A final look at Venice 

Today was our last full day in Venice. And we had nothing planned. We decided to simply wander the streets of San Polo district.  We crossed the Grand Canal using the Traghetto.    Scenes from the walk  We spent the afternoon just sitting at our local people-watching and having a final soaking of Venezia.  Royeishonline.co.za/travel

A little bit of Lido on the side

We decided to make our first beach visit of our trip. Lido is a long thin island that has the lagoon on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. It also has a link to the mainland so it was the first time we had seen a car in a few days.  Lido […]

Murano and Burano 

On Wednesday we took the waterbus to Murano famous for it’s glass blowing, an industry that was forced off Venice due to safety concerns (a out-or-control fire could destroy all of Venice) , and Burano famous for its lace products and colourful houses. The waterbus Murano It may have been the heat but both of […]

Getting to know Venice

We managed to get a late start to our second day in Venice. Taking a slow stroll, enjoying some coffee and orange juice before joining Anna, our guide for an awesome walking tour around lesser known areas in Venice. We highly recommend Venice Free Walking Tours  and Anna in particular. She even gave us some […]

Hello Venice!

After a nice short flight we caught a glimpse of the city of Venezia as we came into land at Marco Polo airport. Even from a distance it is a magical sight. Waiting patiently for our waterbus.  After a  short walk from the Rialto station, yes we are living a short walk from the Rialto […]

One last look at Paris

Today was a bit of a catch up day.  We also used it to have a final soaking of the Parisian atmosphere. Roland Garros  Nikki putting on a brave face. Unfortunately the grounds and museum are closed for massive construction taking place on the grounds.  Place de la Bastille – July Column Arc de Triomph […]


Thanks to the amazing Paris Greeters service we were treated to a very different walking tour around Montmatre. A sneaked view of the Eiffel Tower from a secret alley way. Le Moulin du Radet. One of only two remaining windmills in Montmatre. There were between 15 and thirty up on the hill in the 16th […]

Bastille Day

We were lucky enough to experience Bastille Day on the 14th July. I am not sure we will ever experience being a part of such a massive crowd. Another life experience to add to the list. Arc de Triomphe Some French Legionnaires agreed to pose with Nikki A small part of the air display Nikki […]

A Versailles High

Today we had one plan: to experience the opulence of the Palace of Versailles.  We got there early enough to be able to browse through without arm wrestling too many tourists. Those guys get in the way!  Gate of Honor We’ll skip a few hundred photos.. The Hall of mirrors  The other side  The gardens […]

Experiencing Paris

It was an early start (made easier due to the early sunrise). We found our way to The Louvre in good time and managed to enter just after opening.  We also experienced rain for the first time on our trip. Before the crowds arrived, we met Lisa Geraldine aka Mona Lisa. Venus De Milo Trekking […]