Australians everywhere but there are no kangaroos here

Bronwyn
Austria
September 30, 2003

This is a quick post as the internet is expensive and tricky here in Innsbruck. I went to the Swarovski Crystal factory and saw a lot of crystal, an old palace and some other Innsbrucky stuff. Innsbruck is a cool place and I met some cool australians. Two were travelling around in a leased car and keep getting lost. The other two are travelling around by eurail, they just got married and are not liking the seperated boy/girl dorms. I spent a good chunk of last night laughing at crazy travelling stories. One of the australians is even called bronwen. I have even met a local guy, hes kinda old and pops up around the Hofburg. He doesnt speak english but speaks slow german so I can understand. He helps to point me in the right direction. The people in this town are so friendly and they all want to help rather than feeling that they have to. In a couple of days I head to Berlin and hopefully have somewhere to stay thats the plan so far.



best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (2 replies so far)



  30 Sep
03
 

   I've come full circle and am back in Brighton, but in a new house. My older sister, Josephine, and her boyfriend Jed have bought a house here and I am lucky enough to be using the spare room. The trip back from Paris was fine, apart from the foul up on the UK side whch kept my bag delayed. Even though I was the only person in the bag collection area, by bag was not first onto the conveyour belt. Has anyone ever been the first to get their bags at the airport? I did like the discount I got for the ferry. Half price thanks to my Eurail pass which expired the day before :-)

   I will tell you more about Paris, and the lovely Potok sisters, but now I need a bit more rest, some breakfast and to help Jo with the painting.

Miss and Miss Potok with me
The two Potok sisters and I in Paris
Sunset
My last sunset in mainland Europe

Video from Champs de mars (4.5mb)


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (3 replies so far)



  29 Sep
03
 

   Micheal is my penfriend set up by Ringmer Community College about 9 years ago. Last night I stayed with him and his girlfriend just outside the city of Paris in what is basically a suburb of it now. We talked, but mostly in English coz my French is still terrible. His mother came to visit his new flat and we all had some really nice little chocolate muffins she baked. mmm home cooking again. In the evening the three of us drove out to Sacre Coeur which I could see from the first hostel I stayed in during my stay 10 weeks ago but never visited. A big church on a hill basically, and a pretty nice one to boot.

Michael Melanie Craig
Michael, Melanie and I at the church

   Michael is a writer for a daily newspaper here in Paris and his article last week got him a lot of attention, even interviewed on national radio. Their flat is decorated with lots of photos of the couple together but amongst them all I saw a magazine article on them. How cool is that? Living in an apartment in Paris, published daily and appearing in '20ans' has a young-and-hip couple. I'm jealous.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (6 replies so far)



  28 Sep
03
 

This morning I woke up in Florence only to hear a young lady in my room complaining about The lack of water. We soon found out there was no power either and all of Italy was affected. This meant nothing was going except buses, so I got to town but couldn't do anything because you can't see in an art gallery without the lights on. At 10.15am the power came back on and stuff started to open but the queue were worse and all the trains have their own timetable now (some were stuck in the middle of nowhere). I gave up on the Uffizi after a queue of an hour and a half and this was because the reservations queue needed police control! Otherwise I saw David and He was really, really impressive and I have an exciting night planned of laundry ahead :).


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (4 replies so far)



  28 Sep
03
 

   Yes I made it back to Paris. After seeing a couple of friends here I am going to wrap this leg of my journey up with a ferry back to England and by Tuesday afternoon I'll be back in Brighton. But what then? Perhaps I will start planning my return trip. Two travellers in Hotel Mar-Mar were discussing Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road', which I recognised from the way the Londoner was describing the difference between Jack's time and ours. I haven't read the book but I sure will now. That evening I got talking with Jenna about a road trip across The States, and I'm set on the idea. Anyone wanna come?


