Hebridean Hopper: Days 3 – 5

Day Three We packed up and left the hostel, heading towards Harris. This was the less populated of the two islands and we were rewarded with narrow roads, stunning vistas and constantly changing weather. We briefly stopped in Tarbert, where we would take the ferry to Skye, and had some time to eat, poke around... Continue Reading →

Hebridean Hopper: Days 1 & 2

Fair warning: be prepared for lots of pictures! Scotland is amazingly photogenic, and I took advantage of the scenery and the bits of sunny weather we had in order to go a bit insane with my camera. I was less than sunny the morning of the departure as I had made a grand mistake in... Continue Reading →

The Charming City of Porto

The city of Porto, or Oporto if you’re British, is the second largest in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. The main, touristy area, however is quite small and easily walkable… if you like hills. This seems to be a common refrain in Portugal, so any future visitors should be prepared! The... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Churches of Rome

If there is one thing that Rome is known for – beyond Vespa’s, crowds and food – is churches. They dot the city, are free to enter and, if you go into one of the smaller ones, offer a pleasant respite from the heat and chaos of the city. I would usually throw a coin... Continue Reading →

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