Countryside / Small Town in Scotland – Wanderlust @95

“So much of what you are is where you’ve been.” Travel quotes Braemar in Scotland is surrounded by mountains and unspoilt and unpopulated countryside. This week, this is my entry to Amy’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Town The Scottish town of Braemar is in the Highlands. It has a lovely looking village…

The Golden Gate to Versailles – Wanderlust @94

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang The Palace of Versailles is perhaps the most opulent and beautiful palace in Europe. This was once home to kings and queens of France. It is one of the most…

Musee du Louvre – Wanderlust @93

“My favourite thing to do is go where I’ve never been.” – anonymous The Musee du Louvre or just plain the Louvre is one of Paris’ most iconic attractions. It was first a medieval palace during the 12th century, then becoming a Royal palace. Presently, it is the largest museum in the world, spanning more…

Roaming the Streets of Paris – Wanderlust @92

“Paris is not a city; it’s a world.” – King Francis I Aside from Disneyland, Paris is the only other place that was in my bucketlist when I was a lot younger. I thought to myself that when I find a boy, Paris is the place to be, because it is the City of Love…

Visiting Notre Dame De Paris – Wanderlust @91

“Breath Paris in. It nourishes the soul.” – Victor Hugo So sad that the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in April of 2019. Hopefully it will be restored to its former majestic beauty real soon. But for now, let me take you on a trip before it all happened … this was in September of…

Seine River Cruise in Paris – Wanderlust @90

“Paris is always a good idea.” Walking on foot along the streets of Paris is a wonderful thing to do, but viewing it on water level is a greatly different experience. Discover Paris through a Seine River Cruise and you will be amazed as it winds its way through the heart of the city. You…

Covent Garden’s Colourful Surprise – Wanderlust @89

“Life is like a box of crayons.” – John Mayer When my husband and I first went to London, I did some research on what we wanted to see. I like colourful places, so I told myself that we shouldn’t miss Neil’s Yard. In the middle of The Seven Dials district, near Covent Garden, tucked…

Nightcap in Poitiers, France – Wanderlust @88

“A breeze, a forgotten summer, a smile, all can fit into a storefront window.” – Dejan Stojanovic The city of Poitiers is a French city located west of France. It is such a clean place and we didn’t even see any rubbish on the ground! Our tour in 2016 just happened to pass by this…

Amboise: an Unexpected Magnificence – Wanderlust @87

“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker Amboise is a small town in central France which lies on the banks of the Loire River. It is such a beautiful place of castles, old towns, villages and views of the river that makes this an ideal stopover. Here…

Passing Through Bordeaux – Wanderlust @86

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” Bordeaux is a small port city in southwest France. It is not the cheapest city but it is still worth to visit, as it is said to be France’s most elegant city. The heart of Bordeaux is made up of narrow streets as well as grand boulevards…

The Guggenheim of Bilbao, Spain – Wanderlust @85

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian proverb Bilbao is an industrial port in northern Spain and is surrounded by lush green mountains. It is made famous by the Frank Gehry designed, curvy, silver building, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. This was opened in 1997 and the museum…

Exploring Burgos, Spain – Wanderlust @84

“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton Burgos is a city in northern Spain located at the north of Castille and Leon, about 259km north of Madrid. It is the historic capital of Castille. We were there only for a day trip from Toledo so we…

The Streets of Toledo – Wanderlust @83

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru Toledo is an ancient city, sitting majestically on a hill above central Spain. It is the former Spanish capital…

The Toledo Cathedral With all its Details – Wanderlust @82

“There are seven days in a week and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them.” – unknown I have been to a lot of churches and cathedrals, but one that impressed me a lot because of its attention to details is the Toledo Cathedral in Spain. Toledo’s illustrious main church ranks among the top 10 cathedrals in…

Foodie time in Madrid – Wanderlust @81

“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink.” – Jose Andres Where else can you find better tasting food than in Madrid! I am not being biased but, as a Filipino, my taste palate relates more…

