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Segovia: An immersion in Architecture and Historic Treasures

Credits:  Elements by Haynay Designs, Plum Dumpling Designs, Pri Rocha, Sahlin Studio, Trixie Scarp Designs, Wimpy Chompers; Paper by Wimpy Chompers; Alpha by MissBehaving 2011 A visit to picturesque old city Segovia was an excellent way to cap off this … Continue reading

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Bullfighting

One April evening, enthusiast and curious tourists from around the world enter the massive arena of Las Ventas to witness a bullfight. I was there too, sitting in the Sombra (shaded) section, quite close to the action. Bullfighting or a … Continue reading

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Madrid: On Second Chances

In the middle of Madrid’s historic center, his cab off limits, the driver dropped us off just outside a tree-lined, cobbled street. Across it is our hostal. Calle Mayor is filled with buildings of centuries past and within walking distance … Continue reading

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Queluz

Plan to stop at nearby Queluz on your way back to Lisbon from Sintra. The national palace is worth the detour.  Be sure though to buy a ticket to Queluz, or you won’t be able to get off at your … Continue reading

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Romancing with Sintra

Credits: J Sprague Photo Collage Template version 3; Paper by Wimpychompers Creations If you have an extra day in Lisbon, I suggest you head out to Sintra. It’s just a 45-minute train ride from the Rossio Station and well worth … Continue reading

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Belem: The Glory days of Portugal’s Explorers

Wealth, fame, and fortune, along with spreading Christianity, were reasons why daring sailors like Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and the likes set sail in uncharted waters. This was from a period known as the Age of Discovery. From 1400 … Continue reading

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Baixa: An Architectural Delight

I walked around the part of Baixa closest to our hostel, bewitched. Lisbon, you are a surprise. Elegant squares, streets filled with cafes and shops, old tramcars, street performers, Neo-classic and Art deco buildings, street vendors selling everything… All this … Continue reading

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