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15 hours til home!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

HI everyone, I am really missing you all and can’t wait to get home.

we are in dubai airport and waiting to get back on the plane

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We got to venus (Venice) !!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Today it was very hot here and it got up to 31 degrees celsius and I heard that it was 13 degrees in Melbourne. Everyone was very hot today.

We started of the day very tired and waking up very early. Mama and I got dressed and then went down for breakfast. I thought that because we were in Italy it would be a fantastic breakfast but on the table there was cheese burgers, chocolate cake and french toast from a packet. There were some things that were more breakfast like, like hard boiled eggs and fruit and cereal. we left breakfast and then hopped on a water bus and then headed off to the Venice Biennale. we got off the boat and then walked in but we thought that you could just go straight in but then we saw 5 little but slow queues. we got in number 3 (which I was very happy about because my favourite number is 3) and we were waiting in line for about an hour but in the end it was worth it. when we were in the queue we met some people from Brisbane (which is Australia!) so we talked a little bit and I kept asking the older lady if she like some kinds of foods that I liked. I was surprised that she did not like plums or plumcots. If you are wondering what plumcots are they are a fruit that is half plum half apricot.

we finally got at the front of the line then bought a ticket and walked into the Venus Biennale.

first we went to Switzerland and then England and England was amazing and I mean AMAZING!!!! We learnt about the rare English/Scottish bird that was called the hen harrier (circus cyaneus ) one of the rarest birds in the world. we headed off to france and saw a video of the left handed Unravel (Ravel’s left handed concerto).

More soon xxxx

Our last day in Paris !!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Our last day in Paris – written by mama whilst talking to me whilst I was waking up!

We won’t tell anyone about our repeat trip to Versailles to find some hiding passports SO after that 3.5 hours of travel back and forth (at least the sun was out today) ImageImagewe were hungry and thirsty: Bofinger Restaurant for lunch on Rue de Bastille with the Ezards – big lunch and lots of surprising conversations – the lady sitting next table worked at the Research Office at University of Melbourne – how amazing. Lara had Parmasan shortbread with capsicum, rocket, pesto and prosciutto, followed by Islande Flotante – a floating island of custard, caramel and roasted almonds and fluffy pavlova inside. Mama had a soup of crab and tomato coulis, an oyster prepared by Ian so it could be slurped elegantly (OMG – never had such amazing preparation), lobster with avocado and lime, and the dessert degustation of crème caramel, strawberry coulis, and two other insanely rich things.

We walked back through the Marais which was packed with people as it is one of the only places in Paris that has shops open on a Sunday and it was beautiful warm (but humid) weather. We had a relax of the tummies back at the hotel and tried to cool down, packed up for the last time in Paris (boy the suitcases are full!), checked out and headed to Gare de Lyon to catch the train to Venice. We had heard so many good things about Le Train Bleu, a fabulous old elegant restaurant at the station, and were tempted but our suitcases were too heavy to lug up the enormous amount of stairs, so we had a really lovely meal of Bufallo Mozarella, tomato salsa and Panini at the café downstairs.

We then boarded our train – carriage 95, seats 25 and 21, and thought we were going to be in a female only carriage but we were in with a man from Camaroon and one from Egypt. They kindly organized to sleep in the two beds up top and we had the downstairs ones closer together. The train trip was 13 and a half hours, and I had a really good sleep, waking up to the lakes near Como, then stopping at Milano Centrale, Verona and onto Venice. And in Venice it is hot!

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One of the best birthdays ever!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

IMG_2682I woke up this morning and I gave my mama a birthday hug. We had a delicious brekky and headed off for Versailles. We got on a train from Hotel de Ville and then had to swap trains and get on a big double decker train and head off to Versailles. It took about an hour to get there but didn’t feel like an hour. We got to Versailles and then bought some tickets and were allowed to go around the gardens as long as we liked. The garden was absolutely incredible – it was so big! There was very loud classical orchestral music coming out of the trees – who knew that trees could play instruments! I couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing the garden was but we kept walking and found a cafe and bought hot chocolate, coffee and baguettes for lunch – but saved the baguettes for lunchtime. We wandered down towards the lake and had a little walk around to see if we wanted to sit by the lake, go on a boat or hire a bike. In the end we rowed a boat. Freda and Ian are Zola’s grandparents and they were on a boat by themselves. Zola, Nadine, mama and I were on a boat together and Zola and I were doing the funniest sounds whilst we were rowing together. Rowwww. We stayed on the boat for half an hour, and after half an hour of rowing, talking, chatting and giggling, we took the boat back and sat down to have lunch on steps on the edge of the lake. Some ducks swam by and they looked hungry as they were eating reeds, so we fed them some bread and they liked that. Then a BIG fish came along. The fish was eating a large piece of bread my mum threw in the water but the ducks hadn’t got it yet. We waited a little while and then another fish came along and we all asked where the big fish was and soon the ginormous fish came back. Wandering back through the gardens was amazing – we saw a tree that was completely made of bronze, and looked so real. It looked like it was painted gold, but it was bronze. All the statues were incredible – it must be so hard to carve the stone. We walked a little bit more around the gardens and caught the train home. Everyone was very tired. Mama and I got off at a stop earlier than everyone else and went back to Galleries Lafayette for my birthday – we got a pair of bathers each and some presents.

When the shopping was all over we went back to the hotel and mama said to me ‘I think Nadine wants us to visit their hotel room’ and so we went up there, knocked on the door, and we went in and everyone said ‘surprise’. There was fancy cheese and bread, raspberry and pistachio cake, and other delicious things. The candles said ‘Happy Birthday’ in French. I had no idea this was going to happen. Thank you very much for the party Ezards – I had no idea! We all had some delicious food and then it was time to get ready for bed. Zola and I had a bath together and then brushed teeth, got into pj’s and I headed back to our room. I watched a couple of video’s and then started this post. It has been one of the best birthdays ever – what a fantastic day we had. ImageImage