Cultural Things to do in Athens, Greece

Cultural Things to do in Athens, Greece

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August 15, 2020

The words “ancient” and “Greece” are almost synonymous so it is a surprise to many people when I talk about how progressive Athens, the capital of Greece, has become. This is a more recent development but somehow, out of the rubble of a ten-year financial crisis and in the midst of a global pandemic, Athens found its way, and now buzzes like Berlin and Barcelona...

Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

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August 14, 2020

Settled by the ancient Thracians, then by the Greeks and Romans from the 7th century B.C., Varna, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, has seen countless conquerors. Nowadays, this Balkan gem is mostly known as the maritime capital of Bulgaria, and for its golden sandy beaches and warm summers...

Aranjuez: Madrid’s Hidden Gem

Aranjuez: Madrid’s Hidden Gem

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August 13, 2020

Spain is one of the most popular expat destinations on the planet. The overall low cost of living combined with a favorable climate makes it a highly desirable landing spot amongst retirees and adventurous youth. Spain has plenty of tourist hubs, but Madrid might be chief amongst them, and it’s easy to see why...

Meteora, Greece: Marvelous Monasteries and Otherworldly Geology

Meteora, Greece: Marvelous Monasteries and Otherworldly Geology

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August 12, 2020

As my husband, Shawn, and I hiked through Meteora’s verdant landscape, scarlet cherries, plump mulberries, and graceful butterflies vied for our attention. We almost stopped to pick a handful of the tempting fruit. However, we were persuaded to continue hiking when we caught our first glimpse of the St. Nicholas Monastery...

Finding The Perfect Retirement in The Seaside Town of Ericeira, Portugal

Finding The Perfect Retirement in The Seaside Town of Ericeira, Portugal

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August 9, 2020

Lying on the beach in Lagos in October was the closest thing to heaven I can remember. The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, and the water was cool but not too cold to swim in. That sealed the deal for us. Portugal is where we wanted to be...