A Travelling we did go

November 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm 1 comment

My youngest daughter and I have been back from our backpacking adventure to Europe for two weeks, so it is about time I posted. While we were away I kept a travel diary on Facebook, which I had previously used to keep up with what others were up to but generally not posted on. It was a great way for friends and family to keep up with our trip, especially with the time differences and erratic internet access. although we did skype as often as possible.

Our trip was 12 months in the planning. The rest of the family (2 adult sons and husband) chose not to accompany us, so being my first time in Europe and travelling with my 14 year old daughter, my priority was to ensure our safety, as much as possible. I decided to book all our accommodation prior to leaving and we mostly used Airbnb, carefully selected for easy accessibility. It was the best decision I could have made, we met some wonderful people and my daughter and I had the wonderful advantage of local knowledge and accommodation in residential areas. The other great thing about our trip was staying with family in Heidelberg, Germany (now one of my favourite cities) and London (what a great action city).

Our departure was delayed on the day of our flight to London by an accident at school in which my daughter received concussion! So we flew out 2 days later, missed our tour of Buckingham palace and had to wait 5 hours for a rescheduled flight straight to Venice to pick up on our itinerary. We also lost the 2 days I had planned in London to rest after the long haul flight. We hit the canals of Venice and didn’t stop for the next 5 weeks!

From the Marco Polo airport we were able to purchase our 2 day travel passes and jump straight on a bus for the island. We each had a 7 kg backpack and no check in luggage which made all our travelling so much easier. Then it was an amazing twilight water bus ride to our vaporetto stop, 2 minute walk and we were at our amazing accommodation. Our bedroom was huge, full of beautiful antique furniture and paintings and two tiny balconies looking onto the canal. This bnb also had the best breakfasts, they were delicious and we felt very spoilt. Nearby at the local square (2 mins) were restaurants and shops so after a quick clean up and change we went out for a wander and dinner. The next days were spent visiting the islands of Murano and Burano, wandering around the Venice streets, crossing bridges and marvelling at the architecture. This is definitely somewhere I will be returning and next time it will be for at least a week.

We took thousands of photos on our mini iPad, definitely the best tool to travel with for photos and internet as it fitted into my little day travel bag and wasn’t too obtrusive. It allowed us to to edit our photos as we travelled and it was all backed up to icloud each time we had an internet connection. Claudia did a lot of the photography, much better than me, and we concentrated on getting the textures and unusual angles of our trip.


Claudia on one of our balconies

Claudia on one of our balconies



Entry filed under: Architecture, Colour, Holidaying, Travelling, Uncategorized.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. maggi21  |  November 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I’m so glad that your trip got going so well after your delayed start. Good too that your daughter’s accident wasn’t more serious.


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