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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Perugia

Our other recent trip was work related, a big international conference in Perugia, Italy. We were kept pretty busy and didn't get to do much exploring but we were pretty impressed with the city. It's an old (very old!) walled city on a hill with the added bonus of a three dimensional layout which makes map-reading somewhat tricky!! The buildings are beautiful and eating out is a pleasure.
Towards the end of our visit the large, international jazz festival was just getting into it's stride. We got to taste a little of the fabulous music on our last night in town.
There's one particularly nice bar we frequented on the walls of the city near the Rocca Paulina which has the most amazing view (and does very nice Margheritas!). Here's a panoramic shot from there...

Travels

It's been a busy couple of months for travelling, first off we went on a cruise of the Norweigen Fjords with Kav's Dad (Vik, Bergen, Eidfjord and a couple of other places). We all had a really good time (even though I felt pretty seasick on the way home across the North Sea!). None of us had been cruising before so the whole experience was a bit different and the one thing I can certainly say is you'll never go hungry!! They feed you umpteen times a day! This is a photo of the boat we were on, the Princess Danae.



There was an amazing contrast in the landscape of the fjords at this time of year (early May). Right next to the fjord the land is lush and green and fruit trees are just starting to bloom. They grow things you might not associate with Norway like strawberries and raspberries, but the land around the fjords is very fertile and the summers are warm. Then just a few miles away (and up a couple of thousand feet or so) there is still thick snow.


Bergen is a beautiful city and we saw it in it's most common state - in the rain - this doesn't make it any less beautiful! However, I think our favourite place was Eidfjord where the scenery is stunning and they have a very nice visitor centre (lots of fishtanks with trout in). They show a panoramic movie of lots of different parts of Norway which is well worth the trip.
I'm also happy to report that despite the 3 of us being in one cabin for the duration there were no casualties!!