Category: Europe

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Gaudí’s Vision of Eternity – Sagrada Familia

Before Barcelona, I have not heard of the name Antoni Gaudí. I have seen pictures of wacky buildings but did not think much of it. A stroke of fantasy perhaps? What I knew was that every traveler to Barcelona must visit Sagrada Familia, a basilica in...

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Chasing “Game of Thrones” @ Peñiscola, Spain

Season 6 of Game of Thrones is in the making and time is not going by fast enough! While on a walking tour in Valencia, the guide mentioned that no GoT was filmed in Valencia but instead at Peñíscola. We googled to find out that only a...

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Boulder Homes of Monsanto, Portugal

While pin surfing, I saw a crazy photo on Pinterest when I searched for Portugal, where an enormous boulder sits on top of a house like an ostrich egg on top of cake. To be sure it wasn’t photoshopped, I followed the description and found the...

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Porto Oporto, the Inspiration for Harry Potter?

Hilly like San Francisco, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, known for their production of fine Port wine, Francesinha and the world’s third most beautiful bookstore. Oh, and J.K. Rowling spent three years here as an English teacher during the darkest and brightest period...

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Germans and Their Strange Habits

When I say strange, I mean it in the most intriguing and educational ways possible to an American. Having had the chance to experience local living, wander through small towns and be a passenger on the autobahn, here’s what I’ve learned about the Germans… On...

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Geneva: Land of order

Tips: Be mentally prepared. The cost of living in Switzerland is way above the average, and we live in one of the most expensive cities in the US (Washington DC metro area). I was not prepared when I saw that a McD’s meal is a whopping...