Civita di Bagnoreggio Wednesday 29 August The town looks exactly the way it does in photos, perched above steep cliffs. The bridge is not as long as I thought it would be, nor as steep as suggested. Jim (our multi talented personal chef and bon vivant host for tonights dinner) meets us with a motorised … More Civita di Bagnoreggio
Tivoli – Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este Wednesday 29 August I’m so excited! Villa Adriana sprawls over the area of ten football fields. In the second century Hadrian built his “villa” as a pleasure palace for him and his young lover. It’s amazing how much remains and how much is still being excavated. At the … More Tivoli – Hadrian’s Villa – Villa d’Este
Tuesday 28 August I love Italy!!!! We arrive at the hotel near Tivoli around 4.30pm By 5 we’re on our way to old Tivoli. The road is steep and winding with hairpin bends, real hairpin bends! It’s very old, everything was built in the thirteenth and fourteenth century. Tivoli is built on a steep hillside, the … More Arriving in Italy – Old Tivoli
Monday 27 August We haven”t yet seen the inside of the Old Town Hall, or St Clements church. We’d like to see the inside of St Salvatore in the daylight, and climb at least one of the Charles Bridge Towers. It’s early so we make for the bridge. I walk over it, then up the … More Prague – Day 5
Friday 24 August We’re going to spend all day exploring Prague castle. We catch the tram up the hill and enter through one of the many gates. First though we watch the changing of the guard. It’s great to watch the precision marching and the drill. I want to see the palaces that are supposed … More Prague – Day 2
Thursday 23 August PRAGUE We’re here! The hotel is quite close to the Charles Bridge and to the Old town Square, but I’m not sure I can explore the area walking. We wheel/walk to the river. The sun is on Charles Bridge and there are few people around. We go over the bridge toward the … More Prague – Day One
Wellington to Prague via Sydney and Abu Dhabi Wednesday 22 August Here we are in Abu Dhabi Airport. NEVER, NEVER EVER transit through Abu Dhabi. Approaching Abu Dhabi, I see pretty white domed buildings that turn out to be the terminals. Not only are they pretty on the outside but inside the rounded ceilings are … More Wellington to Prague via Sydney and Abu Dhabi
Seize the Day – We’re On Our Way! Wednesday 22 August We’re on our way! It’s hard to believe that in only a few weeks I’ve gone from asking Peter a hypothetical question “Where would you go if we ever went back to Europe?” to sitting in Sydney airport waiting for the next leg … More Seize the Day – We’re On Our Way!
Life is short. We’re only here once. You never know what’s around the corner. Life is for living. Make the most of every day. The universe conspires in your favour, look for the signs. When ine door closes, another opens. So many cliches. Yet right now, the universe is conspiring in my favour and I … More Carpe Diem – Seize the Day
More than a week after returning from Europe I still feel as if I’ve lost something, but I’m not sure what. Perhaps it’s the stimulation of doing something new and interesting every day. Perhaps it’s the company 24/7 of someone who shares my new interests in art history and architecture, who enables me to explore … More Travel Is A Bug
Europe Travel Log – Barcelona Tuesday 27 September Our hotel is in the gothic district, next to Las Ramblas. It’s vibrant and animated. It’s quirky and I don’t think we’ll be out late at night. I think it could be a little seedy later on … For now, it’s fun. It’s still warm at 7.30pm … More Europe Travel Log – Barcelona
Vienna Friday 26 August First stop is Stephanplatz and Stephansdom. It’s a few minutes from our hotel, we’re in old Vienna. On the way we are excited to pass the shop where Michael bought us Mozart Kruger balls. This is a family landmark, and yes, we too took a photo of the shop sign. The … More Europe Travel Log – Vienna
This is an adventure, a pleasure. I can’t recommend the overnight train strongly enough. We have a sleeping compartment for two with bathroom, complete with tiny shower, a few metres down the corridor. We have a picnic dinner and settle in for the night after watching the sun set … Best hotel ever … Best … More Overnight Train Berlin To Vienna
Berlin Monday 21st August Arrive at Tegel airport. The driver of the airpor golf cart is even more wild than that one in Singapore. Faster, with less attention to travellers … And no beeping sound. She asks Peter to call out as we approach and weave through fellow passengers. I hear one man say in … More Travel Log – Berlin
I have been so consumed with resolving issues arising from sudden and unexpected health problems that I have had no time or head space to think about the glorious adventure that lies ahead for us – traveling through Europe! Sixteen sleeps and we’re on our way! This weekend is almost totally devoted to researching the … More Europe Ahoy!