Architecture of Madrid – Wanderlust @80

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway Madrid is the capital of Spain and is a vibrant city, but is not as cosmopolitan as the neighbouring Barcelona. The architecture of Madrid has preserved…

Blue Skies of Madrid – Wanderlust @79

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” –…

The Streets of Barcelona – Wanderlust @78

“Man makes art for man and hence it must be rational.” – Antoni Gaudi While walking on the streets of Barcelona, the first thing you’ll notice is its architecture and the most important styles are the Catalan Gothic style and the Modernisme, which is a cultural movement at the end of the 19th century protagonized…

I will Be Back, La Sagrada Familia – Wanderlust @77

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – travel quotes If you are to visit only one church in Europe, then Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is it. It is Spain’s iconic and most visited landmark and although it is still a long way to be finished, La…

Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain – Wanderlust @76

“Don’t call it a dream … call it a plan.” – unknown Montserrat is a mountain range in Catalonia, Spain and it is just a day trip away from the more energetic and vibrant nearby metropolis of Barcelona. This is the La Sardana Monument in Barcelona where our tour group met up. On the way…

Art and Architecture of Carcassonne – Wanderlust @75

” I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it” – travel quotes Aside from Cite de Carcassone, there are so much more to see in this wonderful place. It has great architecture, galleries, monuments, walkways, and cafes. Here are samples of the different architecture that can…

La Cite, the Fairytale Castle in Carcassonne – Wanderlust @74

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius From afar, this medieval fort of La Cite, looks like something out of a children’s story book. The Cite de Carcassonne is located in the French city of Carcassone. This castle was decided to be preserved in 1849 and it became a part of the…

The quiet French City of Avignon – Wanderlust @73

“Forget about ‘making it’ or ‘making millions’ make memories make road trip plans make space for what you love and who you love” – travel quotes Avignon is a city in Southern France. It is the seat of the Catholic popes and has remained under the papal rule until it became a part of France…

The Splendor of Monaco – Wanderlust @72

“Can we just skip to the part of our life where we travel the world?” – Travel quotes Monaco is one of the world’s smallest country (second only to the Vatican). As our tour bus went on its way to Monaco, I noticed that the streets and buildings are perfectly clean and spotless. It’s as…

Through Nice and the French Riviera – Wanderlust @71

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a plane ticket And that’s kind of the same thing.” – unknown You can call it the South of france… or The French Riviera… or the Cote d’Azur but one thing is for sure, this region of France is amazingly beautiful. Nice is the capital of the…

Walking the Streets of Florence (part 2) – Wanderlust @70

“Visiting Florence was like attending a surprise party every day.” – Jennifer Coburn, author Florence, as foreigners and tourists call this city, is known to locals as Firenze. Previously, it was called Florentia in Latin, then Fiorenza in Old Italian. So many things to see in Florence so I had to have a second part to…

Walking the Streets of Florence (part 1) – Wanderlust @69

“Stand on a bridge over the Arno River several times in a day and the light, mood and view changes every time. Firenze is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow streets evoke thousand tales.” – Lonely Planet Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region….

Ponte Vecchio, Florence – Wanderlust @68

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found in between the pages of a passport.” Visiting Florence won’t be complete without viewing this beautiful bridge, the Ponte Vecchio. During our few days stay in Florence, we happened to pass by this bridge several times and during these times, I especially noticed…

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and More – Wanderlust @67

“Travel is not a reward for working It’s education for living.” – travel quotes A few hours travel from Rome took us to our next destination … Pisa. From the common tour bus parking, you need to ride a mini train in order to reach the Walking Street. The Walking Street is a nice place…

Welcome to the Vatican City – Wanderlust @66

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you’ve travelled.” – travel quotes If you are like me, you will be overwhelmed just by entering the gates of the Vatican City and seeing St Peter’s Square for the very first time. I had goosebumps as I stood there and thinking that this…

The Colloseum and the Arch of Constantine – Wanderlust @65

”How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world!”- Nathaniel Hawthorne (American novelist. 1804-1864) Going to Rome, I didn’t even have a clue that these two iconic Roman buildings are just standing right beside each other. The first time I found out was…