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (4 replies so far)



Cinque Terre

Craig
Italy
September 27, 2003

   Cinque Terre is a national park in northern Italy based around five towns on the coast, some perched on cliffs, all built up steep hills. Bronwyn and I have heard about this place from quite a number of travellers along the route and we are really glad we listened. The Lonely Planet (which has been our bible through out this trip) hardly mentions the place at all, which thankfully keeps the tourist numbers down a bit.

   We found a cool hostel/hotel called Mar-Mar and I spent the afternoon jumping in and out of the little harbour, snorkeling around and frightening the fish. Bronwyn didn't intend to get wet, but when a freak wave washed across the jetty she was sitting on, she figured it was time for an ice cream and to go dry off elsewhere. I continued splashing about, scrambling up the little rock walls and diving (badly) back into the water. I wouldn't say the water was as clear as the greek islands, and it was rocks at the bottom rather than sand, but it was beautiful. That night we cooked in the hotel and watched the sunset across the ocean. The sun got a lot closer to the horizon this time, but still went behind clouds before hitting the sea. Lots of photos taken of course.

Riomaggorie Harbour
The harbour of Riomaggorie, the water is at least 10ft deep
Diving in Riomaggorie
Me diving into the harbour of Riomaggorie
   This morning we took the train to Montorosso, once we figured out the system and that in Italy 'weekdays' includes Saturdays. From there the walk went up pretty steeply and I was back in the alps 100 days ago, my travelling friend didn't seem quite as keen on the up hill parts as I. Each town has its charm, and its tourists. In the second one we went swimming again, and I performed the same embarassing display of diving like a tonne of bricks, but loved every minute of it, even if I left it a little late to dry off and was still dripping in the queue for the train (towns 2 and 3 were cut off due to work on the path). A pleasant afternoon visiting each town and then picking up our bags from Riomaggorie before heading to La Speiza to get our seperate trains.
Old Bridge
An old bridge between Montorosso and Vernazza
Diving at Vernazza
Me diving into the water at Vernazza
Manorola
Manorola, the 4th village on our walk


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  25 Sep
03
 

We left Greece yesterday and in the last couple of days experienced some weird stuff. The hotel in Naxos tried to charge us more than they quoted and once they caved, refused to let us use our credit cards. We were pretty happy to leave that nasty fellow behind but that night George the friendly bartender got too friendly. I was being the barmaid along with a couple of Spanish girls and George took a liking to me (which included grabbing my armpits?) he told me that if it wasn't for my boyfriend (Craig he assumed) he would kiss me, then he did it. I told ol' George that Craig was the jealous type but that didn't work either. We did have a cool night though. We met a NZer Jillian who 'loves her tits because they can get her anything she wants', shes from Epsom Girls! We met Dave who has been bumming around Greece for 4 months (from Liverpool) he had to get a friend to give him the money to get home, & Ana from Mexico who decided that she wanted to see the world and is doing it alone (George also took a liking to her). The most amazing part of that night is although there was at least twice as mush Ouzo flowing Craig didn't have too much and he didn't spend a euro! Now we are in Florence again and off to another hostel.

Video of leaving Greece (2,2mb)


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (1 replies so far)



  22 Sep
03
 

   Ahhh, the sweet silence of the Mediterranean Sea. Yesterday Bron and I rode out to St Prokopios an idyllic beach on the west coast of Naxos. The sand was tiny little shells just the right size to feel comfortable under foot, but not stick to you like sand does. We worked on our tans for a while and experimented with the snorkel I bought on Santorini. It's been ages since I did that and it took me a while to get used to being underwater but breathing. When I did I loved it. The water was amazing and the sand under it was perfect. Lots of little fish (that Bron thinks bit her on the ankle) follow swimmers about and I even found a rusted old wreck a dozen meters out. I've bought a disposable underwater camera, assuming it works better than the one from Pamplona there will be some cool pictrures when I get it developed.
   In the afternoon we went inland to get to the 'gem of a village' whose name I have forgotten. We rented a 80cc scooter but it still had issues going up hills. The village is indeed a nice one, streets paved with marble, rabbit-warren like alley ways winding up the hill and a small castle on the top. On the way home I left Bron for a bit and went for a hike up to Dimitra's Temple. Made for a god of fruit and harvest and such this temple is mostly a modern reconstruction of the orginal, which was knocked over to build a church about 600AD. The walk back in the sun brought me closer to heat stoke than any other time on this trip. We sat on the beach at Mikra Vigla for a while, and I swam a bit, but it was getting colder so we went home and saw sunset from the town water front. Very nice

