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Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Location: USA

Friday, 03 September 2010

Location: Melbourne, Australia

hello to you all, we have now arrived in Melbourne airport and it is very quiet here ............ except for us ......... people are everywhere .......... sleeping in corners and walking around talking about the next great big news .............. NOW HERE's THE THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (anyone miss me??) we have cleaned ourselves up and are nice and clean again ..... we smell purdy :-) Donna has given me her "lurgy" so my nose is looking a bit like Rudolphs .... we are so excited to get home ............ so we are taking this opportunity to thank you all for following us on this our very special adventure and highly recommend it to you all ...... we will be your tour guides at any time you would like to pay for our Business or first class travel (any takers???) Donna has been a wonderful person to travel with and many many giggles were had by all ............... signing off for this trip .... McSisters .... xxxxxx

Wednesday, 01 September 2010

Location: Glasgow Airport, Scotland

Well it's 11.40am at the Glasgow airport and we have till 1.15 till we board our flight home ....... so you will be seeing us and getting nagged again very soon ..... this has been such a wonderful trip ssoooooo fulll of laughter and wonderful experiences ..... from toilets to food ha ha ...... cant wait to see you all .... talk again soon

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Hello to you all, it is official, our trip is over ............... we fly back tomorrow and we are excited to get home to see all your gorgeous faces ............. thank you for sharing this wonderful journey with us ................... will write once more when I get to the Melbourne airport, seeing there is a 7 hour layover :-// xxxx so you are more than welcome to write to us a little more .... until we see you face to face ............. take care love to all ....... McSisters xx

Monday, 30 August 2010

Hello all, we are in Glasgow and have been for the last 3 night .... the first day we came through the highlands before we arrived and it was breathtaking ..... raining .... but breathtaking, we came upon pipers standing in the rain piping, raising money for the mountain rescue team...... it was so haunting, but great .... (see the photos) we then went into Glasgow for a walk around, completely different place and people from Edinburgh .... but still nice ...

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Location: Inverness, UK

Hello everyone .... so good too hear from you all ....
It has been harder than we thought to find internet cafes and time to write our blog .... at the moment I hear the minutes click away and we are rushing... so please excuse the following mistakes :-/, the Military Tattoo was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT .... and so moving .... We loved every moment... the Highlands are beautiful and the wine gives you a headache ha ha ..... beautiful castles ............. and the history quite sad ... still havent seen hair nor sight of a rock formation .... but "och eye the nooo" we're hame ;) ................ have been eating haggis for breakfast and it's quite nice .... no really, quite nice .... we are off to find the Loch Ness Monster today .... I bought a packet of toffee licorice to entice him, ...................then we need to know how to get him through customs LOL ........... after our hunting trip this morning we are off to the Isle Of Skye for the battle of the midgys they tell us ...............COOL ... so sorry I cannot download our photos, but as usual, there is something wrong here ... Where are the great IT people when you need them ( MARK? JO?) ... any hoo, will attempt to down load some photos in the Isle ... what do you think of our chances? Love hugs and kisses to you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooo

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Location: London, UK

Hi everyone .... we went on another BIG BUS tour today ..... you know, the top deck buses but you sit outside .... well yes, thats what we've been up to .... we got off a few times, because you can get on and off at will .... we went into Hamleys toy store ... it was lovely, we licked the windows of Harrods .... We got to see the palace and guards .... queen stayed low .... Big Ben as you know is always out of site but we got a photo of the Clock tower ... and did all the other touristy things you do around London .... nice fast moving city... we are off to York tomorrow, joining up with a tour very early in the morning ..... Then off into Scotland :-) Fried Mars Bars all round LOL Will talk soon XXOO

Friday, 20 August 2010

Location: London, UK

Hi ...... We were awake at 5.15am (had a sleep in) cup of tea then down to breakfast .... hmmm still no Prunes ..... Donnas not happy, her addiction to prunes is starting to worry me :-/ ..... We got tickets for the BIG BUS Tours for 48 hours ...... and then attempted to find a laundry mat..... shhhhhh but Donna was wearing her Jammies LOL serious .... told you we needed to do a laundry!!! it was great :-) we went to the London tower and caught a Ferry up the Thames .... Pure amazing experience .... London seems to be more compact than we ever imagined it to be ... but truely an amazing city, where the unexpected happens... came home ... found a laundramat and our clothes are now cleaned and dry ... but shhhh, Donna's still in here Jammies LOL ...... Loves hugs and kisses to you all XXoo Take Care and keep the emails coming ..... It's so hard to not be there with you guys some times LOL LOL LOL LOL Now get back to work!!!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Location: London, UK

Hello everyone we have arrived in London ....
and what a great city this is .... our accommodation is just across the road from the Hyde Park :-)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Location: Paris, France

