Bonjourno Venezia

The journey from the airport into Venice is not the same unless you arrive via water taxi.

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No such thing as a speed limit here!

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Our arrival was very early into Venice, but after a full nights sleep on the plane, we were ready and raring to get into some looking at stuff.

Please enjoy the pictorial essay of Venice….

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The yellow chairs of St Mark’s Square

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Fliss, just getting used to her camera…

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A lovely cafe on the side of St Mark’s Square – look the couches have been built around the walls.

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More cafe chairs, ready for the punters – note the Venetian lion.

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The Bridge of Sighs – the bride joins the Doge’s Palace and the old prison.

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A typical Venetian street…. complete with leaning tower.

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One of Venice’s many lovely buildings.

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The Rialto Bridge was under construction which is a bit of a shame.  You could walk up the guts though – not picturesque, but convenient.

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Lovely canals and gondolas everywhere.

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Pursuing the shops

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Purchasing – big time

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St Marks’ Square – it all it’s misshapen glory.

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Getting into the Venetian groove

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Cause that’s how we roll

When in Venezia, one must always drink their macchiato standing up at the bar rather than sit on a chair, especially in the square – chairs and service = mucho euros.

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A little bit of strawberries and gelato never hurt anybody.

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Just some people dressed up in fancy Venetian olden times costumes.

Bridge of Sighs…. who wore their chins the best?

Check these out – they’re lollies!!!

We walked for bloody miles and miles today – stopping for a much needed birra every now and then…

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We walked all the way around to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and crossed the Academia Bridge.

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Perfecting the selfie!

Then it was back to our hotel for a freshen up ready for dinner.

This was the view from our mini balcony.

Dinner was at a lovely spot right on the Grand Canal with lots of opportunity for people and boat watching…. and Aperol Spritz sipping!

 As it was so fricking hot – neither of us had appetites, so a mezzo plate of parma ham and cheese was the call of the evening.

Thank you Venezia – Day one, over and out!

Up Up and Away…

The day your trip is about to begin is a super exciting day!  You’ve planned and packed and downloaded offline maps and read guide books and booked tickets and done more planning and repacked…. so super exciting coupled with an anxious feeling that you’ve forgotten something.

Fliss’ trip started one day earlier as she was flying from Melbourne to Perth, so I raced to the airport (at a sensible speed) to meet her there.  The excitement only wore off a little bit though when Fliss’ plane was an hour late in landing!

We checked in and headed for the lounge for the first of many champases.

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And applied the duty-free hand cream that Fliss purchased.

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Then when it was time to board – we turned left!

Cause why not?

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Fliss and I worked out that this trip had been 23 years in the making.  She remembered being 18 and us sitting in her back room with travel brochures strewn across the floor planning where we would go on our European adventure.  Then life happened and it never eventuated – until now, so I must thank Fliss’ husband Richo and her 3 kiddies, Caitlin, Charles and Orlando for being so cool and letting Fliss come with me.

This year will mark 30 years of friendship for the two of us – here’s cheers to that!

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Let the good times roll!

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Today’s the day!

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Today’s the day that the Tour de Flissshellateau de Mattamsterdam begins.

My lovely friend, Felicity (a.k.a: F, Fliss, Flick, Flicker, Fecility Motorshed… just to name a few) reminded me that this trip to Europe has been 23 years in the making.  She said, “I remember sitting in the back room with all the travel brochures spread around on the ground and we planned where we were going to go.”

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Now, finally – after many interstate and intercountry moves, 1 marriage, 3 kids and 23 years later…. here we are together at the airport about to embark on a whirlwind tour of (bits of) Europe.

We’re hitting up Venice as our first stop, then jumping on the Celebrity Constellation to take in the sights of Dubrovnik, Rome, Florence, Toulon and Barcelona.  We’ll eat our weight in tapas, then we’re meeting our lovely friends, Matt and Tammy (Tammattski – cause they’re joined a the hip – in a good way) in Amsterdam.

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These two spunks have been in both mine and Felicity’s lives for a long time and we love them.  The four of us will be cruising the canals of Amsterdam, then hobnobbing with the best of them in a Champagne Castle before hitting the lights of Paris.

Woohoo!

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See you all in Venezia!

Venice

Town Beach Cafe – Broome

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The Town Beach Cafe is a bit of an institution here in Broome.  It sits on the Town Beach overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of Roebuck Bay.

This is a great place to watch the “Staircase to the Moon”

Info I found on the Visit Broome website –  www.visitbroome.com.au – Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon which occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. The Staircase to the Moon happens 2 – 3 days a month between March and October.

The first two days of Staircase to the Moon generally also play host to the Staircase to the Moon markets at Town Beach. Here you can sample local produce, buy hand made products, a variety of international food, and enjoy the sounds of local entertainers.

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The Town Beach Cafe is also well known around town for their fabulous food and great coffee.

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Highly recommended!

Beautiful Broome

Following on from the last post…… we arrived in Broome.

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We’d arrived early.  Our site wasn’t vacant yet so we had to bunk down on a different site for a couple of nights before ours was going to be free.  So we did a temporary set up knowing that we had to pack up and move in a couple of days… then in an impromptu drive-by Col saw that the people on our permanent site had left a day early, so while me Jenny was in the laundry doing some washing, we packed everything up and moved….. Jen came out just in time.  New site – new set up.  So in the heat of the day, we were putting the annex up and the flooring down.  It was hard, sweaty work, but luckily I had a very enthusiastic supervisor who gave probably more instructions than was completely necessary.

Day 3 – we finally saw the ocean.

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Jen and I treated ourselves to breakfast at Zanders and this was our view.

My lovely sister, Jodie and her gorgeous boys, Joe (R) and Charlie (L) joined us on day 4 and much fun, frivolity and beach going ensued.

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Most days at 4 o’clock saw us down on Cable Beach for fivesies……

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Ball throwing…..

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and sunsets… or as Greg from the Greg Quickie’s Astro Tours says, “watching the Earth turn away from the place in the sky where the sun happens to be.”

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and there were some absolute beauties.

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It wouldn’t be Broome without a bit of camel action….

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and spending time just hanging with me nephews…

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or just people watching…

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Just let me get back to the Astro Tours.

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This was a highlight in everybody’s stay in Broome.  Jenny and I had been a few years ago, but wanted to take the boys to enjoy the same experience.  And Greg was, in a word, amazing.  His knowledge of the stars and the planets and all things astronomy was just incredible.  I can highly recommend this as an experience that will keep you talking about your place in space.

One week down and my sister and her boys have flown back to chilly Melbourne, so its time to mingle – the location however, is always the same.

The lovely sand patterns at low tide.

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And tonight’s sunset…. sorry – tonight’s time when the Earth is turning away from the place in the sky where the sun happens to be… from Gantheume Point.

Gantheume is so full of activity that you almost give yourself whiplash trying to look at everything going on.

We watched two parents leave a baby (approx 1 year old) (in view) on the beach near the car whilst they played with their older child near the water.  We couldn’t take our eyes off the baby (who was the same colour as the sand) in case a car came flying around and didn’t see it….. then someone was putting their boat in the water, but they’d forgotten to plug up the bungs and the boat started to fill with water.  There was lots of bailing out with buckets – even throwing the buckets over the side a couple of times. Then a car pulled up in front of us with a second car pulling up right beside it a minute later.  We thought that they must be together as they’d parked within arms reach of the first car.  The first car pulled out and around to the driver’s side of the second car, had a few words and then moved down the beach a bit further.  My guess is that the few choice words were something like, “you have got the whole beach and you choose to park right there?”

Anyway….. with all the goings on, my neck was pretty sore, but it was still quite serene.

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