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Shop ‘Till You Drop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul – The World’s Most Visited Tourist Attraction (Turkey).

Shop ‘Till You Drop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul – The World’s Most Visited Tourist Attraction

In 2014 (yes, I know, it’s been 4 years already), the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was the world’s most-visited tourist attraction, according to Travel+Leisure. If you look at the Instagram hashtags of this marketplace, you’ll be dazzled by the colors of what this well-known tourist destination would offer to your four senses. On the day I was there, […]

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What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral (Italy).

Italy: What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral

The Pisa Cathedral marks the zenith of the architectural power of Pisa at the time of its creation by having bits from the Islamic, Byzantine, Lombard-Emilian, and classical architecture. Lying peacefully in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), it gleams in multi-colors, courtesy of the different types of marbles that it is adorned with, especially […]

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Italy: Why You Should Visit the Baptistry of Pisa

The Baptistery of Pisa – Where Galileo Was Baptized

Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), on the west coast of Italy, the Baptistery of Pisa forms one of the four buildings. In fact, it comes second in the chronological order, neighboring the Duomo di Pisa, the cathedral, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is an ecclesiastical building, and throughout history, it […]

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These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Breath Away (Ravenna, Italy).

Ravenna: These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Your Breath Away

You can’t visit Ravenna without looking up and down the splendid mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo. They covered the walls of the whole basilica. It’s really an impressive work of religious art that’s been there since the 6th century. These series of mosaic are a testament to the contact between the Catholics and the […]

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One Day in Salamanca (Spain).

Travel Itinerary: One Day in Salamanca

One day in Salamanca may not be enough to explore this medieval town. Up to this day, the community is still known as a university town. The town’s premier university – University of Salamanca – is Spain’s oldest university and the world’s 3rd oldest that’s still operating until today. Salamanca is definitely one of the […]

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Inside the Monastery of St. John of the Monarchs - A Heavenly Refuge in Toledo (Spain).

Inside the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes – A Heavenly Refuge in Toledo

If you’re visiting in summer, Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes is a heavenly refuge in Toledo from the searing heat outside. After walking for a long time, I finally found this monastery in the middle of a neighbourhood that used to be predominantly Jewish. And as soon as I entered the premises, I felt […]

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The Breathtaking Views of Toledo from Mirador del Valle (Spain).

Travel Itinerary: One Day in Toledo

Just like the rest of the cities of Spain, Toledo also presents a conundrum of Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim architecture, which actually tells the stories of the confluence of these cultures resulting from the respective conquests. The entire day I spent in the city had me gawking at the magnificence of the ancient structures […]

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Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

City Skyline: Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Yes, it is possible to climb to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. You just don’t pose like you’re saving the leaning tower from falling with your tiny hands but you have to climb and see what’s up there. The views aren’t really impressive but climbing a leaning tower is a […]

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Travel Itinerary: One Day in Avila (Spain).

Travel Itinerary: One Day in Avila

Avila is one of the historical jewels of the crown of Spain. Cities around the world are witnesses of many past events and Avila is no exception. It has seen the Moorish as well as the Christian rule, and both of these eras have left their footprints on the city in form of monasteries, Romanesque […]

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Catalan Modernism - 5 Interesting Facts about Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona (Spain)

Catalan Modernism – 5 Interesting Facts About Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona

A historic concert hall built in 1908, the Palau de la Musica Catalana is a turn-of-the-century piece of modern architecture by Lluis Domenech I Montaner. Its immaculate design, stained glasses, detailed mosaics, and expressive façade are some of the few things that attract tourists from around the world. The building is serving the role for […]

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