Must go back to Paris now for a while ... (on this blog only) ha ha .... Caught the fast train from Nice to Paris took 5 hours ... bought a cheese and ham baget ... very delicious ... the French Provence was beautiful to see (a photo would not do it justice) although I tried many times ... we arrived in Gay Paree and it was magnifique!! Pinching myself flat out ... after seeing the Notre Dam, the Eiffel tower and the Louvre (all from the bus) We got to our room .... Another place another day ... Ground hog day, but what a wonderful dream we are having ... Had a shower and headed out to enjoy the lights ... had a meal at 'Le Montebello' across the road from Notre Dam .... delicious ... the a bus tour around the city to witness the wonderful sights of Paris :-)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Location: Nice, France

good morning to you all, we went out to tea in Monte Carlo last night (oused money) ..... after dodging the Ferraris etc (see photos) we walked around the casino buildings .... quite an amazing sight ..... Princess Grace and family are around this area... we got to visit the tomb where she and her husband the king (Raynier) lay...

Monday, 16 August 2010

Location: Nice, France

Okay back again......
NICE is beautiful, elegant, ALIVE, and so beautiful....homes on the hill, a throng of people everywhere, we had a beautiful meal last night, with our new American friends Mary-Ann and Emily.... we had salad with anchovies and the tiniest olives....spagetti with rabbit and cremè caramel.... topped with French wine.....MIXED WITH THE ATMOSPHERE OF VERY MANICURED PEOPLE.....so guys does that sound delicious or what ?? Lifes good......
After a lovely sleep in our classy hotel room we boarded the bus and took a drive to the picturesque hilltop town of St Paul de Vence......well again this place is beautiful.....must research though the wee heady in the box within the church ....hmmm something is a little strange with that LOL.....okay guys take care.... off to Monte Carlo with tea.....I wonder if we will be going in one of those lier jets parked out the front.....hmmm maybe not this time LOL :)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Location: Nice, France

NICE is nice ...... absolutely wonderful!!!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Location: PISA, Italy

Pisa - any Engineers out there!!!!!!!!!! 180 feet high and 12 feet out of perpendicular!!!! i willl leave that for you all to work out the problem.... I will have a glass of wine :-) ...... Anyway, the local name for this construction is the Tilton Hilton.... Ha ha. LOVELY PLACE And day French keyboard .... NOT SO EASY TO USE°
THEN on the bus to Nice stopping qt the Fragloa (??) perfume factory...... Sorry guys, we have found the place to buy perfume.... WOO HOO ...... Then the French Riviera is the place to be, (but watch the pick pockets) xxx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Location: Florence, Italy

Will talk again tomorrow ...... till then Ciao xx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Location: Italy

We went to St Marcos square .......... tears came to our eyes as the beautiful bells started to toll as we left our restaurant and moment to savour for ever .............

Friday, 13 August 2010

Location: Florence, Italy

Venice ............... Absolutely beautiful .... More than you could dream of .... After driving for 8 hours through the countryside Sunflowers everywhere, we stopped off at Assisi (Monk Heaven, pardon the pun) absolutely beautiful place ....Narrow lanes, small shops and cafes ....and of course, The Basilica Di S. Francesco.
We went into one of the small cafes and met a man called Angelo who made the best coffee ever with the most wonderful decorations on top :-) ..... yum.... Man it was hot at Assisi though and there were people everywhere ........... We were pleased to get back onto the bus (air conditioning).... Then onto Venice ....
Unfortunately, the feet started to swell again, but thats hilarious ... we will try to show you photos of our pig trotters .... Hot doesnt explain the heat we felt when we entered Venice ..... but the view ......... the masks ......... the boats.... the gondolas and of course the room ha ha ha ha ....... does anyone love folk art, venitian style :-) But once we became familiar with Venice we understood the decor ....................

Friday, 13 August 2010

Location: Florence, Italy

Hello at last to you all x
we are in Florence, the city of Gold and leather ....... hear that Rob?? ................ But now for an update ....

Monday, 09 August 2010

Location: ROME, Italy

Hello again .............. well Dinner was wonderful ..... "ballisimo"...
Now on with the story ......... are you comfortable :-)... Breakfast this morning was in the restaurant in our Hotel ...... Piccola Calazione ... Loved the coffee and pastries........ seems Italy have a bit of a sweet tooth for breaky... The day is sunny and a nice cool 31 degrees......... We strolled around Rome and stumbled upon the Colosseum NOICE I pinched Donna so she would remember it .........and a beautiful St Pietro in Vincoli (Where the St Peter in Chains sculpture is)...... Donna had to be dressed because she was in shorts ... We had our first champagne O/Seas... the Champagne here is great :-) topped off with a beautiful Mint water and the very best pasta I have ever tasted.... with a great and friendly waitress ......... Donna practised her tipping ......... My Feet are swollen trotters!!!! Oh yes our tour guide is "J. Fraser" and he seems nice. Best be off now. VERY EARLY start tomorrow..... Kisses to you all... CiaoXXX

