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Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Location: Singapore

Stopover.
Nice airport. probably the nicest airport I've been to.
had a good sleep from paris. slept most of the flight actually.
another 8 or 9 hours and I'll be back on home soil.
au revoir

Tuesday, 03 June 2008

Location: Paris, France

Au revoir Paris,

Last day in the city of love. Gonna miss it actually. It is really very cool and I could easily spend a lot more tim here. The French are pretty cool. I think the common perception that they are rude, is more a general disinterest. Not in a bad way, its just that they think about themslves and have no real interest in anyone else. Pretty much the same as people in most big cities around the world. And speaking to French people who have moved from 'rural' France to Paris, even they say Parisiens are rude... So the next time I come here I want to go to the countryside and test this theory.

Anyway, better run. Got some things to do before we fly out this evening.

Au revoir Paris.

Sunday, 01 June 2008

Location: Paris, France

Well, I had no idea I would like Paris so much. It really is a nice city. It feels like home in the sense that I feel very comfortable here.

It helps that we are in a very nice area again, and the weather has been pretty good, but still, it is very nice being here.

Next time I'm coming back to include a trip to EuroDisney, and regional areas. Maybe head down south to the Riveriera and also Monaco....

Sunday, 01 June 2008

Location: Spain

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Location: Madrid, Spain

Sitting in Madrid. cloudy and rainy but still warm enough.
madrid is ok. not as nice as paris. or as interesting as Rabat.
Rabat and Casablanca were pretty cool.
Algiers was interesting but pretty crazy, a little scary. but we survived so its all good.
got a full day in madrid then fly out to pàris again tomorrow.
more soon.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Location: Morocco

Got to Rabat airport and instantly liked the place. Very relaxed and feels really similar to Darwin. Eucalyptus trees everywhere too which adds to the feel.

Rabat seems very nice. As the capital city it is a little like Canberra in terms of being well laid out, clean and reasonably well to do. At least the bits we saw were anyway. Sure there are still some less affluent spots but generally speaking the city is very nice. I like it a lot.

Wednesday we did a trip to Casablanca which was pretty cool. The highlights were seeing the Mohamad2 Mosque and going to the Casbah. The Mosque is quite honestly the most beautiful building I have ever seen. Only built in the 1990's and the sheer scale of it is fantastic. The workmanship is almost beyond belief - there is no way something like this would be built in Australia.

The casbah was great fun too, but I'm glad we had a dude with us who could speak Arabic and knew the whole haggling process well. Otherwise I think we would have spent far too much money.

Anyway better go...

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Location: Algiers, Algeria

From Paris to Algiers. Pretty crazy city. Police and security dudes everywhere. The hotel we stayed at was awesome in an old world kinda way. Very old and fancy - lots of painted mosaic tiles everywhere which seems to be the trend in North Africa.

Drove around a bit on Sunday afternoon. Traffic was insane. Went to see the Martyrs Monument which is a massive concrete tower stanging on a mountain overlooking Algiers and the port. Pretty impressive structure.

Algerian food is pretty nice too. Tried some traditional Tagines, and Couscous. Yummy. Nice and meaty too. Also tried Algerian red wine which was surprisingly not too bad.

Had a nice brekkie early on Monday then to the airport for our flight to Rabat (via Paris of course) which means we were at airports or in planes pretty much all day Monday. Not much fun let me tell you.

More soon...

Friday, 23 May 2008

Location: Paris, France

Crikey what a day!

Left hotel around 9am. From there headed over to the Eiffel Tower. Had Japanese for lunch - yummy! From there we crossed the river and headed to the Rue de Passy - lots of shops. I mean LOTS of shops!

Did some browsing and shopping then headed off to the Arc De Triumph stopping along the way to see the Trocadero. All very awesome! The Place Charles de Gaulle is sensational - organised chaos! I could have spent ages just watching the traffic doing its crazy dance.

From there we wandered down the Champs Elysee. More shops, lots of people, and more traffic. A beautiful walk. was getting very tired by now though... sore feet too.

So next it was the Place de l'Concorde - again very impressive, but we were pretty tired then so kept walking through a park, the na,e of which I've forgotten, but it is between the Concorde and the Louvre.

From here we just headed straight for the hotel. Had an hour to rest then went to grab a bite to eat. Ok meal but as with everything in Paris was pretty expensive!

Anyway, that was my second day in Paris. Probably won't get a chance to write for a few days now, so stay tuned for more in a week (or thereabouts).

Friday, 23 May 2008

Location: Paris, France

Crazy but beautiful. Paris is just so..... well, French I guess! Did a quick stroll to the Notre Dame, and the Louvre. All very impressive. Going to the Eiffel Tower today.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Location: Heathrow, England

Well, we finally made it to Heathrow, London. Had a lengthy unscheduled stop in Bangkok... Not fun.

Can't upload photos from this computer so will have to wait till next time.

Not long till boarding to Paris...

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Location: Sydney airport, Australia

Sitting at the Sydney airport Qantas lounge. Very spiffy. Free food and drinks and internet. And our view is out over the airport looking towards the City. Can see centrepoint tower from here. Cloudy and cold here in Sydney though.

Stay tuned. Next stop, Paris.


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