Location: Corsica/Milano, Italy
It's been a while, still travelling though. Have put up some pics of our recent trips to France/Italy. We left our camera at the airport in Corsica and someone took it so all our photos since then have been taken with my phone!
Too much to write!!
Just one word so far to describe our Egypt holiday .... Exceptional
Location: Siberia, Russia
Ok so not literally Siberia, but it has been cold and now we have lots of white powder! Heavy snow was forecasted...and the bbc actually got it right! It is lovely to look out the window and see pretty snow! we went stomping through it this morning...It could be Narnia!
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Tunisia photos (and comments) are up.
Location: Berlin, Germany
back from Berlin...was pretty cool!
might add more later if we find the time...!
XX Narn & Kaaran
Location: Nice, Cote D'Azur, France
We just got back from a week in Nice, and absolutely loved it! There was a lot to do...besides spending all day at the beach (which was very tempting!)...we tiki-toured north and south along the Cote D'Azur...everywhere was so beautiful and blue. We found it very fancy, with very wealthy people and shops and cars. We liked the vibe of Menton, which is one of the last towns before Italy, as it was more laid back and people didn't seem so rich! It also is known for its lemons...(it has a lemon festival in feb). we bought a bottle of citron liquer and of course a lemon magnet and had a citron tartlette for lunch!
The most memorable moment was getting up and going to the beach (a 2 min walk from our apartment in the old town) at 930am and having a swim. the cool clear blue water, no waves, no sand (I'm lovin pebbled beaches), the heat, the clear blue sky, the sunshine, no english being spoken.......all combine to make one of those few memories that make the cut onto your life highlight reel.
Location: Split, Croatia
Get out your maps peeps! We just got back from a week of sailing (well cruising on a sail looking boat) up and down the Croatian coastline stopping at some beautiful places along the way. Enjoy the photos and we'll fill you in as we go along!
Location: London, UK
check out http://www.downthelinetennis.com/ for 17 june posts for my pics of rafa...I was inspired by brad (who sent his sydney mac store pics to mac blogs) to send in my pics to a tennis blog that I read...and they got published! even credited. they're pretty crap quality compared to the profesh stuff, but excited others get to see my rafa pics! enjoy!
Location: Roma, Italy
What to say...what to say??
Roma is CRAZY.
Traffic rules and pedestrian rules are open to interpretation and driving in lanes is optional. as is parking in parking bays.
We can't calculate the miles we have clocked up the last few days...but there have been many and lots of sweat! it has topped 28+ 3 days straight with rain today.
I should start with Paris...but I'll write about that later...
Here's our brief schedule:
Saturday - Eurostar to paris and Jourdain to stay at Richard and Antonio's beautiful parisian apartment...courtyard and pretty plants/flowers! View of the Eiffel Tower from the park down the road.
Sunday - DAY ONE FRENCH OPEN! saw Rafa training, Lleyton, svetlana, david ferrer and others. Saw Serena, david nalbandian and andy murray play on suzanne lenglen court. Good weather!
Monday/Tuesday - Biked around Paris and went to the sewer museum. No need to explain that it STUNK. The museum exhibits were located right OVER the main sewer pipes to the Seine. The over night train from paris was FIVE AND A HALF HOURS LATE! I think it had something to do with a train on fire in front of us...but that was hear-say from an old french man who was our roomate in our carriage (and his wife is another story). Went for a walk around the hisoric centre and discovered st peters square...hopefully the pics will demonstrate how huge it is.
Wednesday - Saw the Pope and all his flag waving devotees. That was pretty cool to see and hear him speak (even though we couldn't understand him and stayed 5 mins)...TIVOLI! totally recommend Villa D'este and Hadrian's Villa. Soooo much to write about these two...will leave it to kaaran when he posts the pics. Villa D'este was my fav with 2000 fountains built in the late 1500's. BEAUTIFUL around every corner.
today - we got up early and lined up for the Vatican...only waited 30 mins for them to open...raced around in 1.5hrs...museums tend to look the same after awhile...but the sistene chapel was pretty cool. A walking tour of ancient rome took us from piazza navona to the amazing 1900 year old pantheon, which is still beautiful, to Capitalone Hill, the forum ruins, and the colosseum. Words and pictures cannot describe the sheer size and effort required to build such a thing. And yet they did it in 8 years and without a crane! we went to see a movie tonight, but the theatre was rudely taken over by a sex and the city promo...we thought it might have been the premier, but alas, no...our luck is not that good!
tomorrow we have to amuse ourselves all day as the flight is not until 9 or 10 pm...palatine hill and maybe some shopping might be in order if kaaran can be persuaded...!! the italians dress so nice...the clothes here are reasonably priced so there is no reason to look sloppy!!
Location: London, England
this weather is breath taking! we have waited so long for this!
All week we have had 20+ degree weather...scorching for this neck of the woods! we spent today with friends and thier friends having a picnic in the park...on primrose hill. It's quite nice because the majority of people in the park are couples or young people hanging out and reading or picnic-ing just like us. I was the only one in our group not in a bikini...hmmmm, i kinda draw the line at sun bathing in swimmers IF THERE IS NO WATER AROUND! guess that just the new zealander/aussie in me....!
