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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Bikes, Taxis, Ferries, Buses

It is hard to believe that it is four months since we left Australia armed with our four bags.

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those bags

Since that time we have covered much ground and seen many places :

Planes - Singas, Milano, Morocco, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ancona, Berlin, Pisa.

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Trains - 25 and still counting.

Ferries - Just a few

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Lost - one European adaptor and a few tempers over : trains, technology, crap directions, dumb tourists ... not excluding ourselves from this category, forking out for unexpected taxis, paying twice for the train tickets in Switzerland - thanks Trenitalia, Italian bureaucracy.

Thank-you - Tak (Danish, Swedish), Grazie (Italiano), Merci (Swiss French, Morocco), Danke (German).

Loved - Italian prices (2 euro beers and massive gelati, and also many meals for under 8 euro). Northern European efficiency and the Christiana.

Cheap Beer and Food

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pasta

pasta

Love that bike

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Highlights - Lake Como, Le Marche, Berlin, Lucca, Gotland, Bike Riding, Rock Jumping - Otranto, staying at the airport hotel and having dinner in the airport (Milano). Watching Olympics and listening to commentators in Danish, Italian and Swedish.  Molto Gelati - Flagola for Nat (her Italian for strawberry), stracciatella for Gabi. Lake Garda and lunch in Malcesine (tortellini with smoked cheese and pistachio nuts).

Food, Jumping and Gelati

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A lovely lunch in Porto Venere

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Its the wind not the gelati

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Lake Garda and Le Marche

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Walked - many, many kilometers over cobblestoned paths.

Climbed - thousands of stairs - why is it so that our apartments are always on the top floor? Dan??

Lugged - 80, 60, 40 kilos of luggage, 20/23 kilo children

Discarded - 20, 40 kilos of luggage, no children

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Taken - many photos, a bit of free lunch from the breakfast buffets (gotta stick to the budget).

Swum in - the Adriatic, Mediterranean, Atlantic, Baltic (bit crisp), Lake Como, Lake Geneva. Piscinas : Menaggio, Lausanne, Berlin, Le Marche, Lake Garda, Mazagan.

Atlantic and Lake Como Pool

Lake Como Pool

Lake Como Pool

Atlantic

Atlantic

Sunset & Sunrise - in Morocco 8.30pm and Stockholm 4.20 am

Sunrise from the hotel room

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Read - Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel; The Killer's Art, Unspoken - Mari Jungstedt; The Dark Heart of Italy - Tobias Jones; A Month Of Sundays - John Updike; An Italian Education - Tim Parkes; a few lowbrow novels.

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Slept in - 19 beds

Packed and unpacked - 20+ times

School - Gabi has attended school in all the countries visited even if it is via distance Ed.

School Work Le Marche

School Work Le Marche

Who knows what the next eight months will bring ...?

Posted by happellfamily12 14:11

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