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European road trip St Moritz Salzburg

May 24, 2016 by David Herd

Austrian Summer Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg rates up there with my favourite European memories. Breathtaking scenery, snow capped mountains and the wonderful food in Salzburg. This was certainly my best ever European trip which started in Lake Como then on to the French Riviera, a few days in the Cinque Terre  before heading for Milan,  Verona and Lake Garda.

I spent 10 days in a beautiful little French village north of Menton called Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing.

Hohensalzburg Castle

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg This fortress is over 900 years old and was originally built to guarantee the safety of the archbishops, while also serving as barracks and a prison.

Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg Salzburg has has three universities and a large population of students.

High fashion in Austrian Summer Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg I’m rushing straight to the shops to buy a pair.

It’s nice to walk around clean city streets with no traffic.

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps.….. The city acts as a hub for south-bound trains through the Alps into Italy.

Busy Salzburg Street

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg It’s always a pleasure to wander around parts of the city where there are no vehicles.

Nice square in Austrian Summer Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg Everybody is enjoying this perfect summer day.

Seafood in Salzburg.

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg We are a long way from the ocean but the seafood looks fantastic.

Too much seafood is never enough

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg What a fabulous display, it looks as good as I have seen anywhere in the world.

Salzburg wedding

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg The blushing bride looks very happy indeed.

Hotel Bristol Salzburg

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg I stayed at this very nice hotel a few kms out of the city. Nice room and very good food in the restaurant.   Agoda rate the hotel Bristol at 9.2, this is very high indeed.

Dinner at my hotel

Austrian Summer Salzburg A schnitzel is compulsory in Austria. 🙂

OMG, the calories.

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg I’m guessing there may be over 2000 calories in this desert.

Hotel Bristol

European road trip St Moritz Salzburg My hotel was quite upmarket and in a great location, use THIS LINK for a very good discount.

Salzburg is the home of Mozart.

Austrian Summer Salzburg Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing in public at the age of 6. Over the years, Mozart aligned himself with a variety of European venues and patrons, composing hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, concertos and operas, marked by vivid emotion and sophisticated textures. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg.


 My great road trip

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St Moritz Switzerland

May 24, 2016 by David Herd

Lake St Moritz

St Moritz switzerland St Moritz Switzerland was the first stop on my road trip from Pejo in the Italian alps Salzburg. This was certainly my best ever European trip which started in Lake Como then on to the French Riviera, a few days in the Cinque Terre  before heading for Milan,  Verona and Lake Garda.

I spent 10 days in a beautiful little French village north of Menton called Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing.

St Moritz Switzerland

St Moritz switzerland

A perfect summer day in St Moritz, check out some great hotel deals HERE.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

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St Moritz

St Moritz switzerland

The streets were very quiet.

St Moritz in summer.

St Moritz switzerland

 

The whole city has an expensive feel about it.

St Moritz

St Moritz switzerland

Those mountains would be an amazing sight in the winter.

Here comes the snow

 photo St Moritz snow.jpg That’s the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel  with snow on the roof.

Fast asleep in St Moritz

St Moritz switzerland

 

Get a suntan on a beautiful summers day in St Moritz.

St Moritz

Summertime St Moritz

A family picnic by Lake St Moritz.

Picnic at Saint Moritz

St Moritz switzerland

Every January or early February, Polo matches are held on the lake.

Beautiful St Moritz

St Moritz switzerland

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I bet that water is cold

Summertime St Moritz Even though it’s summer I’m sure that water would be freezing. 🙂

Breathtaking

St Moritz switzerland

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Leaving St Moritz Switzerland

St Moritz switzerland

After a pleasant couple of hours in St Moritz I’m back on the road again heading for Germany.

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Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

August 18, 2015 by David Herd

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy is the largest Italian lake. The wealthy and the snobbish will always prefer Lake Como because that’s what they read about in the social pages and gossip columns, the experienced traveller however would most certainly choose Lake Garda as the more interesting and user friendly location.

Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and most visited lake. The lake is 51km long but only 17km wide at its widest point in the south. The distance around the lake is 158km. Picturesque villages, medieval castles, and lakeside promenades dot the shoreline.

Swimming at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern ItalyThe lake has numerous small islands and five main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. Nearby to the south is Isola San Biagio, also known as the Isola dei Conigli(“Island of the Rabbits”). Both are offshore of San Felice del Benaco, on the west side. The three other main islands are Isola dell’Olivo, Isola di Sogno, and Isola di Trimelone, all farther north near the east side. The main tributary is the Sarca River, while the only outlet is the Mincio River.

