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Salzburg Austria

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Hi There after 6 days without internet access I can finally update the blog.
We left Switzerland after some very peacefull days. We drove through Germany to Austria where we found our next stop the Jess Hotel. Kenzie was very excited to stay in a place named after her BFF. The hotel was undergoing renovations and was rather dusty but very trendy and comfortable. after no hot water on night 2 we were given a complimentary breakfast for 4 in the bakery below. this served us well for the trip ahead and was enough to make rolls for lunch too. Bonus!!
We crammed alot into our 1 full day in Sulzburg, going to the salt mines in the morning, exploring the centre of the old town after lunch and then a tour of the trick fountains in Hellbrunn palace. It was just like the Itenerary michael and I did on our european tour 15 years ago.

The salt mines were a great educational trip for both us and the girls although Briana was not impressed with the outfits we had to wear.
We got to ride into the mountain on a miners train and ride 2 fast wooden miners slides. We took a ferry across a salt lake under the mountain all quite impressive.
The old town did'nt disappoint as I quickly found the main street where all the signs have to be made of wrought iron, possibly the coolest street in europe (in my opinion).
The tour of Hellbrunn trick fountains did'nt dissappoint the girls, as they tried to work out quickly how not to get wet.
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Posted by schofields 12:05 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Dijon to Lauterbrunnen

A day of sights in Europe

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P1050841.jpgP1050839.jpgP1050837.jpgP1050836.jpgHi again today we travelled to Lauterbrunnen. We had a more sedate start to the day today, with an awesome breakfast at the Novotel honestly the best breakfast buffet I have ever had, you should of seen Briana's eyes.
Chocolate muffins, Pain au chocolat, hot food, cold food, cheeses, cake loafs, ceareals, fresh fruit and much more, we all had our fill which lasted till about 2 pm in the afternoon. After yesterdays supermarket trek we asked at reception (a good idea) and it turns out there was a hyper mart 5 minutes down the road. After grabbing food for Switzerland we headed of to Berne to show the girls the origianal bear pits and how cruel it was but people went to see. Now the Bears are in a bigger outdoor grassed area, which is a great improvement.
We arrived at Valley Hostel in Lauterbrunnen about 5.15 this afternoon and have settled in, the place is spotless and very well run, nestled among the mountain ranges it is just as remembered last time Janine and I visited. Tomorrow we intend to do some exploring and relax after two days of driving and sight seeing. The girls need sometime out of the car. We will try and get some photos upto in the next couple of days.

Posted by schofields 10:12 Archived in Switzerland Comments (1)

Trip to Dijon

A long day.

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Our long day was supposed to start at 5am, but we were awoken at 3am by someone in NZ test driving there new cellphone and calling us in error (Thanks Granman). So we were all up to catch the Eurostar to Lille. The train ride was quick and painless but we think the one on Virgin earlier was better. At Lille we were greeted by a couple from Peugoet with our brand new 308 stationwagon with complete glass roof. The car had done 6km when we collected it.This car would be our secod home for the next 30 days.
There was one slight hiccup which dlayed us an hour Peugoet NZ had not told Peugoet France we had prepaid a booster set for Kenzie(law over here) so Janine had to go with Peugoet people to buy one.
An hour later than it should of been we set off for my first taste of driving on the right and the peddles etc in the car being backwards as well. I don't think we did t bad no toots or unfriendly waves.
Most of our trip was on the motorway 130km limit just set the cruise and relax it's the town and city driving that causes stress. 550km later we arried at our first night stop in Dijon
We are staying at the Novotel tonight, the kids had a swim and we had Macas for tea.
We thought we'd go to supermarket after tea for supplies for Switzerland, this was a great idea in theory, we spent an hour driving through the maze at the centre of Dijon, Janine enjoyed the buildings and my blood pressure was also tested with no road markings and being the first time driving the European way. We ended up going back empty handed, but we will try again tomorrow before heading for Bern and Lauterbrunnen.IMG_0423.jpgBern

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Posted by schofields 22:35 Archived in France Comments (0)

London Day 2

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Our 2nd full day of London started with negotiating the tubes, quite easily once you get going. We headed to the London Dungeon for their tour. As soon as we walked in the door a man jumped out and scared the living daylights out of Me and the girls, this sent Kenzie into a state and she spent the next hour and a half holding onto me. The tour took us through actor led shows about londons history like the fire of London, Jack the Ripper etc. It was a great show with a couple of rides. After Kenzie and Briana said "That was great but I never want to go back again.
We then made our way to the London eye and this was my turn to be scared. I hate heights but thought because the girls had been so brave in the Dungeons I had better step up. I didn't stand up inside the capsule until about 3/4 of the way around, but was rewarded with amazing views of London. You can see for miles and Michael and the girls were busy spotting all the landmarks. Well I can now say been there done that knowing like the girls and the Dungeon, I wont do again.
We spent the rest of the afternoon dodging the rain and returned to Buckingham Palace and Trafalger Square.
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Posted by schofields 10:56 Archived in England Comments (0)

London

Trip to London and 1st day in London

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Hi we left Manchester for London on Monday, via Virgin Trains. The train trip was great Virgin Trains run a excellent service travelling at 205 km/h. The countryside we passed through was beautiful and we followed the canal all the way to London nearly.
We are staying at The George Hotel in Euston, for what we paid it is'nt to bad, clean tidy and comfy.
Today we did the The Big Bus, Hop on Off bus trip around London to the main sites, this was great and a easy way to see everything you need. We got on our first bus about 9.30am and arrived back at 6.00 pm, a very long day of hopping buses. The city is full of police with President Obama being in town and we could'nt get to close to Buckingham Palace. The kids enjoyed Harrods and Hamleys Toy Store.
Tomorrow we will take the underground for a new experience for the kids, we will be heading to The London Eye and The Dungeon Tour.

Posted by schofields 10:37 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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