Mediterranean Preview: 9 Cities and 3 Countries in 1.5 Weeks

May 4, 2012
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I am just about on the eve of my next trip to Europe. If you’ll recall, I’ve booked myself a Studio Stateroom aboard the Norwegian Epic to explore several ports in three countries. I’ll also be flying in and out of Rome, so I’ll finally have a chance to see the Eternal City. Without a […]

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Getting Around Barcelona

February 7, 2012

There are so many reasons to visit Barcelona, Spain, from its gorgeous architecture and location as a port city on the Mediterranean to its museums and pretty Spanish plazas. When you start planning your trip to Barcelona, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is: What’s the best way to get around the city? […]

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My Solo Travels of 2011: The Word is “Relax”

December 30, 2011

The trouble with setting travel goals at the beginning of the year is that you have to then review your progress at the end of the year to see how you did. Thankfully, I didn’t do so bad this year. Of the six destination goals I set for myself in 2011, I achieved five of […]

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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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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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Beautiful Barcelona: City of Modernism

June 14, 2011

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I enjoy doing when I travel is wander the streets of a city and check out its architecture and public art. It’s free (on the outside), it’s good exercise, and it gives me a feel for the personality of the place. I like to do […]

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The Spanish Protests

June 7, 2011

Before I left for Spain, I had a romanticized vision of the protests. After all, who wouldn’t approve of people standing up for their rights against corruption? Who can’t sympathize with people who are facing anywhere from 20-45% unemployment and it seems their government doesn’t give a damn?

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Hola, España!

May 24, 2011

I almost titled this post “Cantankerous Spanish Train Websites, Political Protests, and Volcanic Ashclouds, Oh My!” But I knew if anyone reads my blog posts aloud, they’d suffocate from lack of oxygen over that one. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for that. This week, my spring vacation kicks off as I jet off from […]

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