Istanbul A Few Days After The Attempted Military Coup

Welcome to my fabulous trip diaries, where I'll chronicle my 6-week summer adventure. Hopefully, someone other than my mother will be reading this. The adventure begins in a far off land bordering both Europe and the Orient: Turkey. Enjoy! I was super excited for our long layover in Istanbul to do the free city tour [...]

Lisbon: Treats and Eats

When eating in Lisbon, you must eat bacalhau, or codfish. It's the specialty of Portugal. And of course, Port wine. Some restaurant highlights below: 1. Jardin de Graca This restaurant is no frills but yummy and low-priced food.  Located in the Alfama district, you´ll find a family owned place that serves hearty portions with delicious [...]

Why I Love Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a gorgeous city and the best part-it's one of the cheapest cities in Europe I have visited. Highlights you can't miss: 1. The Roofless Convento Do Carmen Due to the 1755 earthquake, this church is left roofless but it's incredibly charming with it's mix of random items left here and there. 2. The [...]