Dan Moore

Paris, France is known as the city of love where couples can be seen kissing on park benches or strolling down boulevards hand in hand. So how do you navigate this romantic city when you have kids with you who cover their eyes when they see kissing on TV?

We’ve pulled together a quick guide from some of the top cities in Europe targeted for the layover or short stay travellers. In this post, we’ll look at Madrid, the capital of Spain and a city that contains one of the busiest airports (Barajas Airport) in Europe.

Michaela Paval

Michaela’s family holiday to Italy was filled with history, culture and lots of delicious Italian food. Here she shares with us some of her experiences, and advises getting off the tourist track to experience the real Italy.

This week we hear from Waldo who shares his adventures in Rome. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon and everywhere in between, Waldo experienced the wonders of ancient Rome which he recounts here with a candid account of the sights to see.

Everywhere you look in Paris you will see an opportunity for fantastic photography. But it isn’t always easy to compose an image that you won’t be able to find on a postcard at the nearest souvenir shop. Look at some of the most famous landmarks in Paris with an eye for artistry and you’ll see opportunities for a unique shot in most situations. Everyone takes a picture of the Eiffel Tower, but consider making stops in these other famous locales for a quick photo-shoot of the architecture, the history, the people and the landscapes on this list so you can capture Paris from your own point of view.

Once your plane lands and you are in Spain, there’s the tedious, oft-expensive chore of figuring out how you’ll get around the country. Every country has a different method and definitely different rules, so it’s important to understand what you’ll need to know and do when you are abroad with a rental vehicle. Many families or groups who book their own holidays each year will opt for a car hire and find that it gives them more freedom and flexibility than if they had gone without.

Get one taste of Spanish cuisine and you’ll be hooked on the fresh flavours and combinations you can enjoy throughout Spain. One of the best parts of travelling abroad is getting to taste the food that you’d never be able to get back home, so as you travel through the country visiting the hotspots on your checklist, be sure to sit down and savour the meals too. Nowhere in the world do the fresh flavours and unique combinations of ingredients create such a feverish following as they do in Spain. Here are 10 traditional Spanish dishes to try when you are travelling through the country

Sitting right on the eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain is Valencia, a city that’s best known for its “fallas” festival, its ceramics and its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Since 1982, the third-largest city in Spain has been working endlessly to reinvent itself by building wide new streets and continually investing in daring and unusual architectural projects. Valencia is also located in the heart of one of the most fertile regions in Europe where fields are bursting with crops like oranges and lemons, rice and more. Choose to visit Valencia and you are sure to get your fill of traditional Spanish culture and history.

No one wants to think about having their belongings stolen while abroad because it’s human nature to assume that everyone is kind and wouldn’t dream of messing with strangers. But it’s naïve to adopt this mentality in crowded cities that are full of tourists and goodies to be taken. Take a precautionary approach to visiting these places rather than cross your fingers and hope that nothing bad happens.

The Spanish social calendar is bursting with incredible festivals, fiestas and celebrations for every sort of event you can imagine, be it of religious, natural or pagan origin. If there is a reason to drink much, eat more and create general merriment, Spain is the place that will take the celebration and make it amazing.

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