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Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral | Discovering Italy

The Duomo of Milan was a labor of love and faith, since it had taken over six centuries to construct. This stunning Gothic style and Renaissance cathedral broke ground in 1386, and was finally completed last century in 1965. The Duomo di Milano is a work of art in its construction, architecture, engineering, and down… Continue reading Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral | Discovering Italy

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Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

Exploring castles throughout Europe has been a fascination of mine for over a decade, simply due to their interesting history and fortified construction. They are visual remnants and reminders of an era in history where the need for a fortified stronghold (both offensive and defensive) were important forms of land security, as well as a… Continue reading Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

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Palacio Real de Madrid – The Royal Palace of Madrid | Discovering Spain

During my travels, I have always found myself exploring castles, old fortress, and palaces; I suppose it is one of my travel obsessions. I have been to so many that I lost count a few years ago, but then again I was never counting. In my own mad way, visiting former royal residences has always… Continue reading Palacio Real de Madrid – The Royal Palace of Madrid | Discovering Spain

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Teatro alla Scala – Milan’s Opera House| Discovering Italy

The façade of Milan's beloved opera house looked unassuming to me at first glance, and I ended up walking by it three times, since it naturally blended in with the other neighborhood buildings. Although the exterior may have seemed quite ordinary, the interior of the theatre was one of the grandest that I have seen… Continue reading Teatro alla Scala – Milan’s Opera House| Discovering Italy

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The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

Place Plumereau Tours is one of the largest cities in the central Loire Valley region of France, and was an extraordinary place to explore. Walking through Place Plumereau, the historical center, with its medieval layout of narrow cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings was like stepping into a time capsule. It was beyond charming, especially when… Continue reading The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

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Montmartre – A Paris Favorite | Discovering France

People have asked me what is my favorite neighborhood in Paris, and my answer has been 'Montmartre'. This district's architecture is one reason I love this section of the city, but most importantly is what Montmarte has represented to the history of art and culture in Europe. Montmarte is situated on a large hill (430… Continue reading Montmartre – A Paris Favorite | Discovering France

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The Palais Garnier – Paris Opera House | Discovering France

In all of its extraordinary pretentiousness the Paris Opera House was stunning, and I loved it. The Opera House was designed using classical and Baroque architecture using elaborate materials such as crimson velvet, crystal, gold leafing, and marble. It was masterfully designed throughout its interior, and is truly a pièce de résistance. Paris Opera House… Continue reading The Palais Garnier – Paris Opera House | Discovering France

Jetsetting, UNESCO

Charming Old Town Krakow, Poland | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

This is where it all began for me, my love for Eastern Europe! Prior to visiting the charming city of Krakow, I had just explored Prague and Warsaw. Both were beautiful cities with great history, but it was old town Krakow that did it for me. The moment that I stepped into the market square,… Continue reading Charming Old Town Krakow, Poland | A UNESCO World Heritage Site