Wednesday, November 23, 2011

United Kingdom - London

London was the last leg of our European Vacation before heading home via 2 nights in Hong Kong. London was unusually warm for our 4 days there. The locals were complaining (as was the weatherman on the news) that it was a heatwave. Yes, well, 27C is a heat wave in London I suppose.....not in Australia. So we were perfectly comfortable, and highly amused. Again the hop on, hop off, buses were a god send. Fantastic idea whoever invented them. An easy way to get to see all the major sites of an area with commentary to boot. You can get 1 day, 2 day tickets etc, depending on your needs. We made the most of them. TIP: if you are wanting to take pics from the bus, sit up the top, approximately 1/2 way back. That's the best spot for picture taking.
We decided on my hubby's birthday to drop in for afternoon tea and scones with the Queen. Unfortunately she wasn't home, so we toured The Mews, The Palace, and The Queens Gallery instead. Then we had scones and tea (how very English of us) with all the other tourists. A fantastic day out. Highly recommend it. Bye the way if the Queen had been at home, there would have been no tours! Good job she was out! Thanks Your Majesty, we loved your place, and you have the best garden (80 acres) I've ever seen! A highlight of our trip.
Big Ben was awesome, and we just HAD to go on the London Eye. We choose to go at night and enjoy the lights of London. B_E_A_utiful!! Seriously enjoyed old London town.

Switzerland - Luzern - And Mt. Pilatus

Love, love, loved Switzerland! Sooooo beautiful and we were lucky with the weather, it was warm and only a little rain on one day out of the five that we stayed in Luzern. Lake Luzern is lovely and the Swiss are so organised and tourist orientated. Lovely clean gravel pathways with seats and bins everywhere along the lake shore with lighting! So you could stroll around the lake at your leisure, sit when the feet get weary, eat some take away and put your rubbish in a bin that was never far away. Tourist bliss! Did the touristy thing, cruise on the lake, cog wheel train up to Mt.Pilatus, walked along the tracks taking pictures, found out there was a motel up there and it was no dearer than staying in not! We booked a night up there with dinner and breakfast included. Well did we get a SNOWED that night after a lovely sunny few days, so we were able to get pictures of sunshine and snow in one trip!! Very beautiful.

Great Places To Visit - Doncaster East, Melbourne, Mullum Mullum Walking Track

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