Line Dancers at Quinzano Festival Line dancing Italian style. Almost every one of these ladies seemed to have done this dance before. Spot the exception (having lots of fun).
Quinzano Festival On our last night in Verona we strolled down to the local area Festival for some food and entertainment.
A Night at the Opera .. Take 2 The Toreadors song from Bizet\'s Carmen. This time the weather was beautiful, that is hot and no rain, so we saw the full opera. I loved it.
That's amore Ti amo mi amore in Venezia and Napoli if we ever get there
Singing Gondoliers Another pastime is to sit by a canal and watch the singing gondoliers go by
San Marco Square at night Happy crowd, music, hawkers selling illuminated catapault parachutes
Merryn's guided tour from the entrance gates to the house And on the way we are greeted by Sirio who keeps giving us bottles of red and white wine made from the grapes of the vineyard.
Giardino Giusti This lush sculpted garden is named after the noble family that has looked after it and the mansion since opening the garden to visitors in 1591. According to local legend, lovers who manage to find each other in the little labyrinth at the right of the garden are destined to stay together.
Verona Roman Theatre The Roman Theatre cunningly carved into the hillside at a strategic spot overlooking a bend in the river in the 1st century BC was once three times as high as what remains today.
Roaming the Roman Road All roads lead to Rome, but many street lead to Verona too... Verona was in the center of an important Roman roads network, where the Postumia road, the Gallica road and the Claudia Augusta road met.
Romeo and Juliet Part 3 The beginning of Act 1. Acts 1 and 2 were a great spectacle but unfortunately it rained at Intermission. We waited under cover but after about half an hour the announcement came over that the performance was cancelled.
Romeo and Juliet part 2 The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called "ala", the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings.
Romeo and Juliet Part 1 Our first night at the Opera, and of course it is Romeo and Juliet! We arrive at the Arena, a Roman amphitheatre. The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to witness them. The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.
Casa Verona, Italy July 2012 Merryn takes you on a tour of our home exchange house.
Aytre Beach We were amazed to see the lifeguards putting out the flags at low tide when hide tide was not due for another six hours.
Cathedral in La Rochelle Old Town Organ music in the cathedral.
Bike ride to the old port La Rochelle's main feature is the "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), which is at the heart of the city, picturesque and lined with seafood restaurants. The city walls are open to an evening promenade. The old town has been well-preserved.
Le Tour de Chez Nous Temporaire a La Rochelle Merryn takes on on the guided tour of the house.
Fish Feeding Frenzy Here it is again from Merryn's camera.
KL Central Market Fish Spa Inside the market is a little stall that looks like a swimming pool sales shop. There is a spa pool teeming with thousands of small fish. The idea is to swing your feet in and hordes of the fish eat away at the dead skin on your feet and legs in a feeding frenzy. Almost unbearably ticklish and loads of fun.
A Fun Dinner Followed by a 4km Night Sled Ride The gang had a terrifying minicab ride up the mountain to a rowdy restaurant, a fun dinner, then rode toboggans down a 4km sled run, lit by the occasional "street" lamp.
Is This What They Call Powder The girls have fun after a fresh dump of snow.
The Cameraman Revealed Carol turns the camera on me and Kit tries not to do something silly.
Kerry Skis On By Not quite poetry in motion.
An Enchanting White World Merryn takes a walk in the forest.
Dinner Table Philosophy Kit tells us all about the situation in Zimbabwe over dinner.
Carol in Non-Glamorous Look Cosy restaurant up on the slopes.
Ski Bus Short glimpse out the window of the ski bus
White Wonderland There's nobody here, just you and me, and I hardly know this beauty by my side.
A Snowman - A Mistake It was meant to be a snowman, however tiny, and it was meant to be a photo!
Altenmarkt Apartment Tour Merryn takes you on a tour of our apartment.
Merryn's Early Style Keep watching these videos to see the improvements.
