Rome

We arrived back in Christchurch on Wednesday morning at 12 am. We left the airport and walked 10 minutes down the road to Jucy Snooze, where we spent the next five hours attempting sleep in a pod. A pod is a one person sleeping compartment in a shared dorm room. It would have been great …

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Perugia

We are heading south of Carrara, on a series of trains bound for Perugia in Umbria. Mitch found and booked the accomodation for three nights in Perugia on booking.com. It was an absolute treat to be picked up from the train station on arrival, and dropped at the door of the accommodation by the women …

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Carrarararara!

Carrara is a Tuscan city on the Mediterranean Coast and is known for the quarries of white and blue-grey marble – the stuff Michelangelo carved his famous sculpture David from. On our 3rd night in Carrara we were on the hunt for something to eat (being Easter most places were shut) and came across your …

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Florence

How do you to get into the right frame of mind for visiting a crowded, gallery? Being one of many, many other gallery goers all jostling for a view of this and that can be seriously draining not to mention uninspiring!!! Your frame of mind influences your mood which in turn influences your attitude towards …

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Venice Day Two

The Scrovegni Chapel Located in Padua, approximately 30 mins train ride from Venice in a small church known as The Scrovegni Chapel, are Giotto’s famed fresco’s. What a privilege and joy it was to visit Padua and see these 13th century frescos in person. ‘Fresco’ refers to large scale painting done on wet plaster. Water …

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Venice

We were happy to be in Venice after a big day of traveling but we quickly realised neither of us had mobile reception and with no data either, we were unable to contact our host who was to meet us when we arrived. We left the station and unenthusiastically navigated a sea of tourists eventually …

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Train rides and Grenoble

      A good part of this trip has been spent on trains, booking trains, navigating train systems, catching trains within a city or catching trains from city to city/country to country. All credit goes to Mitch, he is truly amazing and this trip wouldn’t be the same without his incredible knack for researching. …

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PARIS QUATRE JOUR

  “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognises before it can speak.” John Berger, Ways of Seeing.1   We are traveling through foreign countries whose language’s we cannot speak. John Berger’s quote is reassuring. Whilst taking photos at the gallery a couple from the North of France came up to me to ask …

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Paris jour trois

The Louvre, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. Mitch and I started our visit in the lower most level of the Louvre, walking around the foundation in what was the moat of the original 13th century castle. By the 14th century the Louvre had become a royal home …

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Paris Day 2

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens. On the first Sunday of each month it is free to visit most of the big museums in Paris. We were lucky enough to arrive in Paris on Saturday and be able to …

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