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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.

Changing of the Guards

Another photo - London St Pauls Cathedral with Robyn and Wendy looking pretty pleased with themselves.

St Pauls Cathedral

And next London Bridge, this one taken while on the double decker red bus tour.

Photo of London Bridge

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)

Photo of Leaderfoot Railway thing

We stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of nights and while taking in the sites couldn't resist a snap of the bagpiper:

Bagpiper in Edinburgh

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:

Luss gardens were lovely

While staying in Fort William we went on a few day drives including one to Malliag - a bay fishing village in Scotland.

Malliag fishing village

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:

Scotish Highlands in 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.

Guild Hall Brussells

Next snap is the Brussells Town Hall lit up at night:

Brussells Town Hall 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:

Munich Marienplatz

Saltzberg - City of Mozart and the 50th anniversary of the filming of the Sound of Music. Photo is at the famous Mirabell gardens

Saltzberg Mirabell Gardens

Walking around Salzburg we encountered many different and interesting sites:
Saltzburg van

Saltzburg Three Wheeler Van

Saltzburg rooftops

View over rooftops in Saltzburg

Bus travel from Saltzberg to Venice across the Tauern Mountains:

Saltzberg to Venice Scenery

Venice Gondola Ride:

Picture of us on a gondola ride

Venice - St Marks Square:

Photo of Venice Square

Venice - on the way to the hotel (all transport is by boat or foot):

On the way to our hotel in Venice

While in Venice we visited Burano Island:

Photo Burano Island

Next it was over the Apennine Mountains to Rome - many buildings including the Coloseum:

Rome - Coloseum

The Pantheon - a personal favorite:

The Pantheon

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

Photo of us overlooking the Tuscan Hills

to Lucerne in Switzerland and a day trip to Engleberg:

to Switzerland and a day trip to Engleberg

Horse and buggy ride around the town of Engleberg:

Cart ride in Engleberg

Lucerne Chapel Bridge:

Lucerne Bridge

Cruise on the Lake in Lucerne - Robyn loved it:

Lucerne - Robyn enjoying Cruise on lake

Out to dinner in Lucerne where we enjoyed authentic Swiss yodelling:

Restaurant with yodelling

then on to the Final city on the tour - Paris.
Photo is the Champs Elysees at night:

the Champs Elysees

Eiffel Tower - Robyn and Wendy went to the second level:

Cruise where Eiffel Tower lit up

Cruise on the Seine River at Sunset:

Cruise at sunset

we marvelled at the traffic in Paris - especially at roundabouts:

Traffic jammed intersection in Paris

End of tour and on our own again. Hire car to Port Isaac where TV show Doc Martin is filmed:

Port Isaac Doc Martin buildings



Onto Wales and Abergavenny:

Photo of Abergavenny street

Big Pit Coal Mine:

Big Pit Coal Mine


Brecon - canal boat

Bath - the Abbey:

Photo of the Abbey in Bath

Roman Baths:

Photo of Roman Baths in Bath

Tretower Castle:

Photo at Tretower Castle

Windsor Castle:

Photo of Windsor Castle

And now we are drifting around NSW and will probably drift around Victoria for a while (and it's so cold in Australia).