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Inside the Doge's Palace, Venice     #Venice #Costsaver #Trafalgar

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade    This is the next part of my (long overdue) series on my Trafalgar Costsaver European Cavalcade tour. In my last post I spoke about the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Now we are entering the building itself. The path from the courtyard and into the Doge’s Palace is via a spectacular sixteenth century staircase – Scala d’Oro (“golden staircase). You

Egyptian Mummies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum #PowerhouseMuseum #EgyptianMummies

If you are visiting Sydney at the moment then you should visit the Egyptian Mummy exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. This is especially true if you are visiting from elsewhere in Australia because this is probably the best local exhibition of Mummies that I have seen in a while. Sure, not nearly as large or impressive as the British Museum (I was only over there in 2015 looking at some of their

Becoming a Google Local Guide

So my pal and brother-in-law Glenn Ison posted a photo on Google Maps. It was of a place in Paris. Next thing he knows he gets an email from Google saying “How would you like to be a local guide?” He goes “Yup” and then tells me all about it. So this post takes you through my look at this particular program by Google. So I started by posting a

The courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeAs part of the European Cavalcade Costsaver tour’s free time in Venice we partook of the Doge’s Palace. This place is so grand that this one post is only going to tell you about the courtyard. Huh? Yep. Tis true. Just the courtyard. OK. If you don’t know, the Doge’s Palace is at the heart of Venice, next to

Vivid - a victim of its own success?

Last year I wrote about the great evening I had at Vivid. Vivid is Sydney’s annual festival of lights. All around our famous harbour are vibrant and exotic light installations. Here is the link to last year’s story. This year, however, was completely different. I don’t mean that the light installations were any less spectacular (those that I got to see). I mean that the overcrowding ruined it. Indeed, I witnessed panic

The paths through Venice: September 2015

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeAnd so the saga continues, albeit well behind schedule! This is how I summarised on Facebook our first full day in Venice: “If possible we are even more tired. Another early start to see glass blowing (Rhiannon enjoyed this ☺ ) and then entry into San Marco basilica where I unfortunately could not take photos. Then we had 8 hours

Apologies... and into Venice

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeHi all, Firstly an apology for my neglect in recent weeks, especially the past fortnight or so. With my final date due to redundancy rapidly approaching (Friday 29 January) I find myself focusing on setting myself up for the future. Alas maintaining this blog or reading other blogs is way down at the bottom of my list of my current

Fair Verona

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeOK – long post today. I am way behind in processing my European photographs. Well, I do have around 6,000! But today I worked on it. If you follow me on Twitter (not that I post much) you will see that I am also tired from having swum a kilometre yesterday. I am really not up to that. So

Innsbruck in Austria

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade…so we avoided the strange man in the Charlie Chaplin outfit and the squeaky voice… Oops. I’ve started the story midway. Must be because I am tired, confused and still recovering from the wild New Year’s Eve party three days ago. But by damn that was a great party. It was at a local club. The band played mostly 80s

The Wilten Basilica, Innsbruck, Austria and the Bon Alpina Hotel

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeToday’s post is brief and back to telling you all about my amazing holiday :) The coach sped us away from Lichtenstein and towards Innsbruck in Austria. My trusty Google map below shows where Innsbruck is. The countryside along the way was a spectacular panorama of mountains and trees. I must admit that I often found it difficult taking

Lichtenstein is not what Frankenstein does with his tongue!

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeOK – stupid title for a travel post. But let’s face it, Lichtenstein is a tiny and boring place. At least it is on a Trafalgar Costsaver tour. Close your eyes so we can do a mental re-enactment with you as the protagonist. Hang on, can’t do that. You won’t be able to read my wonderfully evocative words with

Loving Lake Lucerne (plus a great little shop in Picton)

This entry is part 10 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 10 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeHi all, Today’s post is two stories. The first is set today, during a little drive to a New South Wales’ town called Picton where I found a marvellous little “collectables” shop. Then back to Switzerland in September. Armour Collectables in Picton Obviously the name of this shop got my attention straight away. Two things that I love: armour

Ascending Mount Stanserhorn

This entry is part 9 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 9 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeAbout two centuries before Christ was born people settled the Nidwalden valley. I’m guessing that they were Celts, the so-called Helvetians, based upon vague memories of some of my university studies done in the 1980s. One such place they settled became known as Stans, and I am guessing that from this settlement the mountain known as Stanserhorn got its

Our landmark in Lucerne

This entry is part 8 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 8 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeOne of my big rules when travelling is to always identify landmarks that I can use for navigating around town. In Lucerne we picked a big double-steepled church just up the road from our tour’s squishy hotel. Up until writing this post I had no idea what the place was (other than a church). So here is a photo taken

Lucerne for a few nights

This entry is part 7 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 7 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeI first visited Lucerne in 2001 on a Globus Tour. Prior to this I had little interest in Switzerland. I just saw it as some mountainous backwater of Europe where people stashed money in inaccessible banks. Pretty dumb, eh? Me, that is. The Globus Tour showed me a magnificent side of the country, particularly Lucerne where we stayed in

A quick photo opportunity at the Rhine Falls

This entry is part 6 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 6 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeImagine a place where in winter, every 10 seconds, water the equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool rushes down a waterfall. Well, that place is the Rhine Falls near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. These are reputedly the largest plain falls in Europe. The coach for our tour (Trafalgar’s Costsaver ‘European Cavalcade”) dropped us off here.

Now for a walk in the Black Forest

This entry is part 5 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 5 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeToday I continue sharing with you my Trafalgar Costsaver Tour “European Cavalcade” as we sweep briefly into Germany’s Black Forest. But before I do so, I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit the blog site of Dani. She is a 35 year old science nerd and I feel that a lot of you regulars here may

Heidelberg in about one hour

This entry is part 4 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 4 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeThe Trafalgar Costsaver Tour entitled “European Cavalcade” is, as I have insinuated before, a kind of taster experience for Europe. During 18 days you can expect to do a lot of miles (or kilometres) by coach with a number of short stops. The real value is in the two night stopovers. Everything else is kind of nice, but rushed. Leaving

The Rhine Cruise

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeA brief note from me Before I describe my Rhine Cruise to you all, I will just say something briefly about the appalling events of this weekend: Beirut then Paris. I am not some genius. The ebbs and flows of human misery and joy in their totality are beyond my meagre ability to comprehend let alone offer much insight

European Cavalcade - Amsterdam

This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeThe trip up through Belgium and the Netherlands was uneventful. The Trafalgar Tour coach was comfortable and the driver was obviously experienced. My daughter relieved the tedium of the trip by teasing me from the seat in front. But eventually our destination appeared ahead. Amsterdam’s name is quite descriptive, meaning a dam on the river Amstel. However it has