Category Archives: europe

Twilight Canal Houses | Amsterdam, Netherlands

I remember these moments of twilight in Amsterdam so vividly. The air was chilly, but not too cold. The colors were absolute perfection. You could see warm light coming from the canal houses as families prepared dinner. Laughter and smells of Dutch cooking filled the air. I felt so lucky to […]

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Belgian fries | Amsterdam, Netherlands

French fries are holy for me. They are basically my favorite food. Enter Belgian fries. Game. Changer. They are cooked not once, but twice, to crispy perfection. Not only are they the perfect crispness, but they are served with a variety of sauces from mayo to curry to peanut sauce. Our […]

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Metropolitan Waffles | Amsterdam, Netherlands

You can’t visit Amsterdam without enjoying waffles, right? They are best warm and crispy. This was our favorite spot in the city… Perfect for walking home on a chilly night! I day dream about the texture and taste of these waffles.

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Albet i Noya Wine Tasting | Barcelona, Spain

When planning our visit to Spain, we had no intention of going wine tasting. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE wine, but it just wasn’t a priority for our time in Barcelona. After a tour with a great little tour company, we decide to peruse their other tours. We heard over […]

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Game of Thrones Set | Girona, Spain

While in Barcelona, we took a day trip to the coast and were lucky enough to pass through Girona, Spain. It is a beautiful city by the River Onyar with a medieval walled Old Quarter. Best of all, we visited when they were wrapping up filming for the current season of Game […]

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Hop on/Hop Off Bus | Barcelona, Spain

Warning: PHOTO OVERLOAD! While in Barcelona we did the hop on/hop off bus to get to know the city. (I am a big fan of these buses, as they are usually a relatively cheap way to take in the city and stop anywhere you like. Plus you get to hear some historical […]

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Casa Batlló and La Rambla | Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla is arguably the most famous street in Barcelona. It is wide, tree-lined, and somewhat tourist-y in nature, but it is also a lovely place to sightsee and enjoy at least once while in the city. We walked to La Rambla from where we were staying near Sagrada Familia […]

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Plaza de Cibeles | Madrid, Spain

There were many areas of Madrid that reminded me a lot of Paris. Particularly toward the city center where Charles and I took a long walk one morning, although many areas also echoed this sentiment with the sidewalk cafes, wide and clean streets, and quintessential charm. Madrid has that classic […]

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Al Fresco Lunch | Sorrento, Italy

After we explored Capri, but before going to Pompeii, we had a delightful al fresco Italian lunch in Sorrento. As expected, the drive through this area is incredible, with impeccable views at every turn. Our lunch in Sorrento featured fresh vegetables, cheese, wine, and champagne. And all sorts of Italian dishes. […]

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Paella at 7 Portes | Barcelona, Spain

First thing is first. What in the world is paella? (I admit I really didn’t know exactly what is was for a long time.) WHAT IS PAELLA? Paella is a Valencian (coastal region of Spain on the Mediterranean) rice dish. Since the region starts only a few hours south of Barcelona, the […]

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