A Travellerspoint blog

March 2007



rain 13 °C

Well I arrived in Tarragona, it was getting to expensive for me to stay in Barcelona and be ill. Even though its raining the town looks bueatiful and I look forward to having a good look round tomorrow.

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semi-overcast 15 °C

Well I stayed in Barcelona and all I saw was my hotel room, a bottle of anti biotics, and hundreds of tissues. I had a really bad ear infection that im still trying to shake off. I dd manage to walk down the Rambles and sit and read at the harbour for a couple of hours. I will return to this lovely city one day.

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semi-overcast 10 °C

So after a 5 hour train journey, i did stop in Genova for a couple of hours, and had a quick look around, Looked like quite a nice place which surprised me. I arrived in Nice, at about 7pm. Caught the last bus out to my where my niece is working at the radisson hotel. It took about 20 mins she is a long way from the center of nice. Anyway found the hotel and there was Billie looking very smart in her uniform waiting in reception. I never thought id see my niece work for a living, anyway, after drawing a very dubious map i made my way to her apartment. I wish i could scan it in becuase with no road names, im amazed that i found it. I dumped my stuff and Billie texted me to say that she could leave work early so her lovely room mates made me some food, and then i shot back to the hotel. We then went to an irish band to watch a live band and did lots of catching up.

Woke the next morning about midday, and went off to see eze which is a village castle like place in the mountains. Full of gift shops and a lovely garden. The location is quite stunning, and when u look at the village from a distence it looks like it has grown out of the mountain. I then went on to Monoco. I only had a few hours there but managed to see most of it, also to get totaly lost in some very expensive hotel trying to find the exit, I dont even now how i got there, i started off in a shopping area, and after walking down endless corridors and taking a couple of lifts up and down I found my self in one of the corridors of the Hotel de Paris. Eventually found someone who showed me the way out. All i was trying to get to was the harbour.


I mean it looks like the sort of place i can afford to be. !!

Anyway, then i went to go look at the boats in the harbour, they are insane. with there poshers and mercedes parked out front, after looking at couple i realised that these are the sort of boats u seen in Hello magazine. I want one in the future !

I then had a quick look at Monoco, very relaxing place to see, even though some very famous people live there u dont get a sense of vast amounts of money being floated around, though i did want to try and get money out of the cash point to see if it only offered me thouands rather then hundreds of Euros. Had a te con leche in a cafe overlooking the harbour then made my way to the train station. Once I arrived back in Nice I went to a different irish bar and met my friend Danielle, from Naples and we proceed to drink long island iceteas until about 2 in the morning. I decided that Bille lived to far out of town and crashed at Danielles. The next morning feeling only slightly hungover, i made my way back to Billies, were we spent a very pleasant morning on her balcony, eating, reading and chatting. We then went to go to the post office, to collect a parcel from dad, and had lunch in some wierd old fashioned cafe, Billie thought it was the sort of place u would find in a desert of some small town in the usa. Took us ages to get served, but once the sandwiches arrived, we were hungry and the were delious. Billie then went to work.

I went back to her apartment, and had a shower, and even though it was bitterly cold, decided to walk into nice, only the promade with wet hair, i decision i was later to regret. I walked around old town nice for a while, then went to the bar to met Danielle. I had an hour to kill so jumped on the net, and spoke to a friend on msn. Danielle arrived and we started drinking, Billie joined us later that evening, got home about 2am. Billie friends arrived, and she went back out clubbing, I went to bed.

Next morning I woke still drunk, and took my stuff over to DanielleĀ“s as it was closer to the train station, kissed my niece goodbye and spent a very hungover day in Cannes. Cannes is great i saw them getting ready for this years show, the da was sunny, and not so cold, Waked along the shopping streets, where i reckn if u blinded folded me, i would still be able to tell u which area the rich do there shopping.
I then went back to nice and took the night train to Barcelona.

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Cinque terre


storm 10 °C

Up on the Northern west side of Italy is a little place called Cinque terre, its a world heritage site and contains 5 villages and lots of hill walking. I was there for only two days and wished i had stayed for a week. The five villages are connected by train, or you can hike between them or take pony treks across the mountains. With stuning views over the sea. The weather was bad at the time, storm came in from iceland or something ? The sea was increddibly rough, and crashing over the harbour wall. My hostel was about 30 steps from the harbour. i only shared it with one other person what luxury; Sorry if my typing is off; yes i am sitting in a bar in nice, with a pint but im using a computer that does not have a querkykeyboard honest: It has nothing to do with happy hour. Im also on msn which doesnt help !!!

Ok, its strange reading this becuase i am now in spain. Each village had a different feel, and many different qualities about them. I started off in Riomaggiore where my hostel was located, tiny little village, with one road leading up into the mountains. My hotel was just up from this harbour.


I then took a train to Monterosso al Mare which is the furthest village, this one is more biuld up and has the mojority of the hotels. Very pleasent beach, with a lovely house at the end, with a stone man holding up the garden.

I then took the train back to Manarola then walked along lovers walk back to riomaggiore. Where i had supper and went back to my hostel. Where I met my new room mate. Her name is Amy and she was an american. We both went to sleep early. In the morning we decided to hang out togather and we went and got breakfast, which consisted of fruit, mellon and strewberries to be exact. We then set off for Vernazza. This was my faviote village, bueatiful harbour area, great views from the cliffs, and great pizza and ice cream. She then decided to walk to the next town, me being of slightly lazy nature, decided to take the train to Corniglia. Once i got there i figured i should have walked, becuese i had to walk up to the top of the mountain to get to the village, sorry to say that though very pleasent, there wasnt a whole lot going on. So i left again. I then took the train back to manarola and walked back from to my hostel from there.

The next morning i had to leave for Nice, i was sad to leave and would one day love to return.

Ive sent all my pictures home now please just google if your interested.

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semi-overcast 20 °C

Well ive arrived in Florence after a two hour train journey. After getting hopelessly lost i evenutally found my hostel. It was about 5 minutes from the center of town, and for the first night i had the entire room to myself. Spent the afternoon walking around Florence, and waled up to Michealangelos piazza. Where I saw the fake david. The Piazza had lovely views over the city. Then with icecream in hand i walked back into town, for supper. Florence is surprisingly expensive, considering its still early in the season. There were thousands upon thousands of Americans there, At times i dont think i heard any Italian being spoken.

After a good nights sleep i went to Bologne, which someone had recommended seeing. And it is worth seeing. The historical part of the town is about 20 minutes from the station, and is gorgous. Most of the biuldings are various shades of red, with these lovely covered walked ways. Some of the biuldings that the university gets to use are wonderful, I kept thinking that they must be museums. What a place to study. I met someone later who was studying there for a year and they said it was very special. I tried the bolognise sauce and it was good. Too the train back to Florence. When i arrived I had three new room mates and they were all lovely.

Took the train to Venice which took about 3 hrs. Only had 6 hours there but was very happy to be there. Took the boat down to St Marks square, then found a excellent map and then just wandered over the city trying to find all the places that the tourists hadnt found. Venice is so lovely, had supper in a restuarant by the grand canel, then took the train back to florence.

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