RTW Trip – Barcelona, Spain

RTW Trip – Barcelona, Spain

Arcadiy has been telling me about how wonderful Barcelona is for years. He fell in love with the city after a study abroad trip in college, putting it the “must” category of cities for our trip. We also knew we wanted to spend a large amount of time in town in order to see all of the main sights and still be able to take some days off from touristing. So that’s what we did! Wandering around town As usual,…

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RTW Trip – San Sebastian, Spain

RTW Trip – San Sebastian, Spain

Originally, we hadn’t planned on visiting San Sebastian while in Spain. We wanted to spend that time in Granada but it turned out tickets for the Alhambra were sold out. So, based on a recommendation from a friend, we decided to head to San Sebastian for laid-back beach time! Food & Drink We knew we had to try out a Basque cider house while in San Sebastian. It was the off-season so we didn’t get to catch any cider from a…

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RTW Trip – Madrid, Spain

RTW Trip – Madrid, Spain

We had been looking forward to Madrid for quite some time because it’s the city where one of our best friends was going to join us during her own European adventure. We’ve traveled with Mo before, though not for as long as this time around. She added an element of fun and energy to our adventures that Arcadiy and I wish we had on our own. And we successfully didn’t lose her, despite her occasional wandering off. Tapas – The…

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RTW Trip – Porto, Portugal

RTW Trip – Porto, Portugal

Port wine has long been one of my favorite types of wine. The flavor is full, often sweet, and the drink packs a delightful punch of alcohol content. When we decided to head to Portugal I knew Porto, home of port wine, was a city we absolutely must visit. The Wander Before taking care of my port wine craving, we wandered all over the city. It’s a stunning place with most of the city perched on hills alongside the Duomo…

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RTW Trip – Aveiro, Portugal

RTW Trip – Aveiro, Portugal

After weeks of moving around at a breakneck pace we knew we had to stay in one place for a while and do very little touristing. Essentially, we needed a vacation from our vacation (full-time travel is as exhausting as a full-time job!) Aveiro was that break for us and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to take it easy for a little while. The city is known as the “Venice of Portugal” because of its canals that run through…

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RTW Trip – Lisbon, Portugal

RTW Trip – Lisbon, Portugal

The first thing we did when we arrived in Lisbon was visit the Praca do Comercio, one of the main squares and tourist stops in the city. It’s a big, open area lined with beautiful buildings and has a fun “guy on a horse” statue, as we like to call them, in the center. The weather was almost too perfect for a sunflower like me, with its sunny skies and mid 70s temperatures. My husband had to run away from…

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RTW Trip – Bosnia

RTW Trip – Bosnia

While planning our trip through Croatia, and the very long bus ride it would entail, we decided to be a little bit spontaneous and add a stop in Mostar, Bosnia. One of my goals for this trip was to plan on the go a bit more, much like many long-term travelers who tend to make plans one or two cities at a time. For the most part, we still plan in advance to keep the stress down, but this was…

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RTW Trip – Croatia

RTW Trip – Croatia

I’m a fair bit behind on blog updates for our trip, in large part due to the anxiety of processing all of my photos for Croatia (500 photos over 7 days). Turns out, even my fledgling photography skills and cell phone camera couldn’t make the place look bad. Dubrovnik For most people, Dubrovnik is the city they associate with Croatia. It’s best known for its walled old town, which many people know as King’s Landing from HBO’s Game of Thrones. (Confession: I…

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RTW Trip – Macedonia

RTW Trip – Macedonia

On our way from the airport to our apartment in Skopje we were chatting with our cab driver: Cab driver: “Where are you from?” Us: “USA” Cab driver: “Why would you come to Macedonia!?” Us: “We’re here for a wedding.” Cab driver: “Oh, a Macedonian wedding? You’re in for a treat!” We were extremely amused by the shock at American tourists in Macedonia, though if not for the wedding we may have never visited the country. Also, the cab driver…

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RTW Trip – Belgium

RTW Trip – Belgium

I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t actually know very much about Belgium before planning our itinerary for the country. I knew they have tasty waffles, beer, and frites. Oh, and Stromae is from Belgium. Even so, I knew that it was a country I very much wanted to visit. All of the above is true, of course, but Belgium is so much more. Brussels I would have to say we spent about 80% of our time in Brussels wandering…

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