Location: Verona / Cinque Terra /, Italy
Bit of an update fro you!
After Berlin I took a fairly long train trip down to Verona, in Italy. Had read some fairly good things about this city, so I was pretty keen to see it!
There were no hostels availiable so I had to (what a pity!!!(, stay in a nice hotel for a couple of nights! Was so nice to be in a nice clean room with an ensuite all to myself!!!!
Did some sightseeing and a bit of shopping around in the old city walls! Sights included a trip to Juliet's Balcony, which was quite cool to stand up there!! Signed me and Dax's names on the graffiti wall, which is filled up with couples names and love letters! Nothing like a bit of romance!
I totally splashed out one night there and got all dressed up to see the opera, which is held in the Arena, a bit like the Colloseum but smaller! Was worth every cent, it was Madame Butterfly, which is the story of a Geisha and an American Soldier who fall in love but it soprta goes pear shaped for them with a bit of a gory end!!!
After my cultural experiences in Verona I next headed to Cinque Terra. My hostel was a good 20 minute bus ride out from the first town Riamaggiore (Cinque Terra is a world heriatage area that includes five old cities). The bus service was pretty good, because our hostel was in a spot called Biassa, with rolling green hill and gorgeous old buildings, alot like Tuscany.
Walked the route of the five cities with a nice American couple, though there was a few hairy bits where we went the wrong way, ended up in the middle of nowhere and had to hitch a ride in the back of a ute!! Was really fun and memorable!
Also spent some time realxing at the beach, making the most of the nice Italian Summer sun while I could! Took the train out one day with this cool girl Tash to Portofino, which was very nice, seemed like a bit of a place where there are millionaires around every corner!
Met some great people at the hostel, mostly Aussies, with a few Americans and Brits thrown in! Spent some memorable evenings in front of the hostel, with wine and pizza from the little traditional shop down the road (pizzanumber 17 is the best ever! Have no idea what it was called)!
Went back to Rome after (sadly) leaving Cinque Terra, probably my favourite place. Saw a few more of the sights and enjoyed my final Italian meal (including Tiramasu)! I was staying in a mixed dorm, but out of seven I was the only female! Nice guys though! Frantically bought a few last gifts on my last day before heading to Fiumienco Airport for my trip home! Flight to Dubai was good, had to wait in airport there for a bit but got a few free meals! Flight from Dubai to Melbourne wass hellish! 13 hours is just way too long to be on a plane! Finally Made it to Melbourne! Had a few more hours wait there (was so over it by this stage), though I did a bit of duty free perfume shopping! Fell asleep for the first time on my return flights on the Hobart Jetstar flight, it seemed to only last ten minutes!!!
Touched down on home turf where most of my family and Sharni were there to meet me!!! Was my bro's birthday so headed off for a birthday dinner and to meet my new niece at last!
I guess this is my last entry as it is the end of my trip! Have had such a good time, it is so good to be home though! Thanks for reading and sending your messages!
Lots of love
Location: Verona, Italy
GERMANY; MY SOLO TRAVELS!!!
From Frankfurt I took a day trip out to Heidleberg, a beautiful Medieval town about 1 hours train ride from Frankfurt. Was worth it, the old town was very traditional and had an amazing view of the river from the castle on the hill.
Frankfurt itself was great, much better than I could have expected, it had some gorgeous old buildings I would expect to find in a small German town, as well as having the shops etc you find in big cities. At night the riverbank was all light up and I had a hot choccie on this cafe boat.
Dusseldorf was also a nice city! Spent two nights there and it definetly deserves its reputaion as a shopper's paradise! I may have tested it out a bit! Also took a boat cruise on the Rhine while I was there, went to an Aqua Zoo and went to a film museum.
Hamburg had lots of character, a bigger city than I thought! Saw the famous Rathaus and went up St Nikoli war memorial in a glass elevator up so high! I was scared!!!! Walked down St Pauli during the day, I was a bit scared to go down there at night! Hung out with this English girl Emma from my hostel, have been meeting some great people from all over the place!
Berlin was amazing! Thought it would be just another big city, but its recent history was mindblowing! It is a really diverse city, all sorts of things to do and see! Saw hitler's bunker, the Brandenberg gate, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie to name a few places! Met some cool Aussies and ended up going sightseeing and having dinner and drinks with this girl from Adelaide, Jodi. Hostel was really good where I was staying too! It was called Generator Hosel and I recommend it to anyone who goes to that part of the world!
Location: Verona, Italy
Wow, so much had happened since last enrtry (though you may have seen the photos)!
