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Europe July 12th 2007

Oslo is the only point on this long journey that I have seen before, albeit briefly (one day) at the outset of winter more than ten years ago. Yet despite the long gap, as the MS Pearl of Scandinavia steamed up the fjord and into Oslo harbor, it felt something like a homecoming. I recognized the Bygdøy Peninsula, with its cluster of museums, slipping by on the right; I could see Akershus Slott (Castle) and the rather drab, but still imposing, Rådhus (City Hall) looming up along the harbor front. What was new was the massive development project near the ferry dock, including a space-age opera house to open later this year. I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with the city and to introducing it to Meghan, who arrives early this afternoon. The journey ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom July 12th 2007

Helloooooooooooooooooo everybody!!! Just a quick note to let you all know that we made it to the UK alright, with no problems... Josie and I are in London, England right now and are taking off to Bath tomorrow morning!! Our flight over here was loooooooooooooong and we didn't get much sleep, but it was alright overall. Just a warning to those flying with Globespan, however, bring something to eat if you are on a long flight!! We finally arrived, figured out the Gatwick Express (airport train to the tube station) and how to ride the tube, and got to our hostel around 4:00 pm. We have taken the tube so many times now that I think we are on the verge of becoming experts!! :0) Our first day here (yesterday) we checked in and got settled, ... read more

Europe July 12th 2007

Euro Visions After a long hiatus from travel I will be on the road again for 6 weeks this summer. Here is a map of my planned itinerary: map It will take me from the heart of Europe to the continent's eastern edge. Except for Prague, the trip will take me to places I've never been to. Hopefully this trip will be as thrilling as my 2002 sojourn. I'm extremely excited, especially since John is joining me for the first 3 weeks. With 2 weeks to go before we bid Chicago adieu, we have done most of the necessary preparations. Pensions and hostels are booked (no Ritz on this trip), planes and train reservations are made, sight seeing priorities are taking shape, wardrobe options are being debated and our back packs are waiting for their loads. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 12th 2007

So if there ever was a whirlwind Paris tour, this was it. Our sleeper train ride was more eventful than before, because we both had top bunks, with missing security straps. Coupled with the bumpy train ride and the fact that we were tired enough to sleep through just about anything, we were a bit concerned that we might slide off at some point in the middle of the night and go kaplunking down the fifteen foot drop to the floor. Scary. But, we managed to stay put, and arrived in Paris around six am.....which gave us until about four thirty (when our train was leaving for Switzerland) to explore the city. Paris is overwhelming!! Not really walkable, if you are wanting to see a lot in such a slammed together amount of time. So ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice July 12th 2007

Bonjour from France!!! Its been a while since I rambled on about our latest travels, so let me fill you in on the highlights of our past 10 days in Italy.... As I don't have heaps of time on the internet (again), I've decided to use the journal I've been making in order to come back and edit these online blogs on my return to the UK. Some places just deserve a better description than 'It was good'. Venezia Dubbed the 'most expensive city in Italy', Gerard and I were slightly apprehensive about our ability to budget such a place. We were even more dubious due to the slightly obnoxious and negative review of Venice that some American backpackers had forced upon us back at our hostel in Salzburg. Needless to say we had NOTHING ... read more
In the Colosseum
Vatican City
The Leaning Tower...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Cambridge July 12th 2007

I left on my birthday from the hotel to go stay with my host John from Couchsurfing. He lives in an area called Kingston, about an hour from the city center. I am getting better with using all of this public transport and have yet to lose my lunch. The nausea is at its worst when I exit a station and have gusts of smoke rush to my face. I have to run for a clean spot and try to smell my tiger balm or eucalyptus oil. Uck! On my way to Johns I stopped in a town called Ealing/broadway, since I was early I had a look around and I really liked it there. Kingston, the part I was in was quiet and did not seem to have much going on. John was a ... read more
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It's Thursday morning...and I'm at the airport. My flight was delayed 15-20 mins (which probably means 30 mins - 1hr)...so I thought I'd do a quickie in 5 mins! So looking forward to Daniela walking down the isle...I can't even tell you! And for what's certain to be a Romania adventure! :) Photos are uploaded, thanks to Gregorio (thx honey!) - - and so I'm glad y'all can see them! If you're having troube...surf around the site (w/in my blog) and look for the Gallery icon. Click into it...and when you see ONE photo...click on that and the others should pop up, too! Was so great staying with Rosemarie - - and as I've already said, I'll miss them all, a lot! I got to talk to Rosemarie's sister, Kathleen - she's in Tipperary with her ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Kirkenes July 12th 2007

Sitting in the airport in Kirkenes, Norway. Practically the end of the earth ... or at least it looks like it. We're waaaaaay up on the planet. Roughly a thousand miles from the North Pole, which from here is only reachable if you get on an ice breaker. There's a good ice breaker joke in there somewhere, but I didn't sleep well last night and am too tired to work for it. And as fun as that may sound, I'm headed back to Oslo. The airport is actually a tin-roofed shack where little turbo props buzz up. The guy who took our ticket is also the guy who loads the luggage. And the security guy was also restocking the snack bar. I don't think unionized labor has really taken hold in Norway. But socialism definitely ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 12th 2007

Finally with the whole family Europe » Greece » Santorini By Dave090July 12th 2007David Weinstein Well after a long full day in Athens, Debra and I took the ferry to the Greek isles and have met up with our parents and Jeremy (my brother). The Greek isles are very beautiful. We are having a great time all being together. As always, there is not much time to type. We saw so many things in Athens though. The Acropolis was wonderful but crowded. All the other runes and museums were excellent. Santorini is also very nice. The food is great, and the weather amazing. This afternoon we are taking a boat to the volcano center and to swim in hot springs. It should be grea... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 12th 2007

Welcome! Last time we were in London it was Winter. Wet and miserable. I was looking forward to the 'other' London. For the first 5 days of our visit we had wet and miserable weather!! In fact it was so bad that parts of the country flooded. A father was clearing a drain when his foot became trapped in it and he died of hyperthermia. Tragic. The newspapers were full of stories about the rain, and stories about the terrorist attempt at Glasgow airport and the arrest of the participants including those in Australia. But there were also stories about the start of Le Tour de France of course! Amy complained that our newspapers weren't nearly as interesting as those in London (although I think she was referring to the reports about the romantic attachments ... read more
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