   Today started with an hour long ride to Apollon on the north coast. We went there especially to see the Kurous, which is an unfinished statue of a man in a marble quarry. We weren't impressed when we saw it, but when you consider it would have been as mysterious as the Easter Island heads had it been up on a hill then it is kinda cool. We came back to get food and then heading straight on to St Prokopios beach (or maybe St Anna's the map is a little vague). More snorkeling, finding more sunked treasures and doing little else while lying in the sun. Fantastic, a real greek relaxation holiday. We are leaving tomorrow, and basically I'm heading back to England, with a stop in Italy and in Paris. It's almost over and I've loved every minute of it. I can't get over how cool Greece has been, definitely a candidate for my favourite holiday destination.

St Annas Beach
St Anna beach (a.k.a. paradise)
Crystal clear water
The brilliantly clear water of St Anna's beach
Craig at the beach
Me standing in the water at St Ann's beach
Two fish
Underwater photo of two fish

best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (8 replies so far)



  20 Sep
03
 

You can now see a photo of us on the pub crawl in Rome. Cool.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  20 Sep
03
 

   We made it to Santorini (Thira), as I am sure you all know, and Craig has adopted a stupid smile all the time. It especially appears when he is taking photos and sometimes it makes people (I saw at least 6 last night) stop in the street and stare at him (or it could be what he is taking the photo of). Last night we even went to Oia with Craig singing Zippi dee doo daa (sorry about the spelling) at the top of his lungs with me on the back of the scooter. By the way scooter was the best way of getting around as you can actually park and travel among people, rather than getting stuck behind buses (and Craig made me do it mum).

See the video (3mb)

   Now we are on Naxos. From our room we can see the sea and all is pretty well. We even have airconditioning and we haven't had that for about 2 months. So now we are off to explore Hora and Agios Georgios and eat lots of yummy greek food. I bought a cook book so I am gonna have to make some when I get back to NZ and finances allow.


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (2 replies so far)



  19 Sep
03
 

   I am on Santorini, the greek island of my dreams. It's been a long time coming and I am wearing a silly grin all day with the thrill of being here at last. Being back here I should say, coz I came here 22 years ago. Now I am big enough to do things for myself and have been exploring with the power of 50cc beneath me. It's not my Kawasaki ZZR but any two wheeled motored thing is better than none at all.
   So, On Crete we stayed with Nikos, a cool guy who met me via my photos of New Zealand I published on the web. He knows as much about the America's cup as anyone and loves NZ (don't we all). He drove us to Agios Nikolaos and walked us around Iraklion. Thanks. We got a late ferry to Santorini on Wednesday and have been staying with a lady on the edge of Fira town since then. It isn't as close as possible, but it is nice and quiet. We saw the sun set at Oia last night, and are going back for another viewing this evening. It's fantastic, and naturally I have taken a bgzillion photos. Today was Red Beach, a volcanic hide away on the south of the island. Great snorkling stuff :-) Off to Naxos in the morning, talk to you then.

Video of walking in the Santorini town of Pyrgos(4.6mb)

Pale Blue Frames
A beautiful house
Golden Frame
Some variations from the blue theme
Nice Blue Dome
One of the famous blue domes of Santorini
Leaving Santorini
Sailing away from Santorini

best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (1 replies so far)



  16 Sep
03
 

   We were relying on the lady from the Athens YHA, we were let down. She told us there was a night sailing to Santorini, but it stopped running a week ago. So we had no place to stay and the only night ferry available brought us here to Crete. I feel pretty bad, possibly something I picked up on the night ferry from Italy (having given my sleeping bag to Bronwyn it was rather cold), and am now sitting in a cybercafe trying to locate a contact I have in the city. Fingers crossed.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (2 replies so far)



