Â I do aqpologiose for not having written in a while.
Lots has been going on, so I have been lacking in time.
Anyway - I am now going solo on the tour.
Mitch and I had a falling out and went our seperate ways.Â I decided to stay on the tour for the whole 49 days - so i figured by the end of the tour i will have seen 20 different countries! I have met some great people and am looking forward to seeing the rest of europe with them.
Well where to begin - I have seen and done so much since i last wrote!
Nice, France: This was our first real experience with the mediteranean! It was magnificent although the beaches were pebbled which has proved very difficult to walk on when going in and out of the water and I have nearly hurt myself a few times from falling over hehe. Nice was very relaxed and a cery pretty place.
Monte Carlo, Monaco: Spent the night at the casino, this was so much fun the place was brilliant!! Definitely my kind of country - Everything was in excess. I saw 10 bentley gts in 20 minutes, it was crazy. Massive Houses, Massive Yachts, Expensive Cars...I would love to go back! We alos saw the hill Grace Kelly was killed on. PS it is even tinier then what i thought it would be!
Verona, Italy: We stopped off here for a few hours on our way to Venice - it was a lovely little town with marbled streets. I saw my first Ampitheatre which was amazing! We also saw Juliet's Balcony aka Romeo and Juliet.
Venice Italy: We spent our first 2 nights in Italy in Venice on the main land. We had a very crazy TOGA party at the camp site bar that night to celebrate making it to Italy. I was ill the next day and missed out on seeing Venice so i will have to definitely go bvack.
Florence, Italy: WOW is all i can say! I saw Michelangelos David which was really amazing. I snuck a few pictures of him to hehe. I really really enjoyed florence. It was a beautiful city.
Rome, Italy: Rome was GREAT! Saw the following:
Trevi Fountain - Spainish Steps - Colosseum - Pantheon - Vatican City (Sistine Chapel which was Amazing!) - Roman Forum and numerous other sites.
Rome was a very busy fast paced city - I enjoyed the sites but I am undecided on whether I liked the actual city. It was very hustle and bustle and is MASSIVE everything in kilometres away from everything else. I got lost for 3 hours trying to get back to our camp site - I think i will need to go back and spend some more time just soaking up the atmosphere opposed to running around seeing all of the sites.
Pompei, Italy: This was just amazing wandering through the streets of Pompei!
Serrento, Italy: Stayed on the Mediterranean! This was great the town was small and laid back. I went swimming in the Med, you had to jump off the rocks to get into the water. I also did a day trip to the Island of Capri! We caught a ferry over and set up on the beach. The water was brilliant, crystal blue, clean and it is great to be able to see the bottom when you are out so far.
I caught the finiculore up to the main town of Capri! Designers Stores everywhere -Â beautiful people in beautiful clothes strolled the streets. I felt quite under dressed for the occasion wearing cuffed shorts and a wet kaftan and flip flops!
Stores had pictures in the front windows showing who had shopped there, there was everyone from Princess Caroline of Monaco to Liz Hurley, Nicolas Cage, Sly Stallone, to the Pope!
I would love to spend a holiday in Capri!
We then headed back to Serrento and I went to dinner with a couple of friends on the tour. An Aussie guy came and sat with us and he was some ex football player who ended up shouting 130 Euros worth of drinks to everyone.
Bari, Italy: We caught the overnight ferry from Bari to Greece - this was interesting as i have never spent the night on a boat before
Sailing to Corfu: I have spent the last 3 days sailing in the Ionian Sea. We were put in groups of five or 6 and given a yacht, some one was elected captain and we had to sail the boats on our own with no one on board really know what to do - lucky they had engines ;). The firstÂ day we sailed from mainland greece to the Island of Corfu stopping periodically to dive into the sea and have some fun - mind you we were many kms from the shore so this was quite scary to begin with. We stayed in a tiny port in a small town on Corfu. That night we went to a Greek Taverna and a little Greek man had us all dancing in a circle the traditiaonal greek way.
The next day we set sail for the City of Corfu on Corfu Island. We stopped for lunch on the boats and had a few hours to splash around on the sea and then learn to sail the baots with the sails as there was a good breeze coming through. That night I went out to dinner with Beccy and Simon to some little greek restuarant in a side street and the Wife of the chef was teaching us some Greek - Greek People have been so lovely so far. We then headed back to our port and I drank red wine on the dock with everyone and chatted the night away.
The next day our last day of sailing was extreme! It was rough and about to storm and we were sailing away our boat was nearly on its side and one of the other boats mast broke! The waves were huge. I was having heaps of fun and would like to learn to sail properly.
Corinth Canal, Greece: Stopped off yesterday to check out the corinth canal - it was pretty impressive.
Athens Greece: Spent today wandering around athens checking out the sites such as the Parthenon, Ancient ruins of Agora, the markets and the city! It is not as wide spread as Rome and is a lot more laid back, I am really enjoying it here.
Tomorrow I head off to Meteora Greece and then on the Galipoli in Turkey.
We lost some more people off our tour today which was sad as we have all become quite close, some more people come onto the tour tonight so that should be interesting.
I had a few full on days there for a while trying to sort out my new european plan due to mitch and I deciding to go our seperate ways, I am glad I decided to continue on my own. IÂ am enjoying my independence...
Miss you all and sorry for not blogging for a while!
Lots of Love