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******* Lisa on Tour *******

Welcome to my travel diary!!!

On this site you can check out what I have been up to and have a laugh at the photo's that accompany the stories.

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Lisa :-)

Diary Entries

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Location: Sandgate, Kent, UK

******Troy-Boy turns 30! and leaving drinks******

On Thursday 8th I had my first work leaving drinks as so many people are on holiday in August in the UK that I had to do it quite early. It was a great turn out and lots of drinks were consumed.

Troy and I stayed that night at a lovely 5 Star hotel in the city - Threadneedles who had left some lovely chocolates and a happy birthday plate in the room.

The next morning was his birthday and we had a fabulous weekend in Sandgate, Kent in a big house right on the beach.

Tracy, Pete, Willcox, Ryan, Lauren, Steve, Laura, Troy and I headed down on Friday and started Troys actual birthday with drinks and catching up.

On Saturday we spend the day swimming, playing cards, drinking and chatting before heading to dinner at Fat Larry's diner in the nearby Royal Norfolk Hotel. We played pool and had a few more drinks in the pub afterwards.

On Sunday it was a big breakfast and pack up before heading back to London to recover.

So now the real countdown begins.. I finish work on the 23rd August and we fly out on the 1st September.. scary!!!

Our final plans for the way home are done, 2 nights in Krabi, 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur, a week in Auckland, a week in Mudgee and an 8 day road trip accross the Nullabor before arrival in Perth. Adventures ahead!.

Lots of Love

Sunday, 04 August 2013

Location: London, UK

******Jeni in London******

So we have been lucky to have another visitor this year, Jeni was over in France for a few weeks and came to London for a week afterwards to visit and catch up with lots of her friends.

During the week we went to the Pub Quiz at the Antelope Pub in Tooting with Willcox, Troy and Dave. Good fun - as always we never win but we did slightly better than usual.

I also went to drinks with Trish in my team as she is off on holiday when I leave work so we are trying to catch up as much as we can before then.

On the weekend the weather was quite nice so we had drinks in the Garden Bar at a pub in Tooting.

Next week it's Troys 30th Birthday!!! 9 of us are heading to a Beach house in Kent to hang out for the weekend.. can't wait!

Lots of Love
Lisa :-)

Monday, 22 July 2013

Location: Italy/Greece/Croatia/Montenegr, Greece

******Cruising on the Med - this is the life******

So since our Amsterdam trip we have been busy packing for our impending move, lots of lists determining what to sell, pack, ship or bin!.

The weather also went 'heat wave' style and so we had a picnic in the park with Steve, Laura, Bevan and Lynsey and my work had a Mini Conference and BBQ at the start of July.

Then it was off on our 7 night Med Cruise. Troy, Willcox and I headed to the airport where we stayed overnight in preperation for our flight at the crack of dawn. We flew to Venice where the ship was leaving from and even though we were there very early, we were able to board by lunch time and had a celebratory drink and lunch and sightsee around the ship.

The MSC Armonia was a 'smaller' ship in the fleet - but with around 2,000 people on board it was still decent. Willcox had an OceanView Cabin and Troy and I had a Balcony which was excellent for us all to hang out in with Sofas and a big balcon where we get cocktails at night and watch the sunsets from - one night we even saw dolphins off the side - Amazing!!!

The Cruise went through Ancona in Italy, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Corfu, Gythion and Cefalonia in Greece and Kotor in Montenegro. The weather was hot and sunny every day and we had a mix of cruise excursions and doing our own thing. Highlights include boating through 1000year old cave systems in Gythion and Cefalonia (watching our heads for stalagmites and stalagtites), the cable car and a beer at the top in Dubrovnik, Pedal boating in Corfu. Incredible sights and experiences.

Life on the boat was of course indulgent and luxurious. We made fast friends with the waitresses and bartenders, along with some young English Brothers Tristan and Hayden who we managed to drink with just about every night!. We went all inclusive whcih mean all our soft drinks, water, ice cream, spirits, wine, beer and cocktails were included and boy did we make the most of it! Hiccough!

The food was great from the Buffett to the restaurants and cafes. There was around 7 courses for every meal and you just wanted to try it all!

