Europe

Explore Europe through these travel blogs and stories about countries in the European continent to learn more about traveling to Europe.

Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece Casa Batllo! I was exploring the city on foot as I am apt to do in any city. I find walking a city is the best way to get to know it – observing the people and places along the way – occasionally engaging […]

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Urgup Turkey – Historic Town – Tourist Center to Cappadocia

Urgup Turkey – Historic Town – Tourist Center to Cappadocia

Urgup is a town in Central Turkey that I visited in 2009 with a Turkish friend I had met the previous year on my first solo visit to Istanbul. Mehmet worked in the tourism industry so he made all the arrangements for a two-day tour of Cappadocia with our base in Urgup.     Although […]

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Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell Barcelona

Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi’s trencadis mosaic tile bench at Park Guell is a major tourist attraction in Barcelona’s Gracia district. Trencadis is a type of mosaic using broken tiles and was popular with the Catalan modernism style. Gaudi used this style in many of his designs. The serpentine mosaic bench at Park Guell is an exceptional example […]

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Tapas – Tasty Finger Food Treats in Barcelona Spain

Tapas – Tasty Finger Food Treats in Barcelona Spain

I just spent 9 days enjoying all the wonderful places to see around Barcelona – you can view the highlights here. Tapas are an essential, and delicious, part of enjoying travel in Spain. It is common to start out with some Pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) which is bread with a tomato sauce spread on top and best […]

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Solo Travel Barcelona – BEST Things to Do and See

Solo Travel Barcelona – BEST Things to Do and See

If you’re wondering what to do in Barcelona when traveling alone I’ve got you covered. Check out the highlights of my 9 days of solo trip. Find out what makes Barcelona such an extraordinary city with this guide for exploring the city on your own. Plus you will discover Barcelona solo travel is no problem […]

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Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens located in the Gracia district of Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Works of Antoni Gaudi. Casa Vicens is a private residence so there is currently no viewing the inside of the house although once per year on St Rita’s Day – May 22 Casa Vicens is usually open to the neighbors […]

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Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

  Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a magnificent concert hall in La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and completed in 1908. The concert hall features an elaborate stained glass dome, designed to help bring some natural light into the hall as there were tall […]

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Solo trip to Istanbul Turkey – Land of Both Ancient and Modern

Solo trip to Istanbul Turkey – Land of Both Ancient and Modern

After my first solo trip to Istanbul Turkey it turned into one of my favorite cities in the world. Istanbul is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The first time I visited on my own I stayed in the Sultanahmet district due to the abundance of historic sites within walking distance and the availability of […]

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Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Staying in the town of Urgup I walked the neighborhood in the mornings and viewed a gallery of beautiful doors. When I notice a distinct character I enjoy photographing architectural features of a city or town. For instance when I walked around La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City I enjoyed seeing the art deco features. […]

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Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

While visiting Istanbul a must see is the Sultanahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque at it is more commonly called. Looking down you will see this carpet at Blue Mosque, featuring a beautiful floral design. The carpet depicts blue tulips and other flowers also in shades of blue against a dark red background. Visiting the Blue […]

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