Western Europe

Gelato and More in Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa is known for the leaning tower and not much else. In truth, there isn’t much else special in Pisa. Which is why I only spent less than a day there. I arrived in the town a little after lunch on Friday, jumping off the train a station before the final terminal when I saw I was only a couple …

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Travel to Italian Paradise Cinque Terre

Vernazza Night Shot

Before I even made it to Italy, I already had several people tell me I needed to go to Cinque Terre. I had never heard of it, and had no idea what to expect. There are some drop-dead gorgeous places in Italy, and Cinque Terre is definitely in the top of the list. Cinque Terre means five lands, and is …

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How to Spend an Afternoon in the Italian Town of Genoa

Genoa Harborf

Italians might not consider Genoa a great city to visit in Italy, but it was my first experience in Italy and I loved it. Genoa wasn’t on my original plans to visit in Italy. I ended up in Genoa from Barcelona as the ferry between the two was the cheapest transport I could find. It wasn’t the fastest way to …

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Barcelona, Spain

Cathedral of Barcelona

Ah, my beloved Barcelona. A truly international city. True, it has been designed and built for tourists, making it one of the most visited cities in the world (ranked #10 by Forbes last year). That didn’t stop me from loving it as much as I did. I actually ended up in Barcelona before I went to Italy simply because the …

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Touzac, France

River Le Lot

Never heard of this place? Neither has anyone else. I don’t think it even qualifies as a village. I was able to find a hair salon, a bar that health inspectors in America would shut down in a heartbeat, and a physiotherapist. That was it. No market, no gas station, no nothing. Population: 355. This leg of my journey definitely …

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