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19th June 2018

Frankfurt, Germany - Day 3

Today I just took it easy and did nothing much. I caught the train to Wiesbaden, which is about 40 kilometres from Frankfurt, just for a change of scenery. Wiesbaden is much smaller than Frankfurt and was very quiet. On my return to Frankfurt I had a typical German "Street Lunch" of Bratwurst and fries. Tomorrow I fly to Lisbon, Portugal.

Marktkirche - Wiesbaden                        Frankfurt Bratwurst
      Marktkirche - Wiesbaden                                         Frankfurt Lunch - Bratwurst & Fries


18th June 2018

Frankfurt, Germany - Day 2

Arrived in Frankfurt yesterday and spent today playing tourist. I eventually found the "Old Town Square" after discovering the station I wanted to get off at was closed for renovations. Overall the trains and trams are excellent and run every few minutes.

Frankfurt Old Town Hall                    Frankfurt Old Town Square                    Frankfurt Old Town Square
Frankfurt Old Town Hall                                                                                   Frankfurt Old Town Square                                     


16th June 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - Day 3

I spent today doing much the same as yesterday - travelling around by tram and walking. Both today and yesterday I had typical Prague "Street Food' lunches which were fine. I also took a drone video of Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and Vltava River.

Prague Trams                    Klobasa Sausage and Beer                    Halusky and Pivo
                               Prague-Trams                                                     Klobasa Sausage & Beer                       Halusky & Pivo (potato, cabbage & bacon and a beer)

Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic


15th June 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - Day 2

I flew Paris to Prague yesterday and spent today doing a DIY tram and walking tour of the city - getting around Prague is best done by trams as they run all over the city and on a regular basis. I have been to Prague before and if it didn't get so cold in winter I could consider living here (this morning the temperature was 9 degrees and this is summer).

Old Town Bridge Tower - Charles Bridge King Charles IV Statue Vltava River - Prague Castle St. Vitus Cathedral
Old Town Bridge Tower - Charles Bridge                 King Charles IV Statue                       Vltava River - Prague Castle                             St. Vitus Cathedral             

Church of Our Lady before Tn
Church of Our Lady before Tn


14th June 2018

Paris, France - Day 3

Yesterday I made a drone video of the Eiffel Tower from close range.

Drone Video of The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France


13th June 2018

Paris, France - Day 2

Most of today was spent doing a self guided Metro/Walking tour of Paris - luckily the rain had cleared but it was quite cold. I covered a lot of ground and took several photos (and a video that I will post tomorrow).

Arc de Triomphe Fontaine des Mers Luxor Obelisk Army Museum, Paris
Arc de Triomphe                                    Fontaine des Mers                                      Luxor Obelisk                                          Army Museum      

River Seine, Paris Gold Statue Alexandre III Bridge, Paris Eiffel Tower, Paris Louvre Museum, Paris
    River Seine                                 Gold Statue Alexandre III Bridge                            Eiffel Tower                                         Louvre Museum     

Eiffel Tower - Close Up
Eiffel Tower - Close Up


12th June 2018

Paris, France

I arrived in Paris today and struck the first rain of the trip - only light drizzle. The forecast for tomorrow is sun and clouds. I have grown tired of hop on hop off bus tours and will spend tomorrow doing my own Metro tour. I have been to Paris before and to be honest it is not really my sort of city although I do not know why.


11th June 2018

Madrid, Spain

Arrived in Madrid yesterday and today did the hop on hop off bus tour and it was quite boring. I fly on to Paris tomorrow where I will spend 2 nights before flying to Prague for 3 nights.

Unusual Building, Madrid, Spain Puerta de Alcal El Retiro Park El Retiro Park
Unusual Building                                       Puerta de Alcal                                                                    El Retiro Park                                 


9th June 2018

Rome, Italy - Day 3

Spent most of the day travelling to various parts of Rome on the Metro - nothing much of interest in the suburbs. I leave for Madrid, Spain in the morning and the weather forecast is good - so far there has been clear skies and warm temperatures for the trip (hot in Athens between 31-33C).


8th June 2018

Rome, Italy
 - Day 2

Flew into Rome yesterday and did nothing much other than have pizza and beer for lunch ("When in Rome").
Today I did a Hop on Hop Off bus tour that covered the main tourist sites of Rome. I took some photos and considered a drone video but discovered that the entire city of Rome is a "No Fly" as an anti terrorist measure (in truth it is probably an anti drone measure).