Beautiful, beautiful sunshine...so long pastie white arms and legs!
Much love to our mama's for mother's day...XXX
Location: Greenwich, England
had a fab long weekend...friends over for a barbie christening saturday, I was a bit sick sunday, and monday we headed for southbank to a food market and french boulangerie for brekky. took the ferry east along the thames to greenwich and strolled through greenwich markets and town..to greenwich park. so lovely and it seemed the WHOLE park was filled with people/families/children and summer dresses and bare legs! finally!
went to the observatory and looked around the meridian line, where time originates (Greenwich Mean Time). awesome views to canary wharf and the city. Check out the pics! an added bonus was discovering 'decathlon' a sports retailer by canada waters. So a good hour there we walked out with cheapo touch gears...too bad we could buy a hot step too.
3 more weeks until paris and rome, will be good to finally leave the country and do some more exploring.
love narn (&kaaran)
Location: Hyde Park Corner, London, UK
Got up before dawn for the ANZAC ceremony at the nz memorial on hyde park corner. rather large gathering with lots of people in suits and their (I assume) grandfather's medals.
crapola 'choir' from south australia..what kind of choir doesn't have a conductor?! there were about 40-50 of them and it sounded like 3 people bothered to sing. Ngati Ranana did a nice whakaria mai...and loved the bugle...even if he needed a warm up! Nice rememberance ceremony...93 years after they were killed at Gallipoli.
Good to member all who have fought for new zealand and gave their lives for our freedom.
Had ang and cam back for a huge brekky...now we're at work and very sleepy!
much love, Narn & Kurrie XX
Location: Birdcage walk, England
watched the starts on tv (9am for women and 945 for men and the general public) then headed for the birdcage walk by Buckingham Palace to see if we could scab a place by the finish line...and we did! we survived a downpour to watch some of the best womens and mens runners in the world. They were still powering on at the same pace after 2 hours! amazing physical display of fitness and endurance...and i'm buggered after 10km! there was a really cool atmosphere with people like us on the sideline cheering people on...lots of runners had written their names on their shirts so spectators cheered them on by name. among some of the memorable runners was a banana, a few fred flintstones, men in tutu's and kilts, sonic the hedgehog, a cornish pastie, tarzan, batman and robin, scooby doo, a few 70's hippies with legit long beards, and of course, BORAT! how he managed to run 26 miles in a mankini without anything falling out is pretty impressive. Good vibes and happy people, some in hypothermic blankets, and most limping as we made our way home...
we missed the 101 year old man (he still works as a car shiner) and Gordon Ramsay, but maybe next year..!
Kaaran is making good progress for his marathon in june...we had a training run saturday morning...of course i'm no help as i barely make it 10km...but he seems to be progressing and is running for almost 2 hours. send him your well wishes and we'll keep ya posted on his progress!!
Location: London, UK
this morning we wake up slowly...then kaaran bounds out of bed and pulls the blinds up....it's snowing!! huge snowflakes are falling heavily and gusting around in the wind in the backyard.
so pretty! snow and sunshine seem to have the same affect on people here...smiles!
we're heading to the british museum today and hopefully Hampstead Heath tomorrow to see some spring flowers.
Happy Easter everyone!
Love Narn & Kaaran
Location: London & Surrounds, England
we are just chilling on our couch...waiting for the dubai womens tennis final to come on (don't know who is playing)..watched a bit of the super 14 this morning too...a bit boring (highlanders and the aussie teams)...we don't get all the games on sky sports and kaaran is spewing he hasn't seen the hurricanes play yet!
we're loving the new tv and sky...we get to see lots of sports and cooking shows!
The big news is that we have been running since december..and now are clocking up 10km (6.25miles) each weekend, and 5km (3 mi) twice during the week...good stuff huh! kaaran is wanting to give a marathon a go...but i think i will just be the drinks girl!! 10km does me fine!
we went back to bath in feb for a day trip...we spent most of the time at the thermae spa...3 pools/saunas kept us busy and HOT while the wind was chilling outside! had a nice dinner at Aqua and headed home on the train (1.5 hrs). the next day we went to Chiselhurst caves, our friends recommended it as something cool to see close to London...apart from the greasy food (and a chicken burger that didn't come with lettuce, tomato or mayo)...the caves were pretty cool...and old (and apparently haunted). it was school holidays so we were herded with the kids through the caves carved out by the Druids, Romans, and Saxons. It was a pretty long cave system, with numbers all along the walls...locations of 3-tierd bunks where 15000 people lived during the war for 8p a week or something like that. It was used until the late 70's as nightclubs, where david bowie, jimi hendrix, the rolling stones etc played and partied...until the local residents complained about the noise.
we have had a geat feb...lots of sunshine....but still a little cold...already the hope of a HOT summer is building! Might be doing a road trip from st moritz (switzerland) to paris for a friend...of course will keep ya posted with pics if we get there!
