Quick update to bring you all up to speed. Kym and I have finished up our jobs in London in search of the endless summer!!
To start the adventure i ventured with Tom to the unforgettable destination of st tropez. Lots of drinking,dancing and good times on the biggest yachts I have ever seen let alone been on!
Currently Kym and I are in Sunny Nice for the next week and are enjoying the sites of the french riviera including Cannes, Monaco and Antibes.
From here we are off to Italy for 3 weeks then Spain until early sept but will try to keep you all updated with entries and photos.
We are still on the same mobiles so drop us a text and look forward to seeing you all soon.
N & K
Sorry for the lack of entries, have been busy enjoying the summertime with dad visiting and lots of things on - lame excuse i know. Have finally uploaded some photos and will hopefully give you all an update of our activities shortly.
Til then hope you all are well,
Nick & Kym.
PS: go the socceroos in the world cup - it is manic over here!
Today it is 24degs in London! - Summertime has finally arrived.....
Last Friday night, Darryl and I went to see the Kaiser Chiefs perform at the Brixton Academy. It was a full house, great show and excellent venue even though its on the wrong side of the tracks. Made it out safe and sound before hitting the Walkabout which is equally seedy. Not to big a night (for me anyway) before the big weekend ahead.
Saturday morning we ventured to The lake district in Northern England, so far one of the most relaxing places we have been. We (Tim, Josie, Kym and I) took the 5hr drive up.
Highlights was the hotel itself with awesome food (5 course dinners!), a relaxing pool, sauna and steamroom all with spectacular views over the lake and town. Outside of the hotel we enjoyed horse riding and boating around the lake in the warm weather.
So the good times continue but no travels booked for the immediate future. Will keep you posted.
Location: Cascias, Portugal
Nick and I are currently in Cascais, Portugal with Nicole, Aynsley, Tim and Josie. We are enjoying the awesome seafood (very very fresh) and the warmer weather.
We celebrated Nicole´s and Aynsley´s 27th Birthdays yesterday (not only are they sharing a room, but they share a birthday) at a restaurant/bar that overlooked the Atlantic ocean.
We have been exploring the area and will post a longer message and photos once we get back to London.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter,
Love and kisses
Kym and Nick xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Location: Croyde, Cornwell, UK
Couple of new pics (courtesy of Cez) added from a road trip to Croyde in Cornwell for a quick surf with the boys (Tim, Cez, Benny and I). Airtemp was a balmy 5degs.
We are off to Portugal for Easter so should have some pics and stories to follow.
Til then stay well,
Location: Cologne, Germany, UK
Have just completed another action packed weekend in Cologne Germany for the traditional Carnival! 2nd time round (Terence & I went last year), we were more prepared with costumes and a larger contingent including Gustuv (our partner in crime at Oktoberfest), Darryl, Cam and Glenn.
Arriving late Friday night we didn't waste anytime and hit the pubs/clubs dressed in Lab coats and sporting stethoscopes. Sounds stupid, looks pretty stupid but is great fun and when in rome......!
Both nights out were great fun, met lots of friendly Germans, drank many a beer and sang as best and as loud as we could in German? Between clubs we supplemented a late night kebab for a Bratwurst which somehow cured our hangovers in the morning.
Took in the Sunday Parade from next to the famous "Dom Koln" which was very family based with Candy for the kids and Darryl and lots of bright costumes.
Took and easy 1hr flight home on Sunday and am feeling fine and refreshed after a great weekend away.
Look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Although these entries are becoming few and far between, the many adventures have continued.
Our latest adventure to Les Deux Alps with Tim, Josie, Cam and Sharon was amazing! Skiing in europe is a must do and our resort appropriately dubbed Deux Vegas fulfilled all our expectations and more.
* Skiing/boarding the many long runs with clear skies and sunshine
* Lunch on top of the mountain with a cup of hot chocolate was spectacular with views of Deux Alps village and Mt Blanc in the distance.
* Tradional raclette and cheese fondu and a great restaurant called "crepes a go go"
* Being ambushed by 10yr olds in a snow ball fight following 1ft+ of snowfall.
* Cam & I partying in Toga's (photos to come) during a pub crawl through the village - needless to say it was a bit chilly between destinations!
* Our group surviving injury free unlike many we met with broken wrists and dislocated shoulders.
