Madrid Mercados Part 1

While some may come to Madrid for the many wonderful art galleries, the culture, the shopping (do they come for the shopping?) I've made the focus of my trip (aside from some compulsory tourist-ing) the local food markets. The Spanish food has been rather too good to me so far, but luckily an enforced diet … Continue reading Madrid Mercados Part 1

Eating Barcelona 

FOOD Barcelona is a gastronomically wonderful city, but it is expensive. The main tourist strip is aligned around Passeig de Gracia - which also happens to be where the cities luxury stores are, so, you know. If you are happy to stay in the tourist centre and are keen for convenient, trendy bars, I highly … Continue reading Eating Barcelona 

Greiling

Why on earth would an Australian who doesn't ski choose to visit the Bavarian alps in the middle of winter? Who knows. Some overly romanticized ideal of snow capped mountains and Alpine villages perhaps. All proved true, so that makes it worth it. I spent 10 days in a little town called Greiling at a … Continue reading Greiling

Strasbourg

Strasbourg, a slightly more abrupt than usual post! Strasbourg is on first impressions a charming town. Although I arrived late in the afternoon and didn't have much of a walk around that evening, I could already tell that I was going to like it. It helped that I stayed at an incredibly renovated hotel called Graffalgar … Continue reading Strasbourg

Museumed Out

GENERAL DRIVEL The holiday is over and the journey begins. I am well and truly museumed out. In 27 days, I managed to visit/see (mostly with Dad, plus a few extras): 7 churches and cathedrals 14 palaces and historical buildings 6 art museums 17 historical museums The Louvre (which is really a bit of all … Continue reading Museumed Out

Florence

OVERVIEW Unfortunately, out of all the places we had visited so far, Florence had the seediest feel - immediately evident on arriving from the main station. As we were walking to our hotel, we heard some screaming and shouting, then two girls running - it seemed like they had been robbed? It's also possible they … Continue reading Florence