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The Alhambra, Granada

Located on a rocky hill protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, The Alhambra is considered the most brilliant Islamic architecture in Europe. It was the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century. The location of it is absolutely breathtaking which is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Spain. It is one of the best preserved Arabian palaces of its era. There is a limit to the number of visitors to the Alhambra. Maximum is about 6,600 people each day, with just 300 every half-hour to enter the Nasrid palaces. We bought our tickets 2 months in advanced online as we knew we were going there at a busy time during Semana Santa (Holy Week). How to buy your tickets: We purchased our tickets online via This is the easiest way to purchase your tickets in advanced. I highly recommend purchasing in advance so you can get the time slot you want. You can purchase at least 3 months in advance. We purchased the ‘Alhambra General’ which includes access to all the visitable spaces of the monument: Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Carlos V Palace, Public Baths and the Mosque. – Once you’ve clicked ‘buy tickets’, it will take you to a page where you choose the date you want to visit. – Choose the number of tickets you want to purchase. – A time schedule will show up. Click on the time you prefer to enter the Alhambra. You’re given a choice to enter either in the morning slot, afternoon or evening. – Once you’ve clicked...

Seville, Spain

Seville is a beautiful city. Much different from other cities in Spain I’ve been to as it has a more traditional feel with the people and architecture. It’s not trying to be hip or modern, the people are proud with it’s traditional heritage and culture.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is stunning! The city is covered with patterned tiles and endless stairsteps. But we survived the hills and stairsteps of Lisbon during our 6 day visit.

Lagos, Portugal

We based ourselves in Lagos for the 2nd half of the week to explore the Western side of Algarve. We were based in Tavira while exploring the Eastern side of Algarve for the first part of the week. We chose Lagos as it boasts the best beaches in...

Praia do Barril – Portugal

Praia do Barril is one of the beaches in Tavira. The joyful journey to Barril starts with a short ride on a magical toy-like beach train and ends at a spectacular anchor graveyard of imaginary shipwrecks.

Tavira – Portugal

Tavira, a beach town in the Eastern Algarve, is the perfect mix of traditional heritage and modern comfort. We stayed a few days to take in Tavira’s village charm.

Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight spent 28 years building, Salvation Mountain, a self-funded tribute to god using adobe clay, hay and donated paint. Salvation Mountain is proof positive that love and faith – some may even say, madness – compels people to do wonderful and inspiring things. Salvation Mountain is the determined life work of one visionary man.

Salton City – Salton Sea

Salton City, once a lakeside resort town in the Salton Sea, is now sparsely populated and desolate. The yacht club, seemingly burned down in a fire, is a modern ruin of concrete rubble and topless burnt palm trees. Strikingly, however, the harsh washed out white beach set against the stark blue sea creates a moody, eerily beautiful scene.

World Reclaimed – Home & Garden Goods

For the past few months, I’ve been busy working on branding World Reclaimed – a home & garden goods from the talented duo Caitlin & Owen of Aloe Designs. It’s been their dream to start up their own online shop with goods Owen makes from reclaimed wood.

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

Sancti Spiritus city is one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean. We walked around and peeked into shops, peoples homes and just watched people hang out in the town’s main square. Unlike a tourist town, It’s a living city where you can get a glimpse of daily Cuban life.

Traveling With A Toddler

Most people wonder about what they should pack on a long airplane ride. I wondered that myself and wasn’t quite sure what I needed to bring. But here’s a list of what has worked for us that I thought I would share with you. Happy Travels.