Valencia, February 2023

A tray with churros and two hot chocolate cups (one with cream on top), on the afternoon sun at Chocolates Valor, Valencia

We went to València last week and… it is definitely a place where you can eat well!

Big Zuu recently visited the city and surrounding area for his programme called “12 Dishes in 12 Hours”; he did a great job of tasting what the area has to offer, and here is our version, I suppose. Though we haven’t counted the number of dishes and this is more like a week… anyway, to the food!

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Tuesday, 18/07/2023: Cochem to Trier

Porta Nigra in Trier

On this day, we left the cosy town of Cochem and slowly started retracing our steps back to London. Figuratively, that is: we were taking trains, not walking!

And so we again witnessed the terraces on the slopes of the Mosel, and went through the tunnels, and crossed its bridges one more time. I’ll spare you the images and videos—you have more in the earlier posts 😏

Arriving in Trier, a former Roman city and the oldest town in Germany, we felt like stepping back into that hustle and bustle sphere we had left behind in Luxembourg. Suddenly, there was people everywhere, of all ages —not just retired people and young families, and not everyone was on holiday!

Strange sensation!

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Sunday, 16/07/2023: Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz framed by trees

This was the day in which we would visit Burg Eltz, one of the two magnificent-looking castles we were looking forward to see during the trip.

But this was in a different town and there were various ways to go from Cochem.

At the end, we chose to go to Moselkern by train and then hike the ~5km to the castle, since the weather was looking nice and we were sure if we didn’t do that we would regret it forever.

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Friday, 14/07/2023: Luxembourg sightseeing, then train to Cochem

Mosel and the terraced vineyards, from the train

After walking past it the night before, we visited the Bock itself after breakfast.

It packs a punch; if you like crypts, cannons, views, staircases built in stone and secret passages that lead you down a tall spiral staircase, through a long corridor, up another tall spiral staircase and to an alternative escape route out of the fortress, you should visit too. Well worth the price of admission!

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