For the Best Views in Barcelona: Montjuic

August 26, 2011

  Of all the time I spent in Barcelona, and all the things I did there, the few hours that were the most enjoyable to me were those I spent on Montjuic. Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona, home to: Montjuic Castle; The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), housed in the National Palace (Palau […]

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Hotel Review: Hostal Goya

August 17, 2011

Hostel, hostal. . .is that a little like to-mayto and to-mahto? As it turns out, no. My trip to Barcelona was the first time I’ve ever stayed in a hostal. Besides the fact that it’s spelled with an “a” instead of an “e,” what’s the difference between a hostel and a hostal, you ask? Great […]

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A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Crystal Palace….

August 9, 2011

I was lost in Retiro Park in Madrid. Not lost as in “call the search and rescue teams, break out the Saint Bernards,” but I was struggling to find the path I needed to take to get to the Crystal Palace. It was the end of the day, and the sun was starting to go […]

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Take a Walk on La Rambla in Barcelona

July 26, 2011

Every city needs a street where locals and visitors alike can simply stroll, people-watch, grab a bite to eat and spend a sunny afternoon. If you’re traveling solo and you want to be around other people, if you want to put your finger on the pulse of a city, head to these places. In Paris, […]

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Tapas for Chickens

July 22, 2011

As a fan of solo travel, it’s hard for me to admit this, but there are some things that are hard for me to do alone. Walking into an unfamiliar social experience alone is one of them.When faced with those situations, I’m ashamed to say, sometimes I chicken out. That’s what happened in Spain. Spain […]

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Hotel Europa: Hotel at the Gate of the Sun

July 19, 2011

Located at the heart of Madrid, on Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”), Hotel Europa is an excellent base of operations for your stay in the city. While the service and quality are fine, what makes this hotel a gem is its location: Many tourist sites are within walking distance, and for those that […]

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Lessons Learned from Spanish Museums

July 13, 2011

During every trip I take, I learn something new about myself and my preferences. For instance, I thought I knew how I felt about museums until my recent trip to Spain. I’ve always loved them. When I was younger, museums like The National Gallery and the British Museum in London and the Museum of Fine […]

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My Favorite Meal in Barcelona: Princesa 23

July 8, 2011
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After spending a couple of hours one morning in Barcelona walking around trying to find the Picasso Museum and another hour actually visiting it, I was famished. Anyone who knows me knows that I can go from being not hungry at all to being ravenous in about zero to sixty seconds. Once I’m ravenous, I […]

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Taking the AVE Train in Spain

June 22, 2011

One of the quickest and most convenient ways of getting between cities in Spain is by high-speed train, known as “AVE” (“Alta Velocidad Espanola”). While it may be less expensive to take a regular train, a bus, or a cheap regional flight, if you have limited time on your trip–as I did–it’s a huge time-saver […]

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