Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

  While in Barcelona I had time to visit both the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar (Church of Saint Maria of the Sea) and Gaudi’s more famous Sagrada Familia. If you haven’t much time in Barcelona I advise visiting the former and skipping the latter. Skip Sagragda Familia?!? Yes, if you have only a few […]

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Wanderlust – Never Ending Wanderlust – Where to Next?

Wanderlust – Never Ending Wanderlust – Where to Next?

My never ending wanderlust is already begging me to select another solo trip. I just returned from Barcelona – my first trip to Spain – and I’m rolling around the idea of visiting the Andalusia region of Spain in the fall. Or maybe Chile? Perhaps Italy? How about Ecuador? I am off to Calgary to visit family […]

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Hiking Sant Jeroni Montserrat Spain – Day Trip from Barcelona

Hiking Sant Jeroni Montserrat Spain – Day Trip from Barcelona

Breathtaking vistas abound while hiking Sant Jeroni Montserrat Spain! During my solo trip to Barcelona I hiked around Montserrat trails one afternoon. Enjoying the outstanding views and rock formations so much I returned again to hike Sant Jeroni trail. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group Montserrat is one of the best day […]

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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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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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