2005 and before
Some pics from holidays before 2005 - Rennes, New England & Canada, Thailand, Poland, Rome, Cologne, Barcelona, Netherlands, Dublin and New York & Las Vegas.
Trans-Mongolian Railroad
An epic journey. We started off in Shanghai then travelled by air to Beijing where we embarked upon the Trans-Mongolian rail journey - 7865km. The first leg from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar was 1551km and took about 30hours. The second leg was from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk (1121km). This took around 24 hours with about 6 hours at the borders for customs checks. The final leg, Irkutsk to Moscow, was 5185km - 4 days.

Along the way we went from tropical conditions in Shanghai (25+ degrees) and Beijing (20+ degrees) to Ulaanbaatar and Irkutsk where the temperatures dipped below freezing at night. Moscow was grey and cold as well . . . colder in the day than in Irkutsk and Mongolia but not as cold at night.

A city break in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 4 to May 8 2007. Found a host through Hospitality Club who were very good and lent us some bicycles so we could get around. They also recommended sites to see. Copenhagen is a lovely city and I'd recommend it.
Norway 08
From my visit to Norway over Christmas and New Year's 2008-2009.

One Day in Vienna

So, on a whim, Geoff and I decided to go to Vienna for a day-trip (from Bratislava). We arrived in Vienna by train, and realised that we didn't have a clue where we were or what we were meant to do. But with some deductive reasoning, and a map we picked up along the way, this is what we saw. . .

So we found this nifty tool that would let us put in dates and a price limit, and it would tell us where we could go. So on the early May bank holiday weekend, we found ourselves in Bratislava.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, which is part of what used to be Czechoslovakia.