Madrid

Madrid

Eager to dispose of the car, we made our made North to Madrid. We had met two Spaniards traveling together on the Camino, both of them named Juan, and from that point on they were known as “Juan y Juan” and wherever we found ourselves at the same alburgue for the...
Seville

Seville

From Lisbon we made our way back to Spain and specifically to Seville, or as the locals call it Sevilla. Our original plan was to spend a day before heading out to Malaga to hike the Caminito del Rey, billed as one of the world’s scariest hikes. However, when we...
Portugal

Portugal

We wanted some flexibility after we completed the Camino so we rented some wheels in Santiago de Compestela, stashed our backpacks in the trunk, and headed south for the coast. Entering Portugal we lost (gained?) an hour and found yet another language. After a brief...
Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

It is in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, that we start our Camino. The Camino Frances, the classic and most popular Way of St. James, consists of  a distance of 478 miles which the average person walks in about 35 days. From Barcelona we take a train to Pamplona...
Barcelona

Barcelona

Our flight from Rome to Barcelona was delayed due to an air traffic control strike at the Barcelona airport. It seems that strikes are a somewhat common practice in Europe and we would come to experience two of them in our three-month stint. Thankfully the trains were...
Rome

Rome

In Rome, we rented an apartment for a week and lived like Romans.  With a twist of tourist! Veni, Vidi, Vici Visited April 2015 Next Stop: Barcelona Share...
Orvieto

Orvieto

About an hour North of Rome by train, Orvieto is a small hill town situated on the summit of a butte of volcanic tuff. Upon arrival, we disembarked only to realize that we had no idea how to get to the top of the old town and access the city walls. We finally figured...
Florence (with a brief stop in Pisa)

Florence (with a brief stop in Pisa)

We were told that the only reason to visit touristy Pisa is to see the famous leaning tower. On the way to Florence, we hopped off the train, bought a selfie stick from a local street vendor, took the picture, and gladly left the throng of visitors behind. We began...
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, which in Italian means five lands, is an area comprised of five quaint fishing villages located on the Italian Riviera coastline in Northern Italy. Connected by train and trail, the Cinque Terre is a National Park and Unesco World Heritage Site that...
Milan

Milan

With bags in hand, we began our three month European adventure in the city of Milan. Ciao! We arrived to find the city in the midst of preparations for the 2015 World Expo. Milan would prove to be a much busier city when we returned three months later for our flight...