An Early Morning at the Jewel of Granada: The Alhambra

Chances are the main reason you are coming to Granada is to see the Alhambra.  And I have to be honest, I am guilty of not knowing much more about Granada than the Alhambra is there before we put it on our itinerary too.  Let me tell you, there is so much more to Granada – the Albaicín, the … More An Early Morning at the Jewel of Granada: The Alhambra

The Ultimate Area to Stay in Granada to Feel Like a Local (including the best Airbnb)

I think the Albaicín neighborhood is one of the most charming in all of Granada (and maybe even Spain).  You truly feel like you have stepped back in time, into the era of the Moorish rule; and this is one of those remaining rare places that isn’t swarming with tourists.  Maybe they are all stuck up … More The Ultimate Area to Stay in Granada to Feel Like a Local (including the best Airbnb)

How to Spend 48 Hours in Spain’s Capital City: Madrid

Madrid is a city that knows how to live.  The streets are alive at midnight, three AM, five AM and seven AM with friends hanging out at restaurants and cafes, chatting in front of bars and strolling the streets.  There are markets for the thrifty, museums for the artsy, cafes and restaurants for the foodies and clubs for the … More How to Spend 48 Hours in Spain’s Capital City: Madrid

How to Appropriately “Christmas Market” in Europe

So you’re planning a trip to Europe during winter and want to know some tips about visiting the Christmas Markets. The first thing you need to know is that “to Christmas market” is a verb in Europe.  It is the act of going to any Christmas market with friends, enjoying food and drinks and leisurely … More How to Appropriately “Christmas Market” in Europe

I went to Barcelona one weekend and now I’m an expert. THIS is how to Spend 72 hours in Barcelona, Spain.

Ok, I lied.  I’ve been to Barcelona a few more times than just one weekend, but once you visit, you too will be back.  Barcelona has been in the news recently for being the epicenter of the Catalonian movement for independence from the rest of Spain.  When you visit, you will get a sense of … More I went to Barcelona one weekend and now I’m an expert. THIS is how to Spend 72 hours in Barcelona, Spain.

Driving the Champagne Route in France

Champagne is serious business in France and can only come from the very distinct Champagne region in the north of the country; everything else can be called sparkling wine, cava, prosecco, sekt, ect.  The most spectacular part of the harvest in this region is the 18th Century tradition of manually picking the crops and hand spinning the bottles still remains today. There are … More Driving the Champagne Route in France

The Best Seat for Viewing the Brussels Flower Carpet

It’s pretty, but what is the flower carpet? Every 2 years, the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium is completely covered in flowers according to the theme of the year.  This year the theme was Mexico or more specifically the Guanajuato region of Mexico because of the deep flower tradition in the area.  Stop by the … More The Best Seat for Viewing the Brussels Flower Carpet

The Two Week Tour of the British Isles Itinerary

Here is how you can spend two weeks exploring the British Isles! To say the different geographic regions of the British Isles is confusing is an understatement.  The island of Ireland consists of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but only Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.  Scotland, Wales and England make up Great … More The Two Week Tour of the British Isles Itinerary