Page 4 of thehayses Travel Blog Posts


Asia » Malaysia June 5th 2016

Geo: 6.32381, 99.8481Up and out for a swim before buffet breakfast.Cab to Langkawi Mall, then Langkawi Fair for some retail therapy.Back to the hotel after lunch, for a swim and a cocktail at the pool bar, then dinner at the Boat restaurant.... read more

Asia » Malaysia June 4th 2016

Geo: 6.32, 99.85Landed at KL airport and transferred to our next plane.A quick flight to Langkawi, then bussed to out hotel for the next 11 nights.Checked in and went for a wander.Back to the hotel for lunch a rest and a swim.Sunset bbq seafood dinner and an early night.... read more
Dinner and sunset.
The dinner crew
Pretty pool

Oceania » Australia » Victoria June 3rd 2016

Geo: -37.775, 145.497Off to Jen and Pete's after work.Get changed in to comfies, then taxi to the airport.Meet up with Deb and Geoff and checkin.Dinner and waiting...Midnight flight to KL was very smooth.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Seville June 26th 2015

Geo: -37.7772, 145.461A big sleep-in and late breakfast, did a bit of shopping and had another pizza for lunch.Late checkout and a limo ride to the airport :-)Flight left ABU DHABI at 11pm, dinner around 1am, and breakfast at 3pm after time changes.Landed around 5.30 and home by 8.30 for dinner.... read more


Geo: 24.4764, 54.3705Taxi to Rome Airport, and the usual wait for boarding etcSeven hours later we landed in ABU DHABI, geez its hot here.Fast taxi ride to our hotel and checked in easily.A light dinner at the best Greek restaurant in AbuDhabi, and off to bed.Buffet breakfast again!Shopping at Abu Dhabi Mall, then off for a swim, and a pizza for lunch.Relaxing afternoon, then pre dinner drinks followed by a local arabic buffet dinner.Another 3 course buffet breakfast, then off for a huge day tour.Private car tour of ABU DHABI sites, then off to DUBAI for more sites to see.We took heaps of photos, and braved the swealtering heat of 40+ temperatures.The female garment required for the Grand Mosque was too much, way too hot!Had a ball wandering the Dubai Mall, managed to find somewhere to ... read more
The Grand Mosque
Atlantis hotel in Dubai
Pretty car

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 21st 2015

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823Organised a taxi pickup from our hotel, as the bus services on the Amalfi Coast are a bit light-on on Sundays. Local train to Naples and FAST train to ROME.Checked back into our Rome hotel, then out for pizza for late lunch.Picked up a few more souvenirs and wandered around Rome for the afternoon.Quiet dinner out, and an early night.Tomorrow we start the journey home, via Abu Dhabi...... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Praiano June 17th 2015

Geo: 40.6118, 14.524Fast Train from ROME to NAPLES, then change to a slow local train to SORRENTO.Then a big coach along the steep winding roads to PRAIANO.With help we found the sign for our hotel, across the road from the bus stop!50 steps down, along the path to check into our hotel.What an amazing view!Dinner at the hotel was yummy, and an early night for two tired travellers.Off to AMALFI in the morning, exploring and shopping, then lunch at a cool pizzeria. Back on the bus, a walk to the dock, and dinner out at another pizzeria!Day trip to CAPRI on the hotel's boat, to see some amazing boats, and expensive shops.Taxi around the island and another boat ride home.Kate made it up the 320 steps from the dock to the hotel, well done indeed!Dinner at ... read more
View from the balcony
On the boardwalk at Amalfi
From the top of Capri

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 14th 2015

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823Drove the car back from GAIOLE to FLORENCE Airport, and taxi to the train station.Fast train to ROME, up to 250 km/h at times.Found our way to our hotel easily this time, checked in and had a rest.Went for a walk down VIA NAZIONALE and found PIAZZA VENEZZIA at the end.Dinner at the hotel, two guys playing guitars and singing = fun.Up early and off to explore the ROMAN FORUM, a huge walk around this amazing site. Amsterdam chips for lunch on the way home. Derek went down with the same symptoms that Kate had a couple of days ago, a writeoff for the next 24 hours.Room service for dinner and an early night.Washing day at the laundromat, and an aborted attempt to post a parcel home.Dinner at a local pizza restaurant and an ... read more
The Colloseum
One of the arches in the Roman Forum
Amsterdam Chippies!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Gaiole in Chianti June 11th 2015

Geo: 43.4693, 11.4333Off to the airport to pick up our car- a zippy little Mercedes A class automatic. Put GRASSINA into the GPS and headed off, managed the A1 toll road then took our expected exit. However, we later discovered that we had selected the hamlet, not the village of Grassina, and had an interesting drive thru the Tuscan backroads for an hour before selecting another destination.We found our way to GREVE in Chiantia an hour or so later, and stopped for lunch. Derek enjoyed most of the driving, luckily the back roads were quiet. Without an exact address for the hotel, we headed off towards GAIOLE via RADDA and managed to see the hotel's sign as we drove along the SP2.Checked in, unpacked the car and had a well deserved welcome drink or two!Dinner was ... read more
Our chef cooking the bbq, with a beer!
View around Monteriggione wall
Kate in trouble

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence June 9th 2015

Geo: 43.7687, 11.2569For a travelling day, today went very smoothly.Local train to La Spezia, then a train to Florence and a walk to the hotel.Had a shower, then a walk over the Pont Vecchio.Dinner at Quattro Leoni - procuitto and melon, grilled chicken and pasta. Sunset photo's on the way home.Kate woke up feeling crook, last nights chicken not sitting well.We went to the Academy to see the statue of David, he is breath taking.Kate curled up in a ball taking drugs, while Derek went on the afternoon walking tour around Florence. Kate woke up the next morning feeling washed out, but ready to travel to Chianti.... read more
Selfie on the bridge
THE David
David's hand...




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