Michelle Rowe

Joined April 2016
  • Day13

    Day 10-11 Ha Long Bay

    February 25, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Kody and I sailed through the beautiful Ha Long Bay for 2 days.
    Ha Long bay means descending dragon as it is made up of mountains that are half under water and when you view it from above it looks like a dragon weaving.
    Our first day it was quite misty so you couldn't see much passed the first few mountains but it was nice, a bit mysterious.

    We started with a beautiful lunch then visited the Ha Long bay pearl farm where they showed us how they inseminate oysters to increase the chances of them producing pearls.

    After this we went for a relaxing kayak and a few braved the cold water for a swim.
    Our cruise had 19 people on it.

    We finished our first day with some unsuccessful squid fishing. We used lights but there was fishing boats with industrial lights so we had no chance.

    Our second day we visited the largest cave in Ha Long bay.

    We finished our tour with a quick cooking class where we made fried springs rolls.

    Ha long bay is very beautiful and definitely a once in a life time view.
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  • Day9

    Day 8-9 Hanoi

    February 21, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Our last new city before we head home is Hanoi.
    We are staying in the old quarter which has very narrow streets and unlike in other cities they don't seem to give way when you try and cross the road.
    The old quarter is full of shops and places to eat. We have been to Kodys favourite restaurant of the trip "aubergine cafe" twice in 2 today's.
    I have finally bought a life supply of hippy pants.

    On the night of our arrival we made the last viewing of the famous Hanoi water puppet theatre which was great. I couldn't take many photos beacsue they used small fireworks so it was too foggy for the camera. They basically told the ancient stories of Hanoi with a live band and live voice over, I'm sure if we understood Vietnamese it would have been very funny beacuce the crowd loved it.

    Off to Ha Long bay next.
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  • Day7

    Day 6-7 Hue

    February 19, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We have arrived in the most amazing resort.
    We have one of the top 3 rooms in the resort, one of the "honeymoon suites"
    It's honestly breath taking. We have our own plunge pool that you can walk out to straight from bed.

    The resort itself is beautiful. 2 massive pools. Beautiful lunch and dinner.
    Weather is Hue is great, cool enough to use no aircon.
    We even ordered room service becasue our room is so nice we didnt want to leave.
    Mum and Dad I think you would love it here, seems to be a hot spot for "older" travellers 😉.

    We are so unbelievably happy we decided to pay a bit more to stay here. Definitely a stand out in our trip.
    I will add many more pictures of the resort but I know pictures can not capture the true beauty of this place.

    Next stop is Ha Noi for our Ha Long bay tour then back to Ho Chi Minh to fly home.
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  • Day5

    Day 3-5 Nha Trang

    February 17, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nha Trang is a beautiful beach City. Our apartment has big windows that look out onto the ocean. (See 1st photo)
    Our first night we had cocktails and browsed the markets.
    Our first day we spent lounging on the beach and exploring.
    Our 2nd day we visited the big Budda "Long Son" which was massive. We also went to Vinpearl land which is a mini Dream world and Wet n wild combo. Here we saw a mermaid show.
    We took a cable car across the ocean to get to Vinpearl land that is on an island. We can see the cable car from our apartment, it's made up of Eiffel Tower structures that are alit at night.

    Apparently during war time Russia used Nha Trang as a naval base so this place is crawling with Russains. To the point their shops and signs all have a Russian translation.

    We have had a nice time here, it's a bit like the Gold coast.

    Off to Hue tomorrow morning. Unfortunately we have to fly back to Ho Chi Minh then on to Hue as there are no direct flights from Nha Trang.
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  • Day2

    Day 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City

    February 14, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We have arrived in the hustling bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
    We have been to the War Museum which was okay. It was mostly just photos.

    We spent many hours in the famous Ben Thanh Market which is a mixture of fix priced stores and ones where you have to haggle until you're red in the face. But I came away with a nice supply of comfy hippy pants and beach dresses which was my goal.

    We went to a nice Valentine's Dinner and went for a night market stroll.

    Kody nearly died twice trying to cross the road and nearly getting hit by a scooter.

    Off to Nha Trang tomorrow.
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  • Day33

    Catania, Italy

    May 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Day 31,32,33 Catania

    So for my last city in Sicily and my last for the trip was Catania.
    i'm not gonna lie, i was very tired for the 3 days i was there.
    So i didnt do that much. But thats okay.

    I tried to do a tour of Mount Etna but was a bit last minute and couldnt find one that wasnt a full day of hiking.

    The local delicacy of Catania is Horse meat.
    I nearly tried it, but chickened out and had a pork chop instead.
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  • Day30

    Taormina, Italy

    May 4, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Day 30 Taormina Sicily

    Wow at the 30 day mark. Where has the last month gone.

    I am in beautiful Taormina.
    Only here for 1 day but i spent most of it at Isola Bella and down the main shopping street.

    Isola bella is basically a beach with this little island that has a a house type thing in it.
    But the whole scene is very beautiful.
    Here i sat in a lounge chair and drank (3) pinacoldas.
    BUT, it took me 30 mins of STAIRS to get to and from it.
    It wasn't raining for once, but was pretty overcast for most of the day. I was hoping to get a tan after 4 weeks of wearing jeans, but alas, my legs remain pale.
    I did get a massage tho.

    The city is on a hill like Cefalu so wandering around met any time i went downhill, id eventually have to go back up.
    Needless to say, my calves are now rock solid.

    Here ive had my first encounter of the Mt Etna stuff. They sell lots of stuff supposedly made of lava stone.

    I head to Catania tomorrow, my final stop in Sicily and of my trip all together. (Besides getting back to Rome to fly home.)

    Also i found some of those flowers we have in the front garden. But these were a purple version.
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