Monday, 09 August 2010

Location: Rome, Italy

Hello All .................. Jetlag is a curse!!!
But we are getting over it slowely :-))
There is so much to write before this but Fluminco Airport!!!
OK, we're off, out of the plane that flew 40000 feet the whole way because we were running late from Dubai to Rome ......... swollen feet, face and ankles (great look) the hostess wants a photo of us (are you serious ?? lady. no thanks was our pleasant, but in unison answer).... we disembark and RUN RUN RUN RUN BUMp INTO EACH OTHER AND RUN ....... why? we are not sure yet???? Just run ........ then we understand the train, WHAT, WHAT..... serious??? ......... anyway YES you catch a train to get your bags ........... then we were picked up by, Lewis Hamilton (NOT) but he drove very fast!!! We walked Rome at night in search of bottled water............of course a bottle of wine was a must ............forgot the cork screw, had shower and went to bed instead .......throbbing headache and neckache .........cant remember anything after that ................ to be continued ...
Our next episode ......... Our first beautiful day in ROME and that it is ................ must race off for tea......... talk soon ........ our love to you all :-)

Sunday, 08 August 2010

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Hi all, we are sitting at the Melbourne Airport ......... it's 12:27AM hope you are all sleeping beautifully :-) We had a lovely meal with some wonderful people in Melbourne and a nice fresh, crisp glass of bubbles. We are now sitting in the International lounge waiting for our flight to be called..........1:40AM we board ...... hope you are all sleeping beautifully ha ha. Just trying to keep ourselves awake.

Thursday, 05 August 2010

Location: Australia

Well Donna has finished work today, I havent finished yet, I still have to work tomorrow .................. then after work I will pack my bags, for the final time ........ I still dont believe we are going, it all seems to be a dream!! Our Cousin (Stephen) who lives in Edinburgh has asked us when the family can catch up with us on the tour ....... he called Edinburgh "Auld Reekie" ...... hmm must find out more about that one when we get there. The Fringe Festival is on when we get there, sounds like heaps of fun.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Location: Home, Australia

Hello to all,
One week to go!!!! Donna and I are just finishing our packing. What can we take on the plane, what seats did we end up with and what will we forget? Oh, by the way today is Donnas birthday, Happy birthday my beautiful sister!!


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Recent Messages

From Taylor
Dear mum we are practicing
our races for the carnival
and everybody was cheering for me love from Taylor
ooooooxxxxxxooooooxxxxxxoooooo
Response: Hooray hooray ..... i'm cheering for you too my gorgeous baby.... I love you so much ... will see you soon xxxxxxxoooooooooooooo
From Shelleigh
Oh Wow not many more sleeps now until I see your smiley happy face walking past my desk and of course lunches together.....Can't wait to hear all your fabulous stories me darlin'
Response: So lovely to hear from you meee darlin .... will be walkin past your desk with jet lag ha ha but will be happy to see you... see you soon xxxxxooo
From Yvonne
Hello my loves.
What a magnificent, stunning, dreamy journey you have both travelled.
I have so so many questions but they can wait.
Travel safe xx
Response: hello me beatiful sister ... got ya some pressys ... xxxoooo
From Jan
WELCOME HOME - can't wait to see and hear all about your trip - so don't forget photos on monday, I guess your accent is fairly broad now?????
Happy flying xxxxxxxx
Response: Hi Jan ..... och eye the noooo ..... no, I dont think I have any accent ha ha ..... see you soon :-)
From Trine
So the wonderful, magil journey soon ends, :(
The good thing is....I WILL SEE YOU SOON!!!!!! XXXXXXXX
Response: Hello my darling, tomorrow we leave to head home.... it has been great, but we are ready... see you soon :-) xxxx
From Taylor
Dear mum
Today i saw my dancing and drama teacher at the food hall and i went to Will's birthday party.
Love from Taylor ooooooxxxxxx
Response: Dear Taylor, I am so happy you had such a busy wonderful day ..... today I went on a ferry boat to a beautiful Island called "Bute" ..... It looked a bit like the place where Doc Martin lives :-) I love you and daddy so much ..... see you very soon xxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooo
From Rob
Got you post card and so did school. Taylor was very excited as was Mrs Abernethy. Ballet exam tomorrow, already talked to the mums and Miss Rebecca about them doing Taylors hair. but I must say I'm getting better at it. XXX
Response: You are such a perfect daddy .... so pleased the cards arrived xxxxx oooo
From Rob
Did you get me any Scottish Whiskey from a distillary?
Response: Yes. xx
From Tayor
dear mum i love you love from Taylor oooooo xxxxxx.
Response: Dear Taylor I love you more than words can say!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooooooo
From Taylor
dear mum i hope you are
haveing a great time at
scottlandlove from taylor
oooooxxxxxx
Response: Dear Taylor .... Scotland is wonderful .... Wish you and daddy could come again with me one day very soon .......... love you a gazillion gazillion!!
From Mummy
Hello Taylor .... I love you a Gazillion ..... Kiss daddy for me and have a great day .... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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From Mark
I hope you've started work on your article for this year's Poppy Capsule. Maybe it'll have to be a 10 page lift-out considering all the places you're visiting.
Response: Hey Mark... I have many exclusives to see me through the year LOL ;-)
From Jo Wise
cow - lucky cow with pigs trotters
Response: I love being loved :-)
From Trine
Yes i am actually behaving will need to break loose sooonn, had your beautiful girl yesterday morning, might keep her....lol.How absolutely fabulous a time you hens are having, soooo jealous, next trip!!!! Time is flying bye, miss you, love you.....xxxxxxx P.S: and you were worried about the trendy sunnies you were going to lend off me???? Have ya had a good look at Donnies??? lolXoxoxoxoxox
Response: Hey babe ... we are having a ball .... miss ya xx
From Jan
Your postcard arrived - we can feel all the love emanating from the words written (LOL) - all here say hello.
Your anniversary morning tea is on Thursday so we will raise a cuppa to you (from Michael).
Keep up the blogs and photos cause its great travelling with you..........

