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Rome
Rome was our last stop in Italy. Our train ride from Cinque Terre took us past the extraordinary marble quarries of Carrara and allowed us to stop in Pisa for a few hors. We had not planned to stay in Pisa for long because we'd read so many reviews saying t...

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Tour of Turkey
The last phase of our journey - two weeks in Turkey on an Intrepid tour. So many of our friends have visited Turkey and raved about it. We chose to tour with Intrepid as we have enjoyed a few tours with the company before: Intrepid Best of Turkey - 15 days ...

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Rome
Rome was our last stop in Italy. Our train ride from Cinque Terre took us past the extraordinary marble quarries of Carrara and allowed us to stop in Pisa for a few hors. We had not planned to stay in Pisa for long because we'd read so many reviews saying t...

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Florence
We travelled to Florence via a luxurious high speed train. We spent three short nightsin an apartment within a stone’s throw of the train station and within spitting distance (literally) of two lovely restaurants and an amazing historical pharmacy. We walke...

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Venice
When we first disembarked in Venice we were surrounded by thick fog and we were worried that we would have a repeat of our bleak visit back of 30 years ago. We were delighted to see the fog lift as we struggled our way to our Airbnb apartment. We spent a ve...

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Mediterranean cruise
Well… where to begin?! We were expecting something special because of
the reviews and the price we paid (!) but special it certainly was! It
was the first voyage of the new ship Viking Star. It arrived in Istanbul
after its “shake down” cruise from Vienn...

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Istanbul
Just as we were waiting at the airport to fly to Istanbul we read that the Australian Government’s advice was to reconsider travel to Turkey. Too late, our luggage was already checked in! At Istanbul we were met by online friend Heather. It was terrific to ...

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Vienna
Well our trip so far seems to have gone like a whirlwind. We have been away for three weeks and I have not yet managed to post on the blog We spent the first few days in Vienna. After travelling for about 34 hours in cars and airports and planes it was amaz...

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Sample blog post for 2016 trip


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2016 Medterranean trip
We are about to embark on a trip to the Mediterranean. We have indulged and booked a room the Viking Sea - a brand new ship on its maiden voyage! We chose this cruise because it spends the most time in port and only one day spent at sea. It is also a smalle...
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