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


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

Best Travel Sunsets - California Globetrotter


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


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


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!


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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


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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Matlock Bath: The Former Victorian Spa Town - California Globetrotter


Matlock Bath: The Former Victorian Spa Town

IMG_2619Just round the corner from Derby down some winding roads through the Midlands country side is the small village of Matlock. Not far from the town sits Matlock Bath which is situated at the sharp bend of the River Derwent. This small village was once a popular Spa Town from the 1780s that was transformed after the creation of better railway transportation. Now, this small village is a hot spot for all sorts of day trippers, from families to leather-clad bikers. There is something to do for everyone! Continue reading

The Most Haunted Town in England: Derby - California Globetrotter


Derby: The Most Historic & Haunted Town in England!


Right smack in the middle of England, you can find the small city of Derby, a region in the East Midlands. This is an area not far from being the Heart of England and is popular for being the most haunted region in the country! It is even considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the home of the Rolls-Royce. Naturally, with all these amazing wonders, we had to stop here to meet up with a friend of mine who is a native of the region for a few days.

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Booking a Ferry To/From England - California Globetrotter


Booking a Ferry To/From England

img_7802Feel like driving to or from England/or Continental Europe and crossing the English Channel with a ferry boat? Its the perfect way to sail through the channel and have a bit of relaxation and fun along the way!

We took the ferry boat with our car and enjoyed it very much! On our way over to England, we took a 4am ferry so that we could sleep on the way over. On the return trip we took an 8am ferry and took advantage of the beautiful morning at sea as well as ate a decent full English breakfast with a fantastic view watching the chalk cliffs of England receding in the distance. It definitely made for a relaxing part of our journey in a long drive to and from England all the way from Germany! Yes, we know, we are crazy but we wanted to do a ROADTRIP!!

Here are some quick tips for booking a ferry boat with a car from Continental mainland Europe to England!

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