The Algarve is full of beautiful sights, and if you tried to jam them all in for the sake of it, you’d kind of be missing the point.
We knew that a “beach vacation” in Portugal in March probably wasn’t going to be a thing, in spite of Daina packing three tank tops.
This place is a virtual Disneyland of castles and palaces, with each one having its own specific design quirks.
So I learned today that Daina wanted to be a seismologist growing up and that I can readily be mistaken for a Portuguese waiter if my tan has come in.
This is a city of hills. Lots of them.
On our last night in Madrid, while we were enjoying some amazing Iberian ham, I mentioned something to Daina that … More
So after the craziness that was yesterday morning, it was nice to be able to just head to Atocha, get … More
Today started with a massive stab to the wallet. Now, our past two vacations, I’ve brought my “old” iPhone 4 … More
I want everybody to realize that, if I had wanted to, I could have probably jacked up the hit count … More
So, yes, we did two of Madrid’s “Big Three” galleries back to back. In retrospect, good idea not to do … More
Well, we got the big one out of the way. Madrid has three big art galleries, and the biggest most … More
TRANSIT DAY!!! Going to give some credit where credit is due. Past two cities, we’ve been staying in 1-Star hotels … More
I find there can be a bit of a Law of Diminishing Returns for popular tourist sites. The more popular … More
Before leaving Malaga this morning, we hit a city institution, Casa Aranda, a place so well known for churros that … More
I am a gross, sweaty mess right now. Backstory. One of the best indicators of a great travel partner, platonic, … More
We hit Malaga pretty hard yesterday, covering a lot of distance, so we figured that today was a day to … More
“Change of Pace” sums things up nicely today. Daina and I had an interesting conversation about how, if our trip … More
So how in the hell is Sri Lanka easier to figure out than Brussels? I might give fatigue some credit. … More
Limerick is fine, but definitely not a city you can sightsee in for more than a couple of days. Fortunately, … More
In terms of vibes, Limerick definitely has a different one than the other European cities I’ve stopped in. You’ve got … More
Home stay! Dublin was a day for tourism, but my big reason for visiting Ireland was to check in with … More
So a bit of crazy-awesome before I even got here. MASSIVE storm moved through Belgium last night, thunder, lightening, heavy … More
So “yay” to Snuffel Hostel in Brugge for somehow pulling off the feat of being a party hostel where you … More
So now that Sri Lanka is done, it’s time to branch off! Gonna note that, for the next few posts, … More
Travel Date: July 21st, 2010Built around and named after the Sinaia Monastery, which itself was named after Mount Sinai, Sinaia … More
Dracula never lived here. Okay, technically Dracula never lived anywhere, being made up and all. Vlad the Impaler, though? He … More
They built a Hollywood sign. It’s sad that, in a town that’s one of the main Transylvanian tourist hubs, and … More
You’d expect the place that “Dracula” was born to have some good, but kind of disgusting, eats. Right on both … More
Fortified Churches. Makes sense, when you think about it. Biertan is another one of those “little stops” you can find … More
So, I’m covering two days of travel in one post here. Much like Rome, it’s kind of overwhelming. Let me … More
Big day today. Breakfast matched up. If there was one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in Turkey, it … More
So, a bit of backstory on the next four posts. When I first booked the trip to Turkey with Alitalia, … More
What a difference 40 days makes. When D and I first got here, Taksim square was a source of protests, … More
TRANSIT DAY! Not just being on transit, but also planning, getting frustrated by and, ultimately, conquering transit. All with a … More
With this being Daina’s last day of the trip, and with souvenirs that need buying, we decided to keep things … More
Up early today, five am, in order to catch a flight to Istanbul. After finally seeking out a shuttle and … More
After two big days (and a big opening evening, if you think about it), we went a little smaller today, … More
We’re definitely not running out of things to do, but we seem to be running out of days to do … More
First thing first, though not the first thing that happened today, I GOT MY LUGGAGE! Walked into the hotel lobby, … More
This city is going to be epic. After checking in to the hotel and washing off the scent of airplane … More