Segovia – an aqueduct and an alcazar

Segovia is a small town about an hour away from Madrid.  It was an easy bus ride to get there, and the whole town is pretty compact – you can walk around it and see everything.  We started our day at the Roman aqueduct which is right in the middle of town.  It was amazing…

Madrid

We took a bus from Barcelona to Madrid, where we based ourselves for four days.  We decided to mix up our time in Madrid with daytrips to the surrounding towns, which we actually preferred to Madrid itself. On our first day in Madrid we did a free walking tour to explore the city.  (This one…

Gaudi’s Barcelona

One of the highlights of Barcelona was visiting the church that was originally designed by Gaudi –  La Sagrada Familia.  This massive church isn’t actually finished yet – more than a hundred years after being started it is still being completed to Gaudi’s design.  In the last few years the inside (pictured above) has been…

The monastery of Montserrat

Montserrat is a monastery on a mountain outside of Barcelona, easily reached by train.  A friend of mine had originally recommended this to us, and it is definitely a great day trip to do from Barcelona. Before getting on the train, we had to decide if we wanted tickets to go up the mountain by…

Gothic Barcelona

We wound up flying from Nice to Barcelona, as it was just as cheap as a 24 hour bus ride.  However…we hadn’t flown in two months, and apparently I had become a bit rusty on appropriate carry on items! Security opened my backpack to check something…firstly, I had to ignore Sarah and Reuben’s fits of…

Monaco

Monaco, the second smallest principality in the world, is less than an hour from Nice. We took a bus to Monaco, and much like our other bus trips around Nice this was crowded, meant we were standing the whole way, and ended with Sarah, Reubs and I getting off a stop early to prevent actually…

Carnaval in Nice!

One of our highlights of being in Nice was seeing their Carnaval celebrations. Carnaval is traditionally a time of celebration just before Lent, but we were there quite a bit after Lent started, so I’m not too sure on how the timing was worked out.  We had been just a little early for Carnaval celebrations…

Nice was nice

We drove from Avignon right down to the south coast of France, where we met our friend Sarah in Nice (pronounced niece).  Sarah is a Kiwi who has been travelling en route to the UK – when we found out we were going to be in the same continent at the same time, we made…

A Pope’s Palace and the Pont du Gard

We had a rather more adventurous drive than planned from Tours to Avignon. We realised that not taking the toll roads meant that we would be going through hills and mountains – what we hadn’t realised was that we would hit an unplanned snowfall, and get out first ever experience of driving in snow. No…

Chateaux and wine in the Loire Valley

We researched trains and buses to get to the Loire valley and on to the south of France, and quickly realised that we were going to pay about the same amount to go by public transport as we were by train – so we hired a rental car and picked it up in the middle…