Europe

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is located in Dam Square, a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Sation. It is right at the very heart of Amsterdam. It was built in...

Hillegom Fields

After our visit to Keukenhof Gardens, my friends drove me to Hillegom, where I saw huge tulip fields! The fields were in a colorful bloom, and there was a variety...

Beatrix Pavilion, Keukenhof, Holland

Beatrix Pavilion, Keukenhof, Holland

I was surprised to see lots of orchids at Keukenhof Gardens, probably the largest collection I have ever seen. I learned that many Dutch orchid growers exhibit their most beautiful...

Keukenhof Gardens

Address: Bezoekadres, Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse (about 22 km or 13 miles from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport) Phone: +31(0)252-465555 (info@keukenhof.nl) Hours: March – May every year, 8 a.m. – 7:30...

Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

Santa María la Real de la Almudena is Madrid’s Catholic Cathedral; as such, the cathedra (or seat) of the Archbishop of Madrid is here. Its construction started in the late...

Gran Vía, Madrid

I took Renfe train from Ávila. When I arrived in Madrid, I walked on Gran Vía, Madrid’s upscale shopping street. In New York, that would be 5th Avenue; in London,...

Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas

It was difficult not to fall in love with Madrid’s Barajas Airport the moment I got off the plane. I won’t be surprised if Barajas is voted as the world’s...

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí remains alive in many places in Barcelona. This is one of his masterpieces. It’s called Casa Batlló, as it was Josep Batlló who hired Gaudí to design his...

Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Barcelona

This is an older church, not to be confused with Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, which is an unfinished and newer church called a basilica (i.e., not a cathedral). This cathedral...

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona

I was shopping for cheese on my last night in Spain. I decided to go to Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, as Carrefour Hypermarket is in the Plaza. When I...

La Basilica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona

La Basilica de la Sagrada Família was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although the construction started in 1882, the basilica is still incomplete. So I didn’t complain...

Santa María de Montserrat

There were so many things to see in Barcelona. I’m not religious, but I felt the need to take an hour-trip from the city centre to the mountains of Montserrat...

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