Travel Stories

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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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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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, the seat of the European Union. A very diverse city. Frankly, no easy way to describe it. First of all, there is a difference between the region of Brussels and the City of Brussels. Just as Los Angeles is usually confused between the city and the county, so too is Brussels confused. The City of Brussels by itself is …

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