Arrived in the Netherlands and we are staying with Matt and Kim. For lunch we had a kroket - it's deep fried something (like gravy) with mustard, very good. We had Mexican last night before Matt and Kim cooked us a Dutch sweet like a mini crepe/pancake/crumpet, yet again very good. We played Wii (the interactive computer thing from Nitendo) and Melita beat the crap out of me in boxing but I turned it on in bowling. That's about it.
Munich 10th - 12th Jan; Well, as you can probably tell by the post from Munich - we had a ball! We just thought it was going to be a place to break up our train trip to Berchtesgaden from Paris but we ended up wishing we had stayed longer. We met a couple of Aussie's from Perth in our room and they told us about the free walking tour which we went on with them the next day. The tour was great and we learnt a lot about Munich's history (which is very interesting). It's a very pretty city with lovely old buildings (well a lot are new old as they were rebuilt after the war). After the tour we went to the massive beer hall with Clare and Ash - our new Aussie mates. And yes - it's true I drank two Steins!
Location: Paris, France
Paris 5th - 10th Jan; We took a night train to paris from Venice which was pretty cool - we had our own cabin so got a little bit of sleep! We arrived and went to our hostel called 'The Perfect Hotel' it was cute and comfortable. Later that day Bec and Sal arrived. We had a great few days there together going to museums (thanks Joel!) and eating! The louve was cool but very busy - the Mona Lisa looses it's charm a bit when you have to stand on your tip-toes to get a glimpse! We also went to the modern art museum which was cool but we also found a lot of it pretty amusing and wanky - like the plain white canvas minimalism at it's best! Beau decided that he would like a picasso on his wall - if only! We gave Beau Beau a day off the girls and we went shopping and wandering around - I had a bad cold but it was nice to go into some shops and look. I loved that paris was so grand and there was so much space in such a big city - in terms of the width of the streets and the parks etc. We also found the people were so nice! 3 separate times, we were looking at our map and someone came up to us to ask if we needed help and showed us where to go. So don't buy the story that Parisians are rude! Thanks to Beccy and Sal for coming over to play with us!
Haven't had much luck finding an internet lately - especially one that lets you download photos. Melita will give you all the details in her wonderful diary entries but I can give you the general outline since leaving Italy.
I thought Venice was nice and we did manage to see our first bit of snow (which was falling) but three days was plenty. All you can do is shop, shop, shop and then eat. Then after you eat you go shopping again. It was like Christmas shopping without having any money. I like shopping as much as the next bloke so 3 days in Venice was plenty for me.
Paris was spot on. The people were extremely helpful and friendly. My highlight in the city of romance was riding the worlds fastest elevator - 200m in 30seconds. My lowlight was paying 8 euro for a pint.
Then it was onto Munich - we took a free tour and then drank all afternoon in the world famous beer hall. Melita who doesn't drink beer was a real trooper and deserves a pat on the back for knocking off two 1L beers at a handy pace. After that someone thought we should go ice skating and as you could imagine it was quite a scene - I even tried skating with the kids polarbear to the great amusement of an adoring crowd. I don't whether I was Torvill or Dean. Melita skated very well and continued to impress while I retired to join the rest of the crowd in another drink.
Off to Berchdesgaden (I am sure that is spelt wrong). It is on the border of Austria and has a population of 14 000. It was great. It was covered in snow and we had a ski, went into a salt mine with a giant slide and then had a swim outside in a thermal pool. It was cheaper to get a beer than a coke. The Germans no how to cook a snagger.
We stopped into Dresdan on the way to Berlin and had some great soup and got bitten by bed bugs.
We have now been in Berlin for two days. It is the first time we have struck any real winter weather. Tonight we are going on a pub crawl.
Thats about it. I have given you a good overview and I am sure that Melita will fill in the gaps. I will eventually post photos when I find a USB.