We had 2 Gala nights during the week which gave us a chance to get glammed up and get professional pictures taken. We also used the spa to get massages and I had hair/make up done whcih was a bit of a treat and a lot of fun. Imagine getting your hair done when sitting watching the ocean go by!.

So that was the last of the European jaunts for the forseeable future, South East Asia is our next travel playground.

Lots of Love
Lisa :-)

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Location: London, UK

******More cricket and Amsterdamage******

On Tuesday 7 of us headed after work to the Oval Cricket Ground for the 20/20 match between NZ and England. The sun was finally out and Ryan, Willcox, Troy, Tracy, Tara, Kerry and I enjoyed a few beverages and the game.. including putting some side bets on with some English guys next to us (which we won!).

It was a great game and probably one of the first of the season to actually not be affected by rain!. It went down to the final ball of the final over but NZ won! We picked the right day as the Thursday match ended up being cancelled by rain.

On the weekend we headed to Amsterdam for Willcox's birthday. He'd never been before so it was a very new experience for him!. Troy, Willcox and I flew out Friday night and had some drinks at the airport and stayed in the Airport Hotel in Amsterdam before meeting his friends Dan and Tessa the next morning when they flew in.

We all headed into the city to Dam Square to an Irish bar where we watched the Australia vs Lions game which Australia won - this made Troy a few happy boy!.

From there it was on to the Heineken Experience where we spent many happy hours including getting the Bar Staff at the final bar to sing Happy Birthday and give Willcox a free drink.

From there it was a bit of a bar crawl of Amsterdam really... we met some cool Americans called Chelsy and Zach who stayed with us for most of the night, along with Robert our waiter in the bar we had dinner in. There was copious rounds of Jaeger Bombs, Skittle Bombs, Sambucca along with our normal drinks. Somewhere around 4am we made it back to our hotel and lets just say the rest of Sunday was a write off until we flew back to London. And of course there was a little sightseeing in between.

Next week we are off on a 7 day Meditterrean Cruise - our Final European jaunt and ticking off a couple more countries such as Croatia and Montenegro.. can't wait!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Location: London, UK

******Cricket, Southampton, Royal Ascot, Visitors******

So the countdown has begun and it seems only right to take advantage of any invites or events going on before we leave the UK. This week was no exception and was rather a big one.

On Monday Troy and I headed to the Oval Cricket Ground and watched Sri Lanka play Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy. Sadly Australia lost which knocked both them and NZ out of contention but it was a great afternoon and we had front row seats whcih was a bonus.

On Tuesday I headed to Southampton to meet Karen who was over from NZ with Matt and baby Alice for a month or so. We had a nice lunch and did some shopping.

On Thursday it was Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. Troy and I had been to Ascot before around 6 years previously on the Saturday so it was nice to experience another day of the racing calendar and there was a group of around 9 of us. The weather was a bit rubbish but it didn't rain and we had a great time. No big winners though apart from the Queen who's horse won!.

On the weekend Matt, Karen and Alice came to stay with us for the weekend. It was great to have them with us and catch up properly. We had Simon & Gemma, Hannah and Hillsy over for dinner and drinks as well.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Location: London, UK

******The time has come - End of an Era******

Well this is it, the decision has been made and the flights have been booked - Troy and I are Southbound!.

On Sunday 1st September Troy and I are flying out of the UK and spending a couple of nights in Kuala Lumpur, a couple in Krabi and a week each in Auckland and Mudgee before doing the great Aussie Road Trip accross the Nullarbor from NSW to WA (an 8 day trip) before setting up a new home in Perth.

It's been a huge decision but with the amount of travelling we've done in 8 1/2 years and the need to be closer to family and friends (and start doing a little more travel in the Southern Hemisphere) it was the right time!.

After dropping the bombshell at work, the rest of the week was still farily eventful. Troy and I had dinner with Tracy and Pete who somehow convinced us to go to Royal Ascot with them the following week.

We then had Chris/Welshy staying for a couple of nights which was great to catch up with him. We had a big drinking night and then headed to the Selkirk Pub in Tooting the next afternoon for hangover food, board games and more drinks.

Sunday, 02 June 2013

Location: London, UK

******Catch Ups, Concerts, Bank holidays******

It's been a mixed bag of catch ups and events.

