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Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating
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Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating

After a wonderful stay in Budapest, we headed to the final stop on our European trip: Barcelona, in the Northeastern part of Spain. Every travel blog out there will place Barcelona as one of their top go-to cities in Europe. However, I personally believe that this city has been hyped way too much. The reason we ended our trip there was that it was the cheapest flight out of Europe back to San Francisco ...
A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence
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A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence

After 24 hours in Capri, we took the ferry back to Sorrento after lunchtime. We had the afternoon to drive the sinuous road of the Amalfi Coast and reach Salerno, where we had booked accommodation. Yes, our location change is as fast as the one in a James Bond movie. Failing at the Positano Instagram game The first notable spot on the road was to be Positano. If you are at all on Instagram, you know ...
Unearthing Pompeii: The Most Impressive Archaeological Site in Europe
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Unearthing Pompeii: The Most Impressive Archaeological Site in Europe

The Ruins of Pompeii are the most fascinating in Europe. This sprawling city was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Due to its convenient location next to Naples and along the coast, the site has been popular with tourists for 250 years, and ranks as Italy’s 2nd most visited attraction. Despite that, it is so big that you will ...
Naples: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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Naples: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

After 2 days in Rome, Jarelle and I took a train down to Naples, the gateway to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. We had one evening to spend there. A Mediterranean Behemoth... Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with first settlements being recorded two millenia BC. Today, it is the 9th most most populous metropolis in Europe, and its historic city centre is the largest in ...
11 Travel Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Rome
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11 Travel Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Rome

Tip #1: Adapt to and take advantage of the local pace and customs Wake up before the sun rises and stroll through the streets at dawn. The temperature will be very pleasant, the city will be empty and quiet (even in summer). It will allow you to take photos like these, with literally no one around: Around 8:30-9am, Romans start crowding the streets with their vespas to go to work, but you got a good ...
Rome: The Eternal City
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Rome: The Eternal City

This is the first of two articles on Rome we are publishing this week on the blog. Planting the seed This scene takes place on March 6, 2014: In true Inception fashion, I spur Jarelle on trying a Gladiator outfit, as we get ready for the record-setting QUT toga party. Looking at his roar of happiness, I know he is ready for what will come. Little did he know that he would get to re-enact this role 3 years ...
Split: Defying Death, a Mighty BBQ, and a Little Girl
CroatiaTravel

Split: Defying Death, a Mighty BBQ, and a Little Girl

Split is Croatia’s second largest city and a great starting point for your Croatia adventure. It has an international airport with low cost airlines flying in and out from the rest of Europe, and multiple organized tours will take you to the top sights, including the Plitvice national park, Krka National Park, and Dalmatian islands. The magic of Split happens in the old town surrounding the big ferry ...
A Vampire Epidemic Around the Mediterranean: Rethinking Sustainable Travel
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A Vampire Epidemic Around the Mediterranean: Rethinking Sustainable Travel

This is a public service announcement: We’ve been made aware of a vampire epidemic in the Mediterranean Sea. These creatures are pale, thirsty, burn under the sun, and only come out at night. This creature is called the “European teenager”. At 18, 19 years of age, the teenager moves away from his family. This newfound independence begets a new desire to discover the world around him. Around spring and ...
Brač Island: Phallic Objects, Churches, Mountains, Beaches, and a Whole Lotta Food
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Brač Island: Phallic Objects, Churches, Mountains, Beaches, and a Whole Lotta Food

After visiting Krka National Park, we drove south and stopped in the seaside town of Trogir for a short visit. The center of the town has a stunning 16th century church. It was almost closing time, but we climbed up the tower. As we were the only ones, we took the opportunity to shoot a few videos and admire the panoramic views. We followed that up with a walk through old cobblestoned streets, where ...
Overcoming Adversity and Letting Go of Your Persona in Plitvice
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Overcoming Adversity and Letting Go of Your Persona in Plitvice

Here we were, enjoying a leisurely stroll in the Upper Lakes of Plitvice National Park. Suddenly, Jarelle felt his heart accelerating (no, he wasn’t having sex with nature) and collapsed to the ground. My fallen comrade wasn’t feeling good. After checking his pulse and working on his breath, onwards we went. But a few minutes later, to the ground he went again, this time feeling worse. He needed FOOD. ...

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