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Sintra Castle: Queen for a Day

Nestled in the Portuguese mountains not far from Lisbon is the fairytale city of Sintra. The palaces of Sintra were once the summer homes for Portuguese monarchs and it’s a wonderful reprieve to escape the heat and humidity of the capital city. The historic center of Sintra is known for its 19th-century Romanticist architecture, royal […]

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Best Cities to Visit in Switzerland

Switzerland tops as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The country has an exceptional amount of cultural diversity and beauty. Having four international languages spoken across the country, all people from across the globe are well represented. The country has many remarkable things to offer, including flower-lined nature paths, glorious mountain scenery, […]

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Lloret de Mar: Things to Do | Costa Brava Beach Towns

Lloret de Mar is a popular coastal vacation destination on the rugged Costa Brava coast of Spain.  Approximately halfway between Barcelona and the French border, it’s one of the Mediterranean’s most popular resorts – a diversified fusion of beach town chaos and nightlife with nature, history, and stunning sea views.  Its history dates back to […]

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Trips to Venice: Top 12 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy is a magnificent city that is full of culture, religious history, and stunning architecture. The ancient buildings, 150 beautiful canals, and impressive structures make Venice a city that is unlike any other on Earth. It is the perfect place for a magical getaway that charms and enchants visitors who make trips to Venice. […]

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Sao Miguel Road Trip Planner: Amazing Azores Holidays

Officially part of Portugal, São Miguel is the largest of the islands in the Azores archipelago.  More than half of the Azores’ population calls this island home. A Sao Miguel road trip is a must-do when visiting the island. Also known as “the green island,” it’s all about nature and enjoying the outdoors in São […]

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Best Things to Do in Terceira | The Amazing Azores

Who could have guessed that there are so many things to do in Terceira? Our overnight flight landed us on this tiny island in the Azores just after sunrise. Expecting to be driven to our hotel for a short nap, we were surprised when Paulo, our guide suggested that we take advantage of the clear spring […]

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Barcelona Landmarks: 12 Best Things to Do and See in Barcelona [updated 2020]

Ranked one of the most popular cities in Europe to visit, unlike its rivals London, Paris, and Rome, Barcelona is also one of the most affordable cities on the continent, according to Forbes magazine.  Barcelona landmarks are also some of the most recognizable in the world. Walking through Barcelona is like walking around in a […]

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Responsible Dolphin and Whale Watching in the Azores

The Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, with a strong cultural connection to whales. While there are some 25 species of whales in the archipelago, the mammoth sperm whale – forever immortalized as “Moby Dick” – is the most common. We chose to go out to find whales […]

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Amazing Azores Tours: 13 Reasons to Pack Your Bags Now

Whenever I bring up the Azores in a conversation, most Americans say, “Hmm, I’ve heard of it, but where is it exactly?” The Azores is actually an archipelago (cluster) of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean, 850 miles west of Portugal and 2,561 miles east of New York City. They […]

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What to See on the Montserrat Barcelona Tour

As our tour bus steeply ascended toward Montserrat’s summit, the odd, otherworldly peaks of the mountain began to pierce the periwinkle horizon. Bizarre-looking rounded rock pillars — formed by thousands of years of wind, rain, and frost — indicated our destination was imminent. Getting to Montserrat “Are we still in Spain or are we orbiting […]

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