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Travel Diaries – the Black Forest

Travel Diaries – the Black Forest

Eurotrip 2019 We left Mainz, Germany, by car and started heading south. We were spending the next four days with three friends, two of whom lived in a small town near Karlsruhe and had planned a whole pile of things to do in the Black Forest area. We would be using...
Travel Diaries – Mainz

Travel Diaries – Mainz

Eurotrip 2019 Our visit to Mainz, Germany, was the whole catalyst for this trip to Europe – it was our annual trek to the Bookcrossing International Anniversary Convention.   Before it was announced that the 2019 convention was to be held in Mainz, I had...
Travel Diaries – Luxembourg City

Travel Diaries – Luxembourg City

We arrived into Luxembourg City on our bus from Brussels in the late afternoon. Since we were also leaving by bus, we chose to stay right near the bus station at the Ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare. We are carrying little extra luggage so walking less with it is a...
Travel Diaries – Brussels

Travel Diaries – Brussels

Eurotrip 2019 – Brussels We left Dubai with a long travel day ahead of us as we made our way to Brussels, Belgium for the proper start of our trip to Europe. It didn’t look too bad on paper, but it ended up being a very long, twenty-hour day! It wasn’t meant to...
Things to do in Porto, Portugal

Things to do in Porto, Portugal

Porto is Portugal’s second city. While Lisbon may be the capital, Porto has the claim to fame as being the inspiration behind the country name. Historically, Lisbon was the political seat of power, and from here in Porto the bishops and priests ruled. Instead of...
Is Copenhagen Card Worth It?

Is Copenhagen Card Worth It?

City cards are great! They can be called all sorts of things – tourist passes, city passes – but are essentially a card sold by the tourism board in a particular city or country which will give you access to many of the popular attractions either free or...
Travel Diaries – France

Travel Diaries – France

Gap Year Days 365 – 378 This was to be our second visit to France during our gap year. On our first visit we only spent a few days in Paris. I wasn’t all that taken with the city on my first visit, but I had learnt from that and now it was getting a second...
Travel Diaries – Edinburgh

Travel Diaries – Edinburgh

Gap Year Days 361 – 365 We walked out of the airport in Edinburgh and were greeted by a gap in the clouds and a glimpse of blue skies. Things were looking up! We took a few more steps and realised it was also lightly raining. Little did we know, this was the...
Travel Diaries – England

Travel Diaries – England

Gap Year Days 358 – 361 When we landed in England we were back in our first primarily English speaking country since we left Australia almost twelve months ago. Oh yes, lots of other countries also have English as an official language (like Singapore, or India)...
Travel Diaries – Porto

Travel Diaries – Porto

Gap Year Days 353 – 358 We were travelling from Lisbon to Porto on Easter Sunday. I woke up that morning to discover I had come down with a cold. Great! Getting caught in the rain the previous day in Sintra had probably not helped the situation either.  ...
Travel Diaries – Lisbon

Travel Diaries – Lisbon

Gap Year Days 348 – 353 After a month of temperature either below zero or just above it, it was so nice to arrive in Portugal to blue skies and gentle breezes. We were still wearing all of our layers from Warsaw, and almost melted on the short walk from the...
Travel Diaries – Warsaw

Travel Diaries – Warsaw

Gap Year Days 345 – 348 We arrived into Warsaw after nine hours on a bus from Vilnius. I have to say though, that it really wasn’t too bad. The seats were comfy enough, there were toilets, coffee and tea facilities, seat back tvs, and best of all for me, decent...