Month: July 2016

Discovering London, one last look

Discovering London, one last look The fun part from our journey was returning to London and having a couple of days to discover more.  This gave us the opportunity to see more of the city and make sure we didn’t head home regretting.  Lia brought a tourism book along on this trip and it was quite good because it offered things to do depending on the length of your stay (for example 1,2,5,10 days).  This book allowed us to pick and choose some of the interesting places we would like to visit such as pubs, landmarks or events. During this particular part of the trip we were tired, after having travelled across so many countries.  We still wanted to discover more but

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Discovering Zagreb – Europe Part 7

Ok let’s be honest … How many people do you know have been to Croatia while visiting Europe? LIA : I will tell you the truth, I never thought to visit Croatia if it wasn’t for my friend Luciane.  She is my Brazilian friend, who acted like a bridge for us to visit Zagreb. During the summer of 2009 we got our luggage ready for Europe and Zagreb was officially on the itinerary.  We would visit for 4 days ! What a surprise! Zagreb is a really cozy city with lots of history.  It’s a cute Old city that is now clean and renovated since their last war. When we went, we noticed some graffiti in some areas that hadn’t been cleaned

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Discovering Europe : The way back

The way back and rushing to make our train in Slovenia. During this trip, Lia and I discovered that we easily get carried away on vacation.  We want to maximize our experience and time.  For example, just before leaving Lyon, I was inquiring about a different route back to Slovenia.  ‘What if we head towards Germany or even Austria’ ?  If we had time, it would have been a wonderful extension of the trip.  Sadly, time was not on our side.  We only had 2 days to catch our train in Ljubljana. We left Annecy, heading across Italy towards Venice and Mestre.  But we found ourselves at the Swiss border ‘forehead slap’.  We could have used a GPS at this point.  At least we

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Discovering Lyon – Part 5 : French surroundings

Discovering Lyon – Part 5 : arriving in Lyon and how we still wanted more to see.  We wanted to see everything and take it all in. When I (Serge) received the invitation from Lia to visit Europe, I took some time to think about it.  Actually Lia thought I didn’t want to travel with her, because I took so long to answer.  Actually, I took two weeks before giving her an answer.  In hindsight, I’m not sure why I took so long to answer. I had only dreamt of going to Europe until this point.  Would it disappoint ?  The main reason pushing me to go, was my friend (Renaud) living in France.  Something didn’t feel right about visiting Europe and

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Discovering many parts of Europe

Part 4 ; many pit stops along the way. Well if you looked attentively at the last picture in the last post, you will see my main distraction.  I was like a kid in a candy store and when I saw Venice on the map, my brain stopped functioning correctly.  My only thought was, ‘how do we get there’ and ‘when will we be back, we are so close might as well’ !?  The inevitable happened, I steered left and we were on the way to Venice.  We crossed the bridge and found parking on the island.  At first sight, this place is like wonderland for grown ups. It was about dinner time, so what better thing to do than grab

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Discovering Europe – part 3 : Driving West

Part 3 : travelling to Ljubljana, Slovania (pronounced Lubeyana), renting a car driving across Europe If you can imagine all the car rental companies being sold out in Zagreb, well that’s exactly what happened.  We ended up in random places, one in particular looked like someone’s backyard renting out cars.  I was open for the adventure, but we kept searching.  We found out our only option was to take a train to the closest major city and rent a car from there.  This place is called Ljubljana in Slovania and it was quite a nice view.  We had glimpses of mountains and lakes but it was only 2 hours long. I (Serge) recall seeing the map online and the car

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Part 2 – flying to Zagreb

Part 2 : our trip to Zagreb We left London, had a short layover in Coln, Germany – which wasn’t quite long enough to leave the airport.  I practiced my German by asking for a sandwich, half English half German.  But the woman behind the counter, obviously spoke English and seemed amused that I was at least trying.  It’s probably not everyone that gives it a shot.  This was my first time attempting to speak with someone else. We boarded the plane to our next destination.  One thing I vividly recall is everyone clapping their hands once we landed in Zagreb.  It felt like a celebration that we were on vacation as opposed to having landed properly.  We met Lia’s friend

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