Monthly Archives: May 2014

Prague and Cesky Krumlov: I have some bad news and I have some good news

So, you’ve heard that Prague is a beautiful city, one of the most visit-worthy in Europe, if not the world. Only one problem with that information – countless thousands of other will-be-travellers have heard the same story. They have voted … Continue reading

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Dubai: a question of appetite for hot pot

Before we left Australia, a well-travelled person opined that one visit to Dubai would be more than enough. One sleep away from flying out of Dubai for home, I am a little surprised to discover that I hold a different … Continue reading

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Berlin and Dresden

Berlin! Where to begin? I will start with a dog, a Golden Retriever kind of hund, asleep at its owner’s feet in the lobby bar of the Marriott Hotel in Berlin; note the water bowl also. As some of you … Continue reading

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On tour: Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw

As I begin this post, our tour coach is driving west from Krakow towards Auschwitz. I suspect that I won’t feel up to writing in the hours after this visit; our group is already quiet, travelling sotto voce. Fittingly, the … Continue reading

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Rick’s in Vienna …

… and so is Maggie but there is no sign of Inspector Rex! Never mind, there is much to see and do in Vienna, once you acclimatise to the monumental scale of the built landscape; and the street layout, based … Continue reading

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Vienna via Dijon and Salzburg

There will be one last post about our Côte d’Or dining experiences but I am overdue to tell friends and colleagues in Melbourne about the progress of our trip. We are now in Vienna, the grand capital of the former … Continue reading

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Best meals in Côte d’Or: La Grilladine encore!

Frau Grounds has just pointed out that my account of how we spent Tuesday afternoon comprised activities which actually occurred the next day, except for the bit about tasting white wines. Not that one should let the facts get in … Continue reading

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