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Post Euro trip expenses

For my recent trip, I had a spreadsheet running in advance of departure, and it had pre trip expenditure.  As my trip unfolded, I was curious to see how my spending went, and so added things to the spreadsheet. I prepaid all my tours in Iceland, with Extreme Iceland, which was short trip to Blue …
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Last minute upgrade

Right after arriving in Amsterdam, Qatar Airways emailed with an offer to upgrade on either return sector of my flights.  Well timed – send that email when the pain of long haul is FRESH!  So I decided to take up the offer for the 14 hour flight from Doha to Sydney.  Overall, adding this upgrade …
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Packing debrief – Euro 2017

What went well charging stone – this is the first year I’ve had one (Thanks Santa/Mum) and on long bus and train rides, I’d have been lost without it… laptop – I was in two minds, but I’ve yet to curse it’s weight, or worry about it’s safety cross body satchel – purchased in Chicago, …
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US Bucket list trip

This post takes a few points from my 2017 Bucket list and groups them together… Nothing’s booked yet, but it’s another way of gathering my thoughts and things that could be grouped together. I also drafted a post for a trip to Scandinavia (in case that also accidently posts!) Travel experiences 8. Go to the …
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Clermont Ferrard – Lyon – Paris

Today was the start of the journey home.  Once again, I stayed in a budget chain hotel (ACE) in Clermont Ferrard, which is located just off the major highway, but also had a cluster of chain restaurants nearby (and coupons in the foyer to get a reduction on the bill – something I forgot the …
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Oradour-Sur-Glane

I’m pooped (read: exhausted) – I semi planned my driving so no one day would be huge. Yesterday I drove from Lyon til a time (I think about 6pm?) which would be roughly two hours from Limoges which is where I’d set the GPS towards.  Oradour-sur-Glane’s closest large city is Limoges so it was a …
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On the road again

So, I’m alone again, which is a SURE FIRE way for me to write more (as I don’t get to speak as much!!) Today, was a travel day.  I got a 7am train from Heidelberg to Mannheim, then awaited a Mannheim > Strasbourg train (which was terminating in Paris-Est). I have only gushy good things …
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A Heidelberg wedding

The seed that started my 2017 tour of Europe was an invitation to a wedding in Heidelberg.  J is a friend I’ve had since 1999, when she was a boarding house supervisor and I was a student.  During the intervening years, we’ve both lived in Europe, and in different parts of Australia, but early on …
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Degustation at Apotek

  The overall experience was wonderful. My usual waitress was Lithuanian (second I’d met in Iceland) and happy to help and generally pretty bubbly.  I was initially worried when the menu said only for tables of two or more, but it wasn’t a problem.  Interesting the first few dishes were quite rapid in coming, but …
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Golden circle

My final full day in Iceland was doing ‘the’ tour – the Golden circle.    I think the golden comes from one of the waterfalls appearing golden in certain sun conditions – sunshine I didn’t witness!  I have to say, I was at my limit to tours for this last one.  Three full days and …
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