Thursday, 10 July 2008

rocket man

The sound system was excellent. The lighting was very pleasant at times. They were the high points of the Elton John concert we saw in San Marco in Venice last night. Even though it was a solo performance it consisted of thumping piano and shouting voice most of the night. There were some pleasant sounding interludes, but they were few and far between. My expectations weren't all that high, but even so, they weren't met.

Venice is an interesting enough place to spend a few days with it's narrow streets, market squares and complete absence of traffic.

Our travels have taken us through a few places of note starting in Paris, moving on to Provence which was just gorgeous, then onto the Riviera (sensational), Tuscany in Italy (beautiful) and Switzerland which was just picture post card perfect. Then on to South Germany / Bavaria which I didn't enjoy much at all. We stayed in an old walled city on the Rhine. The accommodation, restaurants, shops and hotels were all stuffy inside despite the lovely weather outside. There were doilies, rugs, mats, seat cushions, curtains and worst of all plastic flowers everywhere. Internet access was just about non-existent. It really wasn't my cup of tea. The funny side of it was falling into the Rhine - well done me!

Well I've done a bit of griping ... so what are the highpoints of the trip so far? It has to be the fun of learning the signage and some basic transactional language in each country, as well as the scenery a lot of the time. Then there's the people you meet, whose company you enjoy briefly before parting never to see them again.

Lourmarin in Provence - a lovely spot to spend a week

The view from our hotel in Villefranche on the Riviera

Interlaken in Switzerland is beautiful from any angle

Despite my griping about Bavaria, the Rhine cruise is wonderful

I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed the Night Watchman tour in Rothenburg (another plus for Bavaria!)

Venice reminds me of the 1995 Kevin Costner movie, 'WaterWorld.' It was always a bizzare place to build a city!


nzm said...

Definitely need more details about how you achieved your Rhine dunking!

In response to your comment on our blog:
We only landed in Hamburg - our main station in Germany is Berlin. We've just spent 3 days in Dresden and are currently in the middle of Germany in a place called Bad Kalshafen (near Kassel).

We'll be back in Berlin on Sunday night until Wednesday morning when we fly to Zurich - pending Lufthansa worker strikes.

If you're in Berlin on Mon or Tues, ping me!

Robin said...

It's certainly wonderful to visit other countries, to meet some of the locals and to realise that no matter where we live, what we do, or what language we speak, essentially we all want the same things.

I loved Germany; clean, civilised, punctual and functional.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.