Things to See and Do in Istanbul Turkey

Things to See and Do in Istanbul Turkey
Things to see and do in Istanbul

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.

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What to Eat and Drink in Turkey

What to Eat and Drink in Turkey
What to eat and drink in 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?

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Travel Tips for Santorini – Know Before You Go

Travel Tips for Santorini – Know Before You Go
Travel Tips for Santorini

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.

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How to Spend 2 Days in Seville, Spain

How to Spend 2 Days in Seville, Spain
2 days in Seville

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.

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Christmas in Spain – Festivities in Spanish Cities

Christmas in Spain – Festivities in Spanish Cities
Christmas in 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.

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Day Trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam

Day Trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam
Giethoorn Netherlands

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.

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One Day in Hallstatt – A Complete Travel Guide

One Day in Hallstatt – A Complete Travel Guide
Hallstatt Austria

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.

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Top Things to do in Cochem, Germany

Top Things to do in Cochem, Germany
Cochem Castle

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.

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Top Attractions in Córdoba, Spain

Top Attractions in Córdoba, Spain
Calleja de las Flores

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.

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Things to See and Do in Porto

Things to See and Do in Porto
Things to See and Do in Porto

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 Porto

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