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 →

A Day of Gaudi in Barcelona

Day 20 of my trip and my first full day in Barcelona. I had a booking at Park Guell for the morning. It was about an hours walk from my accommodation but I chose to walk it anyway so that I could see some more of the city. Once out of the Gothic quarter the... Continue Reading →

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