Santorini Must Do – Walking Along the Caldera to Oia


Fira to Oia is one of the best walks I've done - classic Greek island scenery from start to finish. Think white abodes against the deep blue Mediterranean sky and sea as you walk along the rim of the caldera. This was about as much fun an amateur photographer could have. To top it off, we had a good lunch in Oia.

We were here for a day, one of the stops on our Mediterranean cruise. With the dilemma that we only had limited time and wanted to do something that would allow us to enjoy...

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Barcelona – Two Days of Good Tapas and Gaudi

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We only had two days in Barcelona - so what should we see while leaving time for good tapas? Luckily, Barcelona is generally an easy city to get around in and we were happy to walk. The first landmarks that came to mind were La Sagrada Familia and the Barri Gotic (gothic quarter) but we also added in a couple more Gaudi buildings and a visit to the beach.

I've not been back to Barcelona in some time and when I found out that it would be the first trip to this city for my travel...

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La Sagrada Familia – As Stunning as Ever

La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's ongoing labour of love, is all the more stunning now as completion is in sight in 12 years time. As probably the last grand cathedral project in the world, it simply is a must visit. Even though Gaudi's design was mooted more than 100 years ago, the interior of the cathedral looks timeless, even other worldly. The stained glass windows, installed over the past ten years have fill the basilica with colour.

I visited La Sagrada Familia in 1989,...

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Casa Batlo – Gaudi’s Undersea Fantasy

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Casa Batlo is the most popular Antoni Gaudi designed landmark to visit in Barcelona after La Sagrada Familia. This house is an undersea fantasy with walls, colours and motifs that evoke the feeling of being under water or in a whale (sort of like Jonah). Being on the luxury shopping end of Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlo is a convenient place to visit if you've got plans to do a bit of shopping.

When the Batlo family appointed Gaudi to build their home in 1904, he was already...

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Palau Guell – Must See this Early Gaudi Masterpiece

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Palau Guell is, in my view, a must-see Antoni Gaudi building in Barcelona. As it's still relatively lesser known than Casa Batlo and La Sagrada Familia I don't think it's as crowded, which makes for an enjoyable visit. And with its location not far from the Barri Gotic, it's a convenient add on to a walk around the old quarter of Barcelona.

Antoni Gaudi, probably the best known art-nouveau era architect in the world, has left Barcelona with a number of amazing edifices. La Sagrada...

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