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    The Historic Three Cities of Malta – Taking in the Little Things

    The remarkable Maltese city of Senglea was our home for almost two weeks during a recent trip to the small European island nation of Malta.   Senglea is one of the Three Cities of Malta –  three historic neighborhoods, located directly across Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour from Valletta, Malta’s small capital city.  Malta as we know it today was founded by a group of homeless Knights seeking a base in…

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    Searching for The Best Alhambra Viewpoints

    The Alhambra is Granada Spain’s most famous and important site. This complex of fortresses, palaces, churches, and gardens sits atop a hill looking out across the city. Not only is The Alhambra spectacular to witness from the inside, but its hilltop setting offers many striking images from throughout the city. During our recent weeklong stay in Granada, I went out one evening for a brief walk. But as often happens…

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    3 Great Day Trips from Seville Spain

    Seville Spain is the perfect place to base a visit to the Andalucia region of Spain.  We recently spent 1 month in Andalucia, with more than half that time based in beautiful Seville.  Seville boasts some fantastic sites – its magnificent Cathedral, the Royal Alcazar, Plaza Espana, and the Jewish Quarter.  Plus, I absolutely loved the Seville food scene.  But, there are some great day trips to take from Seville,…

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    A Cave House in Spain’s Setenil de las Bodegas

    Nineteen beautiful whitewashed hilltop villages dot the landscape of Andalucia in a region northwest of Malaga and east of Seville.  These are collectively known as the Pueblos Blancos or White Villages of Andalucia.  Each has its own character and distinctive beauty. During our recent month-long stay in Spain, we spent 3 days driving through this region, gawking in wonder as each successive village appeared around the corner.  But what stands…

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    A Cooking Class in Seville Spain – Paella, Salmorejo, and More!

    When I travel, food is a huge focus for me. I want to understand and fully enjoy the cuisine of each new place. In fact, my preference is to start an international trip with a food tour – even before touring a city’s major sites! This was no different on a recent trip to Seville Spain. Before we toured the Cathedral or the Alcazar or the Plaza Espana, we went…

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    A Week in Provence – the Luberon, the Rhône, and Cassis

    Odds are that when I say Provence, images of idyllic French countryside, ancient hill-top villages, and incredible food come immediately to mind. This was certainly my vision, when I started tripping this popular tourist destination in France. The actual region of Provence is quite large, taking up the southeast corner of the country. Its western boundaries start at the Rhône river and the ancient Roman outposts of Arles, Avignon, and…