Location: Venice, Italy
Venice 2nd - 4th Jan- seems like ages ago (Beau will add some photos soon for each of these places). Venice was very pretty especially at night. There were many times that we walked around in circles and got lost - we'd start in one place and think we were heading toward our B&B and then half hour later we would end up in the same place. It snowed a little on our first day which was exciting - the ever snap happy Beau tried to take a photo of a snow flake on his jumper but didn't work out. There's lots of shopping in Venice which is a bit depressing when we have no money to spend but I did get a bit of Venician glass in the form of a pretty pendant (thanks Beau Beau). We stayed in this cute B&B where the lady spoke no English and every time you tried to speak to her she just offered you Tea but she was sweet. Overall it was a good stay.
Location: Munich, Germany
We#ve been waiting to find a place where we can download some photos but not much luck. We are well and have enjoyed Venice, Paris and now in Munich. We are Heading to our little Ski place tomorrow and don't know if they have internet. So will write more and post pictures as soon as possible ( i'm writing this two steins to the wind so excuse the spelling mistakes - at least you aren't near Beau when he is cutting the cheese after cabbage and pork and too too much beer!).
Lot sof Love Melita xoxo
We had a great New Years Eve last night. There was a poster that said free concert and fireworks in town so we headed down. We were having a drink and suddenly heard the fireworks and went outside to see the professional Perugian firework display. We got a shock to find that everybody was just letting of homemade fireworks and some were even being lobbed into the crowd. It was absolutely mad. You could even feel the force of the explosions on you face. One firework cracked into the side of a building. My highlight though was when someone had a crate of fireworks and appeared to just set the box on fire as the crowd quickly dispersed. We had the best New Years Ever!
Happy New Year
Location: Perugia in Umbria, Italy
Well we are in beautiful Perugia and enjoying a bit of a quieter location. We grew to love Naples (in the two days that we spent there) but it is lovely to see some green rolling hills. We are staying in a little hostel call the Farmhouse and it has cute goats a scary goose and ponies! We also get fresh eggs for breakfast! It's much colder here though but we are coping and rugging up. Beau will post some more photos soon. Happy New Year!
Location: Naples, Italy
Well, alot has been going on for us in a week! First of all Dubai: a city of contrasts, colour, construction and cash! Their catch phrase is "Dubai - where there is a lot to DO and a lot to BUY" get it?. It:s true though, ther is a lot to do, we went to Ski Dubai (which is located in one of their many giant shopping malls) and had a snow boarding lesson. On our way back we are going to Wild Wadi- their water park. They also have 70% of the worlds cranes there so you can imagine how much construction is going on. We also got a glimpes of the amazing markets which are also huge. They are called Souks and they have a fish souk, a spice souk, an old souk and.....yes ladies...a gold souk (Beau is letting me go on the way back). The other great thing about Dubai is that the people were lovely and our 3 star hotel was more like a 5 star, so it will be a nice way to begin and end our trip!
Rome: First impression of Rome is busy, and surprisingly dirty but then we walked around and accidently stumbled across the Colosseum and got our first wow factor. The food was awesome (the best Gnnochi ever!) we did a lot of walking and sightseeing, saw a lot of churches and old buildings - it was sad how much graffiti was on so many of the old buildings though! Trevi Fountain was beutiful but there were hundreds and hundreds of people there, same goes for the Vatican. I think our favourite thing about Rome was the little restaurants down the little cobbled streets.
Naples: When we walked out of the train station to find our hostel all we would think was "Holy Crap!". People everywhere, car and scooters going in all direstions, weaving in and out of traffic and up the sidewalk. We stopped to look at our map and nearly got reversed over when a guy wanted to park where we were standing. We got to our hostel and thought - where have we landed and why did we come here? However we ventured out for dinner to a famous pizza place (after all Naples is supposed to be the home of pizza) and with the first bite out question was answered - the best pizza ever. Today we went to the markets and got some fresh sqid and salad to make a nice healthy dinner. The markets were so much fun, so cheap and fresh! We walked down to the bay and soaked up the beautiful veiw of the coast (will post photos) it was also a bit sunny today wich was a nice change. We decided that we both like Naples a bit more that Rome - it is like a giant Freo! So we have just eaten our fabulous fresh Calamari nad salad and now I am hogging the hostel computor so I best go and post from somewhere else in beautiful Italy!
Location: Perth, Australia
We have 2 hours to go until we board. Just killed 30 minutes making this page. Dubai here we come.