The Shifting Spanners

Its finally time for a Gap Year! After 33 years of working we have decided to bite the bullet, hitch up the van and do the Big Lap of Australia.
Living in: Cairns City, Australia
  • Day13


    October 2, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    A rainy day greeted us in Nuremberg. Had a few hours free time in the morning, followed by a guided tour in the afternoon. A lot of Nazi history here and of course home of the Nuremberg Trials.

    Places of note being the Nuremberg Castle, St. Lawrence's church, Nazi party rally grounds, and Zeppelin Fields.Read more

  • Day12


    October 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Woke up in the beautiful town of Regensburg Germany. 8° at 0900 and clear blue skies as we left on our walking tour of the medieval city.

    After our 2 hour tour, we had an hour of free time to check out the city, and decided to try the bratwurst sausage from the oldest continually open restaurant in the world.

    Back onboard for lunch then enjoyed the afternoon in the lounge with a red or two as we watched the world go by.
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  • Day11


    September 30, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Arrived on the Austrian/German border at Passau. Did a walking tour of the city followed by a pipe organ concert at Passau Cathedral...the largest cathedral organ in the world.

    Luckily our ship was able to ride a "wave" on to our next destination whilst we were in Passau, and we caught a bus from Passau to our waiting ship. The water levels are extremely low, so luckily it looks as though we won't have to change ships.Read more

  • Day10


    September 29, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Had a beautiful morning's cruise before a quick stop at Melk and a tour of Melk Abbey...a Benedictine Monestary perched on a mountain behind the town of Melk.

    After a 2 hour tour through the Abbey, we were back on board and spent the afternoon on the top deck basking in the the sunshine and watching the beaut little Austrian villages passing by.Read more

  • Day9


    September 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Arrived in Vienna at around 6pm, and were transferred straight to our Mozart and Strauss concert at a famous concert hall. Only a small hall especially for Viking, but the artists were extremely talented.

    We did a bus tour of Vienna the following day, including an hour free time to wander around the city. We chose to then go on the optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace which was much grandeur and history!Read more

  • Day7


    September 26, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Had a fantastic few days in Budapest.

    The Air BnB in Budapest was small but ideal for our stay. Only a 10 minute walk to the city and other attractions. We checked out the Dahany Street Synagogue, Grand Markets, Hero Square, Liberty Statue, The Szechenyi Baths, Castle Hill district and more. Really enjoyed the Hop on Hop off bus as it covered all the attractions with commentary. Also managed to catch an historic subway to the Szechenyi Baths which was no mean feat, but much quicker and cheaper than a taxi.

    Very impressed with the Viking Longship so far...extremely good food and service and the included tour of Budapest was top shelf.

    We leave for Vienna tonight where we are booked in for the Mozart concert at a famous concert hall tomorrow night.

    We keep pinching ourselves as we can't believe we are actually here taking in some of this beautiful achitecture and history...
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  • Day4


    September 23, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Wow what a day! Had a largely sleepless 13 hour flight from Singapore to Munich despite having a full Restavit...don't know how people sleep on planes!
    For some reason my feet swelled up like plates and were pretty painful which didn't help. I even wore the DVT stockings, but had to take them and my shoes off.

    We arrived late in to Munich at 0630 and only had 30 minutes to get to our connecting flight to Budapest. We just made it but the Mahaffey's missed it by a minute or two...very stressful! Luckily there was a 1130 flight, so, along with another unfortunate couple, they were able to get on that one.

    Because of my swollen feet and sleepless night, it meant for an exhausting day in Budapest. Our driver was lovely and took us to the luggage storage place where we stored our ports, before dropping us to our Air BnB apartment around the corner. We couldn't get in till 1400 so just made sure of the address and went about exploring.

    Checked out some markets and shops, then found a little coffee shop to rest and planned how to fill in the day.

    Did a tour through Dohany St. Synagogue which was great...amazing history and tragic stories of the Jewish community throughout WW2.

    Finally 1400 came around and we picked up our luggage and got in to our apartment. Bloody feet looked like swollen pork chops by this stage, so I went straight to bed and put my feet up the wall to try and relieve the swelling. Mahaffey's arrived about 1500 after their big day.

    Needless to say, it was early to bed for all and hopefully better day tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    Sentosa Island

    September 22, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After a good nights sleep, we checked out of our motel, who stored our luggage for the day, and ventured to Sentosa Island.

    Very hot at 37° today, so very tiring out in the elements. Sentosa has the only maintained WW2 Fort in Singapore so was quite interesting to see. Apart from that, it's really a family fun park with most activities too expensive for our tastes.

    Midnight flight tonight to Budapest via Munich so hopefully will get some sleep in our exit row seats.
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  • Day2


    September 21, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After a late 12.30 am check in, and a few hours sleep, we hit the streets and checked out the botanic gardens, did a Singapore river cruise, Marina Bay Sands and Skywalk at Gardens by the Bay.

    The Formula One Grand Prix is on here this weekend, so much hype and excitement around town. A lot of Lambos, Ferraris, McClarens etc driving around...we could have had a drive of one for about $480!!

    It's a pity that the city is covered in a smoke haze from fires in Indonesia, so photos didn't do it any justice.
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  • Day7

    Day 7 - Sea day

    January 10, 2019, Coral Sea ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Had a big sleep in till 10am then headed for a quick brekky. Lazed around various parts of the ship with a few cocktails and had a relaxing day.

    We caught the Farewell Show at 7pm, had dinner on the deck then went to the Farewell Party on the Lido deck. This was fantastic as every musician on board the ship took turns in playing, as well as various crew members who got up to sing. Amazing how talented some of these people are!

    We have to be out of our room by 0630 tomorrow so went to bed about 11pm.

    We've really enjoyed our 1st cruise and have already started planning our next one.
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