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  • Day22

    The end - for now!

    September 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Home, sweet home! No matter how marvellous a trip is - or how long - the final day of travel is always the toughest. Our flight from Zurich Toronto was great - the drive from there home way too long. But here we are ready to resume reality - and coffee that costs less than $6 per cup.

    Twenty days - not counting travel days. According to the ❤️app on my iPhone, our feet covered 217.2 km (average of 10.86 per day). Plus innumerable ups and downs. How are we going to keep up this level of activity!?

    There were so many highlights. But, here are a few:

    1. Swiss Travel Pass coupled with an incredible transportation system that took us from trains to buses to funiculars to gondolas to cable cars.
    2. Eating dinner in Melk, Austria on a patio backlit by the magnificent Melk Abbey.
    3. Watching the summit of the Breithorn appear, clear as a bell, out of the snow storm at the top of the Kleiner Matterhorn.
    4. Huffing and puffing our way uphill from Grutschalp to Murren with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau watching us the whole way.

    Stay tuned. Our next trip - beginning January 7, 2020 - is a doozy! And, thank you for sharing in our journey.
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    Charlyne Murphy

    Welcome home. I look forward to sharing your Journal of the next Adventure, the “Doozy One” from the warmth and sun of the Gulf Coast where Alain and I will be parked for the Winter of 2020.

    Two to Travel

    Hi ... got the link from the email response you sent to James & Shelley's email holiday note. We were booked on the RTW, but cancelled when we bought a house. It will be nice to follow along in your footsteps if only virtually. I'm curious as to how you like this app/site for blogging. Perhaps you can share your thoughts in a post. Erin

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  • Day1

    And, so it begins!

    August 27, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    A very wet 4.5 hour drive to YYZ but here we are, all checked in. What is it about airports that automatically raises the blood pressure? After a few lines and security checks (my camera bag never fails to set off a search alarm), we made it to the Air Canada Signature Lounge with lots of time to decompress. The flight leaves at 6:25 pm (so they say) and arrives in Vienna at 8:40am tomorrow morning. Although we did manage to pack everything into two carryon-size bags and two backpacks, we checked one suitcase to make the trek through the airport maze a little easier.Read more

  • Day0

    The countdown is on!

    August 21, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Only six sleeps till we head out for three weeks of exploring and hiking and eating and . . . Austria and Switzerland - here we come! This adventure will include some repeats from our trips to Switzerland in 2006 and 2008 and to Austria in 2012; it’s hard to do better than Vienna coffee shops, hiking in the Oberland region or taking the Glacier Express. The attached photos are from those trips. But, always looking out for new sites, we are going to include a day in Bratislava, Slovakia, two days in Innsbruck and a day in Melk.

    Always looking for a challenge, we are aiming to do the whole trip with carry-on! I am also working with a brand new camera - Nikon Z6. Stay tuned to see how that goes!
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