Patios de Cordoba: A Floral Feast for the Eyes

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Córdoba is one of the many gems of Andalucía, the southern autonomous community of Spain, along with Sevilla, Málaga, Granada, and Cádiz, to name the most well-known. The Patios de Cordoba festival is unique to Cordoba and features what is, quite literally, a floral feast for the eyes. The festival is usually held in the first half of May, when the city’s patios burst in full bloom. Continue reading “Patios de Cordoba: A Floral Feast for the Eyes”

Palaces in Sevilla: The Unparalleled “Casa Palacios”

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I’ll be honest: there is nowhere in the world like Sevilla. Sevilla’s most popular attractions are probably the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the Plaza de España. However, if you spend a few extra days in the city and really dig into what it has to offer, you’ll discover some lower-key sights that will rock your world, like the city’s beloved “Casa Palacios,” or palace-mansions. These palaces are perfect microcosms of the city’s cultural, historical, artistic, and architectural legacies. Some of the most beautiful of these palaces in Sevilla are Palacio de Las Dueñas and Casa de Pilatos, which I describe below; however, Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Casa de Salinas are still on my list! Continue reading “Palaces in Sevilla: The Unparalleled “Casa Palacios””

Half Day in Sighisoara, A Colorful Transylvanian Town

Sighisoara is a little Romanian fairy tale. The vibrant colors of this cozy Transylvanian town will win over your heart. Although you could leisurely spend a day there, a half-day in Sighisoara will do just fine, especially if you’re tight on time. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the region! Also see my posts on other cities in Romania, like Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, y Timişoara, here!

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Romanian Castles: Top Sights & Tourist Traps

My year living in Bucharest, Romania, was one of the best ever. We loved driving through the Romanian countryside, which is dotted with fairytale palaces and historic fortresses. Below I outline some of the most notable Romanian castles, including what I consider the top sights as well as those I’d consider tourist traps. These sights make up part of an ideal itinerary for a driving route through Transylvania, along with Braov, Sibiu, Sighişoara, and hiking in Piatra Craiului.

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Bologna Foodie Guide: Pasta, Prosciutto, and Parmesan

Bologna is regarded by many as a foodie capital in Italy – pretty impressive given that practically every city in Italy is a foodie capital in my book. Bologna’s earned the nickname “La Grassa,” or “The Fat One,” so you know this is serious. Bologna’s location in the Emilia-Romagna region means it’s fortunately close to cities like Parma and Modena, who we can thank for wonders like parmigiano reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Modena balsamic vinegar. These delicacies figure prominently in bolognese food markets and cuisine. Here’s my Bologna foodie guide to these and other mouthwatering gastro-goodies – but first, a few pics of pretty Bologna. Enjoy!

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Road Trip through Southeast Sicily: A Tale of Baroque Beauty

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I have extremely fond memories of our 4-day road trip through Southeast Sicily. We went in late January 2019 as part of what I dubbed “Operation Flee Winter”: as the name suggests, we were fleeing the harsh grey winter of our then-home Bucharest, Romania. You may be thinking that Sicily is more of summer hotspot – and you’d be right to think that, but thousands of tourists think that too. We found that Sicily basked in its 55-degree-winter glory with none of the summertime crowds – exactly what we were looking for. Besides the sunny weather, highlights of the trip included breathtaking Baroque churches, ocean breezes, ancient ruins, and tasty Sicilian cuisine. For anyone looking to recreate our road trip through Southeast Sicily – I’d recommend it – I outline our itinerary below with a few pro tips. Continue reading “Road Trip through Southeast Sicily: A Tale of Baroque Beauty”