Relaxing beside Lake Garda

 

Beautiful Lake Garda northern ItalyThere are many delightful cafes and restaurants around the lake where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

 

Beautiful Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 Lake Garda is known for its clear water, great for swimming in summer. Windsurfing, sailing, and hiking in the lake’s many parks are popular activities.

Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Is it surprising that Italy is my favourite European country?

Lakeside restaurant

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

A perfect spot to relax by the lake.

Lake Garda church

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

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Fabulous colours

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Magnificent colours on the buildings.

Shopping arcade beside the lake

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Shop, drink coffee or enjoy pasta for lunch.

Ferry at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

You can also explore the lake from the ferry.

Old castle

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The lake has a diverse landscape with beaches along the southern shores and rocky cliffs above the northern shoreline.

North of Lake Garda.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The surrounding countryside is magnificent.

The Castle of Sirmione on Lake Garda.

Sirmione castle Lake GardaThe Sirmione castle is the most significant example of the defensive structures on Lake Garda. Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the village of Sirmione was a border town situated between the land owned by the Della Scala dynasty of Verona and the property of the lords of Milan. The original nucleus was delimited by a tall square wall with three towers, and was probably built on top of the remains of a Roman fortress.

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Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, it’s a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta.

Fabulous Lake Como home

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Lake Como weather is generally mild. It is known for its Mediterranean-like climate where sub-tropical plants can grow year-round, Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July.

Bellagio on Lake Como northern Italy

Bellagio Lake Como

Bellagio is a wonderful upmarket village on Lake Como, certainly a place that attracts the wealthy. Bellagio & Lake Como are both beautiful and famous, however I do prefer the larger Lake Garda which is a couple of hours east. I found it more “user friendly” in so much as there were many more places you could actually access the lake itself. The wealthy and the snobbish will always pick Como because that’s what they read about in the fashion magazines and gossip columns, but the experienced traveller I believe would choose Lake Garda as the more interesting location.


My little road rocket

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy This little car really covered a lot of miles in the coming weeks, all the way to Saint Tropez, Cinque Terre, Menton, Breil Sur Roya, Verona, Pejo, St Moritz and Salzburg.

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My fantastic road trip.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Taking the shortcut across Lake Como northern Italy.

West side Lake Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

It is a rather short trip on the ferry.

For whom the bell tolls

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy Pardon me quoting the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, however I’m sure he would have sometime in his life sipped his double daiquiris on the shore of Lake Como. 🙂  

Hemingway did enjoy a drink

Ernist Hemingway

What a fabulous old photo.

San Giacomo Church, Ossuccio

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy This Romanesque church is situated along the shore at Spurano, Ossuccio.  It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. The sail bell tower on the outside wasn’t built until after the 14th century.  The double arched apse is typical of the local architecture and inside the church you can see visible traces of original frescoes.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo Dining outside on the terrace overlooking the lake with the lights of Bellagio twinkling is a magical experience.  

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Way above my pay grade I’m afraid. 🙂

Como Cathedral

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

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Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern ItalyComo is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. It is the administrative capital of the Province of Como. Its proximity to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a popular tourist destination and the city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces.

  Veal Scallopini

  veal scallopini comoOne of my favourite meals is veal scallopini and this dish I had in Como at the restaurant shown below was perhaps the best I have ever experienced.  

Main square opposite Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

The food here was fantastic.

Restaurant on the square

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

A beautiful summer day in Como.

Como by the lake

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

As you can see the weather was absolutely perfect at the end of June.

 Garage for the boat

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

I would be very happy living here, 🙂

I’m enjoying a coffee in Bellagio.

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Sospel village near Monte Carlo

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo Sospel village near Monte Carlo is a small town situated about 15km inland from the coastal resort of Menton & close to the French border with Italy. We were based in Breil Sur Roya just a short drive through the mountains.

Briel Sur Roya to Sospel & Monte Carlo

Sospel map

A short drive to the coast.

Medieval town

Sospel village near Monte Carlo This small medieval town feels almost Italian in character, maybe because it was part of Italy until 1860.


 

Relaxing in the town square

  Sospel village near Monte Carlo Sospel became prosperous in the 13th century when an important salt trading route between Nice and Turin passed through the town and those using the route paid tolls to use the bridge across the Bévéra river.  

