Lisbon, Portugal: Last stop on our round-the-world trip

We took a train from Porto and in no time were in the capital city of Portugal. By this time, I was having mixed feelings about being in yet another city. The usual rush of excitement was there if I searched hard enough, but I was also tired and excited to head back to the …

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Porto, Portugal: Scenic Segways and seafood memories

This was it. It was our final country, second to last city on our Europe portion of the trip. And it was Porto, Portugal, because again, we had gotten rave recommendations from people we talked to about visiting Portugal. Portugal is a hidden gem in Western Europe, commonly overlooked, in my opinion, in favor of …

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Marrakesh, Morocco: Getting our adventure on–my first time quad biking

I hadn't thought about doing tours in Marrakesh. Honestly, I was only there to see the markets. My husband was not as excited about markets as I was. The tours, however, were some of his favorite of our whole trip. The second tallest waterfall in Africa: Ouzoud Falls Our friend, Tom, had suggested we join …

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Marrakech, Morocco: An introduction to Africa, and markets galore

I was so excited about Marrakech I can't even tell you. But I'll tell you. Because it was a place I had wanted to see for some time and never thought we would, until we finally did. I was intimated. I didn't feel like I had traveled enough to be considered a savvy traveler, ready …

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Taormina, Sicily and Naples, Italy: Pizza to rule them all

Our trip to Taormina was somewhat unplanned. I had read about the place, and someone recommended it to us, but we weren't fully convinced about going because there was no direct way to get there, you know, aside from flying or driving there ourselves. In the end, it took us two connecting buses, both that …

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Santorini and Mykonos, Greece: Where peak and off-peak times matter

Santorini Sights What new insight could I give you about Santorini? It's beautiful; it's picturesque; it's romantic. Oh, it's EXPENSIVE. Like, very much inflated in price, compared to Athens. We had focused on keeping our budget low in Athens, but when we got to Santorini we realized how good we had it in Athens. It's …

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