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Rio de Janeiro

2016-11-01T04:14:16+00:00August 23, 2013|South America|

Pretty, gritty city; food poisoning 2.0 Rio is a city of contradictions. Incredible mountain formations and beautiful beaches are set amidst run down city streets and hillside favelas. On the second day of our one-week visit, Michael got food poisoning – again.   Rio de Janeiro is our first South America destination – [...]


2017-04-18T16:54:56+00:00August 19, 2013|Europe|

Ceramic tiles, statues, hills, and Fado Lisbon was the final destination in our 14-week stay in Europe. Compared with busy Barcelona, it was a more relaxing city to explore, with interesting neighborhoods, tasty dining options, and lots of statues. Lisbon Sightseeing Belem Neighborhood Our visit to the Belem neighborhood started a little sketchy [...]


2016-11-01T05:01:43+00:00August 15, 2013|Europe|

Quiet, steamy August visit Neither of us had been to Spain’s third largest city, so we stopped by to check it out. Since we only had three days and the steamy weather was not conducive to marathon sightseeing, we focused on a few of the more popular attractions.   The first thing we [...]

Summer of Spain: Six weeks in Barcelona

2016-11-04T03:35:41+00:00August 4, 2013|Europe|

Six weeks in Barcelona In the spirit of Slow Travel, we rented a flat in Barcelona for six weeks and took our time exploring the city. We saw lots of art, found some favorite spots, went on a few day trips, got robbed on the metro, and ate lots of tapas.   After [...]

Barcelona Day Trip: Girona

2016-11-04T03:44:51+00:00July 29, 2013|Europe|

Picturesque riverside city rich in history In Girona you can see Roman and medieval structures, visit museums, relax in the Plaça de la Independència, and take a stroll along the Onyar River. Our favorite part was wandering through the gorgeous narrow passageways in the Jewish Quarter / Call.   Lori is a planner [...]

Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona

2016-11-04T04:02:53+00:00July 28, 2013|Europe|

Modernist architect inspired by nature Antoni Gaudi had a unique design aesthetic that infused organic shapes inspired by nature into modernist styles. He used recycled and low-cost materials like ceramic tiles, glass, and iron. It was interesting to learn that he was on the forefront of sustainable design. Some of Gaudi's most spectacular designs are [...]

Barcelona Day Trip: Cava Region

2017-12-30T19:09:31+00:00July 27, 2013|Europe, Food and Drink|

Tour and tasting at Freixenet Cava is a sparkling wine and the Spanish equivalent of Champagne. Did you know that there are over 80 cava producers in Spain? That makes it a very popular drink! You can get a copa de cava in most restaurants and bars. The cava region is 45 kilometers from Barcelona [...]

Maritime Museum Barcelona

2016-11-04T22:43:12+00:00July 25, 2013|Europe|

Beautiful building with interesting exhibits Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the impressive building that houses the Museu Maritim. The former royal shipyard displays photos, paintings, model ships, maritime equipment and instruments, full size boats, and temporary exhibits. About the Museu Maritim The Maritime Museum showcases the history and culture of the [...]

Truffle Farming in Spain

2016-11-04T22:50:49+00:00July 16, 2013|Europe|

Day trip to visit truffle farmers near Barcelona A few years ago, we saw an episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain visited a truffle farm in Croatia. It sparked our interest, so Michael started to research truffle farming as a potential future business venture.   Michael visited many websites, including Stevan Martin’s [...]

Ibiza Parking Meters

2016-11-04T22:53:31+00:00July 6, 2013|Europe|

Deciphering Ibiza's parking meter system We put money in the meter, displayed the ticket in the window, and returned before the time expired – but we still got a parking ticket! See why - and how you can avoid this mistake... We learned an expensive lesson about using Ibiza parking meter machines. So we thought [...]

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