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 →

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 →

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 →

Frazzled in Flight

I don’t know why, and I can’t tell you when, but flying has become nothing more than an indescribable nightmare. I am very glad that I am not flying Ryan Air or any of the other low cost European budget airlines because I think that would turn me off the joys of air travel forever.... Continue Reading →

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