  15 Sep
03
 

   George is a nasty, nasty man. He kept selling me ouzo well after I had had too much, and worse still he even gave me some for free. George is the owner and barman of Hotel Lozanni in Athens. A great place next to a busy street. The party in the bar last night was a blast, I think. Infact it must have been because the video and photos on my camera look like fun. Bronwyn tells me that I had a list of emails at the end of the night, but I can't find it now. Only the one small sheet that has 'Thank You' in various languages and the email address of one of the two turkish barmaids called Esra (yes they were both called Esra).

   Today we have walked around Athens quite a bit. We've seen the Acropolis and lots of ruined ancient greek things. All very impressive. Tonight we are on a ferry again, bound for Santorini and a week of doing very little. A holiday from our holiday so to speak.

Gorgie Porgie
Bronwyn and George
Craig at the Acropolis
Me sitting at the Acropolis

best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



Julie and Bronwyn go sightseeing

Bronwyn
Italy
September 14, 2003

Craig left Julie, Nina and I to fend for ourselves and we decided to go to McDonalds. Craig is avoiding McDonalds while travelling and as a consequence so was I until then. The three of us had just conquered the roman metro and we were hungry and we entered the slowest McDonalds queue in existence, and I am not exaggerating it took about 20 minutes to get served in a queue of about 4 people. We then ate Big Macs with italian soap operas playing very loudly in the restaurant and the servers giving out free ice cream. Quite different from NZ and it was really, really good. After the McDonalds Nina felt tired and decided to go to the Vatican later. Julie (barely sober) and I went to St Peters Basilica.

You need to cover your shoulders and midrift top go in. No shorts and tiny skirts either. They searched our bags (well glanced at mine and hunted through Julie's) and then we joined another queue for clothes inspection. Julie's chest was showing too much so she had to hold her cardigan tightly around her neck while we were inside the church. I don't think that the guards were really qualified to give fashion tips. One set had pillows on their heads and blue costumes like they had come out of a dress up box. Another set of guards had a stripy version with those hats that the PhD people wear at graduation with a feather. The rest of the guards are Swiss!

The basilica is huge and you wander around and the whole place is like a giant work of art. The roof, the walls and the dome are all sculptured and works by Raphael and Michaelangelo are just sitting in there. The Vatican has it's own postal service and it is meant to be much better than the italian one so Julie and I sent postcards. We missed the Sistine Chapel because it closed at 15:20. After that Julie and I started our trip back to the hostel. We went via the Spanish steps which looked different in the day free of denim clad italian fellows. We did take a wrong turn in the metro though and came out of the metro next to some sort of equestrian showjumping area (????) we had to turn around and go back.

That night after salad and fruit salad for dinner we chatted to the beauty therapist from Mt Eden, a greek Australian and Star the hostel organiser and then slept. Nina got stuck in the loo because she can't use a key properly but with some prompting from the 8 people in the dorm she freed herself and the next morning Craig and I left for Greece. We had a train at 09:37 then a ferry at 13:30 (we barely made it as the train was late and we had to get a taxi) and then arrived in Patras at 12:15 today again late and had to get a bus to Athens (that took 3 hours, faster than the train!!). Athens is a bit grotty but the hostel is cool (we ended up in one by chance as we met the guy as we came out of the big, full HI one) and the people running it are friendly, the bartender is called George and feels that Craig and I really need some Ouzo. So off I go, if you hear no more the Ouzo got me.



best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (2 replies so far)



  14 Sep
03
 

   So, what about that pubcrawl then? Well it went down something like this. We'd been sitting around at the hostel for what little of the afternoon remained, comparing stories with Nina, Zoe and Julie. We nipped out for dinner and then got to the meeting point for Rome(ing) Tours. Sam the tour guide took us on an entertaining trip around the area, including the Trevi fountain which was very cool and the Spanish Steps. Then came the bars. The were very crowded just from the tour members, and all had a good friendly atmosphere going on. I took a few photos but they won't get uploaded until I get back to England. We met many cool people, including a lovely welsh girl who translated Bronwyn's name for the rest of us, and Karen from Cork. But things went rapidly down hill in the last bar when Nina discovered her wallet was missing. This sucked big time, especially considering it was her birthday :-(

