March 10, 2006 GMT
EUROPE: March 2006

Rome is a magical city and we walked all over it!! We spent 7 days there and had aching feet after it, but it was truly spectacular. The history in that city is amazing. Everyone has to see Rome at least once in their life!! We stayed in a pension near the main bus station, bought a week long pass for public transport and everyday hopped on a bus going in a different direction, then walked and explored the ruins and statues everywhere. If it rained we went to a museum (and there are many) or we went touring on a bus. We went to the Vatican, the Pope blessed us (not that we needed it) on Sunday 12 noon in Saint Peters Square and we viewed lots of Michelangelos handywork. The Vatican entrance fee was €12 and 11 million people go through each year, making a tidy sum of €132 million per year- not bad business eh!!

Barcelona was our next stop and our favourite city in the whole world!! We stayed right in the heart of Barcelona at La Rambla for €50 per night. Gaudi is the Architectural hero of Barcelona and we saw all of his amazing buildings. We also saw Rembrandt, Picasso and Salvador Dali exhibitions. La Rambla has many live statues that have an incredible imagination; there was one man with a skeleton puppet dancing to music which was very clever and entertaining.

Palma de Mallorca next, to visit Peter and Hella Lea and their 5 years old triplet boys who can speak 4 languages fluently. They opened their home and their lives to us for a few days and we have a new appreciation of parenthood!! Phew.

Madrid to check out a few museums and then onto Seville to pick up `Miss Adventure II´. Pat has completely serviced the motorbike, which was in the same condition that we left her in in the underground Hotel parking lot 16 months ago. Pedro Vero, the Horizons Unlimited member for Seville, kept us up to date throughout the year on its security and has been extremely helpful preparing us for the next leg of our adventure. Thanks heaps Pedro.

Tomorrow we leave for a month in Morocco and intend to go right down to the Sahara Desert- will tell you all when we get back!!

Posted by Patrick Peck at March 10, 2006 11:54 AM GMT
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