We are off Skiing/boarding in Les Deux Alps in France this coming week with Tim, Josie, Cam and Shaz. Taking the long way there (bus), but will be sure to return with lots of good photos and stories. We are contactable by email and txt message where possible as its expensive to receive calls on our mobiles.
Back next Sunday the 19th, so you will here from us again then.
N & K.
Happy New Year!
Well after amazing 3 week holiday back to the Gold Coast, we are back in London very jet-lagged and slightly homesick. The great times with family and friends was just what we needed to get us through the harsh London winter. So for now its back to work with our focus toward the many exciting adventures that 2006 will bring.
Hope you all are well and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Nick & Kym.
After such a long european summer, the cold has arrived and the days have shortened. Its now time for coats, gloves and beanies with temps getting down to -1 this week! Soon we will be leaving in the dark for work and we are already coming home after dark. But its not all bad news, we have just all booked in for outdoor ice-skating at Somerset House in the city! Also the workplaces, buildings and transport are equipped for the cold with radiators and heating, unfortunately in summer you just have to open the windows and make do!
Well its been a while, so heres a quick update.
Kym and I visited the impressive city of Edinburch last weekend. We took the train up and got to see some great views on the way including glimses of the ocean!!!! It was another great weekend away, we visted Kym's friend Donna for Dinner and stayed in a really nice hotel. Did the usual tourist stuff with a hop on hop off bus tour, saw the main attraction the castle and did a ghost tour through the alleys and closes of Edinburgh hosted by Dracula and a monk on Halloween weekend.
Next on the travel itinary is home for christmas so we are both very excited that we are going to be able to catch up with you all very soon! Following that we have booked a ski wekend with Tim and Josie in the French Alps in Feb so we've got a lot to look forward to.
Hope you are all well.
Nick and Kym.
Location: Munchen, Germany, UK
As you can see in the photos, this weekend was quite a blur!
Terence and I flew out of London on Friday night to meet Gustav from Sweden for the biggest beer festival in the world Oktoberfest! On the saturday we donned our lederhosen and ventured into town getting many strange looks along the way, it turns out our hire costumes were the funniest thing the locals had ever seen and as far from authentic as you could get. If anything this only boosted our fun, with lots of photos and conversations with the locals. It was a huge night of drinking, singing and dancing! Sunday we eased ourselves into it again and it was tough to leave the festivities at 4pm for our flight home. This is definately a recommendation if you get the chance. Thanks to Terence and Gustuv for a great weekend away.
Well its good to be home after 2 weeks in sunny Greece. Quick update on each below:
Had a great time sightseeing the many sites, also thanks to the relatives there, we got to visit some more local restaurants and sites which were awesome. Highlights were the Beach Club with its modern design and the famous Acropolis, despite the 36 degree weather.
After the short ferry ride, it was great to reach the authentic villas of Mykonos which is just like the pictures with the white houses and crystal clear water. Enjoyed relaxing by the different beaches and shopping in Mykonos town. The highlight was cocktails by little Venice for the sunset.
Not quite as touristy as the others, but just as beautiful. Visited the beaches and dined by the beachfront restaurants. Took up racket ball which seems to be a national sport here.
Postcard perfect, the town of Oia was amazing! Met up with Marney and Josie and enjoyed 4 days in the sun. Went to to see the volcano, swam in the hot springs and rode donkeys from water level to the village 500 steps above. Also hired a car to visit the red and white beaches on the south of the island.
At home now preparing for the Notting Hill carnival which comes down our street, little bit worried as the neighbours and shops have boarded up their windows and front entrances......
Next trip planned is Octoberfest in a couple of weeks with the boys then Kym is visiting Barcelona in October with the girls.
Hope all is well :)
Quick update, all is well is in sunny Mykonos. Great food, beaches and lifestyle. Off to Naxos tomorrow then Santorini on the 20th. We can both be contacted by txt msg if you need us. Lots of pics to come on our return.
Today marked 6 months since we begun our oversea's journey, and although we miss everyone and the great lifestyle back home, we can happily say London is growing on us each day and would recommend the London lifestyle to anyone who has the chance.
This w'end we took full advantage of the beautiful 30 degree days cycling through Hyde Park, past Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the eye of London, Parliment house and Westminster Abbey which lucky enough are all only about 30 mins cycle from our house.
