Lisbon’s Belem District ripe for discovery

You can't really say you've seen Lisbon without seeing the Belem District

Lisbon’s Belem District ripe for discoveryIf you aren't already convinced that Portugal is a travel bargain worth a visit, you will be. Let me tell you about the Belem District of Lisbon. There is a day or two worth of sightseeing here, and you can't really say you've seen Lisbon without seeing Belem. If much of Portugal is explained by…

Lisbon, Portugal a travel bargain

Portugal is not always on major tourist routes, but there is plenty to see there, especially in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal a travel bargainLisbon is an overlooked European capital. Tourists tend to flock to Paris, Rome, London, but that little country on the edge of Europe? Portugal is not always on major tourist routes, but there is plenty to see there. If you’re looking for a trip to Europe, but you’re hoping to stick to a tight travel…

A drive through Normandy is a drive through history

If you're a student of history, ancient or modern, a drive through Normandy makes for a great holiday

A drive through Normandy is a drive through historyIf you're a student of history, ancient or modern, a drive through Normandy makes for a great holiday. It was from Normandy that William the Conqueror set out to take over the throne of England in 1066. If you are into 20th century history, there are the D-Day Invasion Beaches to explore. Start in Rouen.…

Walking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain

For over a thousand years, the faithful have taken the pilgrimage to Santiago passing through northern Spain

Walking the Camino de Santiago in northern SpainFor over a thousand years, the faithful have taken the pilgrimage to Santiago passing through northern Spain. It's called the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It's actually not just one route, however. It is a large network of ancient pilgrimage routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the…

Zion National Park a walker’s paradise

While overshadowed by its bigger, more famous neighbor, the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park rewards your walks with the hidden treasures you didn't expect

Zion National Park a walker’s paradiseYou may not have heard much about Zion National Park, in Utah. It is overshadowed by its bigger, more famous neighbor, the Grand Canyon, which is wide and open and puts on a show for you in the changing light. And it may seem a little staid next to its showy smaller neighbor, Bryce Canyon,…

Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has a lot to offer

Brussels is one European capital that's easy to miss on your grand tour of Europe

Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has a lot to offerBrussels is one European capital that's easy to miss on your grand tour of Europe. In fact, the whole little country of Belgium is easy to miss, but it's one that you really shouldn't. It has lots to offer. This grand old city is not only the capital of Belgium, it's the capital of the…

Is it Brugge or is it Bruges?

Brugge is the little town that time forgot, but tourists have found

Is it Brugge or is it Bruges?Tourists love Bruges in Belgium. A great city, it seems to have been frozen in time and, in fact, it was. Back about 5 or 600 years ago, it was a busy river port town, but then the harbour silted up and traders moved on. This little walled city didn't change for centuries, and because…

Ghent, Belgium, a museum of early Flemish architecture

Ghent is a friendly university town that is full of ancient buildings and history

Ghent, Belgium, a museum of early Flemish architectureGhent is a friendly university town that is full of ancient buildings and history. If Bruges is a city filled with tourists looking for a time warp, Ghent is a city full of students and locals just living life. Like Bruges, it started as a port but, unlike Bruges, it still is an important port.…

Our tips when travelling with pets

While it is best to never travel with your pets, these 8 tips will make their trip as easy as possible

Our tips when travelling with petsDon’t travel with your pets if you don't have to. The stress of long distance travel is harder on them – especially if they are not used to it – than it is on you. But if there are times when you really have to take them on a trip (or you just can't bear…

A Bed and Breakfast by any other name

Driving or walking around in a non-English speaking country? Here's our guide to finding a Bed and Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast by any other nameBed and Breakfasts, "B&Bs", are called by that name almost everywhere in the world, especially if you're looking on the internet. But if you're driving or walking around in a non-English speaking country, what should you be on the lookout for? You can go into a tourist office almost anywhere and ask for a B&B,…
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