Sintra Day Trip

One of the reasons that I spent four nights in Lisbon was to check out the small town of Sintra, an incredibly popular day trip for tourists from the big city. It was extremely easy to get to from my hostel, which was located directly across from a small train station where trains to Sintra... Continue Reading →

Sights of Lisbon

My initial impressions of Lisbon centre around rain. It was raining the day that I arrived and it really only stopped on the day that I left. With a range between torrential and mist, the rain was a constant presence and probably didn’t help me form an unbiased impression of the city. I took the... Continue Reading →

Lisbon Food Experiences

Portuguese food is… well, it kind of reminds me of Newfoundland food. Lots of potatoes. Lots of cod. Tons of cod, actually – the Portuguese are the greatest consumers of this fish and they never eat it fresh. Apparently their cod comes from Norway – or they know that’s how to answer the question when... Continue Reading →

Lagos

I spent three nights in Lagos, travelling to the city on the early bus from Sevilla. I booked the bus a few days ahead of time and I would definitely recommend this for those following the same route – a girl in my hostel had to add a couple of days onto her trip in... Continue Reading →

Walking Through Seville

Seville was the perfect city to continue my trend of free walking tours. Picked up by the guide at our hostel, Victoria and I headed towards the meeting point located in the square outside of City Hall. We had been hoping for a small group, but as we drew close we saw that there were... 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 →

Cordoba

I had been planning to visit Malaga for a few days in the sun after my visit to Granada but swapped it out for Cordoba after being advised that it was a beautiful city that shouldn’t be missed. I stayed at the wonderful Bed & Be Hostel, located on a quiet pedestrian street and decorated... 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 →

Granada

I am a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain. I’ve read his books, watched his TV shows and have, generally, been amused by his antics. I was a bit surprised, yet intrigued, when he switched networks to CNN and episodes of Parts Unknown started airing. Season 2, Episode 2 – simply titled “Spain” – was one... Continue Reading →

The Alhambra

Granada is home to what is, apparently, Spain’s most visited national monument: The Alhambra. Its life started as a small fortress in the 9th century until being rebuilt and expanded by the Moorish kings, starting in the 11th century. It was further expanded during the “Reconquista” – the time immediately preceding the Moorish period, when... Continue Reading →

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