Category Archives: Overseas Trips

Lucca

Part of the outer wall of Lucca.

After visiting Florence in May 2013, we stopped for one night at Lucca, an ancient city in Tuscany which dates back to Etruscan and ancient Roman times. The current defensive walls were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and were never … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment

Florence

Clare rests on a wall on the Arno River with the Ponte Vecchio in the background.

Cliff and I took advantage of the easy train travel in Italy to take a trip to Florence during our stay at Sussurri di Mare. The trip took about three and a half hours with a change of train at … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment

Sussurri di Mare, Moneglia, Liguria, Italy

Moneglia from up the hill to Sussurri di Mare

Our next stop after Venice was to visit our friends Patty and Alex at their B & B in Moneglia. This is a typical view of a beachfront town. The scenery was stunning everywhere we went and since we had … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | 4 Comments

Venice 2013—Part 2

St Mark’s Square a few centuries eariler.

A print of this painting was in our room in the B & B we stayed in. St Mark’s square was definitely not as crowded back then. This bridge is the first one seen after leaving the railway station and … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | 2 Comments

Venice—water and boats

Reflections

  In three short days we saw Venice when it was sunny and calm, windy and rainy and in between. It was always spectacular. Since Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment

Paris 2013—More Highlights

Palais de Justice

We had our museum pass and we were on a roll, going into any museum, monument, church or historic site we passed. We missed the entrance to La Conciergerie, instead went upstairs to the law courts still in use today. … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment

More Paris Highlights

Gargoyles keep watch over Paris

Gargoyles serve two main purposes: they act as rain spouts to keep water away from the sides of buildings and to scare evil spirits away from the church. With 5,000 gargoyles at Notre Dame (not all of them are rain … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | 2 Comments

A mélange of signs

Help!

  On our first walk around Paris we noticed a “do not enter” sign that had been humorously altered. We saw others in Paris and even more in Florence. Intrigued, I tried to locate the artist on the internet and … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | 1 Comment

Paris 2013—Out and about

Fontaine St-Michel

Fontaine St-Michel, on the corner of Boulevard St-Michel and St-André des Arts was a landmark marking one of the outskirts of “our neighborhood” during our short time in Paris. This fountain, which depicts Archangel Michael and the devil, was intended to … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment

En route to Paris May 2013

Around the world from east to west.

On Sunday May 19 2013 we left Christchurch for a whirlwind 33 day holiday. Eight flights in all, the shortest was one hour and 10 minutes between Frankfurt and Paris and the longest was the slog back home from San … Continue reading

Posted in Overseas Trips | Leave a comment