This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Holiday Round-up

This was an amazing holiday - ticking off a number of "Bucket List" items.

The cruise was lovely, confirming for me that I love cruising! I love that we could unpack our suitcases and not have to pack them up again for 2 weeks. Bliss! The food on the cruise was awesome and I gained a couple of kgs, even with all the walking we did.

Lake Como was a delight. Loved, loved, loved it and would go back tomorrow if I could.

Our journey from Milan to Amsterdam, by rail, stopping in Tirano, Zurich, Munich, Prague and Amsterdam was great fun. So enjoyed it! We saw some indescribably beautiful scenery and visited some wonderful places.

Once again, travelling with 3 generations proved not to be a problem at all. We had a couple of minor irritations now and then (what family wouldn't, being together 24/7 for 4 weeks?!) but I can honestly say that we generally thoroughly enjoyed one another's company and had a great deal of fun creating memories that will last forever.

* Corfu! Our day with Iakis on the Nautilus was unanimously elected our favourite day. 

* Venice, there is just something so utterly magical about Venice 
* The Equinox, we loved our home on the ocean.
* Santorini - so beautiful and we loved our stop at Anna's food stall.
* "My cat" in Mykonos, I did so love Johnny
* Mount Etna - fascinating.
* The food tour in Rome
* Bellagio - too beautiful for words, literally! 
* Bernina Express. Wow! What a day! Gorgeous. 
* The Beer towers we drank in Zurich
* Prague, amazing architecture and the friendliest people 
* Amsterdam - definitely right up there with my favourite cities.

Biggest laugh of the holiday:

Astrid nearly drowning... the only person I know who would drown with a smile on her face and Astrid and the "booze-oh" i.e ouzo!!  Love Astrid!

Biggest disappointment:

The Hofbrau Haus - poor, poor service, shocking.

The Trevi fountain being covered in scaffolding, so sad!

Also, the weather in Dubrovnik and particularly in Amsterdam.... wet!

Biggest surprise of the holiday:

Ephesus - we expected it to be dry and boring and it was fascinating.

Mount Etna - so exceeded my expectations - it was amazing.

Best hotel:

I really loved most of the hotels we stayed in. We somehow just got it right this time. I have confirmed that I prefer smaller "boutique-style" hotels to the larger chains.

Best meal: We had lots of good meals, but the food that Iakis gave us on the boat was outstanding and also the food on the food tour.

Worst meal: The first night in Venice, it was disappointing.

Modes of transport: (We like to count the different modes of transport we use in a holiday!)

water taxi
motorised "little train"
cable car

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