La Sagrada Família, Barcelona…a Modern-day Wonder of the World?

La Sagrada Família, Barcelona…a Modern-day Wonder of the World?

Barcelona is positively overflowing with architectural works of art, and the building that is synonymous with the city is La Sagrada Família, the mammoth Catholic basilica which can be seen from just about any high vantage point across the entire city. The first time I saw it up close a few years ago, I was [...]

The Quiet Side of Hvar Island- 24 Hours in Stari Grad

The Quiet Side of Hvar Island- 24 Hours in Stari Grad

Well pals, let me start by saying that this post is TAINTED WITH REGRET. The bitter sting of regret. But also, happiness and joy at the fact that we decided to go to Hvar at all. Me and my pal Rachel had already been having a brilliant time exploring Croatia's Dalmatian Coast (absolutely zero Dalmatians [...]

The Beginners Guide to Palma de Mallorca (What to do, where to eat and what to see in the capital of the Balearic Islands)

The Beginners Guide to Palma de Mallorca (What to do, where to eat and what to see in the capital of the Balearic Islands)

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Spain's Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea not far from the coast of Catalonia. While the island itself is renowned as a hotspot for German and English holidaymakers, I hadn't really heard much about its capital city, and didn't have any idea what to expect. After spending [...]

Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

The Azores, owned by Portugal but lying in the Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles West of the mainland, is one of the prettiest places I had ever seen. The island we docked on, São Miguel, is the largest and greenest of the nine islands making up this archipelago, filled with lush rolling hills, sweeping mountainous [...]

Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

The day before I arrived in Marseille, two buildings collapsed. The townhouses had been on the brink of tumbling down for years, but there's no real guidelines from the government here about what makes a structure 'liveable,' and it's estimated that around 40,000 of the city's residential buildings are unsafe or unfit to live in. [...]