The Loire Valley, France

Today was the day. We had been looking forward to this day ever since we had decided to not go to Spain and instead rent a car in France for 16 days. Will's first chance to drive since 2011. We picked up our car, an Opel Corsa, from the rental company in central Paris. It... Continue Reading →

Chamonix, France

From Blois we had a long 8-9 hour drive almost across the country to Chamonix. Chamonix is a small ski village in the alps, only a hop, skip or jump from Switzerland. Our drive was long and spectacular taking most of the day but giving us amazing views. With the majority of our driving on... Continue Reading →

Paris, France

Paris was the next exciting step in our travels and one of the most anticipated. Our train from Amsterdam to Paris took us via Belgium and gave us wonderful views along the way. Will was almost hopping out of his seat on more than one occasion as we past places that he recognised from his... Continue Reading →

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The hotel we had picked for Amsterdam was some way out of town. It was advertised as 30 minutes by tram, which we thought wasn't bad at all. However, the tram from the main station took over 45 minutes and included a part where we had to walk to a different stop to get onto... Continue Reading →

Trans Siberean Rail Journey

We had been looking forward to doing the Trans-Siberian train for over a year, and in fact it was the catalyst for us planning a year of travelling. So to say we were slightly nervous was an understatement! We got up at 5am (despite the hotel forgetting to give us our requested wake up call),... Continue Reading →

Cologne, Germany

After a long 5 hour train trip, made longer by the fact that we were stuck in seats facing the wrong way with a pole in the middle of our window, we arrived in Cologne. Now we were a little concerned about our accommodation as we booked it on a NZ site and the price... Continue Reading →

Berlin, Germany

After a relatively easy tram/train/train/tram combination from Dresden, we arrived at our accommodation in Berlin. The place we stayed was fantastic as it was a 3 bedroom apartment, with each room very artily decorated and with an ensuite. Not to mention a fridge and full kitchen. Perfect!! We were about a 10 minute tram ride... Continue Reading →

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