Pam Harling

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Pam Harling

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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague August 9th 2014

Travel Blog Prague 4 - 8 August 2014 4 August Monday Our hotel room on the fourth floor looked over a road to a huge park with many paths leading up the hill. After so much timetabling and early starts on the cruise, we took our time to get going today, doing emails, working out the currency and banking situation. Dave was pretty keen to do some laundry, so after some research and also a check with the front desk, we headed off to find and check out the laundromat. We walked the 1.6 kms, on an empty stomach I might add, starting at quite touristy areas, which progressed into quite grotty looking market area, and then into even more grotty flats and bridges. And this is where we found our laundrette. Quite an unusual set ... read more
Beer heads or is that hats
Statues re Jewish holocaust
Not another Funicular

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region August 3rd 2014

Bratislava 2 - 3 August 2014 2 August Saturday Budapest to Bratislava We had a sumptuous breakfast in the Corinthia Hotel, our last meal of the APT Cruise in Budapest. I couldn't resist the omelettes again, and they were even larger than those on the cruise - 2 eggs in these ones. There was a huge array of fruit, cereals, cakes, hot food, and even champagne if we wished. We cut it pretty fine, but somehow managed to break fast, buy stamps and post the post cards, say more goodbyes, order a taxi, get to the train station, buy tickets and board the train with two minutes to spare! Phew! The train tickets were pretty cheap - 38 euros. This train had individual 6 seat cabins even in second class. We shared with a young couple ... read more
Oldest Bratislava Shop artefacts
Hidden sculpture newsprint horse
Multitude of lanes

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region July 18th 2014

Brussels 10 - 18 July 2014 14 July Monday Paris on to Brussels We woke thinking we had plenty of time, but soon discovered that our train was an hour earlier than anticipated due to Dave's misread of the train ticket (he looked at the time of day he purchased the ticket in Perth instead of the train departure time), so we had a mild panic to get to Gare du Nord. It was Bastille Day public holiday and roads were closed for the parade. There were no taxis available from hotel, but the concierge suggested we walk to the rank at Rue de Bac. Fortune was smiling upon us. We made it to station in time but there had been no time for postage stamps or breakfast. Our train was more up market than that ... read more
Grand Square on a brighter day
Grand Square Beer House?
Building with colourful windows

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 14th 2014

Paris 10 - 14 July 2014 10 July 2014 Thursday Tooting Bec, St Pancreas, Paris Sally had done some washing for us, which was fantastic, so a quick repack and off to St Pancreas Station. Easy check in for Eurail to Paris via the Chunnel, 3 hour train ride. Dave pushed out some zzzzs and Pam pushed out some travel blog. We caught a taxi to our hotel, after the learnings from our somewhat taxing Metro underground experience when we last travelled to Paris. We had no need to queue for the taxi and the driver took us on a fairly direct route to Hotel de Lille in the Invalides District near Musee D'Orsay. As we have experienced once before, but in Madrid, the hotel elevator was so tiny, that only one person and suitcase could ... read more
La Citreon for lunch
River Seine Champagne Cruise
Cruising along the Seine

Europe » United Kingdom July 9th 2014

London Tooting Bec 8 July - 9 July 2014 8 July Tuesday Edinburgh, New Forest, Tooting Bec Another rainy day as we booked out of Hotel Duvin. Very wet in the outside bar. I hadn't noticed the chandelier in reception until today. It was an elaborate design of upside down crystal wine glasses in layers. Quite effective. We found somewhere to fuel up the hire car on the way back to the airport, even though fuel stations were few and far between. The rain persisted so umbrellas were required for the long walk from car hire drop off to check in. The security queue was long making it a reasonably close call to get to our boarding gate. Important to get there on time given the low cost airline. We had a calm flight back to ... read more
Preparing light healthy dinner
Catching up with Steve
Tate Modern

