Tapas in Madrid

One of the things I’ve discovered during my travels in Spain is that every city, and region, seems to be quite different. Free tapas were the name of the game in Granada, which is part of Andalusia… but Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, operated with the pay-for-tapa scheme. I can’t say that this is why... Continue Reading →

Arriving in Seville!

Seville, or Sevilla to the locals, is the capital of the Andalusian region and one of the largest cities in Spain. It was one of the most important Spanish cities during the years of the Spanish Empire, an economic powerhouse that received many of the goods and treasures from its far flung colonies. I took... Continue Reading →

Tapas in Granada

Warning: food pictures ahead. Tapas… Granada… it’s a combination that just makes sense. Apparently tapas were invented in Granada – whether that is true or not, I’m not quite sure – and this is one of few cities in Spain that still maintain the old, time honoured tradition of a free snack with your drink.... Continue Reading →

Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and was an optional stop on the Busabout route between Barcelona and Madrid. A few of us hopped off the bus, curious about what we would find. I was told the Old Town was nice enough, the City of Arts and Sciences was futuristic and cool and... Continue Reading →

A Day in Cinque Terre

One of Italy’s greatest gems is the area known as Cinque Terre, a national park (and marine park) consisting of five small villages and the surrounding area. With dramatic scenery, colourful houses and a sense of isolation, Cinque Terre is a treat to visit. Unless you come during a train strike, when three of the... Continue Reading →

Wandering the Streets of Florence

Florence, or Firenze to the Italians, is a city that was praised and hyped by everyone I encountered. “You’ll love Florence,” they promised, praising the architecture, the food and its enviable role as the capital of Tuscany. I thought it would be a much larger city than it was, but I found it quite easy... Continue Reading →

Food & Drink, Salzburg style!

One highlight of Salzburg was the food and drink I tried. I’m not a big fan of this type of food – I often find it very heavy, like the German restaurant my dad likes – but I will say that what I had was very good. I just don’t see myself craving it in... Continue Reading →

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