Thursday, 2 March 2017

Holiday Travels Pt 6

Just over an hour by train from Levanto to Genoa with a short break before the next train from Genoa to Turin....just enough time to take a rest in the park or in some cases do a bit of shopping......
......and after nearly 10 hours of travel by train and bus (from Turin) we arrived in Chamonix - in the French Alps......waking up to this early morning scenery from our window - Mont Blanc!
During the few days we had in this area we explored the delightful town of Chamonix......
Took a 20 min gondola ride from where we had amazing views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.......
..... and stepped "Out into the Void"......notice I wasn't too far out in the void!
Once more the girls got behind the wheel as we headed off for some sight seeing outside of Chamonix....... visiting quaint villages, beautiful scenery, forest walks and some locals!

Another day a drive further afield and we arrived in picturesque Annecy.......and it was market day!
And here we are enjoying our last night in Chamonix and the coming to an end of a wonderful holiday!
An early morning start the next day and we were on our way to Geneva and the start of our trips home..... Hayley & I back to Sydney and Megan back to England..... 
.....holding it together here but a few tears were soon to follow....
Megan was already "home" in England - and in bed! - while Hayley and I were still in transit! Flying via Helsinki and Japan can take such a long time that somewhere along the way we inevitably "crashed" - a 10 hour stopover in Japan was the place! 
And so after nearly 6 weeks this amazing holiday with Hayley and Megan came to an end.... but full of SO many wonderful memories to always treasure!!! 

Till next time
Asta



Friday, 24 February 2017

Holiday Travels Pt 5

West coast of Italy and a week in Levanto......
...... living the Italian life in our 2 bedroom apartment behind these doors and up a few flights of stairs........
complete with clothes line off the balcony!
From here we spent days exploring the villages of the Cinque Terre..... Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterossa and the beautiful  scenery in between....

A very resourceful elderly local - with a very long extension cord - was charging 2 Euros for freshly squeezed orange juice on one of the longer treks - a welcome change to water!
And of course there were coffee stops, lunch breaks and afternoon gelatos!! and the inevitable relaxing days at the beach!!
All too soon it was time to say farewell to the Cinque Terre and its fascinating villages and beautiful scenery.... and sadly time to leave Italy which had given us so many wonderful shared memories..... so many more memories to be made here so there will be a return visit sometime! 
We were now heading for a change of scenery and much cooler weather - the French Alps!

Till next time
Asta

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Holiday Travels Pt 4

Florence! We decided  to brave the crazy Italian drivers and hire a car!.......
With Megan driving, Hayley navigating - and me a (not appreciated) back seat driver! - we made it out of Florence and headed up through the hills north of Florence to our "home" for the next 4 days - a Tuscan Villa....

 
....with some great views....
And...quiet spots to catch up on some reading or just relaxing.......when not sight seeing!
A day spent in Florence - the impressive Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)....
....explored little streets, found a market, shared a delicious pizza.......
.......and finished off the day at the Boboli Gardens - overlooking Florence.
There was a spontaneous trip to Pisa - for the obvious.....
......a driving day - exploring our "local" area... some very narrow roads but spectacular scenery......
Another drive this time to Fiesole where we wandered through cool forest paths to the top of a hill overlooking Florence and where Leonardo Di Vinci experimented with his 1st man-made flying machine!
                            All too soon we were were watching our last Tuscan sunset ......
........and once again on the move.......
After navigating our way back to Florence to drop off the car another day of train travel awaited us  - next stop Levanto - back to the coast and adventures on the Cinque Terre! 

Till next time!
Asta