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Europe » Iceland » South » Hella August 23rd 2017

Blog 6 Our last two days of driving Snaefellsnes Peninsula/Reyjkavik Today is our biggest day of driving – 460 kms on not the best roads. After our amazing breakfast we headed down the road across the bottom of the fjord to Blonduos and onto Pingeyrar. My reason for stopping at Pingeyrar was to do with a book I had read called Burial Rites (thanks to Sue Thompson). The book told the story of the last 2 people to be executed in Iceland in the 1830’s. Amazingly the book was written by a young Australian author Hannah Kent. We found the little marker on the side of the road and just like her story, the historical marker pointed out where the execution of the young man and woman took place. It is amazing to think that Australia’s ... read more
Place of execution - just where the animals are
One of Iceland's longest bays is the Breioafjorour. About 50km wide and dotted with 3000 icelands
There are islands everywhere you look in this beautiful bay

Europe » Iceland » North » Seydisfjördur August 23rd 2017

Blog 5 August 10 – Driving Northern Iceland Left Akureyri today hoping to play golf. Signpost in the hotel carpark told us we were 97 miles from the Arctic Circle. We felt a little cool but the locals were doing early morning laps in the pool. Arriving at the Akureyri Golf Club we learnt there were no tee off times until 5pm because it was Northern Iceland’s week of championship golf for men and women. Well the weather was not the best so we weren’t too worried. Drove on to Dalvik and tried another course there but received the same response – basically no room at the inn!! Golf Cancelled and back to being a tourist. Driving on we noticed the salmon fisherman were really having a great time and they seemed to be everywhere. The ... read more
Diesel 185.9 ISK which is about $2.25 per litre
Jadar GC Starter's Hut - good for weather protection!!
Welcome to the Dalvik Fishing Festival - we were two day early

Europe » Iceland » North » Húsavík August 14th 2017

Blog 4 – Our Whale Tale - Lake Myvatn to Husavik and onto Akureyri, the capital of the north Dear all Well we awoke to another day of heavy showers and the weather was much colder just 9 degrees. Packed the car and headed off to find our first attraction, the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall. Forgot to mention the Iceland word for waterfall is ‘foss’ so Dettifoss has the reputation for being the most powerful foss in all of Europe. So we set off up Highway 862, a secondary road and thankfully it was bitumen. We drove across more volcanic ash landscape, then across land covered in sheets of stone finally making it to the Dettifoss carpark in the middle of nowhere. Walked about 1.5kms over the stones and then heard the roar of water and saw ... read more
Lava rock field on way to Dettifoss
Views of volcanic ash covered hills as we left Lake Myvatn
More dirt road driving for GG

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn August 12th 2017

Today we left the Glacier Hotel at Hoffell and set out on a huge driving day. It was grey and showering and quite cool. Every time we got out of the car we needed puffer jackets and our little beanies! Continued up the coast driving along many fjords. The road was really something. Up and down, blind corners, direct drops from high on the mountain sides look straight over the side into the ocean. All made for a spectacular coastal drive. First stop was at the Eggs of Merry Bay at a town called Djupivogur. The town was a tiny fishing village and an artist had sculptured large granite eggs in colors representing local bird species. There were 34 eggs making quite an artistic sight along the harbor front. Driving on we saw amazing scenery including ... read more
There are horses everywhere in Iceland They ride them and eat them
Hoff to Djupivogur - the start of amazing views
What an ocean road to drive

Europe » Iceland » East » Egilsstadir August 11th 2017

Blog 2 Glaciers and Icebergs After another great breakfast we left the Icelandic Hotel Klauster and did a short drive to the Fjaorarglgufur Canyon. Weather was cool and gently showering. We drove for about 6 km along a dirt road. Arriving at the parking spot we then had to walk for about 2kms across a field to the canyon. The walk was well worth the effort. Fjaðrárgljúfur is a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometres long. The canyon has sheer walls that twist and turn and are really narrow in some places. The viewing spots are excellent and we found it easy to get some great photo. It would have been a great experience to walk along the canyon floor but given there had been a lot of rain it ... read more
Canyon views check out the depth of the cliffs
Canyon snakes around and the rapids were running fast
Twisted rock walls and waterfalls everywhere

