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Feb2015
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Vienna is a beautiful beautiful city. Despite the rain on our first day, we had another day or so of wandering around the grand buildings, wide clean streets and monuments galore. Really, it looks like what we thought Paris would look like before we went there! The Hofburg winter palace was one of the highlights of the trip though. I’d kind of forgotten that Vienna was one of the capitals of the  Austro Hungarian Empire ,which existed from 1867 to 1918 […]

04
Jan2014
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Istanbul, we were fascinated to learn, is both part of European and Asian continents. The city spans across the Bosphorus strait which separates the 2 continents. How cool! During the time of the Ottoman Empire, dozens of palaces were built by Sultans and other richy poos all along the waterway banks. Our friends recommended we go on a cruise to see them and since the weather was so nice, we did. Looking back on the city, I loved all the […]

02
Jan2014
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Topkapi Palace was the home of the Ottoman Sultans between 1465 and 1830 – just under 400 years. The Ottoman Empire was a powerful one – at its peak  it spanned from Hungary in the north to Somalia in the south, and from Algeria in the west to Iran in the east. The palace at its largest was home to as many as 4,000 people and contained mosques, a hospital, bakeries, and a mint. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. […]

09
Sep2013
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Granada is a beautiful city with great food and an encouraging drinking culture, but the real reason to go to Granada is to see Alhambra – a fortress and palace complex, initially constructed in 889AD and converted into a palace in 1333. This was the first Islamic palace we had visited and we were impressed! Let me show you why. First, its a huge fortress on top of a hill which Granada is built around. To get up there, first […]

22
Sep2011
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Our last day in Munich was a scorcher. Thankfully, half of it was spent indoors at the stunningly reconstructed Residenz – the Munich Residence. It was the political and cultural centre of first the dukes, then the electors (from 1623) and finally the kings of Bavaria (1806 – 1918). As the residence and seat of government of the Wittelsbachs. This is the Grotto Courtyard with a statue of Perseus in the middle holding Medusa’s head with his foot on her […]

11
Jan2011
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While we were in London over the Christmas break, we knew it was important to catchup with people and go to a bunch of social engagements, so of course we did. But we also wanted to do a proper touristy thing while we were there. So, we went out to Hampton Court Palace – the home of Henry VIII. The palace was originally built by Cardinal Wolsey with all the money he skimmed as the King’s chief advisor before he […]

30
Jul2010
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So, I wanted to see inside a palace. Any palace would do. But once I found out how far Hampton Court palace and Windsor Palace were, we decided one in the city would be better. So Kensington Palace was it. The outside is the main attraction of the palace. It was wonderful ornamental gates and beautfuil gardens. They must have a full time gardening team to maintain all the hedges, flower beds and trimmed lawns. Was quite a sight to […]

09
Jul2010
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Once Rob and I had left Australia, we did spend a few wonderful weeks in New Zealand. However, we’ll post about those a bit later. We want to get into the UK travels! So, we landed in London on the 15th June having spent 24 hours in a plane with a 2 hour layover in Hong Kong. In our first 6 days in London, we did a lot of walking and sight seeing. I love love LOVE that museums are […]