Attraversammo tutta la Spagna con sosta in Castilla - La Mancha, a Consuegra per vedere i famosi mulini a vento di Don Chisciotte- Don Quijote... Facemmo un'altra sosta a Tarragona e poi passando la frontiera italiana ci fermammo un paio di giorni nelle Cinqueterre. Dopo un mese circa in Italia, tra giorni passati in spiaggia, giornate a Roma e a Napoli, volammo a Londra e da li facendo scalo a Dubai arrivammo a Perth - Wa - West Australia. Li vive il padre di mio marito. Mio suocero. Che io ancora non conoscevo. Dopo 4 anni con M. ancora non avevo avuto la possibilita' e l'occasione di conoscere mio suocero.
A parte la vegetazione esotica, una cosa che sempre ricordero' e' il suono dell'Australia, il costante e variabile canto degli uccelli: del Kookabara, dei pappagalli e di alcune specie uniche in Australia. Per finire questo viaggio ci spingemmo fino alla fine ad Albany dove un cammino completamento ricoperto di tavole di legno si inoltrava serpeggiando fino giu' sulla costa. Con il mare del sud di fronte a noi e le balene che migravano saltando e lasciando nell'aria i loro tipici spruzzi d'acqua perdendosi all'orizzonte. Un'esperienza davvero da ricordare!! :)
English Please- Australia
As already mentioned here, almost two years ago we left Seville for the north of Spain. So we moved all our stuff from our apartment in Triana (the 'Trastevere' of Seville) into storage for two months. We wanted to spend a month in Italy for the summer vacation plus 4 weeks in Australia and then finally go on to Girona and start our new adventure, finding a place to live as well as new jobs. Believe it or not we went without having anything lined up!
We crossed all of Spain, passing through Castilla-La Mancha, visiting Consuegra with its renowned Don Quijote windmills. After a stop-over in Tarragona we finally reached Italy where we lingered in Liguria for a few days in the Cinqueterre UNESCO National Coastal Park.
We spent our Italian summer between beaches and excursions to Rome and Naples. Then we packed again for Australia. We spent a few busy days in London before flying out through Dubai to touch down in Perth, WA.
We had gone initially to surprise my father's husband on his sixtieth birthday and naturally turned the trip into a holiday of a lifetime for ourselves.
At that time I had been with M. for more than 4 years but I still hadn't met my father-in-law so that was the day I would introduce myself. The surprise was big to say the least, for not only was his father going to greet his first ever daughter-in-law, but he would also be reunited with his son, his daughter accompanied by her partner and hidden out of sight until the last his mother....
Australia is really a big country! We travelled a bit of the north and south of Western Australia and felt we had done half a continent.
Some years before I had heard about Monkey Mia on a well known Italian TV programme where they said it was possible to feed dolphins as they reached the shore almost every day. And I had kept that name in my mind ever since. Then incredibly, after so many years, I had the chance myself to see these beautiful water mammals. Monkey Mia is a reserve with a modest beachside residence, restaurant and bar in keeping with its environment. You can see the famous dolphins, go kayaking as well as other water activities.... A really stunning, natural setting!