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Alpha beer in Plakias

Crete, October 2016

We left Milan with our bellies full of cheese and wine, headed to the island of Crete in Greece. Greece has been on our list of places to visit for ages, so we were glad to have the opportunity to spend a little while here.

A friend inspired me with the cooking classes she likes to take when travelling to new places. I think it’s a terrific way to meet a local or two and to learn something new. Food is so integral to culture so it’s a great point for getting into a new way of life. As a result, I booked us a cooking class at Vamos village where they held an afternoon class in an old olive oil mill. Continue reading Crete, October 2016

Leipzig

Leipzig, October 2016

After saying a sad goodbye in Hamburg to our friends living in London, we hopped on the train with our Leipzig pals to stay with them for a few days. Apart from Berlin, we had never been to (former) East Germany before and were curious to see what it was like.

Leipzig is in the Saxony region of Germany, not far from Dresden. It was bigger and more populous than I had expected and really lively thanks to a reasonably large student population. The city has a pretty revolutionary past, being involved in the fall of the East German regime and the fall of communism.

There is a really interesting feel to the city, partly to do do with the young population and partly with the injection of capital by the government. There’s quite a fun melding of old and new. Continue reading Leipzig, October 2016

Hamburg sunset

Hamburg, October 2016

From Amsterdam, we took a train to Hamburg – a city we had always wanted to visit but never got around to going to. I’m so glad we did in the end, because it’s a really special place.

We met up with some friends in Hamburg – a couple living in London right now, and another couple living in Leipzig. All friends from Melbourne days, so it was really special to have some time with them before we left Europe. Continue reading Hamburg, October 2016

Lijnbaansgracht

Amsterdam, October 2016

Amsterdam is so much fun, it was such a treat to visit once more and hang out along the canals in that special “Dutch Masters” sunshine!

We visited our favourite Ethiopian restaurant, Lalibela; our go-to local beer pub, Het Arendsnest and timeless classic restaurant Tuin10.

The last time we were in Amsterdam was in April, and that was for a job interview so it was much less relaxed a trip than this one! Continue reading Amsterdam, October 2016