Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

Plitvice Through the Trees

Plitvice Lakes National Park Through the Trees

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is an all too popular spot for beautiful blue green lakes and numerous waterfalls.  Summers visits must be brutal with the huge crowds.  There is not a lot of room for tourists to spread out since 90% of the park is viewed on boardwalks the size of a normal sidewalk.
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Cobblestone Streets of Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania is a charming maze of winding cobblestone streets, large open squares and fine restaurants.  It was a very welcomed relief from the gritty streets of Bucharest. I had seen the above blue wall and cat scene photo posted by  Vagabon and Dave sixty days earlier in their travel blog and instantly loved it.  So I cruised from Texas to Spain, flew from Barcelona to Bucharest, rented a car to Sibiu just to see these beautiful blue tones…..  Thank you Bonnie and Dave!
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Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain (Good-bye Spain)

Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell Barcelona

Gaudi Town, Barcelona Revisited

We had visited Barcelona, what I call Gaudi Town, for a week about 90 days ago as the termination point to our trans-Atlantic cruise.  Antoni Gaudi has four wonderful architectural master pieces in Barcelona, including Sagrada Familia which still being built 120 years later, Casa Milá and Casa Batlló.  We will now get to see a fourth major work by Gaudi, Park Güell.  We are concluding a 90 day, clockwise visit to the Iberian Peninsula.
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Seville, Spain

Seville Metropol Curve

Seville Metropol Curve

Seville, Spain Metropol Parasol Structure

Our Seville rental, or as the Spaniards say, Sevilla, immediately appealed to me since another Calatrava masterpiece would be in view from our balcony and immediately outside the front door.  My mistake.  As it turns out, this world’s largest wooden structure is not a Calatrava at all, rather it was built by some German unfamiliar to me, Jürgen Mayor.
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Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

Plaza Espana Blue Hour

Plaza de Espana at Blue Hour

Although this large open square, Plaza de España, may look several hundred years old, it was built relatively recently, 1929, when Seville, Spain hosted the World’s Fair.  Access to this plaza and the huge adjacent gardens is free and it is so large it is never very crowded.  Great local music was being played and echoing around the tiled hallways as I explored this plaza.
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Valencia, Spain Home of Santiago Calatrava

Valencia Oranges at the Train Station

Valencia Oranges at the Valencia Nord Train Station

Valencia, Spain is home of the Valencia orange, many olive groves and birthplace of famed futuristic architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava.  One of his larger installations is in Valencia, named the City of Arts and Sciences.
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Aloha from Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Eve

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii must be one of the more popular, well-known beaches in all the world.  Not necessarily the most beautiful, but with all ranges of restaurants and top quality shopping, combined with ease of access from Japan, makes it a top destination for tourists around the world.
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