Ostuni: A first look

Finally writing up my trip in 2019 It is about 8 hours by train from Bologna to Ostuni. So a rest day to watch the world go by. A lot of it was by the coast and quite glorious. Ostuni is a hilltop town, its train station at the bottom but a quick taxi ride... Continue Reading →

Two nights in Bologna

Finally writing up my trip from 2019 Paris done and dusted. Now an early start, a station pastry and a long day of train travel. The rest of my trip is to Southern Italy, but since I don't fly mid trip, a stop in Bologna made perfect sense. I was in Bologna in 2018 and... Continue Reading →

Paris Day 4: Giverny

Finally writing up my 2019 trip My last full day in Paris and my only real bucket list tourist hot spot thing of this trip. Giverny. I love Monet, I visited the Musée de l'Orangerie in 2014 and marveled at the wrap around water lilies so this was the one thing I wanted to do... Continue Reading →

First Morning in Paris

This was my second trip to Paris. In 2014 I visited Europe for the first time, and Paris was my first stop. I researched. I had lists. I ticked off those lists like the completion freak I am. I had a great time but I hadn't really stopped to smell the roses enough and I... Continue Reading →

Europe 2019: I’m off to Paris

Flying economy to Europe from Australia never gets enjoyable. Arriving in Europe from Australia is always enjoyable. One requires the other. Grinning and bearing it, the order of the day. Or days, as the case may be. I live a couple of hours from my nearest international airport. Our train service makes me weep every... Continue Reading →

Europe 2018 Trip Summary

23 nights 4 countries 7 overnight locations 30+ places visited Too many trains to count 19000 steps/14km average walked per day 1 blister Many new foods and plenty of pastries 11 bags of Haribo brought home for the kids 😀 The details Munich 3 nights with day trips to Bamberg and Zugspitze Accommodation: Hotel Buddy... Continue Reading →

Barcelona Day 3

My third day in Barcelona, and 23rd of my trip, started with nothing planned. I had a few ideas but my visit to the Sagrada was the last big ticket item on my itinerary and now I was winding down, and tired. After a sleep in I decided to see one more Gaudi. Not far... Continue Reading →

Barcelona Day 2 & Sagrada Familia

If you are going to pre-book anything in Barcelona, make it the Sagrada Familia. I booked it months before I went and the number of walk ups I saw on the day being turned away reminded me how smart that had been. It is the most astonishing building and not to be missed, so plan... Continue Reading →

Walking Food Tour in Barcelona

The fourth and last walking food tour of my trip was on my second night in Barcelona. It was the Devour Barcelona Tapas, Taverns & History tour. The tour centered on the Gothic quarter. The group met our guide and were given a little history of the area as we walked to our first stop.... Continue Reading →

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