Mljet National Park: The Croatian Paradise You Need to Visit

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Our day trip from Dubrovnik to Mljet National Park on Mljet Island was one of the highlights of my trip to Croatia. The water in this area is ideal for swimming and a stunning color, ranging in gem-like green and blue hues. Mljet National Park is well-known for its two saltwater lakes: Malo Jezero (Little Lake) and Veliko Jezero (Big Lake). My favorite part of the park was Malo Jezero: this place brought my Croatian fantasies of gorgeous natural landscapes to life. Below I breakdown details about how to get to Mljet National Park as well as what to do there. Continue reading “Mljet National Park: The Croatian Paradise You Need to Visit”

Planning a Trip to Croatia: When to Go, Where to Stay, & Other Tips

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Croatia may be one of the most beautiful countries – if not the most beautiful country – I’ve ever visited. The waters of the Adriatic Sea are as cerulean and transparent and gorgeous as they are in the pics, and the cities and towns are the perfectly picturesque complement. The weather is great too: although summers are warm, the temperatures aren’t sweltering and the ocean breeze is quite cool and refreshing. After spending a week there this July, I’ve created a guide for planning a trip to Croatia based on my experiences, both what I enjoyed and what I’d do differently the next time around. Continue reading “Planning a Trip to Croatia: When to Go, Where to Stay, & Other Tips”

Where to Eat in Brasov: The Coolest and Coziest Places for Food and Drinks

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Brasov, Romania, is a cute and cozy getaway in the region of Transylvania, about a 2-3 hour drive from Bucharest (depending on the traffic, as the roads are not always so reliable). You can cover the city’s main sights in a day: highlights include going up the cable car to the Brasov sign on Mount Tampa, exploring the Black Church, and wandering down Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania. You can also use Brasov as a base to hit up other popular sights in the region, like Peles Castle or Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle aka kind of a tourist trap). The historic center of Brasov offers a variety of delicious eateries to choose from, so you can take your pick. Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Brasov! Continue reading “Where to Eat in Brasov: The Coolest and Coziest Places for Food and Drinks”

Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip

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Segovia is one of the most popular spots for a day trip from Madrid. However, I think poor little Segovia doesn’t get the respect it deserves – this lovely city is worth more than just a few hours! Of course, Segovia is doable as a day trip, especially if you’re tight on time, but you can easily spend a relaxing full-weekend trip there: it’s the perfect retreat if you live in Madrid and works great as a romantic getaway. Continue reading “Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip”

10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More

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Malaga is a jewel of the Costa del Sol in Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia. The city’s #tranquilotropical vibe had me right away: you can feel how the ocean and the warm weather energize the city, where timeworn Moorish ruins meet renowned modern art. Places like Sevilla and Granada may compete for top honors as Andalusia’s greatest city, but Malaga is definitely in the running with its compelling arts scene, culture, history, and, unlike the aforementioned cities, its BEACHES. Continue reading “10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More”

Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains

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Some of my most special memories from my year in Madrid were spent with friends hiking in the Sierra de Guadarrama, the mountains right outside the city. Whether singing Beyonce on the trail or tripping over tree roots or catching up with friends along the walk, I always had fun up in the Sierra. Continue reading “Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains”

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome

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Madrid is famed for its arts and culture. Its Golden Triangle of Art, including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, showcases top-notch collections that include the likes of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Goya’s El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid, and Picasso’s Guernica. I love all three of these museums (particularly the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, since I’m a modern art kinda girl), but my favorite art museum in Madrid – and debatably one of my favorite in the world – isn’t part of the Golden Triangle. Continue reading “The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome”

8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew

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It’s taken me a while, but after talking this place up for the past year, I’ve finally gotten around to posting about my beloved Cuenca. While living in Madrid last year, I decided to visit Cuenca, Spain, one weekend after simply looking at a map and picking a place I had vaguely remembered hearing about. This sleepy yet incredibly picturesque town completely surpassed my expectations: it may just be the cutest town you’ve never heard of. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew”