Arriverderci Europe

29 07 2008

Well, it’s come to the end.  Tomorrow we leave sunny (sunny!) London and return home.  We’re flying straight through; London to Melbourne via Hong Kong with only a couple of hours between flights.  Twenty-three hours total. 

For those of you in Australia – we’ll see you soon!
For those of you in Europe – we’ll miss you!


Getting to the end of the trip…

24 07 2008

Melissa and I are still alive!  We’re currently in London on the last leg of our trip.

After visiting Melissa’s family we took the bus (faster than the train!) from Pescara to Rome and spent five days there.  Rome was fascinating, such rich – and long – history and so many amazing things to see.  Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese and the Galleria Borghese, The Vatican Museum (including, of course, the Sistine Chapel), St Peter’s Square and Cathedral, Piazza Navona, The Colloseum and the incredible Pantheon were some of the sights we saw.  More to share later.

London is mostly about catching up with friends but there’s also so much to see here!

With only a few days left of our trip it’s starting to feel like visiting Europe is so unfinished, there is just way too much to see and do here to even scratch the surface in nine weeks.  Impossible not to consider coming back at some stage!

Two minute update

13 07 2008

Our five nights in Florence was fantastic, so much to see in a city that’s geographically so small (walk end-to-end of the city centre in 10-15 mins).  Of course we visited the Duomo (stunning) and saw Michalangelo’s David which, even though expectations were high, it didn’t disappoint.  The detail and captured emotion is extraordinary!  Alas, I didn’t book tickets to The Uffizi early enough (they suggest a month in advance!) and missed out; gives me a great reason to come back at some time.  Lots more amazing sights in Florence.

San Gimignano was lovely, as was the Tuscan scenery.  Had a turbo diesel Alfa to drive around which I had a blast with.  🙂  Best to visit the town in the morning or evening though and avoid the tourists who cram the tiny town.  Possibly the best Gelati on the trip was found there…

Now we’re in Francavilla, a seaside town near Pescara in Abruzzo.  We’re here visiting some of Melissa’s extended family.  They’ve all been lovely, wonderful people (despite the language barrier) but my stomach hurts from eating so much food!  “Mangia, mangia Matteo”!

I’ll write more when Internet access costs less than 10 Euro for 20 minutes(!).

Venice photos

5 07 2008

Quick note to say that I’ve found time to put some photos from Venice online.

Here are a couple:


Gondola’s everywhere

Ponte Rialto

Ponte Rialto

Basilica di San Marco

From above

Through construction

The Grand Canal (from Ponte Rialto)

Piazza di San Marco

I’ve got plenty to say about Venice but it’ll have to be for another day…Florence beckons!