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Snapshots of Italy (2).

Perhaps you have already made the journey. However, if not, I invite you to venture with me, by road, through the flatlands of Northern France, past the crisp cool lakes and the ruggedly charming mountains of Switzerland, with its grassy hills speckled with cute toy-like wooden houses, each proudly bearing the red and white Swiss flag, and onwards through the beautiful, joyously colourful and sun soaked Mediterranean regions of Northern Italy, where endearingly uniform cute wooden Swiss houses have given way to an array of brightly coloured tall rectangular buildings of yellow, orange, pink, green, white, brown, beige and sky blue, set in the hills, each distinctly decorated with uniquely ornate railings, flower boxes, and individually characterised front doors. 

Italy exudes charm, character, and vibrant sophistication that is at the same time rustic, homely and inviting. Italy is unashamedly proud of its identity, of its natural beauty, rich heritage, delicious food, and its stylish and charming inhabitants. The Lakes of Northern Italy are romantically seductive, drawing one in heart, soul and mind to savour a sparkling, vibrant, peaceful and life enriching experience of Nature as the backdrop to a truly unique, exquisitely beautiful and alluring country that is Bella Italia. ❤ (c). 

 

‘Travel Snaps’ ~ The Hotel Diplomat (Vienna House) in Prague

For previous ‘travel snaps’ of my adventures, please click on the ‘Travel’ tab in my main menu 🙂

Wednesday 16th August 2017

As you will know, if you have been following on with my travel adventure series, arrival at our hotel was not without a little bit of drama! 🙂

However, it was lovely to at last get off the bus, after being on the road for a few hours. It was just before dinner time, and the evening was sweet, sun-kissed and pleasant. I was beginning to feel the excitement of a traveller in a new place.

Before me in front of the hotel was a long straight main street, clean, and neat, except from the occasional glimpses of graffiti, with trams gliding past. A couple from my tour group who have travelled extensively throughout America said that it looked a lot like San Fransisco.

I was pleasantly surprised as I wandered into the hotel to check in. The lobby was vast, and nicely stylised. However, you may want to take a sneak peek into the hotel for yourself. 🙂

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Travel Snaps ~ Rotterdam to Frankfurt, via Moselle.

My journey really began on Monday 14th August and involved a taxi, bus and overnight ferry. However, fast-forwarding on from that the next stretch of travel is from arrival in Europort / Rotterdam and a coach journey to an overnight stop in Frankfurt en route to Prague.

As you may have guessed, this travel adventure involves an organised coach tour. As a single female solo traveller I find that it is a bit safer to do things this way, and considerably reduces the amount of things to worry about or organise such as being the sole person in charge of ensuring that all connections are met and not getting lost in an unfamiliar place! So, it works for me, however, I would like to branch out some day to a more ‘organic’ form of solo traveling when I’m less dependant on a tour company organising things for me.

En route to Frankfurt, one of the service stops was at Moselle, which afforded a beautiful view overlooking the Moselle river and valley, where the famous Moselle grapes are grown.

As a bit of background, Mosel or Moselle is one of 13 German wine regions (Weinbaugebiete) for quality wines and takes its name from the Mosel River (French: Moselle. Luxembourgish: Musel.). (Wikipedia).

I’ve included a link to a ‘Lonely Planet’ guide to The Moselle Valley should you wish to discover more about the area in greater detail, or perhaps plan a visit there: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/rhineland-palatinate/moselle-valley

So before we take to the road once again, here are some travel snaps from my brief stop at Moselle. Let me know what you think! 🙂

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Vienna

Hi friends!

Now, if you haven’t read my last two blog posts on Budapest, Prague and Vienna, where have you been?! Only joking 🙂 Welcome, and I’m glad you have joined us. Check out my ‘Travel’ tab and you will find the posts there, with an explanation of this little ‘series’ of posts.

So onto today’s instalment! 🙂

Vienna:

Vienna is Austria’s capital city, and is also the country’s largest city. It is located on the east of Austria, along the Danube River.

Vienna has been known as both “The City of Music”, and “The City of Dreams”, due to its cultural legacy of composers and musicians (such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler and Strauss), but also because of the well known psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud who entered the University of Vienna at the age of 17 (although he was born in the Czech Republic).

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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’d love to hear of your own experiences of any or all of these places, so do please feel free to share your recommendations or memories in the comments below.

Much love, xx