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France Alsace - Must See Towns
Alsace

Alsace Region of France

France’s Alsace Region is one of the hidden gems with a diverse culture layered by history. Due to its geographical location on the French / German border, both countries have influenced the regions architecture, culture and food.

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Alsace

Charming French Village of Riquewihr

Charming French Village of Riquewihr LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Charming French Village of Riquewihr Riquewihr is one of the crown jewels of the Alsace Region in France. One of the few towns not be greatly damaged in

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The Narnia Door in Oxford & Lamp-Post
England

Oxford and The Land of Narnia

As a child, I was entranced by the Chronicles of Narnia series – the magical world of mythical talking animals in a snowy wonderland.  You can re-read these stories over and over at different stages in your life and find different truths to ponder as the characters encounter and evolve

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Mad Hatter Tea Party
England

Finding Wonderland

One of the most popular pieces of literature to emerge from Oxford is the imaginative story of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.  On my trip there, I was on the hunt to find some of the quirky inspiration…

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Harry Potter - Great Hall
England

Harry Potter Sightings in Oxford

A visit to Oxford will, of course, need to include a visit to some of the Harry Potter Filming sights including the inspiration for the Great Hall seen in all of the Harry Potter films.  

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BlueSkyTraveler Oxford
England

Tolkien Sights in Oxford

Tolkien Sights in Oxford LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Tolkien Sights in Oxford On my travels through England, I also wanted to walk in the footsteps of another of Oxford’s great: J.R.R. Tolkien Tolkien is of course the

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Ashmolean Museum in Oxford England
England

Top 10 Curiosities to see at the Ashmolean Museum

The museums that often have the most interest for me have been started by individual collectors adding pieces due to their passion for the subject or uniqueness of items rather than value. That passion comes through in the layers of the collection. I was drawn to the Ashmolean Museum in

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Quinta da Regliera Initiation Well
History

The mysteries at Quinta da Regaliera

One day, while looking through travel pictures online, I saw a picture of an inverted tower and immediately put the mysterious architectural site on my travel wish list. First, I had to find out where it was… Quinta da Regaliera in Sintra Portugal. This prompted my entire day-trip to this

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Sintra Palace
History

National Palace of Sintra

After arriving in Sintra via train from Lisbon, my first stop was a quick stop to the National Palace of Sintra. I had a lot of palaces, castle and gardens to explore today… so I made a quick trip through this palace as it is has free entrance on Sundays

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Pena Palace - Sintra Portugal
History

The fairy tale castle: Pena National Palace

High on top of the town of Sintra is the fairy tale castle of Palacio Nacional da Pena (The Feather Palace). The UNESCO site is another European example of 18th century dream castles in the sky based on medieval fairly tales and romantic operas.

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Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal
Europe

Walking the walls of the Moorish Palace

Traveling throughout Spain before Portugal, I had already been introduced to the Moorish structures of the 8th & 9th century. The Moors definitely specialized in beautiful tiled palaces and creating amazing shaded gardens & architectural buildings to hide from the hot Iberian sun. These previous sites though all have been

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Ginja in Sintra Portugal
Food & Drink

Ginja tasting in historic Sintra Portugal

After a long day of visiting many of the sites in Sintra including a lot of hill climbing, I walked back downhill from the Moorish Castle to the historical center of Sintra. And found the BEST surprise – Ginja!!!

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Top Sites in Sintra Portugal
History

A daytrip to Sintra, Portugal

As I was researching things to do in Lisbon, Portugal, the town of Sintra kept coming up as a must-see day-trip.  Sintra is just 15 miles and about a 40 minute train ride outside of Lisbon. Get ready to see fantasy castles with beautiful interiors, Moorish ruins guarding the town,

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Northern Lights in Tromso Norway
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Northern Lights – A Bucket List Event

For many, seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of their “Bucket Lists”; And it was near the top on mine.  I have long wanted to see this strange phenomena where green, red, purple, and blue lights light up and dance across the sky unpredictably – a sheer force

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Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey, England, United Kingdom
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A day at Downton Abbey

A Day at Downton Abbey LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email I was a bit late to jump on the Downton Abbey bandwagon but quickly caught up as I raced through the first 4 seasons of the popular English drama before heading off on my trip through

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