Archives for July 2007


A Short Recess for the Blog

Moving overseas can be complicated and we have not been able to get an Internet connection up and running yet. Keep us subscribed and we will be back soon to share our recent trip and new tips for your travels


Using USB Drives on the Road – Update

Travel TechIn my last Travel Tech post I waxed lyrical about taking my computer with me on a USB Drive. Although the technology is great, the problem I discovered on this trip is the security paranoia of internet cafes.

In four weeks, I only found two Internet cafes that loaded the software and then one of them denied my programs access to the network. For now, I recommend using web email and a simple home page with our most important bookmarks.


Skateboarding in Paris

Paris is full of culture, fashion, art and history but sometimes you just have to skate. My son looked for good skate areas on our itinerary and this spot in Paris come up trumps. He also enjoyed skating on London’s South Bank near the London Eye and outside Milan’s Central Train Station.

Skateboarding Paris 1

Skateboarding Paris 2

Skateboarding Paris 3


A Great Place to Stay in Berlin – Pension Peters

Pension Peters Berlin

Good accommodation helps put a traveller into the right frame of mind to explore their latest destination; restful sleep, clean facilities, helpful hosts and location, location, location combine to get you out the door with a smile each morning.In Berlin, we always stay at Pension Peters and they never fail to exceed the standard.

Annika and Christoph expanded their pension into a small hotel in 2006 and now provide 37 clean rooms from budget singles with shared facilities to spacious family rooms with a private bathroom. Comfortable beds with European style bedding including a large feather pillow that my head loves to sink into after the day is done.

Located 200m from the Savigny Platz S-Bahn station and close to the Zoologischer Garten transit centre, you have access to all the local transport, good restaurants and the shopping grandeur of Kurfurstendamm Strasse including the magnificent KaDaWe.

Our hosts keep us coming back to this accommodation gem. Annika, Christoph and their staff are always ready to help you find that store you need or to provide recommendations for your sightseeing. Over breakfast, included in your tariff, they move through the room dispensing advice or just stopping for a chat. Simply the most enjoyable place to stay on each of our trips to Europe.

Thanks to Rick Steves for showing us the way here.


Travel Photographs – The Somme, France

Photos from around the Somme battlefields where the Australian Imperial Force fought during WWI:

War Graves - Villers-Bretonneux

Robin Cuttle's Uniform - Franco-Australian Museum Villers-Bretonneux

Le Hamel viewed from the Australian Hamel Memorial