We went to Tara's place for dinner with Troy and Willcox to watch the Eurovision Song Contest and have some drinks and dinner.

The following week was the bank holiday weekend so Fleur and I had a girls day out and got Manicures/Pedicures and had some wines before heading into London for dinner at the Roadhouse in Covent Garden and then a old favourite of the Comedy Boat Show on the Tattersall Castle Boat at Victoria Embankment. Fun times!.

We had drinks with Steve and Willcox to round off a Sunday night on a Bank Holiday weekend.

The first weekend in June, Troy and I headed to the Emirates Stadium in London for the Green Day concert we had purchased tickets to nearly a year in advance. The opening acts were All Time Low and Kaiser Chiefs so it was 3 great bands for one.. Brilliant night out.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

******Educational to South Africa******

Lucky me, I've just returned from a Fam Trip (educational work trip) to Johannesburg, South Africa. My workfriend Kit and I were lucky two chosen to go on a trip where flights and hotels were arranged for us, and we got to arrange the rest of the itinerary.

We flew overnight on Thursday night and arrived Friday morning and headed straight to the hotel. We checked into our rooms and had a showaround of the stunning 5 Star Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton - right in the heart of Mandela Square. We also visited a copule of their sister hotels across the square.

We then headed to Bedfordview to meet up with a couple of my clients who worked in Johannesburg. We had a lovely lunch with them before heading back to our hotel to get ready for dinner at the stunning Saxon Hotel. Good food, wine and company!.

On Saturday we had a day to ourselves and we booked a trip to the Pilansberg Game Reserve. It was outstanding and the quality of the animals was as good as we saw in Kenya a few years back. Within an hour of being in the reserve we saw a young Lion and a Lioness along with Elephants, Giraffes, Water Buck, Spring Boks, Warthogs, Zebras, Crocodiles etc. All this within 2 hours drive of Johannesburg. We had lunch at Bakubung Lodge which was lovely.

That evening we headed to the Maslow Hotel in Sandton for a showaround and another lovely meal and wine.

On Sunday we had brunch with the Radisson hotel after a showaround and the rest of the day was spent wandering around Mandela Square before heading back to the airport for another overnight flight and straight into work on Monday morning.

All worth it of course!.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Location: Helsinki, Finland

******Long weekend in Helsinki******

Troy and I headed to Helsinki, Finland for the Bank Holiday weekend after taking advantage of some cheap flights to get to a city we’ve wanted to visit for a long time, and also completes all the Scandivian and Baltic countries from our ‘to-do’ list.

We flew out on Saturday morning arriving mid afternoon and checked into our hotel right in the city centre. We then went out wandering to the Esplanade and the Seafront. On Sunday we did a city sightseeing tour, and also headed to the old Olympic Park and went up the sightseeing tower that was built way back in 1936! Claustrophobic to say the least!

We happened to be in Helsinki when they were hosting the Ice Hockey World Championships so we took the opportunity to see a game whilst we were there – awesome fun and a great stadium!

On Monday we took a ferry to Suomenlinna which is a Sea Fortress for Finland and Helsinki. We wandered around and visited the museum and had a nice drink in a little café by the water and met up with Kerry who is my work friend who was also in Helsinki for the weekend.

A lovely city if very expensive for drinks!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

*****A week in Scotland and 3rd Wedding Anniversary******

Not a lot to report, just plenty of movies, bowling, catch ups, drinks etc.

Tara has been staying with us for a week or so after coming to London from Edinburgh. She already has a job which is great.

Andrew and I went with Adam to the Chelsea vs Moscow match on the 4th April which was brilliant, and we also spent far too long in the pub after the game too.

This past week I was in Aberdeen, Scotland with work as we have opened a new office up there targeting Oil & Gas markets. I worked in the new office with the two new staff up there was their help line for the week. They were lovely people and I was even given a whirlwind tour of Aberdeen by Gillian in the office.

Saturday was our 3rd Wedding Anniversary – time flies when you are having fun! We celebrated by heading to Fleur & Carlo’s to see them as it had been a while, we also went with Becs who we hadn’t seen in years. It was a lovely day and catch up. That night Troy and I went and met up with Will & Dave, Will was over from Melbourne for a few days so we had some drinks in one of our old haunts in Balham.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

******Birthday Fun in the Snow******

We are back from an amazing weekend away for my Birthday in Lithuania. Tracy, Tara, Andrew, Troy, Steve and I headed to the airport on Saturday afternoon and booked into the Lounge where we enjoyed some beverages before our flight.

