All tagged Europe

Croatia's National Parks: Plitvice & Krka

We spent the last full week in May exploring Croatia and loved two of their national parks: Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks. Jaw-dropping waterfalls, bright blue-green water, wildlife, and plenty of easy hiking. We LOVED Croatia and highly recommend visiting this gorgeous country! It's an outdoor-lover's dream with so much to do.

A Sunny Weekend in Copenhagen

Visit Copenhagen, wander its beautiful streets, and sample their way above average food and beer. You'll be happy as a clam and so glad you decided to visit a country known for it's bike friendly streets and "cozy time" hygge. 

Lisbon

Portugal is such a lovely country - beautiful towns, friendly people, officially the best wine, and very convenient. In Lisbon, we focused on exploring outside, taking advantage of the sunshine, trying local flavors, and relaxing by the river front. The city also has museums and a highly rated botanical garden for chillier or rainier visits. 

Fatima

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal and I'm so so thankful we were able to whip up a last-minute trip to the shrine while spending a weekend in Lisbon. 

Spain Part IV: Seville

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! It's about time I finish up the Spain posts. Lotssssss of pictures from Seville so let's dig in. Seville is much larger than Avila or Toledo and we walked a ton over our three day stay. We saw and ate quite a bit. Here are three highlights and some recommendations:

Spain Part III: Toledo

Toledo is known as the city of three cultures thanks to the history of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian coexistence (and rivalry). The churches, synagogues, and Mudejar architecture are gorgeous and the city is very well cared for. It is larger than Ávila with more to see and do, very hilly, and very walkable. The Spanish painter El Greco lived here and his pieces pepper the churches and museums. If you're a fan of his this is a great city to visit. 

Spain Part II: Ávila

Ávila is a tiny town only an hour or so from Madrid that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Famous for its towering medieval stone walls, 12th century cathedral, and ties to St. Teresa of Ávila, this was a wonderful place to stay for a night. After massive amounts of walking and exploring in Madrid, I was immediately charmed by the size of the city and solitude of the surrounding countryside.

Spain Roadtrip Part I: Madrid

Madrid is super walkable and we had no trouble covering the central area in two days. Highlights include the Royal Palace with its ornate interior and numerous chandeliers, chocolate con churros at San Gines, beautiful parks, and free entry to world famous art museums!