   The following morning Bronwyn, Nina, Julie and I headed back to the Trevi fountain and then on through the Roman Forum and Colosseum. I've been here before with Stacey an Brie about 5 weeks ago, so I did a little tour guide thing just like Stacey did back then. The girls then left to see the Vatican while I went wandering to the park around Villa Borghese. If you ever have the good fortune to come to Rome I highly recommend this park as a way to escape the madness and heat of the city below. I took photos I relaxed and then headed back to find the ladies.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  12 Sep
03
 

   I have spent a little while adding photos and videos to old posts dating back to Amsterdam, so if you have spare time, and the boss isn't watching (or you are the boss, or have no boss or whatever) go back and re-read them, see if our descriptions really fit what we have been seeing.

    I am in easyInternet in Rome right now, waiting for Bronwyn and Julie to come join Nina and I, then we are off to tour the old things that just pop up all over the place. Last night we all went out on a pub crawl, so some of us are moving a little slowly this morning :-)


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  11 Sep
03
 

   We have come now to Pisa, and posed with the tower in all the cliche ways we could think of, and show people afterwards. It really is remarkable that it is standing at all, the Italians must be very proud.



   In other news I have uploaded a video and attached it to the beerhall post. There will be more to follow, but we are on the clock right now.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  11 Sep
03
 

   We travelled to Florence by train for a change and when we got there we got attacked by the usual accomodation people. One particularly persistent fellow asked us 3 times. We went to the nearest hostel and it was full, but he knew a place. It was across town but still had space. We went there, it too was full. The guy asked us where we were from and then turned us away (I suspect it was because we picked up and Australian who looked like a skinny Tom Cruise) but the hostel owner also knew a place that still had space. It was across town but he was sure. We made him call and they gave us beds. The hostel was some guy's apartment that he had decorated with bunks and let people sleep in. There was 1 toilet and 1 shower and they were both in the same room, you can imagine the morning queues. The people were nice enough and we had a nice time.

   We saw a fancy bridge and Piazza (?) Michaelangelo and climbed to the top of the Duomo past the paintings on the ceiling.

Florence from Piazza Michael Angelo
Florence from Piazza Michael Angelo

   It was cool and we climbed 463 stairs to get the close up view of heaven and hell. This morning however we were trapped in the hostel because Stephano (flat owner) had taken people out last night (he does every night) and had 1 too many. We could not wake him up to check out. He even had his stereo taken by some guy and wasn't worried. So today we are running late but at the Tower of Pisa. It leans a lot.


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  10 Sep
03
 

   When travelling in Switzerland, way back at the start of this trip, there was discussion about the various meanings of 'Gondola'. When I hear the word I think of the water based ones, not the cable-car things, nor the shop shelves. And now when I think of gondolas, I will think of Venice, in the rain. After a crappy day of not being able to bungy jump we got into Venice at about 8pm and caught bus 82 from right outside the station. 'Bus' 82 is actually a boat (they all are of course) and it gave us a great tour of the city before crossing San Marco's bay to the hostel. Despite the Full sign in the window they gavce us room and we went off to seperate dorms (girls and guys shouldn't mix in Venice apparently).

   It rained during the night, and continued to drizzle during the day. But It is still a totally unique city and still very beautiful place. I've taken a metric truckload of photos and need to find a CD burning place pronto. San Marco's square was impressive, but not to the extent that the Lonely Planet claimed. We crossed the famous Ponte Rialto and really liked it. A few hours later after wandering around and eating pizza it got dark and I took even more photos before crossing the bay and heading back to the hostel.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  8 Sep
03
 

   After all the hype, all the anticipation and waiting and promises, I have not done the 007 bungy jump . I would have. I took a 3 hour detour to get there and was willing to flip out my credit card until I found out that they don't do it on Mondays, infact they only do it on the weekends. WTF!! This really should have been on their website. I spent the rest of the day in a foul mood, even though Bronwyn did her best to cheer me up by buying me a Kinder Surprise Egg.

