9 Days Solo Travel Barcelona Things to do Traveling Alone

9 Days Solo Travel Barcelona Things to do Traveling Alone

I LOVE Barcelona! Check out the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel to Barcelona. Find out what makes Barcelona such an extraordinary city with this guide for exploring Barcelona on your own. Plus you will discover that Barcelona is probably one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.       […]

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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 which was designed to help bring some natural light into the hall as there were […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil – Escaping Texas to the Southern Hemisphere

Rio de Janeiro Brazil – Escaping Texas to the Southern Hemisphere

  I had been apprehensive to travel to Rio and South America in general – mostly because I could only speak English and I felt it was necessary to speak the local language to get by in South America. Wanderlust and the brutal heat of summer in central Texas won out over my apprehension. I […]

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Planning and Preparing for my Solo Trip to Barcelona Spain

Planning and Preparing for my Solo Trip to Barcelona Spain

Now I am planning and preparing for my first solo trip to Spain. In one week I will be strolling the streets of Barcelona, consuming cava, and tasting tapas. I will temporarily reside in El Born/La Ribera neighborhood bordering the oldest neighborhood of Barcelona – the Gothic Quarter. Check out this post for tips on […]

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Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Traveling alone to the province of Quebec in August 2011 I spent my first week in Montreal then traveled to Quebec City on an afternoon train with Via Rail. It was an enjoyable journey of 3 1/2 hours or so. I arrived in Quebec to a sunny afternoon and made my way to the Hosteling […]

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Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

I just purchased the Canon Powershot SX-700 for my upcoming solo trip to Barcelona Spain (read my post-trip review here). My previous camera was also a Canon Powershot – the pocket-size SD1300IS which is a great little camera for everyday use. However, mine had developed a grey smudge mark in dead-center on certain photos – most […]

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Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Exotic peacocks wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas? Yes! Peacock Park Austin, as it is informally known, is close to downtown. The official name of the peacock park is Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. Either name it makes for some free fun in Austin that you won’t find anywhere else in town. The […]

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Nigeria – Notes to North America in 1996 – Part Two

Nigeria – Notes to North America in 1996 – Part Two

The following is an excerpt from the second newsletter I sent to friends and family in the US and Canada when I lived in Port Harcourt Nigeria with my (now-ex) husband back in 1996. Read Part One here. Saturday 16th November 1996 Greetings people who have phones that usually work!!! Hello again!  Sorry I didn’t […]

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Hiking is Cheap Therapy – Exploring Nature Trails in Austin TX

Hiking is Cheap Therapy – Exploring Nature Trails in Austin TX

Taking a mid-day break to hike a nature trail in Austin TX is my cheap therapy – I think only of the  exact moment I am in, walking the trail, exploring nature. Time doesn’t exist. Consider taking time for yourself each day or at least a few times per week to enjoy the nature trails […]

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Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

The Oldest Live Oak tree in Texas, known as The Big Tree, lives at Goose Island State Park near Rockport Texas.  I paid a visit to the Big Tree in February on my way back from the coastal town of Port Aransas. This old oak tree is amazing! UPDATE: Sept 2017 – According to the Texas Parks and […]

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin’s southwest includes botanical gardens, hiking trails, as well as a research center including the Restoration Research Trail. After leaving Washington DC Lady Bird Johnson worked to encourage the beautification of Texas highways. Mrs Johnson’s passion for the environment and wildflowers eventually lead to the creation of The National […]

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