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Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain was a jumping off point for South Western Europe. We rented a car at 6.50 Euros a day from firefly on doyouspain.com and took off to Portugal, South of Spain, Barcelona, Andora and continued on to Paris. My favorite Turkish Kebab is in the center of Madrid. I remembered it from 5 years ago….

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Segovia, Spain

I thought Andorra was the end of  the Spain / Portugal area of Europe. Francisca told me she had heard Segovia was good and there was a castle there in the town. I thought, oh geez, another castle. I was actually pretty impressed. The drive there went through some major mountains filled with pine trees…

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Andorra La Vella, Andorra

Andorra is not the typical place for a foreigner as no one thinks to go there. However, I am kind of an explorer and like to see everything, even when it is said to not be that interesting. Andorra is a ski town in the winter and many people have told me there is nothing…

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona! Probably my favorite city in Spain. Close to the sea with a beach, mountains nearby and all kinds of things to do. The traffic is ok but parking is a nightmare. Everywhere you go, you find  minimum 2 hours parking which has you returning to the meter just to drop a few coins to…

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Granada, Spain

We arrived in Granada, Spain at 3 in the morning from Portugal’s Southeastern coast. We originally planned to go to Seville but we decided to keep moving on to Granada. For me, Granda was not too important. I had already seen it and it was kinda “Blah” for me. But I was here for my…

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Alentejo Coastline, Portugal

My favorite part of Portugal is the southern coastline. Francisca like the cities with castles more but I like the huge cliffs with every sized beach mixed in. We drove from Sintra all the way south to Faro over a few days.  There are roads that head straight down to Faro from the Lisbon area…

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Sintra, Portugal

We drove into Lisbon to stay a few days but instead left within a few hours to stay someplace a little more calm. The traffic in Lisbon was horrible taking 20 min just to get down the street and around a roundabout. Parking looked to be a nightmare also. So off we were to Sintra,…

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Óbidos, Portugal

I have never been to Óbidos, Portugal before and I don’t know how I missed it the last time I was driving around the country for almost 2 weeks. Óbidos is now what I consider one of the highlights of Portugal. It can get a little touristy during the day if a bus from Lisbon full of…

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Porto, Portugal

I forgot how great Porto was. I knew it was a nice town but most of my last visit from 4 years ago was long forgotten.  I remember the wine being very good so, the first thing on my to do list was to sample wine. Porto is a lot like San Francisco with the…

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Gerês, Portugal

After a short flight to Madrid from Brussels, I rented a car for a month and took off driving to the Portuguese border. We entered Portugal in the north with the plan of driving the coast line and wrapping around the south of Spain later. I had been to the north of Portugal a few…

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Brugge, Belgium

After Frankfurt Germany I went to Brussels which I will write about later once I get back and take some more photos. I took a train from Brussels to Brugge, Belgium close to the sea. No one really goes to see the sea, I have never seen it and I hear it is nothing to…

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Brussels, Belgium

My new sister in law, Carolina, lives in Brussels, Belgium. I had never met her before so I was pretty exited about meeting her. I have no brothers or sisters so this is a pretty big deal for me. We found rideshare from Frankfurt, Germany to Brussels and the guy dropped us off about 10…

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Frankfurt, Germany

We flew with Etihad Airways to Frankfurt, Germany via Abu Dhabi airport in the UAE. Etihad is now the best airline I have ever been on. Offering a second plate of hot food when there were meals leftover. Free beer, wine and liquor.  Each seat had a small tv which is nothing new but each came…

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu always sounded like a place I wanted to see. I never knew exactly why. I never saw photos before going or anything. I just always heard people use it like “It’s not like we are in Kathmandu or anything”. Almost like it was a different world. Not dangerous, but someplace where everything  is done differently….

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Pokhara, Nepal – Trekking in the Himalayas

Very tired, I stepped out of a taxi in Pokhara, Nepal. I had been driving with my bags piled ontop of me through the winding mountains for the last 6 hours. Francisca threw up on the way, she just couldn’t endure the back and forth motion of the road.  We had not ate for an entire…

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