Drop in on the way up the Valley

When you come up the Yarra Valley to see Lyn at Yarra Travel Junction, drop in to The Old Butcher Shop Cafe in Seville. They now serve great cakes, coffee and other eats, that you will enjoy. Just after you go through the lights at Seville, they are on the left next to the Seville Medical Centre. Then on to see Lyn in Yarra Junction to complete your booking for that well deserved holiday.

160319 Seymour Weekend

We had a great time with friends on the weekend at Seymour. Years ago, we used to ride bicycles around Melbourne for recreation but have grown ‘older’ and have now resorted to having ‘relaxing by the river’ as a very active part of our weekends. Haha! Its been almost 5 years since we have all become motor home nomads and this was the first time we have spent together. Time flies and we just haven’t organised ourselves to include in a get-to-together in our calendars. I hope you enjoy the short video I put together on the iPhone.

Pont du Gard

Something that amazed me was the genius of ancient architects who managed to have water flowing downhill for 50km and only have a drop of 5 meters in that distance. This is a magnificent structure that looks awesome on a blue sky day – great for photographs.

To have that ‘wow’ experience, contact Lyn at 03 5967 1858 for help in booking a visit, and your whole European holiday, to Pont du Gard.

Something that amazed me at Pont du Gard was the genius of ancient architects who managed to have water flowing downhill for 50km and only have a drop of 5 meters in that distance. This is a magnificent structure that looks awesome on a blue sky day – great for photographs.

To have that ‘wow’ experience, contact Lyn at 03 5967 1858 for help in booking a visit, and your whole European holiday, to Pont du Gard.

“The Pont du Gard (English: Bridge of the Gard) is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River[4] in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Remoulins, in the Gard département of southern France. It is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50 km-long (31 mi) structure built by the Romans to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). Because the terrain between the two points is hilly, the aqueduct – built mostly underground – took a long, winding route that crossed the gorge of the Gardon, requiring the construction of an aqueduct bridge. Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved after the Aqueduct of Segovia. It was added to UNESCO‘s list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.”

 

Home Stay – Sapa Valley Style

Staying in someone else’s home is always a bit daunting. You don’t know whether the floor creeks so loud, that the householders wake up, and you’re always afraid you just may not find the light switch once you find the bathroom. But think of doing that in a completely different country; like Vietnam and, in the famous Sapa Valley.

After the long muddy walk down into the base of the valley, in the rainy season, you meet your hosts and chat a little. In our case, the hosts didn’t know any English and we, of course didn’t know any Vietnamese.  Fortunately, our guide was Vietnamese and was able to translate for us in our conversation with the members of the family.

The host’s elderly mother was using a grinding wheel to crush homegrown rice to make spring rolls for the evening meal. The little daughter was amused as I took video of her and her pets and then showed the moving pictures from the camera.

Take a moment to think of all the luxuries we have in a western world and mull over the idea of enjoying a home stay experience in Vietnam yourself for your next holiday. Then come in to see Lyn and get more information on how to get to this little village in the amazing Sapa Valley.

 

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