Wine Bars in Valencia

Looking for a place to sample some excellent Spanish wines? Look no further. Thanks Jill!

Julia Eats

As the third largest wine producing country in the world, Spain produces a lot of excellent wines at reasonable prices. A great way to learn about the different regions and grape varietals is through experience; in other words, tasting lots of Spanish wine. There are plenty of places in Valencia to enjoy a glass or two of Spanish wine, but it can be a challenge to find the good ones. During our past year in Valencia, we have amassed a list of bars/restaurants where we can reliably find good quality wines.

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This was not an easy task. The type of wine bars that we are used to in the United States, where you can get wine samplers or tastes from enormous lists of wines by the glass, do not exist here. However, wine is served everywhere and wines by the glass typically only run between €2 to €3 per glass. So…

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My Top Four Cotswolds Villages

Check out Lara’s inspiring photography of the picturesque villages in the lower central English countryside of Cotswolds. Brilliant!

The World in Colour

At Easter we decided to take three days to visit somewhere I’ve always wanted to go: the quintessential English paradise of the Cotswolds. People come here from all over the world to see the fairytale England of their imagination, including the ancient stone villages, cute cottages and pubs galore. As we were going on one of the busiest weekends of the year, I have to tell you that the only way to see the Cotswolds in its proper peaceful glory is if you get up reasonably early. That’s why I was able to get all the following photos without the hoards of tourists. If you get to each village around 8am, you should be fine. The tourist buses start arriving at around 10.

I’ve compiled a list of my must-see villages in chronological order of when we visited them. We stayed in a town on the northern borders of the…

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Having some dark chocolate with a glass of ice cold milk… reading Emily’s latest post. Thanks for the tips, Emily! I promise to put them to good use soon.

This is the milk

Finding an apartment is a pain in the puto culo. Trying to get all of the things you want in the right location isn’t always a guarantee and usually ends in compromise. Add to this situation not being able to speak the native language fluently or have any friends or acquaintances in the city, no constant income et voilá! You have your own personal hell for as long as it takes you to just say OKAY I’LL TAKE THIS ONE I DON’T EVEN CARE.

This was me for my first three years in Spain as an auxiliar. This post is for anyone about to embark on the search for an apartment abroad, but I have a special spot in my heart for those of you coming over for the first time. Here is a list of things to keep in mind to help you on your search for the perfect…

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THE 6 ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS OF BUDAPEST

Budapest… my answer to the question: If you could visit just one city in the world that you have never been to, which would you choose?

ADVENTURESS ON THE RUN

“I DON’T KNOW THE QUESTION, BUT TRAVEL IS DEFINITELY THE ANSWER”

Budapest was everything I could have hoped for and more! It quickly became one of my favourite cities in Europe with its stunning architecture and gorgeous food. I found the more I learned about the complex history of Budapest, the more I came to appreciate just how wonderful this city is.

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Past Adventures • Tomb Raider

Funny as hell, Angela! I laughed out loud! Your writing style is so entertaining.

That Extra Inch

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After I posted my NYC past adventure I planned on sharing more of my travel mishaps and social calamities – unfortunately they are a regular occurrence in my life – but being the awful blogger that I am, I forgot.  I was however reminded of this particular incident when Quinn posted about her trip to Cairo (Quinn, I just realised my trip to Cairo was probably just a couple of weeks before yours)

AUGUST 2010

Kevin had booked for us to go on holiday with his friends and their little boy.  10 days All Inclusive in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.  Now, I’m going to sound like the most ungrateful girlfriend in the world but…  I know it’s great if you have kids or if you are the type of person who basically just wants sunshine (I’m from Scotland I get that!) but an all inclusive resort is really not my thing.  Sharing a…

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A Day in the Baroque Town of Salzburg

Not a huge fan of classic music, but how can you go wrong with a city as elegant as Salzburg?

