For me travel is about immersing yourself into another world, exploring new cultures and embracing different ways of thinking. But right now we’re not really doing that… We’re just a-hoppin’, skippin’ and runnin’ across Europe before starting a four month journey across the Silk Road from Turkey to China.

So, since leaving the UK on Tuesday we’ve travelled from London to Paris, to Munich and Salzburg – and tonight we shall be dining in Budapest. Of course I say that in the loosest sense of the word as we have rediscovered our old travelling ways and have been frequenting curry shacks and markets for ‘supper’. I even refused to use the loo at Munich Station because it cost a €1 – I don’t mind spending a penny… But a Euro?! Outraged.

Anyway, in keeping with our fleeting pace across Europe I thought a ‘World in Pictures’ post would be most appropriate (where I write less and let the pictures give an overview). We can’t pretend to have got under the skin of these cities but my, we’ve had great fun surfing the surface.

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Our time in Paris totalled just 3 hours… We decided to spend it on the Montmartre, picnicking outside the Sancrecerre. This guy turned up with a football.

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He was impressive.

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So was the picnic. Matty wore stripes especially for the occasion.

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Then it was off to Munich on this sexy sleeper train.

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We threw ourselves right in the deep end with this wonderful lederhosen-adorned tour guide.

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And concluded dat bratwurst ist gut.

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The handsome Feldherrnnhalle in the Odeonsplatz square, Munich.

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Lovely old state building with huge glass extensions, Munich.

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The Englischer Garten, in the heart of Munich is the biggest public garden in Europe. People also sunbathe naked. I went there to gaze at the colourful fauna. Obviously.

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When in Rome… We drank beer in Munich. We finished beer in Munich. Here’s me through Matty’s beer goggles.

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And we’re in Salzburg! No, I don’t really get this either.

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Donagh looking pretty with the flowers in Salzburg.

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Salzburg Cathedral is a baroque beauty.

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Inside the cathedral…

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The beef goulash with dumpling was mighty fine indeed.

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A view of Salzburg from the impenetrable fortress of Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg.

I am still coming to terms with the fact I have visited Salzburg without doing the Sound of Music tour… Tragic combination of travelling with two boys and having only an afternoon in the city. Somebody pass me a schnaps.

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