Houses along the riverbanks

  Sospel homes   The streets of the old town contain numerous attractive medieval houses, many with decorative painted facades.  

Toll Bridge

Sospel village near Monte Carlo 

The tower in the centre of the fortified bridge was originally the toll gate for the mules using the trade route. A bridge has stood here since at least the 13th century, although it is likely the original version was built of wood. In 1522 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone version, much as we see it today.

Viaduct beside the village

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

You can spend many days exploring the beautiful part of France.

Coffee with Deborah

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French village Breil Sur Roya

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya French village Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport.

Beside the Roya river

French village Breil Sur Roya Take a stroll along the river front to better appreciate the town and the surrounding landscape which is very impressive with forested hills rising steeply on all sides of the town.

South of Breil

French village Breil Sur Roya

A few miles south of Breil is the beautiful Italian town of Airole where I think there is a better choice of good restaurants. Train or car only takes about 17 minutes.

Road Breil to Airole

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A short drive and you are in Italy. 

French village near Menton

French village near Menton

What a great location for a holiday.

Pizzeria

French village Breil Sur Roya

No way I’m eating pizza in France. 🙂

Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.

Arriving from the south

French village near Menton

Entering Breil from the south.

Narrow lanes

  French village Breil Sur Roya Behind the squares running parallel to the river the narrow streets of the old town are very interesting, with many of the buildings painted in attractive pastel colours.  

Our apartment in Breil

  French village Breil Sur Roya Here are my friends Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell my friends from the Gold Coast in Australia who were travelling with me.  

Our road rocket

French village Breil Sur RoyaCheck out the YouTube video below.

View from our apartment

French village near Menton

Another beautiful in the mountains.

In front of our apartment

French village Breil Sur Roya Controlling the flow of the river which would be fairly wild with the melting Autumn snow.

Le Flavie restaurant rated # 2 by TripAdvisor.

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Escargot, well we are in France. 🙂

Le Flavie  French village Breil Sur RoyaThis was certainly the best restaurant in Breil Sur Roya

Deb, David & Jodie

French village Breil Sur Roya

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La Brigue ancient French village

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village La Brigue ancient French village north of Menton was originally part of Italy, the village was annexed to France as part of the Treaty of Paris in 1947.

Donjon tower

La Brigue ancient French village The village is both pretty and interesting, with colourful buildings, ancient churches, arcades, vaulted passages, streets to explore, and the pleasure of a fast-flowing river that’s joined by a mountain stream in the centre. The stream is called “Rio Sec”, or dry river, but was full of spring water when we were there. Many of the buildings are of natural stone and many are nicely renovated with pastel facades and green doorways and steps. The 14th-c medieval Chateau des Lascaris perched above the village is in ruins, with only some walls and a tall, round donjon tower remaining. Partial reconstruction, however, has been started, and the castle is used for medieval festival weekends. Reconstruction will be followed by archaeological digs on the site.

 Medieval stone structures

La Brigue ancient French village La Brigue is very attractive with steep rocky hills rising either side, also there are several important monuments.

ANCIENT STONE FOUNTAIN

La Brigue ancient French village This fountain is dated 1741.

The water tastes so pure & cold

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This water is worth bottling.

Homes in La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

Wonderful ancient stone buildings.

La Brigue French village

La Brigue ancient French village
As you can imagine there are not too many hotels in La Brigue, Hotel Le Terminus is a good choice, excellent rates if you book through this link.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

I rarely enter a church however in La Brique I made an exception.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

A great shot of the local church.

Ancient buildings & narrow lanes

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One of the fascinating cobblestone lanes.

 La Brigue French village

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brique is a great example of a typical French mountain village.

La Brigue is on the Roya river

La Brigue ancient French village

Perched on the banks of the Sur Roya.

Looks like it will last 1000 years

La Brigue ancient French village

I’m guessing it has been there 1000 years already.

Deborah Holliday & Jodie ONiell

La Brigue ancient French village These lovely ladies from the Gold Coast were my travelling companions. We were based at Breil Sur Roya between Saorge & Airole.

David Herd at La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

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Saorge beautiful French village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

Saorge

 photo Saorge5.jpg Saorge beautiful French village was classed as one of the “40 most beautiful villages of France”. The main village streets traverse narrowly between the buildings at very different levels, with smaller streets and steps leading up and down between them. The view from anywhere in the village is spectacular, looking outward to snow-capped mountains in the middle distance (into May and June) and the deep gorge and rushing white-water river below.

