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 →

Tour Me Out: Barcelona Walking Tours

There are several free walking tour companies in Barcelona – as in most major European cities – but Tour Me Out was the one with signs and advertisements plastered throughout the hostel I stayed in. They also run at a reasonable time in the morning (picking us up at 10:10am), which would allow me to... Continue Reading →

The Sagrada Familia

This was, without a doubt, the most amazing and awe inspiring church that I have ever entered. Forget the heavy marble, bland statues and pictures of saints – Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece puts traditional religious architecture to shame. Construction of the Sagrada Familia started in 1882 with another architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar, assigned to... Continue Reading →

Spanish Cooking Experience with the Travel Bar

One of Busabout’s recommended partners in Barcelona is a company, catering primarily to backpackers and exchange students, imaginatively named the Travel Bar. They have a variety of offerings, ranging from walking tours to bike tours to snorkeling trips, plus they operate several bars within Barcelona’s core. One excursion that most of us on the coach... Continue Reading →

Nice and Monaco

I do not have nearly enough money to play and stay in the French Riviera! I spent three nights in Nice, France and even headed out to Monaco for a few hours so that I could really see how the 1% lives. Or, based on those prices, the 0.01%. It was a rainy and miserable... 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 →

A Taste of Tuscany: Still on a Budget!

I had signed up for Italy on a Budget’s Taste of Tuscany day trip after being offered a small discount while booking my wine tasting trip into Chianti. I spent the morning exploring Florence, but had caught most of the highlights and was ready to head back out into the Tuscan countryside for a few... Continue Reading →

Wine Tasting in Tuscany: On a Budget!

I have long considered a trip out into the Chianti wine region a “must do” for my trip to Florence. Before leaving Canada, I had looked up a number of providers and settled on a few that I thought looked interesting. I discussed it with my Busabout guide between Venice and Rome since I knew... Continue Reading →

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