Here Comes Merryn What a beautiful woman she is!
Our First Day Skiing Got our new skis and boots in the morning, up to the mountain, a couple of runs and then lunch followed by this panoramic glimpse at the top.
The view from our Altenmarkt balcony Imagine our excitement when we awoke to this. By lunch time we were the proud owners of new skis & up on the mountain skiing!
Block Houses in Rotterdam The Kubuswoning Cubic Houses in Rotterdam were completed in 1984 and designed by the Dutch architect Piet Blom. They are considered one of the top examples of abstract architecture in the world.
Kermit throwing It may not be obvious but there is a lot of frog throwing happening here..... translated from Dutch I think it's "Kermit throwing up ??".
Carnivale atmosphere The brass bands play on & on. Now into their 5th day......
Carnivale Bands warming up The bands warm up before the parade, requires some lubrication. There's a healthy rivalry and lots of fun.
Mona Lisa .. Still attracting admirers after all these years A huge crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. So far away she is not much more than a spot behind 12 inches of bomb proof glass.
Stuck on Traffic Island in The Avenue des Champs Elysees We're stuck in the middle of Champs Elysees. Zebra crossings are pedestrian concentration kill zones here. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the most prestigious avenue in Paris. With its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops, it is one of the most famous streets in the world, and with rents as high as $1.50 million for 100 square meters of space, it is the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe.
Arc de Triomphe Traffic Insane traffic. There aren't any lanes, there's just pure chaos. I think a dozen laps here would be fun.
Ice Skating in Central Paris Very inviting but in the end (get it?) we decided not to walk around for the rest of the day with wet bums, especially with long-johns on!
Paris Street Corner Nous sommes perdus. Nous cherchons Notre Dame Cathedrale !!
Pizza Restaurant in Montmartre Dinner at 4 for 2
Sacre Coeur Forecourt .. Montmartre The Sacre-Coeur basilica is a well-known Paris symbol, standing 129 metres above sea level on the Monmartre hill. There is an excellent view of Paris from the forecourt of the basilica.
Sacre Coeur Cathedral .. Montmartre The style is Romano-byzantine, inspired by the Roman architecture of churches in the south of France. Stained-glass windows were installed between 1903 and 1920, but were destroyed during the bombing of 1944 and new windows were installed in 1946. Construction began in 1877 and the basilica was inaugurated finally in 1919.
Another Glimpse of Amsterdam Short clips taken while walking around in Amsterdam.
Glimpses of Amsterdam Short clips taken while walking around in Amsterdam.
The Dressing Ritual Very, very boring. I urge you ... don't watch it !!!
Loonse En Drunense Dunen National Park On the outskirts of Waalwijk. Another bike ride.
Ice Skating in Amsterdam (or not) Our day out in Amsterdam.
Woman on street corner in Amsterdam
Amsterdam .. Red Light District The ladies in the windows got very upset when we produced our cameras. There is nothing free in this world.
Amsterdam Buskers
Bike Ride in Oud Heusden 800 year old fortified town near Waalwijk.
Horses in a field on the outskirts of Waalwijk We found these unusual horses on one of our bike rides at the outskirts of Waalwijk.
Cycling Around Waalwijk We do a lot of push bike riding! Hopefully we\'ll get our legs fit for skiing next month.
A Guided Tour Of Our Home In Waalwijk Merryn's guided tour. Probably a must see!
The Bells of St Jan's Church .. 's Hertegenbosch (Den Bosch)
Funeral in St Jan's
Den Bosch Market Platz 's Hertegenbosch (Den Bosch) about 1/2 hour drive from Waalwijk.
Korean Men Playing Padu Saturday afternoon in Seoul. In a park adjacent to Jongmyo Royal Ancient Shrine, a group of men were playing Padu, a board game similar to Sequence.
Brissie .. Almost Gone At Brisbane Airport early morning, waiting for our Korean Airways flight to Seoul.

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