The historic city of Istanbul straddles two continents and is known to be the center point of where East meets West. Istanbul used to be called Byzantium and Constantinople back in the day and was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity in the middle ages before it was conquered by the Ottoman empire and transformed into an Islamic powerhouse. Today, this buzzing and vibrant city gives you a glimpse into its past while capturing your heart and mind with its present. This post covers things to see and do in Istanbul, including some of its most famous sites as well as its best kept secrets.Continue reading “Things to See and Do in Istanbul Turkey”
Out of all my travels thus far, I think Turkish food really takes the top most spot on my list of favorite cuisine. In my recent trip to Turkey, I got to try some amazing Turkish food influenced by its rick history and culture. This what to eat and drink in Turkey post covers everything you need to try in Turkey! I have also included Turkish desserts because, would it even be a post about food without dessert?Continue reading “What to Eat and Drink in Turkey”
With epic sunset views, the calm waters of the Aegean sea and white washed cliff side houses, it is no wonder that Santorini is on most people’s travel bucket list. This post covers my 5 must know travel tips for Santorini. These tips will help you make the most out of you trip and have an enjoyable experience.Continue reading “Travel Tips for Santorini – Know Before You Go”
The southern region of Andalusia in my opinion is Spain’s beating heart and its capital Sevilla or Seville is a wonderful example of this. The city is famous for flamenco dancing, the ornate Alcazar castle and its gothic cathedral. I spent 2 days in Seville and really enjoyed exploring the sites and sounds of the city. Here are all the places you can visit if you have 2 days in Seville.Continue reading “How to Spend 2 Days in Seville, Spain”
Christmas in America is pretty much over the minute the clock strikes 12 AM on the 26th of December. Spain, however celebrates Christmas or Navidad all the way until the 6th of January. This day marks the feast of epiphany or the feast of the three kings in the Catholic calendar and usually signals the end of Christmas.
I got to spend Christmas in Spain last year and really enjoyed the extended celebrations. Here are some of the cities I visited in Spain during Christmas and the festivities in each city.Continue reading “Christmas in Spain – Festivities in Spanish Cities”
Nicknamed the Venice of the Netherlands and the Venice of the North (one of many!), Giethoorn is a little, car free village with thatched roofed houses and idyllic canals in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands. This dreamy little picture perfect village of Giethoorn makes for a great day trip from Amsterdam.
This post covers all you need to know about doing a day trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam.Continue reading “Day Trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam”
Hallstatt originated as a salt mining town, and is one of Europe’s oldest salt mining places, dating back to prehistoric times. The name Hallstatt literally means the place of salt and was a prominent town in its hay day, due to the importance of salt as a commodity. Today, this fairytale town is busy with tourists from all over the world who come to pay their homage to its beauty and ancient charm.
Here is all you need to know about visiting and spending one day in Hallstatt.Continue reading “One Day in Hallstatt – A Complete Travel Guide”
If storybook castles, riverside towns and rolling hills full of vineyards sound like your kind of thing, then look no further than the lush Mosel Valley. While there are many quaint, cobbled towns with fairy tales castles perched high up on hills to choose from in this area, I chose to explore the town of Cochem for a couple of days when I last visited Germany. Although, the main reason I chose to stay in Cochem, Germany was to visit a nearby attraction, I quickly fell in love with this little town with its medieval town center, colorful riverfront promenade and scenic vineyards.Continue reading “Top Things to do in Cochem, Germany”
While the bigger cities like Barcelona and Madrid are the face of Spain, smaller cities like Córdoba are Spain’s soul. Rich in culture and steeped in history, Córdoba was once an important Roman city and then an Moorish stronghold in the middle ages. Today, this Andalusian town in the South of Spain, with its well intact remnants of the past, attracts tourists from all over the world. This post covers top attractions in Cordoba and its best highlights.Continue reading “Top Attractions in Córdoba, Spain”
Colorful tiled facades, port wine and stunning vistas – that’s probably how I would describe Porto in a few words. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal is a coastal town in the north of the country. Although smaller than Lisbon, Porto is unique in its own way and deserves a few days on your Portugal itinerary. Here are 18 things to see and do in PortoContinue reading “Things to See and Do in Porto”