Pizza, Pasta and Paninis

After forking out another fifteen euros for the waterbus back to the train station, we boarded the fast train to Florence. Amazingly, these trains only cost slightly more than the 10 minute ferry ride in Venice. This train was actually on time as well, so that was nice. A mere two hours later we found ourselves in Florence. We booked a B&B about five minutes walk from the train station, which actually means it’s more like ten minutes once you navigate around all the tourists. It was now about midday and we only had about 24 hours to explore Florence, so we set out straight away after receiving some helpful information from our B&B host. Continue reading “Pizza, Pasta and Paninis”

Life is easier in Venezia

Upon stepping foot outside the Santa Lucia Venezia train station you are greeted with the Grand Canal and the San Simeone Piccolo across the bank. We needed to catch the vaporetto (Venice’s waterbus) to the Rialto Mercato stop where our B&B was situated overlooking the Grand Canal. It was no surprise that when we bought the tickets for the 10 minute journey that they cost us €7.50 each. As we only had one full day in Venice we immediately set out to explore. Having expected high prices in Venice we were ready to run from any hecklers and tourist scams however we were surprised at the many different options that were available. Unlike our experience in old town Dubrovnik, it was very easy to find low cost meals and the wine of course was reasonably priced. We even managed to pick up lattes for €1.50 each.  Continue reading “Life is easier in Venezia”

Splitting from Split

Another 4 hour bus ride and we arrived in Split. This second bus ride provide a few complications. First the bus was late and when it did arrive it did not have Split listed as a destination. It appeared that half of the people were going to Split and half were going to Dubrovnik – both in opposite directions. About an hour into the trip the bus stopped and we all had to change bus. As the bus was mostly full of tourists, no one had any idea what to do. Once we were all on the right bus going to Split the journey was relatively smooth apart from the crazy driving. We arrived in Split just before lunch and our ferry to Italy wasn’t due to leave until 8pm so we stored our luggage for the day and headed out in search of good sights and good coffee. Continue reading “Splitting from Split”

Making the most of Mostar

Any disappointment we felt by Dubrovnik was eliminated in Mostar. A lovely city most famously known for Stari Most -the Old Bridge, built in 1566, the old bridge was sadly destroyed during the Croat-Bosniak War in 1993. With the help of international aid, it was rebuilt in 2004 and now attracts many tourists (most of them day trippers from the Dalmatian Coast) and the Red Bull Diving Competition. It is tradition for the local men of the town to jump from the bridge into the freezing Neretva River. This tradition has now become a tourist attraction with the men asking for money to jump. Tourists are also able to jump for a relatively small fee but this more often than not results in the jumper sustaining injuries.  Continue reading “Making the most of Mostar”

Those places where it is cheaper to drink good wine than eat good food.

Dubrovnik. Pearl of the Adriatic and as many Game of Throne’s fans would know, home to Kings Landing.

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It would be a shame if Game of Thrones fans didn’t recognise this street.

Dubrovnik dates back to the 7th Century, where it was known as Ragusa until the 1800s. Dubrovnik in its heyday was an independent merchant town and traded with Turkey and India and had diplomatic relations with the English throughout the Middle Ages. It’s old town was completed in the 13th Century and remains unchanged today.  Continue reading “Those places where it is cheaper to drink good wine than eat good food.”

Sewers and sights

Our plan for Monday was a trip out to the Palace of Versailles however after a quick Google search we discovered that it was closed Mondays. Tip: Many museums and other businesses’ in general are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We decided that Monday would then be a day to run around and visit all the sights we hadn’t yet had a chance to see so we woke up early to beat the line for the Notre Dame towers which was included in our museum pass. Continue reading “Sewers and sights”

Art, croissants, more art, more croissants

Saturday was spent at the Louvre. The Louvre is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly mindbogglingly big it is.  We arrived early and lucky we did because there was already a huge line. Seemingly having a Paris Pass or Museum Pass does very little to help you to skip the queues. We were put into another queue, where in true Europe fashion, we merged with two other ‘priority’ lines into one. As soon as we arrived we raced up to see the Mona Lisa before the crowds descended. Anyone who’s ever seen the Mona Lisa knows how underwhelming it is. We snapped a quick pic (Ben got a selfie) and got outta there. There’s not much more to say really. We spent the day being amazed at the age of the paintings as well as seeing works from artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, oh yea and that Da Vinci guy. Like the British Museum, we barely scraped the surface. A good indication that we need to go back.  Continue reading “Art, croissants, more art, more croissants”

Paris? Oui!

Originally we had intended to catch an overnight bus from London to Paris and back again. This would have been the cheapest way to travel, as well as saving us one night of accommodation. For whatever reason we couldn’t/didn’t book the tickets until it was basically too late, and the bus tickets weren’t much cheaper than just getting the Eurostar. So after a bit of contemplation we decided to just pay the extra money for the train, as well as two more nights of accommodation. In the end this was for the best, as we could get some real sleep, and it gave us more time to explore both cities. Continue reading “Paris? Oui!”

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