Europe July 7th 2014

Scotland 1 July - 7 July 2014 1 July Tuesday Southampton, Edinburgh, Waterburn We flew from Southampton with a low cost airline called Flybe. Even though only a local flight in UK, security is as per international, ie no liquids over 100 mls and passport to be shown. Dave had the heaviest luggage weighing in at 19.7 kgs with the limit being 20 kgs. Very unusual for Dave who usually travels lighter than all. Smooth flight to Edinburgh of about 1 hour 10 mins on a Bombardier 400 Dash 8 (propellor jet). Unusual set up as Flybe advertise that it is 1.5 hours but have this deal where if they take longer then you get some sort of refund. The weather in Edinburgh was sunny and warm, a nice change from the past few days. We ... read more
Windlestraw room - not bad eh?
Windlestraw a dog's life
Selkirk streets

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 27th 2014

Europe London 27 June - 30 June 2014 Travel Blog 27 June - 30 June 2014 New Forest For those of you have been patiently waiting, here we go. Let's hope I can be more current in future, but I sure have some catching up to do. Enjoy. 26 June 2014 Getting ready for travelling took much longer than expected. After many sidetracks, my packing eventually started very late in the evening and didn't finish until 2am. I tried to get an hours sleep but Dave didn't even bother since we had to be up at 3am to prepare for taxi. 27 June 2014 Friday Checking in for Emirates was a breeze. Before we knew it we were on our way to Dubais. Seats had plenty of leg room but pity that didn't apply to elbow ... read more
20140628 2 Minstead The Trusty Servant
20140628 3 Minstead The Trusty Servant
20140628 4 Lymington

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 11th 2011

9 Oct Sat Narbonne, then Barcelona An early start today, 7am, as we have a train to catch at 8:20am. It was even earlier than we planned to wake as there was a very noisy person in the upstairs hotel room who walked like an elephant for about an hour before our alarm went off. We arrived at the Narbonne station with heaps of time to spare, but stayed put inside the station as it was really cold and windy outside. Talk about a complete change from when we arrived in Narbonne two weeks ago. We bought some Muffins Mirabelle (blueberry) for breakfast, which turned out to be a great purchase as they were really fresh and light. When it was time to move to our platform, we were rapt as we didn’t have to traverse ... read more
20111009DIMG 0229 Banys Orientals hotel Barcelona
20111009P1000525 Barcelona Bilboa Berria Tapas
20111009P1000532 Barcelona

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon October 4th 2011

4 Oct Tues Carcassonne, Villesequelande Steve was heading back to London today, so we started with all having breakfast in La Place Carnot alongside the markets. We mostly had delicious omelettes, and Kath had pastries which she purchased from the markets. We bade farewell to Steve at 11am. He was catching a bus or train to the airport, then flying back to London. It was wonderful having him join us for a few days and especially the birthday celebration. The boys and girls then went their separate ways for a morning of shopping, the boys for provisions for the evening and the obligatory bar stop, and the girls for clothes and souvenir shopping. It was a very successful spree for Pam with several new blouses and t-shirts and a pair of long shorts, all ... read more
20111004DIMG 0106 La Place Carnot Caracassonne
20111004DIMG 0107 Breakfast with Steve La Place Carnot
20111004P1000448 Oldest elm tree Villesequelande

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon October 1st 2011

1 Oct Sat Trebes then Carcassonne We started the morning with wishing David and Helen happy birthday for their 60th. They both received birthday wishes from afar on their phones and facebook. Presents were exchanged and we had a quick cup of coffee before the hunting and gathering commenced. Off to the Le Boat office, finding a lavarie, and some goodies to make French toast for the birthday breakfast. After a few running repairs from Le Boat – mainly to the shower drainage, and procuring a gangplank to save our old legs from the wrench we have been experiencing all week jumping onto shore, we set off for Carcassonne at about 10am. After 1 or 2 locks, breakfast was ready in the galley so we stopped for a brunch feast at about 11am. We ... read more
20111001P1000369 Birthday breakfast
20111001P1000370 Steve joins us near Carcassonne
20111001DIMG 0005 Carcassonne Rail Bridge




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