Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia.  (Overlander Falls I think.)   These falls were a short hike in from the parking lot.  A group of kayakers arrived at the top of the falls.  We waited to see what they would do next.  I snapped some photos of close calls with the rapids.

Our 6 week Europe travel plan

The following is the itinerary for 6 weeks in Europe.  We travelled in September and October 2010.  I carried a print copy of this and sent a copy to my gmail account.  It covered a lot more ground than most people would like, but we enjoyed the pace.

I tried to balance urban area stays with smaller centre visits and changed the number of days we stayed in different places. The smaller centres were usually serviced by regional trains or buses, and sometimes both trains and buses had to be used.  This made getting there part of the adventure. 

Flight LH 6741 11:45 PM Confirm Hotel t Keizershof 2494.22
Air Canada Info@hotelkeizershof.be
Arr:  London, LHR   9:35 am Hotel t`Keizershof      c Cash only, 44 e per night, incl bkft 240
Pancreas Stn Dep 14:34 to St Pancras, underground directly from Heathrow to Kings Cross-St Pancras, follow signs for St Pan international
arr Brussels 5:33 Keizerhof: cross square in front of stn. Diagonal towards traffic lights on left, cross ring road at traffic lights, follow signs, Site Stl Jan or Minnewater.  Hotel on Left # 126 44euro
Arrive Brugges
Brugges Htl t`Keizershof         c 44 euro
Dpt Brugge Moevenpick Amsterdam Confirmation # 15718SY055882 , 250.77 paid in full 250.77 us
City Centre                 c 15 min walk fr station, Take harbourside-north exit from stn, turn right continue about 12 min, will see tram line, pass 2 traffic lights, after 1st light go over bridge, Hotel is between main road and water and is visible shortly after leaving station.
Arr: Amsterdam Piet Heinkade 11 traffic lights, after 1st light go over bridge, Hotel is between main road and water and is visible shortly after leaving station.
Amsterdam Moevenpick
Amsterdam Movenpick
Dpt:   Amsterdam Jugendgastehaus      c Inc Bkft and dinner 24.40 +7.50 + 3.10 hostel stamp
Bacharach turn right from train stn.  1st stairs are on left shortly after leaving stn.  Steep climb, 2nd stairs are further into town next to church.
Arr:  Bacharach bacharach@diejugendherbergen.de Michael Kumpfe
Confirm  32501
Rhine River Cruise Jugendgastehaus     c
Bacharach
Dep:  Bacharach Gaftehaus Raidel       c 59 euro w bath pay  cash 59 euro
Romantic Road Norry Raidel owner
Rothenburg de Taber Wenggasse 3, Raidel@romanticroad.com
tel. 09861/3115
Depart Rothenburg Hotel Merkur             c Package   298 incl breakfast 2 nights plus both spas 298 euro
Merkurstr 8 # 145405
Arrive Baden-Baden info@hotel-merkur.com take bus line 201 from train stn, get off at Augustaplatz bus runs every 10 min
tel:  07221/30 30
Baden-Baden Hotel Merkur             c
Depart Baden Baden Maison Martin Judd 35.euro+ 2.60er tax +6 er each breakfast 49.60 euro
Centre of town near Cathedral St Martin 12 rue de l’Ange, tel. 03 89 41 58 72  take bus #1,2 or 3 from the stn to the TI, walk from Unterlinden Museum past Monoprix and veer left on rue des Clefs.  Left on rue Etroite and right on rue de l’Ange, this is not a hotel so there is no real reception
Arrive Colmar
Dep Colmar Hotel du Champ de Mars 98 eruo 98 euro
13:06 Colmar Stn 7 rue champ de Mar reservation@hotelduchampdemars.com
tel: +3314515230 No brkfst
Arr Paris  16:37 c
Paris Hotel du Champ de Mars Subway:  Ecole Militaire 98euro
RER:  Invalides—Pont de l’Alma
c Bus: 28, 80, 82, 92
Paris Hotel du Champ de Mars 98 euro
c
Dep Paris 15:15 Hotel Boquier Avignon 64 euro La Camargue 64 euro
Arr Avignon 17:56 No brkfst
Avingon Hoetl Boquier Avignon 64 euro
Dep Avignon 12:15 Best Western Alba 90 euro 90 euro