Response: Hey guys ... miss you heaps!!! REALLY :-))
From neik
so ive decided, im goin to europe, i dnt care about fears! youve made me jelous!!!! love yous!
Response: This is a great place me darlin xxxxx
From Lisa
Hey Guys!
Finally catching up on your amazing journey . Sorry I haven't touched base earlier. It all sounds soooo amazing !!! What's on the agenda this week? Look forward to following the week with you .
By the way I haven't seen the slippies yet ????
Happy trails !!!!
Take Care !
xo
Response: Slippers have photos babe .... been very useful!! miss ya xx
From Taylor
dear mum i love you so much
love from Taylor ooooooxxxxxx.
Response: Hello Taylor..... I love you so much, it makes me smile every minute I think about youXXXXXXOOOOO
From Taylor
dear mum one tuesday
night i went away to uncle
pauls house for tea love from
Taylor ooooooxxxxxx
Response: Hi Taylor, did you have a yummy tea??? are you looking after daddy for me??? I love you a Gazillion!!!
From Shelleigh
Sounds like you lovely girls are really immersing yourselves in the beautiful european cultures. It is such a treat to read your blogs, check out your pics I feel like I am living my life vicariously through your travels lol lol. Enjoy London and don't forget to check out the night life, have a wee drink and a little jig...you may even run into some famous band playing in a local bar :-) How awesome would that be :-)
Response: Hi darl, we have achieved all of that .... except famous anyone .... perhaps they are all in cogneto?? having agreat time though :-)
From Pete Walker
Hey Donna, looks like you're having a great time over there. The pics of some of the places from Italy are awesome, looks like a beautiful place to visit :-)
Hope you're finding time amidst your busy schedule of sightseeing and champagne to make use of the hotel's gyms :-P lol see I can still nag ya when half a world away. Enjoy your trip and will see you soon when you're back. xoxo
Response: Hey Petey, hhmmmmm well yes and NO ..... been walking a lot, one treddy session, did my forms in Venice LOL and eating and drinking a lot ..... LOL :-/ .... hell man stop making me feel guilty LOL cause it works ... see you on the mat soon big gun:-)
From Trine
Are my messages not getting through?....arghhhhh!!!!
Response: Now that you are behaving .... i can answer you darlin .... in London and its great! xx
From
Hi Travelling Angel,
Enjoying catching up on all your news. The goggles look great - seriously! As I look out my window there is snow on Mount Roland - enjoy your summer weather. All good at Simplot, you are doing really badly with your tipping!! Take care - The left behind Angels...
Response: On my way to Scotland Angels .... did you get my card? LOL .... see you guys soon .... :-)
From Neik
hey aunty hen!!!!!
love the pictures! im so jealous! my friend from work heads of to europe tomorrow for 3 months! i told him ill sneak in his suitcase! miss you!!!! ♥
Response: hi neik, we are having the very best time here.... you would love it, it is so chic xx tell youre mum she can get on the view page if she behaves LOL xx
From Yvonne
Well hello my loves.....
We are all green with envy. It snowed here yesterday :/
Am staying warm with the thought of what you are up to each day.
We visited the family at the weekend... Donna I think Mum and Dad are lovin your place too much!!! LOL
Keep the photos and diary flowing my loves. xxxx Y & Fam
Response: hey darlin ..... WE ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME!!! so sorry to hear about youre weather ha ha..... BEACHES are great here!!