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A Day in Athens

GREECE | Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | Views [389]

I turned up to Athens with the lowest of expectations after hearing countless mixed reviews of Athens in the past. Most were quite negative, dismissing the city as not worth visiting. As far as I was concerned, it was just a stepping stone to get to ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, history, landmarks, sightseeing

Leaving Italy Crazy for Caprese

ITALY | Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | Views [320]

I've left Italy and am on my way to Athens. I'm really hoping for a week of relaxation and continuous chill-out sessions in Santorini! I nearly left on a bad note trying to get some Caprese for breakfast. Having had copious amounts of the most ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, flights, food, sightseeing

Pompei and a US Base

ITALY | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Views [533]

I left Rome yesterday to visit the ruins of Pompei and see my friend, Crystal, on her US navy base in Naples. When I switched trains for Pompei, I was very tempted to just skip it for some stunning scenery time in Sorrento. I decided not to though ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, food, friends, sightseeing, trains, usa

When in Rome...

ITALY | Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | Views [435]

Do as the Romans do. Yesterday I had the shock of my life when I saw the price of a coppa piccola of gelato near Piazza Navona. I've been paying between 1.50-3€ all over Italy. A lot of the gelaterias around Piazza Navona were charging 8€... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, history, museums, sightseeing

Museum-ed Out

ITALY | Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Views [568]

Today I woke up feeling like I didn't want to get out of bed. I was tired from the day before, spent visiting museum after museum. I had to pack my stuff because my hostel wanted me to switch rooms. So I dragged myself out of bed very slowly and grudgingly.... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, history, museums, sightseeing

Quiet Time in Venice

ITALY | Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Views [508]

A week ago, I was nearly going to skip Venice, thinking I didn't really have much time to play with in Italy. It turns out I'm now spending five days in Florence and six days in Rome! Venice or Venezia is a pretty cool city. Being set on an island ... Read more >

Tags: boats, cities, european adventure, food, music, sightseeing, trains

Ciao Bella!

ITALY | Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Views [313]

I was feeling a little down travelling from Nice into Italy. I lost my funky tripod from San Francisco, had three train rides and a bus ride ahead of me and I was tired. I was also slightly nervous about going into Italy and experiencing a new country ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, european adventure, friendly strangers, trains, trekking

Nice is Nice!

FRANCE | Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Views [346]

I had a good time in Nice despite the trouble getting there. France had a train strike the day I travelled to Nice, causing quite a bit of havoc. My first train was changed to leave from a different station. My second train was packed to the maximum ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, european adventure

A Pleasant Day in Provence

FRANCE | Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Views [461]

I had a fabulous afternoon. After a nice sleep in today, I walked into the city centre to catch a bus to St. Remy de Provence. After doing some research last night and the long day I had, I decided against my original plan of seeing Aix-en-Provence, ... Read more >

Tags: art, buses, cities, european adventure, flowers, outdoors, sightseeing

Lovely Lyon

FRANCE | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Views [390]

Why visit a museum when the restaurants are all museums of Lyon's reputation? There is a popular saying in France that Paris may be the heart of France, but Lyon is her stomach. The city has a reputation of being the gastronomical centre of the country ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, sightseeing, trains

Meeting a Myth

FRANCE | Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Views [341]

I'm finally in Avignon, a town in the beautiful region of Provence in France. It's been a dream of mine to visit the lavender fields one day that are synonymous with Provence, but unfortunately, that day has yet to come. I found out a little too late ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, flowers, friendly strangers, sightseeing, trains

Granny Gave Birth!

FRANCE | Saturday, 8 Jun 2013 | Views [501]

After almost missing my train to Perpignan by two minutes yesterday, I gave/had ample time to be at the station for my train to Avignon today. Instead of going around the town, I spent my morning with my new Quebecois friends, Camille and Claudia, waiting ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, trains

Summer in Barcelona

SPAIN | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [360]

It's my last day in Barcelona! The weather has been perfect - sunny, warm with blue skies and a gorgeous sea breeze. This is what I've been waiting for. Aah summer!! Barcelona or Barca, is a bustling city which seems even more popular with tourists ... Read more >

Tags: art, beaches, cities, european adventure, landmarks, sightseeing

En route to Barcelona

SPAIN | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [287]

I'm travelling on yet another train. There will be a lot more of this. This time I'm going from Zaragoza to Barcelona on a slow regional train. Slow might put some people off, but I actually have enjoyed taking it easy, watching the scenery, having ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, sightseeing, trains

Leaving Madrid

SPAIN | Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | Views [335]

Waking up at 6am to go to Zaragoza was a difficult feat. Before waking up, I was dreaming that my phone had become dysfunctional, ringing constantly. I battled with trying to make it stop - switching it off, taking the charger off, checking the ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, museums, sightseeing, trains

Merry in Madrid

SPAIN | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Views [409]

Madrid has been such a pleasant surprise. Contrary to what I've heard, it is a beautiful city with the most amazing food. There's a lot to do here but you don't feel overwhelmed like in other big cities. Gazing at Spanish architecture, visiting ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, food, museums, sightseeing

So San Sebastian...

SPAIN | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Views [284]

Not quite what I expected. I expected a cool town dedicated to the surf, sand and sun. I expected sunny and warm weather. I expected beautiful tanned folks that were friendly and smiled. Maybe I got confused with Rio. While the town is beautiful with ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, european adventure, food

Last Day in Paris

FRANCE | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Views [463]

I have to be honest. I am feeling a little blue today. It feels strange being alone again after having my parents accompany me (sometimes grudgingly because I make them walk too much) for two and a half weeks. Seeing them leave today mean going back ... Read more >

Tags: art, cities, european adventure, food, friends, landmarks, museums, sightseeing

La Cité d'Amour

FRANCE | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [2192] | Comments [1]

It is true what they say. Paris is indeed beautiful. You find yourself constantly stopping to admire things and if possible, preserving the memory with a photograph for later. Even though it's raining and due to rain all week, this gorgeous city is still ... Read more >

Tags: airbnb, backpacking, bohemian, bucket list, cities, european adventure, family, public transport, sightseeing

In Bruges

BELGIUM | Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Views [540]

I like Bruges. Sorry that was a mistake. I love Bruges! It was love at first sight.   Passing Ghent on the way in, had me worrying what Bruges would be like. Ghent seemed very gothic - almost too gothic to be comfortable in. Bruges, on ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, family, food

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