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The Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

The restored Temple of Concordia heads the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Before the Carthaginians, Romans, Africans, and the Italians got there, Sicily was Greek. And, it was Greek like Pericles, Plato, [...]

By | 2018-02-24T11:47:11+00:00 February 23, 2018|Categories: Europe, Greece, History Travel, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |0 Comments

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy

Brunelleschi's Dome, the Duomo, of the Cathedral of Florence is literally the crowning achievement of the Italian Renaissance, and makes up part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Florence. Italy has [...]

By | 2018-02-24T10:30:04+00:00 February 23, 2018|Categories: Europe, History Travel, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|0 Comments

Views of Olympic National Park, Washington

The vistas of Olympic National Park are spectacular. We spent two days walking around Olympic National Park in Washington. It's spectacular for several reasons, but unusual because of the various eco systems it [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States of America

The cliff palace of Mesa Verde National Park, the first named Unesco World Heritage site in the United States. The United States is tenth on the list of countries with UNESCO World Heritage [...]

By | 2018-02-17T19:55:26+00:00 February 17, 2018|Categories: History Travel, North America, Unesco World Heritage Sites, United States|0 Comments

The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain

A view to the Agora with the Museum of Science on the left, the Umbracle on the right, and the Suspension Bridge in between. Views of the buildings and their surroundings are the real [...]

By | 2018-02-16T19:48:31+00:00 February 16, 2018|Categories: Europe, Spain|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Seven Wonders of Spain

Whenever we're asked what is our favorite place we've visited, the answer is always Spain. There are many reasons, including friendliness of the people, the food, the natural beauty, and the cafe culture of the cities. But when I try to rank Spain's attractions, I always come back to its man-made wonders.

By | 2018-02-16T14:56:03+00:00 February 14, 2018|Categories: Europe, Spain, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , , , , , |22 Comments

The Camino de Santiago: First Aid and Blisters

The main component of your first aid supplies for the Camino de Santiago is a blister repair kit. And ibuprofen. Lots of ibuprofen.

By | 2018-02-05T16:13:25+00:00 February 5, 2018|Categories: Camino de Santiago, Europe, Packing Tips, Spain|Tags: , |0 Comments