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík August 9th 2017

Hello from Iceland – Blog 1 Canberra/London/Iceland Before you start reading the blog we want to say a big hello and super hugs to Lucas, Flynn and Liam. Also hi to Ollie. So we have tried the direct flight from Canberra and it is a no brainer – straight to Singapore. Not sure if Singapore Airlines think it will last given the aircraft is a bit old and the seats are a bit on the hard side!! But that said they have plenty of space and the flight was very smooth. Premium Economy from Singapore to London was much more comfortable and the extra touches were appreciated. Did note however that the quality of food and booze on SA was not quite what it used to be – more European type food and ordinary wine. Arrived ... read more
Barn and restaurant at Efsti Dalur Farm
beautiful boiling pool with blue cave
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

South America » Peru February 12th 2017

Amazon Blog Dear all We have skipped a few blog entries to send these wonderful photos of our three days in the Amazon. It has been an amazing experience seeing a very different place. Posada Amozonas is the Eco Lodge we are staying and they have done an amazing job of helping us to learn as much as possible about the bugs and wildlife in a very short time. The humidity here is unbelievable and the two-hour storm today was a real knock out. Our lodge is more like luxury glamping – beds with big mossie nets and no side wall or windows just like a big verandah. We have monkeys swinging in the tree outside our bed, frogs, cicadas, mossies etc everywhere. Enjoy the photos and hopefully the captions will help you understand the experience ... read more
A rare scarlet Macaw
An Amazon frog for Lucas
arriving at Posada Amozonas head office to drop off the big luggage

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa February 6th 2017

South America Jan 2017 to March 2017 Blog 1- 27th Jan was a very long day of travel. We left Canberra and 32 hours later having stopped in Auckland and Santiago we finally landed in Lima, the capital of Peru. What an unusual city. It is right on the coast but is a desert. The clouds come in off the Pacific Ocean and don’t rise until they have passed well over Lima and meet the massive Andes Mountains. Flying in we were amazed to see Lima was a city in the sand dunes with a narrow of strip of irrigated agricultural land. The soil is clay and has been dug for thousands of years to build pyramids by the Incas along with the modern day box style houses. Oh the dust for those who live in ... read more
Huaca Pucllana Pyramid right in the Lima City Centre
The beautiful San Martin Square with its bronze sculpture of Gen San Martin
Changing of the Guard Ceremony Lima Palace - not quite like Buckingham Palace

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Olbia August 14th 2016

Blog 3 – The Guymers at Bourg d’oisans in the Rhone Alps (near Grenoble France) and then onto Chamonix, Sardinia and Geneva The mighty journey continues and of course the boys by now had developed a taste for their favourite food. Lucas became a baguette fan, Liam just drank litres and litres of 'nilk' and Flynn ate any chocolate that was available. Across the week the Bike Culture riding outfit was spotted a few times as our houseful of riders attacked the Alpe d’Huez mountain climb that is regularly part of the Tour de France. Tim and Jodie, Carla, Scott and Adele all managed the13 kilometers, climbing approx 1,000 meters vertically via 21 hairpin bends. The climb is relentless and when the riders reach the final bend the headwinds usually start. At this point they are ... read more
Liam with his favourite "Nilk" - he drank his way around Europe
Yummmm says Flynn - Nutella and almonds on a gallette (gluten free crepe)
Views across the switchbacks of the Alp Duez near Bourg d'oisans

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Morzine August 5th 2016

Hi all – the trip reporter is a bit behind schedule but not to worry as that is what happens when you are on a busy trip. Have finally got around to doing the Morzine update - enjoy! Well the amazing trip continues with all the kids and parents doing a great job of adapting to a new time zone, very warm weather, new food, different beds, lots of walking and driving as well as travelling via gondolas and chairlifts – so much in a short period of time. After our early departure from Bristol in the UK we all arrived in Geneva, collected hire cars and drove to Morzine in the French Alps. Carla waited a little longer for Breny’s flight to arrive from Australia and Liam had a lovely surprise to see his dad. ... read more
Another magical par 3's at Evian
At the final hole on the Evian golf course
the Par 3 2nd Hole - what a view and GG made par




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