Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

For me the most important attraction in my entire European vacation was La Sagrada Familia. I was just awed by Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece and the history behind it. The most important tip I can give to anyone planning to go to Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) is to buy your tickets online and to get anContinue reading “Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia”

Around Barcelona, Xurreria, La Manual Alpargatera

Our day tour of Barcelona booked with Barcelona Day Tours and led by the fountain of knowledge named Marta took us to Montserrat, Park Güell and ended with a drive around famous places around Barcelona. We opt not to go to Sagrada Familia since we were going there on our own the next day. We passedContinue reading “Around Barcelona, Xurreria, La Manual Alpargatera”

Barcelona: Park Güell

The places I most wanted to see in Barcelona were the works of famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Right after Montserrat we went to Park Güell, a park he designed initially as a housing complex. We entered through the secondary entrance which was near the parking of all the tour buses. This thick and heavy metal gateContinue reading “Barcelona: Park Güell”

Barcelona: Day Tour Part 1 – Montserrat

One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is the famous pilgrimage site up in Montserrat, a mountain located 30 miles from the city and houses the Abbey of Montserrat and La Montera or the Black Virgin. We booked a day tour with Barcelona Day Tours that also included an afternoon city tour. Since our groupContinue reading “Barcelona: Day Tour Part 1 – Montserrat”

Barcelona: Hotel Barcelona House, Las Ramblas, Plaça Reial

Houma and her two boys who are friends of my cousin Sidney and his family joined us in Barcelona. After our dinner in Moncho’s she showed us her hotel right next to Plaça Reial and a few meters away from the famous tourist attraction Las Ramblas.At night the tree-lined 1.2 km. pedestrian mall known asContinue reading “Barcelona: Hotel Barcelona House, Las Ramblas, Plaça Reial”

Madrid: Plaza Mayor

Walking distance from Mercado San Miguel was one of Madrid’s most popular attractions, Plaza Mayor. Asides from tourists this place is also home to demonstrations and rallies. Thankfully that day all we saw were tourists and these men doing a seemingly unbelievable feat.The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccerContinue reading “Madrid: Plaza Mayor”

Discovery Shores Boracay

My first view of Discovery Shores was through their rear entrance which was quite unremarkable. My disappointment in the entrance was quickly erased by their smiling staff who offered me a cold drink as well as the nice guys who carried my bag and showed me to my room. A beautiful layout and pool areaContinue reading “Discovery Shores Boracay”

Tamsui Old Street Night Market

This was the view that met us when we walked to Tamsui Old Street Night Market. There were more locals than tourists from what I saw. There were also lots of dogs with clothes being walked by their owners. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by so much snack stands. The whole placeContinue reading “Tamsui Old Street Night Market”