On arrival at the Radisson hotel we checked in and headed to the Sky Bar in our hotel which had 360degree views of the Vilnius Skyline and also had cheap drinks, we liked it so much we spent the evening there.

On Sunday we wandered around the city, playing in the snow and some people falling over (Andrew). Then early afternoon we were picked up and taken to the woods for our adventure of Husky Dog Sledding. I’ve been trying to do this in so many countries and it finally came together. It was absolutely remarkable how the dogs worked together and the scenery was stunning. We sat back and relaxed and let the dogs to the work. Amazing experience!

After that it was back to the hotel to get ready for our sightseeing visit of Vilnius and the Old Town.. in a Limo of course as that’s how we roll! Yes a stretch limo chauffeured our group around, stopping at sights and photo opportunities before delivering us to the restaurant that we were having my Birthday dinner at.

From dinner it was back to our hangout of the Sky Bar in our hotel where we stayed only leaving to visit Lithuania’s largest Casino – conveniently also in our hotel!.

On Monday we walked around some more, went to the castle and the lookout and threw a few more snowballs then it was back to our Sky Bar for dinner and the hotel were lovely enough to give me a cake when they found out it was my birthday!. From there it was back to the airport for our flight home.

All round a Brilliant Birthday and such great company!.

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From Mrs Smiff (2ffs)
What a lot of work ahead of you my love its now nearing the end of May and you have had many an adventure in the last 5 months. Look forward to the next update. Be safe and keep enjoy your travels.
Response: Ooops!
From The Smiffs (2ffs)
Wow was it a dream or did all those wonderful things happen in the last fortnight. We are so dam proud of all you have and will achieve. Quickly the biggest grandest thanks from Dad & I for the fun love and laughter and all that you and Nat did for Dad & my 35th wedding anniversary amazing and still slightly unreal. Be safe and enjoy your some what erratic Summer. Love you and your continuing adventures. :) The Smiffs
Response: Love you - glad you had a blast xxx
From The Smiffs
NIce update wow 6 years and counting - will you be writing a book any time soon or are you still compiling things to put in it Love and miss you continue to enjoy everyday :)
Response: Yup.. gotta keep it up.. such a good record of this adventure! Love ya xxx
From Rach
Egypt looked amazing! Looking forward to hearing about it soon!!
Response: :-) Nice to see you on here.. definitely catch up soon!
From The Smiffs
waiting waiting waiting I am so sure the update is coming soon :)
Response: hehe... your wish is my command... :-)
From Pam
So many, many thanks to you both again - I just loved it all and loved looking at the photos. I really must do something about the double chin before I do the smiles for the next trip!! Luv ya both - keep safe and happy and loving life :)
Response: It was fab fab fab.. glad you enjoyed it all! Love ya lots... see you in Jan/Feb!
From the smiffs
golly know you have done heaps more travelling so guess when everybody returns to this side of the world you will recap for us all. Take good care and remember we still love and miss you so much it hurtz but so happy you and Troy both are living the dream US :)
Response: :-)
From Pam
As part of the family contingent let me tell you I am pretty bloody excited too - see you real soon Pretty Princess !
Response: hehe... Not long to go.. so exciting!!

