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
My visit to Tickets bar has been long awaited - as, of course, you have to book 3 months in advance. Having had one prior incredible experience with a Top 50 restaurant (Attica in Melbourne) I fully enjoyed every day of this lead up. Did you know that anticipating a holiday or special event gives … Continue reading Tickets
It could feel awkward when you find yourself on a rainy night, the sole diner in a very romantic French restaurant where they don't speak a word of English. Or you could go with it. I went with it by ordering an aperitif of KIR Cassis wine and apologising for my terrible French. The venue … Continue reading The one where I accidentally have one of the best meals of my life
In other words: Lyon OVERVIEW This was the place where I realised I'd made a terrible baggage mistake. It's not easy carrying a heavy square suitcase up three flights of narrow, time-worn stone steps. The decision was resolved to seek out a suitcase-backpack hybrid when we arrived in Paris - but more on that later. … Continue reading Screw the museums let’s have a long lunch.
OVERVIEW For some reason I had in my mind this was a smaller town with nothing to its name but a musty old Shroud. That's what you get for not reading up. It's not. It's a fairly large city with a long history originating from Roman times, and no less than 18km of shopping arcades. … Continue reading Turin – Part 1
OVERVIEW Venice is at once both larger and smaller than I expected. But while it's certainly a beautiful city, and the old palaces lining the grand canal (most have now been converted to galleries, institutions and other state buildings) are enormous, it's somewhat worn and weary. Ca Rezzonico has been converted into an 18th century … Continue reading Venice – Part 1
OVERVIEW My European adventure began with arrival in Dusseldorf - not a normal destination for long distance travelers to start, but it had been the cheapest inbound destination when I booked so I thought why not. It's largely a business-based city, although it does have a very upmarket shopping strip, Koenigsallee (the Kings way - think Prada, … Continue reading Dusseldorf