Category Archive: Europe

Apr
24

One Of Our Best Travel Days Ever

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We specifically chose to come to Hungary because of our ancestry. Or rather, Mike’s ancestry, although I am equally as interested. You see, Mike’s father was in born in Hungary and he immigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old. We were keen to come to Hungary to see where Mike’s father was born …

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Apr
16

Visiting the Vatican Museum (Without buying tickets online)

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OK, OK, you have heard me tell you this before. We are cheap thrifty. We are here in Europe for three and a half months and we need to be careful with our Euros! That is why, against all online advice, we decided to not pre-purchase our tickets for the Vatican Museum in Rome. In …

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Apr
10

Visiting the Colosseum on Free Day

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We were a little nervous to visit the Colosseum on their monthly free day. The Colosseum is the most popular tourist attraction in Rome and it is busy on any given day. Were we crazy for trying to visit it on the first Sunday of the month when all visits were free? Maybe, but it …

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Apr
08

Wandering Rome With Rick Steve’s Audio Guides

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When I posted in a traveling family Facebook group asking for advice on what to do in Rome, I was told about the free Rick Steve’s audio guide walking tours. Oh my, I wish we would have known about these in Barcelona! We downloaded all of the guides for Rome and we did almost every …

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Apr
03

The Cost Of Food In Barcelona

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In order to make a three and a half month trip to Europe affordable, we have decided to only choose a few destinations and rent apartments on Airbnb for between one week to one month at a time. This allows us to save a HUGE amount on accommodation (we are averaging just over $50 CAD per …

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Mar
30

The Graffiti of Barcelona

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When we first got to Barcelona, we started to wonder if our neighborhood was a bit rough. Graffiti was EVERYWHERE. I’m not talking a little bit on abandoned buildings and under bridges, I am talking on almost every single building. We soon realized that the graffiti was not limited to our neighborhood, it is all over …

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Mar
26

Four Awesome Day Trips From Barcelona

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After spending three of our four weeks in Barcelona, we decided it was time to get outside the city and see what we could get up to in a day trip. We soon realized that, because we are a family of four, it would actually be cheaper to rent a car for four days than it …

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Mar
24

The Stunning Sagrada Familia

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The Sagrada Familia is the most famous of Gaudi’s buildings and I would hazard to guess one of the most famous basilicas in the world. It is pretty much the top attraction in Barcelona and for good reason. After three weeks in Barcelona, we decided we had better go see what all the fuss was …

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Mar
21

Parc del Guinardó, Barcelona

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We have been trying to intersperse our Barcelona city explorations with days at parks. While our family really enjoys visiting cities, we are not city people. To maintain a healthy balance for our one-month stay in Barcelona we have been seeking out areas of the city where we can get a dose of nature and …

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Mar
19

Montjuïc Cemetery, Barcelona

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When figuring out our activities for the day we decided to check out Montjuïc Fountain. When looking on Google Maps I noticed that it seemed quite close to Montjuïc Cemetary. After a quick google search which showed beautiful sculptures at the cemetery we decided to combine the fountain with a side trip to the cemetery. Our …

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