We loved Munich! We went to the zoo, which was something different for us! Animals were so cute! Especially the goats! We also visited the Neufswanstein Castle, which is located outside of Munich. It was like a fairytale! So pretty, took a few photos there! It belonged to this slightly demented King Ludwig! The next day (for something completely different), we went to Dachau Concentration Camp. Was a really somber day, but I think it is important to see things like that.
ALSO that day, we went our seperate ways (Larissa n Dan to Switzerland and me to Frankfurt). I decided that I didn't want to see the same things over again and wanted a bit of adventure in travelling alone!
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
sorry about no entries for awhile! Have done LOTS of travelling in the last week.
Slovenia was our favourite place so far. Ljubjana, the main city, was clean and relaxing. People were so friendly. Next we went to Bled, which is beautiful. It is a smallish town that is set in the mountains surrounding a lake. Lots of skiing in winter and other adventure activities.
We hired bikes and went to the Vintgar Gorge, a bit like tassie but the water was this green colour and you could see the trout swimming around!
We also went on an awsome rafting trip! None of us had done it before so it was so fun, we got so wet!
Next we headed to Vienna. It was Larssa's birthday, so we went out for the best Vietnamese for dinner and then dessert. Also went to an English Cinema to relax, where we watched The Lakehouse. Also went on a sightseeing bus, architecture is gorgeous there.
We got to Prague aboout half hour ago, so really tired after the train! We go to Munich on Sunday, which we are looking forward to!
Missing everyone! Not long till we see you though!
love us xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hi just a quickee!
In Slovenia, arrived today. Croatia was incredible! Hired a boat and kayaked and snorkled! Dubrovnik was the best part we saw!
Photos soon! Too busy living it up!!!!
love the girls xoxoxoxoxo
Location: Santorini, Greece
Writing from beautiful Santorini, the most beautiful place we have seen in Greece.
Going to Ia tonight to watch the sunset. Tomorrow we have a Sunset cruise aboard a traditional Greek boat. Includes wine and appetisers too - yum! We are visting a volcano crater and Hot springs on surrounding little islands during out cruise!
Friday we are heading back to Athens on a 9 hour ferry trip, though it could be longer as we are learning quickly! Ferries run on there own time it seems!
Anyway must go and lay by the pool at out hotel for awhile! Such a hard life!
Bye for now xoxo
c & d
Location: Contiki Resort, Mkonos, Greece
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Location: Mykonos, Greece
We have had a busy time sightseeing in athens and this is our 3rd night on Mykonos Island, Greece. It is one of the Cyclades group of islands. The houses all are white with blue doors- as expected. Water is beautful, the island itself is a fairly barren, desolate place though! We think Santorini will be prettier!
Met a few aussies here and there! At Contiki resort at the moment, which is nice, bumped into these aussie dudes for the 3rd time! We first met them in a laundromat in athens, then at our other accommodation on mykonos and here again at Contiki! World is a small place! Its good to exchange advice with other travellers, about where to see etc!
Hired a 4 wheeler yesterday, was really fun! Drivers a little crazy here!
Being away from Australia and experiencing different countries and cultures is awesome, but so far, there is nowhere else we would rather live!
More news later. Photots when we have time!!!
Love Cazz and Dan
Location: Sorrento (Amalfi & Positano), Italy
Sorry no photos yet... they are taking forever to load and we don't always have a lot of time!
Caught a bus from Sorrento to Positano & Amalfi today! We thought that we were going to die on the bus rde down windy (what should be one way) streets!!!
Lay on the beach in Positano before continuing to Amalfi. Really beautiful region as hopefully u will se in our photos WHEN they arrive!!
Making plans for Greece, Athens first then The Cyclades Islands.
Great to hear from everyone, thanks for your messages!
Love Cazz n Dan xo
Location: Rome, Italy
Have had a busy couple of days exploring Rome and its many sights, mostly on foot. Amazing to see things in the flesh!
The Italian people have been so friendly and helpful. Our stay at our hostel Cassa Di Olmata hasnt been too bad considering it is at the bottom end of the star ratings!!!
We have sampled some gelati and REAL pizza, will eat pasta tonight we hope!
Believe it or not we have been having early nights as we have been tired from doing things all day, this will change soon we hope! We are heading down the coast tomorrow to relax in the sun!
Photos soon, we promise!!!
Carol and Dan xo
Location: Rome, Italy
Hi everyone safely arrived in Rome today!
Dubai was amazing, we skied, rode camels, had a henna tattoo on each of our little feet!!! Enjoyed the 4WD tour, sand Dunes were the biggest we have seen.
Will let u know about our adventures in Rome!