9th August 2015 from Glenda
It's been a while between postings. This is because we have been busy enjoying a trip over to Europe.
We left Braidwood (Robyn, my sister Wendy and I) on Friday 5th June and took the train from Bungendore to Sydney and spent that night at the Sydney Hilton at the international Airport. Great start to a fantastic holiday. The flight left the next morning and after a few hours stop over in Hong Kong we arrived in London on Sunday morning at about 6.30am.
We spent a few days in London visiting the sites - London Tower, Madam Tussouds, National Art Gallery etc. Following is a photo of the changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
Another photo - London St Pauls Cathedral with Robyn and Wendy looking pretty pleased with themselves.
And next London Bridge, this one taken while on the double decker red bus tour.
We picked up a hire car and headed North to Scotland. Stopped at Harrogate a lovely village where we found accommodation in a converted stable. Next stop was at Hawick where we stayed in another B&B. The following photo shows the Leaderfoot Viaduct which is near Melrose and the Scottish border.
The Leaderfoot Viaduct, also known as the Drygrange Viaduct, is a railway viaduct over the River Tweed near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. It crosses the River Tweed with clearance of 126 feet (38 metres) and span of 43 feet (13 metres)
We stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of nights and while taking in the sites couldn't resist a snap of the bagpiper:
We continued our drive North to Fort William and on the way stopped for lunch at
Luss Town - very scenic on the Loch Lomond (lake). Lunch in the pub, then on the road again.
Photo of a typical Luss garden:
While staying in Fort William we went on a few day drives including one to Malliag - a bay fishing village in Scotland.
We drove across to the Isle of Skye and the following photo shows the views along the way. Mountain Snow in Scotland highlands during summer:
We headed back South via the Lakes District.
Photo is of Lake Derwentware in Keswick.
Back to London where we joined the Highlights of Europe tour with Insight Tours.
First stop Brussells via the Eurostar Train.
Photo is of the Guild Hall which is in the Grand Square in Brussells.
Next snap is the Brussells Town Hall lit up at night:
The next morning our tour continued by bus travelling via Cologne to Heidleberg. Next stop was in medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. Photo is of Rothenberg:
Next - Munich and the impressive Town Hall:
Saltzberg - City of Mozart and the 50th anniversary of the filming of the Sound of Music. Photo is at the famous Mirabell gardens
Walking around Salzburg we encountered many different and interesting sites:
Bus travel from Saltzberg to Venice across the Tauern Mountains:
Venice Gondola Ride:
Venice - St Marks Square:
Venice - on the way to the hotel (all transport is by boat or foot):
While in Venice we visited Burano Island:
Next it was over the Apennine Mountains to Rome - many buildings including the Coloseum:
The Pantheon - a personal favorite:
On to Florence which included a trip to the country side of Tuscany for cooking demonstration. Photo of us and Maragaret and Bronwyn our new buddies from New Zealand
to Lucerne in Switzerland and a day trip to Engleberg:
Horse and buggy ride around the town of Engleberg:
Lucerne Chapel Bridge:
Cruise on the Lake in Lucerne - Robyn loved it:
Out to dinner in Lucerne where we enjoyed authentic Swiss yodelling:
then on to the Final city on the tour - Paris.
Photo is the Champs Elysees at night:
Eiffel Tower - Robyn and Wendy went to the second level:
Cruise on the Seine River at Sunset:
we marvelled at the traffic in Paris - especially at roundabouts:
End of tour and on our own again. Hire car to Port Isaac where TV show Doc Martin is filmed:
Onto Wales and Abergavenny:
Big Pit Coal Mine:
Bath - the Abbey:
And now we are drifting around NSW and will probably drift around Victoria for a while (and it's so cold in Australia).