Location: London, UK
hope you all are enjoying the sun if you are in aussie and nzl..we still have grey skies...but at least the frost and chill have calmed down!
we have booked flights and a sailing boat in croatia for july...and we have 12 friends (they're not all mine of course) booked as well, so should be a joyous occasion of sun and sea and friends! We have also booked an apartment in Nice on the Cote D'Azur in August. we're looking forward to the day trips on the (included) apartment scooter to monaco and st tropez!
we played 'ryan air roulette' last night...looking for a destination for our May holiday...we got a program from the internet to randomly pick a number between 1 and 100, then we scrolled down the list of destinations ryan air offers. so number 20 brought us Brindisi. WHERE?! (this is the roulette part of the game!)...it's in Puglia in Italy...but flights were too expensive...so looked up number 62 on easyjet...and it was london standstead!
not to be deterred, the next random number was 66...and on ryanair it was Szczecin. WHERE?!! it's in north western poland...and only GBP£15 each way...so we might just be heading there! stay tuned!
Location: London, UK
just letting you all know I managed to obtain employment as a Financial Controller with LTB (Louise T Blouin) Holdings. The company is owned by a wealthy woman (Mrs LTB MacBain) and has several investments across Europe and the US. I start Monday 29th and am looking forward to getting back to work (esp the pay packet at the end of the month!!).
Love Me XX
Location: Honolulu Airport Hawaii, USA
hey friends and family!
we have left the Paki/Olsen family festivities on Maui (boo hoo) and are waiting a few hours for our direct flight hnl-ewr (newark new jersey). we're now starting our search for a flat of ou own in london...we're being efficient!!
We are well travelled and relaxed and looking forward to getting home.
MUCH MUCH love and laughs were had in Kihei, Maui...good times all around.
love and hugs, Mereana & Kaaran
Location: hawaii, US Territories
we're in beautiful Waikiki...have a beautiful hotel too...the Wyland, a block back from the beach so a 5 min walk to the waves and sand. We have a 'chill out' room where there are about 15 complimentary massage chairs, huge flat screen and xbox to play, free wireless, and a mac computer and printer for us to use too. and the pool and spa are cool, and ther are complimentary ice-blocks! nice touches huh!! really recommend this hotel!! Yesterday afternoon after check in, headed to the beach, and the heat was SEARING (as opposed to scorching in vegas)...we were there for about 5 mins and it was unbearable! we scoffed down a huge portion of teriyaki chicken, rice and salad, and a delish pineapple and strawberry frosty...then we were ready to swim!! hired an umbrella and deck chair and last about 1 minute before we had to get into the water! Lovely warm water...not as tropical as fiji, but not cold. The combination of heat, sun, blue water (not pristine clear, but freakin good enough!)...was just beautiful! made us so happy to be able to be doing what we're doing....travelling and enjoying ourselves. We left the beach very happy! we walked down to the man Waikiki beach, and it was chocka...even at 5pm! so we're heading back to our spot this morning...if we hire before 9am we get a discount...so us bargain hunters are there with bells on.
love and hugs,
Narn & Kurrie
PS how 'bout the world cup?!
Location: los angeles airport, USA
Sitting in the airort lounge, trying REAL hard to ignore the loud americans who think we all want to hear their conversation. They are about 20m away but sound like they are shouting in my ear.
I can't wait o get out of LA, I didn't like it much...but kaaranseemed to take to it! too many crazy freeways and you need a car to get everywhere. We hired another car (after hiring from san jose to LA) as we were gonna catch the bus, but there are heaps of crazies that catch it, so we were a little scared and decided to fork out for a rental (only US $78 incl insurance for 2 days)...we were gonna pay $25 each for a one day hop-on-hop-off bus pass so it all evened out! Venice beach is a crap hole. we stayed in a hostel and it will be the last time! well, gotta go, we're watching the sth africa v samoa game in a sports bar...kaaran got the lady to put it on for us...laters.
Location: New York, USA
heaidng to vegas tomorrow (9am wed 29th august)...kaaran is asleep in the room (i'm in a hallway sitting on a radiator almost hanging out the window to et free WiFi access!!)...have had a full-on BALL in new york...we really wanna come back with lots of money as things are sooooo cheap compared to the UK! the only things not cheap is internet access, postage (family...the presents were bloody expensive to send!!)
we were hoping to see Rafa today at the US Open, but he must be playing tomorrow....so not a lot of players we wanted to see today. only Novak Djokovic, but we saw him practicing....so we were happy with that! we had great games yesterday and saw jelena jankovic, justine henin, and roger federer. next year we will buy finals tix for roland garros to see rafa!!
anyway, i must go as battery is about to run out...and we need dinner! Flushing is packed with chinese and korean...so it's bulgogi for dinner! We had katsu don last night...it was gross pork...but it was so yum to eat rice and japanese sauce rather than gross hot dogs (claiming to be 'all beef')!! have loved new york...even the grotty/normal suburbs most don't see as manhattan is the main destination!
ok, love to all, Narnis
Location: St John's Wood, London, England
We went for a stroll around our neighbourhood and took some photos to show you guys some of the interesting sites near we live!