Arch of Constantine Colosseum Colosseum Castel Sant'Angelo
    Arch of Constantine                                      Colosseum                                                  Colosseum                                    Castel Sant'Angelo    

St. Peter's Basilica Piazza Venezia Trevi Fountain
St. Peter's Basilica                                     Piazza Venezia                                        Trevi Fountain     


6th June 2018

Athens, Greece - Day 3

Did the hop on hop off bus trips today and it was OK but not as good as I had hoped - the highlight was the Parthenon but I did not go in as there was a long queue and it was 20 Euro entrance fee (Mr. Cheap). But I did find a spot to launch the drone and get a photo and video which was good. Later I also made a video of the changing of the guard at parliament house.

Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Drone Video of The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Changing of the guard at parliament house, Athens, Greece


5th June 2018

Athens, Greece - Day 2

Today included a lot of walking - a group walking tour of the central Athens area and solo walking around the same area in the afternoon.
I took a few photos and will take more tomorrow.
The highlight of the day for me was the Panathenaic Stadium which was originally built in 144 AD and renovated and expanded before becoming the stadium for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 with a capacity of 80,000 and is built of 100% marble.

Hadrian's Arch, Athens Zeus Temple, Athens Roman Baths, Athens Zappeion Hall, Athens
Hadrian's Arch                                          Zeus Temple                                          Roman Baths                                        Zappeion Hall   

Zappeion Fountain, Athens Panathenaic Stadium, Athens Presidential Guard, Athens
Zappeion Fountain                                Panathenaic Stadium                                  Presidential Guard


4th June 2018

Athens, Greece

I arrived in Athens, Greece, today after flying from Berlin - the sky was clear and the temperatue 31C. I was very tired as the trip to get here included stops in three countries in three days (Vietnam, France and Germany).
I have booked a walking tour of Athens tomorrow and will probably spend the next day doing hop on hop off bus trips all over Athens.


2nd June 2018

European Adventure

My "European Adventure" begins today with a flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City followed by Paris, Berlin, Athens, Rome, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Ho Chi Minh City and finally back to Nha Trang on 27th June.

Europe Map


12th May 2018

Counting The Days

Today I delivered my motorbike to the new owner, Harry, a long time Vietnamese friend - I will be missing the bike on a regular basis. My trip to Europe starts in three weeks and I am counting the days.


9th May 2018

Dalat - Maybe The Last Time

This may be my final trip to Dalat (I have had several). I rode up yesterday and got soaked again during a tropical storm (common in the mountains around Dalat) The trip took much longer than usual as the road was closed for a couple of hours due to a landslide (also quite common for this region). I am only here for 2 nights and ride back to Nha Trang tomorrow.
I have arranged to sell my motorbike and this trip will be my last (on a motorbike) in Vietnam. I am spending most of June travelling around Europe and will return to Vietnam for 2 months before I leave for Darwin, Australia, where I will probably stay for 12 months - After that "Who Knows" perhaps Cyprus, Malta or back to Vietnam.


25th April 2018

I Still Call Australia Home

After living in Vietnam for almost 2 years and having lived in Thailand for 4 years I have decided to return to Australia for a while. The main reason is that I have come to the point where I am feeling that I have "Done Asia" - since I moved to Thailand in early 2009 I have visited: Thailand - Cambodia - Laos - China - Sri Lanka - Boracay (Philippines) - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) - Kota Kinabalu (Borneo) - Bali and of course Vietnam. Whilst I have been in Vietnam I have visited most of the country and a lot of that was solo on a motorbike (more than 15,000 kilometres). Also where I live in Nha Trang has been "Discovered" by Russian and Chinese tourists to the point where they are swamping the place and it has lost of a lot of its original appeal.


22nd April 2018

Home in Nha Trang

After another enjoyable trip to Hanoi I am now back home in Nha Trang. The street food tour was great and there was only me and an Australian couple on the tour.
My next trip is a solo motorbike trip to Dong Hoi (stopping at Qui Nhon and Danang on the way up and back) and Phong Nha National Park which contains many caves including (I think) the largest cave in the World and the longest cave in the World. I have previously passed through Phong Nha but did not get to see the caves. The plan is to leave Nha Trang on 7th May and return on 15th May (I may extend a day or 2) the total distance will be 1,600 kilometres +.