Love ya lots xxx
From Pam
Have a wonderful London Wedding Celebration Mrs Pretty Princess. Will see you in three months time. :)
Response: Was a great night - pics coming! Love ya.. can't wait til you are over here xxx
From Mrs Smiff (2ffs)
Wow what an epic and even though I was part of some of it - so good to read - lovely fairy tale. So good to talk on skype with you and Nat last night. Take care Love and miss you heaps :)
Response: Love you too.. glad this thing is finally up to date. I\'m determined to keep it up for my whole London experience as sites like Facebook will come and go but this will document the whole thing so it\'s worth it! xxx
From Simone
Hi mate..
Need an update!!! :)
Hope alls great... only 7 weeks today til the big day and 6 weeks until our night out!! Yay!! xxx
Response: hahaha... I'm soo rubbish. Going to do this today I promise! Sooooo excited about coming home.. ordered our flight tickets today and loadings looking good!.
From Pam
Ta so much for your phone call Pretty Princess - it was just super to hear from you. Love you to bits - see you in a few weeks.
Response: Not long to go!!!! Love ya lots xxxx
From KC
Happy birthday!!! I'm possibly a bit premature here, but it's the 11th today in NZ so therefore it's your birthday at least somewhere in the world :) Hope you have a good day! I have sent a text as well...hopefully you get it (and hopefully it doesn't wake you)
Response: Shows how long since I checked this.. thanks for the Birthday wishes. Take care xxx
From Thelma
Hi Lisa thanks for the birthday hought.weren't yous' worried about the ice caving in on yous"?
Response: Hi Thelma.. We weren't too worried - but we got out of the way when the ice starting falling on the other side.

Take care,
Lisa xxx
From Simone
Fab update!!!
Response: Glad you liked! I know everyone is on FB but I've been updating this for nearly 5 years and want to keep it going for as long as I am travelling.. maybe i can turn it into a book for myself one day!
wow grand blog you sure did not waste a moment loved the tales. Good luck going back to work like we all say you need the job to pay for the trips blah blah blah Lots of love to you both Cheers Us
Response: Love you lots... photos are going on now!!
From KC
Hey chick...thanks for the birthday wishes :) Just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear about Sox!!
Response: Thanks, very sad but a good effort. I miss having pets around - goldfish don't really count!
Thanks forthe udates and again the welcome phone calls enjoy the AB game. Hope Troy is aok being home alone Take care the pair of you Cheers Us
Response: Love ya lots.... have a good weekend!
From Smiffs (2ffs)
wow love the blog so will look forward to the photos appearing in a day or so. Your trip sounds superb take good care love to Troy Us
Response: Photos are coming now... :-) Love ya lots
From KC
Kia ora! Just checked out the photos on Facebook....I left random comments. You always had this uncanny knack of getting things for free! Jealous much. I really don't have anything important to write, just thought I'd write and say hello and as always I loved looking at the photos. I played Laser Strike today and I kicked some 10 year old butt! I probably won't get invited back. But it's good to know that I'm good at shooting people. Ka kite ano!
From KC
Allo! Just on holiday at the moment, about to head to Upper Hutt for some dinner with the hockey girls and then out for dinner tomorrow night! Loved reading your update about Spain - I am jealous...much. Sounds like a true vacation! :) Hi to everyone!
Response: Hey chick.. Have fun in Upper Hutt! Take care, Lisa xx
Well done Troy on your job excellent news. Lisa hope your trip to Luxembourgh went well -no wait let me think all your trips go well you go girl and enjoy. Cheers for all your phone calls The SMiffs
Response: Heya... trip was awesome.. drank sooo much champagne. Have some photos and will write up about it soon. Love ya lots xxx
From Simone
Hi ya
Cool update.. love the photos too... Does sound like a busy year... altho you cant compete with us and our travels, June - Rotorua!! oh, thats all!! hehehe... anyways, yay for Troy getting guaranteed work, thats awesome... hopefully we can catch up for a chat soon!! Love Simone xx
Response: Heya chick.
Glad you liked the update.. the next one will be sooner I promise. We are away the next 3 weekends but definitely will catch up soon. Hope all is well in Kiwi-Land. Lots of Love xxx
From KC
Excuse me Susan, but I fall over while playing hockey...very easy to do! You fall over while showing somebody how NOT to bowl. And you were stationary. Or stationery. Anyway love reading the updates Lisa, would you like some vacation with your beer? :)
Response: While on holiday..... :-)
From Suse
Love reading your updates, I always check!! Thanks for filling us all in. Sounds like you had a great time on you latest trip! Lots of beer drinking!! Nice!! Just read Casey's comment below. Lol makes me laugh when I remember falling over. Oh yeah and I do too remember Casey falling over LOADs nore than me!! hope your foot is better. Do you know what happend to your phone? Let me know if you get a new number :)
Response: Hey Suse.. Phone has gone to the land of lost mobiles..but i have another one and i've got the same number so it's all back on track! Glad you like the updates.. Hope all is well with you? xx