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Day Seven: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Fireflies and Prosecco Day 7. 27 June 2006 Tuesday. Waking at five o’clock with the birds singing, I lie on my sleeping platform for a few hours more, dozing in and out…

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Day Six: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Grappa Frisbee, Deportment, and the Eighty Year Old Shepherd Day Six. 26 June 2006 Monday. Up early on a Monday morning to be ready for the night’s adventure, we pack a variety…

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Day Five: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music Day 5. 26 June 2006 Sunday. Church bells and rucksack related aches and pains wake me improbably early. And I drift in and…

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Day Four: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Under Police Guard Day 4. 24 June 2006 Saturday. A slightly sleepless night last night – humidity was overpowering and I was woken early by the sound of pigeons on the balcony…

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Day Three: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Venetian Labyrinth From Above Day 3. 23 June 2006 Friday. I faired better on my second morning in getting cold milk for my cereal; also realised that yesterday I drank my coffee…

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Day Two: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Mind The Gap Day 2. 22 July 2004 Thursday. I wake to the sounds of delivery boats on a nearby canal. After a slight mixup over breakfast with my milk requirements –…

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Day One: To Venice and Beyond

( or Drystone Walling and the Dolomites ) Across The Lagoon Day 1. 21 June 2004 Wednesday. Arrived in Venice ahead of schedule, and, having traversed the plush new airport discovering that you can’t get trollies without a 1 Euro…

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Day Two: Travels in Transylvania

( Waymarking in Romania ) Sightseeing a City in a Day Day 2. 15 July 2005 Friday. I woke early for breakfast to make the most of the day to find myself disappointed to find the fifth floor of the…

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Day One: Travels in Transylvania

After the anticipation, finally, it’s here! Sit back, curl up, and enjoy the tales from Romania… ( Waymarking in Romania ) A Thunderstorm for Dinner Day 1. 14 July 2005 Thursday. The journey began like any other; at Heathrow Terminal…

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The rollout continues…


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Piece by piece, page by page, the all new look shepline.com is taking shape. Tonight, whilst half watching the opening two episodes of the utterly dreadful and rediculous Lost, I have been tinkering with the Hungarian and Estonian travelogues. More…

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Return to Iceland: Day 1

( The Land of the Midnight Sun ) The Journey North Day 1. 15 June 2004 Tuesday. A circumfluent route is taken to get to Oxford when Julian arives at my house a little after 7 o’clock. Missing the turn…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 11

Emotional Farewells and Fond Memories Day 11. 6 August 2003 Wednesday. Bed at 2am, I wake at 8 after an interruption at 6 when Shaun leaves without so much as a goodbye leaving his lunchbox behind for us to remember…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 10

The Crazy Gang At Large in Tallinn (reprise) Day 10. 5 August 2003 Tuesday. Today I lie in to the grand ol’ hour of 8 o’clock. I’ve slept well — having settled surprisingly well back into the comfort of beds…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 9

Amber Shops and Elevants Day 9. 4 August 2003 Monday. Wake at 0700 hours. Seleft reasonably well last night despite the 2am-ish finish of the Truth or Dare and the cold feet in the early hours of Monday dawn. I…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 8

Boat trips, native horses and tug-o-war… Day 8. 3 August 2003 Sunday. The second of two leisure days. So, what’s on the itinerary? A boat trip, riding native horses (but round a paddock rather than the countryside) and a trip…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 7

“And another thing I’d like to remember to you…” Day 7. 2 August 2003 Saturday. “The interesting thing is that…” there’s something else that I have to tell you. Ester is one of those people – a historian, archeologist and…

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Adventures in Estonia: Day 5

The woods, frisbie, liqueurs and tongue-twisters Day 5. 31 July 2003 Thursday. We return to the farm in our school bus but this time not to transfer to a collection of faithful if ailing vehicles. The woods where we are…

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