Road to Saorge

 photo Saorge 4.jpg The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24–28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Saorge beautiful French village

 photo Saorge 1.jpg Saorge is 11 km north of Breil Sur Roya where we were based. There are so many interesting French & Italian villages in this particular area, you can spend weeks exploring these fabulous part of Europe.


Bath house or wash house?

 photo Saorge3.jpg Whichever one it is or was I can guarantee it is old, very old. 🙂

Saorge homes

 photo Saorge7.jpg

The tall solid stone houses date from the 15th-17th centuries and line the narrow steep cobbled street that climb up through the village.

Narrow streets & Alleys

 photo Saorge202.jpg Exploring the village is straightforward as the village mostly follows one long street that climbs the hill through Saorge, with lots of smaller alleys climbing the hill to either side.

My travel buddies

 photo Saorge 8.jpg Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell from the Gold Coast in Australia spent a couple of weeks with me exploring the French & Italian villages, French Riviera & the Cinque Terre. My best travel tip for this area is to base yourself in the central village of Breil Sur Roya, from here you can easily reach all the wonderful surrounding villages similar to Saorge.

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Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

Let the games begin

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village has a quintessential main town square where everybody gathers to play chess, socialise and relax in the sunshine.

Early evening in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

 One of my favourite Italian villages 14 km south of Breil and 14 km north of Ventimiglia on the coast. A beautiful Italian medieval village with a population of 461, it has a delightful town square where the locals meet to chat, play chess & enjoy a vino or an espresso.


 

Town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Everyone gathers here to chat & socialise.

Discussing serious business

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The world cup was being played & I’m guessing these gentlemen were discussing the teams.

Enjoying a cold beer

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Well it was a beautiful summers day. 🙂

Deborah & Jodie

   

Homes in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Very peaceful & quiet.

The town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The local will gather here later to watch the world cup football on TV.

July 2010 and the World Cup is on.

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The TV is set up in the village square.

The Roya river

   photo At Airole 1.jpg On the road to Airole just south of Breil Sur Roya.   The Upper Roya Valley begins at the Col de Tende (1871 m) on the French-Italian border. It runs south about 35 km to Breil-sur-Roya and then another 8 km to where it crosses back into Italy. (The Lower Roya Valley flows into the Mediterranean at Ventimiglia.) TheUpper Roya Valley is a region of mountains and valleys, with swift rivers, thick forests, and villages with an Italian flavor.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Located just beside the French border.

Road to Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The road winds up to the village.

Narrow lanes

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village OK, time to find a nice restaurant in Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village.

Local restaurant

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village  And here it is. 🙂

Veal scallopini al funghi

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village My favourite Italian dish, so far this trip I have had it in Como, Fanghetto & now Airole.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

It’s now July so to warm for firewood.

Nestled in the mountains

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The village is sheltered by the mountain range.

Ancient water fountain

  David Herd Thailand In Airole there are hidden treasures around every corner.  

 Is David Herd in Airole? I’m looking for David Herd.

  Airole Medieval Italian village A guy can dream can’t he? 🙂  

A very peaceful village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

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Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

August 14, 2015 by David Herd

Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip stopping for lunch at Limone Piemonte Italy, one of the oldest ski areas in the country. Driving through the Italian & French mountains south on our way to the French Riviera.

Pizza pasta and wild boar

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip My friends & travelling companions Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONeill from the Gold Coast in Australia.


Lovely mountain village

Limone Piemonte I had just spent a couple of days in Lake Como waiting for my friends to arrive from Australia before spending 10 days exploring the French Riviera from our apartment in Breil Sur Roya.

Australian beer in Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Quite a surprise to see large Australian beer sign.

Nestled amongst the forest

Limone Piemonte Italy The railway reached Limone in 1891, in 1897 the skiers arrived & competitions began in 1907.

Waiting for the snow

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Obviously the village would look quite different in the winter.

Charming stone chalets

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

This was a perfect village to have a break on our Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip.

Here is where we had lunch

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Very good wine and food at this delightful restaurant.


Main street Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

The weather was gorgeous as was the village.

The girls are excited 1st day of their holiday

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Deb & Jodie jumping for joy. 

Mountain creek

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

A small mountain stream runs through the village.

Our road rocket

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This little rocket was perfect for 3 people. Car hire in Europe is rather inn expensive if you shop around for a good deal. Always try to drop the car off in the country you picked it up in. This will save you a relocation fee. 

David Herd & Deborah Holliday

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