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13 quick, random thoughts from our Mediterranean cruise

After spending the last 13 days on a cruise ship, I’m glad to be back on solid land. After all those days going on shore excursions, you get a little stir crazy being on the boat If you’re going to eat like a beast, you better workout and go on tons of shore excursions else you’re going to get fat like a heifer 4 hours in Ephesus is enough time to get some history and cook an egg on the marble floor Wear sunscreen if you’re going up the Parthenon in July. Disgustingly hot isn’t even the right description. Santorini ... Read More »

Barcelona graffiti artists are awesome …

Walking around Barcelona, you cannot help but be amazed by the quality of the graffiti on all the walls and shop shutters all around the city. The colour and intricacy of the designs really add to the overall flavour of the city. You can find Graffiti on walls, trains, in art gallerys, and even legally painted on the shutters of shops. The last space is very common in Barcelona and out of it, collectives like “Persianes Lliures” and “Entrotlla’t” came into being. These projects represent a way for writers to run free their creativity in a legal way, which also ... Read More »

Barcelona = bars, Jamon Iberico and Clara con Limón

I’ve been to Spain enough times now to know the following Breakfast wouldn’t be breakfast without a café con leche and summer wouldn’t be summer without sipping a clara con limón at a terraza on a long, hot night. Arguing over serranos and ibéricos is pointless but I’ll still try to argue with the best of ‘em. However I will never know the correct way to slice a bone-in jamón. Finally … 4 am fast food … boom! Read More »

La Sagrada Familia …you’re still a piece of artistic crap

Well you would figure after visiting this thing for the 4th time, I would start to be sufficiently impressed. Nope! I’m always impressed by the sheer scale and size of this colossal art abortion, but nevertheless it is and will always remain to me … an abortion of art. However, I’m always laughing at the signs in there … and one should really pay attention to them. This sign is clear to me … This sign is a little bit unclear to me … what does it mean?Maybe you dear readers can tell me what it’s supposed to mean. No ... Read More »

Two days again in Barcelona … Definitely going to do it without museums

My post about doing Barcelona for 48 hours without museums was a definite hit with the blogosphere. The difference this time is that we’re going to be adding much more of the Gothic Barrio – I’ll be definitely updating the 2 day itinerary to include more time in the waterfront and Las Ramblas! Read More »

What says “Happy Birthday” to me more than a 9 country trip?

So yes, it’s my birthday! For my birthday, I’ve planned out the following trip that is to happen over the next couple weeks. With a couple stops along the way, I’m going to be revisiting some places I’ve been to before and going to be in some new places. The high level itinerary involves the following booking : YYZ-BDL-EWR-HEL-EWR-PTY-GUA-PTY-EWR-BDL-YYZ-BCN-IST-BCN-YYZ High Level Summary 14 segments 26032 miles 2 days 10:58 Unique Airports 8 Carriers 1 Countries 7 Vehicles 0 Distance Total flown 26032 mi Around the world 1.05x To the Moon 0.109x To Mars 0.0008x Journey records Longest HEL↔EWR, 4111 mi, 08:43 ... Read More »

Chiaroscuros?? Words you learn about while reading travel blogs …

Seriously, I never knew such a word existed till this morning.Chiaroscuro in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body. Of course with my new literary toy, I had find travel examples with Chiaroscuros … it’s like learning the word “Ephemera”…Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the ... Read More »

Holy Toledo …

One of the risks about traveling to any country in the “off-season” is that you might encounter unseasonal weather. For instance, going to Japan in the off-season and one is likely to encounter rainy days or going to Iceland in the “off-season” and one is likely to experience hail, rain, sleet with some sun in between – it is the still the only country, I have been to where I have seen the 4 seasons in one day. Toledo in the “off-season” is not the greatest event in the world, if the weather is bad since touring Toledo requires a lot of uphill walking, ... Read More »

Yawn … Alhambra … Yawn …

One of the supposed highlights of my trip was heading to Granada to see the Alhambra. Now, wait! Before all the hate e-mail starts coming in, questioning my eyesight, my intelligence and my taste in Red Castles, I have to preface my comments by saying that the Alhambra is a well deserved tourist attraction. The experts and people who track this sort of thing, say that the Alhambra is the #1 tourist attraction in Spain. I just didn’t find it particularly overwhelming and amazing. It is a huge castle/palace in Granada, that has magnificent views of the countryside (I thought ... Read More »

Adventures on buses, trains, ferries from Asilah to Porto

If you’re like me and like to subject yourself to various amounts of self flagellation and sado-masochist torture, then one can attempt to make the trip from Asilah to Porto without stopping. There are no direct flights from Asilah (obviously!) to anywhere; hence one must get either to Tangiers to Casablanca for flights to Portugal or Spain. Flying in Morocco can be prohibitively expensive and highly inconvenient, unless your schedule involves midday flights.  Getting from Asilah, Morocco to Porto, Portugal without flying involves 6 steps. Asilah, Morocco to Tangiers, Morocco – first class train ticket is 25 dirhams ($3CDN) Tangiers ... Read More »