We’re in pack up mode, leaving Sydney next week to head back to Europe, sad to be leaving family and friends here for a while, but looking forward to the adventures we’ve planned for the next few months.
Naturally we’re really looking forward to getting back to the Venice of the North. More family and friends, and one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Just arrange some fine spring weather for us, please!
Thanks for suggesting the house swap, people in West Yorkshire. It’s not a place we would have thought of for a holiday. Which would be a pity because having googled it extensively we’re now looking forward to the formerly industrial, these days almost arty, cities of Leeds and Bradford, with David Hockney paintings in Salts Mill and pub-to-pub walking or cycling on the Yorkshire moors (including Ilkey Moor bar t’at).
WILDLIFE CRUISE – ISLE OF MULL
We’re much looking forward to a visit to Glasgow, then the train up to Oban to join the Majestic Line Cruise around the Isle of Mull, with an experienced wildlife guide to point out the puffins and peregrine falcons.
VERONA, VICENZA, VENICE
Brought to you by the letter V and cheap TransaVia flights. We’ll be spending a week or so in Italy, starting with Romeo and Juliet, then a leisurely train trip to the Amsterdam of the South.
I don’t have any of my own photos of Verona or Venice to show you right now; I’ll soon have far too many!
The plan is to fly to Nice and to retrace the route along the mighty GR5 trail, roughly the itinerary we followed last year. It’s certainly worth a repeat.
CYCLING THE LOWLANDS
In our spare time we’ll naturally be trying to squeeze in a few days on the bike somewhere in the world’s best cycling countries – the Netherlands and Belgium.
There will be more blog posts about each of these adventures of course. Stay tuned!