July 2011

11 Interesting Facts About Spain

A week and a half ago Danielle and I left Spain, after spending about a month on the Iberian peninsula it was a bitter sweet day. Spain made quite an impact on us, and while I didn’t love every single stop we made, there were definitely a few I could easily have stayed in for a very very very long time. Spain is an amazing country, as one can see from their rich history and their amazingly kind people throughout […]

Top Ten Tuesdays – Things to Do in British Columbia

Another Tuesday means another “Top Ten Tuesdays” post loaded with useful info for things to do in destination around the world! This weeks post comes from my neighbors up north in the stunning Canadian province of British Columbia. British Columbia is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, and this list shows it. Enjoy! Spot wildlife on Vancouver Island Not to be confused with British Columbia’s largest city of the same name, this emerald island off the east […]

11 Interesting Facts About Portugal

Visiting Portugal was a highlight of the first month of my trip. The people, the food, and the surroundings were all absolutely incredible. Portugal has found a place in my heart, and I have every intention of returning time and time again. Here is my next “Interesting Facts…” post featuring a dose of knowledge on what might be my new favorite country, Portugal! 1. According to the CIA Factbook, Portugal is the 111th largest country in the world, just behind […]

Top Ten Tuesdays – Things to Do in Cape Town

This week’s “Top Ten Tuesdays” post covers the South African city of Cape Town. Cape Town received lots of attention last year during the World Cup, and the tourism infrastructure is still in place allowing for easy transportation and lots of things to do, leaving you with endless options for entertainment. Here it is, enjoy! Climb Table Mountain From the base of Aftica’s most iconic mountain reams of visitors can be seen ascending by cable car – but for the […]

Photos from Lisbon, Portugal (UNESCO sites 13 & 14)

Our time in Lisbon (just over a week and a half ago) was spent making friends, exploring the surroundings of Lisbon, and hanging out on the beach. It was a nice start to the wind down of our time in Spain and Portugal and was highlighted by some sightseeing to two different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first of these sites were two different historical buildings, the Tower of Belem, and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. Both show exemplary architecture […]

I See London, I See… Still London

So I haven’t even finished up my posts from Portugal and Spain, but today Danielle and I arrived in London for our extended stay. You’ll remember my original plan was to live and work here in London for 2 1/2 months, but things have changed, I won’t be working, and instead we’ll be using London as our home base to explore the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and possibly Ireland! The next two weeks we’ll be getting situated here and […]

Top Ten Tuesdays – Things to Do on Mallorca

Another Tuesday has come (and almost gone), which means it’s time for a “Top Ten Tuesdays” post. This weeks is again by Leon Levy and covers the top ten things to do on Mallorca, a Mediterranean island just off the coast of Spain. Here are ten things to do on Mallorca, enjoy! Marineland Famed as Spain’s first and reputably, best-loved dolphinarium. Here the whole family can enjoy the spectacular dolphin shows as well as sea lions, exotic birds, sharks and […]

Panoramic Photo of Porto, Portugal (UNESCO #12)

Porto, or Oporto as it is called by the locals, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the twelfth one I’ve visited since the start of this site. Technically it is just the historic center of the city that is a heritage site, but I took this panoramic shot of the entire city because I loved the view. From what I understand the historic center is the part pictured at center here, highlighted by the tower you see poking up […]

Porto, Portugal – Just What the Doctor Ordered

It had been a long day. The bus had dropped us off in a part of town we weren’t expecting to be in, the “Free Internet” wifi network I needed for directions actually cost 2.50 Euro an hour, and our bags were starting to seem heavier and heavier each day. We’d been moving around a lot, and in need of some relaxation and a slower pace. That’s exactly what we got in Portugal, the second chapter and second country of […]

A Town of Pilgrims – Santiago de Compostela – UNESCO #11

Santiago de Compostela has long been a destination for Christian pilgrims from across Europe, and the world. Considered one of the holiest cities of the Christian faith, Santiago was constructed around the tomb of St. James the Greater in the beginning of the 9th century. The city was destroyed during the struggles between Islam and Christianity at the end of the 10th century, but was quickly rebuilt over the course of the proceeding century. Danielle and I arrived late in […]

San Sebastian Panoramic – The Most Beautiful City in Spain?

From one beautiful city to the next, we traveled from Barcelona to the northern city of San Sebastian, or Donostia, as it is known in the native Basque Country language of Euskara. This has probably been our favorite city of our entire trip so far. Maybe second favorite behind Barcelona. There are a hundred different amazing things about this city, but looking back at this panoramic shot it is easy to say that this view, and the beauty of this […]

Top Ten Tuesdays – Things to Do in Krakow

This week’s “Top Ten Tuesdays” post is by Leon Levy, and provides ten things to do in the city of Krakow. Krakow is the capital of Poland, the home to numerous festivals all year round, it is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is near the location of Auschwitz, a symbol of one of Europe’s darkest times. Here are ten things to do during your visit to Krakow. Wawel Hill The 11th Century Royal Castle and grandiose Wawel […]

More Photos of Mind-Blowing Architecture – UNESCO #9

This will be my third post from my four nights in Barcelona last week, so it is fairly obvious that the city made quite an impression on me. From the San Joan festival to the Antonio Gaudi architecture, to the architecture of a slightly less famous man, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who I’ll be focusing on in this post. Hospital de Sant Pau lies just five blocks away from the Sagrada Familia catherdral I posted about a few posts ago. […]