Mdina and Rabat

We woke up the morning of our fifth full day in Malta to cold. Not Chicago, Polar Vortex cold. But cold for us Northern Californians. It was 50 degrees Fahrenheit and windy. So we put on layers, hats and gloves, and came to find our tour guide for the day was dressed like an Eskimo.…

Gozo

When people hear Malta, they often are only thinking about the island of Malta. But the country of Malta is actually made up of four islands. Gozo is the second largest and second most populated of the four islands (the other two have little to no people living on them). The island is small (26…

Valletta and Birgu

New Years Morning, after a night of drinking and talking until 3am, 6 hung over zombies – I mean 6 strong independent women, and 1 very energetic baby managed to get on a bus, and make it to the Phoenicia Hotel just outside Valletta to start our walking tour of the ancient city. Our tour…

Montjuïc

In the middle of the urban jungle that is Barcelona stands a little mountain, an oasis of green in a sea of concrete and steel. Montjuïc is where you go to get away from the bustle of the city but still walk down and be able to get lunch with a friend. My mom saw…

El Barrio Gotico

When you are a college student studying aboard, you are generally poor. You have some money but you want to use it for traveling to different places around the country (or Europe) so the weekdays, when you have classes, you try to keep your costs to a minimum. I was a typical broke college student,…

La Catedral de Barcelona

The beautiful beating religious heart of Barcelona is hands down the beautiful Gothic cathedral. La Sagrada Familia is all about architecture, but La Catedral, that’s pure old school religious soul. Built in 1046-1058 AD with a Gothic façade added in 1298 the church is hundreds of years of art, sculpture, and religion Beautiful Gothic facade…

La Sagrada Familia

In 1999, I was a young exchange student living in Barcelona and having the time of my life. While there I went on a tour of the Sagrada Familia. At that time, the tour did not have a set price, but donation based pricing. And the “tour” was simply access to the museum on Gaudí…

A Morning in Montserrat

“We need to meet the tour bus at WHAT TIME?!?!?!” That was my reaction when I found out my mom booked at tour to Montserrat, the famous mountain just outside Barcelona with a cathedral dedicated to the black Madonna, but left Plaza Catalunya at 6:45am…on our first day in the city. To get breakfast and…

Dali17 Museum

Walking around Monterey I kept seeing ads with the famous Dali melting clocks advertising a Dali exhibit. While walking toward Old Fisherman’s Wharf, we were surprised to run into the museum. And not only was it a permanent exhibit, but it was a Museum dedicated to Dali’s works! Apparently during the 1940s the famous Spanish…