The view from our place here will definitely be missed - but it’s time to leave Malta and make our way back to The States (via plane).
This is the view from our place in Malta which is our last destination before heading back to The States after nine mos out and about. It's a pretty nice way to end the journey.
In several ways this was a significantly tougher trek than we anticipated. But the reward is a walk into a timeless city along with a fancy certificate that celebrates the accomplishment. Although since wrtiien in Latin it could easily say "you have to be a real idiot to do this when cars and trains have been invented."
In a few days if all goes to plan our walk will finish in Rome with terminus at The Vatican. It's been tougher than expected and feels like a bit of an accomplishment.
The walking has been a bit more difficult than we expected, with a fair amount of up-and-down…but the views speak for themselves.
Sadly we left our Aussie mates in Greece and have made our way to the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy. The birthplace of Puccini will be the starting point of a walk to Rome - 400km (250 miles). A pretty nice way to end Summer.
Falassarna Beach on the island of Crete has a great vibe and is worth the effort. No doubt this is one to end the season on. Without question Crete overdelivered on all aspects.
But you can enjoy a funky sandwich on the island of Crete in the old town of Chania that will definitely put a little smile on your rosy cheeks. This beautimous concoction runs half the price of a Big Mac and comes with 10X the taste and 1/10 of the fat and calories. Easy decision.
Flying Ryan Air is like being swallowed whole by a giant Michigan Wolverine football helmet.
We rolled into Bucharest, Romania knowing little about the place and expecting less. Turns out we were mistaken. Lots of very good stuff to see, eat and drink for small outlay. Nice neighborhoods and friendly people as well. There are worse places to be and live - we know because we have.
Down the coast about 45 miles to the small town of Byala. It's a crowded beach if you want..... with a lot of room if you don't. A nice surprise of a find.
Golden Sands, Bulgaria is a beach resort complex located about 420 miles from Odessa, Ukraine. It is 6300 miles and in many ways light years from Odessa, Tx. But the beer is cold, the veggies are fried and there is no shortage of ginormous good 'ole boys with an accent. Proof that distance does not always equal difference.
Officially known as Pljeskavica, these babies should be available everywhere and not just everywhere in Serbia. This one is from a little shack in Novi Sad, a gem of a city that Lonely Planet named a top destination not long ago. Cost for two with beverage: about four US bucks, and they are a long way from small.
This extremely panoramic view resides not in Italy.... but in Bosnia. There is a lot to see here, and since its a former war zone things are not all this pretty. But there is a lot to see, learn, and think about.
After walking the equivalent of Kansas City to Boston (2025Km / 1258 miles) it seems like a reasonable request to grab some rest. So we are in our favorite beach town of Tucepi, Croatia for the month doing nothing but walking to the beach, laying about, and walking back home.
This is our last night in Spain, and we were fortunate enough to be sent off with this beautiful view of the Cathedral in Santiago.
We have ran with the bulls (kind of), the sheep and yes, even the pigs. The next logical move is of course goats. Now all we have to do is convince a few thousand other idiots to buy in, and then it's festival time!
(Disclosure: no goats were harmed in the process.)