Grateful for one last look at the Olympic Stadium (this time set up for the closing ceremony). Ok, not technically on the 13th but we flew on a plane most of the day (13 hours) and ‘lost’ 7 hours which out of 24 hours doesn’t leave a lot of time … and it was the 13th in Singapore and Australia …
Grateful that after three months of travelling (and marriage!) we were still able to fit everything into these 4 bags!
Grateful for a lovely view of sunset from our apartment (for our last night in Europe).
Grateful that our brewery hobby gets us to some places away from the usual tourist traps.
Grateful for Europe giving us a new perspective on bike riding – apologies for the political statement here … Bike riding should be easy if we want to encourage people to do it (and we should). Compulsory helmets prevent people riding bikes and certainly prevent the hop on hop off stations of subsidised bikes that are all over Europe and well utilised. Bike paths are necessary to keep cyclists safe and cyclists need a change of attitude too – you don’t need lycra and a road bike for commuting – you need a comfy bike with a chain guard and a mud guard and a whole bunch of other cool things like lights you connect up to your wheels so they don’t need batteries.
In this photo (pedestrian mall in Frankfurt) each tree either has a seat or a bike rack around it – having about 10 bike racks for the whole of Rundle Mall is clearly not enough! Get with the times South Australia and make cycling easy for people!
On a long travel day grateful for some beers for the journey (and the delightful Simon pils was a nice surprise from our visit to Luxembourg).
Grateful that the amazing Luxembourg Casemates were not destroyed as had been agreed in the 19th Century. Remarkable to explore – even if a bit claustrophobic – and even to view from a distance. The bridge in this picture you can walk underground underneath it to allow access even if the bridge was destroyed.
Grateful for fairly randomly ending up in beautiful Luxembourg city. I know of no where else in Europe that you can have a quiet beer outside with a view of the palace and without a single tourist (or person actually – not even a guard) in sight.
Grateful for peaceful Metz. These people doing Tai Chi and we were the only people in the square this morning.
Grateful for the screams of delight as these kids ran through this fountain.