South America · Travel

São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Big Apple

Arriving from Buzios, the first thing we noticed about São Paulo is that it goes on…and on…and on! It is massive. The city of São Paulo  is home to over 12,000,000 people and sprawls over 1521 square kilometres. It is a very dense city, with 6 times more people per square kilometre than my home town… Continue reading São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Big Apple

South America · Travel

Rio de Janiero Carnival, Brazil – The Bloco

Brazil is home to one of the world’s biggest street parties, Carnival and Rio De Janeiro hosts the most famous one of all. Held on the last Tuesday before lent begins, it is a chance for everyone to indulge themselves before six long weeks of deprivation. The whole city becomes one huge party zone, and everybody… Continue reading Rio de Janiero Carnival, Brazil – The Bloco

South America · Travel

On The Buses of Brazil – Auto Viacao 1001

In February 2009, to facilitate our travel around Brazil, we took three journeys on buses. The company we used was called Auto Viacao 1001.   BOOKING Our first test was to book the tickets. We made our way to Rios main bus station, Novo Rio Bus Terminal. Looking around, we spied the counters that listed… Continue reading On The Buses of Brazil – Auto Viacao 1001

South America · Travel

Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

In the winter of 2008, I decided it was time to visit Brazil and attend its famous Carnivale! I booked us on direct flights with British Airways and in February 2009, we were off. I planned a one night stay in the beach town of Buzios, two nights in bustling São Paulo and then Rio… Continue reading Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

Europe · Travel

Marseille, France – Protests, Puffing and Panting

In the last few days of our grand tour of Europe (otherwise known as the Ryanair jaunt) we were residing in Aix-en-Provence at our friend Phil’s house, We all decided to take a day trip into Marseille as it is only a short bus ride away.   THE PROTEST En route to the bus stop,… Continue reading Marseille, France – Protests, Puffing and Panting

Europe · Travel

Aix-En-Provence, France – Brie, Baguettes and Beer

ARRIVING IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE Marseilles Provence airport, Marseilles and Aix-En- Provence form a triangle on the map. The airport is roughly 25km from each of the towns. It has been cited as one of those mislabelled small airports that low cost airlines use, named after big cities, but it was perfect for our to visit Aix-En-Provence (hereafter… Continue reading Aix-En-Provence, France – Brie, Baguettes and Beer

Asia · Europe · General · Travel

Valentine’s Special – Top 5 moments that shouldn’t have been romantic

Forget Venice, shun Paris, chop up the roses and don’t even think about mentioning sunsets. This year, I am the Valentine’s Grinch. 14/02/2017 will be a most unromantic day for my new hubby and I, as we are both on shift at our respective jobs all afternoon and evening. This is, obviously, less than ideal… Continue reading Valentine’s Special – Top 5 moments that shouldn’t have been romantic

Europe · Travel

Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

Arriving at Madrid International Airport was a real shock to the system. After using smaller airports, our legs almost couldn’t stand the strain of the long walk between the plane and passport control. Posters dotted the terminal, the faces of wanted basque separatists and other terrorists staring blankly across the immigration hall. In 2004, a… Continue reading Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

Europe · Travel

Barcelona, Spain – La Merce Festival

GETTING TO BARCELONA Our flight from Rome to Barcelona only took us about an hour. The Terravision coach from the airport into town took us slightly longer. Barcelona Girona Airport is very far from the city, I believe it is just called Girona by the rest of the world, but Ryanair is still promoting it… Continue reading Barcelona, Spain – La Merce Festival
Europe · Travel

Rome, Italy Part 2 –  Coins, The Colosseum and Cutting Queues.   

To catch up on the story of our visit to Rome, click here . Day two of our three day stop in Italy and we set out for some more Rome-based shenanigans. THE JOURNEY INTO ROME Morning saw us waiting on a sun-drenched platform, waiting for the local train into Rome. The station itself was very unkempt,… Continue reading Rome, Italy Part 2 –  Coins, The Colosseum and Cutting Queues.