Arr Nice 15:34 41 Ave Jean Medecin # 169.870.658
33493880288
Depart Nice Vernazza Rooms San Franciso rm 5 75 euro
Arrive Cinque Terre Vernazza Rooms did not keep our reservation so we had to find other accommodation in Vernazza.
Cinque Terre 100euro
Cinque Terre 100 euro
Depart Cinque Terre Casalagana B & B 95 euro incl brkf 95 euro
Arrive Venice Calle Ruga Giuffa 4902
3.9339E+11
Venice Casalagana B & B 95 eruo
Venice Casalagana was awful, we left Venice a day early and spent extra time in Siena 65 euro
Travel to Florence Siena 65 euro share bath 65 euro
Albergo Bernini
Travel to Siena Via della Sapienza 15
Siena 65 euro
Albergo Bernini
We hoped to rent a car, but ended up travelling by train Montepulciano 70eruo spa discount, parking 70 euro
Albergo Duomo duomo.157205@venere.com
Via San Donata 14 ref: IHR9194058
Piazza Grande
+39 0578 757473
Getting here was a bit of work by train and bus, but well worth it. Bagnoregio                c 80 euro inc bkfst, park 80 euro
Hotel Romantica Pucci
Piazza Cavour 1 0761-792121
01022 Bagnoregio
Sorrento 309 euro for 3 days full use of spa and brkft incl 309 eruo
Train to Sorrento Ulisses Deluxe Vial del Mare 22
Wellness pkg 80067 Sorrento
info@ulissesdeluxe.com +39 0818774753
Sorrento
Ulisses Deluxe
Sorrento
Ulisses Deluxe
Sorrento to Rome Dreams Pireaus 60 euro (owe 51 euro, as paid deposit on room) 60 euro
Flight to Athens 79-81 Filonos Str and 78-80 Notara Str Ref:  1572971 130.44 euro
18535 Pireaus
Ferry to islands Anemomilos 232.00 euros for 4 days incl bkft & transfers 232 euro
Booking .com / 144.154.194   4767
Arr 3:00 pm
Bus to Oia
Aneomilos Oia
Anemomilos  Oia
Animomilos   Oia
Ferry to Paros 15:30 (3:30) arr:  18:45 (6:45)  Anna Platanou Hotel 32 euro per night nobkft 32 euro
Dimitris will meet at ferry Bath, incl, close to town and beach
  Paros
Anna Platanou Hotel 32 euro 32 euro
Paros 72 euro
Ferry to Athens Athens 72 euro
Dep 10:45 arr15:00 (3 pm) Attalos Hotel Booking id: 45421
Athens 72 euro 72 euro
Attalos Hotel
Athens Attalos 72 euro 72 euro
Athens Sofitel Airport Hotel 208 euro paid 208 euro
Int# 15351172844 No bkfst
Flight LH 5917  Athens    8:35 am
Aegean Airline SA  Munich   10:14 am
LH 474 Dep Munich 11:50 am
Arr Montreal   2:15 pm
LH 9558 Air Canada Dep Montreal 6:50 pm
Arr Halifax  9:10 pm

Old Hippies Hit the Road

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Off to EuropeSearching and researching a title for a travel blog is tough work.  My original idea was “Old Hippies Hit the Road”, my daughter christened us old hippies, but it doesn’t really fit. Then came “Bluenoser Travel” until I looked up the definition of Bluenoser (which is defined as a puritanical person-I always thought it meant from Nova Scotia!).  Other titles I tried included:  Frugal Traveller (taken), Inspired Wanderer (taken), Exhilarated Excursions (not really descriptive of my travel style).  After several days, I opted for The Inspired Packer.  Whether you are travelling for a few days in your own province or thousands of miles away, packing signals the start of your journey.

This site is about travel.  Something I am passionate about.

If you are under 30 and your travel style involves hiking for days in the wilderness and pitching a tent where-ever you fetch up, this site probably isn’t for you.  I’m not into that much adventure.

If you are over 30 and your travel style involves staying at 5 star hotels, using taxis and local guides, this site may not hold many answers for you.  5 star hotels can be nice, but I usually don’t have that much money to spend.

But, if your are moderately active, seek low-cost travel experiences and are not afraid to climb aboard local transport and discover a place on your own, you may find answers here.

Picture:  Here we are at the Halifax airport ready to hit the road for 6 weeks.