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Mexico City Solo Trip – Museo de Bellas Artes a Must!

Mexico City Solo Trip – Museo de Bellas Artes a Must!

My first solo trip to Mexico City I made a mental list of places I wanted to see – many of them art museums – and I highly recommend Museo de Bellas Artes to anyone visiting Mexico City. Even if you do not want to venture inside the art museum you should pay a visit to the building […]

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La Condesa Mexico City – A Great Walking Neighborhood

La Condesa Mexico City – A Great Walking Neighborhood

On my recent solo trip to Mexico City I stayed in the trendy La Condesa neighborhood. It was wonderful! I felt safe walking around the neighborhood even at night-time which is a huge plus for anyone bus especially for a solo female traveler. I’m glad I chose to stay in La Condesa for my vacation […]

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Solo Travel Mexico City – Things to Do on Your Own

Solo Travel Mexico City – Things to Do on Your Own

I planned my solo trip to Mexico City after reading another blogger’s city guide. I was inspired by all of the great architecture, art museums, and archaeological sites. With just over a week in Mexico City I had plenty of time to explore on my own. If you love art and food and history as […]

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Sagrada Familia Architecture and Stained Glass Windows in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia Architecture and Stained Glass Windows in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is famous largely due to its Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Plus the fact that the church has been under construction since 1882. The beautiful stained glass windows and distinctive architecture captivate visitors. Estimated completion date of Sagrada Familia is now 2026 – 2028 if all goes well. The construction/tourist site is the […]

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Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

On my third attempt I was able to visit the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Canada. My first attempt failed due to a scheduled protest on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. My second attempt I arrived too near closing time but I did receive some useful information from the staff, who told me to […]

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Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District is where to stay in Barcelona – it was my home during my solo 9-day visit to Barcelona. La Ribera is a great walking neighborhood in Barcelona. I felt safe on my own exploring the area both during the day and at night so I definitely recommend La Ribera district of Barcelona to […]

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Doors of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean Coast

Doors of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean Coast

  My first solo trip to Cartagena Colombia introduced me to the magic of this colonial city along the Caribbean Sea. I stayed at a wonderful hostel called Casa de la Chicheria within the old walled city of Cartagena. Walking around the old city I noticed beautiful doors everywhere. Cartagena is a gorgeous city along […]

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Casa Batllo in Barcelona – Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture

Casa Batllo in Barcelona – Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo when I went for an evening stroll. Staying in La Ribera district I walked over to Passeig de Gràcia enjoying the people watching and admiring the architecture along the way. There are expensive shops and several tapas bars along with hotels and office buildings […]

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Guitar Concert – Santa Anna Church – Barcelona

Guitar Concert – Santa Anna Church – Barcelona

  Looking for things to do in Barcelona alone? One thing I highly recommend to other solo travelers is to experience the local culture by attending concerts, art shows, and other unique events while traveling alone. During an early morning walk in Barcelona I noticed a flyer advertising a guitar concert that evening at the […]

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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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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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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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