Western Europe

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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A Weekend in Middelburg, Netherlands

Middelburg, Netherlands

I finally made it into the Netherlands, the birthplace of my Opa (grandfather). With a population of around 50,000 (compared to 800,000 in Amsterdam) Middelburg is a small, picturesque Dutch town where “everyone knows everyone” as they told me several times. But being small only enhanced the wonderful experience. To encapsulate the idea that “everyone knows everyone” there, I stayed with …

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Bristol Again

Bristol Bridge of Mist

Brycgstow, “the place at the bridge.” I ended up in Bristol for a couple days after Wales as an interim stop before Brussels. I am so glad I made it back. Just a couple weeks ago, Bristol became the European Green Capital. This week they started several attractions to commemorate the occasion. Between that, taking a fabulous free walking tour …

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Wales

Host in Welsh Countryside

Wales is a land of stunning beauty. It hardly compares to England, which has been largely industrialized. Even the colleges in Wales, especially Prifysgol Bangor (Bangor University) is a marvelous work of art. Aberystwyth is a charming community on the western waterfront, and I felt like a kid again running through the ruins of the castle on the beach. While I have …

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