         Argh!!!


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (5 replies so far)



  8 Sep
03
 

We headed to my friend Louis' house on Friday. He lives in Ettenhausen and it is a really tiny village without a train station so he had to pick us up form Aadorf and drive us the rest of the way. His wife (Mai) and son (Dany) were both home and Mai had made us a huge amount of Thai food for dinner. It was really good and then we walked around Ettenhausen. It seemed that everyone in this town was somehow related to Louis, usually his cousin, and as we wandered over the hills listening to cow bells we soon met a couple. On Saturday Louis took us sightseeing. We went to Stein am Rhein which is a small town on the rhein. What makes this town interesting is that all the facades on the buildings are painted with stories about what is in them. We the went to Rheinfall which is this waterfall withe a rock island in the middle which you can catch a boat to and walk to the top of. Yes, it was on the amazing race but only by fluke. That night we went to the town fest because the rifle team had just got back from a large tournament and everyone in town was invited to a big party with sausages and beer in the school hall. On Sunday we went to Liechtenstein and Appenzeller. We saw cheese being made and went to a different country for ice cream. It was really nice to go to the country for a bit. That night we had a special salad made out of a vegetable I had never seen before (and I worked at a vege shop). On Monday we left so craig could do his bungee :(


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  5 Sep
03
 

   For the last few days we have been in Switzerland. We still have a few left but we've done so much that an update is definitely needed. We have been staying at Mike and Sandra's house in Fribourg, where Craig has stayed before, and once again they were really gracious hosts and let two unruley Kiwis into their home.

   On Wednesday we took the train into Geneva to see for ourselves the center of all sorts of politcal and banking things. Craig even tried to open a Swiss bank account but without having 20,000 Swiss francs to hand an address is required (only the rich are allowed to do super sneaky bank stuff it appears). As many of you may know we are both avid fans of The Amazing Race, which had an episode or two in Switzerland, one featured a bike race along the shore of the lake where we went for a walk that day. We spent a while sitting in a lovely park over looking the water before heading back to see the massive (7 tonnes of water in the air at any time) fountain, but it had been turned off due to stong winds. Craig finally replaced his lost Swiss army knife too.

   Thursday was a trip to Grindelwald (also of Amazing Race fame). It is the quintessential Swiss valley, though now over run with tourists. We took a cable car up the mountain side and had the most incredible views. The valley floor stretched out below us like a little toy railway setup. After one turn on their little luge track, Craig walked up the mountain to a chalet/restaurant (and great, great views) while Bronwyn sat in the park and lay in the sun with her book (and went shopping).

   That night we came back to the apartment to find a raclette laid out on the table. We ate, we drank, we talked. It was another great night with the Swiss as they all have been. So now we are in Bern, about to see the sights, and then head west to Essenden, we'll write some time next week.


best wishes from
   Craig & Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  2 Sep
03
 

Today we left Munich. Craig and I called New Zealand and then I finished my sighseeing while Craig was at his second home (the internet cafe) using up the rest of my time. I went to Marienplatz and saw the Glockenspiel. It's a clock that does a ten minute play on the hour (only 11am, 12pm and 5pm) which involves a joust, dancing figures and of course a cuckoo. The cuckoo was named Hans. I went and had a look at the Viktualien market which was a huge food market and I wished I had my camera with me. I wanted to take a photo of the Wurst Shop (Sausage store). All it had was sausages, big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (you can only buy a slice of these). I then went at looked at Birkenstocks (very trendy german shoes, well mostly sandals) and as cool as it would have been to buy some, it's getting cold here and I realised I would have regretted it later. So Munich is a great town, everyone should go there because aside from the beer there is sooo much to see and do. Art museums, toy museums, BMW museums, Science museume etc etc. Now we are off to Fribourg to meet Mike and Sandra.


best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (0 replies so far)



  2 Sep
03
 

   Yesterday we went to Füssen. Füssen is a small town which is lucky enough to be the home of two castles. One by the name of Neuschwanstein and the other called Hohenschwangau. Füssen is about 2 hours by train from Munich and then you catch a bus about 15 minutes to get to the castles. For the directionally challenged the bus is even labelled 'Castles'.

