Travel Guides

Budget Travel Guide for Rome, Italy

Rome from Palatine Hill

All roads lead to Rome. It certainly looks that way when you look at a map of Italy! I spent 3 days in Rome, which was not nearly enough, and perhaps too much. Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world, and one of the top five most visited. While I had my own activities over the three …

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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 at the top of the list. Cinque Terre means five lands and is …

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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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Exploring the Fairy Tale European Town of Ghent, Belgium

Center of Ghent

Gent in Dutch, Gand in French. I will use the English spelling, Ghent, in this article. The name comes from a word meaning “confluence” and is the merging of the Scheldt and Leie rivers. In the middle ages it was the second largest and powerful city in Europe (behind Paris), and currently it is the second largest city in Belgium …

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