motodraconis: (OMG!)
In honour of Peter the Great's visit to Versailles in 1717.

Versailles

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motodraconis: (European)
Linz! Here I am in one of the churches, where there appears to have been some sort of accident or murder, it's all roped off awaiting the police to arrive...

Linz

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motodraconis: (Lick)
Impossible to work while the Alarm Bods are drilling and clomping (and setting off the alarm!) Luckily, I'm on schedule in spite of all the upheavals of the past couple of days. In the meantime, have some Ohrid, it's painfully cute, both Lake Ohrid and the Old Town itself are UNESCO sites of natural and cultural heritage.

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Albania!

Aug. 22nd, 2016 01:57 pm
motodraconis: (Sweets)
So, being so close to Albania, how about another day trip? A bit of prior rummaging on Google indicated that there was a ferry to Albania from Ohrid.

Albania

Unfortunately...

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motodraconis: (Full Face)
Despite a catalogue of disasters, and the only working camera nearly being destroyed... WE MADE IT TO VERSAILLES!

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Most of the photos by Suzanne, with some of my photos at the end of the singers and guide.

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motodraconis: (European)
Catch up! A delayed picture review of Chişinău in Moldova. Moldova, Europe's least visited country!

St. Theodor Tiron Convent (no information available! Or indeed directions, as it was not marked on the local map I was given. Verily, tourism isn't a thing in Moldova.

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motodraconis: (Cup of Tea)
Transnistria, also known as Trans-Dniestr or to give it its full name, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

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Kiev!

Nov. 8th, 2015 10:09 pm
motodraconis: (Cup of Tea)
Russia and Ukraine side by side. But which one is Ukraine?

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"Probably the half-naked one" (Lovely O who met up with us for a drink on the last night - she's Ukrainian, from the contested region as it happens.)

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motodraconis: (What?)
You are 5 years old, you have 2 hours to pack... so choose your toys carefully because you can't take them all.

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Looks like bunny didn't make the grade.

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motodraconis: (European)
Back to Budapest. I'm on a quest to visit every country in Europe, but Budapest is one place I have no objection to visiting again and again - I love the place!

Bunnies

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motodraconis: (Midsummer Ball)
Our yearly pilgrimage to Gala Nocturna. Our gang gets bigger every year!

The United Kingdom

This year the theme was Swan Princess, and held for the first time in Brussels. Swans, both black and white, and multi coloured. Expect feathers!

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motodraconis: (European)
It's Spring in Luxembourg City!

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motodraconis: (Beer)
Another funky Belgian beer. Horny!

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motodraconis: (Full Face)
I've wanted to visit Austria and in particular Vienna for many years, and one of the things I wanted to do was see an opera when I got there. This time, [livejournal.com profile] _vargr_ did some research before we went, and we booked tickets to see a very appropriate opera - Fledermaus, itself set in Vienna in the 19th century by a composer rather famous in the city.

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motodraconis: (European)
It's Vienna, and what better way to sightsee than topless on the back of a dinosaur?

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Warning, mahoosive post. )

Copenhagen

Apr. 27th, 2014 08:02 pm
motodraconis: (European)
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The famous Mermaid of Copenhagen... the poor girl has been decapitated twice, had an arm forcibly amputated, her throat's been cut, she's been drenched with paint several times, dressed in a burqua or two, made to brandish a dildo and even blown up and cast into the harbour. Not bad for such an iconic statue. Seeing the mermaid was another strike from my childhood bucket list of things around the world I wanted to see but never thought I would.

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motodraconis: (Intense)
Nuffink like the sight of a giant rat in the morning...

Coypu in the Ljubljanica

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motodraconis: (European)
Two days into the trip I was bored - Ljubljana is very pretty but I'd walked all over it in detail last year. Since Slovenia is smaller than Wales, it should be feasible to choose from a veritable cornucopia of European countries on its borders: Austria, Hungary, Italy and Croatia, all theoretically reachable and back in one day. I picked Croatia, though when I had to get up at 4.40am to walk the 45 minute trek through pitch black deserted streets in order to catch the first train to Zagreb, I found myself questioning why on earth I put myself through this extra hassle.

Why on earth indeed...

Sunrise on the train to the border

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motodraconis: (Hand)
Aida at the Sofia Opera and Ballet, Bulgaria. (Photos taken from their website.)

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Now if I'd been more organised, I'd have booked before my trip, but as it was, we just showed up on the day and were offered the last few remaining tickets for about 5 quid. The receptionist lady tried to fob us off with 3 quid tickets but we refused to go cheap!

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