Today we ventured with Terence and Nicole to Hampstead to sample the cafe's and park which was great fun, although it is still wierd seieng people sunbake in the parks and not be able to cool off in the surf, but guess you make the most of what you have. As for getting there, like most other Londoners, we have got back on the tubes and buses, with most people, especially me, looking more stressed than normal, which given the circumstance is understandable.
Next big trip for us is Greece and its Islands in mid August, will keep you posted on that one.
Hope this message finds you all well and look forward to hearing from you soon.
N & K.
Quick message to let you all now that we are safe and well following this mornings incidents!
This includes, Kym, Terence, Josie, Tim, Chris, Marney, Nicole, Bernie, Sophie and Anthony.
Most phone lines are down due to congestion if you are trying to call.
Let me know if you need me to check on someone.
Speak to you all soon,
Nick and I have just spent an awesome weekend in Spain, Salou. We arrived on Friday night and Nick's friend Mandy picked us up from the airport and took us back to her place, a beachfront unit. That night we went to Cambrils for some Seafood Tapas. We sat by the water, surrounded by yachts and munched on prawns, octopus, paellas and sangria. Yum!
The next morning we awoke to beautiful sunshine and immediately headed to the beach. After soaking up some sun we strolled down to the centre of town and found a beachfront restaurant for lunch. While Nick munched on a hamburger, I tried to make my way through an extrelmely oversized half a chicken, salad and chips. That aftrenoon we went back to the beach and took part in the customary siesta.
Saturday night we indulged in some Mexican (at the restaurant where Mandy works) and then some gelati. Sunday was great beach weather once again - so you can guess what we did. Basically our weekend consisted of sunbaking, eating and sleeping. We both now feel revitalised and are looking forward to Greece.
All is well in London - just work, work, work. Hope nobody got hit too hard with the flood. Although I think my mum now lives on the water.
Happy 50th Birthday Bruiser! Have a drink for us xxx
We departed last Friday evening on another exciting adventure to Amsterdam with friends Marney, Chris, and endless summer traveller Ying and met with Brendan,and Martin who have been living in Paris.
The city is really trendy, with nice bars and buildings built onto a intricate but nice canal system which I'm told is similar to Venice. We visited the Van Gogh museum and Ann Frank house, hired bikes and cycled through central park. Ventured down the seedy red light district where prostitutes and drugs all form part of the thriving tourist trade, even checked out the Grasshopper bar which was recommended but as the name implies, not our style, although think it helped us sleep!
So far Amsterdam is one of the best places we have visited, probably helped along by the 30 degree days and great company though. The short flight and proximity of the airport makes it a great weekend retreat which I hope we can get back to soon.
Next weekend we are off to Salou in Spain to stay with Mandy a friend from Fone Zone. Will keep you posted on that one.
In other news, our Regents Park touch football season came to a close last week with our team known as the "swiss cottage cheeseman" going down in a action packed game 5-4. with the girls (cheesettes) cheering us on from the sideline, while dining on cheese and wine.
Go the Maroons this week!!!!! QUEENSLANDER!
Hello again from a very sunny London, no kidding!
Its been great relaxing the last couple of weekends in London, enjoying the sites, parks, restaurants and museums. Last weekend we ventured to Brick Lane for some if its famous curry's. Kym took care of the bartering getting the 6 of us 20% off and 3 free bottles of wine!
The weekend before we spent the long weekend in Oslo, Norway. The crew of Marney, Chris, Tim, Josie, Murray, Kym, and I were shown the sites by a local Stig that Tim was friends with in Sydney. Although small and expenisive, Norway had many beautiful sites, a great nightlife, lots of history and a contemporary art exibition on. Best of all was our luck whilst there including:
1.Nearly missing the flight and being escourted by security onto the tarmac to catch the plane
2. Murrays camera being left behind at a restaurant and later recoverd.
2. Marneys bag being stolen from outside the hotel room before being return by some drugged up lesbians whom were wearing her lipstick and blusher
3. Tim in a drunken state contemplating stealing his own wallet before deciding to hand it in, and returning the next day to collect it from the bar with all money accounted for.
Thats about it for now, all booked for Amsterdam this weekend, Spain the start of next month and Greece in August so stay tuned!