I am so sorry it'd taken me so long to write another entry, the minute Contiki began it has been go go go, late nights and early mornings! It's taking a toll on my body I have been sick he last couple of days ith a fever and nausea and a cough and sore throat- unfortuNatley this meant that I missed out on dressing up and going to he Monte Carlo in Monaco, Laura put me to bed at 5pm that night with Cold and flu tablet and strepsils!!
So what have I been up to? Well we stArted in Paris for two nights which was very cool. We went out for snails and French champagne with the group. The snails were served in a garlicy pesto type sauce and hey were very tasty!! We climbed the Eiffel tower which was a struggle and a half! I ate sooooo much food that day - baguettes, 5 macaroons, nutella crepes. I think I went a bit overboard. Then we headed to the beaujolias wine region which wAs absolutely stunning. Kilometres of Rolling hills with vineyards everywhere. He weather was stunning. We stayed in a chateau, kind of like a castle, and it had amazing views of the region. The whole group walked for about an hour in the heat with picnic baskets to a big patch of grass under a big old tree Nd ate baguettes wiu local ham and cheese and drank local wine out of plastic cups and ate fruit. It was such a beautiful place.
When we got back to the chateau, we all had a swim in the pool before heading down to the basement ("the cave") which had a bar and a dance floor. The drinks were super cheAp and the air con was broken. After a bit of a dance I took myself off to bed.
The next day we were off to barcelona! That was a great spot. We queued up to look
Inside the sangreda familia - designed by Gaudi. It is still under construction and is said to be completed by 2026, 100 years since gaudi's death (excuse any inaccuracies there). We had a bit more of a look around the city, did a bit of shopping and then about 9 of us shared 2 jugs of sangria in the afternoon. That night we went down to the marina and had paella for dinner and saw a flamenco show. It wasnt as good as expected so I was just concentrating on drinking the free sangria. Before i knew it i was quite drunk! then went to a nightclub where the drinks were ridiculously cheap and the music was great. I wasn't feeling too good so got a cab home with some others in the tour. Let's just say I didn't get very much sleep! Felt pretty bad...
The next morning we got on henge and headed back into France and stayed in the french riviera. His is when I started to feel unwell. On the first night we just had dinner at he accomodation ( we were staying in cabins in a caravan park) and hen we all walked down he street to an amusement park. It was so much fun! Hey had a log ride and dodgems and shooting games and one ride which was similar to The Claw at dreamworld. There were lots of laughs and I won a big long blue stuffed snake which I gave to my friend Nigel because he wasn't feeling well enough to come to the amusement park.
The next day we drove to Nice and had look around for a few hours. It was incredibly hot and I was not feeling well at all. We went in a life up to a lookout near he beach and it looked as though we were looking over Miami beach. The beach had pebbles and was covered with people. If I was feeling better I would have gone for a swim, but I opted for a seat in the shade and ordered a piña colada which was sooooo strong! One thing we have noticed is that they don't measure your drinks here, hey half fill your glass with spirits then top it up with soft drink. It's good value : ) that night I felt so exhausted and even sicker so Laura put me to bed and I sweated out my fever in the hot hot cabin while everyone else got dressed up and went to the casino.
And now we are in Florence, Italy!! And we finally have some access to wifi. Last night we went to dinner in town and had a traditional meal of bruschetta, spaghetti bolognaise and tiramisu. The waiters kept toppin up our plates once we'd finished then he would say "you finish that then I come back and give you more". We then went to abar called the Red Garter which had a karaoke stage and they were serving huge jugs of cocktails with big long straws.
Tonight we are going out for a Tuscan -style meal and then an electro discotheque for a few drinks. In the morning we are off to rome. Apparently it is going to be super hot there, around 40 degrees.
I have met some great people on the tour. Not many from Melbourne unfortunately, though two girls are from aspendale and mordialloc, so it will be good to stay in touch with them!
I am slowly developing a nice tan, there is alot of peeling going on in the group, but fortunately I am yet to get sunburnt! The days on the bus are long but it gives us a good chance to rest. I am really loving it. I can see why everyone recommends these tours. It's just so easy to meet people!
Anyway, hope this is enough of an update for now. Missing you all