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Travel Souvenirs – Edible Mementos from my Solo Trips

Travel Souvenirs – Edible Mementos from my Solo Trips

There are a couple of travel souvenirs which I have a tendency to buy more often than not, when I travel to someplace new. Years ago I collected coffee mugs from everywhere I traveled but the collection was getting to be too large and I moved too often to keep lugging all those ceramic mugs around with […]

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Public Art – Lloret de Mar Costa Brava

Public Art – Lloret de Mar Costa Brava

I seek out art when I travel and without any visits to museums I found plenty of public art in Lloret de Mar. I love walking around exploring a new place, especially early in the morning. The morning light is beautiful in Lloret de Mar. Walking around town I noticed splendid architectural details on many […]

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Solo Travel Barcelona – Visit Park Ciutadella

Solo Travel Barcelona – Visit Park Ciutadella

Barcelona is a great city for solo travel. My latest solo trip in May 2015 I enjoyed a visit to Park Ciutadella, which is a huge park (70 acres) in central Barcelona La Ribera neighborhood – my favorite neighborhood in Barcelona! I have used Airbnb for all 3 of my stays in Barcelona – check it out […]

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Costa Brava Hiking Lloret de Mar Wildflowers

Costa Brava Hiking Lloret de Mar Wildflowers

I enjoyed my second solo trip to Spain in late April – early May. Beautiful spring time weather in Barcelona and Costa Brava make it the perfect time to travel the Catalonia coast and do some hiking. Last year I went hiking at Montserrat twice – I highly recommend it as a day trip from Barcelona. […]

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Getting Around in Barcelona – Transportation Options

Getting Around in Barcelona – Transportation Options

Getting around in Barcelona is easy – you just have to decide which of the methods of transportation you wish to use. Walking Transit Bus Tram Metro Hop-on-Hop-off Tourist Bus Bicycle Scooter Taxi Rental Car Walking – favorite way of getting around in Barcelona My favorite mode of transportation in most cities is walking. Slow, […]

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Arc de Triomf Barcelona Spain – in 21 photos

Arc de Triomf Barcelona Spain – in 21 photos

I will be traveling to Barcelona alone later this month and I am daydreaming of the places I will revisit and new places I hope to see. The Arc de Triomf will be a short walk from my Airbnb rental (click for you free $20 travel credit) so I will certainly pay another visit to this wonderful […]

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Montserrat Day Trip – Wildflowers Along the Hiking Trails

Montserrat Day Trip – Wildflowers Along the Hiking Trails

Visiting Barcelona last year I enjoyed hiking Montserrat so much that I went back for a full day of hiking the day before my flight back to Austin TX. A Montserrat day trip from Barcelona is so easy – there is a train that leaves from Pl Espanya and drops you at either Aeri (cable car) […]

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Serendipitous Moment at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Serendipitous Moment at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

On the second day of my solo trip to Barcelona last May I walked over to La Boqueria Market via the Gothic Quarter. It was a beautiful blue sky spring day in Barcelona. I enjoyed wandering from my Airbnb apartment on Via Laietana through the Gothic Quarter and walking along the narrow streets. I visited the old Jewish quarter […]

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2014 Solo Travel Highlights – Wanderlust Fix

2014 Solo Travel Highlights – Wanderlust Fix

2014 Solo Travel Highlights 2014 was a wonderful year of solo travel. Looking over the highlights of my year I did do more traveling than in prior years. I made a point of trying to see more of Texas. Although my goal of taking one road trip per month was not completed – not even close! […]

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Sagrada Familia – Architecture – Stained Glass

Sagrada Familia – Architecture – Stained Glass

Sagrada Familia is famous largely due to its Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and the fact that the church has been under construction since 1882. Sagrada Familia estimated completion date is now 2026 – 2028 if all goes well. The construction/tourist site is the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona Spain. Many people purchase their tickets to […]

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La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District of Barcelona was my home during my 9-day visit to Barcelona. La Ribera is a great walking neighborhood. I felt safe on my own exploring the area both during the day and at night so I definitely recommend La Ribera to solo travelers because there is so much to see within the […]

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Ishtar Gate – Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Ishtar Gate – Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeological Museum located near Topkapi Palace in the Sultanahmet neighborhood is an extraordinary museum. I have been twice and will visit again on my next solo travels to Istanbul Turkey – one of my favorite cities. Ishtar Gate and Processional Way was constructed around 575 BC and was the eighth gate within the walls of the […]

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