Eastern Provence

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Personal, Travel | 1 comment

Exactly three months ago today I was in France (just outside of the village of Monthoiron to be exact) standing by the side of the road waiting to see the Tour de France riders cycle past. Three months. I can’t believe how fast time is passing. Sadly the trip is beginning to feel like a distant memory. With it currently being school holidays, I’ve finally found some time to get back into editing my photos from the trip and it has been wonderful to revisit and savour the memories from our amazing time away. This post picks up where the last post finished as we made our way around...

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Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Personal, Travel | 2 comments

After a short but sleepless overnight flight from Iceland and several hours on multiple trains, including 2 extra hours thanks to catching the wrong train (oops), we made it to the French Alps and specifically Alpe d’Huez. For those who missed my initial trip blog post (click here), one of the things I was most looking forward to about this trip was having the opportunity to ride Alpe d’Huez. Alpe d’Huez has featured in many a Tour de France and is one of the most iconic climbs in the sport of cycling. Despite having only cycled for 8 months, I was up for the challenge,...

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East to West Iceland

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Personal, Travel | 2 comments

We’ve had a couple of big days and before any further time passes, I need to do my final Iceland blog post! We said farewell to Iceland 5 days ago and I still need to blog about what we saw from East Iceland across the top to West Iceland and back to Reykjavik, so here goes! We left the glaciers behind as we travelled north along the eastern coast of Iceland from Hofn to Seydisfjordur, a stunning little village set at the end of a 17km long fjord. Several scenes from Walter Mitty were filmed around Seydisfjordur, including the skateboard scene. Here are a few photos of Seydisfjordur....

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From the south to the east of Iceland

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Travel | 2 comments

It’s really hard to know what to write about what we’ve seen during the last couple of days because it has been absolutely breathtakingly stunning and my mind has been blown on many occasions. What an awesome Creator we have who made all of this! Rather than writing lots, I’ll let the photos do the talking. What follows is a very small fraction of the images I’ve taken over the last couple of days (there have been several hundred images just in the last 3 days). They are fairly quickly edited as I’ve decided that as opposed to previous trips, I’m going to...

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The Golden Circle

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Travel | 2 comments

This morning we awoke to another beautiful sunny day as we prepared to depart Reykjavik and head for The Golden Circle. The Golden Circuit is a popular tourist route as it takes in three big tourist attractions which are all within 100km of Reykjavik (and so can be seen on a day trip). It didn’t take us long to make our way out of Reykjavik as we headed to our first stop, Þingvellir. Þingvellir is the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament but, more interestingly for me, it is also where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is slowly splitting Iceland apart. It is here that the Eurasian and...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Travel | 6 comments

Halló from Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world! After 36 hours of travel, we finally arrived in Iceland late yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. The three flights we took to get here were good but after travelling for such a long time, I was very ready for a shower and bed. After arriving in Keflavik (where the International Airport is), we picked up our hire car and drove the 50 or so kilometres into Reykjavik. Our first evening in Reykjavik consisted of checking into our apartment followed by dinner and sleep.  Today we have done quite a lot of exploring of Reykjavik by foot....

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Ticking items off the bucket list

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Personal, Travel | 0 comments

Things have been pretty quiet here lately, however, the blogging hiatus has finally come to an end as we are just about to head off on our next big adventure. On Saturday (tomorrow!) we will be departing for four weeks overseas, spending 11 days in Iceland and the remaining time in France. As with our previous trips, I will aim to blog as regularly as possible, so I thought I’d start by writing a bit about our plans. Our trip will actually start with a 6 hour stop-over in Copenhagen. Depending on how tired we are when we arrive, we are hoping to kill some time by exploring downtown...

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Searching for summer

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Landscape, Travel | 0 comments

After spending a large proportion of the Australian summer experiencing winter in Europe, I was desperate for some sun and warmth. To make up for missing most of summer, we decided to spend a week of the April holidays in Cairns soaking up the sunshine. Unfortunately the weather had other plans. About two weeks before our trip, Far North Queensland was impacted by a rather late season cyclone. Fortunately this didn’t effect us or our travel plans, however, the damp weather proceeded to hang around for just about all of our week. Suffice to say we didn’t see a whole lot of sun. On...

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European dreaming

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Personal, Travel | 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that we have now been home for five weeks – almost as long as we were away on our European adventure. Between work, lots of exercise (I’ll save that for another post) and our regular commitments, time is flying by at a rapid pace. I’m gobsmacked that it will be March at the end of this week….how did that happen?? Ian has been quick to remind me that we were away for half of January which is contributing to the speed with which this year feels like it is passing by. In my final trip blog post about our time in Rome, I wrote that I was...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Personal, Travel | 5 comments

Our European adventure wouldn’t be complete without one final post of our brief time in Rome. After leaving Capri, we caught a taxi, ferry and train to get us to Rome, our final destination for the trip. We didn’t have a huge amount of time in Rome – we arrived mid afternoon on the Wednesday and flew out on Thursday evening. As we needed to do a bit of a repack of all our gear, we kept things quiet on the Wednesday afternoon, knowing that we would have a bit of time to explore on the Thursday morning. Fortunately we were able to arrange a late check-out from our hotel, so...

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