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Wiles Family’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 06 May 2007

Location: Germany

MapGuten Tag. It has been a while since we have found an Internet Cafe and they are getting more expensive as we go along. I think we left you in Borgo Santa Maria, from there we went to Cavillino just a short ferry ride from Venice.
We stayed in a camping ground (in a bungalow), which had three swimming pools, direct beach access to the Adriatic, playgrounds, supermarket, restaurant etc. So we did a lot of swimming and we also managed to catch the ferry and spend a day in Venice. Unfortunately there are no photos from Venice, we only took one camera and it´s batteries ran out as we went to take the first photos.
We visited the islands of Burano (world famous for lace) and Murano (world famous for glass) as well. We really liked the colourful houses on Burano. Venice itself near any tourist sites was wall-to-wall people, not very enjoyable - however we did manage to catch several water taxis and a traghetto (gondola type boat) plus we saw fire engine boats (sirens ablaze - pun intentional) and ambulance boats.
From Cavillino we drove to Lipica in Slovenia and visited the famous horse stud-farm there. This was really interesting and we also went to the show displaying classical riding. We have some great photos! We also visited Predjama Castle, part of this castle is built into a cave halfway up a cliff-face.
The next day we went to Postojna Cave which has interesting drip stones (stalagmites/stalagtites), then onto some Unesco World Hertiage listed caves which have a river racing through them. Sorry can´t remember the name and haven´t got diary in front of me.
The next few days we spent around Bled famous for it´s lake. We had quite a bit of rain here but still managed some walks. I had lots of fun bottling wine at Bled Castle. We also watched quite a bit of snooker on the television and are thinking about visiting the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield when we get to the UK.
Today we have visited the salt mines at Hallein in Austria and crossed the border into Germany for dinner. Caves and mines seem to have become a bit of a theme recently. There are ice caves near here too but we may give them a miss.
What we hope to do tomorrow is visit Hopfgarten to see if the fabulous cake shop is still there and operating and visit the pretty church opposite.
At this stage we probably won´t load any photos onto this site until we get to Paris (we´ll be there Saturday).
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