otherwise it couldn't be visited until after midday. But God didn't expect us to attend a High mass in Czech, we are sure, and the church was so cold - spectacular, but close to freezing - so when the Liturgy of the Word hadn't ended ... read more
Foggy New Year's Day
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague December 31st 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205A bitterly cold day in Prague, making it hard to get going this morning.We started off with a walk across Charles Bridge which was fresh but very pretty. Then we went to the main square and the Astronomical clock. The square was packed with Christmas markets and people. A special highlight was trying the funnel cakes, which are traditional, and are pretty much donut mixture cooked in a funnel shape and rolled in sugar!Our tour started at the base of the Astronomical Clock but didn't see it chime – our guide did do a pretty good impression of what the guides in Munich call “the number 1 most overrated tourist attraction in the world”! We then walked past many beautiful old buildings, including a concert hall where Mozart played. By, this point we were ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic December 31st 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205My God! It's cold outside - it took some convincing to get the kids to even leave the apartment for dinner last night! -1 to -4 today - but with the windchill, it feels colder. But the sun was shining, so we headed out to meet a walking tour. We found that we are 400m from the Charles Bridge, and not much further to the Astronomical Clock and main square. Takeaway coffees helped too! As soon as we turned off Liliova Street, we were in the midst of the throngs of tourists - apparently, NYE is the biggest weekend of the year for tourism in Prague. The Square was full of Christmas Market stalls - they continue until the Epiphany here - and we met our tour. We looked at the Astronomical Clock, though ... read more
Our apartment at Liliova
Snow in Prague
Snow in Prague

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London December 30th 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205The Drive to Prague Prague, Czech Republic (via Cesky Krumolv)30/12/16 We got up and had breakfast at our hotel, then our driver, Marick, came to collect us and drive us to Prague.The drive was lovely and restful, but we were very glad Dad wasn't driving through all the fog. As we got closer to the border of Austria and the Czech Republic the amount of snow on the fields and trees dramatically increased. The snow and icicle covered trees really did look like something out of a Winter wonderland Christmas Card!!! IWe stopped for three hours in Cesky Krumolv, which was magical. We wandered around the Christmas Market and walked up to the castle. It was truly magnificent. We enjoyed having sausages and potato chips from the market for lunch!We met Marick and kept ... read more




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