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BARCELONA Day 10 and 11 16th/17th October

and also Avignon

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On our way to barcelona we stoped for half an hour at Avignon.
Its a beautiful fortified town. The whole main city is completely surrounded by a huge wall. The bridge that now only goes part the way across the water is well known and you can read more about it if you're interested at WikiPedia - Pont d Avignon

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BARCELONA

Barcelona is an amazing city. Its so rich in history, culture and arts. Especially The ARTS! The most incredible architect of all times was based here in Barcelona and he is known as GAUDI.

I could go on and on about Gaudi but I think its probably best to let my few photos I have from some of his works speak for them selves. Also if you're iterested you can check out this webpage with info about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudi

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And for a bonus treat this photo below is 'clickable I've put it in as a large format so you can see closer up the brilliance of Gaudi..

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And here is me listening to the audio commentary inside Casa Batllo looking out the window.

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Casa Batllo rooftop

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And now for some of my favourite photos of my whole trip. Being inside this building was unlike anything I've ever seen before. Plus it is practical and people actually lived in here!

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Detail in Gaudi Celing

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Gaudi Staircase

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It really was incredible. I took a bunch more photos but I can't put them all up cause they would take too much space. But Believe me it was beautiful, awesome, amazing, incredible. Actaully really there aren't enough words to describe its wonder.

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The building on the right is next Casa Batllo its by another architect nb, you can not see Casa Batllo on this photo.

Comming next.....

Park Guell

Another GAUDI WONDER!! So stay tuned.

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MONACO - Day 9 - 15th October

The coutry in France that is not part of France.

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MONACO

Day 9 - 15th October

Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world and the world's second-smallest independent country, with a population of just 32,410 and an area of 1.95 square kilometers (481.9 acres). It has more millionaires per capita than any other country in the world

Monaco is a Constitutional Monarchy, which is

a form of monarchical government established under a constitutional system which acknowledges an elected or hereditary monarch as head of state.

Just a bit of interesting information above.

But now about me...

Is started off my day in Monaco in bit of a pickle.
I desperatly needed batteries for my camera and it was Sunday, and so everything was closed.

I spent probably almost a whole hour wondering around the deserted streets of Monaco looking for somewhere which sold batteries. Tried the local Tabac, (Tobacco Store) but had no luck there. I finally found a little Indian Grocery shop and they were more than happy to speak English and help me out. I ended up buying a French Stick for lunch and some fruit.

I felt Joyous and triumphant, thrilled I persevered where many would have perished.

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Front of Monte Carlo

I headed down to Monte Carlo, the beautiful and very posh casino. I stood for a while just watching the very expensive cars rolling in and the valets reversing them into their parking spots. There were a dozen Ferrari and Mercedes etc. It was neat.

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Monaco harbour

Next I wondered down toward the port and there was a kart racing event going on around the grand prix track. It was pretty choice. Looked like fun.

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Kart Race

Infact Ferrari are so loved by the locals they even include them in their Merry-Go-Rounds with the traditional horses.

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After trying to take a bunch of photos of the speeding little karts I kept walking along the harbour to try and find the Palace.

I found the walkway up the hill.. Its great that many of these beautiful building such as the Palace of Monaco and the Chateaux I walked upto in Cannes yesterday, are often on top of hills.
They always have a fantastic view and you feel so triumpant when you make it to the top. Which usually involves climbing many steps. A very common feature you get use to in Europe. Steps.

The Palace is Awesome.

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Palace of Monaco

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Entrance to the Palace

I quite like this photo above. I enjoy watching people whenever I am out somewhere and I thought this was an interesting scene and notice the kid in the background too?

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Cannons at Palace

The Cannons here were pretty neat. Obviously not working anymore but they look great and add a nice feature to the place.

After photographing the cannons i headed back toward the main entrance and saw the gaurd marching back and forth very seriously.

It was quiet interesting to watch.

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The Gaurd on Patrol

I was feeling a little nervous taking pictures and then suddenly I had a thought, we just assume that these people are not going to blow our heads off with their super big guns.

I dont know. But its an intersting thought I was pondering.

After draggin my self away from the marching gaurd, I could have stood there for ages if I had the chance.
I headed around to the chapel further down some streets at the top of this hill and saw Princess Grace Kelly's Tomb stone.

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Me infront of Church where Grace Kelly's tomb is

The Cathedreal its self is quite nice.

The whole area on the top of the hill by the palace was quite nice. Like a little village almost. And walked along this awesome street with all these pretty coloured houses. See the photo below.

Really these type of buildings were one of my highlights of the French Riviera region.

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Colourful Monaco Buildings

I look forward to going back to the Palace one day and hopefully it will still be open to the public when Im next in Nice.

That was my last night in Nice sadly. I had a fun time trying to find the bus stop in the morning with my heavy bags, before 8am. I think I got off the wrong stop for the bus and then managed to walk too far and in the wrong direction.
Finally after trying to ask a few people where to go, I managed to get roughly pointed in the right direction and then I was asked a young man who was walking infront of me if he spoke English and luckily he did and pointed me in the right direction. Its quite interesting getting someones attention as they are walking in front of you on their way somewhere looking busy. Especially since I was asking in a forign country.

I made it to the bus with a few minutes to spare and was pretty exhausted, hot and sweating from rushing through the streets with my heavy bags.