   The area is sooo pretty and there are lots of mountains, waterfalls, trees and a couple of castles too. You have to walk up a big hill to get to Neuschwanstein, all the time watching





Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

for horses and their carriages (they use the same road) but when you get there you get a great view. Neuschwanstein inspired (or is thought to) Sleeping Beauty, Disneyland's castle and Chitty Chitty bang bang was filmed there. The castle, as Craig puts it, is exactly where he would put a castle if he built one. You can even climb the hill further and cross a bridge and look down on the castle and if you are a nut like Craig you can climb even further and look down with the second castle behind.

   Hohenschwangau we didn´t go to but it is bright yellow and looks like it is made out of Lego. Craig and I walked back to the buses by the waterfall which was really pretty and the water was really cold. I managed to hold Craig back this time, not so in the middle of the night in Munich however. Today, I am going to look at shoes Birkenstocks in particular and look at the Glokenspiel before heading to Switzerland.

Bronwyn and her castle
Bronwyn and her castle

best wishes from
   Bronwyn
Wish you were here?     (3 replies so far)



  1 Sep
03
 

   What better to do in Munich than to hang out at the biggest beerhall in town (and thus pobably the world)? Yes we have been to the Hofbrauhaus and sampled the fine foam ale, more on that later.

   The Deutsches Museum is a massive building of technical and mechanical displays. All sorts of bridges, engines, physics and chemical experiments, old scientific and musical instruments and even a sundial garden on the roof. We were in there for 6 hours and still missed stuff. Right at the beginning we watched a live show on electricity, in which the two old fellas in charge shot sparks across the room and blew up bits of wood with high voltage blasts. We had no idea what was being said and had to take our queus from the audience as to when we should cover our ears.


Craig floating around the space-lab exhibit


   The Hofbrauhaus was once the producer of beer exclusively for the royal palce. Now open to the public it attracts tourists in huge numbers as was witnessed by us on Sunday night. Bronwyn and I joined a group from our dorm and soon the 1 litre jugs were coming to the table and we were singing along like locals.


Craig and new friends


Bronwyn's giant drink



Craig, Sarah, Jenny, Ashwena and half of Sally

The group we met were mostly from Newcastle, though the 4 girls had not previously known the 5 guys so we weren't the odd ones out. When I was up in the norwegian hills I had no music, so I started singing to myself. Among my small repetoir was 'Country Roads' by John Denver. For some unknown reason that has been adopted by the inhouse band at the Hofbrau and I was finally able to complete the last two verses, at top volume in a German beerhall. Not really what I expected but most welcome.

Watch the singing(4.2Mb)


   After the bouncers dealt with a streaker (by knocking him into the table with the stacked empty glass jugs) our party of 11 left, along with two jugs. Between the hostel and the beerhall is a large low fountain. One of the northerners (Mark I think his name was) suggested a fountain dash, to which most of us agreed. It was cold, it was wet and it was just what I needed. I have video to upload too :-) The walk home was a little painful, hands slowly loosing feeling, but back at the hostel in the warm it once again seemed like a good idea.

Watch the video (3.7Mb)


   I'll be going to Newcastle sometime in October/November to see a friend from my previous life in England, one Rory Padfield, so I might meet up witht he northern girls again which is cool coz they were a laugh.


best wishes from
   Craig
Wish you were here?     (1 replies so far)




Art work and site design by Craig Stanton. Entries written by Craig Stanton, Bronwyn Leak and Nina Lindsay. All rights reserved. © 2003