Day 23 – London

Posted on July 22, 2014

Up and to the train station this morning to travel to London. The train uses the Channel Tunnel which takes a fairly direct route from France to the UK and goes under the sea for about 40 kilometres. It felt like a pretty standard ride though.

After the usual travel nonsense, we arrived in London and to our apartment. It’s quite large, the biggest and nicest place we’ve stayed so far. First thing we did though was get some lunch (it was about 2:00pm at this point). We walked around a bit, then ended up getting Mexican (not really a fan…). Afterwards we walked a bit more and did some grocery shopping for the week.

Then it was back to the apartment to unpack some things, settle in and figure out what we’ll be doing over the next week.

Most excitingly, tomorrow night we see Miss Saigon. It is likely going to be the highlight of the trip.

We didn’t do anything too interesting today, so no photos to share, except for the puzzle I found in the apartment. I’ve had no success unlinking the string yet, but I’ll get there.

Day 14 – Venice

Posted on July 13, 2014

This is not a picture of Venice. It’s a picture of Lake-town.

Today started quite miserably and ended much the same. First, we got up early to get ready and packed for our train journey from Florence to Venice. It was an 11:30am train which takes 2 hours to get to Venice. We had planned on having half the day there to look around and settle in. Our plans were foiled.

Due to a misplacement of train tickets, we ended up having to re-purchase them and had to wait for the 2:30pm train. Three hours of boredom later (though I did get to spend some time training my Charmeleon), we got on the train for another two hours of waiting.

Finally we arrived in Venice! It was quite different from everywhere else we had been (mostly due to the water everywhere) and did remind me of Lake-town (hence the main photo). It was about 4:45pm at this point and we had to take a ferry to get to our hotel. By the time we got there it was close to 6:30pm. We decided we best go walk around a bit and get some dinner and not waste the limited time we have here.

Then it started to rain. A Mordor cloud swept over us and within minutes it was storming like crazy. Luckily we managed to duck into a restaurant before it got too bad and we got to have a nice dinner while watching the grey haze outside. The food was expensive too which didn’t help. It finally calmed down though, enough for us to walk back to our hotel room.

So that was our first day in Venice. A lot of waiting around, travelling and then watching the rain. We only have two nights here (a full day tomorrow and then the morning of the next day) before we fly to Paris. Hopefully it’s clear tomorrow and we can have a mega-day to make up for it.

If not… at least the hotel is nice.