Italophilia

Salzburg, the picture perfect town that most people connect with the movie The Sound of Music, literally means”salt fortress”. Its old world vibe and baroque architecture with the ever imposing Alps makes for a great vacation spot.

DSC05065 Hello Salzburg!

DSC05004 I also say hello with a bookstore!

DSC05023 …..and Bialetti!

DSC05026 These charming streets

DSC05028 I love the greys

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DSC05038 Yummy Mozart chocolates!

Salzburg is well known because Mozart was born here. And Mozart is everywhere in this town. You can see his orange colored home turned into a museum along with plenty of other things such as Mozart Cafe, a Mozart festival, a Mozart Library….Not to forget the Mozart chocolates! They are quite something and worth sampling for the flight  back home.

DSC05049 Salzburg is an artist’s dream

DSC05056 Traveled back in time

DSC05061 Local food?? Not so much

IMG_20160410_121225_HDR Grab a seat

DSC05105 Goldgasse- the main shopping street

The town is also loaded with several bars…

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Salmorejo: A Cold Soup for a Hot Spanish Summer

I love simple yet elegant recipes… and this one is a classic stunner. Thank you for sharing it, Julia!

Julia Eats

Salmorejo is a cold tomato soup from Cordoba in the Andalusia region of Spain. Similar to gazpacho, but with fewer ingredients and a thicker consistency, this soup is perfect for the hot summer days typical of southern Spain. It is also a great way to enjoy the bounty of ripe tomatoes that summer brings.

smoky salmorejo serrano ham cold tomato soup Smoky Salmorejo with Jamon Serrano

Salmorejo has a long history in Spain, evolving over time from a simple white dish based on bread soaked in water and/or vinegar to eventually including tomatoes as a main ingredient. Tomatoes were introduced to Spain in the 15th century thanks to Christopher Columbus, but were slow to become popular. They were not included in salmorejo until the late 19th or early 20th century. It was originally a labor intensive dish where everything was hand-ground by mortar and pestle. Thank goodness for modern blenders!

This soup is all about the…

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Grindelwald and the Bernese Oberland

I love Switzerland 🇨🇭! So peaceful and beautiful… it felt so much like home. Wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing, Amanda

Amanda Afield

Grindelwald and the mountains of the Bernese Oberland were the highlights of our trip to Switzerland (not counting the friends we visited, of course). The scenery there is so dramatic and beautiful, it doesn’t really matter that Grindelwald itself is a bit touristy. Our friends picked us up from Zurich airport and we drove to Grindelwald stopping a few times for photos, and for lunch in Interlaken where we ate Schnitzel and Alpine Macaroni. Yum.



We stayed in an Airbnb in Grindelwald in the centre of town. It wasn’t cheap (nothing is in Switzerland) but it was central and had a porch with a view of the Eiger, so it was worth it.


There was a music and food festival on, so we soaked up the last of the sun and ate some food truck burritos and burgers and chatted to some very drunk Americans we shared a table with…

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Exploring Ljubljana on one hot, summer day

One of the cities I am most looking forward to, although, sometimes it seems I am the last one to discover its charms!

Stories from Europe

Note that this blog post is available on GPSmyCity as a travel article app  which can be downloaded by clicking here. 

Ljubljana is one of the coolest capital cities I’ve been to in Europe. It is green, charming and has such a fun name! 😉 It is not a world-famous city and doesn’t have any must-visit attractions, but maybe that’s exactly why I loved the city! Our stop in Ljubljana was a part of the motorcycle tour last summer. We only had about a day in Slovenia which we spent visiting Ljubljana, nearby Lake Bled and driving by the rest of the country leading to Austria.

IMG_20160820_143203.jpg Old town streets in Ljubljana

This small Slovenian capital that still seems to be off tourist radars, took me by surprise as I found it to be more charming than I had expected. Today I am sharing some of the sights we visited in Ljubljana…

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Gooseberry cake with a touch of orange

As soon as I can figure out how to translate this recipe into "old money", I will be making this. 😝 Sounds delish, Emma!