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Morelia (Michoacán) and why even UNESCO listed world heritage sites can leave you feeling blah Mexico 2

Morelia (Michoacán) and why even UNESCO listed world heritage sites can leave you feeling blah

I guess it was my fault. When planning my trip to Mexico I had mentioned to my mom that we should visit Morelia. She had told me that she hadn’t heard great things about the city. “But mom, the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site”. It had to be impressive, right? Morelia left [...]

The Pueblo Magico town of Patzcuaro, Michoacán (Mexico)

The ‘Pueblo Magico’ town of Patzcuaro, Michoacán (Mexico)

One of the prettiest little towns I was going to see on my recent trip to Mexico was the town of Patzcuaro. Located in the state of Michoacán, it is one of 83 “Pueblo Magicos” (Magical Towns) designated by Mexico’s Tourism department. The designation is meant to promote towns around the country that offer visitors [...]

Things to See and Do in Mexico City (Part 2) – And why Teotihuacan was a massive disappointment

Things to See and Do in Mexico City (Part 2) – And why Teotihuacan was a massive disappointment

I’m going to get into trouble for this post. I’ve previously written about Mexico City (Part 1) and how impressed I was. It’s a HUGE city and really can only be explored bit by bit. Last time we (my Mom and I) stayed in the historic center and explored some of the neighborhoods using the Hop [...]

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Rovinj is a very pretty small town and for many people that’s reason enough to make it a place worth visiting. Many will spend 2-3 days and will most likely rave about its romantic charm, colorful streets and glorious sunsets.  People staying longer (like us – we used Rovinj as a base for 5 weeks) [...]

How Pula Arena stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

How Pula’s Amphitheatre stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

If you research the most famous Roman Arenas in the world you’ll usually find these four on the top of most lists: The Colosseum in Rome, the Amphitheatre of El Djem in Tunisia (where ‘Gladiator’ was filmed), the Arena in Verona…and the Amphitheatre in Pula. We’ve been lucky enough to see 3 of the above [...]

The Hilltowns of Istria

The Hilltowns of Istria

Many people think that Croatia is all rugged coastline and sea. The Istrian peninsula is an exception to that generalization, an region of green rolling hills that will remind many visitors of Tuscany (in Italy). One of the highlights of visiting the region is discovering some of its medieval hilltowns. This post covers 8 different [...]

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Umbrellas and Fortifications in Novigrad, Croatia

You won’t see Novigrad on any Istrian “must see” list. It’s not as famous as romantic Rovinj and doesn’t have the incredible historical sights of either Pula or Porec.  What Novigrad does have are medieval fortifications (which I’ll cover further below) and a laid-back atmosphere. What we didn’t expect was to see streets lined with suspended umbrellas. [...]

The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

I had never heard of the Euphrasian Basilica, much less did I know that Porec had a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of seven UNESCO sites in Croatia). Porec is a small seaside town, similar to both Rovinj and Novigrad in size and geography (all are located on spits of land sticking out into the [...]

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