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Europe is great and all, but Melbourne is place of the fare go

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Sometimes it's hard to be away from Melbourne's excellent coffee.Credit:Eliana Schoulal

The coffee in Spain was better than I expected, but the food was worse: Mediterranean variations on meat and two veg and white-bread rolls stuffed with slices of omelette.

The story in Portugal was pretty similar, though the people are much less Latin than you’d think and the drivers not at all crazy. The beer in both countries was ordinary.

The coffee in Italy was reliably Italian, and the food was always good. Whatever else goes wrong in Italy – and there’s plenty going wrong at the moment – you always eat well. You can usually find a decent craft beer, while........

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