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Barcelona

The Best of Barcelona

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. Walking through Barcelona is like walking around in a semi-dream state. The architecture encompasses everything from surreal Gaudi, to ancient Gothic, […]

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Responsible Whale and Dolphin 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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Best Ever Guide to Terceira Island, Azores

Our overnight flight landed us in Terceira, 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 morning and start our tour. “Yes!” I said, garnering a glare from Alison, my travel companion. “Just for […]

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The Amazing Azores: 13 Reasons to Pack Your Bags Now

Whenever I bring up the Azores in a conversation, most Americans say, “Hmmmm, 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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A Day at Montserrat, Spain

As our tour bus steeply ascended toward Montserrat’s summit, the odd, otherwordly 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. “Are we still in Spain or are we orbiting another planet?” I […]

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Snorkel the Chilly Medes Islands? Find Out Why You Should!

The Mediterranean. It’s blue. It’s famous. It’s coooold. Think you might like to snorkel in these frigid waters off the eastern coast of Spain? You would if you knew about the beautiful Mediterranean underworld of the Medes Islands. In the Baix Empordà, off the coast of Catalonia Spain, is a unique archipelago made up of […]

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L’Estartit: Spain’s Best Kept Secret. Shhhhhh.

Let me introduce you to L’Estartit. Never heard of it? Most Americans are unfamiliar with the treasures of Spain more obscure than Barcelona and Madrid. I recently had the opportunity to travel in-and-about this picturesque town. This is the first of my series of my adventures throughout Costa Brava; I’m looking forward to revealing its […]

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