raxacorricofallapatorius: (me)
Sorry I haven't updated this in a while - life got in the way. ;cP Anyway, from Venice we drive through Trieste and Slovenia, down to the Adriatic Sea where Croatia lay waiting. But first, we had to get out of Venice, which proved to be difficult for a number of reasons. For a country that charges an arm and a leg in toll fees, Italy had the worst traffic of anywhere we visited, mostly because the drivers were INSANE. Anyway, 1.5 hours of *this* is how our day started: (as always, click to embiggen)



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Next up, Croatia!
raxacorricofallapatorius: (butterfly)
Home! Exhausted, but will post tomorrow/Sunday depending on how long it takes me to clean up the disaster that comes along with three weeks of four people in a camper. :c)
raxacorricofallapatorius: (me)
Hi all!

My first chance to log in since we left. We arrived this afternoon in Budapest, and are staying at this teeeeeeeeny tiny little campsite right in the city. Tomorrow we are going to take a tour of the city itself, and then in the evening take a dinner cruise down the Danube.

The weather has been wonderful, but HOTHOTHOT. We are all brown and covered in mosquito bites, despite copious applications of repellant. Speiky got a chance to swim in the Grand Canal in Venice, and we've all had fun swimming in the Adriatic in Croatia. I'll post details and photos, of course, when we get back.

It's only been 1.5 weeks, but it feels like we've been gone forever.

Don't let me forget to tell you about the Roms we camped next to in Zagreb!

Dovidenja!
raxacorricofallapatorius: (flip)
Almost finished with packing; only the foods that will need to stay frozen/cool, and the personal hygiene things haven't been put in. The pharmacy is complete, the clothes/toys/games are packed, maps are at the ready, and we're all chomping at the bit. :c)

Our first planned stop is Koblenz, Germany, where the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers meet. We stayed there on our last trip through Germany two summers ago, and it was so cool, we decided to see it again. :c) Click the photos to embiggen (LOVE that word!)



From there, down to or through (depending) Stuttgart, Germany.



And then Munich for our last stop in Duitsland.



And then Venice. I'm so excited. I haven't been there since I was 13, which means that I didn't appreciate it at ALL, being a stupid teenager. LOL! I'm hoping we can stay in Venice proper, but since there is very limited space (as you can imagine in a city that essentially floats on water), I'm not going to hold my breath. As long as we can catch a ferry over and wander around the city itself, I'll be happy. Beautiful, magical Venice.

Our neighbors just returned from the Istria region of Croatia (where we're going once we're out of Italy), and are all brown as berries. Yay! I'm going to see some real sun!

Hey, if anyone wants a postcard, drop me a line here with your addy and I'll send you one. Comments are screened so the only person who will see your entry is me. :c) I'll check my email right before we leave. :c)

MIA

May. 16th, 2008 04:13 pm
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I'll be offline again from tonight until Sunday night or Monday morning. Off for another weekend in the camper (in the rain!).
raxacorricofallapatorius: (dinosaur fights)
Since we're at the last week of Meivakantie, we decided to get the camper out of storage and do a test camping run for a few days this weekend before the kids go back to school on Tuesday. This turns out to be a bigger deal than originally thought, because not only did we have to do an APK (the yearly check every vehicle goes through here) on it (OUCH!), but Fred decided that we also needed a GPS system for it. Then he decided that the radio needed to be replaced (which it did - the damn thing still played cassettes!) with one that uploads from a USB (no more hauling our CD collection around YAY!), and oh, while we're at it, let's get rid of the clunky old tv that we never watched and still uses an antenna of all things anyway and get a new DVD player with USB so we can upload a bunch of movies on it for the kids to entertain themselves with.

And I'm thinking...who's paying for all this? I just paid our quarterly insurance payment (OUCH!), and we both had dental work done today (no insurance for that but the fees are government regulated so it's not so bad), and I just paid for another year of storage on the camper (OUCH!), and the kids need new summer clothes and shoes (ouch!), and the damn dog just went to the vet yesterday (mini-ouch), and and and...none of this takes into account our regular expenses. Oi!

I'm thinking that if we sell the youngest kid, we might have enough to cover some of these things. Otherwise, we're going to be eating macaroni every day for the next two months. :cP

We are actually doing all of this for our real vacation this summer. So far our tentative plans are to drive through Germany and Austria (with a stop in Vienna), and then on to Budapest and to Lake Balaton for a few days. Then further through Hungary down into the Croatian Coast to (possibly) Dobrovnik, if we have time. Since our original plans were to go to Spain, and then got changed to Sweden and Denmark, take this with a grain of salt until we actually LEAVE. LOL!

It's one of the things I'm going to really miss once we move back to the States. All this lovely access to places that otherwise we'd never be able to visit. My gawds, I'll get to see the Danube! :c)

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