Oh Vanity! Guide To Portugal’s Alcobaça Monastery

Here’s my guide to visiting the breathtaking Alçobaca Monastery in Portugal. Alçobaca is a former Cisterian monastery founded in the 12th century by Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques who hailed from Guimaraes. It’s a UNESCO-listed site and a must see landmark in Portugal. This guide tells you everything you need to see inside and gives … Read more

Guide To the Stunning Coimbra University in Portugal

Here’s my complete guide to visiting the UNESCO-listed Coimbra University in Coimbra Portugal, with must know tips for visiting. Coimbra is the perfect midway stop between Lisbon and Porto and well worth a visit. The fortress-like university on the hilltop is one of Portugal’s most impressive UNESCO sites. You’ll be awed by the splendid architecture … Read more

Guide To Jerónimos Monastery: Manueline Splendor in Lisbon’s Belém Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to visiting the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon Portugal. Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most important landmarks in Portugal. The limestone edifice is a must visit attraction in Lisbon’s UNESCO-rich Belem suburb. It’s Portugal’s most visited heritage site. In this guide, I give you an overview of the monastery’s history and … Read more

Best Things To Do In Bélem, Lisbon’s UNESCO Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to the top attractions and best things to do and see in Belem. Belem is an architecturally-rich suburb of Lisbon. It’s an easy mini day trip from Lisbon. It’s just southwest of the city center. Belem is Lisbon’s prime cultural district. It’s a must see for its cluster of UNESCO-listed monuments. Some … Read more

Guide To Óbidos Portugal, Best Things To Do In The “Queen’s Present”

Here’s my guide to visiting beautiful Óbidos, a must see UNESCO site and one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns. This guide covers the top attractions and best things to do and see in Óbidos. I also give you must know tips for visiting. The charming and cobbled Old World cornucopia of medieval Óbidos Portugal is … Read more

Best 3 Days In Budapest Itinerary + Amazing Day Trips Options

Here’s my recommended itinerary for spending 3 perfect days in Budapest Hungary. Three days in Budapest is a goodly amount of time to thoroughly cover the amazing sites in this wonderful Central European city. If you have extra time, Budapest also makes a great base for day trips in area. And I give you 5 … Read more

One Day Itinerary For Siena Italy, a Rose-Toned Medieval Gem

Here’s my one day in Siena itinerary. This Siena itinerary covers all the top must visit attractions, landmarks, museums, and destinations in Siena in 24 hours. But just to be clear, under no circumstances do I recommend spending only 1 day in beautiful rose-hued Siena. Absolutely, positively, not recommended.  Gorgeous Siena is one of the best … Read more

Visitor’s Guide To the Medici Palaces in Florence Italy

Planning a trip to Florence Italy? The three palaces of the Medici family are among Florence’s top attractions. The Medici were the most celebrated family of the Renaissance era. Florence is synonymous with the Medici and the Medici is synonymous with Florence. Everything the Medici owned, created, and commissioned is gorgeous. If you’re an art … Read more

Ultimate Guide To The Basilica of San Lorenzo In Florence

Here’s my complete guide to the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence Italy. I tell you everything to see inside and give you must know tips for visiting and getting tickets. The San Lorenzo complex is vast. It includes the basilica itself, Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy, the Medici Chapels, the Medici Crypt, and the Laurentian Library. … Read more