Blogs from Europe - page 2


Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon July 18th 2019

We were a few more days in Tarragona,there is lots to see in this lovely place. The Romans in there days spent a lot of time making this a strong basis for their troops to come from or going to Rome. It was a save place for them. You can see this by the many Roman historical sides. We visited a few of them but in the end they all look the same. We found lot of explanations were in French and difficult to figure out what it all meant. It is amazing what those people in their days established. Whole underground tunnels from one side to the other. Some of the places we visited were close by so not that much walking but we had days that 10 kilometers was a small walk. We will ... read more

Europe » Norway July 18th 2019

You know that feeling when you are totally exhausted, but can’t sleep? Well, there you have it. Exhausted. We are staying at the Radisson Blu near the Royal Palace here in Oslo. If you think it’s a luxury hotel…..think again. Our room is comfortable, but small. The sink in the bathroom has NO SPACE for essentials. No remote control for the TV (Housekeeping was VERY quick to get us one); and no air. I don’t need A/C – but circulating air? Might be nice. We were told to “open the sliding door” – which opens onto a rooftop garden – with access to a slew of other rooms….um safe? Not certain I’d be willing to sleep with the door open. In fact, I KNOW I’m not! Rant Over. Breakfast comes with our stay here at the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen July 18th 2019

Our hosts gave us coupons for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to get deals to travel by train. After having downloaded their app, we bought tickets to go to Nijmegen to watch some of the events going on in that city with the Vier-Daagse, which is the largest walking event in the world held here every year. The March of the World has some 48,000 participants walking 30, 40 or 50 kilometres per day for four straight days. While mostly for private entries, each NATO country sends army representatives to walk in full uniform and full pack. People dress up, sing and dance as they complete their daily walk and cross the finish line. The sidelines are packed with family, tourists like us and many other well-wishers, who also dance and applaud as they sip on ice-cold ... read more
Canadian walker.
All walks of life and ages are in this.
The whole downtown area was closed to traffic.

Europe » Latvia July 18th 2019

18 July 2019 We had a group coach trip to Kuldiga, an inland town 60k south east of Ventspils. Kuldiga is on the River Venta and there is a 2.5 m high waterfall spanning the river’s 240m width. The locals claim that it is the widest in Europe.... read more
This timber framed building used to be a pharmacy
The waterfall
Kevin and Nurcan waded the river above the fall

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela July 18th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Les Rias Baixas sont les endroits où la mer pénètre dans les terres, type golfe, sur la côte ouest de la Galice. La journée un peu longue, m'a offert beaucoup de beaux paysages. Comme celle d'hier, bien tracée. J'avais un peu sous estimé le kilométrage. Un tout petit mot, sur le repas d'hier au soir. Recommandé par la patronne de l'hôtel, un restaurant, local et de locaux, auquel je me rends, vers 20h15, le garçon me dit " on ne commence pas le service avant 21h 21h15". J'ai patienté 1heure, je n'avais pas envie de retourner, à Combarro, me plonger dans la foule des touristes. Sur le menu bien fourni, j'ai eu du mal à choisir, je n'arrivais pas à le comprendre en espagnol, que des mots qui m'étaient inconnus. Personne ne parlait ... read more
La chapelle de Toxa
panorama du golf de Arousa
mer et montagne

Europe » Andorra » Escaldes-Engordany July 18th 2019

Aujourd’hui, j’ai fait ma première randonnée. Pas prévue. Je me dirigeais vers l’info touristique de la paroisse d’à-côté, Escaldes, mais ça ouvre seulement à midi! Oui, je sais, horaire européen. J’ai donc pris le chemin rocailleux derrière la rue, pour m’amener à un carrefour de trails. Je n’étais pas équipée (eau, calotte, lunch, etc.), donc j’ai seulement fait 1h. Je vais y retourner, avec mon stock. Ai aussi acheté ma première bouteille de vin espagnol, à 1,50! Trrrrèès bon! ... read more

Weiter geht’s auf Orkney! Der erste Stop des Tages war das legendäre Skara Brae, ein neolithisches Dorf, das noch älter ist als die Pyramiden von Gizeh. Absolut unglaublich! Jedes Haus war praktisch gleich aufgebaut und enthielt neben einer Feuerstelle auch einen Schrank und Betten aus Stein. Ich frage mich, wie groß die Menschen damals waren, denn die Häuser waren sehr klein. Neben den Originalen haben sie noch ein Haus in etwas größer nachgebaut, in das man reingehen konnte. Leider war es wieder sehr voll. Das hätte ich von Orkney nie erwartet, so weit weg von allem es liegt. Skaill House, das Zuhause des Lairds, der damals die ersten Hinweise auf Skara Brae gefunden hatte, konnten wir auch noch besuchen. Weiter ging es zum Broch of Gurness, einer Eisenzeitsiedlung. Da... read more
Skara Brae
Skara Brae
Broch of Gurness

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 18th 2019

Today we start a stint away from hot weather and beaches as we make our way to Amsterdam. Corfu airport is totally chaotic. As we drop off our trusty little hire car, a long line of busses pulls up outside the arrivals area, and what feels to us like thousands of people are now packing themselves into the small terminal and spilling out onto the footpath outside. We join a queue, but soon find that we should only be in it if we want to go to Bristol. I’m sure that Bristol’s a very nice place, but it’s not on our agenda for today. A Russian sounding lady with a very loud voice is barking orders at everyone, trying to get them into the right check-in queues. If the queue for their flight isn’t open yet ... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Ålesund July 18th 2019

Getting close to the Arctic Circle in the summer can only mean one thing (for me) - getting up at 3.15am for the sunrise! Hooray! I peered out of the porthole above my pillow and could see a sliver of pink between the mid blue of the sea and sky. It had been a bit dim last night, but not properly dark. Glyn wasn’t so keen at leaving a warm bed to stand on a windy deck, but as always, I knew better. We climbed up the many stairs of the silent ship, passing occasional staff cleaning pictures and other important jobs that can’t wait for a decent hour to be done. Like the majority of the ship, the front of Deck 10 was empty except for the sun loungers we’d dragged across yesterday. We were ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 17th 2019

We must still be somewhat jet lagged. I slept until 10am today. Today we went to market, on 18 Septemberplein, named after the day Eindhoven was liberated by the Canadians. By all accounts, this mid-week market is a small one. Usually the Saturday markets are larger. Yet we found many interesting things, like several cheese stands, fish stands, vegetable & fruit stands, and many textile stands. Also a McDonalds of course, who charge only €0.30 for a pee. Sellers scream out their wares to attract the attention of the many passersby. Not having had lunch and Marion needing her regular meals, we tried some of the Kibbeling, everyone’s favourite here by the looks of it. Kibbeling is chunks of cod tongues deep fried to perfection, with a side of tartar sauce. No fries, no veggies, just ... read more
Home of PSV
Store on 18 Septemberplein
Cheese, cheese and more cheese.

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