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24 hours in Madrid

Streets in Madrid

Ah, Madrid, the sunny capital of Spain! While we highly recommend planning more than a day here, if you find yourself with a long layover or just want to add a quick overnight trip to the capital as you explore other amazing travel destinations in Spain, it’s well worth it. There are so many things

Food and Drink

5 wines to drink in Spain

red wine at vineyard

One of my favorite things about traveling in Europe is getting to sample its signature drinks – especially when it comes to wine! Sparkling, white, rose, red – I love them all and love sampling new varietals while traveling.  To me, Spanish wine ranks high, right alongside French and Italian wines, and Spain produces about

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Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Park Guell

Rick and I reminisce about Barcelona a lot. And then we make a big paella dinner and a giant pitcher of sangria and start looking up flights and hotels. Barcelona was one of our favorite cities on our 2018 Europe trip as it seemed so magical. The bright colors, interesting architecture, amazing food, and walkable

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Exploring off the beaten path in Barcelona


Whether it’s your first visit or you’re coming back to Barcelona on a return trip, there’s always something new to see and do in this charming city. Filled with exciting experiences for first-time visitors, Barcelona also has a lot to offer seasoned travelers who are willing to go off the beaten path. If you want

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Best photography locations in Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona is bursting with color and unique shapes thanks to Antoni Gaudi’s influence and there’s no shortage of amazing photography locations in Barcelona to capture forever on film – or on Google Photos.  I don’t even want to know how many photos I took just inside the Sagrada Familia and we were only there for

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8 best day trips from Barcelona

Tibidabo Ferris wheel

Barcelona is one of Rick’s and my favorite European cities and we could spend weeks wandering the perfectly structured streets, indulging in tapas, drinking our weight in sangria, and exploring the famous attractions. But, I also enjoy touring and sightseeing in nearby cities for a change of pace and experience the culture and meet the


Review of EF Go Ahead Tours


Everyone has their own preference when it comes to how they travel and one of my favorites is with tour groups. I love that they coordinate transportation, hotels, and the agenda and I just get to enjoy the ride. I’ve done a couple of tours with EF Ultimate Break and this summer I brought Rick

Food and Drink

Favorite tapas recipes

Rick and I have always enjoyed the tapas-style of eating, a few light bites here and then moving on to another restaurant for a few more shareable plates, but after going to Barcelona and seeing how perfectly they do tapas dining, we might have to just recreate it at home and bring the flavors of

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Barcelona wine bars

Wine glasses in a bar

While Barcelona is known for its impressive array of tapas, it’s also home to some incredible wine bars – many of which also serve tapas if you just can’t get enough! Barcelona is an easy to city to discover by eating and drinking your way through it (between marveling at Gaudi’s work and relaxing at