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The Grand Tour: Berlin

Berlin is a much more modern city than the movies will let you believe. As a city it’s come a long way from post-Wall. Right there beside the modern is the history of an influential nation. There are so many galleries in Berlin I don’t know which ones to choose. After 3 days in Prague we’ll probably be craving some good, German food again. I’ve no idea what to do first but at least we have somewhere to stay.

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The Grand Tour: Prague

The Grand Tour: Prague

Prague got onto the list for a couple of reasons. Firstly this is one of those cities that Aussies seem to visit when they are doing extended trips. Secondly because it’s an old old city with churches to visit and art to see. Also it was described as being about beer and potatoes so I am in. If Lonely Planet describes your beer as the best in Europe you know team Holz is there. Plus we found a slightly quirky place to stay.

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The Grand Tour: Munich

The Grand Tour: Munich

This will be my first experience of Germany and I am super excited. Germany is probably the place I am most excited about on this trip. Not just because it’s part of Richard’s history but Germany has a fascinating history, and I’m not just talking about the wars. Munich’s beer halls are a priority destination for us, if nothing else there is a beer stein and some pork belly with our names on it. Get inspired then find some places to stay

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Hello hello from the Holz Grand Tour

French countryside on our way to Barcelona #holzgrandtour

Well hello there people. It’s raining in Geneva today so thought I would take a moment while we hide from the rain to say hi!

Europe is everything that I had hoped it would be, and we are only 2 weeks in. We have ate food, drank so much, seem amazing things that just do not exist in Australia, met some great people and had the chance to really unwind from work. Its been wonderful.

Some highlights so far:

  • After seeing the Tower of Pisa we ate real Italian pizza in Italy and then headed to a Tuscan vineyard where we got drunk on local wine, ate some of the best pasta of my life and found out more about olive oil (for example I had no idea that virgin meant first press of the olives)
  • enjoyed an incredible view of Barcelona from MNAC, then immersed ourselves in some fabulous art from around Spain
  • discovered a love of sangria and paella (Mum we need to add sangria onto the Christmas feast menu it is amazing)
  • bumping in to a friend from Canada on the same cruise ship – I hadn’t seen Michelle in years so it was lovely to catch up and so very, very random to do it on a cruise ship off the coast of Spain
  • saw real flamenco dancing, gosh their feet move fast and was another chance to drink sangria

There have been some low lights too (like missing out on seeing half of Rome because we got stuck in traffic or the number of tourists who still use their dam flash in galleries etc when they have been asked not too, in multiple languages) but lets focus on the good things for now.

I hope you are all thriving yourselves!

Love Alys

PS: I am posting pretty regularly to Instagram if you want to follow along with the adventure.

 

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The Grand Tour: Geneva

The Grand Tour: Geneva

To be honest Geneva was chosen as a stopping point. The cruise drops us off today in Barcelona and we head to Geneva. This is possibly our biggest travel day, the ship arrives in Barcelona at 9am and we arrive in Geneva at 10pm. Epic travel day!!! We are here for two days and probably the only thing that is really on my list to check out is CERN, otherwise we just plan to wander the streets and eat. When we were looking for accommodation we found things quite expensive but did manage to find a great loft space through Airbnb.

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The Grand Tour: Florence

The Grand Tour: Florence

As a stop on the cruise this is our, albeit very brief, opportunity to explore Tuscany. I do not know what it is about Tuscany but I have this mental image of a place with incredible light, it’s the light that I want to see. I am sure we will see plenty of that as we bus it out to the Tower of Pisa (do not judge me if I take one of those photos).

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