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Jul 13, 2020 - Reasons Why You Need and Deserve a Trip to the Spa

A spa day is something that almost all of us could benefit from, but we often don’t take the time to allow ourselves to partake in rest and leisure. While many of us associate relaxation as unnecessary luxuries, there are many benefits to your mental, physical and emotional health that may be surprising. Instead of discounting this method for restoration, consider these reasons why you need to take a trip to the spa and reap the many rewards of relaxation. Spa Trips Can be Cost-Effective We often consider spas as a lavish and extraneous...

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Jul 12, 2020 - 7 Reasons Why You Want to Live in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee has an incredible history involving music. It’s where the heart and soul were put into Soul music and where Elvis Presley lived for part of his life. Even the name of the town, Memphis, means something great: Establish and Beautiful. If that doesn’t convince you, here are 7 things that will. 1. Memphis is for Musicians If you like music, then you will love Memphis. This is where Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock ‘N Roll, is located just outside of downtown. The historical background of music all started here in this...

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Jul 10, 2020 - Preparing For Your Trip 101

If you have travel plans coming up, many moving parts have to be taken care of before you can feel comfortable leaving home. Whether you are a frequent traveler and are looking to be more efficient in your preparations or if you don't get out of town much, you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips that will calm that voice in your head that tells you to turn around. Start Packing Early Once you have finalized travel plans, make a list of all the things you will need. You can go down that list and start gathering the items you...

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Jul 9, 2020 - Lessons Learned From My Trip to Europe

Lessons Learned From My Trip to Europe Last summer, my husband and I got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in Austria for a month while he taught a class at a local university in a mid-sized town. We jumped at the chance even though it meant leaving a teenager at home alone for four weeks. It was an amazing trip, but I learned a few important lessons during my extended European vacation that I will apply to my next trip abroad should I be so lucky as to travel there again. Packing Light Versus Packing Too Light I have always been a...

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Feb 12, 2020 - Wild Camping

Day 32 - Wed 12th Feb Well it looks like the fine sunny weather has ended at last. This morning was a bit dull & cloudy at last & although we did get a few drops of rain later it did brighten up. We continued Northward up the coast towards Barcelona but turned off inland before we got that far. We are heading up to Andorra, the tiny country in the North of Spain in the Pyranees. Not sure if we will be able to go through the mountains there & into France it will depend on whether the roads are closed by snow. We won’t know till we get there....

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Oct 2, 2019 - The Last Group Visits Barcelona

Barcelona! Wow, what a city! First single word to describe it is “TRAFFIC”! Cars, buses (public and multiple tour type), Vespas, electric scooters, full size motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrian, lots of dogs (and as a side note, in Spain neutering seems not to be a common practice and yet they all seem to get along ). And they are driving everywhere together! And lots and lots of tourists. Because we only have two full days here we were hitting the big time tourist sites so that was to be expected. The Sagrada Família was as astounding as...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Day 29 travelling to Figueres

PHOTOS TO BE ADDED Left Vilanova for Figueres. This involved catching 2 trains with the bikes. First train to Barcelona was fantastic. Space for bikes and not crowded at all. The change of platforms in Barcelona was also very simple. Then after waiting 45min for the train it was suddenly cancelled. And the next train was 1h45min later. So we had lunch in the station. Arrived at Figueres and checked into our apartment. (A large private room with en-suite in a house ). Then quickly headed off to see the Dalí museum. Due to the train being...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Day 28. A day in Barcelona

Caught the train to Barcelona. Didn’t take the bikes which was a good move... the city was so crowded it would have been painful. Walked to the water front then had lunch in the old city are. We found the main tourist streets were very crowded with tourists from all over. So we tried to stick to the small backstreets. Lunch was in a nice looking restaurant but it was very ordinary touristy food. Did a walking tour of the history of Barcelona and Gaudí architecture. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable young tour guide. Saw various Gaudí...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Day 27 A day in Vilanova I la Geltrú

Due to lack of hot water I climbed to the top level of the house and had a shower in the host’s shower, on an outside balcony. We spent the day exploring Vilanova on our bikes. Through the market ( where we bought some ham to sample the most expensive one (115€ per kg) as well as one 2 levels down). Rode the full length of the seafront from the port to swimming beaches.

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Sep 26, 2019 - Barbara in Barcelona (this is why I can't travel alone...)

Today I spent the day seeing the sights in Barcelona. I had tickets for 10 am to enter La Sagrada Familia; Gaudi's ongoing masterpiece of a church. Droves of people there, but the timed entry thing kept it down to a dull roar, plus they have docents every 20 feet or so to remind people not to sit on the floor, climb on the furniture, hang from the lamps, etc., in their attempt to get another selfie portrait (what is wrong with people?!?!?). I also took too many photos, none of which do justice to the fabulous interior and exterior of the...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Barbara in Barcelona

So today was another travel day; from a bus to another bus, to the airport to Barcelona, then on to the metro (which is fabulous here: why don't we have one?!?!?!) to my home for the next few days, near Las Ramblas in the old city of Barcelona. I must say that my impression is very much improved from my initial experience with Barcelona; after close to 48 hours awake on the plane over here; due to a prolonged 12 hour stop in Chicago...) I took a tourist bus around the city, which not only helped me to get my bearings, but also allowed me to...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Day 26. Travelling to Vilanova i la Geltrú

- left the apartment by 7am to catch an early train. - Bikes loaded on train and all was fine. Fairly boring countryside (dry flat) and we were happy we hadn’t bothered to ride any of it. - We got to Zaragoza to change trains at the station our ticket had as our destination, only to get off the train and discover our next train went from another station (as per the 2nd ticket given to us at the Pamplona train station). Damn, I hadn’t checked the detail and if we’d stayed on the train we would have arrived at the correct change station....

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