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A Taste of Europe Bucket List - California Globetrotter


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A Taste of Europe Bucket List

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Let’s admit it, half of the reason why we have an addiction to travel is so that we can try new authentic foods that we can’t get at home (of equal deliciousness). PLUS, they say that “when you travel, calories don’t count“, riggght?

For some, trying new foods helps people to understand a culture better than visiting any ol’ tourist landmark. You wouldn’t have truly experienced a new city if you didn’t try the food. You would be missing out on some of the most jaw-dropping mmm, mmm, mmmmms.

I know that for Hans and I, whenever we travel anywhere, we always want to eat local cuisine. We either look for the place that has the most people which clearly signals good food, or we look on TripAdvisor for some of the top rated restaurants. Other times, I research either in my travel guides (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Germany) or I ask around for MUST-TRY food! After all, I don’t want to deny my taste buds a cultural experience of delicious food! Continue reading

A 3-Day Guide to London for First-Timers - California Globetrotter


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A 3-Day Guide to London for First-Timers

IMG_5473London. The city that I’ll always have a love affair with. Since my first childhood visit in 1999, I continuously find a reason to return as often as possible. From sexy British accents to delicious British food and amazing sights. And of course, there’s always the chance you might bump in Prince Harry or the Queen.

You’ve waited for so long to go and  there is so much to see and do in London, the question is always where to begin and what is the most important things to see with limited time? Continue reading


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Superlatives of 2015

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Every year has its ups and its downs, the highlights and the negatives from which we grow and learn or we can’t wait to do again. When traveling, these positives and negatives can make or break a vacation. With each trip you book,  you learn something new for the next holiday. No matter how we look at it though, they are memories we will look back on and cherish and we will either say “I can’t wait to do that again!” or “I wish I had known better!”

Here are the best and the worst memories and everything in between from our travels in 2015. Continue reading

9 Tips for How to Avoid the Crowds When Traveling - California Globetrotter


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How to Avoid the Crowds When Traveling

 

Traveling is the best way to experience the world. You will never truly understand and appreciate the beauty the world has to offer from sitting on your couch watching the TravelChannel. As transportation and technology gets better and faster, although not always cheaper, more and more people are applying for their passports and flying abroad. But the downer is that everyone always wants to travel at the same time – during the summer or holiday breaks from school. While not missing school is important, traveling during peak season can be a total bummer when your time is limited. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid traveling at the same times as the rest of the crowd!

Here are some tips for avoiding the crowds of pushing and shoving tourists! Continue reading

Best Travel Sunsets - California Globetrotter


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Best Travel Sunsets

IMG_3698One of the ultimate things about traveling is getting to experience the sun setting on the other side of the world. There are a billion sunsets to be had, each one romantic and special in its own way to be had. Some sunsets are more special than others and some are meant to be spent alone to contemplate the glory of life. No matter where you are in the world, each sunset has it’s own story.

These are my best sunset travel pictures each with s story to tell and a memory to last a life time. All of my pictures were taken with my old Canon PowerShot SX130 IS, usually on SCN. None of my pictures are edited. Continue reading

85 Movies to Inspire You to Travel to Europe! - California Globetrotter


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85 Movies to Inspire You To Travel to Europe

IMG_3654As we all know, I am a huge movie buff and love anything that has to do with traveling around Europe at any point in history. I love all types of films as long as they aren’t horror films! Romantic, Comedies, Historic, you name it, I will watch it! Before I go on vacation somewhere, I usually try to find a movie or read a book that takes place where I am going!

Here is my list of movies you should definitely check out before coming on a trip to Europe which includes both chick-flicks and action-flicks for those nights you and your special someone are looking for something to watch! Continue reading

Festivals in Europe - Farbenfest (Color Festival) - California Globetrotter


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Festivals in Europe!

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I am a lover of festivals! Big festivals, little festivals, historic festivals, music festivals, summer festivals, you name it, I want to go! Since living in Europe, I am constantly surrounded by an endless number of possibilities, from the fun related festivals to the ones of historical importance. Now I try to go to as many as I can, the others, over time will come! Until there here are the festivals I have been to and the ones I want to go to!

The Festivals I’ve Been To!

The Flower Carpet Festival 2014

IMG_2309Every other year, on even numbered years, Brussels turns the already magnificent 17th Century Grand Place into a beautiful flower carpet with over 750,000 Begonias! This is a festival not to miss for those who love beautiful things, as this festival is for one weekend only, usually in August!

Open to the public for free to walk around it but for the best view of the Flower Carpet, pay just a few euros per person to go up inside the stunning Hotel de Ville which dominates the main square and step out on to the balcony.

When: Next August 12-15th, 2016

Where: Brussels, Belgium

How much: Free!

Website: http://www.flowercarpet.brussels/en

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When in Bath, Bathe Like the Romans!

IMG_2414Bath is a magnificent example of fine Georgian architecture with its endless expanse of stone, lining every street and alley throughout the entire town. It is a compact city among the rolling green hills of the Avon is in the distance. The Romans had created England’s first ever spa resort here and ever since the 18th century people have been coming here to admire the ancient Roman Baths.

Bath is just a few hours drive from London if one is looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Bath is a much quainter and relaxed town and people come here to stroll around the town and the shops.

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Oxford: Home of the Scholarly - California Globetrotter


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Oxford: Home of the Scholarly

IMG_2668Just about an hour northwest from London is the small town of Oxford, known for having one of the best universities in the world. Only the best of the best study here. Founded in 1167 by scholars who came from France, it turned into England’s first university filled with spectacular spires dominating the skyline. While no one building dominates the city, there are nearly 1,000 buildings of architectural or historic interest all within one-square mile!

Oxford is home to 20,000 students and are housed throughout the city. There are 36 different colleges and each one is unique and fiercely independent from others. Each college has a glorious history, traditions and customs those of us on the outside can only dream about! Many of them were founded by wealthy benefactors with good intentions. The oldest universities date back to between 1249 and 1264!

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Brighton: England’s Seaside Pleasure

IMG_2450They say that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” If such a thing could ever be possible, then Brighton is the perfect location to get away and recharge! Just an hour or two (depending on traffic) south of London, is England’s most popular seaside town which became popular after the railroad finally reached this seaside resort in 1841! Ever since, the population has grown, as well as the tourists who seek to see more of England other than just London.

With a long history of secret liaisons and secret getaway weekends, it became increasingly popular after the Prince of Wales, who would become George IV moved here to secretly marry his lover Mrs. Fitzherbert. His spirit still lives on as many people are attracted to this seaside town, not just for the beautiful waters but also his one of a kind farmhouse which he turned into the lavish Oriental palace, the Royal Pavilion.

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