18th April 2018

Hanoi Again

Yesterday I flew up to Hanoi from Nha Trang with the main reason for the visit being a Street Food tour this evening. I am only here for 2 nights and it looks like the weather will be OK this time (I had previously booked a tour months ago when in Hanoi but it was flooded out).
I spent this morning walking around and ventured out of the "Old Quarter" (the first time I have done this on foot) - I went as far as the Botanical Gardens and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

St Joseph Cathedral          Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
St Joseph Cathedral - Hanoi's Oldest Church                     Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum             


14th April 2018

Europe Trip

I have now finalised all bookings for my Europe Trip in June:

June 2nd - Nha Trang to Saigon - Vietjet
June 3rd - Saigon to Berlin (via Paris) - Air France (Premium Economy)
June 4th - Berlin to Athens - Ryanair
June 7th - Athens to Rome - Ryanair
June 10th - Rome to Madrid - Ryanair
June 12th - Madrid to Paris - Transavia
June 14th - Paris to Prague - Vueling
June 17th - Prague to Frankfurt - Lufthansa
June 20th - Frankfurt to Lisbon - Ryanair
June 22nd - Lisbon to Vienna - TAP
June 24th - Vienna to Berlin - Easyjet
June 26th - Berlin to Saigon (via Paris) - Air France (Premium Economy)
June 27th - Saigon to Nha Trang - Vietjet

Hotels: 1 night Saigon, 1 night Berlin, 3 nights Athens, 3 nights Rome, 2 nights Madrid, 2 nights Paris, 3 nights Prague, 3 nights Frankfurt, 2 nights Lisbon, 2 nights Vienna and 2 nights Berlin.
Total cost for all flights (15 flights) and hotels (24 nights) about $3,300 USD (Mr. Cheap)


1st April 2018

Nha Trang

I spent last night in Nha Trang central as I do occasionally - I stay at the Sen Vang Guesthouse which is in the Centre of the "Tourist Area" but down an alley and so it is insulated from traffic noises etc. (at $10 US/night for a single room with A/C, ensuite, cable TV and Wifi probably the best budget option in town). I ate at a newly opened restaurant 10 metres from the hotel entrance named "Cheap Cheap II" restaurant (perfect for Mr. Cheap) the food was great and the size of me meal was 50% larger than most restaurants (I had trouble eating it all) and the local 450 ml Bia Saigon was $0.53 cents US.
I have no travel for a couple of weeks before flying to Hanoi for 3 days to do a Street Food Tour.


24th March 2018

Hanoi Traffic - What Traffic

On the weekends the main road around Lake Hon Kiếm is closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian only zone with a "Carnival Atmosphere". Below are some photos I took whilst I walked a circuit of the lake today.

Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi Balloons Hanoi Bubbles Hanoi Lake Balloons
Hanoi Backpack Corner Hanoi Sack Race Hanoi Traffic Hanoi Fruit Seller
Couple Lake Hanoi Lake Bridge Turtle Island Hanoi Mothers and Daughters Walking Faamily Trio Walking Two Girls Woman Flowers


23rd March 2018

Hanoi Cooking Class

This morning was spent at Chef Duyen's cooking class in Hanoi, Vietnam. The morning started with a walking tour through a local street market and Chef Duyen explained the various ingredients we would be using for our cooking class (plus a whole lot more). There was only myself and Jonas, a German Backpacker, doing the cooking class which was great. After the market tour we went to Chef Duyen's home and with her patient instruction we prepared lunch that consisted of:

Caramel Pork
Banana Flower Salad with Chicken
Fried Spring Rolls - and Dipping Sauce
Sweet Coconut Soup with Taro (Che)

The course was very practical and fully "Hands On" with us all contributing to the preparation and cooking of all dishes. The resulting lunch was excellent and enjoyed by all.

Hanoi Street Market    Hanoi Cooking Clas    Chef Duyen's Cooking Class    Hanoi Cooking Class Lunch
     Hanoi Street Market              Hard at Work                      The Lunch We Prepared                       Enjoying Lunch        


2nd March 2018

Dalat Street Food Tour

This evening I went on a street food tour of Dalat run by Dalat Food Tour with Binh as my guide. The tour was excellent and Binh was a great guide and spoke perfect English. I was the only guest on this tour so I got personal service all the way (I even got to cook a Vietnamese Pizza - Bnh Trng Nướng
 at a footpath restaurant).

Me Cooking a Vietnamese Pizza                    Binh Eating The Pizza I Cooked
Me Cooking a Vietnamese Pizza                                   Binh Eating The Pizza I Cooked

The tour included the following dishes:

Bnh Trng Nướng    Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc    C ri Vịt    Xi G    Ch H
Bnh Trng Nướng                     Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc                             C ri Vịt                                     Xi G                          Ch H


1st March 2018

Dalat (Vietnam)

After a few days of rest (to get over my Thailand trip) back home in Nha Trang I am "On The Road Again". This morning I rode up to Dalat (I have been here several times) and luckily the weather was fine all the way. I will be here for 4 days and tomorrow I have booked a local "Street Food Tour" which I am looking forward to.

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