All part of the fun and challenges of backpacking. :-)

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~ CANNES ~

Europe's film capital

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I loved Cannes. Was one of my favourit places on my trip. I didn't really know much about Cannes just that I couldn't leave Cote D' Azur and the Riviera without going there because it is the home of the famous Cannes Film Festival.

I jumped on a fairly confusing train with my two new Italiano mates, Stefano and Adolfo and the unusual Ausie guy Lockie. It took us a fair while to actually get our tickets as the train system in Nice seemed a little confusing and French but we figured it out.

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Lockie, Stefano, Me and Adolfo

The train trip there was nice, traveling along the coast past Antibes, (which Im looking forward to going to when i am back in that area) and past an unusual appartment block which was sort of shapped like a wave going up and down and back up again.

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On The Beach in Cannes

We arrived in Cannes around lunch and then headed to the beach and chilled out. It was lovely. Sunny summer weather. Went swimming!! I love swimming. I could have stayed in the water for ages. It was not cold and the out look was lovely. Big sailing ships. Little french children playing in the little waves. A great funny dog who was scared of the water and was trying to grab a ball that was washing back and forward with the waves. I found it really amusing to watch.

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After enjoying the beach for a few hours or so we went for a walk right down the beach past all the flash private beach sections with all the posh people being served champagne on their deck chairs on the beach with their yellow stripped beach umbrellas.

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And then we walked back up along the Boulevard through the area where the do the Red Carpet Walk for the Film festival.

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Me on the Red Carpet in Cannes

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Golden Cameraman

Even Got to see a couple of street preformers/statues.

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and The Cactus Man

We Made it to the base of the hill which we were planing to climb to reach the Chateaux and Church at the top.

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Mural In Cannes

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Cannes Prison On the way up to the Chateaux.

It was beuatiful up there. The Chateaux was awesome, even though we did only see it from a distance. The Church was really nice. And the VIEW was AMAZING!! I LOVED IT!
So many old French rooftops even found one that was colapsing in on itself.

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There was even a Giant of Cannes. He seemed very friendly. :-)

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[i]The Giant of Cannes

It was lovely evening lighting as well, Im gutted my camera was low on battery, but I was able to really enjoy the moment. Up there with my new mates, in the warm French sun, overlooking thosands of rooftops and narrow streets that could be thousands of years old.

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Chateaux in Cannes at top of Hill

It was a lovely day, lovely evening and then to top it off,
The Guys COOKED ME DINNER!! And we all enjoyed the night, in my favourite hostel of my trip, drinking red wine and chilling out.

It was Fabulous!!

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~ NICE ~ 13th October ~ WITH PHOTOS

oh the pretty yellows, reds and oranges

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Today I walked into the town of Nice from my hostel. It was a lovely walk, saw many intersting sights along the way.

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I didn't realise it was the 4th largest city in France. And I never would have expected it to be as busy as what it was. Oh my goodness I would absolutly hate to have to try paralelle park in the center of Nice. Honestly, and I am not joking or exaggerating,

The cars are parked with only about 15cms between eachother. Literally and 15cm may even be a generous estimate. I actually had to think for a long time about how it could be possible. I asked a friend who had been in Nice for longer and she told me to look at the bumpers of the cars. I noiced very many scratches, obvious seeing how close they park to the cars behind and infront and then my friend told me that they literallly bump into the cars infront and behind untill they are free! Wow.

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Another highlight of Nice is the dog poo and pee everywhere. Something you get used to very fast in Europe. There's alot of dogs and people just let them go anywhere, everywhere. Its quite a funny sight seeing a little old French lady with her doggy peeing and pooing right over a wall or between a couple of parked cars.

A lot of people just let them go right in the middle of the Pavement. Fun to try navigate.

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But yes. Nice really is a very nice city.

There are so many neat buildings. Really heaps of those stereotypical french coast tall, narrow, old buildings painted red, yellow, terracotta, orange and all the hues inbetween and then the lovely flaking paint shutters which I really couldn't get enough of. And the srtreets them selves especially in the old part of town, Veux Nice, are fantastic.

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Really narrow often car barely fit one car down yet alone two, but also many are only for pedestrians. And its neat because these streets and houses are so alive. The buildings them selves but also the people in them. I love to see a local sitting on there tiny balcony or an old lady waving out of her window even just seeing a rack of clothes hanging out of the window I found exciting.

Just make you appreciate that you are looking at someones house where people actually live in they are not just museums or tourist traps but they are real live houses! You got to be there.

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Grafitti

Another thing I enjoy finding is grafitti. I would like to do a project just photographing street art.

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Tunnel from Vieux Nice to the Beach

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Nice Coast from top road

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Police by the Beach

After relaxing on the stoney beach for a while in the evening, I headed up to some Chateuax ruines at the top of a hill. The view from up there was pretty Amazing.

Not so easy to photograph but on my way back down I got this lovely photo you see below. I love it!

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For tomorrows entry see ~ CANNES ~ and my Italliano Guys! ~

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SWITZERLAND PHOTOS!!

Finally some photos online for you to see

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Yes guys here are finally some photos from my travels.

ENJOY!!

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These are my Ausie Mates and I in Interlaken which was a town not far from where we were staying in Switzerland.

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Me On the train on the way to the Top of Europe. The highest point in Europe.

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Some very hungry birds in the mountains! They even were sitting on my foot.

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Beautiful, Incredible, Amazing!!

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ENJOY! Hopefully more photos coming soon. Next to be seen in Nice! as in Nice the town in France.

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