20 April, 2010

Day 13 ~18 Wrap up thanks to travelling and NO Internet!

Man, it seems ages since I did a post... But it was not my fault, HONSET!!!

Fitrstly our last day in Paris consisted of a bus tour of central paris and a trip Up the Eiffel Tour and the a trip up the Sein in a ferry (both were great!).

Champs Elysees, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Arc de Triomphe, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Eiffel Tour, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Paris Sein, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
River Cruise Sein Paris, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After this, we then caught the metro back to a station near the hotel, and guess what, there was an Antique Market... Both Michael and Julie were in heaven (me too, just quietly...). but it was all stuff I/we could not get back home very easily!

We ended up with a few small things, and headed back to the hotel to collect the bags and head to the train station, Paris Bercy. MAN, am I glad we had everything pre-booked, it was chaos! People everywhere, and trains running late... AND, to top it all off, the train (special) to Rome was running late which meant when ours came, all of the Rome people were blocking our passage and it was a HUGE crush! We got through in the end, but we left around 15 mins late...

It was an interesting trip, dinner in the coach car had the waiter balancing meals and serving, whilst we travelled through at a very brisk rate. We headed back to our cabin and adjusted the beds. I think I had the best nights sleep out of all of us! I must try and find what route we took, but when it was daylight (and an hour or so out of Venice) there was vinyards as far as the eye could see!

We quickly found our hotel and had showers etc and hit the city, although we were all very tired...

Now today, we were given a free trip across to the Murano factory... A water taxi arrived for us and it was a most enjoyable trip. And once across, we were taken into the blowing room, the showroom, both were amazing! I could not take any photos of the showroom, but rest assured, it was great!

Venice Water Taxi, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Venice Murano, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Venice Murano Purchases, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Michael and Julie made some purchases, and when I got to the last showroom area, I found what I wanted, and made mine. So much for the 'free' trip hey!

Rialto Bridge, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Venice rand Canal, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Venice Canal, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Venice Canal, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Anyways, we are now up to date (sort of). Tomorrow we enter dangerous territory, when I pick up the car!!!! Driving on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car... Wish us luck!

Florence, here we come!



  1. You'll be driving on the "right" side of the road, Mate! lol!!!
    Love the pictures and so glad to see and hear how much fun you are all having!

  2. Great photos Bernie......so much to take in isn't it! I just LOVE Italy and really hope to go back one day! Aw

  3. Hi Bernie, Julie, Michael and Stella.
    It's great to see you are all having a great time and the photos are terrific.
    Julie, got your card from Florence today and very pleased to get it too, and to know that you are enjoying yourselves.
    I spoke to Olivia on the phone this morning and she seems to be good. Jack's op iis in early June. I had to hang up as Bronwen was outside waiting to go for our walk. Unfortunately, I dropped my wallet in the park and thought it was stolen, so cancelled all the cards and went back to look for the purse. Came home,getting ready to get a new driver's licence and there was the wallet on my doorstep with a note from a very nice woman who had picked it up. What a relief, but no spending for the next few days- no cards.
    Went to see Mum on Monday and she was quite diorganised, having lost her hairbrush. It was on the floor beside the bed. I've bought her some new warm trousers as it is starting to cool down. She seems better today when I talked to her. She seemed to enjoy the time with Philip,going through old photos and books.
    I'll see her tomorrow.
    I was pleased to see that it looked quite a bit warmer in Rhodes. Your holiday is passing by quickly now.
    Lucy is stressed with her assignments.
    Love to you all.
    PS I'll try and talk to Camille tomorrow.


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